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10/25/2021

New or ongoing hydropower projects with vast environmental complexity or incomplete data can experience a prolonged licensing process, according to an Energy Department report. The report also notes that the US hydropower licensing and authorization process requires far more participation and engagement from federal agencies than it does in other countries.

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Department of Energy
10/25/2021

The Melissa Independent School District in North Texas is crediting technology with keeping its buses on the move. Drivers are using a tablet-based navigation system to streamline their routes with turn-by-turn directions, and the system syncs with student ID cards to monitor each student's journey.

10/25/2021

Washington, D.C. commuters have new transit option as Metrorail service cutbacks continue -- a month-long free membership to Capital Bikeshare. The membership will facilitate 30 days of free rides under 45 minutes at a time, and residents can sign up via the Lyft and Capital Bikeshare apps.

10/25/2021

The US Postal Service will hire 40,000 seasonal employees, add 112 new sorting machines and open 45 new facilities to manage spillover packages, all in an effort to ensure on-time delivery for online holiday shoppers. The USPS will be able to handle 35% more packages daily during the peak season than at the same time last year, according to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

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10/25/2021

Cities are increasingly networked and automated, but the new efficiencies come with security and privacy concerns, as recent reports have found significant vulnerabilities. Communities seeking the ideal balance between convenience and security may benefit from establishing standards.

10/25/2021

Attorneys general from Missouri and Texas are suing the Biden administration to resume construction of the wall on the Mexican border. They argue that the administration is obligated to continue construction with funds allocated for that purpose by Congress.

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The Texas Tribune
10/25/2021

The Virginia Department of Transportation predicts "substantial completion" of its Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel widening by September 2025 as well as widening of lanes on Interstate 64. The tunneling component for the $3.9 billion project is expected to begin next year.

10/25/2021

ExxonMobil plans to finish construction of its $500 million, pandemic-delayed polyolefin plant in Louisiana by the end of next year. Work has resumed at a normal pace, although it never fully stopped during the pandemic lockdown.

10/25/2021

Approval of a $2.5 billion campus modernization at the University of California San Diego Medical Center has the highest price tag of 13 US hospital construction projects topping $500 million that have advanced in some way since Aug. 1. Alia Paavola summarizes this and the 12 other projects, including approval of a $2 billion Massachusetts General Hospital expansion.

10/25/2021

Developer LPC West has proposed four new buildings, a skybridge and a garage for the Waterfront Gateway project in downtown Vancouver, Wash. The development will be built by Colas Construction and designed by Perkins & Will.