SEATTLE — On Saturday, Dec. 7, Seattle Tunnel Partners, Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT’s) design-build tunnel contractor, proactively stopped tunneling. It was stopped after unanticipated and increasing resistance was experienced, possibly due to an obstruction, which significantly decreased the advancement rate of the machine and the volume of tunnel muck on the machine’s conveyor belt.
CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) reopened the Kedzie Avenue Bridge over the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, completing the reconstruction of this major commercial and industrial gateway. The three-span fixed bridge, which was first built in 1909 and reconstructed in 1969, was completely restored with a new concrete roadway deck; repaired girders, floor beams and lateral bracing; and new sidewalks with fiberglass panels.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Rust is a civil engineer’s nightmare. Motorists in the United States make more than 200 million trips across bridges rated structurally deficient or in need of significant maintenance and yearly inspection. Of the more than 17,000 bridges in New York, 12.5 percent are structurally deficient and 27 percent are considered functionally obsolete. One major culprit: corrosion of reinforcing steel.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) along with leaders in the fields of transportation, labor, commerce, and construction introduced H.R. 3636 The Update, Promote, and Develop America’s Transportation Essentials (UPDATE) Act. This bill would phase in a 15 cent/gallon tax increase over the next three years on gasoline and diesel.
RICHMOND, VA. — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has signed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which supports the future widening of 75 miles of I-64 from I-95 in Richmond to I-664 in Hampton. As a result of new transportation funding passed by the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year, about $100 million is currently now available to widen a section of I-64 in Newport News.
EAST LANSING, MICH. — With nearly 4 million miles of public roads criss-crossing the United States and millions of dollars spent to maintain them, it’s imperative that researchers look for better ways to preserve these roadways. That work is being advanced at the Michigan State University (MSU) Transportation Center on Highway Pavement Preservation, a new center located at MSU that has been designated as a U.S. Department of Transportation Tier 1 University Transportation Center.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to findings in a study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), companies located in the nation’s most productive regions need additional public transportation to reach their full employment potential. The report, “The Role of Transit in Support of High Growth Business Clusters in the U.S.,” conducted by the Economic Development Research Corporation and commissioned by APTA, projects that 480,000 new jobs representing $32 billion per year in income will be at risk due to congestion by 2040.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Funding and financing, performance management, and the systems management and operations culture are the critical issues that will be the focus of a three part State Department of Transportation Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) Roundtable that will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, during the TRB 93 Annual Meeting. A total of 13 CEOs are scheduled to participate in this unique series of sessions that will explore what is being done and what more can be done at the state level to address these critical issues.
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