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Archive for the ‘Aging Infrastructure’ Category

The Urban Infrastructure Initiative: Final Report

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Figure 2: Growth of proportion of the population residing in urban areas by region (1950 to 2050)

WORLD BUSINESS COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Today, more than half of the planet’s inhabitants are living in urban areas. By 2050, more than 70 % of the global population will live in cities. The scale and pace of urbanization in the coming decades is unprecedented in human history. The battle for sustainable development will therefore be won and lost in cities. Cities already consume up to 80 % of global material and energy supplies and produce around 75 % of carbon emissions. With current energy- and resource-intensive modes of urban development, the addition of 3 billion more city-dwellers by 2050 is likely to significantly exceed the ecological carrying capacity of the planet.

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Washington, DC: “Lady Bird,” the Tunnel-Boring Machine

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Washington, DC: “Lady Bird,” the Tunnel-Boring Machine

To reduce DC waste by 98 percent, the 20-year D.C. Clean River Project has a 1323-ton, 442-foot tubular machine digging a 23-foot-diameter concrete water tunnel.

DC Water named its massive tunnel boring machine Lady Bird, christened it with DC tap water, and prepared to send it underground to tunnel more than four miles.
-HugBig on YouTube

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Jackson, WY: Hoback Bridge Demolition

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Jackson, WY: Hoback Bridge Demolition

This Winter, the new bridge was opened over the Snake River at Hoback Junction south of Jackson. Now, the old bridge is being removed. Featuring: Thom Doud, Project Manager, Controlled Demolition, Inc.

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Virginia DOT: Profile of a Pothole Hunter

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Virginia DOT: Profile of a Pothole Hunter

VDOT’s resident pothole hunter Phil Itkwik looks to the past – “Leave no hole unfilled” is his motto as another pothole season is upon the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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West Virginia DOT: The Pothole Patching Process

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
West Virginia DOT: The Pothole Patching Process

Jackie Blankenship, US 119 DOH Supervisor, explains the pothole patching process.

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Guests on The Infra Blog: Jonathan Bowles & Adam Forman of the Center for an Urban Future

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, InfrastructUSA, interviews Jonathan Bowles and Adam Forman of the Center for an Urban Future. Topics include NYC’s need to focus on infrastructure, the role of the Center for an Urban Future, and the new report, “Caution Ahead: Overdue Investments for New York’s Aging Infrastructure.”

Forman: New York City’s infrastructure is old. Whether it’s our transportation infrastructure, our bridges and roads, utility infrastructure, our steam mains and gas mains, or our buildings: our hospitals, our schools, our public housing buildings, it’s old…I think there are so many areas where we can improve the functioning of our infrastructure and the safety if we were investing more intelligently.

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Operation Deep Dive Metro-North Commuter Railroad Safety Assessment

Monday, March 17th, 2014
Table 1. Metro-North Safety Concerns and FRA’s Specific Directed Actions

FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION

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Caution Ahead: Overdue Investments for New York’s Aging Infrastructure

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Caution Ahead

CENTER FOR AN URBAN FUTURE
FOLLOWING THE DEVASTATION OF SUPERSTORM SANDY IN OCTOBER 2012, NEW York City’s essential infrastructure needs were made a top policy priority for the first time in decades. The scale and severity of the storm prompted numerous studies to assess the damage and led policymakers to take steps to shore up the city’s coastal infrastructure weaknesses. Although that work remains imperative, New York City faces a number of other infrastructure vulnerabilities that have little to do with storm preparedness or resiliency. If left unchecked, they could wreak as much havoc on the city’s economy, competitiveness and quality of life as the next big storm.

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This Infra Week

Friday, March 7th, 2014

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
If A Bridge Falls In America…
Think You Could Design a Better Subway System?
Portland Bike Share Faces Delays
And More…

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Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
2013 Status of the Nation’s  Highways, Bridges, and Transit

FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION
This edition of the C&P report is based primarily on data through the year 2010; consequently, the system conditions and performance measures presented should reflect effects of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which authorized Federal highway and transit funding for Federal fiscal years 2005 through 2009 (and extended through fiscal year 2012), as well as some of the impact of the funding authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). None of the impact of funding authorized under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is reflected. In assessing recent trends, this report generally focuses on the 10- year period from 2000 to 2010. The prospective analyses generally cover the 20-year period ending in 2030; the investment levels associated with these scenarios are stated in constant 2010 dollars.

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