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Archive for the ‘Aging Infrastructure’ Category

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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Extreme Weather Events: Increasing the Nation’s Resilience

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Figure 1: Louisiana State Highway 1 Leading to Port Fourchon (Source: NOAA)

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE
According to the United States Global Change Research Program, the costs and impacts of weather disasters resulting from floods, drought, and other events are expected to increase in significance as previously “rare” events become more common and intense. These impacts pose financial risks to the federal government. While it is not possible to link any individual weather event to climate change, these events provide insight into the potential climate-related vulnerabilities the United States faces.

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Freeways Without Futures

Monday, February 17th, 2014
5 I-10/Claiborne Overpass, New Orleans

CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM
Successful freeway removal campaigns are characterized by strong community and political leadership; a decision-making process driven by long-term mobility planning, not cyclical federal and state allocations; and a vision for the urbanized environment that is not dictated solely by the fast movement of motor vehicles. CNU’s Highways to Boulevards initiative unites a diverse set of professionals, residents and activists in advocating for these outcomes and demonstrating the value of urban freeway removal by restoring urban neighborhoods and historic street networks.

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