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Archive for the ‘Aging Infrastructure’ Category

2014 Georgia Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
ga report card thumb

With new grades for the first time since 2009, Georgia’s infrastructure has shown very little improvement and once again received a cumulative grade of C. The Georgia Section of ASCE assessed the same 12 categories as 2009: aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, parks and recreation, ports, rail, roads, school facilities, solid waste, stormwater, transit and wastewater. Recognizing the importance of transportation to Georgians, we added two new categories in 2014: ports and rail. As indicated by the grade, much work remains to be done, though there are some bright spots.

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Skiing Detroit’s Abandoned Urban Infrastructure

Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Skiing Detroit’s Abandoned Urban Infrastructure

Poor Boyz Productions takes street skiing to Detroit, Jib City.
Featuring the skiing of Karl Fostvedt, Khai Krepela, and Max Morello.
Filmed by Cody Carter, Jonny Durst, and Japser Newton.
Edited by Cody Carter and Jonny Durst.

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Renewing and Replacing Airport Terminals

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Rendering of proposed future Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport.

As needs change and deterioration occurs, many airport terminals may no longer function as originally intended. Several factors can support the need for redevelopment of a terminal facility…ACRP Report 68: Guidebook for Evaluating Terminal Renewal Versus Replacement Options (2012) is a resource to assist airports in evaluating the costs and benefits associated with renewing or replacing a terminal. The guidebook outlines an objective, four-step process to help identify and assess available options to facilitate informed decision making.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Annise D. Parker, Mayor of Houston

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Annise D. Parker, Mayor of Houston

Mayor Parker is Houston’s 61st mayor and one of only two women to hold the City’s highest elected office. As the City’s chief executive officer, she is responsible for all aspects of the general management of the City and for enforcement of all laws and ordinances…In addition to her duties as mayor, Parker is a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council and on the boards of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium and Houston Galveston Area Council.

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Alleghany County, VA: Restoring the Historic Humpback Bridge

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Alleghany County, VA: Restoring the Historic Humpback Bridge

VDOT recently used funds from the National Historic Covered Bridge Program to restore the Humpback Bridge in Alleghany County. Built in 1857, Humpback is Virginia’s oldest covered bridge. It is a National Historic Landmark and the only bridge of its kind remaining in America.

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Infographic: America’s Failing Infrastructure

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

America’s greatest generation built the world’s greatest infrastructure network, but over time it’s failed to adapt, which costs a lot, personally, and nationally. We’re not doing enough to remedy the solution, even though EVERY CENT of our GDP relies on infrastructure. Without a plan it’s only going to get worse. Our personal safety, financial stability, and lifestyle depends on the health of our infrastructure.

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Engineering: The Power to Make an Impact

Friday, November 29th, 2013
Engineering: The Power to Make an Impact

Transportation professionals describe the many ways society benefits from the industry’s efforts.
Fast Forward: November 2013
Provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Transportation Center

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Financing Transportation Infrastructure the Traditional Way

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 24, No. 15
…a transition from federal funding to public and private financing of new transportation infrastructure is already well underway —and it is likely to continue and grow given persistent deficits and pressures to reduce federal discretionary spending. Automatic sequester cuts which are to rise from $84 billion in 2013 to $109 billion in 2014, could place ever tighter constraints on government’s ability to increase spending for infrastructure in the years ahead.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr. President, National Academy of Engineering

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr. President, National Academy of Engineering

“We don’t address the problems when we have them if we can delay addressing them. Any of the big infrastructure projects, or many of them, come following a crisis….The idea of not serving infrastructure needs is endemic in our society.”

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Infrastructure in Vermont

Monday, November 4th, 2013
Vermont Bridges

Vermont faces significant challenges in improving our state’s aging infrastructure. About one-quarter of Vermont’s state highway bridges are over 70 years old, and the state spent $463 million on infrastructure in FY11, including roadways (32%), Interstate and State bridges (21%). Tropical Storm Irene devastated infrastructure in many parts of the state, damaging over 500 miles of roads and destroying dozens of bridges. With the help of our federal partners, almost all of that damage has been repaired and strengthened to withstand future weather challenges.

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