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Archive for the ‘Aging Infrastructure’ Category

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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Critical Issues in Transportation

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
The freight transportation system must adapt to a projected 80 percent growth in gross domestic product in the next 25 years.

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
The United States depends on transportation to compete globally and to help revive a sluggish domestic economy. Individuals depend on transportation not only to get to work but to shop, socialize, and access health care, among other goals (1). For all of its benefits to the nation and individuals, however, transportation imposes large costs—lost time in traffic congestion, deaths and injuries from crashes, demand for imported petroleum, and the release of greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution.

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2014 Georgia Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
ga report card thumb

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS: GEORGIA SECTION
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.

AIRPORT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM
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

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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