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ACEC Engineering Excellence 2017: Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant in San Bruno, CA

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
Kennedy Jenks Consultants: Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant

Combining advanced civil and structural engineering innovations, the project team designed an 11-million-gallon reservoir that will help a nearby water treatment plant quickly restore operations in the wake of a major earthquake. The massive above-ground, concrete reservoir includes a “tank within a tank” design, with an outer 3-million-gallon chlorine contact raceway for water treatment surrounding

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV 1st District)

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Congresswoman Dina Titus on The Infra Blog

“These public-private partnerships that they tout really don’t work. We tried that in downtown Las Vegas to do the new Project Neon, and just couldn’t generate enough revenue from the private sector, so we know that is not the “silver bullet.” I’m opposed to privatizing government services, because then the priority shifts from service to profit, and that never works. If you talk about something like air traffic control, that’s especially egregious because we have the safest system there is; we’re going to now undermine that.”

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ACEC Engineering Excellence 2017: Sellwood Bridge Replacement in Portland, OR

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
Sellwood Bridge Replacement in Portland, OR

A picturesque, three-arch bridge replaces a deteriorating 1925-era structure that was threatened by an encroaching hillside. The project team incorporated advanced seismic resilient bridge components and innovative landslide mitigation systems to stabilize the hillside. They also trimmed a year off the construction schedule by shifting the original steel deck truss to one side using hydraulic jacks, allowing the bridge to remain in service during construction.

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Public, private stakeholder input sought on infrastructure regulatory reform

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently announced it has published a Federal Register notice seeking public input on regulatory reform regarding infrastructure projects, including the identification of hurdles that currently exist and how to alleviate them. Those interested in offering comments have until July 24 to respond.

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President Trump’s Plan to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
President Trump’s Plan to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

Rebuilding America’s infrastructure is a critical pillar of President Donald J. Trump’s agenda to promote job creation and grow the U.S. economy. America’s infrastructure has fallen to 12th in the world and that is unacceptable. Every American depends on our roads, rails, ports, and airports, and the President is committed to fixing this problem, not just pushing more liabilities onto future generations.

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Trump’s Air Traffic Control Privatization Proposal: Stakeholder Reactions

Thursday, June 8th, 2017
Trump’s Air Traffic Control Privatization Proposal: Stakeholder Reactions

This week, President Trump announced a proposal to privatize air traffic control throughout our nation’s aviation system. If the proposal becomes law, the FAA will no longer be responsible for managing air traffic control; instead, the responsibility will be delegated to a nonprofit corporation headed by board members representing various sectors of the aviation industry.

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ACEC Engineering Excellence 2017: Lake Delhi Dam in Delhi, IA

Monday, June 5th, 2017
2017 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

Stanley Consultants of Muscatine, IA has earned an Honor Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 50th annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) for the Lake Delhi Dam in Delhi, IA. Six years after a devastating rain breached the original earthen Lake Delhi Dam, turning a popular nearby recreational attraction into […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Michael McArdle, Chief Development Officer, VHB

Thursday, June 1st, 2017
Mike McArdle, VHB Corporation, on The Infra Blog

“I commend the Administration for talking about a trillion dollars, but right now they’re only talking about putting $200 billion of public money up and the rest coming from other sources in the private sector. And while there’ve been some successes of that in this country as well as overseas, I don’t think we can afford to wait for a financing program to fully mature before we make significant infrastructure investments. It has to be done now; the federal government has to recognize that they need to spend this money. They can’t continue to hold the dollars hostage going forward.”

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President Trump’s proposed budget speaks volumes about his infrastructure vision

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Without doubt, the president’s proposed budget redefines the federal government’s role in infrastructure projects at all levels of government. It outlines “key principles” that Trump wants used to determine projects that will qualify for federal dollars or incentives. It also sends a clear message to elected officials throughout the country that public funding will not be adequate in the future and private-sector investor must be embraced.

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‘No silver bullet … just a lot of silver BBs’

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

“There is no silver bullet, just a lot of silver BBs.” That’s how U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin described the conundrum facing state and local government leaders dealing with funding shortfalls. At a Tuesday congressional hearing on leveraging federal transportation funding, panelists explained that transportation needs can’t be solved by placing all responsibility on state and local governmental entities. There is agreement that transportation officials need funding options just to maintain the current transportation infrastructure, but state and local leaders are arguing for continued investment from the federal government as well.

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