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Posts Tagged ‘MI’

Labor Day 2016: Walking the Mackinac Bridge

Monday, September 12th, 2016
Labor Day 2016: Walking the Mackinac Bridge

The #MightyMacWalk16 condensed to about two minutes.

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Michigan’s Water Infrastructure Investment Needs

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

MICHIGAN INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION (MITA)
Currently, about 75 percent of Michigan residents get their drinking water from 1,390 community water systems, and approximately 70 percent are served by 1,080 wastewater treatment systems (MDEQ 10/31/15). Most of these systems were built between 50 and 100 years ago, while some in the state’s oldest cities date back to the 1800s. Many of these systems are fast approaching, or have already exceeded, their expected lifespan. Communities throughout Michigan, therefore, face the challenge of maintaining and updating old infrastructure that was designed and built to meet former, less strict requirements, but now must meet emerging, more stringent state and federal drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater standards.

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Saginaw County, MI: M-13’s New Bridge Beam (Timelapse)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
Saginaw County, MI: M-13’s New Bridge Beam (Timelapse)

During the week of May 9, 2016, the Michigan Department of Transportation set bridge beams for the M-13 bridge over the Flint River in Saginaw County.

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Why Is America’s Water Infrastructure Failing?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Why Is America’s Water Infrastructure Failing?

Lead contamination in the drinking water of a Michigan city helped expose serious problems with America’s water infrastructure. So how bad is the country’s water crisis?

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Outstanding Engineering: Michigan’s “96fix” Highway Rehabilitation

Monday, April 11th, 2016
Outstanding Engineering - Michigan's "96fix"

96fix was the largest single-season construction project in state history. Reconstruction of the seven-mile stretch of the 40-year-old freeway included the rehabilitation of 37 bridges, installation of LED lighting and storm sewers, and safety improvements. The $153 million project was completed early and under budget, and brought I-96 in line with current standards. Innovative technologies included visual modeling to gain public support for closing the freeway during construction and 3-D design model for fine-tuning paving work. The process saved taxpayer dollars, cut freeway closure time, and improved pavement quality and safety.

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Corporate Demand for Renewable Energy in Michigan

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Figure 1. Annual Large Corporate Electricity Consumption, by State

ADVANCED ENERGY ECONOMY (AEE)
Leading corporations nationwide have demonstrated their desire to purchase renewable energy. As of 2014, 43% of Fortune 500 companies and 60% of Fortune 100 companies have set climate and/or clean energy targets,1 and as of December 2015, 49 major corporations, representing a market cap of $15 trillion, have signed on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles (see appendix).

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Michigan DOT: 2015 Year End Wrap-Up

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Michigan DOT: 2015 Year End Wrap-Up

State and community leaders talk about the success of several MDOT projects in 2015.

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Michigan DOT: M-100 Bridge Slide Time Lapse

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
Michigan DOT: M-100 Bridge Slide Time Lapse

In the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 14, MDOT performed a bridge slide on the new M-100 bridge over the Canadian National (CN) Railroad in Potterville. A bridge slide is an innovative construction project that allows traffic to be maintained throughout the project. The new bridge is built alongside the old one, and once complete, the old bridge is demolished and the new bridge is slid over in its place.

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Beyond Repair? America’s Infrastructure Crisis Is Local

Friday, October 30th, 2015
Figure 1. Federal Aid vs. Nonfederal Aid Mileage

MANHATTAN INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH
While states own a large portion of highly traveled roads, such as interstate highways, local governments are responsible for the majority of roadway mileage. Counties and municipalities, including minor civil divisions such as townships, are responsible for 3.1 million miles of roads and streets. Only 430,000 miles (14 percent) of these are part of the federal aid system. The remaining 2.7 million (86 percent) are nonfederal aid. By contrast, 72 percent of the 780,000 miles of state-owned roads are in the federal aid system (Figure 1).

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Detroit, MI: Green Infrastructure Pilot Project

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Detroit, MI: Green Infrastructure Pilot Project

University of Michigan landscape architect Joan Nassauer, a professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, leads a pilot project to design and build new forms of green infrastructure on vacant properties in Detroit’s far-west-side Cody Rouge neighborhood. Four “bioretention gardens” that capture and hold stormwater are under construction now on sites where abandoned homes were razed.

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