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TxDOT plans for $70 billion to fund transportation projects over next 10 years

The Texas Transportation Commission approved the 2017 Unified Transportation Program with $70 billion worth of projects to help the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) meet the state’s growing transportation demands. The plan is the largest of its kind in the agency’s history that addresses capacity, maintenance and safety needs around state.

FHWA updates Hydraulic Engineering Circular (HEC 17)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Bridges and Structures, working with the Office of the Natural Environment and the Resource Center, recently published HEC 17 Highways in the River Environment: Extreme Events, Risk and Resilience. The updated circular is a major and significant update that provides technical guidance and methods for assessing the nexus of riverine and transportation as it relates to floods, floodplain policies, extreme events, climate change, risks, and resilience.

GDOT’s signal software update to make traffic ‘smart’

Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) in partnership with Intelight, Inc. announced the deployment of state-of-the-art “smart” signals at 1,000 intersections throughout Georgia. The project is part of a statewide upgrade which converts traffic lights in Georgia to an up-to-the-second traffic signal controller technology.

University of Georgia’s new civil engineering program earns accreditation

The University of Georgia College of Engineering’s undergraduate degree program in civil engineering has earned its initial accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the recognized global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

Executive leadership changes for Skanska Infrastructure Development

Skanska announced new leadership for Skanska Infrastructure Development (Skanska ID) with the promotions of Johan Henriksson to Business Unit President and Magnus Eriksson to Executive Vice President for North America. Skanska ID works on public infrastructure through Public Private Partnerships (P3s) in the United States, United Kingdom and Nordic Region.

Plastics Pipe Institute announces annual award winners

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) announced this year’s winners being acknowledged for exceptional service and significant industry contributions involving the use of various types of plastics in pipe infrastructure. Five projects and four individuals were honored.

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