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Modjeski and Masters designs new Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge

Bridge design and engineering firm Modjeski and Masters announced that it has restarted design work for a new cable-stayed bridge across the Monongahela River. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) initiated the project as part of the Mon-Fayette Expressway expansion.

ARTBA takes president, Congress to task over highway funding

In a statement regarding President Barack Obama's FY 2017 budget, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President & CEO Pete Ruane said, "The President’s FY 2017 transportation budget proposal is an explicit admission that he and the Congress did not provide long-term sustainability for Highway Trust Fund programs when they enacted the FAST Act in December."

Bureau of Reclamation plans to invest $23 million in water reuse

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López released plans February 8 to spend an additional $23 million this year to support water reuse and efficiency, including $9 million for the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program, $9 million for WaterSMART Grants, and $5 million to support water recycling as part of California’s Central Valley Project.

Schnabel Engineering names new president and CEO

Schnabel Engineering, Inc. announced that after more than 28 years with the firm, Gordon M. Matheson, Ph.D., P.E., PG, president and CEO, will retire from the firm at the end of February 2016. Schnabel’s Board of Directors named Walter J. Rabe, P.E., president and CEO.

FAA updates DC-area unmanned aircraft procedures

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is updating its conditions for flying unmanned aircraft in the area between 15 and 30 miles from Washington, D.C. to clarify differences for various types of unmanned aircraft.

AEC TECH NEWS: Trimble acquires Sefaira Ltd.

Trimble announced the acquisition of London/New York-based Sefaira Ltd., a developer of cloud-based software for the design of sustainable and high-performance buildings. The acquisition of Sefaira expands Trimble's Design-Build-Operate (DBO) portfolio to include tools for designing high-performing buildings early in the conceptual phase of a project. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

77 cities respond to U.S. DOT Smart City Challenge

Seventy-seven cities have submitted applications for the first-of-its-kind U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge. The competition seeks to create an innovative, fully integrated model city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future.

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