Civil News

Researchers call for changes in 50-year-old drinking water standards

Blacksburg, Va. — Changes in drinking water quality in the 21st Century are coming from a myriad of circumstances, and not all are for the best. Top contenders for why water-drinking quality might become suspect to the average consumer include California's drought conditions, the technology of fracking, and the nationwide aging infrastructure of rusty, degrading pipes.

DOT announces $1.33 billion loan for Seattle-area light rail extension

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a $1.33 billion loan to Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) for construction of the East Link Light Rail Extension Project. The Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan will expand the popular Link system serving the Puget Sound region and help Sound Transit implement a voter approved regional capital improvement plan.

EPA launches finance center to improve water infrastructure and resiliency

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center to help communities across the country improve their wastewater, drinking water, and stormwater systems, particularly through innovative financing and by building resilience to climate change.

Caltrans releases complete streets action plan

Sacramento, Calif. — In a continuing effort to further its new mission to provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability, Caltrans has released the “Complete Streets Implementation Action Plan 2.0,” an updated strategy on how the department will work to continue to address the safety and mobility needs for all modes of transportation.

CH2M HILL named route developer for Crossrail 2

London — CH2M HILL was named as one of the four major consulting groups that will be helping to develop the detailed plans for Crossrail 2, the proposed major new rail line which would deliver much needed extra transport capacity in the capital.

Engineers look into wastewater pollution issues to modernize Caribbean communities

Blacksburg, Va. — For the past three years, Virginia Tech civil and environmental engineering students and faculty advisers Mark Widdowson and John Novak, have spent considerable time in the Caribbean but the journeys were not of the recreational variety. They have been measuring the significant pollution of the well water in Veron, a rapidly-urbanizing community with considerable health issues related to sewage-contaminated groundwater.

FDOT selects HNTB for automated vehicle support

Tallahassee, Fla. — The Central Office of the Florida Department of Transportation has selected HNTB Corporation for a three-year automated vehicle support contract. HNTB will support FDOT by working directly with auto manufacturers, related original equipment manufacturers and suppliers on pilot projects, working with universities on automated vehicle research projects, and developing policy to move forward with application testing.

IBM extends grant program for cities and regions

ARMONK, N.Y. — IBM is extending the Smarter Cities Challenge competitive grant program. The effort has already sent 700 of IBM's top experts to municipalities around the world, where they have completed pro bono consulting projects that have improved the way local governments deliver vital services to their citizens.

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