Civil News

Dewberry recognized for contributions to environmental protection

Fairfax, Va. — Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, recently received an American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) Globe Award. The award recognizes the firm’s dedication to protecting and enhancing the natural environment in the planning, design, and construction of the $159 million replacement of New Jersey’s Route 3 Bridge that spans the Passaic River.

Schnabel recognized for Virginia dam designs

Glen Allen, Va. — Schnabel Engineering, Inc. served as the designer for three of the projects that received Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association (VLWA) Dam Safety Committee Awards at this year’s Virginia Water Conference. The VLWA Dam Awards Program, in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Division of Dam Safety and Floodplain Management, recognizes owners, operators and maintainers of dams in Virginia for various categories.

CDOT and HPTE release I-70 East RFQ

Denver – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) released the Request for Qualifications for the I-70 East project to the public and potential partners. The RFQ outlines CDOT’s priorities and goals for a reconstructed I-70 East, and invites potential private sector bidders to submit their qualifications for the project.

U.S. DOT announces $194 million TIFIA loan for Orlando’s Wekiva Parkway

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for approximately $194 million to help pay for construction of five sections of the Wekiva Parkway in Orlando, Fla. The Wekiva Parkway is a planned 25-mile limited access toll road extending SR 429 from Apopka to the intersection of I-4 and SR 417 near Sanford — effectively completing the beltway around northwest metropolitan Orlando.

NRCE and CH2M HILL win USAID Water and Development IDIQ Contract

Denver – The Natural Resources Consulting Engineers, Inc. (NRCE) and CH2M HILL have been awarded a contract to provide engineering and technical support services to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Missions, Bureaus and Offices worldwide in the implementation of the Agency’s Water and Development Strategy. This is a multiple-award indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, with a ceiling of $1 billion, over a five-year period of performance.

DOE, DOI, and Corps of Engineers renew partnership to advance hydropower

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior, and U.S. Department of the Army for Civil Works extended their partnership to advance hydropower development for an additional five years. The renewal agreement commits the agencies to a specific, ambitious agenda for hydropower, building upon their Memorandum of Understanding for Hydropower (MOU) signed on March 24, 2010.

California announces $1 billion emergency drought package

Sacramento, Calif. — Mobilizing state resources to face another year of extreme dry conditions, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assembly member Kristin Olsen to announce legislation to help local communities cope with the ongoing, devastating drought. The legislation includes more than $1 billion for local drought relief and infrastructure projects to make the state's water infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather events.

Researchers use unmanned aircraft to inspect energy pipeline route

Blacksburg, Va. — The first Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech test flight using a fixed-wing unmanned aircraft to inspect an energy pipeline route — with a piloted chase plane following behind to ensure safety beyond the ground observers' sight line — was completed last week. The flight was a step toward making aerial inspections of energy pipelines safer and more economical, researchers say.

EPA awards $2.5 million to Arizona to improve surface water quality

San Francisco — The Environmental Protection Agency awarded $2.5 million to the State of Arizona for projects to help restore water quality in the state’s polluted water bodies. With an additional $1.6 million leveraged by the state for these activities, more than $4 million is available this year to improve surface water quality.

CBO report details public spending on transportation and water infrastructure, 1956 to 2014

Washington, D.C. — Public spending — spending by federal, state, and local governments — on transportation and water infrastructure totaled $416 billion in 2014. Most of that spending came from state and local governments: They provided $320 billion, and the federal government accounted for $96 billion. A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report provides information on spending for six types of transportation and water infrastructure.

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