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CDOT to install bridge monitoring equipment

Manitou Springs, Colo. -- As part of its effort to continually enhance safety on the state highway system, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is installing a pilot system to monitor the structural behavior of its bridges.

NY DEP marks progress on Delaware Aqueduct Bypass Tunnel

New York — Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd joined town, county and state officials in Wappinger, N.Y., to mark the next phase of construction at Shaft 6B, a key component of the $1 billion bypass tunnel project that will address leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct.

Smart Cities Financing Guide provides 28 financing alternatives

Washington, D.C. — The Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition to improve the livability, workability and sustainability of the world's cities, just released a new resource to help cities understand the financing options available for technology projects. The Smart Cities Financing Guide outlines 28 of the most promising financial tools for urban infrastructure enhancements, including some techniques that do not require any upfront money from the city.

2016 Greenbuild moved to Los Angeles

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Hanley Wood announced that the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will move from San Diego to Los Angeles.

Dam safety leaders discuss need for State Dam Safety Program in Alabama

Lexington, Ky. — Elected officials from Alabama and experts from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) discussed the status of House Bill 610, which aimed to establish a state dam safety program. Notably, Alabama is the only state in the country without such a program.

NCDOT announces P3 project to improve I-77 traffic flow in Charlotte area

Raleigh, N.C. — The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) announced the apparent successful bidder for its first Public-Private-Partnership (P3) contract to improve the traffic flow along 26 miles of I-77 in the Charlotte area, one of the most congested roadways in the state. Following a required bidding process, and pending final review, it appears Cintra Infraestructures, S.A. will construct the I-77 project through a joint venture with F.A. Southeast, W.C. English, and the lead design firm of The Louis Berger Group.

Terracon acquires Neil O. Anderson and Associates

Olathe, Kan. — Terracon Consultants, Inc. acquired Neil O. Anderson and Associates based in Lodi, Calif. Founded in 1991, Neil O. Anderson and Associates is a geotechnical, environmental, and materials testing engineering firm specializing in energy, geotechnical instrumentation, geophysical methods, federal highways, and aquatic facility design services for private and public sector clients. They have additional offices located in Sacramento and Concord, Calif.

EPA approves Buffalo Sewer Authority’s plan to reduce sewage and water pollution in Niagara River

New York — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have approved the Buffalo Sewer Authority’s (BSA) plan to reduce the amount of sewage and stormwater runoff that flow from the city of Buffalo’s combined sewer system. Under the approved plan, the BSA will implement a series of projects that will improve water quality in the Niagara River and its tributaries, including projects that use green infrastructure to soak up and store stormwater that would otherwise increase overflows of raw sewage into local waterways. The BSA has committed to investing $380 million on these projects over 20 years.

NYC to begin largest ever expansion of the Bluebelt System on Staten Island

New York — New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Deputy Commissioner Eric Macfarlane announced that the largest ever expansion of the Staten Island Bluebelt will begin in the South Shore’s Woodrow area later this spring. Currently, very few streets in this area are equipped with catch basins or storm sewers and roadway flooding often occurs during heavy rain storms. The $48 million infrastructure upgrade will add more than three miles of storm sewers, install hundreds of catch basins, replace existing water mains, and include the largest ever expansion of the Bluebelt system.

Experimental bridge tests self-consolidating concrete girders

Jefferson City, Mo. — A new bridge spanning the St Mary’s River on Highway 50 just east of Jefferson City, Mo., is being used to test innovative concrete mixes side by side under real world conditions in a series of research projects being conducted by the Missouri University of Science & Technology and Missouri DOT. One test, to which County Materials Corporation contributed its experience, will assess the relative performance of girders constructed from two different mixes of self-consolidating concrete (SCC) alongside a traditional concrete mix. This will be the first bridge in Missouri to contain SCC.

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