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Coalition publishes Complete Streets evaluation guide

Washington, D.C. — “Evaluating Complete Streets Projects: A guide for practitioners” — is designed to make it easier for transportation professionals to understand and use new measures of success. It is a beginner’s guide to performance measures for Complete Streets projects published by the National Complete Streets Coalition.

AISC releases new Steel Profiles podcast

Chicago — "I wish I learned how to type. When I was in high school, everybody took woodshop," quips Lawrence Griffis, P.E., one of the world's leading experts on long-span structures. Griffis, senior principal and senior consultant at Walter P Moore & Associates, is featured in the latest episode of the American Institute of Steel Construction's (AISC) Steel Profiles podcast series.

WEF StormTV Project video competition opens

Alexandria, Va. — For the fourth year, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will host the StormTV Project, an annual video competition. From April 2 to June 1, WEF will be accepting videos of innovative stormwater programs, practices, products, and public outreach. The competition is an effort to recognize and highlight the work of stormwater professionals while collecting and sharing great ideas, so that communities can learn from one another.

USGBC and C40 release briefs highlighting sustainable building policies in 66 cities

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in partnership with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and the World Green Building Council (WGBC), released a compendium of briefs that showcase the sustainability, building energy use and climate change policy work of cities across the globe. Approximately 74 percent of the cities examined are implementing incentives for a greener built environment, 61 percent have enacted municipal green building policies and 49 percent are pursuing sustainable community policies.

U.S. DOT announces $500 million in seventh round of TIGER funding

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under a seventh round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. TIGER 2015 discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a region or metropolitan area.

CFSEI to host webinar on mid-rise construction and design

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a webinar on “Mid-Rise Cold-Formed Steel Construction and Design – A Case Study” on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 continuing education hours.

NJDOT announces $4.9 billion program for transportation improvements

Trenton, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced a proposed capital program for Fiscal Year 2016 that supports $2.8 billion in NJDOT and other agency investments and another $2.1 billion in NJ TRANSIT improvements, for a total program of $4.9 billion. The proposed capital budget focuses on safety, mobility, and maintaining assets in a state of good repair. It supports the largest project in NJDOT history – the Pulaski Skyway rehabilitation – and maintains Local Aid grants to counties and municipalities at robust levels to help ease burdens on local property taxpayers.

California governor directs first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions

Sacramento, Calif. — Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.

Ohio Portsmouth Bypass P3 receives $209 million TIFIA loan

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for up to $209.3 million to finance the Portsmouth Bypass in Scioto County, Ohio. The Portsmouth Bypass is the Ohio Department of Transportation's largest single construction project — and its first public-private partnership (P3) under new rules in the state that allow the private sector to participate in public transportation projects.

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