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INFOGRAPHIC: Technology and the future of America's infrastructure

Across the US, highways are in poor shape and deteriorating by the day. Community leaders realize the importance of making improvements and updating bridges, roads and highways, but at an aggregate cost estimated in the billions, most are unsure how this crucial investment will be financed.

Progress toward national resiliency: NIST marks Joplin tornado 5th anniversary

Disaster struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011, when the deadliest and costliest single tornado in U.S. history left a 35-kilometer (22-mile) long path of destruction. In the five years since the tragedy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has led the effort to learn from the devastation and make improvements based on those lessons so that communities nationwide can become more resilient to tornadoes.

Rutgers study estimates cost to build and maintain NJDOT roads

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced the release of a new study conducted by Rutgers University’s Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center that determined the average cost to plan, construct, operate, and maintain one mile of roadway under NJDOT jurisdiction is $183,757.

Community cleanup to use trash for environmental research

Hydro International worked with United Way and the Cumberland Country Soil and Water Conservation District to clean up trash from the Long Creek Watershed. The waste collected during this collaborative volunteer day will be used in a research study that will help enhance water quality treatment.

Simpson Strong-Tie Research and Testing Lab opens at WSU

Simpson Strong-Tie announced the opening of the Simpson Strong-Tie Research and Testing Lab at Washington State University (WSU). The lab supports research in areas such as concrete durability, repair and retrofit, tall timber buildings, deck safety, post-frame buildings, and seismic retrofit.

Groundbreaking scheduled for Greenleigh at Crossroads

St. John Properties, Inc., Somerset Construction Company, and Elm Street Development have scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for Greenleigh at Crossroads, the next development phase of Baltimore Crossroads, a 1,000-acre mixed-use business community positioned near White Marsh in the eastern section of Baltimore County.

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