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ARTBA announces 2014 Division Award winners

Washington, D.C. — The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) recognized transportation design and construction industry leaders on September 8 with division awards during the association’s National Convention, held in southern California.

NYC DEP completes UV disinfection upgrades

New York — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that ultraviolet technology has been installed at the city-run wastewater treatment plant in the hamlet of Mahopac, ensuring the highest level of disinfection before effluent is released into local water bodies. The installation of UV treatment at Mahopac also marks an important milestone in DEP’s ongoing program to upgrade wastewater facilities throughout the watershed; it is the final city-owned wastewater treatment plant in the watershed to be outfitted with UV.

U.S. DOT announces 72 TIGER 2014 recipients

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the Department of Transportation would provide $600 million for 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia from its TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) 2014 program. The Department received 797 eligible applications from 49 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, an increase from the 585 applications received in 2013. Overall, applicants requested 15 times the $600 million available for the program, or $9 billion for needed transportation projects.

HNTB America THINKS survey: Most Americans back tolls to fund transportation needs

Austin, Texas — As transportation industry experts from around the world gather in Austin for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s 82nd Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Sept. 14-17, infrastructure solutions firm HNTB Corporation announced the results of a new America THINKS tolling survey. According to the survey, more than three in four (79 percent) Americans would support the addition of a toll on a non-tolled surface transportation facility if it resulted in a safer, congestion-free and more reliable trip. In fact, 83 percent would support tolling on existing highways.

PCA releases free editions of two publications on reinforced concrete design

Skokie, Ill. — Two publications on reinforced concrete design are now available free-of-charge on the Portland Cement Association (PCA) website. Both publications, Simplified Design of Concrete Buildings and Notes on ACI Building Codes, were revised and updated according to ACI 318-11 codes. They present time-saving analysis, design, "how to" methods for construction of reinforced concrete buildings and more.

CFSEI to host free webinar on results of seismic testing on multi-story cold-formed steel structures

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) will host a free webinar on “CFS-NEES: Putting Cold-Formed Steel Framing to the Test” on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar will cover the significant, game-changing results of a three-year research project designed to increase the safety of buildings that use lightweight cold-formed steel for their primary framing during a seismic event. The webinar is designed for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors. Participants are eligible for 1.5 Professional Development Hours.

FTA announces Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning

Washington, D.C. — In the Federal Register on September 4, 2014, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of nearly $20 million in competitive funds for comprehensive planning associated with a new fixed guideway or core capacity improvement project that will seek funding under FTA’s Capital Investment Grants Program. The new Pilot Program for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Planning is authorized under MAP-21.

All Aboard Florida selects Trainsets manufacturer

Sacramento, Calif. — All Aboard Florida selected Siemens to build the locomotives and passenger coaches for its passenger rail project that will connect South and Central Florida. All Aboard Florida and Siemens have been working together extensively on the development and design of the passenger rail cars.

Construction underway on Eggners Ferry Bridge replacement

Aurora, Ky. — Governor Steve Beshear broke ground to ceremonially begin construction on a new and long-awaited $131.5 million bridge that will replace the aging, obsolete Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake at Aurora. The new four-lane bridge, which features a unique basket-handle tied arch design, will carry U.S. 68/KY 80 over Kentucky Lake and serve as the western entrance to Land Between the Lakes.

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