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SGM service project helps preserve historic mill

Glenwood Springs, Colo. — On Sunday, Aug 3, 2014, SGM, and local Snowmass Contractor Summit Construction, joined forces to help preserve pieces of the historic Crystal Mill. Twenty-four volunteers completed numerous items on the list for this year’s Crystal Mill Restoration Project.

Voting opens for the best transportation photos

Washington, D.C. — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials opened online voting for the eleventh annual Faces of Transportation photography contest. Voters can choose their favorite photograph from among 78 images being judged in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development, Historic Projects, and Taking the Road Less Traveled. Each photograph represents the positive effects of transportation on individuals and/or communities.

Twenty New York bridges to be strengthened with federal Hazard Mitigation Grants

Albany, N.Y. — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $47.8 million in funding to strengthen 20 bridges that cross water and are vulnerable to foundation erosion in New York State. The funding is available through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which aims to increase resiliency, reduce hardship and mitigate the risks of loss and damage from natural disasters.

Realigned I-495 Bridge is open in both directions

Wilmington, Del. — The northbound lanes of I-495 through Wilmington were reopened to traffic following the successful realignment of the I-495 Bridge spanning the Christina River, Delaware Secretary of Transportation Shailen Bhatt announced. The southbound lanes were reopened July 31. Traffic is now fully restored to the bridge in both directions.

Kentucky announces program to ensure role for qualified small businesses in federally funded transportation projects

Frankfort, Ky. — Governor Steve Beshear announced new steps to ensure qualified small businesses have a role in federally funded transportation projects in Kentucky. The new initiative involves the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, which has implemented a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program within its long-established program for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE).

Nonresidential Construction Index dips in Q3

Raleigh, N.C. — FMI, a provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, released the 2014 Third Quarter Nonresidential Construction Index report. The NRCI shows a decrease of 3.3 points from Q2, but is still above the same time period in 2013. The cost of materials and labor continues to climb weighing negatively on the index.

Building industry groups agree to streamline green building tool coordination and development

Washington, D.C. — The International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) signed a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building program. The unprecedented cooperation aims to create a comprehensive framework for jurisdictions looking to implement and adopt green building regulations and codes and/or provide incentives for voluntary leadership programs such as LEED.

Five states partner with UW on asphalt standards

Madison, Wis. — More than 80 percent of major roads in the United States are surfaced with asphaltic mixtures — and the liquid asphalt, a byproduct of oil refining, remains a bit of a chemical mess, an inconsistent, complex mix of hydrocarbons. So to understand how different kinds of asphalt will hold up under the weight of vehicles and the punishment of the elements, road engineers must use physical methods, from ovens to hydraulic testing devices, to inflict stress and extreme temperatures upon the mixtures.

Bridges to Prosperity and CH2M HILL partner to build suspension bridge in rural Panama

Denver — More than 200 residents of the villages of La Conga and La Florida, Panama, now have a safe and efficient crossing that provides access to schools, health clinics, markets and jobs. The CH2M HILL Foundation and the not-for-profit organization Bridges to Prosperity partnered to build a 45-meter pedestrian suspension bridge over the Rio Trinidad connecting these two rural communities.

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