Black & Veatch has been hired to upgrade a wastewater treatment plant in Huntington Beach, Calif., that is estimated to cost $120 million. Work should start in 2021.
The nonprofit ISET-International produced a report highlighting lessons that can be learned from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, noting that inconsistent information on regulation and residents' lack of awareness of flooding risks caused many of the problems. The organization recommended more flood-resistant infrastructure and more coordination between regulatory agencies.
The California Public Utilities Commission rejected San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison's $639 plan to build a 47-mile natural gas pipeline. The commission said the project was not needed and instead ordered testing on an existing pipeline to ensure its safety.
Two 864-foot-long canopies are being constructed outside the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, creating a dramatic architectural feature that is part of a $6 billion capital program. The canopies, which together will cost about $265 million, will protect passengers from the elements.
Officials in Indonesia say the integration of Jakarta's outer ring road is intended only to increase efficiency, not to justify increasing tolls, as some have suggested. The new system will allow road users to pay once rather than having to stop at multiple stations along the route.
A plaza on a toll road in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will begin electronic toll collection in July. The system will be installed at other locations in the future.
The Cedar Park, Texas, City Council passed a resolution last week supporting the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority's plans for widening US 183 and extending US 183A. Construction could begin in 2020.
Infrastructure improvement revenue generated by registration and gas tax increases in California would be jeopardized if opposition leads to their repeal. "Repealing the gas tax is only going to take away projects from communities and cost jobs statewide, resulting in more unsafe roads for all Californians," said Michael Quigley of the California Alliance for Jobs.
Benjamin Schneider suggests little vehicles could supplant private automobile and ride-hailing services as a major mode of transportation in US big cities. The vehicles encompass everything from electric bikes to motorized skateboards and could be cheaper, faster and more fun than automobiles.
Bike-sharing service Lime continues to expand its reach in European cities with the launch of dock-free electric scooters in Paris. Lime, which serves approximately 60 cities and college campuses in the US, already operates in Zurich as well as Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany.