Puerto Rican architects and designers have joined forces with advocacy group Enlace Project to install stronger roofs in Cano Martin Pena, which suffers from the aftereffects of Hurricane Maria. Efforts have also extended throughout the island to rebuild it through resiliency planning, renewable energy systems, new housing types, better construction techniques, new businesses and closer collaboration with policymakers.
Washington state transportation officials should provide the necessary funding to finish the Interstate 405 master plan, write Victor Bishop and Todd Woosley. The plan calls for the construction of lanes between Bellevue and Renton, as well as interchange improvements and the addition of more general-purpose lanes.
At least two dams have breached as a result of flooding from Hurricane Florence, and officials are closely monitoring others, a task complicated by a number of false reports. The state has 1,445 high-hazard dams, 185 of which have been deemed unsatisfactory or poor during recent assessments.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation started an $81.8 million rehabilitation of the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh three years ago, and the agency says that the bulk of the project is done. Crews still have to complete minor work on such things as sidewalks and a pedestrian railing.
A report by research group TRIP states that poor road and bridge conditions cost Wisconsin drivers $6.8 billion annually -- an average of $2,321 per driver in the state's biggest urban areas. The report found that half of the state's major roads and highways are in mediocre or poor condition.
Automakers are shifting from the use of dedicated short-range communications in autonomous vehicles to cellular vehicle-to-everything, or C-V2X, technology. Supporters are using the safety of autonomous vehicles as a selling point as the federal government considers how to proceed.
Kansas City, Mo.-based architectural firm Populous will design south end zone seating, terraces, a stage, massive scoreboard and offices for the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin. The $175 million project will create a full bowl out of the 95-year-old horseshoe-shaped stadium, with construction to begin in 2019 and end two years later.
Facebook will spend $750 million to construct two additional data centers in Prineville, Ore., bringing the company's presence there to seven buildings and 3.2 million square feet. It is also planning six solar projects and other clean energy sources to offset the power needed to run all its facilities in the area.