A judge in Utah has ordered a man to remediate and restore the land on which he operates a motocross track and to post a $683,046 performance bond in addition to paying civil penalties. The landowner is appealing the ruling and said he isn't planning to pay anything.
CityPlace, a $6.5 billion mixed-use development in in Santa Clara, Calif., and a 970,000-square-foot office development in San Jose are moving forward after city officials reached agreement on infrastructure and other improvements. Each city had filed lawsuits, but with the agreement in place, ground could break soon.
The cost to build the first phase of the high-speed rail in California increased $2.8 billion, and the entire project is now estimated to cost $67 billion. The California High Speed Rail Authority is facing increased costs from right-of-way acquisition.
Modular construction and construction-integrated manufacturing will become a larger part of the construction industry in 2018, says Kenny Ingram, a global industry director at IFS. Countries such as Sweden and Japan are leading the way as the industry becomes more global.
Many members of Congress hope to reauthorize spending for flood protection and other water-related projects in 2018 with the Water Resources Development Act, but the current political climate could mean opposition. The House has a Jan. 18 hearing scheduled, and transportation committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., plans to keep the legislation on track.
The World Resources Institute and the World Bank's report on safety and traffic infrastructure around the globe concludes that the US is not doing as much as other nations to invest in road safety. Road-related accidents are the 10th-leading cause of fatalities across the world, and the report says the US should put safety at the forefront of all road design, as speed plays a major role.
Joseph Schofer, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Northwestern University, offers five guidelines for crafting infrastructure legislation. He says legislatures must balance maximizing the value and need of a project with protecting taxpayers.
Leaders who borrow concepts from stage performances have a better chance of engaging the audience because the crowd becomes part of the story, writes Edmund Chow. Such a presentation requires an antagonist, a protagonist, staging with appropriate props and getting into character, he writes.
Plans for a toll road in Polk County, Fla., stalled two years ago, but the idea appears to have been given new life, with the Polk Transportation Planning Organization voting unanimously in favor of an 8-mile leg of the project. The Florida Turnpike Enterprise and the state's Department of Transportation support construction of the Central Polk Parkway, which could cost about $200 million, and work could start as soon as 2024.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave few details about his plan for congestion pricing around New York City during his budget address, but he did emphasize that the plan would focus on areas of the city where people drive rather than on specific bridges and tunnels. The goal is to reduce congestion in Manhattan and raise revenue for the city's public transportation system.