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Offshore Oil and Gas Operators Want Less Regulation, but Surprise Inspections Find Serious Safety Problems

The New York Times » More than 50 inspectors, traveling on helicopters, conducted surprise inspections on about 40 offshore platforms and drilling rigs. The results were still being compiled but the inspectors found serious problems, including some that were potentially life threatening.

2018-03-20T07:51:35+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Non-Renewable Sources|

Assemblyman Chiu seeks $250 million in state money for decaying SF seawall

San Francisco Chronicle » As much as $250 million in state taxes generated from development along San Francisco’s waterfront would be directed toward the city’s ambitious plan to reconstruct the crumbling Embarcadero seawall, under legislation Assemblyman David Chiu will introduce Monday.

2018-03-20T07:42:38+00:00 March 18th, 2018|California, Urban, Water|

Crack on Florida Bridge Was Discussed in Meeting Hours Before Collapse

The New York Times » Hours before the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University on Thursday, the engineering company for the bridge held a meeting to discuss a crack on the structure, according to a statement from the university released early Saturday.

2018-03-20T07:08:18+00:00 March 17th, 2018|Design-Build, Florida, Pedestrian Bridge|

Engineer of FIU bridge reported cracks in structure to FDOT days before collapse

Politico » Two days before the catastrophic collapse of a newly-built Florida International University pedestrian bridge that claimed the lives of at least six people, the lead engineer on the project called state transportation officials to warn of cracks in the massive structure.

2018-03-20T07:12:50+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Design-Build, Florida, Pedestrian Bridge|

Transportation officials: Gateway is ‘most urgent project in America’

Newsday » Officials behind Amtrak’s $13 billion Gateway plan, which includes building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River, on Friday said they were confident they’ll get much-needed federal backing for the “most urgent project in America,” despite growing opposition from the Trump administration.

2018-03-20T07:38:18+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Metro Rail / Transit, New Jersey, New York, Public-Private Partnerships, Railways|

Another 30 miles of California’s bullet train route must run at lower speeds, documents show

Los Angeles Times » The California bullet train will have another slow segment of track as part of a new cost-savings measure, state rail authority documents reveal. Technical documents attached to the authority’s 2018 business plan show that it no longer plans to have dedicated tracks designed for speeds of up to 220 mph over a 30-mile stretch south of San Francisco.

2018-03-20T08:06:51+00:00 March 15th, 2018|California, California High Speed Rail, Design-Build, High-Speed Rail|
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