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California doesn’t want this towering water project. Trump administration may build it anyway

Los Angeles Times » The Trump administration is pushing forward with a colossal public works project in Northern California — heightening the towering Shasta Dam the equivalent of nearly two stories. The problem is that California is dead-set against the plan, and state law prohibits the 602-foot New Deal-era structure from getting any taller.

2018-03-20T07:46:42+00:00 March 15th, 2018|California, Dams, Trump & Infrastructure|

Trump administration cites augmented reality, satellite broadband as ‘transformative’ infrastructure projects

The Washington Post » The Trump administration wants to spend $20 billion on a range of risky but potentially “transformative” infrastructure projects, such as satellite networks to provide rural broadband, new launchpads for private rockets, and “augmented reality” technologies to visualize and manage urban traffic congestion, a senior official said Wednesday.

2018-03-20T08:44:38+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Trump & Infrastructure, Urban|

Researchers develop concrete transition system for bridges

Daily Commercial News » Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have developed a transition system at each end of a bridge that would eliminate the need for expansion joints. The transition system uses 20-30 concrete elements that distribute weight evenly across the bridge.

2018-03-20T08:39:46+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Austria, Bridges, General Interest|

DWR submits plans to address Oroville Dam forensic report

Oroville Mercury Register » The state Department of Water Resources submitted a plan to address flaws pointed out by an independent report in  January. DWR has also hired two executive-level engineers — one to report to the director and one to report to the chief dam safety engineer.

2018-03-14T15:15:39+00:00 March 13th, 2018|California, Dams, Oroville Dam|

Mayors Are Demanding a Better Infrastructure Deal

City Lab » At the National League of Cities’ annual conference this week, mayors and city council members declared rebuilding infrastructure as their number-one priority in the year to come. And they’re determined to negotiate better terms on Trump’s infrastructure deal.

2018-03-14T15:55:57+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Trump & Infrastructure, U.S. News|
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