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Denham: USDOT inspector general to audit California high-speed rail project

Progressive Railroading » The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has agreed to an audit of California’s high-speed rail project, U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) announced yesterday. The office agreed to action after Denham requested in December 2017 that it look into the project’s “continued cost overruns” and a timeline that has grown over the years.

2018-04-16T15:18:09+00:00 April 13th, 2018|California, California High Speed Rail, Design-Build, High-Speed Rail|

Damage to Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge prompts safety fears, but China insists everything is fine

Verdict » The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge has yet to open to the public. However, there are already concerns about the safety of the 55 kilometer (34-mile) sea-crossing structure. Regardless, Chinese officials from the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Authority have insisted that the image doesn’t show damage and that the structure was deliberately designed as it appears.

2018-04-16T15:32:35+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Bridges, China, Highways, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge|

For NTSB investigators piecing together FIU bridge collapse, ‘evidence tells the story’

Miami Herald » Investigators have preserved large sections of the bridge, storing them in a Florida Department of Transportation warehouse. They’ve also sent core samples of concrete pulled from the debris for testing and plan to examine tensioning cables, which were being adjusted by a worker when the bridge fell.

2018-04-16T15:47:34+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Design-Build, Florida, Pedestrian Bridge|

NYC Tunnel Funding Leads to New Clash Between Transportation Secretary, Lawmakers

Bloomberg » The powerful Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee scolded Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for not supporting the Gateway rail bridge and tunnel projects in New York and New Jersey, as lawmakers from the region keep up their fight with the Trump administration over money for the program.

2018-04-16T15:30:31+00:00 April 12th, 2018|New Jersey, New York, Public-Private Partnerships, Rail, Trump & Infrastructure|

Feds: Local officials share blame in Atlanta bridge collapse

News-Press Now » The Georgia Department of Transportation is partially responsible for a fire that caused a section of interstate to collapse last year in Atlanta, federal investigators said in a report released Wednesday. The National Transportation Safety Board said in the report that the department’s decision to store construction materials under the bridge increased the risk of fire. The NTSB also issued a warning to transportation officials in other states.

2018-04-18T09:47:47+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Bridges, Georgia, Highways|
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