Oroville Dam: Formerly classified memo describing spillway cracks now public

Chico Enterprise-Record » The previously secret state Department of Water Resources memorandum explaining the hairline cracks in the Oroville Dam spillway is now public.

2017-12-12T14:51:13+00:00 December 11th, 2017|California, Dams|

Trump huddles with transportation leaders ahead of expected infrastructure plan

The Hill » The White House said it plans to submit “detailed legislative principles” to Congress in early January outlining President Donald Trump’s infrastructure vision. Officials are putting the finishing touches on the document, which is expected to serve as the building block for lawmakers to write legislation next year.

2017-12-12T14:33:48+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Federal Programs, Trump & Infrastructure, U.S. News|

Column: State expands plan to add toll lanes on I-55

Chicago Tribune » I-55 offers one of the worst commutes in the Midwest and sees 12 hours of daily congestion, with four crashes a day, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. IDOT last year proposed a public-private partnership to add one express toll lane in each direction for the 25-mile stretch between I-355 and I-90/94. Now IDOT has upped the ante, proposing two new toll lanes in each direction from I-90/94 in the city to I-294, with one toll lane in each direction from I-294 to I-355.

2017-12-11T14:38:00+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Highways, Indiana, Tolling|

‘These things add up.’ Could recurring problems compromise safety of California dams?

The Sacramento Bee » When it comes to inspecting dams, California is second to none. A panel of national experts examined the state’s Division of Safety of Dams last year and declared it tops in the field, citing inspectors’ knack for flagging small problems before they turn serious. Getting dam owners to fix those flaws quickly is another matter.

2017-12-11T12:16:43+00:00 December 8th, 2017|California, Dams|

Oroville Team Passes Milestone, Presses on With Spillway Fix

Engineering News-Record » A mix of brute force and cutting-edge technology enabled contractors to replace a large portion of Oroville Dam’s spillway chute in just 165 days, meeting a Nov. 1 deadline set in anticipation of the start of northern California’s winter rainy season. Over the winter, emergency-spillway improvements will continue.

2017-12-12T10:23:39+00:00 December 7th, 2017|California, Dams|
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