Society leaders at all stages – students, Younger Members, and Section/Branch officers – developed new skills and learned from each other's experiences at ASCE's Multi-Region Leadership Conferences. See what participants shared on social media from the workshops in Las Vegas, Omaha, Neb., and Buffalo, N.Y.
The ASCE Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award honors great projects that advance sustainability principles, such as 2017's winner, a downtown streetcar system in Kansas City, Mo. Familiar with a project that would inspire further applications and innovations in sustainability? Submit it for the 2018 award.
A $1 billion medical project could be coming to Carmel, Ind. A letter sent to homeowners suggests that plans call for a 40-acre development with parking garages, an inpatient hospital and supporting medical buildings.
A public-private partnership will build a new city hall in Long Beach, Calif. Private developers are constructing $520 million worth of public projects in exchange for land and the right to develop stores, apartments and possibly a hotel.
A $412 million medical research center planned for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., is part of a $1 billion expansion effort. Construction is expected to begin in the spring and employ 5,000 workers.
Proposals in the Virginia House Appropriations Committee might result in modified tolls on Interstate 66. One proposed amendment would call on the Virginia Department of Transportation to modify the tolling algorithm to reduce vehicles' target speeds, but the department says it currently lacks sufficient data to make such a change.
Installation of gantries for cashless tolling on New York's Grand Island bridges is underway. The New York State Thruway Authority says cashless tolling is expected to be in effect in March.
Construction is to begin this month on a project to widen seven miles of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between the exits for Lansdale and Quakertown, with tolls funding the project's entire cost. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will hold an open house Wednesday to educate the public on the $225 million project.
The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is adding connected-infrastructure equipment to more than 1,600 vehicles and at more than 40 locations. The equipment is part of the US Transportation Department's connected-vehicle pilot, and 10 streetcars in Tampa are to be included.
Autonomous vehicles will soon have a major effect in the US and around the world, and Congress and federal agencies are working to develop a regulatory structure for the technology, Noah Smith writes. The government needs to require communications among vehicles, Smith writes, suggesting that the easiest way to achieve that goal "is to mandate that self-driving software companies make public all of the software and protocols that they use for communications between cars."
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