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5/22/2017

The tracks at New York City's Penn Station are deteriorating, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the situation declared a national emergency so it can receive federal funds. Amtrak has come under fire for not properly maintaining the tracks, resulting in numerous delays and derailments, and Cuomo has reservations about the company's promise to repair the tracks over six weeks this summer.

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Reuters
5/22/2017

US hedge fund Blackstone and the Public Investment Fund in Saudi Arabia plan to invest $40 billion in US infrastructure projects. Yasir al-Rumayyan, the head of the Saudi fund, said the investment "reflects our positive views around the ambitious infrastructure initiatives being undertaken in the United States as announced by President Trump."

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The Hill
5/22/2017

These 12 dams are especially amazing feats of engineering. For example, the Contra Dam in Switzerland, made famous in a James Bond movie, required less concrete due to its narrow design.

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Hoover Dam
5/22/2017

Looking to get around Ohio Gov. John Kasich's refusal to declare open waters of western Lake Erie impaired under the federal Clean Water Act, the Environmental Law and Policy Center has filed a new lawsuit. It's the second such suit, but this one is aimed at getting a hearing with Senior Judge James Carr of Toledo, who has ruled on several Lake Erie environmental cases.

5/22/2017

Construction has been stalled for months at the American Dream Meadowlands project in New Jersey, but developer Triple Five has closed on $1.6 billion in construction financing. The money is expected to be used to secure $1 billion in nonrecourse bonds to finish the project.

5/22/2017

HansonLA Architecture has released renderings for a 10-acre, mixed-use project in Los Angeles' Fashion District. City Market will include residential, retail, educational, hotel and entertainment space and could cost as much as $1 billion.

5/22/2017

The Utah Legislature adopted a bill that gave the state's Department of Transportation $1 billion in extra funding over the next four years, and the state's transportation commission voted to appropriate funds for several large infrastructure improvement projects. The commission approved construction of the $610 million West Davis Corridor highway project, but the project hasn't yet received federal approval.

5/22/2017

With the help of a crane ride at the new $1.5 billion football stadium for the Atlanta Falcons, a media representative photographed the view from the top of the 340-foot-tall roof. Construction of the facility had been delayed several times due the complicated design of the roof.

5/22/2017

The US is beginning to catch up with other countries' efforts to mitigate risk to workers by designing for construction safety. Architects and engineers have raised concerns about the practice, "but they pale in comparison to the thousands of injuries and fatalities that occur every year," many of which could have been prevented through design, Joe Amara of Faith Technologies writes.

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Plant Engineering
5/22/2017

A transportation bill in Texas included an amendment that capped fines for unpaid tolls on roads operated by the Texas Department of Transportation. Transportation officials believe the legislature could do the same for other tolling agencies around the state, and they say the legislation is a wake-up call for tolling agencies that tack on penalties and fines.