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President Trump issues executive order establishing advisory council on infrastructure

July 24th, 2017

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order July 19, 2017, ordering formation of a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure in the Department of Commerce. The advisory council is tasked with prioritizing U.S. infrastructure needs, accelerating the preconstruction approval process, developing funding options, developing methods to increase public-private partnerships, and promoting advanced manufacturing and infrastructure-related […]

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TRB accepting papers for 2018 Annual Meeting

July 21st, 2017

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is accepting papers for consideration for the program for the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting, January 7–11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). All papers must be submitted in PDF format to the TRB’s paper submission website by August 1, 2017. To […]

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HUESKER offers webinar on geosynthetic embankments on soft soil

July 20th, 2017

HUESKER is presenting a free webinar on using geosynthetics for embankments on soft soil on August 10, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Hosted by HUESKER Engineering Department head Lilma Schimmel, the webinar will offer an overview of solutions for embankments founded on poor soils utilizing high-strength geotextiles, geogrids and geotextile-encased columns as deep foundations. For […]

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Geomembrane used at South Africa’s first black-woman-owned manganese mine

July 19th, 2017

A geomembrane provided by Zambia’s Kaytech Engineered Fabrics and installed by South Africa’s Aquatan Lining System was used at the Kalagadi Mine, near Hotazel, Northern Cape province, South Africa, about 675 miles (1,085 km) northeast of Cape Town. Kalagadi is the first manganese mine owned by a South African black woman, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, known as […]

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Minneapolis-St. Paul council to accept bids for light rail extension in August

July 14th, 2017

The Metropolitan Council in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., announced July 13, 2017, it will begin accepting bids Aug. 15 for the largest public works project in Minnesota history, the planned Southwest Light Rail Transit (Southwest LRT) Project, from downtown Minneapolis to the western suburb of Eden Prairie. The council plans to award civil contracts this fall […]

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HUESKER coins term, releases video on geogrid “interaction flexibility”

July 13th, 2017

In a press release date July 11, 2017, HUESKER expanded on the need for a newly defined aspect of geogrids—interaction flexibility—and released a video on the characteristic. The company noted that according to the current state of scientific knowledge, the key properties of effective reinforcement are adequate tensile stiffness and tensile strength coupled with good […]

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California Transportation Commission approves $593 million in funding

July 12th, 2017

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved nearly $593 million for 124 transportation projects aimed at alleviating traffic delays, repairing aging roads and bridges, and encouraging bicycling and walking. The funding is part of a larger push to rebuild and maintain the Golden State’s infrastructure. “These projects will help us maintain and modernize California’s transportation system,” […]

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Owens Corning introduces GeoLap™ adhesive tape

July 11th, 2017

On July 11, 2017, Owens Corning announced the introduction of GeoLap™ adhesive tape, a taping solution designed specifically for RhinoMat® and RhinoSkin® geomembrane applications. By incorporating high-strength adhesive, extra width and thickness, GeoLap™ is meant for geomembrane patching, repair, and protection, Owens Corning said. “The development of Owens Corning GeoLap adhesive tape demonstrates the company’s […]

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South Carolina DOT gets funding to support 10-year infrastructure plan

July 10th, 2017

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) released a decade-long plan designed to rebuild decayed roads and replace structurally deficient bridges across the state. The South Carolina General Assembly passed the Roads Bill, which went into effect on July 1, 2017, allowing SCDOT to launch their plan. Under the Roads Bill, the state’s gas tax […]

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NHI offering web-based course on rockfall stabilization

July 7th, 2017

The National Highway Institute (NHI), in partnership with the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TCCC) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is offering an online training course in rockfall stabilization. The four-hour online course will cover such topics as rock reinforcement and drainage, surface stabilization, rockfall slope containment systems, and rockfall […]

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