Airports to receive COVID-19 relief grants

The Federal Aviation Administration will distribute $8 billion as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

What skills will transportation engineers need in the future?

Researchers at Ohio State collected views from a balanced panel of experts from academia, the private sector, and the public sector, in order to address three questions specific to transportation engineers in next 5-10 years.

Construction begins on 2 mi long combined sewer overflow tunnel in Alexandria, Virginia

The RiverRenew project in Alexandria, Virginia, includes a 2 mi long tunnel, multiple deep shafts, two large pumping stations, and the significant expansion of an interceptor sewer.

Society celebrates signs of progress at July Board meeting

Nearly 18 months since the COVID-19 pandemic upended the world, the ASCE Board of Direction noted several positive trends regarding the strength of the Society during its quarterly meeting, July 16-17.

FHWA invokes Civil Rights Act to suspend Houston interstate expansion

A massive infrastructure project planned for Houston is in limbo while the Federal Highway Administration investigates potential Civil Rights Act violations. The outcome could have implications for future projects.

How to build a railroad underpass: When push comes to slide

When a busy highway and hurricane evacuation route could not be shut down for construction of a rail underpass, the team turned to an unconventional solution.
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Inequities for Black and Latinx engineers continue, report finds

A Georgetown University report finds serious underrepresentation and persistent wage gaps for Black and Latinx employees in the field of engineering.

Pittsburgh draws inspiration for its “right-sized” airport

The indoor-outdoor design of the airport takes its cues from two distinct features of Pittsburgh: one cultural and one topographical.

Sacramento-area governments look to create regional trail network

To improve health and safety, provide economic benefits, and help increase transportation access, local governments in the Sacramento, California, region are planning to create a regional trail network.

How the interstate highway system connected — and in some cases segregated — America

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Policy and legislation

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Society celebrates signs of progress at July Board meeting

Nearly 18 months since the COVID-19 pandemic upended the world, the ASCE Board of Direction noted several positive trends regarding the strength of the Society during its quarterly meeting, July 16-17.

Civil Engineering Almanac – Avery Brundage: Civil engineer of olympic stature

Reuben Hull's Civil Engineering Almanac travels back to the day civil engineer Avery Brundage begins his term on the IOC.

ASCE Convention to get technical – and that’s a good thing

The ASCE 2021 Convention is bringing more useful technical knowledge to the table this year with what ASCE is calling Tech Talks.

The key to structural safety may be collaborative reporting

Modeled on the British CROSS-UK system, CROSS-US accepts reports from any professionals who work with or have knowledge of structural safety issues.

Technical notes

New paper optimizes testing of groundwater for vulnerability

Using the DRASTIC method, an index-based methodology, researchers assessed groundwater contamination to develop a vulnerability map.

What skills will transportation engineers need in the future?

Researchers at Ohio State collected views from a balanced panel of experts from academia, the private sector, and the public sector, in order to address three questions specific to transportation engineers in next 5-10 years.

Evaluating dowel-type connections’ performance in cross-laminated timber

A paper in the "Journal of Structural Engineering" studies the performance of cross-laminated timber dowel-type connections.

Paper explores positives and negatives of construction industry’s sustainability practices

A new paper for the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management seeks to identify the positive and negative interactions for both practices -- circular economy and lean construction.

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