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NCDOT announces P3 project to improve I-77 traffic flow in Charlotte area

Raleigh, N.C. — The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) announced the apparent successful bidder for its first Public-Private-Partnership (P3) contract to improve the traffic flow along 26 miles of I-77 in the Charlotte area, one of the most congested roadways in the state. Following a required bidding process, and pending final review, it appears Cintra Infraestructures, S.A. will construct the I-77 project through a joint venture with F.A. Southeast, W.C. English, and the lead design firm of The Louis Berger Group.

Terracon acquires Neil O. Anderson and Associates

Olathe, Kan. — Terracon Consultants, Inc. acquired Neil O. Anderson and Associates based in Lodi, Calif. Founded in 1991, Neil O. Anderson and Associates is a geotechnical, environmental, and materials testing engineering firm specializing in energy, geotechnical instrumentation, geophysical methods, federal highways, and aquatic facility design services for private and public sector clients. They have additional offices located in Sacramento and Concord, Calif.

EPA approves Buffalo Sewer Authority’s plan to reduce sewage and water pollution in Niagara River

New York — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have approved the Buffalo Sewer Authority’s (BSA) plan to reduce the amount of sewage and stormwater runoff that flow from the city of Buffalo’s combined sewer system. Under the approved plan, the BSA will implement a series of projects that will improve water quality in the Niagara River and its tributaries, including projects that use green infrastructure to soak up and store stormwater that would otherwise increase overflows of raw sewage into local waterways. The BSA has committed to investing $380 million on these projects over 20 years.

NYC to begin largest ever expansion of the Bluebelt System on Staten Island

New York — New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Deputy Commissioner Eric Macfarlane announced that the largest ever expansion of the Staten Island Bluebelt will begin in the South Shore’s Woodrow area later this spring. Currently, very few streets in this area are equipped with catch basins or storm sewers and roadway flooding often occurs during heavy rain storms. The $48 million infrastructure upgrade will add more than three miles of storm sewers, install hundreds of catch basins, replace existing water mains, and include the largest ever expansion of the Bluebelt system.

Experimental bridge tests self-consolidating concrete girders

Jefferson City, Mo. — A new bridge spanning the St Mary’s River on Highway 50 just east of Jefferson City, Mo., is being used to test innovative concrete mixes side by side under real world conditions in a series of research projects being conducted by the Missouri University of Science & Technology and Missouri DOT. One test, to which County Materials Corporation contributed its experience, will assess the relative performance of girders constructed from two different mixes of self-consolidating concrete (SCC) alongside a traditional concrete mix. This will be the first bridge in Missouri to contain SCC.

Caltrans backs NACTO street design guides to promote biking and walking

Sacramento, Calif. — In an effort to support the construction of more multimodal local streets and roads, Caltrans endorsed National Association of City Transportation Officials’ (NACTO) guidelines that include innovations such as buffered bike lanes and improved pedestrian walkways. California is the third state to endorse these new design guidelines.

IECA issues call for Environmental Connection 2015 presentations

Denver — The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is calling for presentations for Environmental Connection 2015 annual conference and expo for the erosion and sediment control community. The 2015 conference will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., Feb. 15‐18, 2015. Environmental Connection 2015 will be a co-located event with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI).

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