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HNTB Corporation among firms selected for South Coast Rail project

Boston – A 10-year program and construction management contract for the construction of the long-awaited South Coast Rail project has been awarded jointly to HNTB Corporation and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. The initial first-year contract will fund program management; data collection, including environmental site assessments; partial preliminary design; environmental permitting and public outreach.

Horner & Shifrin to oversee Corps of Engineers levee repairs

O’Fallon, Ill. — Horner & Shifrin (H&S) was selected by the JL Brown Contracting Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to provide construction management services for six levee repair projects in the bi-state area caused by heavy flooding damage last summer. Work on these projects, which total over $1.3 million, began in late May.

Woolpert to provide aerial mapping for West Virginia

Dayton, Ohio — Woolpert, a national geospatial, infrastructure management and design firm headquartered in Dayton, was awarded a one-year contract with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways to provide on-call aerial photography and mapping services to support the design of roadway and bridge projects. The agreement, valued at up to $750,000 in the first year, may be extended for an additional one-year term.

R.A. Smith National provides surveying, sitework engineering for rehabilitation of Milwaukee neighborhoods

Brookfield, Wis. — R.A. Smith National, a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm, is providing surveying, site planning, and grading and erosion control design to Gorman & Company, Inc. for the rehabilitation of homes in inner-city Milwaukee neighborhoods. R.A. Smith National has provided surveying services for more than 200 sites since 2006 and engineering services for more than 60 new home sites since 2011.

Seminole County, Fla., approves VHB’s redevelopment plan along key transportation corridor

Orlando, Fla. — Seminole County, Fla. recently approved a Master Plan for the redevelopment of the Oxford Road area identified as a key “catalyst” site for redevelopment and reinvestment along the U.S. 17-92 corridor. It is a catalyst site because of its pivotal position on the Seminole County transportation network. The plan was prepared by VHB, a national planning, design and engineering firm with its Southeast headquarters in Orlando.

Seven East Bay communities, municipal utility district to repair sewer systems, pay civil penalties

San Francisco — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a Clean Water Act settlement requiring the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and seven East Bay communities to conduct extensive system repairs aimed at eliminating millions of gallons of sewage discharges into San Francisco Bay. Under the agreement, EBMUD and the communities will assess and upgrade their 1,500-mile-long sewer system infrastructure over a 21-year period. The work is expected to cost approximately $1.5 billion. The entities will pay civil penalties of $1.5 million for past sewage discharges that violated federal environmental law.

U.S. DOT celebrates opening of Silver Line Metrorail in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. — On July 26, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and other U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) officials celebrated the opening of the first phase of the Silver Line — the largest expansion of Metrorail service in 20 years — connecting the nation’s capital to Tysons Corner and the Reston area of Fairfax County.

U.S. DOT celebrates Tucson Streetcar opening

Tucson, Ariz. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) celebrated the grand opening of the Sun Link Streetcar line. The new line will significantly improve transit options for thousands of area residents and connect major activity centers in downtown Tucson with health care facilities, the University of Arizona and other regional attractions.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra to kick off 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems

Washington, D.C. — The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) announced that General Motors CEO Mary Barra will kick off the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) on Sunday, September 7 in Detroit, with an opening keynote speech that will address the changing transportation environment around the world as well as the rapidly evolving technology of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles.

Complete Plastic Pipes Conference papers now online

North Yorkshire, U.K. — The Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) has a new website that will provide technical and commercial information for the plastic pipe industry worldwide. As of today, the association has published an online database that contains all of its papers since the first 1970 conference in Southampton, U.K.

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