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1908 bridge rehab opens two months ahead of schedule

Iselin, N.J. – On Friday, June 20, Essex County and Millburn Township officials cut a ribbon to celebrate the reopening of the Glen Avenue Bridge in Millburn, N.J. Among those attending the reopening ceremony were Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., and Hatch Mott MacDonald Project Manager Jerry Kroner. The rehabilitation of the bridge, estimated to last about six months, was completed in just over four.

Watershed rehabilitation funding to repair dams in 26 states

Perry, Okla. — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that communities across the nation will benefit from a $262 million investment to rehabilitate dams that provide critical infrastructure and protect public health and safety. Funding will provide rehabilitation assistance for 150 dams in 26 states. Funds will be used for planning, design or construction. Also, 500 dam sites will be assessed for safety through NRCS’ Watershed Rehabilitation Program.

APWA announces new Certified Stormwater Managers

Kansas City, Mo. — The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced that six public works professionals have recently earned their credential as Certified Stormwater Managers (CSM). The APWA CSM certification is intended for water experts in both the public and private sectors who coordinate and implement stormwater management programs for city, county, state, provincial, and federal agencies. These professionals assist in administering drainage, flood control, and water quality programs. Since its inception, the APWA CSM program has certified 96 Stormwater Managers in North America.

HNTB selected to design new Kosciuszko Bridge

New York — HNTB Corporation will be the lead designer for the Skanska-Kiewit-ECCO III Joint Venture, the design-build team chosen to complete the replacement eastbound Kosciuszko Bridge. It is the largest design-build project ever awarded by the New York State Department of Transportation. The $555 million, 1.1-mile-long project includes an 1,100-foot main span cable-stayed structure, high-level approach bridges, and low-level connectors with numerous overpasses over local streets.

J.L Patterson & Associates awarded bridge inspection contract

Orange, Calif. — J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc. (JLP), a civil, trackwork, environmental and structural engineering firm, announced that the North County Transit District awarded the firm a contract worth up to $7 million to provide bridge inspection and management services for the District’s major bridge structures.

President creates Build America Investment Initiative

Washington, D.C. — On July 17, President Obama announced a new executive action to create the Build America Investment Initiative, a government-wide initiative to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth. As part of the Initiative, the Administration is launching the Build America Transportation Investment Center – housed at the Department of Transportation – to serve as a one-stop shop for cities and states seeking to use innovative financing and partnerships with the private sector to support transportation infrastructure.

TxDOT awards Atkins right-of-way and utility coordination contract for statewide P3 projects

Tampa, Fla. — The Texas Department of Transportation selected Atkins to provide right-of-way (ROW) oversight, compliance review, and utility coordination services for transportation-related public-private partnership (P3) projects throughout Texas. The six-year, $25 million contract calls for Atkins to serve as TxDOT’s program management consultant, overseeing projects that will be developed under comprehensive development agreements, design-build contracts, and other innovative delivery methods.

Bechtel releases Sustainability Report

Reston, Va. — Bechtel published the company's first sustainability report, which showcases the positive impacts the global engineering, project management, and construction leader has on the communities and countries where it works.

Sustainability is major focus at Plastic Pipes conference

Chicago — The contribution of plastic pipe systems to sustainable development will be one of the key discussion points at the upcoming Plastic Pipes XVII Conference and Exhibition in Chicago. Evidence from environmental assessments carried out by independent technical institutes will underline the advantages of these systems. Furthermore, recent sustainable developments for mitigating flooding, seismic events, creating high-yield horticulture and transforming desert landscapes will be considered.

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