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CDOT recognized for response to historic Colorado flooding

Albuquerque, N.M. — The Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) response to the historic flooding of September 2013 has been honored by the Western Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (WASHTO) during its annual meeting in Albuquerque. Specifically, CDOT's flood response was named winner in the medium-sized projects (cost: $26-$199 million) in the Quality of Life/Community Development category.

Repairs to I-495 Bridge continue to advance

Wilmington, Del. — Construction of the 32 new underground support columns needed to repair the I-495 bridge were completed today and work to erect the jacking towers that will be used to lift the bridge deck back into alignment is ongoing.

Storm mitigation planning project named ARTBA Globe Award winner

New York — A project to develop measures to protect New York City communities from future storms, undertaken by HR&A Advisors and Parsons Brinckerhoff, has received a Globe Award in the public transit category from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

Illinois Tollway to launch first-in-nation technology test site

Downers Grove, Ill. — The Illinois Tollway announced it will build a unique test site to improve existing tolling products and study future technologies, including smartphone tolling applications and I-PASS transponders that instantly confirm toll payments. The site will be a “living laboratory” built on an existing segment of the Tollway system to test tolling options in real-world conditions involving a complex mix of vehicles and traffic patterns. The test site will be the first of its kind in the nation and is scheduled to open in 2015.

President announces initiatives to support climate preparedness

Washington, D.C. — On July 16, President Obama announced a series of actions to respond to the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience’s early feedback to help prepare the communities for the impacts of climate change by developing more resilient infrastructure and rebuilding existing infrastructure stronger and smarter. The Task Force, made up of 26 officials from across the country, will provide its final recommendations to the president in the fall.

Video: 70-foot-long concrete bridge survives simulated earthquakes

Reno, Nev. — A 70-foot-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of 10 earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment in the University of Nevada, Reno’s new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the newest addition to the world-renowned earthquake/seismic engineering facility.

DC Water announces successful sale of $350 million green century bonds

Washington, D.C. — DC Water issued $350 million in taxable, green century bonds this week, marking several firsts for the Authority and the municipal sector. The 100-year final maturity represents the first municipal century bond issued by a water/wastewater utility in the United States. It also represents DC Water’s inaugural green bond issue and the first "certified" green bond in the U.S. debt capital markets with an independent second-party sustainability opinion.

Video: I-90 Innerbelt Bridge demolition

Cleveland — The I-90 Innerbelt Bridge opened to traffic on August 15, 1959, and on July 12, 2014, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), Trumbull-Great Lakes-Ruhlin (TGR) and thousands of Clevelanders said their final good-byes to the bridge as it disappeared into the Cuyahoga River Valley. Controlled explosive demolition of the steel skeleton of the 1959 Innerbelt Bridge took place shortly after 6 a.m., dropping five of the nine steel spans of the old bridge.

White House report highlights economic benefits of transportation investment

Washington, D.C. — On July 14, the White House released a new report from the Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council on the long-term economic benefits of transportation investment and why conditions in the infrastructure sector are ripe for innovation, with new technologies and approaches promising significant gains in productivity, efficiency, and resilience.

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