At least two dams have breached as a result of flooding from Hurricane Florence, and officials are closely monitoring others, a task complicated by a number of false reports. The state has 1,445 high-hazard dams, 185 of which have been deemed unsatisfactory or poor during recent assessments.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation started an $81.8 million rehabilitation of the Liberty Bridge in Pittsburgh three years ago, and the agency says that the bulk of the project is done. Crews still have to complete minor work on such things as sidewalks and a pedestrian railing.
A report by research group TRIP states that poor road and bridge conditions cost Wisconsin drivers $6.8 billion annually -- an average of $2,321 per driver in the state's biggest urban areas. The report found that half of the state's major roads and highways are in mediocre or poor condition.
Kansas City, Mo.-based architectural firm Populous will design south end zone seating, terraces, a stage, massive scoreboard and offices for the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin. The $175 million project will create a full bowl out of the 95-year-old horseshoe-shaped stadium, with construction to begin in 2019 and end two years later.
Facebook will spend $750 million to construct two additional data centers in Prineville, Ore., bringing the company's presence there to seven buildings and 3.2 million square feet. It is also planning six solar projects and other clean energy sources to offset the power needed to run all its facilities in the area.
The 86th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association will take place in October, with New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and former White House adviser D.J. Gribbin as headlining speakers. The event will cover topics including sustainable mobility, interoperability and open-road tolling.
The Indiana Finance Authority's board has given unanimous approval to a 35% increase in tolls for large trucks and other heavy vehicles with more than two axles. The new rate will be implemented Oct. 5, and the state plans to improve infrastructure with the additional $1 billion that's expected to be generated over three years.
Hoar Construction used a semi-automated mason to lay 70% of the bricks used to replace a 14-story brick facade on the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke, Va. The SAM robot laid an average of 3,000 bricks per day -- six times quicker than a human -- helping make the project efficient and safe.
Former White House economic advisor Gary Cohn said he expects President Donald Trump to work with Democrats on a $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion infrastructure package if they take control of the House after the midterm elections. Cohn says such a deal would add to the national debt and that he would have preferred a public-private partnership approach.