Infrastructure

2023-12-01 18:53:43
by Tom Ramstack
Inspector General Investigates Reports of Bias in New FBI Headquarters Choice

WASHINGTON — A federal inspector general’s investigation is checking out reports that conflicts of interest might have influenced the choice... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal inspector general’s investigation is checking out reports that conflicts of interest might have influenced the choice last month of Greenbelt, Maryland, for the new FBI headquarters. Until the General Services Administration announced the 61-acre Greenbelt site... Read More

Biden to Convene New Supply Chain Council, Announce 30 Steps to Strengthen US Logistics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday will convene the first meeting of his supply chain resilience council, using the event... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday will convene the first meeting of his supply chain resilience council, using the event to announce 30 actions to improve access to medicine and needed economic data and other programs tied to the production... Read More

Top US Accident Investigator Says Close Calls Between Planes Show Aviation Is Under Stress

The nation’s top accident investigator said Thursday that a surge in close calls between planes at U.S. airports this year... Read More

The nation’s top accident investigator said Thursday that a surge in close calls between planes at U.S. airports this year is a "clear warning sign” that the aviation system is under stress. “While these events are incredibly rare, our safety... Read More

'Amtrak Joe' Biden Is Off to Delaware to Give Out $16B for Passenger Rail Projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden — perhaps the nation's biggest Amtrak fan — is set to promote new federal investments for... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden — perhaps the nation's biggest Amtrak fan — is set to promote new federal investments for trains on the heavily trafficked Northeast Corridor. The Democratic president is headed to Bear, Delaware, on Monday to announce more than... Read More

Born After Superstorm Sandy's Destruction, Two Flood Control Projects Begin in NJ

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — A decade after they were first envisioned in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy ’s destruction, two of the... Read More

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — A decade after they were first envisioned in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy ’s destruction, two of the largest flood control projects designed to protect the densely populated cities of New Jersey that lie just outside New York... Read More

2023-09-13 20:03:20
by Tom Ramstack
Lawmakers Demand Resiliency in New Transportation Projects

WASHINGTON — As the search for bodies continues in Hawaii after last month’s wildfires, a Senate committee on Wednesday discussed... Read More

WASHINGTON — As the search for bodies continues in Hawaii after last month’s wildfires, a Senate committee on Wednesday discussed how climate change is likely to interfere with the nation’s transportation systems. So far in 2023, the hottest year in... Read More

Some States Reject Federal Money to Find and Replace Dangerous Lead Pipes

ST. LOUIS (AP) — As the Biden administration makes billions of dollars available to remove millions of dangerous lead pipes... Read More

ST. LOUIS (AP) — As the Biden administration makes billions of dollars available to remove millions of dangerous lead pipes that can contaminate drinking water and damage brain development in children, some states are turning down funds. Washington, Oregon, Maine... Read More

Biden Administration Announces More Funding for Rural Broadband Infrastructure

The Biden administration on Monday continued its push toward internet-for-all by 2030, announcing about $667 million in new grants and... Read More

The Biden administration on Monday continued its push toward internet-for-all by 2030, announcing about $667 million in new grants and loans to build more broadband infrastructure in the rural U.S. “With this investment, we’re getting funding to communities in every... Read More

2023-08-18 19:37:56
by Tom Ramstack
Amtrak Invokes Eminent Domain for Rail Tunnel in Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Amtrak is trying to invoke eminent domain rights to build a multibillion-dollar replacement for the 150-year-old rail tunnel... Read More

BALTIMORE — Amtrak is trying to invoke eminent domain rights to build a multibillion-dollar replacement for the 150-year-old rail tunnel that runs under West Baltimore. The National Passenger Railroad Corp. says a new tunnel would be critical to its ability... Read More

A Billion-Dollar Coastal Project Begins in Louisiana. Will It Work as Sea Levels Rise?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly $3 billion in settlement money from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster that devastated the Gulf Coast and... Read More

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly $3 billion in settlement money from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster that devastated the Gulf Coast and killed hundreds of thousands of marine animals is now funding a massive ecosystem restoration in southeastern Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish. The... Read More

2023-07-20 20:13:28
by Dan McCue
Moylan Highlights Guam’s Military Importance for US in the Pacific

WASHINGTON — As Americans, “the West” has often played a role in our history and national psyche. “Go West, young... Read More

WASHINGTON — As Americans, “the West” has often played a role in our history and national psyche. “Go West, young man,” the newspaper editor Horace Greeley wrote in the New York Daily Tribune on July 13, 1865. Though he may... Read More

2023-06-05 14:28:05
by Kate Michael
Cybersecurity Experts Discuss Plans for Protecting Critical Infrastructure

WASHINGTON — When an oil and gas pipeline was disrupted by a ransomware attack just two years ago, other vital... Read More

WASHINGTON — When an oil and gas pipeline was disrupted by a ransomware attack just two years ago, other vital industries took notice. Now, the administration is seeking to secure the nation’s infrastructure from cyberthreats through mandatory minimum standards. “The... Read More

2023-05-22 19:09:00
by Dan McCue
Governors Push Bipartisan Plan to Speed Project Permitting

WASHINGTON — Hoping to speed the development of energy and infrastructure projects, members of the National Governors Association are touting... Read More

WASHINGTON — Hoping to speed the development of energy and infrastructure projects, members of the National Governors Association are touting a bipartisan plan they say will dramatically streamline the permitting process while maintaining the integrity of reviews. In a joint... Read More

2023-05-17 19:34:15
by Tom Ramstack
US Prosecutors Indict Russian for Ransomware Attacks

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department indicted a Russian citizen Tuesday prosecutors accused of ransomware campaigns that netted him and his... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department indicted a Russian citizen Tuesday prosecutors accused of ransomware campaigns that netted him and his conspirators about $200 million in stolen payments. The victims were mostly in the United States. They included nonprofits, hospitals and... Read More

NYC Skyscrapers Turning to Carbon Capture to Lessen Climate Change

NEW YORK (AP) — From the outside, the residential high-rise on Manhattan's Upper West Side looks pretty much like any... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — From the outside, the residential high-rise on Manhattan's Upper West Side looks pretty much like any other luxury building: A doorman greets visitors in a spacious lobby adorned with tapestry and marble. Yet just below in... Read More

State and US Officials Tout Spending to Plug 'Orphan Wells'

ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, La. (AP) — Stacks of valves, networks of pipes and hulking, two-story-tall tanks litter parts of... Read More

ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, La. (AP) — Stacks of valves, networks of pipes and hulking, two-story-tall tanks litter parts of the swampy landscape of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin, rusting relics of sites where oil wells were drilled in the 1970s, an... Read More

Ohio Senators Ready Rail Safety Bill After Fiery Crash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Railroads like the one involved in last month's fiery crash and toxic chemical release in Ohio would be... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Railroads like the one involved in last month's fiery crash and toxic chemical release in Ohio would be subject to a series of new federal safety regulations and financial consequences under legislation being introduced Wednesday by the state's... Read More

Winter Storms Ravage US From California to Northern Plains

Dangerous winter weather ravaged the nation from California through the northern Plains on Thursday, trapping drivers on icy roads, knocking... Read More

Dangerous winter weather ravaged the nation from California through the northern Plains on Thursday, trapping drivers on icy roads, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands and grounding multiple flights. For the first time since 1989, the National Weather Service... Read More

Buttigieg Urges Safety Changes After Fiery Ohio Derailment

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wants the nation’s freight railroads to immediately act to improve safety while... Read More

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wants the nation’s freight railroads to immediately act to improve safety while regulators try to strengthen safety rules in the wake of a fiery derailment in Ohio that forced evacuations when toxic chemicals were released and... Read More

Fiery Ohio Derailment Raises Railroad Safety Questions

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The fiery derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals — sending a huge plume of smoke in the... Read More

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The fiery derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals — sending a huge plume of smoke in the air and forcing residents of a small Ohio town to evacuate — has highlighted the potentially disastrous consequences of train... Read More

2023-02-03 15:53:32
by Dan McCue
Biden Travels to Philadelphia Bearing $500M for Water Upgrades

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Friday afternoon to announce $500 million has been allocated to... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Friday afternoon to announce $500 million has been allocated to the city's water upgrades and lead pipe removal. According to senior White House officials, about $160 million of that total... Read More

2022-12-06 00:22:09
by Dan McCue
Charleston, SC, Now Boasts East Coast’s Deepest Harbor

CHARLESTON, S.C. — With the successful completion of a $580 million harbor-deepening project, Charleston Harbor is now the deepest harbor... Read More

CHARLESTON, S.C. — With the successful completion of a $580 million harbor-deepening project, Charleston Harbor is now the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet. The new depth means the biggest cargo ships currently in service can... Read More

2022-12-05 20:09:50
by Dan McCue
Landrieu Evangelizes, Issues Call to Action on Infrastructure at NewDEAL Meeting

WASHINGTON — Mitch Landrieu could hardly contain himself as he waited to address the NewDEAL Leaders 12th annual conference last... Read More

WASHINGTON — Mitch Landrieu could hardly contain himself as he waited to address the NewDEAL Leaders 12th annual conference last Friday. Bouncing on his heels, the senior advisor to President Joe Biden and the man responsible for implementing the sweeping... Read More

2022-11-30 20:58:45
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Tries to Smooth Out Snags in $1.2T Infrastructure Law

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee tried to tweak the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law Wednesday to make sure the government... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee tried to tweak the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law Wednesday to make sure the government is getting a good deal with its record investment to boost the economy. The five-year program won wide approval during... Read More

2022-11-07 19:53:42
by Dan McCue
Construction Costs for Utility-Scale Solar Fell 8% in 2020, New Report Says

WASHINGTON — The average construction cost for utility-scale photovoltaic solar installations continued to drop in 2020, according to a new... Read More

WASHINGTON — The average construction cost for utility-scale photovoltaic solar installations continued to drop in 2020, according to a new analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. While that’s good news for the energy sector, the report noted that the... Read More

Poor, Less White Areas Get Worst Internet Deals

A couple of years into the pandemic, Shirley Neville had finally had enough of her shoddy internet service. “It was... Read More

A couple of years into the pandemic, Shirley Neville had finally had enough of her shoddy internet service. “It was just a headache,” said Neville, who lives in a middle-class neighborhood in New Orleans whose residents are almost all Black... Read More

2022-10-10 18:17:11
by Dan McCue
As Gas Tax Revenue Shrinks, More States Consider Mileage Tax on EVs

WASHINGTON — As revenue from gas taxes declines with the growing popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles, more states are... Read More

WASHINGTON — As revenue from gas taxes declines with the growing popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles, more states are considering charging fees based on miles driven to cover maintenance costs for roads and bridges, according to a new Stateline... Read More

2022-09-27 19:28:56
by Dan McCue
Army Corps Proposes $52B ‘Sea Gate’ Plan to Protect New York From Storm Surge

NEW YORK — As a major hurricane bears down on Florida, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is floating a... Read More

NEW YORK — As a major hurricane bears down on Florida, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is floating a $52 billion proposal to protect New York City and surrounding communities from the destructive storm surges associated with hurricanes and... Read More

2022-09-21 22:02:43
by Tom Ramstack
US Water Systems Increasingly Endangered by Underinvestment

WASHINGTON — Water resource experts told a congressional panel Wednesday that aging infrastructure and climate change are joining to ensure... Read More

WASHINGTON — Water resource experts told a congressional panel Wednesday that aging infrastructure and climate change are joining to ensure more crises with the nation’s water systems are just a matter of time. In recent years, the crises have been... Read More

2022-09-06 15:56:36
by Kate Michael
Recycled Toner Finds Second Life in Asphalt Mix on Local Roadways

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Customers who recycle their Canon toner cartridges are contributing to a better earth and could also... Read More

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Customers who recycle their Canon toner cartridges are contributing to a better earth and could also be providing a better driving experience as a result of a new program to turn waste toner into asphalt for... Read More

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