Transportation infrastructure

In this July 3, 2018, file photo, a construction worker lowers himself on a forklift at a construction site in Chicago. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in July. (AP Photo/Annie Rice)
September 04, 2018 - 7:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects ticked up 0.1 percent in July, led by an increase in homebuilding and the publicly funded building of schools and highways. The Commerce Department says the slight July increase brought total construction spending to a seasonally-adjusted...
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In this July 2, 2018, photo, traffic moves on the old Gerald Desmond Bridge next to its replacement bridge under construction in Long Beach, Calif. The new Gerald Desmond Bridge stretching over the Port of Long Beach is being built with about 75 seismic sensors called accelerometers. They’ll measure the forces imparted on the bridge during an earthquake. It’s slated to open next year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
September 04, 2018 - 6:27 am
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A replacement bridge under construction at the second-busiest port in the U.S. isn't just a crucial route for cargo trucks and Southern California commuters — it's a concrete-and-steel science experiment for engineers and seismologists. The new bridge, which will stretch 8...
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Archaeologist Ross Harper holds a notched projectile, estimated to be 3,000 years old, found at the site of a Native American fort in Norwalk, Conn., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. The firm Archaeological & Historical Services is removing artifacts from the site for further study. The fort was found during a survey as part of rail bridge replacement project. (AP Photo/Dave Collins)
August 28, 2018 - 7:25 pm
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — A 1600s Native American fort uncovered as part of a rail bridge replacement project is shining some light on a tribe's first dealings with Europeans, archeologists said on Tuesday during a tour of the site. The find on a small sliver of land next to railroad tracks that carry...
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The House vote tally board shows the results of a do-over vote on the lottery bill, Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 28, 2018, as it narrowly passed 58-54, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The House initially killed the state Lottery Law, voting 60-54 against it, Monday evening. The Senate passed it earlier in the day. The lottery is an attempt to put about $200 million a year into highways and bridges. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
August 28, 2018 - 2:36 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House reversed itself Tuesday and passed a bill to create a state lottery in the Bible Belt state where churches have long opposed it. The vote came during a special session, less than 24 hours after the House originally voted to kill the bill that the state's...
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August 27, 2018 - 8:30 am
ROME (AP) — Italy's transport minister says the nation's entire infrastructure urgently needs both regular and extraordinary maintenance to avoid another tragedy like the bridge collapse that killed 43 people this month. Danilo Toninelli briefed lawmakers on Monday about the Aug. 14 collapse of...
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August 21, 2018 - 1:25 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Almost all trains in and around Amsterdam and its busy airport have been halted by a problem with one of the rail operator's traffic management systems, stranding thousands of passengers. The system crashed at the end of Tuesday afternoon and again later in the evening...
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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, center, speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping (not pictured) during their meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Roman Pilipey/Pool Photo via AP)
August 21, 2018 - 2:47 am
BEIJING (AP) — Multibillion-dollar China-financed projects in Malaysia have been canceled because they aren't needed and will saddle the country with an unsustainable amount of debt, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters on the final day of a visit to Beijing on Tuesday. Mahathir...
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File - In this June 19, 2018, file photo, Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory, center, salutes sailors who stand in an honor cordon in Honolulu. Emory, who pushed for the remains of those buried as unknowns to be identified, has died. He was 97. He spent the past few decades doggedly pushing for the remains of those buried as unknowns to be dug up, identified and returned to their families. A spokesman for Navy Region Hawaii says according to family members, Emory died Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in a hospital in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)
August 20, 2018 - 4:20 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — A Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify buried unknown remains from the 1941 attack died Monday at age 97. Ray Emory lived through the early morning Japanese aerial bombing but never forgot those who didn't. He spent the past few decades doggedly pushing for those unknown...
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A view of the partially collapsed Morandi highway bridge, in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. The unofficial death toll in Tuesday's collapse rose to 43 Saturday. (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 9:46 am
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge's strength by 20 percent — a finding that came months before it collapsed last week, an Italian newsmagazine reported Monday. Despite the...
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August 20, 2018 - 8:27 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's transport minister says the country has reliable procedures for checking bridges "that I trust and citizens can trust too." Andreas Scheuer told the weekly Bild am Sonntag that while the recent deadly bridge collapse in the Italian port of Genoa was grounds for reflection "I...
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