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FHWA spotlights precast bridge deck panels, UHPC connections

The Federal Highway Administration’s most recent Innovator edition profiles one of the largest projects to date combining precast concrete deck panels and ultra-high performance concrete connections: the Franklin Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis.

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Report connects stormwater harvesting to ‘sustainability dividends’

More than half of water utility leaders have yet to embrace innovation and risk missing out on important “sustainability dividends,” according to “Empowering Water Utility Innovation,” a new Arcadis U.S. Inc. report released ahead of last month’s American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia.

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FMCSA idles costly truck insurance coverage scheme

Citing “insufficient data or information to support moving forward with a rulemaking,” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has withdrawn a proposal expanding the scope of commercial motor vehicles warranting a minimum amount of insurance per truck, potentially increasing coverage from $750,000 to $4 million annually.

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OSHA adds year to boom crane operator certification requirement target

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has issued a one-year extension, to November 18, 2018, for precast concrete or construction fleets bound by Standard 1926.1427 – Operator Qualification and Certification. It requires operators of 2,000-lb. or higher capacity cranes to be 1) Qualified, where they are observed working safety and knowledgably, and have documentation on file; and, 2) Certified by passing written and practical exams administered through Crane Institute Certification, National Center for Construction Education & Research, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, or other accredited body.

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EPA chief assures PCA directors of “better outcomes, less litigation”

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt outlined the key changes he envisions for an agency transitioning from the Obama to Trump Administration in a mid-May address to Portland Cement Association Board: 1) restoring respect for the rule of law, 2) ending regulation through litigation, and, 3) establishing cooperative federalism which will restore consistency in permitting and give companies more certainty for their business.

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