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America could really, truly get infrastructure improvements soon

Remember all the hope and hype during the last presidential election about how the United States would soon spend a lot of money on infrastructure no matter who won? Four years later, we’re still waiting for Washington to take action.



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A contract crew for Verizon, works on a cell tower to update it to handle the new 5G network in Orem, Utah on December 10, 2019. – The new 5G cellular network will substantially increase cellular network speeds, opening up new markets for business and individuals. (Photo by GEORGE FREY / AFP) (Photo by GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images)

But with many investors now betting that Joe Biden will defeat Trump — and some experts even pricing in the possibility of a blue wave that gives Democrats control of the Senate — a big infrastructure deal could have a better chance of getting done sometime next

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Transport infrastructure improvements for Cork, Dublin

A €215 million upgrade of the Dunkettle Interchange in Cork has been approved by Government in advance of Budget 2021 .

Dunkettle interchange is a road junction in east Cork City, forming a junction between the M8, N25 and the N40. Minister of State for Transport Hildegarde Naughton described the upgrade as “vital” for Cork city and region.

The appointment of contractor Sisk to carry out the the upgrade had been delayed for over a year as Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) was not satisfied with initial bids.

It is understood TII saved more than €40 million in putting the project out to tender for a second time. The figure of €215 million includes land costs.

The project involves putting in place an interchange just north of the Jack Lynch Tunnel to allow traffic travelling north-south on the M8 and traffic travelling east-west on the N25 move freely in either direction

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Road Runner: Report addresses Arizona’s infrastructure, advises on improvements | Local news

And it should increase in the years ahead as officials project tens of thousands more residents by 2040.

“Arizona’s road infrastructure is critical to the state’s economic success. Arizona’s population, 6.6 million people, is using more than 66,000 miles of public roads, each traveling an average of 36.4 miles per day,” engineers said.

However, 40% of Arizona’s urban interstates are already experiencing congestion during peak morning and evening hours, the report said.

“If completing the needed roadway improvements were possible, it could stimulate short-term and long-term economic growth by creating jobs, reducing travel delays and minimizing transportation costs.”

According to the report, Arizona can address this by providing “more money allocated to infrastructure by raising the gas tax and voting in favor of transportation initiatives.” Additionally, officials noted the gas tax was last increased in 1991 and remains the fifth-lowest gas tax in the nation.

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Stantec selected to oversee water infrastructure improvements in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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EDMONTON, Alberta and NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, Sep 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
EDMONTON, Alberta and NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has selected Stantec to provide advisory services during the preparation and implementation of its US$350 million Mongolia Water Compact with the Mongolian Government. The compact’s Water Supply Project aims to provide viable, sustainable bulk water supply solutions for the Mongolian people and is designed to increase the water supply to the capital city by 80 percent, servicing Ulaanbaatar’s population of more than 1.4 million people.

“Ulaanbaatar faces urgent issues related to its water supply and infrastructure that mirror challenges experienced in other parts of the world. Our team’s technical expertise in the water sector will allow us to help ensure the community thrives for

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City of Corpus Christi Agrees to Invest in Water Infrastructure Improvements | U.S. EPA News Releases

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The City Will Eliminate Sanitary Sewer System Overflows and Illegal Discharges

09/25/2020

WASHINGTON (September 25, 2020) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with the City of Corpus Christi to improve its sewer system, which, with more than 1,100 miles of sewer lines and more than 100 lift stations, is one of the largest sewer systems in Texas.

Under the settlement, the City has agreed to implement a comprehensive set of corrective measures and improvements to the City’s sewer system to resolve longstanding problems with sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). An SSO occurs when sewage is released from a municipal sanitary sewer before it reaches the treatment works and can be caused by broken pipes or backups from blockages or infiltration of rainwater. The City also has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1.136 million which

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Trump Administration Invests $268 Million in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements in 28 States

Projects Will Improve Rural Water Infrastructure for 267,000 Rural Residents and Businesses

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $268 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across 28 states (PDF, 222 KB).

“Upgrading the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water and modern wastewater management facilities will improve public health and drive economic development in our small towns and cities,” Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

Background:

USDA is funding 76 projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. These investments will help to improve rural water infrastructure for 267,000 residents. For example:

  • The city of Greenville, Ill., will
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Luna County shares in $9.75M for rural infrastructure improvements from state

SANTA FE – Luna County will benefit from the Lujan Grisham administration’s $9.75 million in essential infrastructure projects in rural communities all across New Mexico.



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Testing for COVID-19 (coronavirus) is conducted statewide. The Luna County Health Office at 215 S. Silver Avenue is testing once a week by appointment. Call the office at 575-546-2771 (opt. 4) for an appointment.

“We worked closely with our local Council Of Governments (COG) representative and applied for the Community Development Block Grant or CDBG. We had already applied for and were granted $750,000 through legislative capital outlay funding for the January 2020 session,” Luna County Manager Chris Brice told the Headlight on Tuesday.

“We used that funding as a match to apply for another $750,000 through CDBG. “The committee felt our project and application were exceptional and approved our CDBG project and funding in the amount of

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St. Louis awarded nearly $8M for infrastructure improvements near downtown

The Trump administration has awarded St. Louis with nearly $8 million to go toward infrastructure improvements.



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The funds are part of the administration’s $1 billion investment in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

“This Administration is making significant investments in infrastructure, and this $1 billion in BUILD grants will repair, rebuild, and revitalize transportation systems across America,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

BUILD funding supports roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation, according to a news release. Since 2017, the administration has awarded nearly $4 billion in BUILD grants to improve America’s infrastructure.

St. Louis will receive $7.95 million for the Jefferson Avenue and 20th Street Revitalization Project, according to the release.

The project will improve two miles of Jefferson Avenue between Market Street and Natural Bridge Avenue. The project

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MidAmerica Airport gets $6M grant for security, infrastructure improvements

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois, was awarded a grant worth nearly $6.5 million to improve safety and security infrastructure at the airport.



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The grant, which was awarded through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program, will be used to nearly double the size of the terminal. The expansion will include a standard TSA screening area, two new boarding bridges and a nursing room.

The upgrade will also provide ADA enhancements for passengers with disabilities, an expanded departure lounge and more room for a concession area.

The airport’s director said the improvements come at a good time, as the airport has seen a large increase in passengers over the last five years.

“Passengers have grown from 63,000 total passengers in 2015 to over 300,000 total passengers in 2019, and given our focus on serving the leisure travel market, we fully expect to get back on

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