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    Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty responded to a Senate report on Bay Bridge construction by pointing out many misleading or inaccurate sections of the report, but also agreeing with the report that no one — even the strongest critics discussed in the report — disputes the safety of the Bay Bridge.

    Civil Engineering News
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    The state transportation secretary told legislators Tuesday that he was so concerned about reports that officials silenced engineers who called attention to shoddy work on the new Bay Bridge eastern span that he ordered the California Highway Patrol to investigate the allegations.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...It's a simple but effective change to the cross-walk system that gives people control over the traffic lights at the press of a button. "It provides a longer walk time for our slower-walking pedestrians and our aging pedestrians, and it provides a quicker walk time for the more able-bodied pedestrians," says Invercargill Council traffic engineer Eddie Cook.

    3News
  • Brownsville, a Texas border town, is frequently cited as one of the poorest cities in the country. It also has one of the highest obesity rates. But local officials have taken on some of the city’s health problems. And one of the key tools they’re using is cycling. Planning Director Ramiro Gonzalez says it’s been about two years since the city of 180,000 people — 93 percent of them Latino — began its cycling push. City Commissioner Rose Gowen, a doctor, made health-based initiatives a key part of her agenda.

    Streetsblog USA
  • Copenhagen just keeps finding new ways to make it easier and more convenient to bike. Recently I had the chance to take a tour with Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagenize and see some of the innovations that have changed the city's streets since I was there four years ago.

    Streetsblog Network
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    ...This automated garage is ideal for dense urban areas, says Rachel Yoka, vice president of program development at the International Parking Institute, based in Alexandria, Virginia. A Philadelphia-area native and self-described "super parking nerd," her niche is sustainable parking, something that many people, upon first hearing the phrase, assume is a contradiction. But for a building designed to house cars, says Yoka, The Lift at Juniper Street is surprisingly green.

    CityLab
  • A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter, known as lignocellulosic biomass, into biofuels and chemicals.

    Science Daily
  • Two days after the inaugural sporting event at Levi's Stadium produced agonizing postgame traffic jams and long lines at light-rail stations, the 49ers said Monday they'll stick to their transportation game plan while looking at how to make things better in time for the first preseason game Aug. 17.

    SF Chronicle
  • Top Caltrans officials are expected to respond Tuesday to accusations that they "gagged and banished" engineers who identified construction problems on the new Bay Bridge eastern span and that the agency failed to maintain basic quality control on the project.

    SF Chronicle
  • ...Sure, the span is open and the project is complete — but it was released just as a state appellate court handed the California High-Speed Rail Authority a huge victory on its project to build a bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Now that it’s more likely that California officials will start a new $68 billion infrastructure project, it would be wise for them to learn some lessons from a flawed but completed project that cost 10 percent of that total. We’re dealing with two separate agencies, but the core lesson — about the value of transparency — should be required reading for all state officials.

    Union-Tribune San Diego