Latest Civil engineering News

To stop Baton Rouge floods, they’re carving a 12-mile river

May. 15, 2022 01:11 AM EDT

ZACHARY, La. (AP) — You can’t quite see it yet from Plank Road or La. 19 near Zachary, but work crews are building a man-made river from scratch. Down inside a huge, wide “V” carved out of the earth, concrete pillars for a bridge have been poured and smoothed out by workers....

Frail North Dakota dam 'not out of the woods' from flooding

May. 09, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

CAVALIER, N.D. (AP) — An engineer heading planned reconstruction of an aging dam in northeastern North Dakota warned the state's governor Monday that upcoming rainfall could add pressure to the earthen structure already weakened by flooding. Zach Hermann, of Fargo-based Houston...

Condition of some US dams kept secret in national database

May. 05, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

Americans wondering whether a nearby dam could be dangerous can look up the condition and hazard ratings of tens of thousands of dams nationwide using an online database run by the federal government. But they won't find the condition of Hoover Dam, which impounds one the nation's...

AP analysis finds growing number of poor, high-hazard dams

May. 05, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

Constructed four generations ago, the massive rock and clay dam at El Capitan Reservoir is capable of storing over 36 billion gallons of water, enough to supply every resident in San Diego for most of a year. Today, it's three-quarters empty, intentionally kept low because of...

W.Va. House race pits Trump loyalty against infrastructure

May. 05, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One contender thinks West Virginia voters will see the value of federal spending on badly needed infrastructure in one of the nation's poorest regions. The other is betting that loyalty to former President Donald Trump will matter more. The May 10 primary...

Report says Michigan 2020 dam failures were 'preventable'

May. 04, 2022 19:56 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The failure of two Michigan dams that forced evacuation of 10,000 people and destroyed 150 homes was “foreseeable and preventable,” resulting from errors and miscalculations over nearly a century, an expert panel said Wednesday. The Edenville Dam on...

Canadian Pacific to resume operations after work stoppage

Mar. 22, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

Thousands of conductors, engineers, train and yard workers will return to work Tuesday after an agreement between Canadian Pacific Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference ended a two-day work stoppage. A work stoppage that began Sunday brought trains to a halt across Canada...

Mexican president opens new -- and distant -- airport

Mar. 20, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is inaugurating one of his hallmark building projects on Monday, a new Mexico City airport that reflects the contrasts and contradictions of his administration. There is government austerity — his main campaign...

Mississippi county responds to open meetings complaint

Feb. 23, 2022 20:23 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — An east-central Mississippi county said it did not violate the state's Open Meetings Act when it held multiple nonquorum meetings with engineers earlier this month to discuss potential improvements to the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam. The Commercial Dispatch...