Tag: Infrastructure (Public Works)

The Struggle to Mend America’s Rural Roads

Wearing bright safety vests, the county highway workers followed the scalding, red tar kettle as it pumped out liquid rubber bandages, thick as melted butter, to cover the pavement’s worst gashes. From above, it looked like the flip side of skywriting — as if yellow cursors on the ground were carefully spelling out a message […]

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Democrats Plan to Highlight Health Care and Jobs Over Investigating Trump

WASHINGTON — House Democrats, recovering from their failed push to remove President Trump from office, are making a sharp pivot to talking about health care and economic issues, turning away from their investigations of the president as they focus on preserving their majority. Top Democrats say that oversight of the president — in particular his […]

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Water Mains Are Bursting All Over New York. Can They Be Fixed?

New York City has nearly 7,000 miles of water mains, enough to send water to Seattle and back. The city also has 97,607 miles of underground electric lines, 4,416 miles of gas mains, 104 miles of steam pipes and thousands of miles of telephone and cable-televison lines. And then there is a labyrinth of train […]

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A Water Main Breaks Every Day in the City

Weather: Partly sunny, with a high in the mid-40s. Watch out for rain in the evening. Alternate-side parking: Suspended for Lincoln’s Birthday. ImageCredit…Karsten Moran for The New York Times The Times’s James Barron reports: New York City has 7,000 miles of water mains, enough to send water to Seattle and back. Those water mains are […]

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Boris Johnson Backs HS2, U.K.’s $130 Billion Railroad Plan

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Tuesday pushed ahead with a multidecade high-speed rail project that is now expected to cost more than $130 billion, underscoring his commitment to government intervention in rust-belt areas of the middle and north of England that helped elect him. Delays and spiraling costs had set off […]

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Why the B.Q.E. Might Shrink

Weather: Overcast, with a high in the low 40s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Feb. 12 (Lincoln’s Birthday). ImageCredit…Benjamin Norman for The New York Times Now, another plan aims to shrink a part of a traffic-choked roadway, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, which was built in the 1940s. That section, a 1.5-mile stretch between Atlantic Avenue and […]

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A Novel Plan to Fix One of New York’s Worst Highways: Remove Lanes

As worsening traffic has put a stranglehold on New York, the country’s largest city has moved to squeeze out cars, taking away street space to make room for bikes and pedestrians, and all but banning vehicles from a major Manhattan thoroughfare. Now, New York is considering an even more startling step: eliminating one-third of the […]

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E.U. Recommends Limiting, but Not Banning, Huawei in 5G Rollout

The European Union told its members on Wednesday that they should limit so-called “high-risk” 5G vendors, a category that includes the Chinese tech giant Huawei, but stopped short of recommending a ban on the firm, despite a lengthy and aggressive campaign by the Trump administration. The recommendations are as far as the European Union can […]

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E.P.A. Is Letting Cities Dump More Raw Sewage Into Rivers for Years to Come

The Environmental Protection Agency has made it easier for cities to keep dumping raw sewage into rivers by letting them delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems, according to interviews with local officials, water utilities and their lobbyists. Cities have long complained about the cost of meeting federal requirements to upgrade […]

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It’s Fish vs. Dams, and the Dams Are Winning

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — For thousands of years, alewives and blueback herring have left the ocean to swim up the Hudson River to any one of scores of tributaries to lay their eggs. But in a more recent era, the fish have been literally hitting a wall as dams popped up all over the region, powering […]

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