Underground Infrastructure

White House aims to speed up pace of infrastructure construction

The White House hosted a summit last week to help speed up construction projects tied to the $1 trillion infrastructure law as the Biden administration tries to improve coordination with the mayors and governors who directly account for 90% of the spending.

RehabZone: A Trenchless Experience

(UC) — A UCT exclusive, RehabZone is the original, hands-on, interactive educational experience, in the exhibit hall, for the sewer and water industry. This self-paced, walk-through exhibit-within-the-exhibit provides a comprehensive look at modern rehabilitation methods in a no-sell environment.

South Dakota natural resources department to provide $167 million for infrastructure projects

(UC) — A new drinking water well, connection piping, sanitary sewer repairs and water line replacements are among the projects that will be funded by $167.2 million in grants and loans from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Lawyer: Mississippi capital’s water issues to be best handled by court system

(UC) — A New York City-based attorney who has filed federal lawsuits against Jackson, Mississippi, since October 2021 thinks the court system is best suited to handle the decades of neglect that led to the current infrastructure crisis.

UCT Opens Registration for Orlando Event, Industry-Leading Education Program Announced

As 2023 nears and the underground infrastructure industry eyes emerging opportunities for the new year, registration has officially opened for the Underground Construction Technology Conference & Exhibition (UCT) – the leading educational and exhibition event to provide essential intelligence, information and business leads. c

Mississippi capital: Water everywhere, but none to drink

Mississippi’s capital city is grappling with multiple water problems — there’s been too much on the ground after heavy rainfall in the past week, and not enough safe water coming through the pipes for people to use.

Car swallowed by sinkhole caused by water main break in Boston

A break in a 20-inch (51-centimeter) water main in Boston sent water rushing down a city street, formed a sinkhole that swallowed a vehicle, and flooded area basements, city officials said.

Editor’s Log: Launch of the Big Event

(UC) — There’s a good chance by now that most of our readers have seen announcements for the evolution of the next big event for underground industry awards – a very special occasion that will reward accomplishments and people of the underground infrastructure industry in a unique, personal and deserving fashion.

Michigan panel seeks details on Great Lakes pipeline tunnel plan

A Michigan regulatory panel said Thursday that it needs more information about safety risks before it can rule on Enbridge Energy's plan to extend an oil pipeline through a tunnel beneath a waterway linking two of the Great Lakes.

Penelec begins replacing underground cable, equipment in Pennsylvania

Penelec has commenced work to replace the underground electric cables, transformers and other equipment in Erie County, Pennsylvania, that have been worn down by water erosion, the company said on Thursday.

Odessa, Texas, without drinking water after pipe breaks amid scorching temperatures

Crews worked to restore water service Wednesday to the West Texas city of Odessa, where residents have been without water this week amid scorching temperatures after an aging pipe broke.

$5.4 million stormwater mitigation in Pennsylvania should resolve decades of flooding

Authorities hope a $5.4 million stormwater mitigation project in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, will put an end to decades of flooding.

Report: Navy’s Hawaii fuel tanks need repair before draining

A contractor hired by the Navy is recommending a series of structural repairs to a massive fuel tank farm in Hawaii to make sure the facility doesn’t leak petroleum when its tanks are drained.

$3 million grant funding broadband internet installation in rural Michigan communities

Merit Network was awarded a $2.99 million Economic Development Administration grant under the CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grant to support construction of 70 miles of middle-mile fiber optic infrastructure in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan.

New ASCE Manual of Practice offers guidance for sustainable planning and water pipeline design

The manual can be used to evaluate the potential impacts of a project and promote improvement in sustainable planning, design, construction, and operation.

Alaska civil engineers give the state’s infrastructure a “C-” grade

Alaska receives a grade "C-" for the state's infrastructure.

Kentucky receives $19M for water, sewer projects

Northern Kentucky receives $19M for water, sewer projects.

UCT 2022 gathers in Fort Worth, TX

UCT 2022 gathered in Fort Worth, TX to recognize educational presenters and promotors within the industry.

New standard will support the use of concrete pipe in trenchless construction

A new standard has been approved by ATSM International that will help in concrete pipe manufacturing in trenchless construction.

Corps: $2.6B in Louisiana infrastructure, disaster money

The Army Corps of Engineers will be getting $2.6 billion for Louisiana under the infrastructure and supplemental disaster acts.

EPA Invites 39 Metropolitan Districts to Apply for Water Infrastructure Loans

The agency anticipates that, as funds become available, $6.7 billion in WIFIA loans will help finance over $15 billion in water infrastructure projects to protect public health and water quality across 24 states.

Construction Temporarily Halted on $1B Transmission Line

A $1 billion transmission line is suspending construction at the request of Maine's governor.

Industry Study Evaluates Underground Facility Locating Process

A comprehensive study is now available that investigates the facility locating process and offers underground facility operators recommendations to accurately locate and mark their facilities.

Former New Orleans Mayor Landrieu to Manage Biden’s $1T plan

President Biden has chosen Mitch Landrieu, former New Orleans mayor, as supervisor of the $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

Biden Signs Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

President Joe Biden signs the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law on Nov. 15.

Infrastructure Victory Creates New Challenges for Biden

President Biden faces new challenges after his $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill cleared Congress.

California's PUC OKs Boosting Storage at Infamous Gas Field

Regulators in California have voted to increase the capacity of an underground gas storage field in the Los Angeles area that previously leaked methane.

New Mexico Energizes First Leg of Major Transmission Line

The first leg of a renewable energy transmission line has been energized in New Mexico.

AT&T: Some Fiber-Optic Infrastructure Going Under Ground

AT&T announced plans to transfer areas of its Lousiana fiber-optic infrastructure underground.

EU Chief Says Key to Energy Crisis is Pushing Green Deal

The EU Chief supports reducing natural gas use to speed up the transition to clean energy.