Daily News Briefs, January 19, 2023

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COWI Receives ACEC Recognition For Wekiva Parkway Bridges

COWI North America announced that Wekiva Parkway Section 6 is one of 11 engineering projects that will receive an Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the Florida branch of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC-FL). The project is also a designated finalist in ACEC’s national awards competition. COWI was the engineer of record and the construction/specialty engineer for three bridges that were constructed by the project’s design-build team of Superior Construction Company and WGI, Inc. COWI’s news release notes, “These highly aesthetic bridges are designed to blend into the natural surroundings of the Wekiva’s scenic wetlands. To minimize impacts to the river and surrounding area, bridges were being constructed using a top-down construction method. This includes limiting impacts to the river, trees, and approach sections and construction of wildlife bridges totaling 23,000 feet in length and maintaining the recreational value of the river during construction.”

COWI Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives Florida Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Industry Awards & Recognitions Orange County FL Metro Area (Orlando) Wekiva Parkway (Florida)


As California Storms Subside, Officials Begin To Assess Infrastructure Damage

Los Angeles Times reports, the “atmospheric river storms” that have dumped heavy amounts of rain over much of California since later December caused “extensive” damage in “as many as 40 of the state’s 58 counties, and total repairs could reach as much as $1 billion, according to authorities.” Much of the impact has fallen on public infrastructure, particularly highways and bridges damaged by flooding and landslides. The Times surveys the storms’ consequences in the worst-hit parts of the state.

California Caltrans (CA Department of Transportation) Highway and Bridge Maintenance Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts)


Taiwan Modifies Toll Rates And HOV Requirements For Lunar New Year Holiday

The Republic of China’s Central News Agency (via Focus Taiwan) reports, all Taiwan national highways “will be toll-free from midnight to 5 a.m. during the 10-day Lunar New Year holiday,” which extends from tomorrow through January 29. “A unified rate of NT$0.9 (US$0.03) per kilometer will apply at all other times during the holiday period. . . .” The country’s Freeway Bureau will also limit traffic on certain highways to vehicles with three or more occupants during specified hours of the day over the holiday period.

Carpooling Republic of China (Taiwan) Toll Rate Changes


These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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