Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 6:30 AM EDT Apr 19, 2019 LANSING — Michigan's highest-in-the-nation gross truck weights are responsible for significant damage to state roads and bridges, despite years of denials from the Michigan Department of Transportation, experts say. The issue is an important one as residents consider Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's plan to "fix the damn roads" by hiking the tax on both regular and diesel fuels by 45 cents per gallon but not changing Michigan's truck weight laws. The plan would raise an extra $2.5 billion a year — of which $1.9 billion would be spent on roads and bridges. For years, MDOT has had a ready answer when motorists draw a link between roads that are ranked among the nation's worst and a truck weight limit of 164,000 pounds that is more than double the federal limit. It's not the total weight of the truck that matters — it's the amount of weight carried by each truck axle, the … [Read more...] about Experts weigh in on how much trucks in Michigan damage roads
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Engineers at the council have defended work done as part of the Headland Sea Defences scheme. Work on the £9.5million scheme, which aims to strengthen Headland sea defences against erosion, has faced criticism from residents despite it recently being nominated for an engineering award. Coping stones on a new ramp fell out in December sparking an investigation by Hartlepool Borough Council, while in January two more large stones at the top of the sea wall near Sea View Terrace had moved out of position.Experts at the council say they are looking into concerns of an increased noise and vibration from the scheme.Council senior engineer Kieran Bostock, speaking at a council community forum, said work on the scheme is not yet complete but they decided to open the area over the winter due to public demand.He added the work was safe and stable and prompt action was taken to the reported faults.He said: “The bulk of the main work was completed last October so we took the decision … [Read more...] about Hartlepool Borough Council engineer defends Headland Sea Defence work
Home Daily News Can Trump legally use emergency powers to… Executive Branch By Lorelei Laird Posted February 14, 2019, 6:15 pm CST Shutterstock.com. If President Donald Trump declares a national emergency to build a border wall, experts say the emergency declaration itself likely would be judged fully within his powers as the president of the United States. But it's much less clear that the president's emergency powers permit him to build a wall using the military construction statutes most observers think he'll use. And if he does, it's still possible that the project could be tied up in eminent domain challenges until 2020 or later. As the Brennan Center for Justice’s Elizabeth Goitein observed in a January article for the Atlantic, presidential emergency powers are quite broad. That’s not because the Constitution gives the president substantial powers but because Congress, particularly over the past century, has repeatedly passed laws granting the president … [Read more...] about Can Trump legally use emergency powers to build a border wall? Experts weigh in
Civil Engineering is one of the core branches of Engineering which influences almost all the spheres of life. If you plan to pursue Bachelor of Technology(B.Tech) in Civil Engineering, you will be required to work in the construction industry as well as in the business, management, and financial sectors. As a Civil Engineer, you will have a solid grasp of Science, Mathematics, and Technology, and you’ll learn to design, create and build structures efficiently making the best use of available resources and techniques; build your understanding of issues related to the planning and execution of the various projects that you take up. Besides Engineering in Civil, will help to develop many skills in you which will include: a creative approach to problem-solving, critical thinking approach, an ability to interpret data, numeracy, IT and communication skills. Also, you will be equipped with the analytical & decision-making abilities and an awareness of ethical issues. You will … [Read more...] about B.Tech Civil Admissions 2019: What are the career options after B.Tech in Civil Engineering?
close Video Republicans say some Democrats who used to favor a border wall are hypocrites now for opposing it As many lawmakers face calls of hypocrisy for opposing a wall that they supported in the past, Democrats claim things have changed; Peter Doocy reports from Capitol Hill. The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to "look at possible ways of funding border security," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News on Thursday night, as the ongoing partial federal government shutdown over money for a border wall is less than two days away from becoming the longest in the nation's history. Separately, Fox News is told the White House directed the Corps to examine the February 2018 emergency supplemental, which included disaster relief for California, Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico, among other states, to see what funds could be diverted to a border wall, according to a congressional aide familiar with the matter. Such a move still could … [Read more...] about White House directs Army Corps of Engineers to look at ways to fund border security