Infrastructure

In Slumping Energy States, Plugging Abandoned Wells Could Provide an Economic Boost

North Dakota may be the only state using CARES Act money to plug abandoned oil wells.

Oregon Expects Reopening and Repairing Roads Damaged by Wildfires Will Take Months

Over 200 miles of Oregon roads were closed as of last week due to the catastrophic blazes. The state’s transportation department is dealing with problems like hazardous trees and rockslide risks.

From Sewage Sludge, a New Perspective on the Flint Water Crisis

COMMENTARY | The 2014 lead crisis was troubling. But the science now suggests that other cities — and even Flint — have seen worse.

Two Months Out from Election Day, Ohio Nailing Down Vote-By-Mail Procedures

Officials decided Monday the state will not pay for postage on absentee ballots, and a pending appeal will determine whether voters can request absentee ballots by email.

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New Tools Help State and Local Governments Battle Ransomware, Other Big Disasters

When governments find themselves being ransomed, their choices are typically to pay, which will undercut their ability to deliver key services to their communities due to budget restrictions, or not pay, resulting in the immediate inability to serve their communities and the loss of key data that will inevitably plague them for years afterwards.

Strained Rural Water Utilities Buckle Under Pandemic Pressure

Rural water service has missed out on federal and state pandemic relief.

In a Cross-State Aquifer Spat, a View of a Water-Stressed Future

Mississippi sued Memphis over its use of a deep aquifer. A possibly paradigm-shifting Supreme Court decision looms.

Transit Authority Looks to Bus Lanes to Reduce Crowding, Encourage Social Distancing

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will add up to 14 miles of dedicated bus lanes in Boston and its suburbs to improve bus service, aiming to provide customers with room to spread out and spend less time onboard.

Electric Grid Investment on Track to Fall $208 Billion Short Over Next Decade, Civil Engineers Say

The new estimate comes as California, Iowa and Louisiana have all seen significant power outages in recent weeks.

How to Design a Street for Hands-Off Play

In New York City, there are far fewer play streets than two decades ago. But at the ones that do exist, temporary structures like an obstacle course can allow for social play along with social distancing.

Signs of Big Growth in Shared Bike and Scooter Trips Before Virus Hit

A new report shows that the number of trips on these “micro-mobility” vehicles was up 60% last year over 2018.

Capital Budgets and Maintenance in Line to Take Hits, Local Government Survey Finds

The new poll indicates that public works is an area that will see less funding as the coronavirus pandemic weighs on state and local government budgets.

Struggling Small Businesses Are Also at Risk from Postal Service Delays

COMMENTARY | A reliable U.S. Postal Service is critical for small- and medium-sized businesses, which depend on both its wide reach and affordable rates.

What Happens Next With Affordable Housing?

COMMENTARY | States and local governments already haven’t been investing enough to help build housing that poor families, and sometimes even middle-class people, can afford. And now funding could be yet another victim of the coronavirus.

California Braces for More Rolling Blackouts Amid Heat Wave

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Arrest controversy in Pittsburgh ... Boston signs local contract for protective gear ... Cuomo green-lights bowling alley re-openings ... Nonprofit seeks to improve drinking water access in West Virginia.

The Plan That Could Give Us Our Lives Back

The U.S. has never had enough coronavirus tests. Now a group of epidemiologists, economists, and dreamers is plotting a new strategy to defeat the virus, even before a vaccine is found.

How to Use Ventilation and Air Filtration to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus Indoors

COMMENTARY | When it comes to making indoor spaces safer, it is either a matter of bringing in more outside air or removing the virus from air inside a building.

We Need to Talk About Ventilation

How is it that six months into a respiratory pandemic, we are still doing so little to mitigate airborne transmission?

Michigan Partners with NBA to Help Provide Election Support

As states prepare for increased voter turnout in November, they are pursuing new partnerships and poll worker recruitment efforts to get ready.

Advocates Rally to Tear Down Highways That Bulldozed Black Neighborhoods

The interstate highway system flattened homes and businesses in Black communities.

State Attorneys General Sue Over Clean Water Act Changes

They say that the new rule will lessen states’ abilities to combat pollution.