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By By Daniel B. Irwin, P.E., and Kevin W. Johns, P.E.
Since 1852, the Portage Viaduct has carried a rail line across the Genesee River Gorge, near the town of Portageville, New York. First made of timber, then replaced with a wrought iron structure after a destructive fire, the crossing became an icon for the community. Tasked with replacing the viaduct, bridge engineering firm Modjeski and Masters worked with the community and the Norfolk Southern Railway Co. to create a new iconic arch bridge for the gorge.
By By R. L. Mull ins Jr., Ph.D., P.E., and John D. Take, P.E., P.Eng., ENV SP
Completed in April 2018, the $731-million Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps project represents the final component of the overall Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System that serves the greater New Orleans region. The three massive pumping stations that compose the project are designed to reduce New Orleans's risk of flood surges from Lake Pontchartrain and help the low-lying city maintain its critical drainage features in the event of a major storm.
by Tara Hoke
A resident in the state of Oregon becomes interested in the timing of traffic lights after his spouse receives a ticket from a red-light photo enforcement camera. Though the resident is not a licensed engineer, he has a degree in electrical engineering from his birth country of Sweden and has decades of experience designing and repairing audio equipment.
What are the ethical implications of the resident's conduct and of the decision rendered by Oregon's district court?
A Question of Ethics
by T.R. Witcher
Before Las Vegas, there was Atlantic City, New Jersey-a symbol of American extravagance and pleasure and one of the country's great resort destinations.
Atlantic City invented many of the features we associate with seaside resort towns, according to historian James H. Charleton, including the boardwalk, in 1870; and the amusement pier, in 1882.
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