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By ROBERT L. REID
As the economy slowed to a near halt this spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some critical civil engineering projects were completed faster than originally scheduled because of fewer vehicles on the road, fewer air travelers, and more employees and students working or learning from home. Other projects moved ahead more efficiently or cost-effectively because of federal economic stimuli and support policies. While far from a silver lining to the current crisis, the continuing work on these projects helps demonstrate the civil engineering profession's commitment to improving the built environment and promoting the public welfare even under the most challenging conditions.
By JIM PETERSON, P.E., DBIA, CAROL J. WYNPERLE, P.E., THOMAS MELLETT, P.E., M.ASCE, AND ROBERT J. VAZ, CCM
The new Kosciuszko Bridge, also known as the K Bridge, is a twin-span, cable-stayed structure that traverses Newtown Creek, linking the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens via the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, which runs east to west. Built in two phases, the eastbound bridge was completed in April 2017, and the westbound bridge was completed in August 2019. Both phases represent the first major bridge in New York City since the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1964, and it is the state's first cable-stayed bridge.
By JAY LANDERS
Engineers who start their own consulting companies face countless challenges, from raising capital to marketing their firms to garnering clients--with no guarantee of success. Yet entrepreneurial engineers continue to go into business, looking to carve out their niches in the world. What does it take to succeed?
by Tara Hoke
An assistant professor submits a research paper for consideration by an ASCE journal. After the peer review is completed, he receives notice that his paper has been declined but with encouragement to rework the paper and resubmit it. Disappointed but not discouraged by this result, the author continues to work on revisions to his paper in hopes of greater success on his second attempt.
A Question of Ethics
by T.R. Witcher
As an intercontinental crossroad Suez is so important that the great World Powers must, of necessity, either establish a foothold in it or at least make sure of its availability to them," wrote André Siegfried in 1953 about the Suez Canal in Egypt ("The Suez: International Roadway," Foreign Affairs, Vol. 31, No. 4, July 1953). "If I knew who was to be its master 10 or 25 years from now, then I should know who had mastery of the whole world as well."
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