HAMMOND – Calumet Avenue between Michigan and Sibley streets is closed under further notice after a site inspection today revealed a massive cavity beneath the roadway tied to INDOT's reconstruction work. Southbound lanes are closed due to the ground underneath being washed out. Northbound lanes are open for now, but a city engineering department official said the northbound lanes will have to be closed during repairs. During the course of the Indiana Department of Transportation's reconstruction of the Calumet Avenue Bridge over the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, an INDOT contractor pierced the top of an 84-foot brick sewer on May 4, according to a city news release. Attempts by the contractor since then to shore up the area and keep the roadway open have been unsuccessful. The roadway was being supported by only a 6-inch slab of reinforced concrete slab. Hammond Sanitary District Sewer Maintenance crews performed a visual inspection of the inside of … [Read more...] about Calumet Avenue in Hammond closed after site inspection discovers massive cavity below roadway
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HOBART — Motorists are encouraged to avoid the Ind. 51 and U.S. 6 intersection until after 6 p.m. May 2 while the state’s road resurfacing work occurs there.City officials were informed early Wednesday afternoon that there will be intermittent lane closures on Ind. 51 as work occurs from Cleveland Avenue to U.S. 6.Local traffic will be able to pass through the construction area under the guidance of contractor employees.Latest Region transportation news INDOT online map details projects The Indiana Department of Transportation has a new online map with details of state projects. The map, located here, allows users to zoom in on particular areas and click on particular projects to get information on the work being done, the estimated completion date and the project cost, if available.Users can select filters to view information for active and future projects by INDOT district and by project type. The map also includes grant amounts local governments are receiving in the … [Read more...] about Motorists advised to avoid Hobart intersection
In the early 2000s, Transpacific Industries (TPI) was on a roll. Its founder, Terry Peabody, had built it from a small coal ash recycling company into the largest Australian waste management enterprise, making about 50 debt-fueled acquisitions along the way, and had become a billionaire in the process. He was a press-shy business leader, nicknamed the “Golden Garbo” for his company’s rapid growth, and known for his idiosyncratic strategies. TPI’s expansion culminated in 2007 with the purchase of a waste management business called Cleanaway for A$1.25 billion (about US$1.1 billion) — an extraordinary amount for that industry in that region. Then came the global financial crisis. The bottom fell out of the industrial waste removal business, one of Transpacific’s most vital sources of profit. The share price, which had been A$9.96 (US$8.96) in mid-2007, fell below A$1 (US$.90), and TPI received an A$800 million (US$648 million) bailout from the private … [Read more...] about Conversations That Kill Your Culture
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said Russia was developing a nuclear-powered torpedo that could detonate a “massive” nuclear weapon. Such a device might create a 300-foot tsunami if exploded in the right location and could rain long-lasting radioactive fallout on a coastal target. Experts have described the hypothetical weapon as a “doomsday” device, saying it could spread unprecedented and long-lived radioactive fallout. But one researcher said such a weapon would be “stupid,” as it’d greatly limit its damage compared with an airburst. During Russian President Vladimir Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly on March 1, he described a plethora of nuclear weapons he said Russia was developing. One of these proposed weapons, an autonomous submarine, stood out among the depictions of falling warheads and nuclear-powered cruise missiles. According to a Kremlin translation (PDF) of Putin’s remarks, he said the … [Read more...] about Putin’s nuclear ‘doomsday machine’ could trigger 300-foot tsunamis — but the worst effects might come from the fallout
(This is a guest post by Euan Mearns, an energy analyst at The Oil Drum. This post appears under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States licence) In July of this year I wrote a story called The Chinese Coal Monster drawing attention to the fact that China would soon account for 50% of global coal production and consumption. 10% per annum growth in Chinese coal is clearly unsustainable and I posed the question “How long can this go on?” An article published in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week called China’s Coal Crisis suggests the answer to this question is not much longer. “Policy makers [in Beijing] are mulling an annual cap of between 3.6 billion tons and 3.8 billion tons in the next five-year plan, running from 2011 to 2015, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported earlier.” A Nature publication called The End of Cheap Coal by Heinberg and Fridley was also published this week. This refers to earlier work such as Blackout … [Read more...] about What Happens When Chinese Coal Production Stops Growing 10% Yearly?