The Army Corps of Engineers’ New Orleans District expects on Dec. 4 to open a 30-day public comment period on plans to construct an Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Seabrook Floodgate Structure, consisting of a sector gate and two vertical lift gates in New Orleans. The new structure would tie into the Lake Pontchartrain levee system and operate in tandem with the IHNC Lake Borgne Surge Barrier, now under construction, to reduce the risk of storm damage. Comments will be taken on an Individual Environmental Report, which investigates alternative alignments and designs, potential impacts, construction methods and details.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan