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A tale of two projects

September 20, 2016

Carmine Palombo ’75 in civil engineering and deputy executive director of Southeast Michigan Council of Government (SEMCOG) highlighted the environmental impact assessments of two projects underway in Detroit – the Gordie Howe International Bridge and M-1 Rail.

Carmine Palombo, deputy executive director, SEMCOGSEMCOG helps and coordinates local government improvements to the seven county region’s transportation systems, environmental quality, economic interests and infrastructure.

“The environmental impact assessment of these two projects is atypical,” said Palombo.  “The bridge assessment must satisfy the governments of both Canada and the United States.   The M-1 Rail project is a private venture that sought additional federal support.”

Palombo stressed the importance of clearly articulating the purpose and need statement for a project to be successful.

“You need to prove why it is needed and how your project will successfully accomplish it,” said Palombo.

About 20 civil engineering students attended the presentation.

Carmine Palombo, deputy executive director, SEMCOG

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