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Transportation - Featured Headline
Scope, Schedule Pose Challenges On Ohio River Bridges Project
Weather and expanded retrofit plan pushing extra manpower and shifts for design-build contractor.

Photo by Nicholas Zeman / ENR

Highway 99 Tunnel Builder Rescued in Seattle at Last
Bertha must undergo repairs before resuming work on the delayed project to replace Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Photo Courtesy of Washington State DOT

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03/17/15 Arizona Gets OK for Regional Freeway, Its First Major P3 Project

?The state of Arizona last week announced Federal Highway Administration approval to proceed with plans for the state’s first major public-private-partnership project, the $1.9 billion Loop 202/South Mountain freeway
03/17/15 Infrastructure Crash Course for Railroads

Spate of oil-train derailments in U.S. and Canada provokes calls for better track maintenance, safer cars, more oversight.
03/17/15 Crossrail Station Site Requires Bare-Bones Work

Archaeologists begin extracting human remains from site of a new station as part of London’s $22-billion project.
03/17/15 $1.5-Billion Light Rail Line Takes Shape In LA

Design-build helped expedite Expo route, officials say.
03/17/15 Innovations Featured in Oregon Bridge Replacement

Sellwood project uses prefabrication and nitrogen-cooled concrete.
03/14/15 FHWA Says Controversial Highway Guardrail Passes Crash Tests

Agency says Trinity Industries product can continue to be eligible for federal funding.
03/11/15 Buildings/Transportation: San Diego Airport Green Build Expansion
Airport expansion is green, lean and local.
03/11/15 Spanish-U.S.-Israeli Team Is Preferred Bidder for $1B PPP Houston Toll Road

Team, which also includes US and Israeli participants, will seek financing for $1B Harris County project upon contract award.
03/05/15 New Zealand's KiwiRail on Track for Major Upgrade

The 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, along with a number of other significant quakes in recent years in the South Island as well as the Wellington region prompted KiwiRail to assess its portfolio of buildings across New Zealand and to make improvements as needed.
03/03/15 New Zealand Engineers Opening Bottleneck on North Island's Road Between Wellington and Auckland

Hemmed in on the one side by the ocean shore and on the other by a major live rail line, the NZ$50m (US$37.5m) Ngauranga to Aotea Quay Upgrade is finally getting to grips with one of the nation’s most congested stretches of highway.
03/01/15 Wild Designs Flood Into London Pedestrian Bridge Contest

Designs for a new pedestrian bridge over London’s River Thames range from fantastic to conventional.
02/26/15 John Laing Expands Presence in Australia With $1.7B Rail Deal

Global infrastructure owner/developer John Laing plc., London, recently stepped up its Australian operations by closing a $1.7 billion deal to design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) a light rail project in Sydney, New South Wales.
02/19/15 New National Operations Center Will Research Future of High-Tech Highways

Washington, D.C.’s National Operations Center of Excellence will serve as a centralized information hub for state and federal transportation agencies.
02/18/15 California High-Speed Rail Proponents Plow Forward

Officials are confident of project’s eventual legacy.
02/18/15 In NYC, An Ambassador Gains Public Acceptance Of Megaprojects

Managing expectations is a heavy-duty job on a nearly $20-billion capital program of new subways and commuter rail.
02/18/15 Boston Begins Reaping Benefits Of Big Dig

Less than 10 years later, billions in economic development flourishing in city’s transformed landscape.
02/18/15 Project Members Ponder Untold Stories of the Bay Bridge

Under intense media scrutiny, a team of engineers and contractors kept pushing forward to complete a seismic lifeline.
02/18/15 Infrastructure Megaprojects: Looking For Legacies

Building public trust while building transportation is more vital than ever in tough era of funding challenges.
02/18/15 Chicago Metro Unveils Infrastructure Website

Agency hopes to spur public involvement in project planning.
02/18/15 Nevada Paves Way For Life-Cycle Bids

?Concrete wins contract for the Boulder City Bypass' first phase, despite cheaper asphalt bid.
02/18/15 Contractor: Mea Culpa In Fatal Ohio Bridge Collapse

Kokosing apologizes for error that may have contributed to Jan. 19 fatal overpass collapse
02/16/15 A Small U.K. Borough Pulls Out An Innovative P3 For New Highway

Private consortiums are building, maintaining and operating a planned new Mersey Gateway in northwest England.
02/16/15 Florida's $2.3B I-4 Rebuild Set To Start

The 21-mile-long project represents Florida DOT’s largest public-private partnership to date.
02/13/15 Boston Transit Chief Resigns in Wake of System Storm Performance

State officials were "surprised" at Beverly Scott's Feb. 11 announcement, but had been critical of transit agency shutdowns in region's epic snow; she stays on until April 11.
02/04/15 Contractor: Collapsed Ohio Overpass Had Engineer-Stamped Demo Plans

Contractor says it followed ODOT requirements.
02/04/15 Trio of TBMs Dig Deep Down Under in Sydney

Construction goes up, through and under in $4.2-billion railway program.
02/04/15 London Airports Compete for Chance To Build New Runway

Heathrow vs. Gatway: Which will win?
01/28/15 Engineering Oversight Might Have Prevented Ohio Overpass Collapse, Says Bridge Inspector

Wrong demolition process might have caused fatal collapse, engineer says.
01/27/15 SpaceX Gets Big Investment for Satellite Internet and Hyperloop Test Track Announced

\As January comes to a close, 2015 already has been a busy year for Elon Musk, president of Space Exploration Technologies.
01/27/15 Buy American Rule Scuttles Prince Rupert Ferry Terminal Project

Alaska DOT cancelled bidding process for a ferry terminal in British Columbia after Canadanians vigorously reject attempts to impose Buy America provisions.
01/27/15 Calif. Pol Questions State of State's Rail Infrastructure

California politicians are pushing rail industry to provide more information on structural condition of 5,000 railroad bridges in the state.
01/21/15 Digital Transformation Coming To Transportation World

Big data, automation are hot topics in industry.
01/21/15 PennDOT Oks P3 Contract for Replacement of 558 Bridges

In a landmark deal to address the state’s aging transportation infrastructure, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation signed a contract on Jan 12 with Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners to replace 558 bridges across the state by the end of 2017.
01/14/15 Houston's Grand Parkway Growing Fast

Area's first design-build road project is rolling along.
01/06/15 Moscow To Build $230B Bullet Train to Beijing

The rail link is part of a dream project to connect China with the United States and Canada.
01/06/15 The 10 Longest Arch Bridges in the World

Most of the world's longest arch bridges are in China.
12/31/14 San Ysidro Land Port's Team Tames the Logistical Monster

Design and construction strategy for replacement booths and their 570-ft-long canopy focused on off-site construction.
12/23/14 U.S. Land Port of Entry Funding Rebounds

U.S. General Services Administration funding allotment for fiscal 2015 includes nearly $315 million.
12/23/14 Overhauling the World's Busiest Border Crossing is No Small Feat

About 62 million vehicles and 125 million pedestrians crossed the jobsite since construction began in 2011 at world’s busiest border crossing.
12/23/14 Sinking Soils Further Impede Efforts To Extricate Alaskan Way Viaduct's Stuck TBM

Pump plan for access pit may have contributed to settlement.
12/23/14 Boston Transit Extension Wins Nearly $1-Billion Federal Grant

Fudning will cover almost half of the expected cost.
12/23/14 Officials Cite Big Steps Forward In California High-Speed Program

Construction commences as cap-and-trade, court rulings all boost Golden State bullet train project.
12/16/14 Antwerp Freight Tunnel Has Twin Bore Beneath the River Scheldt

Although Belgium has more than 1,000 kilometers of railroad tracks, Europe’s second largest port in Antwerp moves only 8% of its throughput by rail. To help increase train use, the country’s railroad infrastructure manager Infrabel N.V. has just completed the nation’s longest freight tunnel linking the port’s two halves on either side of the River Scheldt.
12/15/14 Chinese Contractor To Build Major New Rail Line in Nigeria

Chinese contractor to build new rail line in Nigeria.
12/10/14 Fixed Crossing Under Way on Atlantic Coast

A 1,050-m-long third crossing over the Panama Canal has a 530-m-long main span that will be the longest in the world for a four-lane concrete cable-stayed structure when completed in 2016.
11/18/14 Japan Vies for $10.5B Indian High-Speed-Rail Project

Japan rail companies are planning to compete in the emerging high-speed-rail market in India.
11/17/14 Israeli Team Set To Build Billion-Dollar Private Port in Haifa

Chinese competitor, already building another new Israeli port, could not be awarded the new job.
11/17/14 Bridge Projects Abound Throughout African Continent

International firms enjoying a bounty of bridge work in Africa.
11/13/14 FHWA Will Re-Test Highway Guardrail System Suspected In Deaths

Agency will determine by early 2015 if product is still eligible for federal aid reimbursement.
11/11/14 Macquarie, CCCC Form JV With Brazilian Bank

New corporation eyes a potentially lucrative Latin American infrastructure and energy market.
11/11/14 NYC's 'Gridlock Sam' Renews Push For Congestion Pricing Plan

Former NYC traffic commish wants toll reforms on area crossings.
11/05/14 Striking Prague Span Debuts After Problems Are Resolved

Troja bridge opens over Vlata River following construction setbacks and agreement on funding disputes.
11/05/14 Denver Contractor Tears Down Rail Transit Bridge Shortly After Its Completion

The 555-ft-long bridge was demolished in October due to design flaws, the owner confirms.
10/30/14 Biden Calls For More Private Investment To Expand Infrastructure

With the Obama administration weeks away from issuing recommendations for how to speed delivery of infrastructure projects and streamline private financing, the vice president advocated for more private investment in infrastructure on Oct. 27.
10/29/14 Mobile Barriers Increase Safety and Enhance Productivity on Highway Repair Projects

Movable barrier systems are more expensive but provide better worker protection than traffic cones, experts say.
10/29/14 Plotting and Welding a Golden State Gateway

The city of Anaheim is home to big-ticket draws such as Angel Stadium, the Grove arena, the Honda Center sports venue and, of course, Disneyland. Now, it is home to an iconic structure that heralds the arrival of a new age of transit in traditionally auto-centric Southern California.
10/22/14 With Eye On Panama Canal, Georgia Begins Port Deepening

East coast ports anticipate sea changes in the industry.
10/22/14 Panama City Dancing to the Beat of Projects

ASCE's global engineering conference attracts attendees from 21 countries to Panama City where much construction is under way
10/22/14 APTA Call for Long-Term Federal Transit Funding Grows More Urgent

Mass transit infrastructure needs pegged at $86 billion.
10/21/14 State DOTs Taking Controversial Guardrail Model Off of Approved List

Virginia's transportation department this month followed Missouri, Nevada and Massachusetts in taking off a controversial guardrail end-terminal model from its approved highway-products list. The ET-Plus model, which includes a steel fixture that is meant to absorb a vehicle's impact, is the subject of various lawsuits claiming the fixture has acted, instead, as a deadly spear.
10/14/14 Largest Concrete Placement in New Zealand Marks Rebuilding Milestone

Major concrete pour for New Zealand bus station marks rebuilding milestone.
10/09/14 Brazilian Railway Concession Plan Making Investors Nervous

Investors worry that traditional inefficiencies in Brazil's rail freight system will not be alleviated by the proposed concession system.
10/08/14 HNTB Report Estimates $700 Million Needed For Amtrak Tunnels

Sandy seawater inundation results in ongoing damage to concrete and steel elements of New York City-area train route.
10/02/14 San Francisco Creates Special Tax District For Major Projects

Major funding source for big projects may face a lawsuit.
09/29/14 WisDOT Orders Further Investigations for Repaired Leo Frigo Bridge Piers

After shoring up foundations on five severely corroded piers, agency orders monitoring program for 17 others.
09/24/14 Restoration Of Longfellow Bridge Is Literally Riveting

Crews are using now-defunct riveting techniques in rehabilitation of a 106-year-old Boston crossing.
09/24/14 New Tappan Zee Bridge Passes Milestone With Pile Cap Installation

The new Tappan Zee Bridge is beginning to rise above the water line, but the project’s finances remain in a state of flux as the EPA rejected a plan pushed by N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to use state clean water funds for the project.
09/24/14 Airport Officials To Congress: Raise Passenger Facility Charges

In terms of NextGen air-traffic-control technology, U.S. airports are ready for takeoff, but the industry is still waiting on the tarmac for progress on a key goal: raising the per-ticket passenger facility charge (PFC) to $8.50 from $4.50, to fund infrastructure projects.
09/17/14 East Africa Could Face Challenge of Multiple Railway Gauges

Construction of the $3.6 billion double-track standard gauge railway linking Kenya’s Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa to the capital Nairobi could pose a fresh challenge for railway operators.
09/03/14 Amid Lawsuits, Stalled Anchorage Port Project Will Get a Makeover

The city is pushing new designs and a changed scope for an upgrade halted since 2010 and $300 million over budget.
09/02/14 U.K. Commission Grounds Plan for New Airport East of London

In one myopic stroke, the agency has set the debate back by half a century, says London Mayor Boris Johnson.
08/27/14 Immersed In Innovations, Hong Kong-Macau Link Takes Shape

$10-billion project features a 6.7-km-long immersed tunnel, 22.9 km of bridge and vibratory driving of unprecedented large piles.
08/27/14 Fast-Track Jacks Realign Tilted I-495 Span in Time for Pre-Labor Day Reopening

DelDOT shut the busy bridge June 2 after inspection revealed it was tilted.
08/27/14 Vegas Airport Tower Project's Mold Spray Creates New Risk

Project faces at least a one-year delay after antimicrobe coating, possibly misapplied, flaked off from ductwork.
08/27/14 Fatal Tanker Collision, Blaze on Tenn. I-65 Damages Two Overpass Bridges

Heat from a fuel tanker explosion in an Aug. 15 collision deformed steel on a pair of overpass spans.
08/22/14 Canadian Crude Oil Terminal Could Be on Block Before Completion

Cost estimated climbed from $125 million in 2012 to $360 million.
08/21/14 U.S. DOT Clears $1.3B TIFIA Loan for Dulles Rail Line

Loan will help finance 11.4-mi. extension of recently opened Silver Line in northern Virginia.
08/20/14 Walsh Construction Crew Rescues Kayakers In Danger

Two people are pulled from rushing waters in a coordinated effort.
08/20/14 As Expansion Continues, Panama Canal Turns 100

$5.2-billion expansion runs late, but 100 years can't be stopped.
08/19/14 Bored of the Rings: Alice Goes Underground In New Zealand

$1.2-billion project features a unique independent culvert gantry system.
08/18/14 Record-Setting Viaduct Nears Completion in Spain

The project is part of the high-speed Madrid-Extremadura railway line linking Madrid to the sea ports of Portugal, one of several public works projects that constituted a massive infrastructure overhaul initiated in Spain 25 years ago.
08/06/14 Amid Controversy, Rail Projects Move Forward in Virginia, Maryland

As Virginia's Silver Line hits second phase, Maryland's Purple Line faces foes.
07/29/14 Tanzania Won't Build Highway Through National Park

The project has been permanently blocked, but Tanzanian government says highway program will not be abandoned.
07/29/14 California Clears Path for Funding To Get High-Speed Rail Back on Track

Industrial polluters will help underwrite a 20-year funding commitment to pay for an ambitious high-speed rail system.
07/29/14 The 10 Longest Urban Metro Transit Systems in the World

See a slide show of design and construction highlights of major urban rail networks.
07/22/14 NTSB Cites Driver Errors in Skagit River Bridge Collapse

Bevvy of issues led to the bridge strike that collapsed a span of the bridge.
07/22/14 All Aboard Florida Rail Project Stirs Opposition

Despite a rising tide of public concerns, the company funding a $1.5-billion Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail line project says it is moving full speed ahead.
07/15/14 Industry Awaits Anticipated Award of P3 Contract for LaGuardia Terminal

Three teams await word on who will begin work this fall.
07/15/14 New Concrete Bridge Bent System May Minimize Seismic Damage

State DOTs eying possible adoption of new design.
07/09/14 Foundation Work Leads to 18-month Delay for Long Beach Span

Varying soil conditions require extra foundation design work for replacement of General Desmond Bridge.
06/25/14 Fear Of Bankruptcy Looms Over Bridge, Rail Conferences

U.S. transportation builders keep calm and carry on as federal trust fund keeps dwindling.
06/25/14 Virginia Investigates Controversial I-460 Toll Road Plan

Questions arise about permitting and payments.
06/18/14 Berlin Airport Seeks New Construction Chief Amid Bribery Probe

The Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg Airport is two years behind schedule and could see costs escalate to nearly $4 billion.
06/11/14 DelDOT Making Fast-Track Repairs to Closed I-495 Christina River Bridge

State scrambles to shore up key north-south crossing and reopen to traffic by Labor Day.
06/04/14 Kiewit Team Apparent Winner Of $847-Million Texas Highway Job

State Highway 183 will receive managed toll lanes under a public-private partnership.
06/04/14 Bosporus Crossing Secures $2.3-Billion Loan for Project Completion

Turkish banks release final tranche that will enable a Turkish-Italian joint venture a 2.2-km-long Black Sea crossing, north of Istanbul.
06/04/14 Non-Hub Airports Ponder How To Plan Capital Programs

Changing times in aviation spur consideration of projects that could spur non-aeronautical revenue.
05/28/14 New Water-Resources Bill Sails Toward Enactment

$12.3-billion measure authorizes new Corps projects, adds new WIFIA federal loan program and other financing tools, expedites Corps studies.
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