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09/28/2014Rise in Factory Construction Boosts U.S. Economy

After years of factory closings shrank the nation's industrial footprint, a miniboom in plant construction is beginning to reverse the trend and fuel faster economic growth.A 12.6% surge in spending on non-residential structures -- notably new and expanding factories -- was a big reason for last week's upward revision of second-quarter economic growth. The Commerce Department said the economy ...
09/27/2014VDOT Prioritization Program Reduces Funding for I-95 Projects

Sept. 27--Stafford County's planned State Route 630 interchange reconstruction isn't the only area project that lost millions of dollars as part of the state's new prioritization program. Four other region projects had a combined $69.9 million cut in the state's transportation budget as part of the program. Those projects will have to vie for money in the new program, which will rank projects ...
09/27/2014Nevada Overstating Economic Benefits of Tesla Gigafactory, Analysts Say

Sept. 27--When Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval announced a $1.3-billion package of public subsidies to lure a Tesla Motors battery factory, he stressed that the huge sum would be dwarfed by an economic windfall for local residents. The electric car maker will create $100 billion in economic benefits, he said, and "change Nevada forever." "Even the most skeptical economist would conclude that this ...
09/26/2014Bay Bridge Officials Concerned About Rod Corrosion

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State transportation officials are trying to determine if giant steel rods on the Bay Bridge's new eastern span have been damaged by exposure to water. Transportation officials said Thursday that inspectors last week discovered that several of the galvanized steel rods that anchor the 525-foot tower to its base had been sitting in water that could cause corrosion, ...
09/28/2014Wayne County Hopes to Restart Construction of Detroit Jail

Sept. 28--County officials have all but said restarting construction at the stalled Wayne County Jail site downtown is the best bet of several options for continuing the beleaguered project. Metro Detroit developers and real estate experts mostly agree, saying the infrastructure and other efficiencies afforded downtown easily make the case for the project continuing at the Gratiot site, just ...
09/28/2014Construction Continues at MOX Facility at Continuing Resolution Funding Levels

Sept. 28--The mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site has survived the most threatening push to halt construction in its tumultuous history, but the funding fight isn't finished for the multibillion-dollar government project. In March, the Obama administration called for an end to the project at the start of the 2015 fiscal year, which begins Wednesday. However, Congress' ...
09/26/2014DOE Gives Final Approval for 330-Mile Canada-NYC Transmission Line

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal energy regulators have given final approval for construction of a 330-mile electric transmission line to carry lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City. In a decision dated Wednesday, the Department of Energy said the permit requires some final concerns to be addressed by Albany-based Transmission Developers Inc. but otherwise clears the way for the ...
09/26/2014Plans to Reduce Air Pollution at Buffalo's Peace Bridge Include Fume-Absorbing Concrete

Sept. 26--Shrubs, trees and and fume-absorbing concrete are part of the Peace Bridge Authority's new plans to reduce air pollution that has infuriated West Side neighbors for decades. The bi-national board on Friday approved a $3 million plan to improve air quality and reduce the "carbon footprint" at the bridge. It intends to especially concentrate on cutting exhaust fumes plaguing the ...
09/27/2014$21M Unfrozen for Penn. School Construction

Sept. 27--State officials approved $21.6 million in long-delayed school construction money Friday, two years after the government froze the payment process for 360 projects statewide. The money, a small fraction of what the state owes, will fund buildings and renovations for 41 schools in 27 districts, including five in Western Pennsylvania. Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq said ...
09/26/2014Bids Due to Build SUNY Polytechnic Institute's $135M Chip Lab

Sept. 26--ALBANY -- SUNY Polytechnic Institute is moving quickly to build a $135 million silicon-carbide chip manufacturing laboratory that it announced over the summer. SUNY Poly, formerly known as the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, made plans for the new lab -- which will go into an existing building -- available earlier this week to architects and construction firms ...
09/28/2014Seattle Seawall Replacement Project To Close Waterfront Businesses

Sept. 28--The heart of Seattle's historic waterfront will shut down for nine months on Wednesday to make way for seawall replacement work. The construction -- stretching from the north side of the Seattle Ferry Terminal at Pier 52 to the south side of the Seattle Aquarium at Pier 59 -- won't require many detours. But it will result in the temporary closure of more than a dozen businesses on ...
09/26/2014Construction Set to Ramp Up at Buffalo's $750M RiverBend Complex Project

Sept. 26--With the SolarCity deal in place with the state, the real work can begin in earnest to turn the vacant RiverBend site in South Buffalo into one of the world's biggest solar panel factories. About 15 workers from the project's construction manager, LPCiminelli, and eight pieces of heavy equipment are working at the 88-acre site off South Park Avenue, mostly continuing with preliminary ...
09/26/2014Las Vegas Announces New Financing Plan for Proposed $200M Soccer Stadium

Sept. 26--Las Vegas officially unveiled a new financing plan tonight for a proposed $200 million downtown soccer stadium that would shift much of the project's risk to private developers. The major change will push $69 million in debt from the city to the development partnership of Findlay Sports and Entertainment and Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. Mayor Carolyn Goodman, a vocal advocate for the ...
09/25/2014Ohio DOT Ready to Begin Construction of $429M Bypass Project

Sept. 25--The Portsmouth Gateway Group is likely to build the largest single construction project the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has ever embarked upon. That is, as long as everything in the team's formal proposal checks out after a thorough review by ODOT over the coming weeks. The Portsmouth Gateway Group says it will cost about $429 million to construct the entire Portsmouth ...
09/25/2014UCSC Breaks Ground on $54M Biology Building

Sept. 25--SANTA CRUZ -- UC Santa Cruz broke ground on a $54 million biology building near the Long Marine Laboratory on Wednesday, the first project on UCSC's Coastal Long Range Development Plan. The plan, which includes a $6.8 million expansion of UCSC's marine mammal pools and a new wing for the Center of Ocean Health, was approved by the California Coastal Commission in 2009 after an ...
09/23/2014Univ. of Central Fla. Wants to Build $200M Campus in Downtown Orlando

Sept. 23--University of Central Florida President John Hitt made it official Tuesday, announcing to community and business leaders that UCF will push to build a campus in downtown Orlando that could ultimately cost as much as $200 million. UCF has been studying the idea of a downtown campus at the Creative Village -- where the city's old NBA arena used to sit -- since visiting Arizona State ...
09/25/2014$383M Light-Rail Extension South of SeaTac Airport Is Halfway There

Sept. 25--Tucked behind airport motels and a few old houses, a $383 million, 1.6-mile light-rail extension from SeaTac/Airport Station south to a future Angle Lake Station is halfway built. Columns have been installed near the airport, as aerial-track bridges take shape farther south. About 2,700 people per day are expected to board trains at Angle Lake Station, set to open in September 2016. ...
09/24/2014Judge Rules Businesses Won't Have to Return BP Oil Spill Payouts

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must stand by the agreement it made with the companies it compensated for losses blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill. BP argued that a flawed funding formula enabled nearly 800 businesses to overestimate their spill-related claims. One construction company ...
09/24/2014Interior Sec: Southern Calif. Desert Plan To Balance Environment, Renewable Energy

Sept. 24--DESERT HOT SPRINGS -- With towering white wind turbines turning slowly in the background, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday unveiled a plan to manage both conservation and renewable energy production on more than 22 million acres in California -- nearly one-quarter of the state -- as part of a federal and state effort to promote clean energy production. The Desert ...
09/24/2014Calif. Announces Plans for $200M in Drought-Relief Projects

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water officials on Tuesday released plans for spending almost a third of the $687 million emergency drought relief package approved by lawmakers earlier this year. More than $200 million in expedited bond funding would benefit 110 projects throughout the state, ranging from the city of Mt. Shasta to San Diego, under the draft recommendations by the state ...
09/24/2014N.J. Faces Tough Choices as Transportation Funds Run Out

Sept. 24--TRENTON -- Pressure is ramping up on Gov. Christie and the state Legislature to develop a long-term plan to shore up New Jersey's depleted transportation fund. For decades, the state has borrowed money to finance road and bridge repairs, instead of finding new revenue to pay for maintenance and upgrades. Now, that policy has resulted in a crisis: All revenue from the state gasoline ...
09/23/2014Duke Energy To Remove Coal Ash From S.C. Power Plant

Sept. 23--Duke Energy told South Carolina regulators Tuesday it will excavate some of the coal ash at its W.S. Lee power plant, which is scheduled to retire within months. The announcement makes Lee the fifth Carolinas plant at which Duke has said it will, or has been required to, remove ash since a Feb. 2 spill into North Carolina's Dan River. Lee, which has operated since 1951, stores 1.7 ...
09/25/2014Planning Begins to Replace St. Paul's Ailing Kellogg Bridge

Sept. 25--When he learned that the half-mile-long Kellogg Boulevard bridge connecting Dayton's Bluff to downtown St. Paul might be torn out and rebuilt, Tim Herman began pondering the possibilities. Herman, executive director of the East Side Area Business Association, sits on the Gateway Corridor Commission, which is studying transit options from downtown St. Paul to Woodbury, with five stops ...
09/23/2014Traffic Resumes on Highway in Wash. State Hit by Deadly Landslide

OSO, Wash. (AP) — Six months after a hillside gave way in the Washington town of Oso, burying 43 people and blocking a state highway, the community is taking another step toward recovery with the return of normal traffic on the route. The state Transportation Department said Monday night that state Highway 530 through the area has reopened to two-way, 50 mph traffic. The department most ...
09/25/2014N.D. DOT Chief: Progress Being Made on Oil Patch Roads

Sept. 25--The North Dakota Department of Transportation has started the environmental work for four-laning U.S. Highway 85 from Watford City south to Interstate 94, the agency head said Thursday. NDDOT Director Grant Levi said the cost would grow by nearly $300 million, topping $1 billion, due to inflation if it doesn't get started until 2016 compared to starting now. "So it's essential that ...

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