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03/28/2015Brazil joining Beijing-backed infrastructure investment bank

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil says it has accepted China's invitation to join a Beijing-backed international infrastructure bank. A short statement emailed by the presidential office on Saturday says the Brazilian government "accepted China's invitation to participate in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member." "Brazil is very interested to be part of this initiative aimed at ...
03/27/2015With Big Projects, Ethiopia Shedding Famine Stereotype

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's planned new airport on the outskirts of the capital is still years from becoming a reality but Tewodros Dawit can already envision how grand it will look. "The airport we are planning to build is going to be huge. Very huge," Tewodros said one recent afternoon as he examined project plans in his office in Addis Ababa. "It will be one of the biggest ...
03/27/2015Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places. Because Internet service is largely unregulated by the federal government ...
03/30/2015Choreographed lift to shift Bertha's cutter to repair site

March 30--Early this week, that red tower along the Seattle waterfront will lift a 4-million-pound piece of tunnel machine Bertha and lay it on the surface, cutter face down. The operation is expected to take up to 16 hours, state tunnel administrators say. Safety is paramount. A major failure of cables or the tower beams could damage the deep access vault around Bertha or jeopardize the ...
03/28/2015Nation's biggest nuclear firm makes a play for green money

The biggest player in the beleaguered nuclear power industry wants a place alongside solar, wind and hydroelectric power collecting extra money for producing carbon-free electricity. Exelon Corp., operator of the largest fleet of U.S. nuclear plants, says it could have to close three of them if Illinois rejects the company's pitch to let it recoup more from consumers since the plants do not ...
03/27/2015Gov. Brown signs $1 billion water plan for dry California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind. "This funding is just one piece of a much larger effort to help those most impacted by the drought and prepare the state for an uncertain future," Brown, a ...
03/27/2015Two People Unaccounted for After Apparent NYC Gas Explosion

NEW YORK (AP) — Firefighters on Friday used high-powered water towers to extinguish pockets of fire at the site of an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan's trendy East Village as authorities reported that two people were still unaccounted for. Nineteen people were injured, four critically, after the powerful blast and fire sent flames soaring and debris flying Thursday afternoon. Authorities ...
03/26/2015Labor, Developers Reach Deal on Proposed NFL Stadium Near L.A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Labor leaders announced Thursday that they have resolved a dispute with developers that threatened to delay construction of a proposed 80,000-seat stadium near Los Angeles that could become home for an NFL team. Earlier this month, labor leaders became alarmed after concluding that certain jobs connected to the nearly $2 billion project backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan ...
03/25/2015Balfour Beatty Earnings Loss Widens on Construction Writedown

LONDON (Alliance News) - Balfour Beatty PLC Wednesday reported a wider loss for 2014 as it booked another writedown against its struggling construction business, and it moved further to shore up its balance sheet by scrapping its dividend as Chief Executive Leo Quinn admitted it will take another two years to turn the business around. The construction and infrastructure investments company ...
03/26/2015Low Rate on TIFIA Loan To Speed Construction of Orlando's Wekiva Parkway

March 26--Metro Orlando's road-building agency is speeding work on the Wekiva Parkway because it bagged what appears to be an historically low, long-term interest rate of 1.23 percent on a $194 million loan from the federal government. "The Wekiva Parkway has been a priority for our region for a long time. This extremely low interest loan will save our customers over $250 million in interest ...
03/25/2015Texas House Panel Approves $3.1B in Bonds for Campus Construction Projects

March 25--A Texas House panel approved a plan Wednesday to authorize $3.1 billion in bonds for construction and renovation projects at more than 50 public universities, colleges and health science centers. House Bill 100 includes $80 million to renovate Robert A. Welch Hall, a chemistry building at the University of Texas; $63 million to build an engineering and sciences building at Texas ...
03/26/2015TxDOT: Truck Driver in Salado Bridge Collapse Ignored Signs

March 26--2:15 p.m. update: The truck that hit an overpass in Salado on Thursday morning, causing several beams to fall on vehicles traveling on Interstate 35, was too tall to clear the bridge. "The truck driver ignored signs that we had that would have indicated that the truck was too tall," said Veronica Beyer, a spokeswoman for TxDOT. 2 p.m. update: Traffic around where bridge beams fell ...
03/26/2015Injuries Reported in NYC Fire, Building Collapse

NEW YORK (AP) — An apartment building on fire near New York University collapsed on Thursday, two nearby buildings began burning and several people were injured, firefighters said. Orange flames and black smoke billowed from the facade and roof of the five-story building in Manhattan, near several NYU buildings and the Washington Square Park area. Flames were spreading to other buildings. ...
03/26/2015At Least One Dead After Overpass Collapses Onto Highway in Texas

At least one person died and multiple others were injured after an 18-wheeler truck struck a bridge that then fell onto multiple vehicles on a highway in Texas. The incident took place around 11:15 a.m. local time in Salado, about 60 miles north of Austin. The Texas Department of Transportation said an oversized 18-wheeler truck hit the beams on the Farm-to-Market 2484 overpass, causing the ...
03/25/2015VA Hospital Construction Chief Retires Amid Investigation Into Denver Hospital

DENVER (AP) — The top VA official in charge of construction nationwide retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation of delays and massive cost overruns at the Denver veterans hospital, the agency said. Glenn Haggstrom's departure was immediate, the Department of Veterans Affairs said. In a written statement, the VA said problems at the hospital under construction in the Denver suburb of ...
03/25/2015French Construction Firm Denies Claim of Forced Labor on Qatar Project

PARIS: French construction giant Vinci vigorously denied allegations it had violated the rights of migrant workers helping to build stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and said it would sue the human rights group Sherpa over its claims. Paris-based Sherpa said it had asked the public prosecutor of Nanterre, a suburb of Paris, to investigate its findings that Vinci's Construction Grand ...
03/24/2015Victims of Raleigh Scaffolding Collapse Worked for Three Different Companies

March 24--RALEIGH -- Authorities have identified the employers of the men killed and injured in a scaffolding collapse on Monday at a construction site in downtown Raleigh. Two of the men who died worked for Juba Aluminum Products Co., and one worked for KEA Contracting Inc. of Raleigh, according to N.C. Department of Labor spokesman Neal O'Briant, citing "preliminary information." The ...
03/25/201514 Workers Killed in Scaffolding Collapse in Central Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — At least 14 people were killed and 28 others were injured when scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in central Vietnam. Deputy police chief in Ha Tinh province, Bui Dinh Quang, said Thursday that all the victims were Vietnamese subcontractors hired to work on a seaport breakwater project. He said it was not known if any other workers were trapped in the rubble. ...
03/25/2015Japan Uses Funds for Fighting Climate Change for Coal Plants in India, Bangladesh

MUTTAGI, India (AP) — Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh, The Associated Press has found. The AP reported in December that Japan had counted $1 billion in loans for coal plants in Indonesia as climate finance, angering critics who ...
03/25/2015Pittsburgh City Planners Demand Changes to New U.S. Steel HQ Design

March 25--The Pittsburgh Planning Commission approved plans Tuesday for a U.S. Steel headquarters on the former Civic Arena site -- with a series of conditions and criticisms. Among the conditions, final designs for the headquarters must be reviewed and approved by Zoning Administrator Corey Layman before a building permit can be issued. Commissioners demanded improvements. "There is nothing ...
03/25/2015Water Officials Approve Recycled Water Project at New Apple Campus

March 25--SAN JOSE -- The Santa Clara Valley Water District board Tuesday night approved a $17.5 million project that will deepen the use of recycled water in the parched South Bay and make Apple's futuristic new campus a little bit greener. During a Tuesday evening meeting, the board was considering whether to give a final stamp of approval to a project that would pump more reclaimed water in ...
03/24/2015Gravel Truck Topples During Construction, Crushing Pregnant Woman

March 24--MARTINEZ -- State and local investigators on Tuesday tried to determine how and why a dump truck carrying gravel toppled over and crushed a car in an adjacent driveway Monday, killing a 32-year-old pregnant woman whose 4-year-old daughter was standing nearby. Some neighbors were angered to see work continuing Tuesday morning along Shell Avenue just west of Pine Street into the ...
03/23/2015MTA Awards $236.5M Contract for Repairs to Queens Midtown Tunnel in NYC

March 23--The MTA moved to award a $236.5 million contract to bring the Queens Midtown Tunnel back to its condition before Superstorm Sandy struck New York. The MTA's bridges and tunnels committee voted to have Judlau Contracting handle the repair work set to begin this summer. "The Queens Midtown Tunnel is a vital part of the transportation network for the entire Metropolitan area, and by ...
03/24/2015Jordan, Russia Sign $10B Deal on Nuclear Power Plant

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan signed a $10 billion deal with Russia on Tuesday to build the kingdom's first nuclear power plant, with two 1,000-megawatt reactors in the country's north. The deal, signed in the Jordanian capital, Amman, caps efforts of the energy-poor kingdom to attain energy sufficiency and reduce imports. Jordan lacks any local energy sources and imports 96 percent of its ...
03/24/2015MGM Breaks Ground on $800M Casino in Western Mass.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — With confetti and fanfare, MGM officially broke ground Tuesday on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations. Hundreds attended the ceremony held on a cold but sunny day in front of an old school the casino plans to raze to make way for a parking lot. The groundbreaking ...

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