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01/23/2015Crumbling, Off-Strip Residential Tower in Las Vegas Scheduled for Implosion

Jan. 23--Stardust. Desert Inn. New Frontier. Dunes. All famed Las Vegas casinos, all imploded in spectacular fashion. Add a property to this list of dynamite and destruction: Gramercy. It's not a casino, and it's nowhere near the Strip, but the Gramercy's partially built, nine-story residential tower will be laced with explosives and imploded next month. The show starts -- and finishes -- at 8 ...
01/23/2015WSDOT Should Pay Seattle Tunnel Contractor for Groundwater Troubles, Dispute Board Says

Jan. 23--In a decision that foreshadows a long tug of war for taxpayer dollars, a dispute review board says Washington state should pay its contractors for tackling severe groundwater flows at the Highway 99 tunnel machine's launch pit in Sodo. Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) seeks $20 million, according to a change-order request filed two years ago, which the state denied. The dispute board ...
01/23/2015Fukushima Nuke Plant Operator TEPCO To Miss Deadline on Decontaminating Water

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co, said it would not be able to meet a self-imposed deadline to decontaminate water containing highly radioactive substances by the end of March. The admission by the utility known as Tepco is another setback in its struggle to cope with the contaminated water, which is mostly contained in hastily constructed tanks. ...
01/23/2015State Officials Warn About Condition of N.J.'s Roads and Bridges

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State officials, from the leaders of the Democrat-controlled Legislature to Gov. Chris Christie's transportation commissioner, along with outside groups are stepping up warnings about the dire state of New Jersey's bridges, roads and tunnels. Here's a look at key questions surrounding the debate over the transportation trust fund. WHAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH THE TRANSPORTATION ...
01/23/2015Minneapolis Rejects Developers Pitch for 80-story Tower Downtown

Jan. 23--City of Minneapolis planners on Friday rejected a proposal for an 80-story tower from consideration for redevelopment of the Nicollet Hotel Block, citing deficiencies in its documentation. The decision, coming before any public hearing, was a surprise and eliminates the splashiest of the ideas four developers put forth at the city's invitation last month. The building would have ...
01/25/2015Planned Rail Link to NYC's LaGuardia Airport Seen as Long Overdue

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Fiore knows what it's like to sit in a taxi for as long as two agonizing hours, over bridges or through a tunnel, to travel a mere eight miles from midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport in Queens. The salesman who makes that trek about twice a month is among legions of travelers applauding what they see as a long overdue proposal from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: build a ...
01/25/2015Turkish President in Somalia to Launch Development Projects

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Under tight security Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sunday launched development projects sponsored by his government including an airport terminal in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Hundreds of soldiers were deployed across Mogadishu where Somali Islamist extremists have carried out terror attacks targeting Turkish interests. Erdogan, on his second visit to ...
01/23/2015National Grid Proposes $520M Transmission Line Project in N.H.

PELHAM, N.H. (AP) — National Grid has presented a $520 million transmission line project to officials in Pelham, New Hampshire, saying it would be necessary to meet long-term energy needs in the southern part of the state and in the Greater Boston area. The Eagle Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1CYbJRy) National Grid says the proposal would extend from Tewskbury, Massachusetts, to Londonderry, ...
01/22/2015Balfour Beatty Again Cuts U.K. Construction Profit

LONDON (Alliance News) - Struggling infrastructure group Balfour Beatty PLC Thursday said it expects to reduce expected 2014 profits from its UK construction business by a further GBP70 million following a review of the business, raised its own valuation of its public-private partnership portfolio to GBP1.30 billion, and its new chief executive admitted he has a lot of work to do to turn ...
01/22/2015OSHA Fines Contractors for Construction Death in Kansas City

Jan. 22--Two construction companies were fined a total of $535,000 on Wednesday after a 22-year-old apprentice ironworker fell to his death in Kansas City last summer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the companies failed to provide fall protection for the worker, who was killed July 25 at a work site in the 3500 block of East 149th Street. The worker, who was not ...
01/22/2015Backers of Kansas Transmission Line for Wind Power Seek Customers

Jan. 22--The backers of a proposed high-voltage power line to ship Kansas wind power to other states are soliciting customers. The Grain Belt Express, which would stretch across 750 miles and cost $2 billion, still has regulatory obstacles to overcome. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last year granted it authority to sell transmission capacity to potential customers, such as ...
01/22/2015Ill. Gov. OKs Tollway's Construction Plans

Jan. 22--Gov. Bruce Rauner has given the Illinois Tollway the greenlight to proceed with more than $1 billion worth of rebuilding and widening projects this year, officials said Wednesday. The projects appeared to be on hold after Rauner issued an executive order his first day in office barring state agencies from awarding major contracts without approval from his administration. Tollway ...
01/21/2015Developers Sue South Fla. City's Slow Permitting of Stalled Condo Project

Jan. 21--Developers of the Privé at Island Estates condominium project have filed a $200 million lawsuit against the city of Aventura to ensure that the project will be delivered to buyers on time. The project has been stalled because the city has not approved the most recent permits for the project, which developers say is due to a zoning dispute over sidewalks. The anticipated community ...
01/21/2015Dominion Plans to Build Virginia's First Large-Scale Solar Project

The facility would contain approximately 90,000 photovoltaic panels and at peak capacity would generate enough electricity to provide power for 5,000 homes. The estimated in-service date for the facility is October 2016. "The Remington Solar Facility marks the beginning of an exciting process with large scale solar technology that adds emission-free generation in the Commonwealth," said Thomas ...
01/21/2015U.S. Home Construction Up 4.4% in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes rebounded in December, helping to push activity for the entire year to the highest level since the peak of the housing boom nine years ago. Builders started construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million in December, an increase of 4.4 percent from November when unusually severe weather pushed activity down a revised 4.5 percent, ...
01/21/2015Alaska Cancels Ferry Project Bids After Dispute With Canada

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska on Wednesday canceled bids for a ferry terminal update that the Canadian government threatened to block because of a dispute over the use of American steel. The Canadian government has issued an order Monday that would have blocked the state from doing the project on land it leases at Prince Rupert, British Columbia, unless a resolution was reached. ...
01/20/2015Citizens Group Files Complaint to Stop NCDOT's I-77 Toll Lanes Project

Jan. 20--A citizens group opposed to planned toll lanes on Interstate 77 from Charlotte to Mooresville filed a complaint Tuesday to stop the project. The complaint, filed by Widen I-77 in Mecklenburg County Superior Court, contends the project would violate state law by converting a stretch of an existing general purpose lane into a toll lane. "State law allows for this if the number of ...
01/22/2015Investigation Into Ohio Overpass Collapse Expected to Take Months

Jan. 22--Federal inspectors will spend months investigating what caused a Cincinnati bridge to topple onto the highway Monday night and kill a 35-year-old construction worker. The outcome of that investigation will also decide who's responsible for the accident and who will pay for its clean up, state highway officials said Wednesday. Debris from the accident -- which spilled onto southbound ...
01/21/2015Funding Sources Unclear for Nicaragua Canal Project

For the company behind one of the biggest ever engineering projects, the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co (HKND ) is difficult to track down. While its website includes a contact form, it lacks an address or phone number. When HKND did not immediately reply to an interview request, the Guardian tried to find its Hong Kong office. Searches on Google Maps led to a Hong Kong ...
01/20/2015Supreme Court Rejects KBR's Appeals Over Soldier's Death Due to Poor Construction

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away three appeals from military contractor KBR Inc. that seek to shut down lawsuits over a soldier's electrocution in Iraq and open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. The justices offered no comment in allowing the lawsuits to proceed. One lawsuit was filed by the parents of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, who was electrocuted in his barracks ...
01/21/2015Montana Oil Spill Renews Worries Over Pipeline Safety

GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Authorities were scrambling to decontaminate a water treatment plant serving 6,000 eastern Montana residents after a cancer-causing component of oil was found downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Up to 50,000 gallons of crude were released in Saturday's spill. As residents of Glendive lined up at a distribution center to receive bottled water, officials took ...
01/21/2015Highway Work to Resume After Deadly Ohio Overpass Accident

CINCINNATI (AP) — A highway where an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead and a tractor-trailer driver injured was cleared of concrete and steel on Tuesday and reopened, but police were left wondering what the casualty toll might have been had the accident occurred amid heavy traffic. The removal of tons of debris from Interstate 75 began Tuesday afternoon and was ...
01/19/2015Sides at Odds on Vancouver Oil Terminal Plan Review

Jan. 19--Opponents and backers of a proposal to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver are battling over the timing of legal proceedings that will help decide the proposal's fate. Critics argue the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council is rushing to launch a courtlike trial of the oil terminal's merits before the draft analysis of the ...
01/20/2015N.Y. Gov. Unveils Plans for LaGuardia Airport Rail Link

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled plans Tuesday to fulfill a long-held dream for New York City travelers: a rail link to LaGuardia Airport, one of the busiest airports in the nation. The plan calls for an elevated AirTrain that would connect the airport, located in relative isolation in Queens along the Flushing Bay waterfront, with a busy transit hub 1.5 miles away. Cuomo ...
01/20/2015TransCanada Takes Steps to Acquire Keystone Pipeline Land

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline made good on its promise Tuesday to try to seize access to the Nebraska land it needs to finish the project — the first steps it's taken since the state's high court removed a major legal barrier. TransCanada employees said the company filed legal papers in nine Nebraska counties to invoke eminent domain for the land that's ...

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