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08/27/2014Three Years After Hurricane Irene, New Vt. State Office Complex Rising

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Three years after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene made most of the state office complex in Waterbury unusable, its replacement is rising out of what was a sodden mess that reeked of the nearby Winooski River. An 86,000-square-foot office building is being constructed above the level of any expected flooding, and many of the historic buildings that are being preserved ...
08/27/2014Thousands of California's Brick Buildings Face Quake Danger

Aug. 27--Three decades after some California cities began requiring old brick buildings to be seismically retrofitted, thousands across the state still have not been strengthened and are in danger of collapse during a major earthquake. Many are in some of California's poorest cities, where officials have chosen not to require property owners to make the upgrades. Seismic experts are ...
08/27/2014California Officials Delay Massive Delta Water Tunnel Project

Aug. 27--Plans for two huge water diversion tunnels in the Delta are being delayed, state officials announced Wednesday, because the plans need more work. Nancy Vogel, spokeswoman for the California Department of Water Resources, said the delay in the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan was triggered by public comments submitted on the draft environmental impact report. The comments ...
08/27/2014Xcel Defends Handling of Monticello Nuclear Plant Upgrade

Aug. 27--Top executives of Xcel Energy said Tuesday that the utility acted reasonably during the costly, five-year rebuilding of its Monticello nuclear power plant -- and that customers, not investors, should pay for it. The project to extend the life of the 1970s-era plant and to boost its output was successfully completed last year. Now, utilities regulators are investigating why the price ...
08/27/2014Tucson Officials Consider Developer's Plans for $100M Mixed-Use Project

Aug. 27--After a controversial scoring process, the Rio Nuevo board decided to open negotiations with the developer of a proposed $100 million project that promises to transform a barren 8ƒ-acre parcel into a western downtown gateway. The board voted, 5-1, to enter into negotiations with Allan Norville, manager of Nor-Generations, for the company to purchase and develop Rio Nuevo land behind ...
08/26/2014Coalfields Expressway Project Set To Be W.Va.'s First P3

Aug. 26--The Coalfields Expressway could soon be the first project to benefit from a public-private partnership. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Monday plans to advertise for a Request for Qualifications for the project, a multi-lane highway that, when complete, will connect Interstates 64 and 77 at Beckley and U.S. 23 near Grundy. The partnership will fund the completion of a 3.3-mile section ...
08/26/2014All Aboard Florida Rail Project Nears Construction in Palm Beach County

Aug. 26--All Aboard Florida is prepping for construction on its express passenger train service to Orlando, assembling new steel track at a staging area in Boca Raton and finishing designs for railroad crossings that will allow for quiet zones. The new track is the first sign from the Coral Gables-based company that work is imminent on the initial phase of the $2.5 billion project, which ...
08/26/2014Three Firms Selected to Help Clean Up Radioactive Water at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japan picked three overseas companies Tuesday to participate in a subsidized project to determine the best available technology for separating radioactive tritium from toxic water building up at the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Currently, Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the crippled plant, is test-running a system said to be capable of removing 62 types of ...
08/26/2014Corps Project to Restore N.J.'s Marshes Uses New Method: Spraying Mud

Aug. 26--Saltwater marshes along the Jersey Shore and Delaware Bay, like marshes everywhere, are in trouble. For many reasons, including sea-level rise, they're becoming less marshy and more watery. They're drowning. New Jersey, partnering with the Army Corps of Engineers and conservationists, has begun an $8.2 million pilot project that could not only restore the marshes, but also save money ...
08/27/2014New $8.7M Pedestrian Bridge in the Works for Vikings Stadium

Aug. 27--When the new Vikings stadium opens in 2016, transit officials worry about the proximity of some 65,000 football fans to the light rail station just outside its front door. To alleviate congestion and ensure safety, Metro Transit and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which is overseeing construction of the $1 billion stadium, have proposed a pedestrian bridge spanning Chicago ...
08/25/2014Pa. Politicians Cheer Pittsburgh Airport Gas Drilling Project

IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) — The start of natural gas drilling near the Pittsburgh International Airport was cheered Monday by Pennsylvania politicians from both parties. The ceremony to celebrate the recent start of drilling featured remarks by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, Democratic County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy and local leaders. Fitzgerald said the vast majority ...
08/26/2014Baltimore City, County Agree to Red Line Light Rail Contributions of $280M

Aug. 26--After months of negotiations with state transportation officials, city and county leaders in Baltimore and Baltimore County announced commitments Tuesday to contribute a combined $280 million in cash and in-kind contributions toward the region's proposed Red Line. The city will provide the bulk of that, $230 million, while the county says it will contribute $50 million. The ...
08/26/2014California Quake Stirs Clamor for Early Warning System

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The earthquake that jolted California's wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state's effort to develop an early warning system that might offer a few precious seconds for residents to duck under desks, trains to slow down and utility lines to be powered down before the seismic waves reach them. California's ...
08/26/2014Two Firms Drop Out of Bidding for San Joaquin Valley's High-Speed Rail Work

Aug. 26--Two would-be contenders for a contract to design and build the second stretch of a high-speed train line through the San Joaquin Valley have dropped out of the competition, leaving the California High-Speed Rail Authority with three contractors chasing the job. The withdrawal of the two contracting teams potentially reduces the competitive pressure on the remaining firms bidding for ...
08/24/2014Planned 247-MW Calif. Solar Farm Wins Power Contract But Loses Major Investor

Aug. 24--A proposal to build one of the world's largest solar farms in a rural area south of Silicon Valley has cleared one of its final hurdles after five years of planning and environmental debate. But whether the 247-megawatt facility proposed for Panoche Valley, a vast expanse of rangeland 50 miles south of Hollister, is ever built will depend on it securing final environmental permits and ...
08/24/2014CEO of Detroit-Windsor Bridge Authority Says Procurement on New Span To Begin in 2015

Aug. 24--Michael Cautillo, 59, recently took over as president and CEO of the new Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, the Canadian entity that will build a new span between Windsor and Detroit. So far, he's a staff of one, but he'll be building his team soon to ready the massive effort to build the bridge, which barring unforeseen delays will connect the two cities about two miles downstream ...
08/25/2014Some Buildings With Seismic Retrofits Damaged in Napa Earthquake

Aug. 25--City officials in Napa had long worried that the grand building on the corner of Second and Brown streets -- with its brick walls and giant red-tiled cupolas -- could be devastated by a major earthquake. So city officials required brick structures such as the landmark Alexandria Square building to get seismic retrofitting -- bolting brick walls to ceilings and floors to make them ...
08/21/2014Kansas DOT Announces $1.2B in Road and Bridge Improvement Projects

Aug. 21--The Kansas Department of Transportation is planning $1.2 billion in road and bridge improvement projects across the state over the next two years, the department announced Thursday. The plans include 464 highway projects, 194 bridge and interchange projects and 1,603 miles of improvements, according to a news release. Transportation Secretary Mike King says the projects will create ...
08/22/2014Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Change Risks

HEXIGTEN, China (AP) — Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away. This is the first of more than 60 coal-to-gas plants China ...
08/25/2014Scientists: Napa Earthquake Should be a 'Wake-up Call" for Region

Aug. 25--The earthquake that struck Napa County early Sunday could have been much larger, scientists said, given the track record of the fault that most likely caused the shaking. Tom Brocher, director of the Earthquake Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, said officials have not yet determined exactly which fault caused Sunday's event. The magnitude-6.0 quake was ...
08/25/2014Pittsburgh Airport Nat. Gas Drilling Project Set for Official Kickoff

Aug. 25--Ground was broken months ago at Pittsburgh International Airport for Consol Energy's natural gas development project, and drilling began Aug. 15. This morning, Gov. Tom Corbett, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Consol president and CEO Nick DeIuliis will gather near the drilling site for the "project kickoff," said Tommy Johnson, vice president of government and public ...
08/25/2014Chicago Dives Into $100M Riverwalk Expansion

Aug. 25--Building land on water isn't an everyday job, and the $100 million project to extend the Chicago Riverwalk requires more than getting toes wet. Just ask Randy Howland, who heads a team of divers in the welding and carpentry trades. The divers are in the water almost every day, largely hidden from public view by a phalanx of river barges carrying equipment and materials to the current ...
08/22/2014Under a Mexico City Suburb, Drilling Latin America's Largest Sewer

ZUMPANGO, Mexico (AP) — Some 110 meters (120yards) beneath a Mexico City suburb, a boxcar-size machine digs Latin America's largest sewer. The drill developed by U.S. based The Robbins Company uses pressure, water, chemicals and cutting bits to bore a hole the width of a three-lane highway through rock and other terrain. Behind it, the Eastern Discharge Tunnel seems to stretch into infinity. ...
08/22/2014Report: New Miami-Dade County Courthouse Would Cost $540M

Aug. 22--Building a new civil courthouse would cost Miami-Dade County about $540 million and require property owners to pay a higher annual tax rate to fund it, Mayor Carlos Gimenez's administration said Thursday. Voters would have to approve the financing, which would require the issuance of new government bond debt. That debt would push up the portion of property taxes that pays for ...
08/23/2014Dutch Group Wants to Build Floating Homes in Miami

Aug. 23--Maule Lake has been many things over the years: industrial rock pit, aquatic racetrack, American Riviera. Now it is being pitched as something else entirely: a glitzy solution to South Florida's rising seas. In the land of boom and bust where no real estate proposition seems too outlandish -- Opa-locka's Ali Baba Boulevard connects to Aladdin Street in one of the more kitschy bids to ...

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