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07/21/2014Oil-By-Rail Boom Fuels Growth, Concerns at Port of Albany

July 21--The summer party was in full swing at Ezra Prentice Homes, with the adults grilling hot dogs and burgers, the music thumping and kids playing basketball. Only a few yards away, on the other side of a flimsy chain-link fence, were what residents saw as uninvited interlopers -- jet-black oil tanker rail cars, lined up by the dozens in a rail yard at the Port of Albany. Mary Alston, who ...
07/22/2014Court Ruling Gives Boost to FutureGen 2.0 'Clean Coal' Project

July 22--State regulators have the right to force Illinois consumers to purchase electricity from a proposed "clean coal" facility for the next 20 years in order to help fund the $1.6 billion federal project, according to an appellate court decision handed down Tuesday. The 2-1 decision could represent a potential leap forward for the federal FutureGen 2.0 project, which has been stalled ...
07/21/2014Alaska's $45+ Billion LNG Project Takes Step Forward

July 21--The Alaska gasline mega-project took a step forward on Friday with the state's major oil companies filing an application with the Department of Energy to export liquefied natural gas. The 42-page application -- supported by more than 150 pages of attachments -- requests permission to export up to 20 million metric tons of LNG each year for three decades. That's equal to 2.5 billion ...
07/21/2014MGM Gets OK to Begin Construction of $1B Casino in Md.

July 21--The Prince George's County Council on Monday approved construction of MGM Resorts' nearly $1 billion casino complex at National Harbor. In an 8-1 vote, the council cleared MGM to apply for construction permits for the 23-acre site overlooking the Potomac River just south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Site preparation has begun already and construction is expected to start in a few ...
07/22/2014One Dead, Two Hurt in Ft. Lauderdale Construction Site Accident

July 22--FORT LAUDERDALE -- In the latest in a recent spate of job site tragedies, one worker was killed and two others were injured Monday when a beam collapsed at a Fort Lauderdale construction site, officials said. The death, which apparently occured when the three men were knocked off a ladder, marks at least the sixth workplace fatality in Broward County in the past seven weeks. ...
07/19/2014Repairs Remain Long Overdue at Locks and Dam in Elizabeth, Penn.

July 19--The 107-year-old locks and dam on the Monongahela River at Elizabeth were supposed to be gone long ago, replaced by more modern locks and dams at Braddock and Charleroi as part of a $750 million project approved by Congress in 1992. But funding delays and cost overruns at other river projects overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mean the project is now expected to cost $2.7 ...
07/18/2014Additional Surveys Delay Report on Planned $1.6B N.J. Light-Rail Line

July 18--A report on a proposed $1.6 billion South Jersey light-rail line has been delayed by extended studies of historical resources and threatened and endangered species along the planned route. The proposed 18-mile-long Glassboro-Camden Line would restore passenger service to a corridor now used only by freight trains. A "draft environmental impact statement" on the effects of construction ...
07/20/2014Broward County, Fla., Highway, Transit Projects at Risk If Federal Money Runs Out

July 20--Fort Lauderdale's Wave streetcar, express toll lane projects on Interstate 75 and new sidewalks are at risk as federal tax money that helps pay for transportation projects is in danger of running out. Congress is moving swiftly to shore up a budget shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund before an August deadline. The House on Tuesday passed a measure for a short-term fix of $10.5 billion ...
07/19/2014Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Researcher Works to Build Largest Microgrid

July 19--A small wind turbine recently erected near Outpost Natural Foods on E. Capitol Drive is more than a token piece of green power. It's a high profile element of a project by a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researcher who aims to build one of the largest experimental microgrids in the country. Adel Nasiri, a professor of power electronics at the UWM College of Engineering and Applied ...
07/18/2014After Building Collapse, Philly Announces New Jobsite Signage Requirements

July 18--FOLLOWING through on regulations passed after last year's deadly building collapse on Market Street, Mayor Nutter yesterday unveiled new signage requirements for demolition and construction sites to make it easier for residents to alert the city about unsafe projects. For buildings three stories or higher, contractors must pay for a 3-by-5-foot sign showing a copy of the permit, a ...
07/18/2014Obama Reopens East Coast to Oil Exploration

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, announcing final approval Friday of sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. The decision promises to create plenty of jobs and thrills the oil industry, but dismays environmentalists worried about the immediate impact as well as ...
07/20/2014Trains Running Again in N.Y. After Rock Slide

GARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Full service has resumed on the nation's second-largest commuter rail system after tumbling rocks damaged a stretch of tracks, halted trains and left hundreds of passengers without rides north of New York City. The Metro-North Railroad said train service resumed around midnight Saturday after hours of repairs to the tracks between the Garrison and Peekskill stations on ...
07/17/2014Construction Begins on $6.5B Keeyask Dam in Manitoba

CONSTRUCTION has officially started on the 695-megawatt Keeyask generating station in northern Manitoba. The Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership (KHLP) said in a statement Wednesday it had officially broken ground on the new hydro-electric dam, which is a joint effort between Manitoba Hydro and the Tataskweyak Cree Nation, War Lake First Nation, York Factory First Nation and Fox Lake Cree ...
07/20/2014Odebrecht Founder Norberto Odebrecht Dies at 93

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Norberto Odebrecht, founder of the Brazilian construction company behind large-scale projects such as dams and highways in the Amazon jungle and some of the World Cup stadiums, died Saturday of heart problems. He was 93. Odebrecht started the company in 1944 in the city of Salvador to carry on his father's legacy in the construction industry. The conglomerate that carries ...
07/20/2014First Modular Apartment Building in NYC Opens

NEW YORK (AP) — In a city piled high with ambitious architecture, a seven-floor structure off the beaten path boasts a distinction of its own: It's billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the nation's apartment capital. Called the Stack, the building near Manhattan's northern tip aims to show that while stackable apartments can save builders time and money, ...
07/18/2014Construction Begins on New Salt Lake City Airport

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City travelers in the next decade will catch expansive views of the Wasatch range, move faster through security and have more shops to choose from once crews finish work on a $1.8 billion airport, officials said Friday. The update is overdue, they contend, on the 50-year-old facility that original builders did not anticipate would become a major airline hub. "We ...
07/17/2014U.S. Home Construction Drops 9.3% in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction fell in June to the slowest pace in nine months, a setback to hopes that housing is regaining momentum and will boost economic growth this year. Construction fell 9.3 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000 homes, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That was the slowest pace since last September and followed a 7.3 percent ...
07/17/2014OSHA Safety Blitz to Take Closer Look at Construction in N.D.

July 17--Engulfed by soil while working on a water line. Fell 20 feet from a roof to a concrete floor. Pulled into a sand-mixing machine. The causes of workplace fatalities in North Dakota are gruesome, but they aren't all related to the oilfield industry. Construction-related work, which is booming as the state's infrastructure tries to keep up with oil development, has its own set of ...
07/16/2014Arabian Construction Wins Contract to Build 81-story Tower in Noida, India

UAE-based Arabian Construction Company (ACC) has been awarded a contract by realty organisation Brys Group to build an 81-storey tower in Noida, northern India. The project will be the second the construction company is undertaking in the territory and its fourth in India. "We have awarded the contract to Arabian Construction Company (ACC) for building the structure of the tower," said Rahul ...
07/17/2014Arizona Construction Firm Sues Trade Group Over Alleged Comments

July 17--The construction company responsible for the North La Cañada Drive widening project has filed a $4 million defamation lawsuit against a trade organization that represents many specialty construction contractors. Select Development and Construction filed the suit against the Alliance of Construction Trades (ACT) on July 7 in Pima County Superior Court. The complaint accuses ACT and its ...
07/16/2014215 Freeway in Calif. Reopens After Bridge Under Construction Struck by Truck

July 16--The northbound 215 Freeway in Perris reopened Wednesday morning nearly 20 hours after a big rig struck an under-construction bridge. Crews were working overnight and throughout the morning to clear debris from the northbound lanes, which were closed at 10 a.m. Tuesday when the big rig, carrying a load of sand, smashed into the wooden scaffolding of the new Perris Boulevard bridge, ...
07/16/2014Developer Secures $312M For Summerlin, Nev., Mixed-Use Project

July 16--Summerlin developer Howard Hughes Corp. has secured a nearly $312 million loan to finance its massive retail and office project under construction near Red Rock Resort. The company said in a regulatory filing today that it obtained the credit package Tuesday from a group of lenders led by Wells Fargo Bank. The loan matures July 15, 2017, but has two one-year extensions. Under the ...
07/07/2014Route of Proposed Nicaraguan Canal Unveiled

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's government and Hong Kong-based HKND Group on Monday unveiled the route of a proposed $40 billion inter-ocean canal to compete with the Panama Canal that Sandinista officials hope will lift the Central American country out of poverty. While the canal has the support of President Daniel Ortega and most Nicaraguans, many legal experts charge that the deal ...
07/17/2014Obama Calls for Greater Private Investment in Transportation

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Barack Obama announced a new program Thursday to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads, bridges and highways as he criticized Congress for refusing to approve a more lasting source of transportation funding. The new program is designed to encourage collaboration between state and local governments and private-sector investors, expand the ...
07/17/2014Orlando Int'l Airport To Spend $170M to Jump Start People Mover Project

July 17--Orlando International Airport leaders decided to spend almost $170 million Wednesday to build a new people mover, replace two old ones and jump-start a project that eventually could lead to the construction of a second passenger terminal. "This is kind of a big step," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who also sits on the seven-member airport board. Airport board members approved three ...

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