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07/30/2014Thai Junta Announces Plan for High-Speed Rail Links to China

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China as part of an eight-year plan to improve infrastructure, officials said Wednesday. The junta approved 741.46 billion baht ($23.3 billion) to build two high-speed train routes that will connect Thailand's industrialized eastern ...
07/29/2014Hiring in Marcellus Shale Gas Industry Shifts to Skilled Workers

July 29--Gas companies operating in and around the Marcellus shale say they are increasingly hiring skilled workers for engineering and construction jobs as the industry matures beyond the rush to drill wells. The high-paying jobs accounted for 26.5 percent of new hires last year, according to a survey of member companies that the Marcellus Shale Coalition will release on Tuesday. That ...
07/30/2014Baltimore Approves $12M Contract for Repairs to Collapsed Retaining Wall

July 30--The Baltimore Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved a nearly $12 million contract for construction and repair work to replace a block of East 26th Street that collapsed amid heavy rains in Charles Village in April. The contract covers a substantial portion, but not all, of the costs associated with the bizarre incident. The collapse occurred after a stone retaining wall holding the ...
07/29/2014DOE Secretary: MOX Project Needs Long-Term Funding Stream

July 29--U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday that federal officials need to identify a long-term funding stream for the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site if the project survives the current budget cycle. The Obama administration threatened to shutter the multibillion-dollar plutonium disposal project but softened its stance after bipartisan Congressional ...
07/30/2014Feds Probing for Fraud in District of Columbia Building Projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators looking for fraud in the nation's capital are scrutinizing a program meant to give local contractors a share of major construction projects, people familiar with the probe have told The Associated Press. Three people in contact with investigators say the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office are examining partnerships between local companies and outside ...
07/29/2014PG&E Charged with Obstruction Over San Bruno Blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010. The U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced the obstruction of justice charge and 27 related counts, which are in a new indictment charging the utility with felonies. It ...
07/30/2014Water Main Break Floods Pauley Pavilion, Other Parts of UCLA Campus

July 30--Pauley Pavilion at UCLA was flooded Tuesday after a broken water main on Sunset Boulevard sent millions of gallons of water streaming on to the Westwood campus. Even as city officials struggled to stop the flow of water from a broken pipe that handles 75,000 gallons per minute when functioning, crews began work to clean up saturated athletic facilities. A water restoration company was ...
07/27/2014Indiana in the Midst of a Railroad Construction Boom

July 27--Rising fuel costs have spurred a new rail road boom in Central Indiana. Indiana Rail Road, based in Indianapolis, recently rebuilt eight crossings on the Southside and plans to finish two more by August. The Jeffersonville-based Louisville & Indiana Railroad wants to partner with CSX to spend about $90 million to rebuild 106.5 miles of track from Johnson County to Louisville. Federal ...
07/29/2014Construction of Fresno-Bakersfield Segment of Calif. High-Speed Rail To Begin by End of 2014

July 29--Construction in the Fresno area of the 114-mile-long California high-speed rail stretch to Bakersfield will begin by the end of the year, the Kern Transportation Foundation board of directors was told Monday. The acquisition of property from Madera to Fresno is continuing, said Diana Gomez, Central Valley regional director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and some vacant ...
07/29/2014Long-Awaited Streetcar Line Breaks Ground in Detroit

July 29--Next stop: 2016. The long-awaited start to construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar line got under way Monday along Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. With construction scheduled to last a little over two years, look for the M-1 cars to be running by late 2016. Construction crews were using heavy equipment to break up the pavement on Woodward to prepare to lay down tracks for the new ...
07/28/2014Construction Of $500M Gas-Fired Powerplant In Pa. Stalled

July 28--The enormous cost of building gas-fired power plants, coupled with regulatory complexities, may mean only one in five proposed plants ever will be built, says the regional grid operator that moves wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia. But Ray Dotter, spokesman for PJM International, the Valley Forge transmission group, predicted a plan by ...
07/29/2014Highway, Bridge Money at Risk: Senate to Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Racing to adjourn for the summer, the Senate scheduled major votes Tuesday on proposals to keep federal highway funds flowing across the nation — billions of dollars to avert layoffs for construction workers and shutdowns of road and bridge projects just before the November elections. A smooth trip through the Senate was anything but guaranteed, and votes were expected to ...
07/29/2014Workers on Qatar's World Cup Tower Unpaid for a Year

Migrant workers who built luxury offices used by Qatar's 2022 football World Cup organisers have told the Guardian they have not been paid for more than a year and are now working illegally from cockroach-infested lodgings. Officials in Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy have been using offices on the 38th and 39th floors of Doha's landmark al-Bidda skyscraper - known as the ...
07/28/2014New EPA Rule Puts West's Largest Coal-fired Plant on Track for One-Third Less Power Generation

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and could close in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the owners of the Navajo Generating Station could either shut down ...
07/25/2014Southern Company Likely to Build More Nuclear Power Reactors in U.S.

The company has become the first one to pursue new nuclear reactors after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's announcement for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Nuclear power reactors produce almost no carbon emissions. Already, the company is developing two new 1,117MW reactors at its Vogtle nuclear site in Georgia. Meanwhile, ...
07/25/2014Test Results Suggest Bay Bridge Bolts and Rods Don't Need Replacing

July 25--OAKLAND -- Several hundred bolts and rods on the eastern span of the new Bay Bridge apparently will not need expensive replacements or repairs because they resist corrosion better than 32 anchor bolts that snapped last year, designers of the bridge conclude. New test results on more than two dozen bridge rods and bolts selected from more than 2,000 installed on the new span show that ...
07/27/2014$75M Md. Waste-to-Energy Powerplant Project in Limbo

July 27--The project seemed simple enough -- build a waste-to-energy plant on the Eastern Shore fueled by poultry manure, keeping it from flushing into and polluting the bay, while creating green jobs and boosting Maryland's fledgling renewable energy industry But 18 months after it was heralded by Gov. Martin O'Malley, the $75 million project has been stymied after prospective sites and a ...
07/25/2014$207M Citrus Bowl Reconstruction More Than Halfway to Goal

July 25--A lot has happened at Orlando's Citrus Bowl in the 120 days since the old scoreboard was torn down, marking the beginning of the stadium's partial demolition and reconstruction. More than 400 workers a day are on site, rushing to complete a $207 million renovation that needs to wrap up by mid-November, in time for the Florida Classic college football game. The stadium will be "game ...
07/27/2014Wis. Utilities Take Aim Against Solar Power

July 27--Two Wisconsin utility companies -- once among the early leaders in promoting solar power -- now say the solar industry has grown so much it is hurting their business and their customers. Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) and We Energies, Milwaukee, are asking state regulators for rate changes that they call a matter of fair treatment for all. But opponents are kicking up a storm of ...
07/28/2014S.C. Officials Say Savannah River Site Has Money for Fuel Project

SAVANNAH RIVER SITE, S.C. (AP) — Federal legislators have secured enough money to make sure a nuclear fuel project at the Savannah River Site goes forward, according to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and members of the state's congressional delegation. But the governmental leaders also told news reporters during a meeting with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz they want to ensure that the ...
07/28/2014Blair Kamin: Studio Gang Architects, MAD Architects To Design Star Wars Museum in Chicago

July 28--"Star Wars" creator George Lucas on Monday will announce an architectural team for his controversial planned museum on Chicago's lakefront: an avant-garde Chinese designer whose credits include Toronto-area skyscrapers dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe Towers" and Chicago's Jeanne Gang, shaper of the undulating Aqua Tower here. Ma Yansong, founder of the Beijing firm MAD Architects, will ...
07/27/2014After Only Seven Years, New I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis Showing Signs of Age

July 27--Cracks emerged in concrete girders. A drainage hole on the bridge deck plugged up. Rust showed above piers. Seven years after the collapse of its predecessor, the new Interstate 35W bridge has been showing its age. It cuts a handsome profile across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, but annual state bridge inspection reports describe wear and tear that dropped its rating from ...
07/26/2014Congress Passes Law Promoting Transparency in Haiti's Reconstruction

July 26--Nearly five years after a devastating earthquake nearly flatten Haiti's capital, the U.S. Congress on Friday passed legislation aimed at shedding light on how U.S. funds are used in the country's reconstruction efforts. The Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014 requires the U.S. Secretary of State to submit to Congress a report on the status of post-earthquake recovery and ...
07/24/2014Vikings Won't Enhance Stadium to Protect Migrating Birds

July 24--The Minnesota Vikings won't be spending an extra $1.1 million to protect migrating birds from crashing into the team's new stadium. The NFL team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority on Wednesday confirmed that decision after the Minnesota Audubon Society sent out an alarm saying the structure's 200,000 square feet of glass could be a "death trap" for birds traveling in the ...
07/26/2014Promises of Easier Nuclear Construction in U.S. Fall Short

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source. So far, it's not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear power will ever be able to compete with other electricity sources. ...

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