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03/04/2015Environmental Scientists Question Rush to Build Nicaragua Canal

An international consortium of environmental scientists -- featuring leading researchers from 18 institutions in the United States and Central and South America -- have voiced their opposition to the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal and the haste with which the project has been initiated. Late last year, the Hong Kong-based HKND Group announced it had begun construction on the Nicaragua ...
03/03/2015New Bids for Honolulu Rail Come in Above City's Estimates

March 03--Bids unsealed Tuesday for the Honolulu rail project have again come in above estimates, despite rail officials' efforts to control costs by repackaging work into smaller groups. The lowest of the five bids that came in to build rail stations at Leeward Community College, Waipahu and West Loch came in from Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. at $78.9 million. The most expensive was ...
03/04/2015Minor Utility Work Marks Beginning of Calif. High-Speed Rail Construction

March 04--Getting started --A storm-drain line is among the utilities being re-routed in downtown Fresno by contractors for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. --The utility work sets the stage for major construction to come this year on new high-speed rail underpasses at Ventura and Tulare streets in downtown Fresno. --"We have to do all of this detail work before any major ...
03/05/2015Miami Tri-Rail, Downtown Expo Center May Ask for $150M in Subsidies

March 05--To bring a major expo center and commuter trains downtown, Miami commissioners may be asked to commit more than $150 million in redevelopment agency and city money to the two projects, the Miami Herald has learned. But in order to spend city dollars on Tri-Rail's Coastal Link or the Miami Marriott Marquis World Convention Center, commissioners might have to override the mayor's veto. ...
03/05/2015Texas State Senate Approves Road Spending Plan

March 05--A plan to use half of Texas' motor vehicle sales tax revenues to widen and improve the roads those cars and trucks rely on passed the Texas Senate Wednesday. The proposal now moves to the House. It's expected to face more oppposition in the lower chamber than in the Senate, where it passed 28-2. Democratic Senators Rodney Ellis and Kirk Watson were opposed, citing concerns about ...
03/03/2015$429M Ohio Road Project Gets Under Way

March 03--A new route and a new name: the Ohio Department of Transportation will soon make history when construction of the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (Portsmouth Bypass) with a price tag of $429 million begins in Scioto County. This summer, the Portsmouth Gateway Group will embark on the state's largest, modern earthwork project to date when the contractors start construction of ...
03/04/2015Egypt Plans to Build Pyramid Skyscraper in Cairo

Plans for a Cairo skyscraper modelled on Egypt's most famous historic monuments have been put forward by the country's government The 200 -metre high-rise is designed to resemble the ancient pyramids and is proposed for the Sheikh Zayed City development. The name of the architect involved and the cost of the project have not yet been revealed, but Moustafa Madbouly, Egypt's minister of ...
03/03/2015Construction Worker Killed in Hit-and-Run on Interstate-4 Site in Fla.

March 03--A construction worker was seriously injured after a car hit him on eastbound Interstate 4 in Seminole County and fled the scene early Tuesday morning, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Although the crash didn't occur on the site of the ongoing I-4 Ultimate construction project, the accident raised concerns about safety for workers on the six-year project. Christopher David ...
03/03/2015Design for New U.S. Steel Headquarters Pays Homage to Pittsburgh's Industrial Past

March 03--The new U.S. Steel headquarters is designed to pay homage to the steelmaker while serving as a catalyst for development of the former Civic Arena site in the lower Hill District. Those goals are contained in a final land development plan filed with the city Friday by developer Clayco Realty Group in anticipation of starting construction of the five-story, 285,000-square-foot building ...
03/04/2015Discovery of Possible Forged Bonds Halts Redevelopment Project in Hastings, Minn.

March 04--In an unusual case that has city officials perplexed, the city of Hastings announced Tuesday that it may have been the victim of a document forgery crime. Bonds delivered to the city for a riverfront revitalization project may have been altered or forged, rendering them invalid and causing the city to suspend an ongoing construction project. RSI Associates, Inc., the general ...
03/02/2015Chicago Cubs Expect a Dusty Year Amid Extensive Wrigley Field Renovations

Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — When the Chicago Cubs open their season at Wrigley Field next month, players and fans may feel alike may feel a bit like a homeowner who lives in a house where workers are tearing apart the kitchen. Members of the media were led on a tour Monday of the bowels of the Major League Baseball's second-oldest ballpark, which has become a forest of beams and pipes on a ...
03/02/2015China, Japan Compete for Thailand High-Speed Railway Project

SHANGHAI, March 2, SinoCast -- The Chinese government plans to extend high-speed railways to Thailand and realize joint operation of high-speed railway in China and Thailand. Therefore, China provides huge amounts of loans. However, Thailand believes that lending rate is too high and clauses are too harsh. The two countries reached a high-speed railway joint construction agreement in December ...
03/03/2015Maine DOT Seeks to Double Bridge Funding in State Budget

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine needs to consider borrowing money and reallocating resources to find an additional $70 million annually to ensure the safety of the state's bridges and prevent significant long-term costs, transportation officials told lawmakers Tuesday. The Maine Department of Transportation currently dedicates about $70 million annually for bridge replacement and maintenance ...
03/03/2015Finalists Named in Milwaukee Lakefront Redesign Project

March 03--The City of Milwaukee has announced four design teams as finalists for a project that could transform Milwaukee's lakefront. Called the Lakefront Gateway Plaza, the urban design project promises to refashion and make more coherent a stretch of lakefront in and around existing cultural structures, such as Summerfest, Discovery World, the Milwaukee Art Museum and War Memorial, as well ...
03/03/2015Tutor Perini Seeks State Compensation for High-Speed Rail Project Delays

March 03--The contractor building the first segment of the California bullet train system said Monday it is seeking compensation for delays in the project and is not likely to start any major construction until June or July -- months later than state officials said just weeks ago. Ronald Tutor, chief executive Tutor Perini, said Monday the Sylmar firm has begun discussing compensation for a 1 ...
02/23/2015Indianapolis Prepares for Street Repair Blitz

Feb. 23--From Dandy Trail to Dean Road and Prospect Street to Park North Bend Road, the city is preparing a $34 million blitz this summer to repave broken, bone-shaking and battered streets. The first wave of resurfacing on nearly 200 miles of roads should start in March, and the first of the first will be three streets left unfinished from last year. They are: Kessler Boulevard from Illinois ...
03/02/2015$3.36B Doha Metro Project in Qatar Gathers Steam

Qatar's ambitious rail project has gathered steam with country poised to award a number of important contracts this year for the project, which is seen as a backbone in the country's developing infrastructure. A clear indication of its intent is the award of yet another component of the project, with a letter of conditional acceptance last month (February) for an estimated $3.36-billion deal ...
03/02/2015Editorial: Caltrans Promises Better Disclosure on Bay Bridge Bolt Issues

March 02--The latest and perhaps most serious construction problem discovered in the $6.5 billion eastern span of the Bay Bridge has implications beyond the thousands of Bay Area residents who use the bridge every day. Caltrans, the state agency that oversaw the work, is responsible for infrastructure projects throughout California including roads, tunnels and all kinds of bridges. The bolt ...
02/28/2015After Ten Years, Central Mont. Water Project One Step Closer to Funding

Feb. 28--After 10 years of meetings, paperwork, drilling and water testing, a project that could supply well water to about 5,000 residents stretching 250 miles from the base of the Little Belt Mountains to Roundup is one step closer to reality. "It's getting scary," joked Jim Kalitowski, of Harlowton, who is chairman of the Central Montana Regional Water Authority. "It's closer to either ...
03/02/2015Effort by Ind. House to Repeal Common Wage Faces Contractor Opposition

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican-backed proposal to repeal the state law that sets wages for public construction projects requires further study instead of a quick vote, opponents of the measure said Monday. Indiana contractors and business leaders gathered at the Statehouse to praise the economic impact made by union contractor companies and recognize the 10,000th graduate to get an Ivy Tech ...
03/02/2015Construction Spending Rising in U.K. Led by Surge in Home Building

PRIVATE home and commercial construction is picking up, industry figures show today, despite continued stagnation in public sector building. Construction activity increased by six per cent in the 12 months to March, led by a 12 per cent jump in private housing schemes, according industry analysts Glenigan. Private sector activity was also helped by a five per cent rise in nonresidential ...
03/02/2015U.S. Construction Spending Down 1.1% in January

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell in January, reflecting weakness in spending on office buildings and other nonresidential projects and in government activity. Construction spending fell 1.1 percent in January following a revised 0.8 percent increase in December, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Spending on home construction rose 0.6 percent but spending on ...
02/24/2015Lawsuit Filed Over U.S. Corps of Engineers Flood Control Project on Rio Grande

Feb. 24--SANTA FE -- The environment group WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court challenging a federal engineering project that its says threatens the health of the Rio Grande ecosystem from just north of Socorro to Elephant Butte. The project -- already underway -- also will alter hundreds of acres of key habitat of the Rio Grande silvery minnow, Southwestern willow ...
02/27/2015Work Moves Ahead on Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project

Feb. 27--Devices designed to absorb the violent shaking to the Golden Gate Bridge during a major earthquake have been approved for testing as work on the seismic upgrade of the span continues. The design of the final "Phase 3B" -- addressing the center suspension portion of the span -- is now underway and bridge officials hope to get bids out on the work at the end of 2016. Part of the process ...
02/27/2015Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant Official Expects Enough Money in Fund to Clean Site

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An executive with the owner of the mothballed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sought to clarify comments that environmentalists interpreted as a possibility the company might shirk its responsibility for cleaning up the site decades from now. At a legislative hearing Feb. 11, Entergy Corp. Vice President Mike Twomey was asked what would happen if a dedicated investment fund ...

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