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11/23/2014California Issues Fine for Deadly Winters Crane Accident

Nov. 23--The state division of Occupational Safety and Health fined Disney Construction of Burlingame $106,110 last week for "serious violations" that led to the deaths of two workers on May 30 in a horrific crane accident. The workers plunged 80 feet to their deaths from a platform being hoisted by a crane as part of a bridge-building project in Winters. An investigation by Cal-OSHA found the ...
11/23/2014Fort Drum Now Powered by 60-MW Biomass Plant in Renewable Energy Push

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Bulldozers rumble up and down steaming mountains of wood chips 24 hours a day, stoking the boilers that provide electricity to all 168 square miles of Fort Drum, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division. The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the sprawling northern New York base starting this month. It's the first green ...
11/21/2014BLM Rejects Application for Mojave Desert Solar Power Project

Nov. 21--The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday denied a Spanish company's application to build a controversial renewable energy facility in the Mojave Desert's remote Silurian Valley, deciding the sprawling project "would not be in the public interest." The closely watched decision is considered a bellwether for how the federal agency will handle future requests to develop renewable energy ...
11/20/2014Pennsylvania Turnpike Defendants Plead Guilty, Avoid Prison

Nov. 20--Former Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO Joe Brimmeier of Ross and the agency's former chief operating officer pleaded guilty Thursday to felony conflict of interest charges in a deal that will keep the men out of prison. The plea deal ends the state's high-profile "pay-to-play" case, which saw charges brought against eight former turnpike officials and vendors and an ...
11/19/2014Former Oil Worker in N.D. Files Lawsuit Over Misclassification

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota oil patch worker says his former employer misclassified him and other employees as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and employee benefits. Matthew Ross is seeking class action status for his lawsuit against Williston-based Baha Petroleum Consulting Corp., which he filed this week. He says that during the two years working for the company, he and ...
11/20/2014AECOM's URS Acquisition ­Creates Conflict on Honolulu Rail Project

Nov. 20--A global engineering and design firm that holds three Oahu rail project contracts has purchased a rival company that holds the contract to oversee the design firm's work, forcing city officials to look at ways to resolve an apparent conflict of interest. Dan Grabauskas, executive director for the Honolulu Authority for Rail Transit, detailed the situation after being questioned by ...
11/20/2014China Railway Awarded $11.97B Nigeria Rail Contract

China has signed an $11.97 billion contract to build over 1,400 kilometers of rail along the coast of Nigeria, state media said Thursday. The project, which will be carried out by state-owned China Railway Construction Corp., is China's single biggest overseas contract, according to Xinhua News Agency. The new line on which trains will travel at 120 km per hour, will link the western ...
11/20/2014N.Y. State's $5B Surplus May Fund Construction Projects

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As government problems go, it's not a bad one to have: How should New York spend a $5 billion surplus? The options are all big-ticket items. The $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. Schools. Upgrades to New York City subways. Statewide broadband access. Highways, water and sewer projects. The money comes from big settlements with banks and insurance companies like ...
11/20/2014MGM, Wynn To Take on $1B Debt for Hotel-Casino Projects

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two Las Vegas-based casino companies announced plans Thursday to take on at least $1 billion in debt to help pay for new casino-hotel developments in Massachusetts and cover other incidental costs. MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts Ltd. disclosed their plans in separate financial filings with federal regulators. MGM Resorts said it planned to issue $1 billion in notes ...
11/20/2014L.A. Mayor Pledges to Ease Building Permit Process to Boost Construction

Nov. 20--Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday announced a new permitting process he said could shave months off the time it takes to build something in Los Angeles. Restaurants, charter schools and major projects costing $10 million or more would be eligible for a new case-management program, a single point of contact to guide such projects through the city's sometimes-Byzantine process of applying ...
11/19/2014U.S. Home Construction Drops 2.8% in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes fell slightly in October after a big surge in the previous month, but the weakness was largely driven by the volatile apartment sector. Builders started construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.009 million last month, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. That was a drop of 2.8 percent from September when construction had jumped ...
11/20/2014DOE Cleanup Projects Under Funding Pressure

Nov. 20--The demolition of a former uranium-enrichment facility is well ahead of schedule, and other Oak Ridge projects are making significant progress at lower-than-expected costs, the Department of Energy's cleanup contractor said this week. However, DOE's acting assistant secretary for environmental management, who was in Knoxville Wednesday for an annual "business opportunities" ...
11/18/2014Fed. Rail Chief: Texas "Ideal Market" for High-Speed Rail

Nov. 18--The nation's top federal railroad official is giving the prospect of high-speed rail in Texas an enthusiastic thumbs-up, saying the region "appears to be an ideal market." Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo visited Fort Worth and met with Mayor Betsy Price to discuss the possibility of bringing bullet trains capable of traveling 205 mph to Houston, Dallas, Arlington and Fort ...
11/19/2014Ill. Tollway Hears New Pitch for Multibillion Road Extension

Nov. 19--Advocates for the extension of Route 53 through Lake County say they have devised a unique plan to help bridge a multibillion-dollar funding gap in the long-debated project. The plan calls for creating a "sustainable transportation fund" worth as much as $108 million in bonding authority that would be generated by increased property values along the project's proposed path. The fund ...
11/19/2014Construction To Begin Soon on VW's $900M Expansion at Chattanooga Plant

Nov. 19--Construction of Volkswagen's planned $900 million expansion at its Chattanooga plant is expected to begin in earnest soon with plans to award the first of the project's big contracts on Friday. Gray Construction of Lexington, Ky., is recommended to undertake $33.6 million in work to enlarge the factory's body shop, technical center and assembly finish area. A $2.2 million contingency ...
11/19/2014Miami's Frost Science Museum Construction Nearing Key Milestones

Nov. 19--The planetarium at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science soon will look like a gleaming white orb rather than the lower half of a giant gray ball. And the Gulf Stream Tank aquarium finally looks like something that will eventually hold 500,000 gallons of water. Nearly three years after breaking ground -- and six months after replacing its former construction management ...
11/18/2014Four Teams Vie for Massive Wisconsin DOT Headquarters Project

Nov. 18--Four development teams -- including one led by Terrence Wall, a prominent real estate developer, one-time Republican U.S. Senate candidate and campaign contributor to Gov. Scott Walker -- are still in the running to buy and rebuild the home of the state Department of Transportation, a huge project that would become the largest state-owned office building in Wisconsin. The state ...
11/19/2014MnDOT May Build State's Highest Bridge to Reroute Highway Around Mine

Nov. 19--The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to build the state's tallest bridge to replace a stretch of Iron Range highway that's about to turn into a pit mine. The big bridge was the route recommended Tuesday by state engineers who are trying to reroute a section of Highway 53 that sits on top of a valuable ore deposit owned by mining companies. For decades the state has been ...
11/18/2014ASCE Gives Low Grades for Montana Infrastructure

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of professional engineers say in a report slated for release Tuesday that Montana schools, wastewater treatment facilities and other infrastructure have slid into disrepair and are in need of investment. The "report card" on the state's infrastructure comes from the state chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Lowest marks went to the state's public ...
11/17/2014Ivanpah Solar Thermal Plant Lags in Early Production

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn't producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected. Sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal desert near the California-Nevada border, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System ...
11/18/2014China's $350M Bridge Over Yalu River Gets Scant North Korean Welcome

TOKYO (AP) — The bridge was supposed to be a key link for trade and travel between China's underdeveloped northeast provinces and a much-touted special economic zone in North Korea — so key that Beijing sank more than $350 million into it. Now, it is beginning to look like Beijing has built a bridge to nowhere. An Associated Press Television News crew in September saw nothing but a dirt ramp ...
11/17/2014Caltans Delays Bay Bridge Demolition by Three Months

Nov. 17--The next phase to tear down the old Bay Bridge has been postponed for three months. Caltrans said Monday that the deadline to submit and open bids for the second of three big contracts on the $271 million demolition job has been pushed back from November to February. Four potential bidders told Caltrans they needed more time to study the complicated job of tearing down the deck, ...
11/17/2014Workers Scarce Amid Weld County, Colo., Oil and Gas Boom

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Weld County employers are struggling to fill openings amid the oil and gas boom, with the jobless rate hovering under 4 percent. The county has gained 3,900 jobs in the first nine months of the year, including 1,900 in the energy and construction industries, the Greeley Tribune reported Saturday. The county now has 95,900 jobs, up 21.5 percent since 2010, when the oil and ...
11/18/2014San Diego Considers Recycling Wastewater for Drinking

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dismissed only a few years ago by residents of California's second-largest city, San Diego is joining other California cities that are taking a closer look at recycling wastewater for drinking as the state suffers from severe drought. The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday to advance a plan to produce 83 million gallons of recycled water a day by 2035, an estimated ...
11/16/2014Long After Groundbreakings, N.J.'s 'Shovel-Ready' Campus Work Delayed

Nov. 16--During a 2013 preelection tour of colleges, Gov. Christie and other state officials, including top Democrats, took golden shovels in hand for "ceremonial groundbreakings" heralding state funding of a construction boom to increase capacity at New Jersey campuses. A year later, some South Jersey projects drawing on a voter-approved $750 million capital fund are underway, such as several ...

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