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04/20/2015China President in Pakistan to Unveil $45B in Energy and Infrastructure Investments

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan on Monday for a two-day visit in which he is expected to announce $45 billion worth of investment projects in energy and infrastructure development. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the country's top civilian and military leadership received Xi at an air force base near the capital, Islamabad, complete with a military ...
04/18/2015Caltrans Execs, Bay Area Transpo Chiefs Discuss Bay Bridge Post-Construction Woes

April 18--SACRAMENTO -- The mysteries and miseries of the new Bay Bridge's post-construction woes were politely debated Friday in a meeting between top Caltrans executives and Bay Area transportation chiefs. Central to the meeting at Caltrans headquarters was a display of giant bolts, a testing machine and a presentation meant to show that nearly every bolt anchoring the east section of the ...
04/17/2015Worker Dies in 80-ft Fall at Philadelphia Construction Site

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A worker is dead after an 80-foot fall at a construction site in Philadelphia. City police told WPVI-TV (http://6abc.cm/1FSDyL7 ) that the accident occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Friday in the 2900 block of Chestnut Street. Authorities say the 42-year-old man was working at the site when he fell. They say he was pronounced dead at Presbyterian Hospital. Details about the ...
04/20/2015Iron Workers Expected to Return to St. Croix Bridge Site After Contract Dispute

April 20--The 150 or so ironworkers pulled from the St. Croix River bridge construction site Friday are expected back on the job this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. A contractual dispute between J&L Steel and Electrical Services, a Hudson, Wis.-based subcontractor on the bridge superstructure, and the Lunda/Ames Joint Venture, the primary contractor, led to workers leaving the job site ...
04/18/2015Blair Kamin: Jeanne Gang Does Better in Second Version of New Chicago Skyscraper

April 18--It's a good thing that the Jeanne Gang-designed Wanda Vista Tower has improved considerably since it was shown last year. In classic Chicago fashion, the public review process for the proposed riverfront hotel and condominium skyscraper is anything but squeaky clean. As the Tribune disclosed in February, executives, employees and other people associated with the project's ...
04/18/2015Divers To Wage Blind Battle Against Baltimore's Aging Underwater Infrastructure

April 18--Beneath the murky waters that lap the edges of this old port city, a team of divers will soon wage a near-blind battle against the deterioration of Baltimore's economically vital industrial waterfront. Much like the aged networks of water pipes, gas lines and stormwater culverts beneath Baltimore's streets, the more than half-century-old timber and concrete substructures propping up ...
04/17/2015Hawaii Telescope Builders Extend Construction Timeout Again

HONOLULU (AP) — A nonprofit company planning to build one of the world's biggest telescopes on a mountain many Native Hawaiians consider sacred will continue to postpone construction, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Friday. This is the second time the Thirty Meter Telescope has extended a moratorium on building at the summit of Mauna Kea, the highest peak on the Big Island of Hawaii. Ige didn't say ...
04/17/2015Report Says China Building Airstrip on Reclaimed Island

BEIJING (AP) — China is building an airstrip on an artificially created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea, according to independent analysts, a move the U.S. has warned could raise tensions in the area. Defense group IHS Jane's said satellite images of Fiery Cross Reef taken March 23 show a runway more than 500 meters (about 550 yards) long as well as paved sections of apron. ...
04/17/2015German Utilities Object to Planned Emissions Standards for Power Plants

German energy companies say that construction of over half the country’s planned power plants could be scuppered if the country goes ahead with a leaked plan to set emissions budgets for the country’s biggest polluters. The proposed law would impose stiff financial penalties for the oldest and most inefficient coal and lignite plants, to be paid in the form of emissions trading certificates. ...
04/17/2015Calif. Assembly Members Push to Speed Up Water-Storage Construction

April 17--Amid a crippling state drought, several state Assembly members are pushing a bill intended to speed up construction of water storage facilities by changing the state-mandated environmental review process. Introduced last month, AB 311 creates a window to resolve litigation over environmental reviews of new water storage facilities. Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, co-author of ...
04/17/2015MnDOT: $162M Winona Bridge Project on Schedule

April 17--WINONA -- A major step in the new interstate bridge construction began last week when demolition crews went to work on the old AmericInn building along the Mississippi River. The Minnesota Department of Transportation started demolition April 6 on the 27 properties it has acquired in recent months to make room for the $131 million bridge, according to MnDOT project manager Terry ...
04/16/2015Virginia Cancels Troubled $1.4B U.S. 460 Contract

April 16--The state is terminating its $1.4 billion contract on the troubled U.S. 460 project and will try to recoup some of the $250 million it has spent on a road that was never built, the transportation secretary said Wednesday. The project itself is not dead -- the state is pursuing a scaled-back version of the proposed corridor improvements -- but Wednesday's announcement signaled the ...
04/16/2015Spanish Consortium To Build $477M Power Plant in Mexico

Madrid, Apr 16 (EFE).- A consortium formed by Spain's OHL Industrial and the SENER engineering group won a $477 million contract to build a combined-cycle power plant in the Mexican city of Empalme.The power plant, which will use natural gas and have a generating capacity of 770 MW, is expected to go online in 2017, supplying electricity to northern Mexico, the companies said.OHL Industrial ...
04/16/2015Apple Announces Investments in Chinese Solar, U.S. Forest Projects

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — In a quest to be more green, Apple says it is investing in Chinese solar power and preserving forests that make environmentally friendly paper. The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions — initiatives that have won high marks from environmental groups. On ...
04/16/2015U.S. Home Construction Off to Weak March Start

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders opened the spring buying season in March at a slower pace than last year, a warning that recent hiring gains have failed to translate into a stronger real estate market. Construction firms broke ground at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 926,000 homes last month, a 2.5 percent decline from the pace in March 2014, the Commerce Department said Thursday. ...
04/16/2015Work Plan Possibly Ignored in Wash. Overpass Accident That Killed Family

BONNEY LAKE, Wash. (AP) — Officials in the Washington city where a concrete slab fell from an overpass and killed a young family in a pickup below say they would've closed the roadway if they had known heavy work was being performed on the structure. John Woodcock, chief engineer for Bonney Lake, told KING-TV (http://is.gd/Clcl28) that the contractor, WHH Nisqually Federal Services, and its ...
04/16/2015Indiana House Sends Construction Wage Law Repeal to Governor

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Conservative groups and Gov. Mike Pence gained a victory Thursday with final legislative approval for a bill repealing Indiana's law for setting wages on public construction projects. The Indiana House voted 54-40 in favor of the repeal, even with 13 Republicans splitting from the GOP supermajority to join Democrats in opposing the measure. The bill, which supporters ...
04/15/2015Texas High-Speed-Rail Plan on Collision Course With Opposition

April 15--High-speed rail in Texas is in trouble before it pulls out of the station. Supporters of high-speed rail acknowledge that they're concerned about legislative and other efforts to block a proposed bullet train from Dallas to Houston that a private company, with backing from a Japanese rail company, wants to open in 2021. A bill under consideration in the Legislature would bar ...
04/15/2015Brazil Governing Party Treasurer Arrested in Petrobras Kickback Case

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Federal police on Wednesday detained the treasurer of Brazil's governing Workers' Party in the wide-ranging investigation into corruption at state-run oil giant Petrobras, and the party said later he had asked to resign the post. Joao Vaccari Neto was detained in Sao Paulo as he was heading out for an early morning jog, police and judicial officials told reporters at a ...
04/15/2015John Laing Consortium Exits $10B Toll-Road Project In Australia After Plans Scrapped

LONDON (Alliance News) - Infrastructure investor John Laing Group PLC on Wednesday said the East West Connect consortium has reached a deal with the Victoria state government in Australia on a heads of agreement for the East West Link project. The agreement will allow the state government to acquire the East West Connect project companies for a nominal consideration and will allow the sponsors ...
04/14/2015Turkey Launches Nuclear Plant Construction, Sparking Protest

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey held a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of parts of its first nuclear reactor, sparking an angry protest by activists. Activists say Tuesday's ceremony came despite ongoing court cases against the nuclear plant being built by Russia in Akkuyu, in the Mediterranean coastal province of Mersin. Protesters blocked a gate leading to the ceremony area, ...
04/14/2015Duke Energy Says Coal-Ash Guilty Plea May Cut Power to Military Bases

April 14--REPORTING FROM RALEIGH, N.C. -- If Duke Energy pleads guilty to federal criminal violations of the Clean Water Act, will the lights go out at Ft. Bragg, N.C.? The nation's largest electric utility raised that possibility in federal court Tuesday, suggesting that a federal law could prevent a guilty Duke Energy from supplying power to military bases and federal facilities in North ...
04/15/2015Construction Worker Killed in Accident at Petaluma, Calif. Jobsite

April 15--A worker killed in a construction site accident early Wednesday in southern Petaluma was a Novato man who was helping move a huge pipe as it was being set on the ground when it began to roll and crushed him, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. Jared Overfield, 28, was hit by the 40-foot, 8,000-pound concrete pipe, which rolled over him. He died in the 7:15 a.m. ...
04/15/2015Indiana Senate Narrowly Backs Repeal of Construction Wage Law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican-led push to repeal the state law that sets wages for public construction projects narrowly passed through the Senate on Wednesday, despite concerns from both sides of the aisle about how the bill will affect Indiana's middle class and construction industry. Senators voted 27-22 to support eliminating the boards that set wages for state or local projects costing ...
04/14/2015Seattle To Replace Water Main at Risk After Dig for TBM Bertha

April 14--Crews will soon start digging up Western Avenue in downtown Seattle to replace a water main damaged last fall by the Highway 99 tunnel project. Ray Hoffman, director of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), said workers will replace a quarter-mile of 20-inch pipe in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. Hoffman said it's crucial to fix the pipe soon, to reduce flooding risk from a ...

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