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05/04/2015Charlotte Airport Kicks Off $2.5B, 10-Year Construction Program

May 04--Officials wrapped up an eight-year, $1.5 billion round of construction projects at Charlotte's airport Monday and promptly kicked off a 10-year, $2.5 billion program that will change the roadway passengers use, the terminal and the airfield itself. The new construction, starting with work on the airport's new, eight-lane road in front of the terminal this summer, will cause disruptions ...
05/01/2015Subcontractors Connected to Deadly Overpass Accident Removed From Wash. Project

May 01--Construction will resume Monday at the site of a sidewalk project on the state Route 410 overpass in Bonney Lake where a deadly accident occurred several weeks ago. In a statement released Friday night, the city also announced that the subcontractors involved in the accident that killed a family of three will be removed from the project. Josh and Vanessa Ellis were killed April 13, ...
05/01/2015Nepal Quake Could Have Been Much Worse, Says Structural Engineer Kit Miyamoto

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The structural engineer strides through Kathmandu's old city, past buildings reduced to rubble, buildings whose facades are cracked in dozens of places, like the fractured shell of a hardboiled egg. But it's the many buildings that made it unscathed through the earthquake that amaze Kit Miyamoto. "It could have been so much worse," said Miyamoto, head of a global ...
05/01/2015Wisconsin Regulators Approve Plans For $327M Power Line

May 01--American Transmission Co. received state approval Friday to build a $327 million power-line project in northeastern Wisconsin. The Pewaukee transmission-line utility sought the project as part of a series of reinforcements to the power grid in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula after a U.P. blackout in 2011. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission on Friday chose a ...
05/04/2015Transmission Project to Export Wyo. Wind Power to Calif. Clears Regulatory Hurdle

A planned 730-mile power line project to export Wyoming wind power to southern California has passed a significant regulatory milestone with the release of a federal environmental study. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday opened a 30-day period in which it will accept any protests against land-use changes for the TransWest Express project in the works since 2007. It remains difficult ...
05/02/2015Tensions Rise Over $2B Red River Flood-Control Project

May 02--Tensions are rising on both banks of the Red River over $2 billion flood control project that doesn't yet have Minnesota's blessing. The massive Fargo-Moorhead Diversion project is an ambitious plan to divert the flood-prone Red River away from Fargo, the economic hub for the whole region. A 36-mile ditch would channel floodwaters around Fargo, while a dam across the Red would back ...
05/03/2015200 Chinese Workers Stranded at Hydropower Project Site in Nepal Following Quake

KATHMANDU - Nearly 200 Chinese workers are still stranded but safe in Lamabagar Area's Upper Tamakoshi hydropower project construction site in Dolakha District, Central Nepal, eight days after a powerful earthquake struck the nation. The workers are from the Sinohydro Corporation Limited, a Chinese Company which is the contractor of civil construction works for the Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower ...
05/02/2015Driver Dead, Three Construction Workers Hurt in Penn. Turnpike Crash

May 02--A driver was killed and three constriction workers injured in an early-morning accident on the Pa. Turnpike in Bucks County, according to multiple reports. The driver of the car, who has yet to be identified, crashed into a truck carrying the construction workers just before 6:00 a.m. on the eastbound lanes near the Bensalem interchange. The construction workers, contractors hired by ...
05/01/2015OSHA: Construction Workers in Confined Spaces to Come Under Protection Rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction workers in confined spaces like manholes and tanks will come under a new federal rule intended to give them similar protections to workers in manufacturing and other industries. The rule is being issued by the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Officials say it will prevent about 800 serious injuries and deaths each year. It takes ...
05/01/2015Six Building-Trades Unions in Philly Agree to Lower Rate for Work in Suburbs

May 01--With construction going on around the city and building projects on the rise, six of Philadelphia's building-trades unions settled contracts Thursday designed to make them more marketable in the suburbs. "We are trying collectively to become more competitive in the counties," said Emily Bittenbender, chief executive of Bittenbender Construction L.P. and chairwoman of the General ...
04/29/2015Final, $815M Phase of R.I. Sewer Project OK'd

April 29--PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The biggest public works project in Rhode Island history is getting bigger. On Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners of the Narragansett Bay Commission voted to move ahead with an $815-million project that will become the third phase of a decades-long plan to contain and treat contaminated storm water that inundates century-old sewer systems in Providence, Pawtucket ...
05/01/2015Tesla Announces Batteries To Jump-Start Home Energy-Storage Industry

May 01--Having tackled electric cars and solar energy, Billionaire Elon Musk now wants to use technology from both industries to jump-start the energy storage business. Speaking to a crowd of about 1,000 Tesla fans at the automaker's design studio in Hawthorne, Musk outlined a vision of homes and business severing themselves from utility-controlled grids. "We are talking about trying to change ...
05/01/2015U.S. Construction Spending Drops 0.6% in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction fell in March as an increase in nonresidential construction was offset by declines in home building and government projects. Construction spending dropped 0.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted $966.6 billion in March after a flat reading in February, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Construction activity has fallen or shown no gain in four of the past ...
04/30/2015Nepal Economy Shattered by Quake, Recovery to Take Years

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — What took moments to flatten will take years to rebuild. In mere seconds a powerful earthquake devastated a swathe of Nepal. Rebuilding the impoverished Himalayan nation's fragile economy will require a long slog, financed by foreign aid and money from its army of overseas workers. Initial estimates peg the economic damage from the temblor that killed more than 5,000 ...
04/30/2015Developer Readies $1B in Major Boston Projects

April 30--Boston Properties may be ready to pull the trigger on several area projects this year, including the first phase of its nearly $1 billion mixed-use site next to TD Garden and a residential development in Kendall Square. Significant improvements that would add "high-value" retail amenities to 100 Federal St. in Boston and two possible Waltham office developments totaling more than ...
04/29/2015Miami Mayor Opposes 633-ft LED Billboard Tower

April 29--Taking a political U-turn, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado spoke out Tuesday against a developer's proposal to build a 633-foot media tower and said he will attempt to change legislation that allows such a project to be built near Overtown without special approvals. Regalado said the three-sided tower, which would twist upward and project images from large LED signs embedded within the ...
04/29/2015Firm Plans Interim Nuclear Waste Storage Facility in N.M.

April 29--HOLTEC INTERNATIONAL INC. -- a global firm that makes storage canisters for spent nuclear fuel -- proposes to build the world's first "interim" depository for waste from U.S. power plants in southeastern New Mexico. The company has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Eddy-Lea County Energy Alliance to seek needed federal licenses to build the facility on 32 acres currently ...
04/29/2015Lake Mead Water Level Falls to Record Low, and Is Likely to Get Worse

April 29--REPORTING FROM LAS VEGAS -- For Western states enduring a debilitating drought, the news is bone-dry bad: Anemic Lake Mead has hit a historic low level. The surface of the sprawling reservoir outside Las Vegas late Tuesday afternoon fell to 1,079.76 feet above sea level -- nearly 140 feet below capacity -- as the prolonged drought continues to evaporate the beleaguered Colorado River ...
04/29/2015N.C. Senate Moves Ahead on Worker MIsclassification Bill

April 29--RALEIGH -- A bill that could help stop mistreatment of laborers and curtail massive tax losses for the state moved a closer to law Wednesday as the state Senate unanimously approved a measure to punish companies that cheat workers. The bill aims to combat the illegal practice of bosses treating workers who should be employees as independent contractors. To do it, the state would ...
04/30/2015Judge Halts Millennium Hollywood Skyscraper Project

April 30--A judge on Thursday halted a developer's plan to build two massive skyscrapers in the heart of Hollywood, ruling that the city of Los Angeles failed to fully assess how the $1-billion project would affect the surrounding community. The Millennium Hollywood project has been strongly backed by city officials but opposed by community groups fearful of traffic congestion and the ...
04/30/2015Russian Firm Rosatom Signs on to Build Nuclear Plant in Finland

HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish utility Fennovoima said Thursday it has awarded the main contract for constructing a nuclear plant in Finland to the Russian company Titan-2. Fennovoima said it has completed the approval process for the company, which was signed up for the deal in January by Fennovoima's partner in the project, Rusatom Overseas — a subsidiary of Russian state-owned nuclear company ...
04/30/2015MnDOT: Most Ironworkers Back on St. Croix River Bridge Project Following Dispute

April 30--Most ironworkers are back working on the St. Croix River bridge project, and the work remains on schedule, a Minnesota Department of Transportation spokeswoman said Wednesday. "They're back to the regular pace," said Kristin Calliguri. "They're still on schedule for that traffic to be on the bridge in the fall of 2016. Things are moving along as they should." More than 100 ...
04/30/2015Duke University Announces Plans for $100M Engineering and Physics Building

April 30--DURHAM -- Duke University has announced plans to build a $100 million, 85,000-square-foot building for programs in engineering and physics. The new building on Duke's West Campus is slated to open in 2018 and will promote collaboration between students and engineering and physics faculty, the university said. It was announced last weekend in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of ...
04/29/2015Calif. Scales Back Wildlife Habitat Restoration in Delta Tunnel Project

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California officials have dramatically scaled back the habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions of people. California Department of Fish and Game Director Chuck Bonham told The Associated Press Wednesday that the project now calls for restoring 30,000 acres for ...
04/29/2015Mont. Legislature Adjourns, Fails to Pass $150M Infrastructure Bill

April 29--HELENA -- The Montana Legislature ended its 2015 regular session Tuesday morning, as lawmakers quickly adjourned after failing one last time to pass a $150 million bill funding infrastructure and state building projects across the state. Both Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and majority Republican leaders at the Legislature bemoaned the last-minute failure of the infrastructure bill -- ...

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