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08/03/2015Track Construction Begins on New Haven-Springfield Commuter Rail Line

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Construction of a second track for the expanded rail line from New Haven to Springfield, Massachusetts, began Monday, and commuters will be bused along the route for the next year. The project will boost north-south rail transportation from six daily round-trip trains to 17 a day south of Hartford and 12 north of Hartford. About $435 million is available, said John ...
08/04/2015California Is Ahead of the Game as Obama Releases Clean Power Plan

Aug. 04--President Obama's plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants over the next 15 years will force states to address climate change by pushing them to act more like California. The Clean Power Plan announced Monday poses significant challenges for states that rely on coal-fired power plants for much of their electricity, but complying with the rules will be a breeze for California. ...
08/02/2015Canadian Hydropower Seen as Solution to High Energy Prices in Northeastern U.S.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec's rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. northeasterners, who pay the nation's highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smartphones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely. In review or under construction are five large-scale hydropower proposals that could ...
08/03/2015Construction Worker Dies After Bee Attack at Calif. Jobsite

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A fire chief says a worker has died after being stung by bees that swarmed a Southern California construction site. Riverside Battalion Chief Tony Perna says three construction workers were stung Monday morning when a contractor was grading a parking lot. Perna says the grader struck an underground sprinkler control vault that housed a bee hive. Workers say the bees ...
08/03/2015States' Carbon Targets Shift in Final Obama Climate Change Plan

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sixteen states will have tougher carbon dioxide reduction targets than they originally planned now that President Barack Obama has presented his final plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants. Obama's plan, which would reduce emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, was met with dismay by leaders in some of those states who had supported the original proposal in ...
07/30/2015Portland Selects Development Team For $93M Mixed-use Project

July 30--A development team featuring Homer Williams, Dike Dame and BRIDGE Housing Corporation has been selected to build an estimated $93 million mixed-use project on city-owned property just south of downtown. The project would include 203 units of affordable housing, 162 market-rate units and 30,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Taxpayers are expected to kick in at least $19 million ...
07/31/2015Work Expected to Resume on $158M I-10 Extension Project in West El Paso

July 31--Construction is expected to resume in the next two weeks on the $158 million West El Paso Interstate 10 expansion project after the original company abruptly walked away, leaving officials and motorists in a lurch. Some preliminary work might take place Friday, Texas Department of Transportation officials said. The I-10 expansion project began in early February, but was suddenly ...
08/03/2015Two Cranes Fall Off of Barge in Netherlands During Lift, One Man Rescued

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Rescuers pulled a survivor from under the wreckage of apartments and shops flattened on Monday shortly after two cranes being used in the restoration of a bridge in a central Dutch city toppled onto a row of buildings, a fire department spokesman said. One man had been pulled alive from the rubble in Alphen aan den Rijn, and rescuers including sniffer dogs would work deep into ...
08/02/2015Obama Orders Steeper Emissions Cuts From Power Plants

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming. A year after proposing unprecedented carbon dioxide limits, the Obama administration was poised to ...
07/31/2015Corps: Dredging for $706M Savannah Harbor Deepening to Begin in September

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal agency overseeing the $706 million deepening of the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah says it now expects dredging to start three months sooner than expected. The Army Corps of Engineers said Friday workers should begin dredging the outer portion of the 39-mile channel in early September. Corps officials had planned to wait until December. The agency ...
08/01/2015New Orleans Public Hospital Re-opens 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten years after the levees and floodwalls broke during Hurricane Katrina and flooded New Orleans, the Big Easy finally has a full-scale public hospital again — a new Charity hospital. At 6 a.m. Saturday, the new 1.6-million-square-foot University Medical Center New Orleans, built with $1.1 billion of federal rebuilding money, ambulances and medical staff began the transfer ...
08/01/2015New Precautions for Blasting at Duluth, Minn. Jobsite After Flying Debris Damages Car

Aug. 01--A blasting company is expected to take several precautions as it resumes work on a London Road construction site after debris damaged a car Wednesday. In its investigation, the Duluth Fire Marshal's Office concluded that Super Excavators followed protocol when it was blasting bedrock on the 2100 block of London Road. However, the city is requiring that the company use blasting mats ...
08/01/2015Japan Government To Set Up New Panel to Review Olympics Stadium Project

The Japanese government intends to set up a panel to examine an upcoming plan for the new Olympics stadium to ensure proper procedure by a third party after it came under heavy fire for its management of the previous plan it had to scrap in a last-minute decision, a government official said Saturday. The panel will comprise academic experts in the architecture sector to study the feasibility ...
07/31/2015Indian Tribe Approves Construction of 396-MW Wind Power Project in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Residents of a heavily Indian area have approved the installation of a huge wind power project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico, the Oaxaca state government said Friday. The proposed construction of 132 giant wind turbines is meant to generate 396 megawatts of power, but the project has raised concerns over vibrations, bird deaths and invasion of Indian ...
08/01/2015Tourists Flock to Gawk at Massive Highway Bridge Projects

ON THE ST. CROIX RIVER, Minn. (AP) — Jockeying for a rail spot on the third-floor deck of a St. Croix River paddlewheel boat starts an hour before departure. Up there are prime views of the towering piers, protruding concrete segments and barges full of heavy equipment — all elements of one of the biggest, most expensive bridge projects the Upper Midwest has seen. Construction of the mile-long ...
07/29/2015CH2M, Central Texas Transpo Agency in Dispute Over Delayed Austin Toll Lanes Project

July 29--The completion date for the troubled MoPac Boulevard toll lane project could be as late as the end of 2016, more than a year after the original estimated opening, officials said Wednesday. And with that significant delay has come increasingly frosty relations between the project's developer, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, and its primary contractor, CH2M. The two ...
07/30/2015Engineers See Problems With Tunnel To Replace I-84 Viaduct in Hartford, Conn.

July 30--HARTFORD -- No decisions have been made yet, but engineers studying ways to replace the I-84 viaduct in Hartford said Wednesday that two options -- a tunnel or a newer version of the towering elevated highway -- appear increasingly impractical. The prospect of rebuilding a roughly milelong stretch of I-84 at ground level or in a slightly lowered trench has seemed the most likely ...
07/30/2015Vegas-area Coal Plant Owners to Pay $4.3M to Settle Pollution Lawsuit

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas have agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution. Some $1.5 million of the funds from NV Energy and the California Department of Water Resources are earmarked for a community health wellness center on ...
07/30/2015Jury Awards $47.8M in New York City Crane Collapse Civil Case

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jury on Thursday awarded $47.8 million to the families of two men killed in 2008 when a construction crane collapsed. The jury ordered James Lomma, the owner of the crane, and his companies to pay $32 million to the family of Ramadan Kurtaj and $15.8 million to the family of Donald Leo. In the May 2008 collapse on Manhattan's Upper East Side, parts of a ...
07/30/2015Tidal Power Generator Comes Online in Alaskan River

July 30--PORTLAND, Maine -- The tidal power generation developer Ocean Renewable Power Co. that made international headlines in 2012 for connecting a Cobscook Bay tidal generator to the grid has started generating power for a remote Alaskan village using a smaller version of the turbine. The company announced this week that it placed its RivGen turbine generator in the Kvichak River to ...
07/30/2015Analysis: Santa Fe Worst In Nation For Construction Activity

July 30--Another month of job losses in construction has dropped Santa Fe County to last in the United States for industry growth. From June 2014 to June of this year, the Santa Fe metro area lost 600 jobs for a decline of 22 percent. That places it last among the 358 metro areas in percentage of job growth tracked by the Associated General Contractors, according to an analysis released ...
07/29/2015House Votes to Fund Highways, Transit Through October

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision. In one of their last decisions before adjourning for a month, the House backed a bill ...
07/27/2015Caltrans, Contractors Fined in Willits Bypass Collapse

July 27--State officials have levied a total of $165,000 in fines against Caltrans and two construction companies for the January collapse of a 150-foot section of the Highway 101 bypass project in Willits that seriously injured three workers. California Occupational Safety and Health Administration concluded that serious worker safety violations were committed by the agency and two ...
07/27/2015State Officials Blame Contractor for Delays on Univ. of Wyo. Building

July 27--CHEYENNE -- State officials are blaming a Wyoming contractor for delays that will prevent a new $50 million building at the University of Wyoming from opening on time. The Michael B. Enzi STEM Facility originally was set to be done in May so it would be ready for the upcoming fall semester. But construction officials told the State Building Commission last week that it likely won't be ...
07/29/2015Protesters in Portland Dangle From Bridge in Bid to Block Shell Arctic Icebreaker

July 29--Trying to delay Shell's Arctic ice-breaking ship in Portland, 13 protesters are dangling from the St. Johns Bridge, which spans the Willamette River. The protesters rappelled from the bridge at about 2:30 a.m. as a group of about 50 kayakers looked on, said Michael Foster, a kayaker from Seattle and veteran of earlier protests against Shell that took place in Washington state. Foster ...

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