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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 -- ...
04/29/2015China To Be Israel's Biggest Infrastructure Partner

April 29--"Independence" is a very popular concept in Israel, however, the concept is a very flexible one. In reality, Israel's strategic geopolitical position has made it the political and economic playground of foreign powers throughout history, leaving very limited room for the judgment of the "local" residents. The establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 did not change the big picture ...
04/29/2015Ground Broken on $380M Makeover of St. Louis Gateway

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Construction began Wednesday on an upgraded museum and visitor center at St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch as part of an ambitious $380 million bid to renovate the grounds of the towering landmark on the cusp of turning a half century old. Dignitaries including Mayor Francis Slay and the National Park Service's deputy chief broke ground on a planned 46,000-square-foot expansion ...
04/29/2015Constitution Pipeline Refiles Water Permit Application to N.Y. Regulators

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers have an extra two weeks to comment on the proposed 124-mile Constitution Pipeline after the severe winter delayed the state's field review of potential effects to wetlands and streams along the project's planned route through four counties. The Department of Environmental Conservation's yearlong review of the pipeline's water quality certificate application was ...
04/28/2015Utility Seeks Approval for 20MW Solar Project at Fort Bliss

April 28--El Paso Electric has selected California-based SunPower Corp., to build a proposed, $46.7 million, 20-megawatt solar plant project on Fort Bliss, and the utility has begun the process of getting approvals to build the plant from Texas and New Mexico regulators, officials with the utility announced Monday. The project was first announced by Fort Bliss officials two years ago. But it ...
04/28/2015Offshore Wind Energy Sector Off to Slow Start in U.S.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When the Obama administration cleared the way five years ago for the nation's first offshore wind farm to be built, advocates hoped it was the start of a new way of generating power along the East Coast. That project, Cape Wind's wind farm off of Cape Cod, has stalled. And construction has only just begun for another, much smaller, offshore wind farm near Block Island. ...

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