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12/22/2014Nicaragua Breaks Ground on Historic Canal Project

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan officials and a Chinese company broke ground Monday on a $50 billion transoceanic waterway predicted to rival the Panama Canal, but which has been a source of anger and protests from citizens in recent weeks. Vice President Omar Halleslevens, with Wang Jing, president of the contracting firm HKND Group, said the canal will change the history and the economy ...
12/22/2014N.D. Oil Patch Towns Build Infrastructure and Housing to Meet Demand

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — City officials in the North Dakota oil patch say they are forging ahead with housing and infrastructure projects, despite an expected downturn in drilling in the next year. Watford City Mayor Brent Sanford said development and land sales are not slowing down because housing needs for permanent oil field workers have not been met, the Bismarck Tribune reported ...
12/21/2014Rising Public Anger as Nicaragua Canal Breaks Ground

RIO GRANDE, Nicaragua (AP) — As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for his land, Ruiz insists, "I'm not going to run." Ruiz's property on the banks of Nicaragua's Rio Grande sits in the path of a $50 billion transoceanic waterway set ...
12/20/2014Amtrak CEO: Baltimore Tunnel Replacement Study 'Waste of Time' Given Lack of Funding

Dec. 20--The head of Amtrak questioned whether a continuing study of replacement options for the troubled 140-year-old Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel under West Baltimore is a "waste of time," given what he sees as a national failure to commit adequate funding to major passenger rail projects. "There is no money. There is no leadership. There is no delivery of what we need for the future of this ...
12/19/2014Los Angeles Airport OKs $4B Automated People Mover Project

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leaders at the Los Angeles International Airport have formally given the go-ahead to a $4 billion plan to build an "automated people mover" that would connect terminals to the region's rail system. The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners unanimously voted Thursday to approve the project, which would take people around the nation's third-busiest airport, and to and ...
12/22/2014French Power Company Alsom To Pay $772M in Construction Bribery Case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million to resolve allegations that it bribed high-ranking foreign government officials for lucrative projects, the Justice Department said Monday. Federal prosecutors said Alstom S.A. falsified its records and paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes for help in obtaining more than $4 billion in projects in ...
12/21/2014Columbia, S.C., Experiencing $1-Billion Building Boom

Dec. 21--Downtown Columbia is in the middle of a billion-dollar building boom that shows no signs of slowing. A renaissance that began in the early 2000s was stymied when the Great Recession ground development to a halt in 2008. Pent-up demand in an economy that finally has found its footing has led Columbia to its highest-dollar build-out in history. A study by The State newspaper shows ...
12/19/2014Final Design Approved for Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier

Dec. 19--The final design for a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge was approved Friday by the district Board of Directors, moving the project closer to reality. "This represents another important step to advance the Golden Gate Bridge suicide deterrent project into construction," said Ewa Bauer, the bridge district's chief engineer. The bridge district's $76 million suicide barrier plan ...
12/20/2014Boston Shuts 106-Year-Old Seaport Pedestrian Bridge Due to Structural Problems

Dec. 20--Structural conditions and "deterioration beyond repair" prompted the city to close the Old Northern Avenue bridge that serves as a pedestrian link between South Boston's Seaport District and the Financial District. An analysis of the 106-year-old truss bridge's load capacity by TranSystems, a transportation consultant hired by the city, found 13 floor beams with a "zero-ton rating" in ...
12/20/2014Construction To Begin Off Scottish Coast on Largest-Ever Tidal Power Project

Construction of the largest planned tidal energy project in the world is expected to begin off the Scottish coast next month, developers have announced. Atlantis, majority owner of the MeyGen project, said it had finalised all of the conditions required to initiate its first drawdown from financiers The Crown Estate and Scottish Enterprise. The project has the potential to power nearly 175,000 ...
12/19/2014N.J. Beach Owner Sues Feds, State Over Dune Restoration Project

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A major Jersey shore beach owner is suing the state, the federal government and the borough of Point Pleasant Beach over a project to establish protective sand dunes along the state's shoreline. Jenkinson's Pavilion, one of the state's largest and most popular beaches, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court claiming the project would transform its privately ...
12/19/2014Turner/PCL Awarded $961M Contract for LAX Midfield Concourse

Dec. 19--The modernization of Los Angeles International Airport took a major step forward Thursday with approval of the construction contract for a $1.25-billion midfield concourse that will add 11 passenger gates to accommodate growing air travel. City airport commissioners also initiated preliminary planning and the environmental review for several projects included in the $4-billion ground ...
12/21/2014Miami University Construction Boom Tops $400M

Dec. 21--Miami University's rural Oxford campus has turned into a construction zone during the last five years as officials have renovated or demolished dozens of buildings, all while racking up an unprecedented $679 million worth of debt. This past year capped the busiest construction year yet with more than $182 million worth of projects, including new dorms, dining halls and the Armstrong ...
12/17/2014'Buy American' Provision on Alaska Ferry Terminal Project Is Problem for Canadians

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. requirement that American steel be used to update an Alaska ferry terminal is causing some tension with Canadian officials, potentially threatening the project. The terminal is on Canadian soil, in British Columbia, but the land is leased to the state of Alaska. Under a 50-year lease signed last year, the state is to rebuild the terminal facilities and docking ...
12/17/2014B.C. Government Approves Construction of $8.8B Dam on Peace River

VICTORIA - The British Columbia government has approved its most expensive mega project with the construction of an $8.8 billion dam on the Peace River that Premier Christy Clark says marks a historic milestone that will be felt for a century. The controversial Site C dam project was immediately denounced by First Nations and environmental groups as "incredibly stupid," and a project "that ...
12/18/2014Two-Speed Labor System in Qatar for 2022 World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands. Qatar, on paper at least, has rules that forbid such uncomfortable conditions for its massive workforce of migrant laborers. Yet this is how the government-owned transport company, which the Gulf nation will use to ferry visitors around the 2022 World Cup, has housed some of ...
12/17/2014Chinese Developer Plans 89-Story Chicago Tower Designed by Jeanne Gang

Dec. 17--Chicago officials are expected to announce this week that a Chinese developer is moving ahead with plans for an 89-story riverfront residential and hotel tower, to be designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, according to sources close to the deal. Beijing-based Wanda Group reportedly plans to invest $900 million in the project, which is likely to house an ultra-luxurious hotel, ...
12/18/2014Developer of Massive Worldcenter Project in Miami Pushes For Approval

Dec. 18--On a tight deadline to begin construction of an enormous residential and retail complex near downtown, the developer behind the Miami Worldcenter is pushing aggressively for approval of the first phase of its 27-acre project. Earlier this month, following close to a year of discussion and debate about conceptual designs, Miami's Planning and Zoning Department received a proposed site ...
12/16/2014OSHA's New Reporting Rules Start January 1st

Dec. 16--When a worker is injured on the job, the first priority is his or her safety. Call 911, apply first aid, do whatever is necessary to preserve life and limb. Then, in the aftermath, there's more to do. Most private employers are covered by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, and they have reporting and record-keeping obligations. Starting Jan. 1, those requirements will be ...
12/16/201412 Workers Trapped When Tunnel Collapses at Vietnam Hydropower Project Site

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Rescuers drilled a hole through a collapsed tunnel in central Vietnam and were communicating with 12 trapped workers who said they were safe, according to an official Wednesday. The workers became trapped on Tuesday when the tunnel of a hydropower collapsed. Le Duc Long, a local official in Lam Dong province, said rescuers drilled a tube hole through the 36-meter ...
12/17/2014Massive N.M. Wind Project Approaches Next Phase

Dec. 17--The Roosevelt County Wind Ranch project is set to move forward after county commissioners on Tuesday approved a road maintenance and transportation agreement with Roosevelt Wind Project, LLC. The agreement is the final hurdle for the county and with its approval the Industrial Revenue Bonds, totaling $430 million, can be issued and sold to Roosevelt Wind Project affiliate Roosevelt ...
12/17/2014Miami-Dade OKs $9M for SkyRise Miami Project

Dec. 17--Miami-Dade commissioners backed tapping new property taxes to borrow $9 million for SkyRise Miami, a funding plan opposed by the project's hometown mayor. With only three No votes, county support for the planned 1,000-foot observation tower passed by a comfortable margin Tuesday afternoon. The decision marked a comeback for SkyRise developer Jeff Berkowitz, since the spending proposal ...
12/16/2014Watchdog: One-Year Delay Possible at Vogtle Nuke Plant Project

ATLANTA (AP) — Finishing a nuclear power plant in Georgia may take almost a year longer than expected, a government monitor said Tuesday in testimony that raises the possibility of a delay costing hundreds of millions of dollars. An analyst for the Public Service Commission, Steven Roetger, said the timeline for finishing two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl) is trending almost ...
12/17/2014New York State Will Move to Prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he was recommending a ban, and Cuomo said he would defer to Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in making the ...
12/17/2014Duke Energy Building Unneeded Power Plants, Group Claims

Dec. 17--Duke Energy and other utilities in the Southeast are building power plants that aren't needed, gouging consumers, a Durham advocacy group said Tuesday in a federal complaint. NC WARN asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order an investigation of the billions of dollars the group says are being wasted. WARN contends that utilities could buy power from each other instead of ...

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