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04/21/2015Workers at NYC Heating and Plumbing Contractors Get Back Wages, Damages

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 300 former and current employees at four plumbing and heating contractors in Queens will share $1.4 million in back wages and damages as part of a settlement between the company owners and the federal Department of Labor. The Labor Department had accused the companies, all owned by the same three people, of not paying proper overtime and not keeping proper records. ...
04/24/2015S.C. Republicans Question Cost Projections for MOX Plant

April 24--Three Republican members of Congress from South Carolina on Thursday disputed the most recent $47.5 billion cost estimate to complete building and operating the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site. Rep. Joe Wilson and Sens. Lind­sey Graham and Tim Scott said in a statement that the independent assessment prepared for Congress by Aerospace Corp. has ...
04/23/2015Transportation Sec.: Band-Aid Approach to Infrastructure Can't Continue

April 23--Lawmakers in Washington tend to define success "as last year's budget number," said Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx during a visit Wednesday to Pittsburgh. This, he said, is not enough to repair and improve the nation's aging infrastructure. "Congress has used a variety of duct tape and chewing gum over these six years to patch together additional money just to keep the ...
04/24/2015Illinois Tollway Ends Deal That Guaranteed Union Labor on Projects

April 24--The Illinois Tollway board Thursday voted to scrap a 20-year-old agreement that requires contractors to use union workers on construction projects in exchange for assurances against strikes, slowdowns or walkouts. By a 6-3 vote -- a rare show of disagreement -- Illinois State Toll Highway Authority directors ended the so-called Multi-Project Labor Agreement. The agreement required ...
04/23/2015Philadelphia Ironworkers Union Agent Gets Eight Years in Prison

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A top official at an ironworkers' union was sentenced on Thursday to eight years in prison in what federal prosecutors say was a campaign of violence and intimidation to coerce building contractors into hiring his workers over non-union competition. Edward Sweeney, a former business agent of Ironworkers Local 401, received the sentence after he admitted a role in two ...
04/23/2015Caterpillar's Earnings Up in 1Q, Beat Wall Street Forecasts

Caterpillar's earnings soared more than 20 percent in the first quarter, even though revenue slipped, and the construction and mining equipment maker hiked its 2015 earnings forecast well above most expectations. The company's profit for the quarter that ended March 31 included a pre-tax gain of $120 million from the sale of its remaining interest in a logistics business. The company also saw ...
04/22/2015Shortage of Skilled Workers May Hamper U.K. Construction Projects

Shortages of skilled construction workers in Britain could put the brakes on housing developments and delay complex infrastructure projects, surveyors have warned. Almost two-thirds of firms told a survey by trade body RICS that labour shortages were a serious issue as they looked ahead to what most said would be another strong year for the construction industry. The warning comes after more ...
04/23/2015Study: Savannah River Site MOX Program Could Cost $51B

April 23--The first of two studies evaluating alternatives to the Savannah River Site's MOX program estimates that the program will cost about $51 billion to complete, with estimated completion in 2044. The full study has not been released, but instead is for "official use" only. However, the Union of Concerned Scientists obtained a summary of the study, which was conducted by Aerospace -- a ...
04/23/2015TxDOT Plans $6B Project To Remake I-45 in Downtown Houston

April 23--A massive reconstruction of Interstate 45 through most of Houston would topple one of downtown's most frustrating barriers -- the Pierce Elevated -- and move the freeway east of the central business district. That's just one of the major changes Texas Department of Transportation officials included in the $6 billion-plus plan to be unveiled Thursday. It would make I-45 practically ...
04/22/2015One-Third of Wash. State Urban Highways in Poor Shape, Report Says

April 22--Maintenance has been shortchanged so long that urban highways in Washington state are becoming worse than in other states, a new analysis says. Some 34 percent are in poor condition, as are 22 percent of the state's rural highways, said Rocky Moretti, researcher for the industry-supported group TRIP in Washington, D.C., whose report was released Tuesday at tripnet.org. Moretti gave a ...
04/21/2015NRC: CB&I Dropped Part for V.C. Summer Nuclear Plant, Covered It Up

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal regulators proposed an $11,200 fine Tuesday against Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. because its workers dropped a prefabricated section for a new nuclear power plant in South Carolina and then tried to cover it up, officials said. The accident happened March 1, 2013, at the CB&I manufacturing plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The facility makes prefabricated parts for two ...
04/22/2015Duke Energy Ramps Up Construction at Three Solar Facilities in N.C.

April 22--Duke Energy is ramping up construction at three of its North Carolina solar facilities and expects to employ more than 900 workers by midyear, at the peak of construction. The three facilities are in Bladen, Duplin and Wilson counties, the company said in a statement Wednesday, and they're expected to be in service by the end of the year. The construction efforts are part of Duke ...
04/21/2015San Jose, Calif., Facing Shortage of Building Inspectors During Construction Boom

April 21--SAN JOSE -- A shortage of city building inspectors is causing cramps for developers, and has officials looking to get more competitive, salary-wise, as fast as possible to ease a bottleneck during a construction boom. "Competition is fierce in the private sector as they continue to build projects like BART and spaceship campuses throughout the Valley," said Mayor Sam Liccardo, who is ...
04/22/2015Topeka Unveils $29.5M Levee Upgrade Plan

Topeka leaders on Tuesday unveiled a $29.5 million plan to improve the city's levee system, which they say would allow for development of riverside recreational facilities and other venues. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which assessed Topeka's levees and made recommendations for improvements, has earmarked $2 million for the first phase of the work -- tackling 10 miles of levee along the ...
04/22/2015Without Ironworkers, Progress Slows on St. Croix Bridge Project

April 22--Work on the St. Croix River bridge is slowing after more than 100 ironworkers were pulled off the job last week because of a contract dispute, the Minnesota Department of Transportation project manager said Tuesday. Michael Beer said as many as 120 ironworkers left the site Friday because of the dispute between the ironworkers' employer, J&L Steel of Hudson, Wis., and the general ...
04/20/2015Georgia Power Marks Groundbreaking of Fort Benning Solar Project

The Fort Benning solar facility is the first of three separate Georgia Power solar projects currently in development on Georgia Army bases. Each project will be 30 MW in size and use photovoltaic panels to produce energy for the state's electric grid. The projects are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016. As part of the review and approval of the company's 2007 Integrated Resource ...
04/21/2015All Aboard Florida Prepares to Begin Construction in West Palm Beach

April 21--WEST PALM BEACH -- All Aboard Florida is preparing to begin construction at the site of its planned train station in downtown West Palm Beach -- marking a milestone for the express passenger rail service. Crews last week began installing a chain-link fence around the 2-acre-site between Datura and Evernia streets west of the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. The fence was put in ...
04/20/2015Milwaukee Approves $100M in Low-Interest Debt for Sewerage Projects

April 20--The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District will take on $100 million in low-interest debt by May 11 to pay for construction and equipment replacement projects in 2015 and 2016, following unanimous approval Monday by the district's commission. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. of New York was the low bidder for the sale of $100 million worth of general obligation notes at an interest ...
04/21/2015Cause of Cracking Glass on $100M N.C. State Office Complex Remains a Mystery

April 21--RALEIGH -- Last September, the state erected scaffolding around the Museum of Natural Science's Nature Research Center and the adjoining headquarters of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to protect people on the ground from the threat of falling window glass. Some of the glass had developed small cracks, and state officials wanted to make sure no one got hurt if one ...
04/21/2015Eminent Domain Becoming More Frequent for Calif. High-Speed Rail in the Valley

April 21----A bill to limit eminent domain for high-speed rail property was killed in the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday in Sacramento. --Fifty eminent domain lawsuits have been filed in Fresno County over property needed for high-speed train right of way. --Many -- but not all -- of the condemnation lawsuits are likely to reach negotiated settlements before getting to a judge or ...
04/21/2015Developers of 330-mile Canada-to-NYC Transmission Line Secure Permits

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Developers of a proposed 330-mile transmission line to bring lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City say they have secured all the needed state and federal siting permits. Transmission Developers Inc. says Tuesday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit allowing the Champlain Hudson Power Express project to be placed in U.S. waters along the ...
04/20/2015Five Years After BP Spill, Drillers Push Into Riskier Depths

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — Five years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill, the industry is working on drilling even further into the risky depths beneath the Gulf of Mexico to tap massive deposits once thought unreachable. Opening this new frontier, miles below the bottom of the Gulf, requires engineering feats far beyond those used at BP's much shallower Macondo well. But critics ...
04/20/2015$134M Proposed for 10 BP-funded Oil-Spill Recovery Projects

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State and federal officials overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to spur recovery from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Monday that they're proposing another 10 projects totaling $134 million. About $700 million to repair environmental damage and enhance recreational access has been allocated previously, although some of that work has yet to begin. The latest ...
04/20/2015China President in Pakistan to Unveil $45B in Energy and Infrastructure Project

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 ...

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