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11/19/2014U.S. Home Construction Drops 2.8% in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes fell slightly in October after a big surge in the previous month, but the weakness was largely driven by the volatile apartment sector. Builders started construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.009 million last month, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. That was a drop of 2.8 percent from September when construction had jumped ...
11/20/2014DOE Cleanup Projects Under Funding Pressure

Nov. 20--The demolition of a former uranium-enrichment facility is well ahead of schedule, and other Oak Ridge projects are making significant progress at lower-than-expected costs, the Department of Energy's cleanup contractor said this week. However, DOE's acting assistant secretary for environmental management, who was in Knoxville Wednesday for an annual "business opportunities" ...
11/18/2014Fed. Rail Chief: Texas "Ideal Market" for High-Speed Rail

Nov. 18--The nation's top federal railroad official is giving the prospect of high-speed rail in Texas an enthusiastic thumbs-up, saying the region "appears to be an ideal market." Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo visited Fort Worth and met with Mayor Betsy Price to discuss the possibility of bringing bullet trains capable of traveling 205 mph to Houston, Dallas, Arlington and Fort ...
11/19/2014Ill. Tollway Hears New Pitch for Multibillion Road Extension

Nov. 19--Advocates for the extension of Route 53 through Lake County say they have devised a unique plan to help bridge a multibillion-dollar funding gap in the long-debated project. The plan calls for creating a "sustainable transportation fund" worth as much as $108 million in bonding authority that would be generated by increased property values along the project's proposed path. The fund ...
11/19/2014Construction To Begin Soon on VW's $900M Expansion at Chattanooga Plant

Nov. 19--Construction of Volkswagen's planned $900 million expansion at its Chattanooga plant is expected to begin in earnest soon with plans to award the first of the project's big contracts on Friday. Gray Construction of Lexington, Ky., is recommended to undertake $33.6 million in work to enlarge the factory's body shop, technical center and assembly finish area. A $2.2 million contingency ...
11/19/2014Miami's Frost Science Museum Construction Nearing Key Milestones

Nov. 19--The planetarium at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science soon will look like a gleaming white orb rather than the lower half of a giant gray ball. And the Gulf Stream Tank aquarium finally looks like something that will eventually hold 500,000 gallons of water. Nearly three years after breaking ground -- and six months after replacing its former construction management ...
11/18/2014Four Teams Vie for Massive Wisconsin DOT Headquarters Project

Nov. 18--Four development teams -- including one led by Terrence Wall, a prominent real estate developer, one-time Republican U.S. Senate candidate and campaign contributor to Gov. Scott Walker -- are still in the running to buy and rebuild the home of the state Department of Transportation, a huge project that would become the largest state-owned office building in Wisconsin. The state ...
11/19/2014MnDOT May Build State's Highest Bridge to Reroute Highway Around Mine

Nov. 19--The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to build the state's tallest bridge to replace a stretch of Iron Range highway that's about to turn into a pit mine. The big bridge was the route recommended Tuesday by state engineers who are trying to reroute a section of Highway 53 that sits on top of a valuable ore deposit owned by mining companies. For decades the state has been ...
11/18/2014ASCE Gives Low Grades for Montana Infrastructure

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of professional engineers say in a report slated for release Tuesday that Montana schools, wastewater treatment facilities and other infrastructure have slid into disrepair and are in need of investment. The "report card" on the state's infrastructure comes from the state chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Lowest marks went to the state's public ...
11/17/2014Ivanpah Solar Thermal Plant Lags in Early Production

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn't producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected. Sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal desert near the California-Nevada border, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System ...
11/18/2014China's $350M Bridge Over Yalu River Gets Scant North Korean Welcome

TOKYO (AP) — The bridge was supposed to be a key link for trade and travel between China's underdeveloped northeast provinces and a much-touted special economic zone in North Korea — so key that Beijing sank more than $350 million into it. Now, it is beginning to look like Beijing has built a bridge to nowhere. An Associated Press Television News crew in September saw nothing but a dirt ramp ...
11/17/2014Caltans Delays Bay Bridge Demolition by Three Months

Nov. 17--The next phase to tear down the old Bay Bridge has been postponed for three months. Caltrans said Monday that the deadline to submit and open bids for the second of three big contracts on the $271 million demolition job has been pushed back from November to February. Four potential bidders told Caltrans they needed more time to study the complicated job of tearing down the deck, ...
11/17/2014Workers Scarce Amid Weld County, Colo., Oil and Gas Boom

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Weld County employers are struggling to fill openings amid the oil and gas boom, with the jobless rate hovering under 4 percent. The county has gained 3,900 jobs in the first nine months of the year, including 1,900 in the energy and construction industries, the Greeley Tribune reported Saturday. The county now has 95,900 jobs, up 21.5 percent since 2010, when the oil and ...
11/18/2014San Diego Considers Recycling Wastewater for Drinking

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dismissed only a few years ago by residents of California's second-largest city, San Diego is joining other California cities that are taking a closer look at recycling wastewater for drinking as the state suffers from severe drought. The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday to advance a plan to produce 83 million gallons of recycled water a day by 2035, an estimated ...
11/16/2014Long After Groundbreakings, N.J.'s 'Shovel-Ready' Campus Work Delayed

Nov. 16--During a 2013 preelection tour of colleges, Gov. Christie and other state officials, including top Democrats, took golden shovels in hand for "ceremonial groundbreakings" heralding state funding of a construction boom to increase capacity at New Jersey campuses. A year later, some South Jersey projects drawing on a voter-approved $750 million capital fund are underway, such as several ...
11/15/2014Senate To Get House Bill Approving Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress inched closer to a possible showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL oil pipeline as the Republican-controlled House approved the project. Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week. The House vote was 252-161 in favor of the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., in an ...
11/15/2014Minneapolis To Sue Contractor Over Water Main Break

Nov. 15--The city of Minneapolis is heading to court to try to recover several hundred thousand dollars it spent after a contractor ruptured a water main and flooded part of downtown in 2013. The city's legal claim will be "in the low six figures," said Peter Ginder, chief of the city attorney's civil division. The claim will name developer Ryan Cos., subcontractors United Sewer and Water and ...
11/15/2014Shortage of Skilled Laborers Hitting Construction Industry

Nov. 15--Hammers pound nails in new housing developments. Cranes hoist steel beams for new hotels. Commercial structures rise where empty lots once sprouted weeds. Throughout the Charleston area, construction activity has done a one-eighty since the stark years of the deep recession. It's on the rise nationally as well, so much so that the Associated General Contractors of America is talking ...
11/10/2014Officials: Concrete Shortage Delaying Construction

HUNTINGTON WOODS, Mich. (AP) — A cement shortage has delayed some construction projects in Michigan, but roadwork that's wrapping up for the year hasn't been affected, officials said. Last winter's freeze of the Great Lakes delayed the start of shipping in the springtime and other transportation issues have affected cement delivery, the Detroit Free Press reported (http://on.freep.com/1ASm3gU ...
11/14/2014All Aboard Florida Ramping Up for Two Years of Construction

Nov. 14--The demolition under way for a new All Aboard Florida station in West Palm Beach is just the beginning. Over the next two years, the private rail company will aggressively build the $800 million first phase of its Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail service, with stops in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, a second track and work at some 200 crossings. Some of the work, such as ...
11/14/2014Second Pedestrian Bridge Goes Down at Wake Tech Construction Project

Nov. 14--RALEIGH -- A second pedestrian bridge being built at Wake Tech Community College's Northern Campus collapsed late Thursday or early Friday, hours after a daytime collapse of a bridge killed one person and injured four, officials confirmed. No one was at the construction area when the second bridge went down, Laurie Clowers, Wake tech vice president for communications said. The ...
11/15/2014Big D To Acquire Assets of Martin-Harris Construction

Martin-Harris Construction announced Thursday it's selling the assets of the Las Vegas commercial and residential construction company with revenue of more than $200 million a year. The company name will remain and founder and President Frank Martin, 67, will remain in his role through 2016 before serving as a consultant for five years after that. His son Frank "Guy" Martin was promoted to ...
11/14/2014Brazil Execs Arrested as Petrobras Kickback Scandal Grows

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Federal police on Friday sharply expanded what is becoming Brazil's biggest political kickback scandal, arresting top construction company executives and detaining another former director of the state-run energy company. Authorities allege top officials from oil company Petrobras operated a kickback scheme on contracts involving several billion dollars, with the money ...
11/15/2014NRC Grants 10-Year Extension for Savannah River MOX Facility Construction

Nov. 15--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or NRC, announced Friday that it is extending the construction completion deadline for Savannah River Site's MOX facility an additional 10 years. In May, CB&I AREVA MOX Services requested that the NRC extend the construction authorization expiration date from March 30, 2015, to March 30, 2025. The request was made to keep construction of the facility ...
11/16/2014After Decades of Work, Widening of Ohio Turnpike Completed

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Transportation workers have finally finished a plan to add a third lane to both directions along much of the Ohio Turnpike. The Blade in Toledo reports (http://bit.ly/116E9vp ) that crews recently completed the last 4.6 miles of the project, nearly 20 years after it was announced. All lanes in the widening campaign are scheduled to open by Monday. The upgrade to 159 of the ...

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