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01/27/2015Miami-Dade Contractors Alliance Sues More Than 80 Unlicensed Firms

Jan. 27--The Miami-Dade Contractors Alliance, a nonprofit organization trying to eradicate unlicensed activity in Miami-Dade's construction industry, has filed a class action lawsuit against more than 80 unlicensed contractors. Rocco DiBenedetto, owner and creator of the organization, filed the 242-page lawsuit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court in November alleging that the defendants' acts are ...
01/25/2015Officials: MOX Project Not Affected by Russia Decision

Jan. 25--Reports surfaced last week that Russia is now refusing any more U.S. help protecting it's weapons-grade plutonium, but U.S. officials said the issue will not affect the Savannah River Site's MOX project because of a long-standing agreement between the two countries. A Jan. 19 article from the Boston Globe states that a three-page agreement was signed on Dec. 16 in a meeting that ...
01/26/2015David Mortenson To Succeed His Father as Head of M.A. Mortenson

Jan. 26--M. A. "Mort" Mortenson, who 46 years ago took over his father's construction firm and grew it into one of the nation's largest commercial builders, will retire and turn over leadership to his son, David, the firm said Monday. "It's time to transition to the next generation," Mortenson, 78, said in an interview. The Golden Valley-based company built or renovated many of the best-known ...
01/26/2015Manufacturer Behind Portland's Energy-Generating Water Pipe Plans Expansion

Jan. 26--Portland's new electricity-generating water pipe came from just down the road. The turbines were manufactured in Scappoose. Vancouver's Northwest Pipe Co. manufactured the pipe. The engineers who designed it all are based right here in Portland. For Lucid Energy, the company Portland has tapped to rig its water pipes with a hydropower system that will produce enough electricity to ...
01/26/2015BP Calls Witnesses as It Fights in Court for Lesser Oil Spill Penalty

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP struggled for 87 days to contain the millions of gallons of crude that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, but an expert witness on Monday called its cleanup response exemplary. "They were very prepared," said Frank Paskewich, a retired Coast Guard captain and president of Clean Gulf Associates Inc., an oil spill response cooperative. BP had a sound plan for reacting ...
01/26/2015Citing Environmental Issues, Mexico Kills Planned Chinese Trade Center Near Cancun

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities shut down a huge trade center development near the resort city of Cancun on Monday that was conceived as a showcase for Chinese products and had previously been fined over $1 million for environmental damage. Mexico's environmental protection agency said in a statement that the Dragon Mart Cancun project was "totally shuttered" over failure to comply with ...
01/27/2015Once Ubiquitous, Parking Garages in U.S. Cities Fall to the Wrecking Ball

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — They were supposed to be saviors of downtown, drawing people by offering parking as plentiful as at any suburban shopping mall. But decades after cities tore down buildings and replaced them with parking structures, communities across the country are demolishing the garages and putting up buildings again, confident that more people will be drawn to lively offices, ...
01/26/2015Senate Dems Block GOP Effort to Wind Down Keystone Pipeline Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the top priority of the Republican-controlled Congress. In a 53-39 vote, the Senate blocked an attempt by Republican leaders to wind down debate. That's short of the 60 votes needed. The vote caps a partisan dispute — which had the Senate working into the early hours last ...
01/26/2015Chinese Firm Seeks to Build N.J.'s Tallest Building

The tallest building in New York City is a 96-story residential complex being completed in Midtown Manhattan. Now a Chinese real estate developer plans to put up a 95-story residential tower but not in the city. It will be across the Hudson River in New Jersey's waterfront. China Overseas Inc is building the tower at 99 Hudson Street. It will have 760 condominium units and be the "most ...
01/30/2015SheerWind To Install 200 KW Wind Power Pilot Project for Tampa Electric

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- SheerWind, from Chaska, MN, is pleased to announce a pilot project to be commissioned in Apollo Beach, Florida for Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150112/168720-INFO Tampa Electric has selected the 200-KW INVELOX wind power generation to be built as a pilot project in 2015. After ...
01/24/2015East St. Louis Levee Upgrades on Schedule, Officials Say

Jan. 24--Metro East officials say they are on track to complete their share of Mississippi River levee improvements to meet federal accreditation requirements by year's end, a status linked to insurance rates in the area. Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers says underground boulders near the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, an area for which it is responsible, are delaying improvements there. ...
01/23/2015Five International Firms Express Interest in Mexico High-Speed Rail Contract

Mexico City, Jan 23 (EFE).- Five companies have expressed interest in bidding for a contract to build a high-speed passenger rail link that will connect this capital with the central state of Queretaro, Mexico's communications and transportation secretary said Friday.Gerardo Ruiz Esparza did not provide names but said Chinese, Canadian, Spanish, French and Italian companies were looking to ...
01/26/2015Minn. Gov. Suggests Tax Hikes to Tackle Transportation Infrastructure Backlog

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled a plan Monday that would resurface or replace 2,200 miles of roadway, repair 330 bridges and boost funding for local infrastructure projects — but would come at a noticeable cost to taxpayers. His proposal would add a new 6.5 percent tax on gas at the wholesale level and hike license tab fees, with a separate sales tax increase in the Twin ...
01/23/2015Crumbling, Off-Strip Residential Tower in Las Vegas Scheduled for Implosion

Jan. 23--Stardust. Desert Inn. New Frontier. Dunes. All famed Las Vegas casinos, all imploded in spectacular fashion. Add a property to this list of dynamite and destruction: Gramercy. It's not a casino, and it's nowhere near the Strip, but the Gramercy's partially built, nine-story residential tower will be laced with explosives and imploded next month. The show starts -- and finishes -- at 8 ...
01/23/2015WSDOT Should Pay Seattle Tunnel Contractor for Groundwater Troubles, Dispute Board Says

Jan. 23--In a decision that foreshadows a long tug of war for taxpayer dollars, a dispute review board says Washington state should pay its contractors for tackling severe groundwater flows at the Highway 99 tunnel machine's launch pit in Sodo. Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) seeks $20 million, according to a change-order request filed two years ago, which the state denied. The dispute board ...
01/23/2015Fukushima Nuke Plant Operator TEPCO To Miss Deadline on Decontaminating Water

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co, said it would not be able to meet a self-imposed deadline to decontaminate water containing highly radioactive substances by the end of March. The admission by the utility known as Tepco is another setback in its struggle to cope with the contaminated water, which is mostly contained in hastily constructed tanks. ...
01/23/2015State Officials Warn About Condition of N.J.'s Roads and Bridges

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State officials, from the leaders of the Democrat-controlled Legislature to Gov. Chris Christie's transportation commissioner, along with outside groups are stepping up warnings about the dire state of New Jersey's bridges, roads and tunnels. Here's a look at key questions surrounding the debate over the transportation trust fund. WHAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH THE TRANSPORTATION ...
01/23/2015Minneapolis Rejects Developers Pitch for 80-story Tower Downtown

Jan. 23--City of Minneapolis planners on Friday rejected a proposal for an 80-story tower from consideration for redevelopment of the Nicollet Hotel Block, citing deficiencies in its documentation. The decision, coming before any public hearing, was a surprise and eliminates the splashiest of the ideas four developers put forth at the city's invitation last month. The building would have ...
01/25/2015Planned Rail Link to NYC's LaGuardia Airport Seen as Long Overdue

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Fiore knows what it's like to sit in a taxi for as long as two agonizing hours, over bridges or through a tunnel, to travel a mere eight miles from midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport in Queens. The salesman who makes that trek about twice a month is among legions of travelers applauding what they see as a long overdue proposal from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: build a ...
01/25/2015Turkish President in Somalia to Launch Development Projects

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Under tight security Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sunday launched development projects sponsored by his government including an airport terminal in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Hundreds of soldiers were deployed across Mogadishu where Somali Islamist extremists have carried out terror attacks targeting Turkish interests. Erdogan, on his second visit to ...
01/23/2015National Grid Proposes $520M Transmission Line Project in N.H.

PELHAM, N.H. (AP) — National Grid has presented a $520 million transmission line project to officials in Pelham, New Hampshire, saying it would be necessary to meet long-term energy needs in the southern part of the state and in the Greater Boston area. The Eagle Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1CYbJRy) National Grid says the proposal would extend from Tewskbury, Massachusetts, to Londonderry, ...
01/22/2015Balfour Beatty Again Cuts U.K. Construction Profit

LONDON (Alliance News) - Struggling infrastructure group Balfour Beatty PLC Thursday said it expects to reduce expected 2014 profits from its UK construction business by a further GBP70 million following a review of the business, raised its own valuation of its public-private partnership portfolio to GBP1.30 billion, and its new chief executive admitted he has a lot of work to do to turn ...
01/22/2015OSHA Fines Contractors for Construction Death in Kansas City

Jan. 22--Two construction companies were fined a total of $535,000 on Wednesday after a 22-year-old apprentice ironworker fell to his death in Kansas City last summer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the companies failed to provide fall protection for the worker, who was killed July 25 at a work site in the 3500 block of East 149th Street. The worker, who was not ...
01/22/2015Backers of Kansas Transmission Line for Wind Power Seek Customers

Jan. 22--The backers of a proposed high-voltage power line to ship Kansas wind power to other states are soliciting customers. The Grain Belt Express, which would stretch across 750 miles and cost $2 billion, still has regulatory obstacles to overcome. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last year granted it authority to sell transmission capacity to potential customers, such as ...
01/22/2015Ill. Gov. OKs Tollway's Construction Plans

Jan. 22--Gov. Bruce Rauner has given the Illinois Tollway the greenlight to proceed with more than $1 billion worth of rebuilding and widening projects this year, officials said Wednesday. The projects appeared to be on hold after Rauner issued an executive order his first day in office barring state agencies from awarding major contracts without approval from his administration. Tollway ...

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