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05/23/2015Baltimore Tunnel Replacement Projects Driven by Need for Double-stacked Trains

May 23--Nearly 20 years ago, Gov. Parris N. Glendening had lunch with the chief executive of CSX to pitch the railroad chief on investing $40 million to expand the Howard Street Tunnel and another one in Harper's Ferry, W.Va., to make the port of Baltimore more competitive. If CSX Transportation could stack shipping containers two-high atop trains to and from the port, the argument went, it ...
05/25/2015Company Hopes to Remove Ruptured Oil Pipeline on Calif. Coast by Tuesday

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Officials from Plains All American Pipeline say they hope the broken section of a pipeline that spilled oil along the California Coast can be removed for investigation by Tuesday. The company on Monday downgraded the amount of oil that may have spilled. The new estimate of the worst-case volume of oil released is 101,000 gallons. That's about 4,200 gallons less than ...
05/22/2015VA Must Find Millions to Finish Troubled Denver Hospital

DENVER (AP) — Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project. But the really heavy lifting will be done 1,500 miles away in Washington. The U.S. Senate agreed Friday to raise the project's spending cap by $100 million, enough to continue work for three weeks. ...
05/25/2015With New EPA Water Rule, Obama Again Takes Executive Action on Environment

May 25--In April 1989, a Michigan developer named John Rapanos dumped fill on 54 acres of wetlands he owned to make way for a shopping center. He did not have a permit, and when the state told him to stop, he refused. Courts found him in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Prosecutors wanted to send him to prison. Rapanos took his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which found ...
05/22/2015MDOT Begins Land Buys in Detroit for New U.S.-Canada Bridge

May 22--The much-delayed process of buying land in southwest Detroit for the planned Gordie Howe International Bridge is finally about to begin in earnest. The Michigan Department of Transportation has begun sending letters to residents of Detroit's Delray district to let them know about three public information sessions set for early June for property owners whose homes have been identified ...
05/25/2015Study Finds Space for Solar Farm at Milwaukee Airport

May 25--A proposed 5-acre solar energy farm at Mitchell International Airport took one step forward this month with a consultant's report showing there are a dozen open spaces large enough for a broad array of sun-tracking panels that would not interfere with aviation or traffic control. The potential for the glare of sunlight reflecting off the panels and flashing toward the control tower is ...
05/24/2015Federal Funding Lags Behind Cost of Rural Water Projects

May 24--Many northeast Montana residents can't hook up an ice maker or dishwasher without ruining the appliance, though it's been 15 years since Congress committed to bringing drinkable water to Dry Prairie. Groundwater might be the hardest thing about life on this windswept landscape. It discolors teeth, clogs coffee pots, kills lawns in some areas, and, unlike the subzero temperatures and ...
05/22/2015Feds Order Company Involved in California Oil Spill to Test Pipe

May 22--Officials at the company that owns the pipe that ruptured and spilled up to 105,000 gallons of heavy crude in Santa Barbara County said Friday they will not appeal a federal order to take corrective steps. The order by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration directs Plains Pipeline to send out the section of pipe that ruptured for metallurgical testing, conduct a ...
05/23/2015Vandals Damage Inflatable Dam in Calif., 49 Million Gallons of Water Lost

May 23--FREMONT -- Enough water to supply 500 homes for one year spilled into the Bay on Thursday after vandals damaged a water district dam in Fremont, officials said. The loss of 49 million gallons of water began sometime Thursday morning, when an inflatable dam on Alameda Creek was destroyed. Alameda County Water District, which maintains the dam, reported it to police at 11:30 a.m. "This ...
05/22/2015Developer Unveils Plans for $100M Luxury Condo Tower in Downtown L.A.

May 22--With downtown Los Angeles facing a condominium shortage, a Chinese developer has unveiled plans for a $100-million luxury high-rise residential tower near Staples Center. The building, proposed to the city Planning Commission on Thursday, would rise 37 stories at the southwest corner of Grand Avenue and 12th Street. The tower would have 126 units, which shouldn't be hard to sell, ...
05/22/2015$782M Rental Car Facility Planned at Chicago's O'Hare Airport

CHICAGO (AP) — O'Hare International Airport in Chicago is bringing all of its scattered rental car facilities together under one roof in a $782 million project. The nine-level facility will also include more than 2,600 public parking spots and will be connected to the terminals by an extension of the airport's rail transit system. It will be located near a station for the Metra commuter line ...
05/23/2015Texas Lawmakers Work on Deal for $3B for College Construction Projects

May 23--Nothing is guaranteed in the Texas Legislature -- except that the clock runs out on the session at midnight on June 1 and thousands of bills will die. But lawmakers scrambling to pass a $3 billion bond package that includes $540 million for higher education facilities in North Texas believe they have enough time and enough support to pass the measure. "It's going to pass," said state ...
05/22/2015Deere Boosts Outlook on Strong Construction Equipment Sales

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Solid sales in its construction equipment offset a global agricultural slowdown for Deere, and the company raised its outlook for the year. Deere's shares rose nearly 4 percent in morning trading Friday. The company's most profitable business is making and selling its green tractors and other farming equipment. But with less demand for large farm equipment, Deere is relying ...
05/22/2015Magnitude-5.4 Earthquake Felt in Las Vegas

May 22--A shallow magnitude 5.4 earthquake was reported Friday morning 24 miles from Caliente, Nev., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake hit more than 100 miles north of Las Vegas, but multiple people reported feeling the ground shake along the city's famed Strip. The temblor occurred at 11:47 a.m. at a depth of 3.7 miles, the USGS said, and quakes of magnitude 3.8 and 3.0 were ...
05/21/2015Pipeline Operator in Calif. Oil Spill Has High Rate of Safety Infractions

May 21--Plains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to federal records. A Times analysis of data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration shows Plains' rate of incidents per mile of pipe is more than three times the national ...
05/20/2015Officials Assess Damage from Big Oil Spill on Santa Barbara County Coast

May 20--A 21,000-gallon oil spill off the Santa Barbara County coast is the latest reminder of the inherent risks of mixing industry and economy with nature, local politicians and environmental groups say. The rupture occurred Tuesday afternoon on an 11-mile-long underground pipe owned by Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline and spilled the equivalent of 500 barrels of crude. The pipe ...
05/20/2015Despite Construction Halt, Work Continues on $1.4B Hawaii Telescope Project

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — It's not clear when construction of a giant telescope will resume near the summit of Mauna Kea, but work on the project is going on elsewhere. Many people oppose building the $1.4 billion telescope on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians. Protests have led to the company building the telescope to agree to a construction moratorium. Grading and grubbing work at the ...
05/21/2015Ark. Gov. Proposes $87M Bond Package for Infrastructure at Lockheed Martin Facility

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday said he's proposing that the state issue $87 million in bonds to help Lockheed Martin land a defense contract for its south Arkansas facility. The Republican governor said most of the bonds would go toward infrastructure improvements and equipment for the company's Camden facility if it's awarded a contract to manufacture a new tactical ...
05/20/2015Miami Beach Names Clark Construction CM for $500M Convention Center Project

May 20--The Miami Beach City Commission has awarded Clark Construction Group, the sole firm to bid for the $500 million renovation of the Miami Beach Convention Center, an $18 million contract to manage the final planning phase for the massive project. The commission voted to name Clark as the city's construction manager for the renovation project. That means Clark will get $18 million to work ...
05/20/2015UN Official Says Existing Building Laws Need To Be Enforced in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal must take lessons from earthquake-hit countries such as Mexico and strictly enforce existing building laws as it prepares to rebuild from two major quakes, a senior United Nations official said Wednesday. Major earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 killed at least 8,622 people and damaged 756,000 houses and other buildings in Nepal. U.N. Assistant Secretary-General ...
05/20/2015Senate Panel OKs $29M to Restart Chickamauga Lock Project

May 20--Construction on a new Chickamauga lock should be revived this fall and startup work for the biggest construction project ever in Tennessee will continue next year under a spending bill endorsed Tuesday by a key Senate subcommittee. A Senate panel drafting next year's budget for energy and water development projects unanimously endorsed a plan that provides $29 million to restart the ...
05/19/2015Editorial: Congress Puts Flimsy Patches on Crumbling U.S. Roadways

Imagine setting out on a long trip planning to buy gasoline a gallon at a time and hope it lasts until the next station.That's pretty much how Congress has been funding road and transit projects for the past six years. Every few months, it passes a temporary measure, called a "patch." Patch No. 32 will run out at the end of this month. And the strong likelihood is that it will be followed by ...
05/20/2015Oregon To Test Pay-Per-Mile Idea as Replacement for Gas Tax

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when money generated from gasoline taxes are declining across the country, in part, because of greater fuel efficiency and ...
05/20/2015Liebherr Drops Lawsuit Accusing U.S. Factory Workers of Stealing Mining Truck Designs

May 20--Liebherr USA has dropped -- at least for now -- most of a major lawsuit accusing former workers at its Newport News manufacturing plant of conspiring with Chinese companies and others to rip off Liebherr truck designs. Liebherr's attorneys, with the Norfolk law firm Willcox & Savage, have told Newport News Circuit Court Judge Timothy S. Fisher that they will "nonsuit" the case against ...
05/19/2015Miami's $1.7B Worldcenter Project To Break Ground This Summer

May 19--The developers of the massive 27-block Miami Worldcenter say they're set to break ground on the first phase of the $1.7 billion project this summer after clearing another major hurdle. Miami Worldcenter Associates and partners announced Monday that they secured an administrative approval from the city's planning and zoning department, giving them the ability to seek building permits. ...

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