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07/31/2014Senate Report: Caltrans 'Gagged and Banished' Bay Bridge Critics

July 31--A California Senate report released Thursday said that Department of Transportation managers "gagged and banished" at least nine top experts for the new $6.5 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after they complained about substandard work by the Shanghai, China, firm that built much of the span. Caltrans' chief executive for the job, Tony Anziano, removed or demoted ...
07/31/2014Transmission Network Planned to Bring Shale Power to East Coast

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — PPL Corp. said Thursday it wants to spend billions of dollars to build a 725-mile system of electric transmission lines that will bring energy from the booming Marcellus Shale natural gas fields to customers on the heavily populated Eastern Seaboard. The Allentown-based utility said the 500-kilovolt line would span much of Pennsylvania and reach into New York, New Jersey ...
07/30/2014Detroit Inspector General Opens Probe Into Water Department Sewer Contracts

July 30--Detroit's inspector general on Tuesday launched an investigation into a pair of construction contracts worth a combined $30 million that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department awarded earlier this year. The investigation follows a recent City Council review that turned up several irregularities in the process to award the contracts, including a member of the Board of Water ...
07/31/2014Pa. Road Projects Safe From Feds' Transportation Funding Delays, Says PennDOT

July 31--State construction projects will continue to get federal money until December even if Congress does not pass a bill that would increase funding temporarily to the nation's nearly empty highway trust fund, PennDOT officials said on Wednesday. The federal Department of Transportation said reimbursement payments to states will begin being delayed on Friday to ration money from a fund in ...
07/31/2014Chinese Contractors at the Center of Nairobi, Kenya's Changing Skyline

The skyline of Nairobi, Kenya's capital is changing fast and at the center of this transformation are Chinese contractors. Several buildings that once graced the city's skyline as the tallest are losing the coveted spot as new ones being constructed by the Chinese take over. Out are going Times Tower, Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC), Nyayo House, Anniversary Towers and I&M Bank ...
07/31/2014Mich. Gov., Canadian Minister Vow Detroit-Windsor Bridge Will Be Built

July 31--Canada's top transportation minister vowed Wednesday that construction of a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor won't be stopped by a dispute with the U.S. government over paying for a new customs plaza on the Detroit side. The U.S. government so far has failed to commit to funding the U. S. Customs plaza for the New International Trade Crossing bridge between Detroit and Windsor, ...
07/29/2014FEMA Awards NYU Langone With $1.13B for Sandy Recovery Projects

July 29--NYU Langone Medical Center, which incurred the wrath of Superstorm Sandy and suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, received a major financial boost from the federal government Tuesday to pay for its recovery and protect it from future storms. FEMA authorized $1.13 billion for Superstorm Sandy-related repair work and mitigation that has already been completed or is in ...
07/30/2014Richmond, Calif. Approves $1B Chevron Refinery Upgrade Project

July 30--RICHMOND -- Chevron's five year-plus quest to initiate a $1 billion upgrade to its century old refinery, the largest in Northern California, was approved by a divided City Council late Tuesday after the company and city staff hammered out a last minute deal upping community investments and installing safety and piping upgrades as part of the project. The vote passed 5-0, with two ...
07/30/2014Thai Junta Announces Plan for High-Speed Rail Links to China

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China as part of an eight-year plan to improve infrastructure, officials said Wednesday. The junta approved 741.46 billion baht ($23.3 billion) to build two high-speed train routes that will connect Thailand's industrialized eastern ...
07/29/2014Hiring in Marcellus Shale Gas Industry Shifts to Skilled Workers

July 29--Gas companies operating in and around the Marcellus shale say they are increasingly hiring skilled workers for engineering and construction jobs as the industry matures beyond the rush to drill wells. The high-paying jobs accounted for 26.5 percent of new hires last year, according to a survey of member companies that the Marcellus Shale Coalition will release on Tuesday. That ...
07/30/2014Baltimore Approves $12M Contract for Repairs to Collapsed Retaining Wall

July 30--The Baltimore Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved a nearly $12 million contract for construction and repair work to replace a block of East 26th Street that collapsed amid heavy rains in Charles Village in April. The contract covers a substantial portion, but not all, of the costs associated with the bizarre incident. The collapse occurred after a stone retaining wall holding the ...
07/29/2014DOE Secretary: MOX Project Needs Long-Term Funding Stream

July 29--U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday that federal officials need to identify a long-term funding stream for the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site if the project survives the current budget cycle. The Obama administration threatened to shutter the multibillion-dollar plutonium disposal project but softened its stance after bipartisan Congressional ...
07/30/2014Feds Probing for Fraud in District of Columbia Building Projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators looking for fraud in the nation's capital are scrutinizing a program meant to give local contractors a share of major construction projects, people familiar with the probe have told The Associated Press. Three people in contact with investigators say the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office are examining partnerships between local companies and outside ...
07/29/2014PG&E Charged with Obstruction Over San Bruno Blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Tuesday with lying to regulators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010. The U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced the obstruction of justice charge and 27 related counts, which are in a new indictment charging the utility with felonies. It ...
07/30/2014Water Main Break Floods Pauley Pavilion, Other Parts of UCLA Campus

July 30--Pauley Pavilion at UCLA was flooded Tuesday after a broken water main on Sunset Boulevard sent millions of gallons of water streaming on to the Westwood campus. Even as city officials struggled to stop the flow of water from a broken pipe that handles 75,000 gallons per minute when functioning, crews began work to clean up saturated athletic facilities. A water restoration company was ...
07/27/2014Indiana in the Midst of a Railroad Construction Boom

July 27--Rising fuel costs have spurred a new rail road boom in Central Indiana. Indiana Rail Road, based in Indianapolis, recently rebuilt eight crossings on the Southside and plans to finish two more by August. The Jeffersonville-based Louisville & Indiana Railroad wants to partner with CSX to spend about $90 million to rebuild 106.5 miles of track from Johnson County to Louisville. Federal ...
07/29/2014Construction of Fresno-Bakersfield Segment of Calif. High-Speed Rail To Begin by End of 2014

July 29--Construction in the Fresno area of the 114-mile-long California high-speed rail stretch to Bakersfield will begin by the end of the year, the Kern Transportation Foundation board of directors was told Monday. The acquisition of property from Madera to Fresno is continuing, said Diana Gomez, Central Valley regional director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and some vacant ...
07/29/2014Long-Awaited Streetcar Line Breaks Ground in Detroit

July 29--Next stop: 2016. The long-awaited start to construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar line got under way Monday along Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. With construction scheduled to last a little over two years, look for the M-1 cars to be running by late 2016. Construction crews were using heavy equipment to break up the pavement on Woodward to prepare to lay down tracks for the new ...
07/28/2014Construction Of $500M Gas-Fired Powerplant In Pa. Stalled

July 28--The enormous cost of building gas-fired power plants, coupled with regulatory complexities, may mean only one in five proposed plants ever will be built, says the regional grid operator that moves wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia. But Ray Dotter, spokesman for PJM International, the Valley Forge transmission group, predicted a plan by ...
07/29/2014Highway, Bridge Money at Risk: Senate to Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Racing to adjourn for the summer, the Senate scheduled major votes Tuesday on proposals to keep federal highway funds flowing across the nation — billions of dollars to avert layoffs for construction workers and shutdowns of road and bridge projects just before the November elections. A smooth trip through the Senate was anything but guaranteed, and votes were expected to ...
07/29/2014Workers on Qatar's World Cup Tower Unpaid for a Year

Migrant workers who built luxury offices used by Qatar's 2022 football World Cup organisers have told the Guardian they have not been paid for more than a year and are now working illegally from cockroach-infested lodgings. Officials in Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy have been using offices on the 38th and 39th floors of Doha's landmark al-Bidda skyscraper - known as the ...
07/28/2014New EPA Rule Puts West's Largest Coal-fired Plant on Track for One-Third Less Power Generation

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and could close in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the owners of the Navajo Generating Station could either shut down ...
07/25/2014Southern Company Likely to Build More Nuclear Power Reactors in U.S.

The company has become the first one to pursue new nuclear reactors after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's announcement for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Nuclear power reactors produce almost no carbon emissions. Already, the company is developing two new 1,117MW reactors at its Vogtle nuclear site in Georgia. Meanwhile, ...
07/25/2014Test Results Suggest Bay Bridge Bolts and Rods Don't Need Replacing

July 25--OAKLAND -- Several hundred bolts and rods on the eastern span of the new Bay Bridge apparently will not need expensive replacements or repairs because they resist corrosion better than 32 anchor bolts that snapped last year, designers of the bridge conclude. New test results on more than two dozen bridge rods and bolts selected from more than 2,000 installed on the new span show that ...
07/27/2014$75M Md. Waste-to-Energy Powerplant Project in Limbo

July 27--The project seemed simple enough -- build a waste-to-energy plant on the Eastern Shore fueled by poultry manure, keeping it from flushing into and polluting the bay, while creating green jobs and boosting Maryland's fledgling renewable energy industry But 18 months after it was heralded by Gov. Martin O'Malley, the $75 million project has been stymied after prospective sites and a ...

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