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2/19/2018

President Donald Trump has expressed support for raising the gas tax, but opponents and supporters are uncertain about his conviction, given his ability to "flip positions on a dime." Many in the business community support an increase, but many conservatives oppose it.

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2/19/2018

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved a $364 million project to repair the Holland Tunnel, with work to begin next year. The tunnel was damaged during Superstorm Sandy, and the project will improve the tunnel's resiliency.

2/19/2018

US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao notes that a national discussion on infrastructure has been needed for a long time and that President Donald Trump's plan brings such discourse to the forefront. She highlights the I-4 Ultimate Project, a public-private partnership project in Florida, as an example of a model that can work in other areas of the country because it uses public and private money.

2/19/2018

The Commerce Department reported that housing starts increased 9.7% in January to an annualized rate of 1.33 million. Multi-family housing starts increase 19.7%, and construction permits increased 7.4%.

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2/19/2018

If solar panels were added to every viable rooftop in the US, including homes, it would cover 8 billion square meters and produce 1400 terawatt hours of electricity annually, accounting for about 40% of the country's electricity needs, according to a study from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory. California, the study shows, could meet 74% of its electric power needs under this scenario.

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Ars Technica
2/19/2018

The leading national law firm for the construction industry, specialty trades, and OSHA defense provided more than $20,000 in pro bono legal services to support and advance the roofing industry.

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2/19/2018

There are several levels of questions to ask that can dig into root causes and help improve understanding and outcomes, Bruce Court writes. These include basic fact-finding questions, queries that seek to understand thought processes and queries that push back on what's known, such as, "What happens if nothing changes?"

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2/19/2018

Officials with the Los Angeles International Airport have awarded a design-build-finance-operate-and-maintain contract to a consortium that includes Balfour Beatty, Fluor Corp., Flatiron West and Dragados USA. The group will construct a $1.95 billion, 1.4-mile people-mover with six stations that will connect the main terminal with a future car rental facility.

2/19/2018

Dodge Data & Analytics reported that construction starts in 2017 declined 7% from the 2016 level to $195 billion. Seven of the top 10 construction markets in the US saw declines, and Dodge's chief economist, Robert Murray, said the boom of multifamily housing in urban areas may have slowed.

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Construction Dive
2/19/2018

A four-month training program has been started for some high-school seniors in California's Lake and Mendocino counties to introduce them to the construction industry. The program has partnered with Mendocino College, and students who complete the training receive a $750 stipend and a tool belt.