Construction on the 2,798-foot Gordie Howe International Bridge could start next month, and the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority is expected this week to reveal projected costs and an estimated opening date. Construction consortium Bridging North America General Partnership is trying to secure construction bonds to finance the project, which will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America.
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A type of 3D cementitious sandwich panel similar to one NASA has used in spacecraft construction for years could help provide resilience for homes during natural disasters. Austrian company EV Group has developed technology that could potentially make the panel, which consists of fire-retardant foam and wire mesh encased in concrete, suitable for mass production.
Leaders in Congress have reached a compromise on a bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years. The bill funds the Airport Improvement Program at the same level and creates a new program to fund improvements at rural airports.
Forty-five states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between August 2017 and August 2018, while 33 states added construction jobs between July and August, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released last week. Association officials welcomed the job gains but noted that the numbers would have been higher if contractors could only find more qualified workers to hire. "Only three states experienced a decline in construction employment over the past year, the fewest number with a decrease since May 2015," said chief economist Ken Simonson. "These results show that contractors still expect to have plenty of work in the months ahead. The question many in the industry are asking is whether they will be able to find enough workers to keep pace with demand."
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AGC of America's 3-part WebEd series on Risk Management kicks off Thursday, Sept. 27, with a discussion between a construction firm and an insurance broker on managing environmental contamination and pollution liability.
Please join Dave Liverseed, Environmental Director at M. A. Mortenson Company and Sharon Burger, VP & Environmental Practice Leader, IMA Financial Group next Thursday for this don't-miss WebEd program, and you will be able to: describe potential environmental/pollution risks throughout the various stages of a construction project; know what questions you should be asking an owner/developer during the bid process; understand coverage provided by a Contractor's Pollution Liability policy; understand the general value and shortcomings of indemnification, additional insured, and limitation of liability provisions in a contract. Register today!
Washington, D.C.,-area transportation officials laid out 600 projects they believe have a realistic chance of completion and also outlined a long-term philosophy called Visualize 2045 that includes items such as the expansion of crowded Metro stations and highway toll lanes.
The Illinois Department of Transportation's 2019 Highway Improvement Program provides $2.27 billion for roads and bridges. The agency will plan investments using a risk-based asset management program and other methods.
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