Road-building costs have increased 67% since 2003, according to the National Highway Construction Cost Index. Among the many contributing factors are a 107% increase in the price of asphalt and a 61% increase in concrete costs.
The American Society of Civil Engineers awarded the US' energy infrastructure a D+ and found a $177 billion investment gap in electricity alone. "If we have legislative and regulatory relief on some of the siting and permitting issues, we can get this country building more transmission again, and I think we will," said Philip Moeller of the Edison Electric Institute.
Delta Air Lines will begin $4 billion of work this summer on a new 37-gate hub at LaGuardia Airport in New York. The airline will put in $3.4 billion, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will provide the remaining funds.
Seattle is working to retrofit many of its buildings to help reduce the risk of damage and injury from large earthquakes, according to Emergency Management Director Barb Graff. Nearly 1,150 buildings are not reinforced and need of work to withstand the forces of a quake.
LyondellBasell plans to build a $2.4 billion chemical plant near the Houston Ship Channel that will create 2,500 construction jobs and become one of the largest chemical plants in the world. It will create propylene oxide, which is used in building materials, among other things.
The $100 million second phase of The Boulevard project in St. Louis, Mo., will create 100,000 square feet of office space and 200,000 square feet of retail space as well as 75 new apartments. It should be finished by the end of 2019.
There are 74 current major construction projects in Seattle, two-thirds of which are residential towers. This is the most projects the city has seen at one time since tracking started in 2005, and another 150 projects are in the planning stage.
Komatsu and Trimble are developing an application program interface to enhance interoperability between their 3D construction software programs. This will allow easier sharing of construction data, faster completion of projects and improved construction technology.
Erosion threatened dozens of water control structures at the Herbert Hoover Dike on Florida's Lake Okeechobee after heavy rains last year. Col. Jason Kirk of the Army Corps of Engineers outlines the works that's been done and what remains.
It could cost more than $1 trillion over the next 25 years to properly maintain and improve the drinking water system in the US, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. Reforestation could reduce these costs, because it produces a natural filtration system that helps provide clean drinking water for a majority of the public supplies in the western part of the country.
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