Buildings are an invaluable component of daily life and warrant inclusion in any infrastructure deal Congress approves, write Russ Carnahan, co-founder of BuildingAction, and Vincent Sandusky, president of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association. Projects that involve retrofitting buildings for greater energy efficiency and ventilation can create many new jobs while also tackling climate change and future pandemics, they write.
Officials in Vancouver, Wash., and Portland, Ore., are pushing to have a blueprint for a new Interstate 5 bridge ready in four months ahead of a federal review of the project. Several possible configurations are on the table as officials consider options for traffic lanes, high-capacity transit, a possible direct interchange on Hayden Island and a potential replacement for a harbor bridge.
A project to convert into interstate 26 miles of Indiana State Road 37 from Martinsville to Indianapolis is just one of a number of highway projects underway or planned in the area. Kayla Dwyer offers a rundown of that project and others, including the reconstruction of the Interstate 65/70 North Split.
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority and Public Service Enterprise Group have signed a 78-year lease for a proposed port on an artificial island in the Delaware River that will be used to stage and produce an offshore wind farm. The New Jersey Wind Port in Salem County will be built by AECOM-Tishman, which has signed a project labor agreement for the project.
The Tennessee Valley Authority has relinquished a construction permit for the Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant in northeast Alabama. The move comes after a federal court canceled a proposed sale of the plant to an investment group that planned to finish construction.
Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, has raised $2.3 billion it needs for its first US offshore wind project. The financing update sets the stage for the joint venture to inform contractors they can begin hiring and training activities.
Four new gates for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport have been built offsite and transported to their final destination. The gates, which feature "dynamic glass" walls, prefabricated steel frames, concrete floors and multimaterial roofs, were transported across a runway with a high-tech flatbed truck.
Plans for a $230 million addition to Pittsburgh's Bus Rapid Transit system to serve Oakland, Pa., would advance under a Port Authority panel's recommendation to hire construction managers for the project. Longer term, another Port Authority panel approved the NEXTransit plan for nearly $4 billion worth of expansion work over 25 years.
Construction is underway on a $700 million water reclamation facility in Salt Lake City that will process 48 million gallons daily. Sundt Construction and PCL Construction are the contractors for the project, which is focusing on sustainability with at least 25% recycled construction materials and a goal of LEED Gold certification.
Benton, Mo.-based Dumey Contracting will complete the first part of a project addressing under-seepage at a mainline levee on the St. Francis River. The agreement with the US Army Corp of Engineers Memphis District and Drainage District No. 48 of Dunklin County, Mo., calls for a 6-mile semipervious landslide berm on the levee near Kennett as well as supporting drainage.
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