Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's clarification of an order regarding nonessential work lets highway, bridge and road projects continue. However, contractors with labor or other concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic can request a work shutdown or delay.
Smartvid.io has developed an app for artificial intelligence platform Vinnie that raises an alert when workers on a construction site do not practice social distancing. The app, which launches Monday, connects to on-site cameras to monitor worker activity while providing real-time or daily updates.
Syracuse University says that a project to replace the Carrier Dome's air-supported roof with a cable truss roof is exempt from New York's stay-at-home order and that halting work on an incomplete steel support structure would be unsafe. "We're not going to stop construction and have 50 mph winds present another public health challenge," Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon says.
Albuquerque, N.M., is proceeding with $70 million in construction projects during the coronavirus pandemic. City officials say that the work will help sustain the economy during the broader shutdown and that improved infrastructure will speed the eventual recovery.
Construction costs, which were already rising, are expected to increase even faster during the coronavirus pandemic. Among factors linked to the pandemic are delays in the supply chain tied to China that are forcing users to pursue costlier alternatives.
An app akin to Craigslist and Airbnb lets builders and others who need soil connect with parties who need to get rid of it. The Soil Connect app lets users gauge the type and quantity of soil on offer and arrange delivery.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is turning to technology to improve traffic safety in an area with a booming population. One example is an artificial intelligence platform from Waycare that provides real-time data analysis on a busy stretch of Interstate 15 to detect crashes and reduce response times by eliminating a need to call 911.
Construction is continuing across Kentucky, though other industries have shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Contractors are using 3D renderings and the cloud to maintain efficiency, while implementing safety procedures to limit on-site danger.
Infrastructure construction should be deemed essential to the nation's well-being during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a letter to the White House from 300 organizations acting under the banner the American Highway Users Alliance. The coalition wants clarification on what qualifies as "essential infrastructure" and "essential businesses and services."
The public is invited to comment on a draft environmental report for the planned $500.5 million rail connection from Sacramento, Calif., to the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley. If the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission's final report is adopted, the project will move on to the design phase with a goal of beginning service in 2022.
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