A 194-foot-tall crane and a 213-foot-tall crane are arriving today in Detroit and are going to be assembled during the next few days to begin work at the site of a former J.L. Hudson's department store. Barton Malow will put the bigger crane to work on a 680-foot tower, which will become the second-tallest building in Michigan.
A developer has closed on financing for a $700 million complex over the Massachusetts Turnpike. The project is the first over the turnpike since the early 1980s and includes a 20-story office tower, a 13-story hotel, upgraded sidewalks and an entrance to a railway stop.
Chicago saw a record amount of construction underway during the second quarter, according to Colliers International. The 2020 Chicago Industrial Construction Review counts 52 projects covering 27.2 million square feet.
The construction industry is improvising and adapting to challenges from the coronavirus pandemic by using new materials, off-site production and portable shipping containers. Prefabrication is particularly important, allowing production in a controlled environment to guard against infection.
The coronavirus pandemic has been an "immediate disrupter" in the construction industry but has also spurred an encouragingly swift response by leadership, says James McHugh Construction President Michael Meagher, who is also president of the board of directors of the Chicagoland Associated General Contractors. In an interview, Meagher says his company has done wide-ranging rethinking after consulting "with the CAGC on guidelines for safely operating our job sites. In fact, the entire industry pulled together."
Government funding between $482 million and $1 billion would be necessary to add toll lanes to I-270 and most of the Capital Beltway in Maryland, according to the latest proposal for the project. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan previously said the additional toll lanes would not result in tax increases.
The coronavirus pandemic caused a significant traffic decrease during the week of the Fourth of July, as the number of trips taken by Americans fell from 9.6 billion in 2019 to 6.8 billion this year, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. One-fourth of Americans stayed home during the week, compared to 20% in 2019.
Approval of the 31.3-mile, approximately $453 million Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway is nearing, according to the Philippines Department of Public Works and Highways. The CTBEx toll road is expected to divert 23,000 vehicles from current highways daily.
Verra Mobility and Rent A Car have teamed to offer a contactless toll payment system for rental cars. The system will allow rental cars in France to use the nation's Liber-T payment gates.