A public-private partnership between the Port of Houston and Terminal Link Texas broke ground on a shipping container facility at the Bayport Container Terminal. The project is part of the port's planned $333 million investment in 2017 and 2018.
Houston and Texas Central Partners have reached an agreement on the construction of a bullet train between Houston and Dallas, a project that is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs. The agreement is not legally binding but shows that both sides are committed to the privately funded $15 billion project.
A joint venture between MWH Constructors and Webcor Builders won a $939 million contract to rebuild the wastewater treatment facility at Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant in San Francisco. Site work is expected to begin next year, and construction should be completed in 2025.
President Donald Trump disbanded two business advisory councils this week after members began resigning over his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. As a result, the president has abandoned plans to form the Advisory Council on Infrastructure to advise him on his planned $1 trillion infrastructure investment.
A largely 3D-printed robotic hand that can translate printed text into finger-spelling is the first stage in a project that aims to produce a fully functional two-armed robot with a face that can handle the full complexity of sign language. It's the project of a team at Belgium's University of Antwerp using a very basic printer to produce the 25 plastic parts of the hand, which also consists of an Arduino Due microcomputer, 16 servo motors, three motor controllers and some additional electronic components.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the project, work continues at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia. Workers installed the first steam generator at Unit 3, even as the plant owners seek additional federal support and plan to decide by month's end whether to abandon the project.
A ceremony was held to signal the start of construction on a $1.6 billion public-private partnership to convert the Farley Post Office next to Penn Station in New York City into a train hall for Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road. Work includes building retail, office and restaurant space.
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to award infrastructure grants to 72 airports in 31 states. The grants are valued at more than $162 million, and a $23.5 million grant to Miami International Airport and an $11.3 million grant to the Cuyahoga County Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, are among the largest.
The Chicago area's Moser Tower, which houses the Millennium Carillon, has ground-floor drainage issues and other problems, and officials are concerned about the structural integrity of the 160-foot building. A recent report found the concrete was crumbling and steel corroding, and building experts have toured the facility to offer repair suggestions.
A new report by McKinsey and Co. looks at the growing influence of public-private partnerships in the US, and concludes that public officials often don't see the advantages of the agreements. P3s can deal with many of the scheduling and budget problems that come from public projects, but much of the needed oversight hasn't been established yet in the country.
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