The mixed-use Gate project along Frisco, Texas' $5 billion mile could start in 2018. The $700 million development involves the construction of two five-story apartment buildings with 440 units.
US District Judge Richard Leon has rejected a plea from Maryland officials to let it move ahead with construction of the Purple Line light rail project pending litigation. The judge's decision revolves around his rejection of an environmental review of the project.
Associated General Contractors of America pushed for reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides money to secondary and postsecondary schools to train students in construction and other trades. The House voted to reauthorize it, but the Senate still must take it up.
An updated rule on fall protection from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that has been in effect since January is worrying employers, who say important terms are not clearly spelled out. The new guidelines allow "temporary and infrequent" work to be done without fall protection without specifying what that means or how that aspect will be enforced.
Engineers built a miniature replica of the Oroville Dam spillway out of wood, concrete and steel, and are using the model to identify the best way to repair the damaged structure. Channels were built in the replica to aerate the water, as that is believed to reduce the pressure of the water on the spillway, and a final report on the research is expected in the fall.
National Marine Fisheries Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have given preliminary approval to California's plan to build massive water diversion tunnels. The 35-mile tunnels would help move water to population centers in the southern part of the state, and Gov. Jerry Brown wants the project financed and approved before he leaves office next year.
Federal regulations only require a visual inspection of concrete bridge decks, but the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and Roger Williams University have partnered on a project that uses ground-penetrating radar, infrared thermography and other noninvasive technologies to inspect the bridge deck.
The first section of the First Coast Expressway, which is being built by the Florida Department of Transportation, should be finished this year. The toll road will use the SunPass transponder system, and tolling could begin in 2018.
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission has approved placing the final 14-mile section of the Mon-Fayette Expressway in its long-range plan, allowing the project to continue moving forward. There was local opposition to completing the toll road, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission had ceased engineering and design work on the $2.16 billion final section.
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