Maine's construction boom is present in residential, commercial and infrastructure work. The state's construction activity is attributed to low interest rates, the ongoing expansion of the Maine Turnpike and large commercial projects.
California's San Mateo Bridge will reopen next week with a new westbound span to help reduce rush-hour traffic congestion. The 4.7-mile span was completed ahead of schedule and under budget; a new, three-lane eastbound span will be completed in February.
New guidelines designed to reduce workplace injuries in nursing homes are being greeted with trepidation by other business groups, which fear OSHA may be going too far. Although OSHA describes its guidelines as advisory in nature and lacking new legal requirements, the National Association of Manufacturers said the proposal "could set a very bad precedent" for other industries.
The YouthBuild program helps young adults with academics, counseling, job development and hands-on construction training. Despite recent government funding cutbacks, organizers say they will push on in the hopes of creating more success stories.