Washington state officials have unveiled the latest in a series of plans for expanding the regularly clogged Evergreen Point Bridge that spans Lake Washington in Seattle. The plan calls for a new bridge that could reach 50 to 60 feet higher, in some places, than the current roadway, and the bridge could double in width to nine lanes wide in Portage Bay, displacing several buildings, including federal marine research labs and a museum.
Obayashi Corp. and P.S. Mitsubishi Construction Co. Ltd., a Tokyo-based joint venture, beat three other bids to win the contract for constructing the new centerpiece of the Federal Highway Administration's Hoover Dam Bridge project -- a bridge to be built a quarter-mile downstream from the dam. The companies' $114 million bid is for the 1,905-foot-long single-arch bridge, which will tower 890 feet above the Colorado River and will be North America's longest single concrete span.
This fall's hurricanes in the Southeast wreaked havoc on thousands of buildings, but they also provided builders with lessons about what materials and methods stand up best to the powerful storms. Because many traditional building materials are unable to hold up under hurricane winds, architects and builders are looking into new products such as building blocks from Sentex that fit together like Legos.
The Canadian government is investigating what other countries may offer to lure manufacturing away before it decides whether to help regional jet maker Bombardier build its new regional jet, an official said yesterday. The government is "going to pay great attention to all the requests by Bombardier because Canada can't afford to lose" the company, Transport Minister Jean Lapierre said.
With crude oil prices heading toward the $40-per-barrel mark and global demand straining oil production capacity, some analysts say rising fuel prices could batter consumer confidence. But others doubt corporate bottom lines and economic expansion will feel the effects, and one economist notes, "We've come a long way since the energy crisis days of the 1970s and '80s."