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The Federal Transit Administration has approved $1.2 billion in funding to complete an 8.5-mile extension of Seattle's Sound Transit light-rail system. The northward extension, which is expected to open in 2024 from downtown to Lynnwood and parallel Interstate 5, will carry an estimated 68,500 daily riders by 2035.
An empty lot along the Licking and Ohio rivers in Newport, Ky., will be the site of a $1 billion redevelopment, and the effort is expected to create 5,000 construction jobs. The redevelopment, which should begin in spring 2019, will feature 942 residential units, over 500 hotel rooms, 280,000 square feet of retail space and 1 million square feet of office space.
Brandywine Realty Trust, Meridiam, PHL 30 Vision and Plenary are Amtrak's finalists to manage Philadelphia's 30th Street Station redevelopment, which will include an expanded concourse, new amenities and upgraded transit flow. Amtrak plans to make a selection next year.
Plans for a $100 million expansion to Oaklawn Racing and Gaming in Arkansas include a hotel and event center. Flintco Construction is expected to begin work next year, and the expansion could create up to 2,300 construction jobs.
Congress is looking at ways to stabilize the financial stability of failing multi-employer pension funds, and a recent proposal would allow the Treasury Department to spend $3 billion annually in taxpayer money on the funds. The measure would require concessions from companies and union members, but no final decision has been made.
In the two years since Donald Trump was elected president, the economy has grown and unemployment has reached 3.7%, but construction companies are still dealing with the combined effects of looming tariffs and the struggle to find qualified labor. The regulatory landscape has become kinder to business, but the issue of determining infrastructure spending remains unsolved for now.
The labor shortage requires contractors to become more efficient, and lean construction can help reduce waste and improve productivity. In one example, the contractor worked with the architect on prefabricated bathroom pods at a hotel project, and the effort reduced installation time to 11 days.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority says a $2 billion light rail line will not be completed on schedule next year as the project faces several construction delays. Electrical work on the 8.5-mile line has fallen behind, and safety testing won't be able to happen until late 2019, pushing the projected opening date to 2020.
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