The joint venture building the Mountain Valley Pipeline through West Virginia and Virginia has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to lift a stop-work order by Friday so crews can squeeze in work before winter. One of three required permits has been reissued, but two remain suspended because of environmental concerns associated with construction of the 303-mile pipeline.
Construction sites are being secured as companies building Maryland's Purple Line prepare to step back from the project. At issue is about $800 million in cost overruns because of delays, and transit authorities are continuing to negotiate for a solution.
The Army Corps of Engineers has granted a permit to the South Carolina Department of Transportation that lets crews begin work next summer to upgrade the traffic-snarling intersection of interstates 20, 26 and 126 in the Columbia area. The $1.6 billion, multiphase project has a 15-year construction window, but officials hope to complete work by 2029.
The Delaware Department of Transportation says work should begin in 2022 on a $64 million restructuring of the intersection of US 40 and Delaware 896 in Glasgow. The project will introduce an interstate-style interchange, including elevated roadway and ramps.
New design inquiries measured by the American Institute of Architects' Architecture Billings Index came in at 51.6 in August, the first improvement since February. However, design inquiries that lead to billable projects have decreased during the coronavirus pandemic, with the overall index coming in at 40 for the third straight month.
Digital twins can improve the performance and life span of industrial assets, but the built environment has not reaped benefits seen in the manufacturing sector, writes Darren Martin, chief technology officer at Wood. However, new capabilities for analyzing the abundance of data produced by twins can change that, Martin writes.
Tech experts should be brought into the final stages of schematic design for offices so contractors can ensure access to the internet, says Lars Olsen, head of the Midwest at WiredScore. This can avert the costly necessity of making changes after construction is underway or completed.
The Nevada Chapter of Associated General Contractors is working with the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, to establish a construction-management minor. The AGC board is also helping to raise funds for an endowment while courses are being developed for the program.
The Labor Department plans to apply an "economic reality" test to gauge whether a worker is independent or relies on a single employer in a bid to clarify the distinction. New rules will include other factors as they apply to the Fair Labor Standards Act but will give employers scope to weigh a work relationship's "actual practice."
ASCE has commended the House of Representatives for extending federal highway and transit programs for one year, but has expressed disappointment that the legislation maintains flat funding and does not address emergency relief for state departments of transportation and transit agencies. At current spending levels, the US faces a roughly $2.1 trillion surface transportation spending gap from 2020 through 2039, according to a preliminary report from ASCE released Wednesday.
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