Austin, Texas, has partnered with global communications company NTT to collect data at two downtown intersections to prompt real-time notifications and track trends for better traffic flow. Austin will implement NTT's Accelerate Smart data platform, which uses internet of things devices to promote driver safety.
Chicago has shut down construction sites downtown, joining a number of cities where protests have led to work stoppage and damage. In other cities, contractors have voluntarily curtailed work in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has awarded Manhattan Road and Bridge a nearly $80 million contract to replace six Interstate 40 bridges in Del City. Separately, the commission has awarded Sherwood Construction a $27.5 million contract to rehabilitate pavement and bridges on Interstate 44 between I-40 and Southwest 74th Street in Oklahoma City.
Excavation has begun for a retail section of a $1 billion mixed-use development in Frisco, Texas. The development ultimately will span 49 acres and will include rentals, a hotel and office space.
Labor shortages, supply chain disruption, weather and other factors contributed to delayed construction completion in 82% of multifamily projects that began between 2002 and 2019, according to Moody's Analytics. Delays likely will worsen with the additional burden of shutdowns because of the coronavirus pandemic, including the threat of a second wave of the virus.
Construction spending declined 2.9% in April, the largest monthly decrease since October 2018, according to the Commerce Department. The residential sector saw a 4.5% decrease, nonresidential work registered a 1.3% decline and government construction had a 2.5% drop.
Modular construction can mitigate labor concerns, but general contractors must understand the expedited method often requires the scope of work to change, says John Beddow, CEO of Guerdon. Repeatability makes the method ideal for hotel, health care and multifamily projects, but the method has potential for mixed-use projects as well, says Jan Mischke, partner at the McKinsey Global Institute.
A clear commitment by leaders at the highest levels of a construction company is one key to implementing a growing array of productive software. Greg Norris explores this strategy and four others to get the most out of digital transformation.
Three bills to upgrade transportation infrastructure have bipartisan support in the Senate but face an uncertain fate in the House, writes Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. House legislation is more general and environmentally demanding, but the Senate bills are more focused on immediate needs, writes Barrasso, who urges House Democrats to "follow the Senate's lead" and "find real solutions."
A new study that highlights the grim challenge posed by rising seas and erosion to Louisiana's coast is "an opportunity and a call to action to support the mission of Louisiana's coastal program," write Chip Kline and Bren Haase from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. The master plan does not assert that all of the state coastal wetlands can be saved, but "doing nothing has never been acceptable to us," they write.
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