Oklahoma transportation officials have prioritized work on bridges and shoulders in an infrastructure plan for fiscal 2020 to fiscal 2027. Nearly 1,400 projects are included at a price tag of $6.5 billion, including rehabilitation or replacement of 657 bridges.
Aecom has contracted a joint venture of Skanska and Trevcon II to work on shafts and bulkheads as part of the foundation for Electric Boat's South Yard Assembly Building for submarines in Groton, Conn. The $89 million project will eventually support a roughly 200,000-square-foot facility employing 1,400 shipbuilders.
Clark Construction Group is using two semirobotic tools -- one for lifting blocks and another for laying bricks -- to build barracks at Naval Station Great Lakes in Great Lakes, Ill. The Material Unit Lift Enhancer lifts as much as 135 pounds, while the Semi-Automated Mason lays a brick in as little as seven seconds.
Wearable technology enhances safety in construction and is poised for greater adoption as it proves its worth in the field, says Nancy Greenwald, executive director of the Construction Institute at the University of Hartford. Exoskeletons ease the strain of lifting and moving heavy loads, while clip-on devices recognize when and where falls occur.
Expansion Capital Group's Tim Mages reviews ways contractors can prepare for a potential recession, including keeping an ample supply of cash, evaluating the market position of suppliers and finding ways to do more with less.
School districts in the Toledo, Ohio, area are part of a national trend providing career-tech programs in fields such as construction and welding as an alternative to college education. "On average most apprentices start out at approximately $15 per hour ... so they are being compensated while they learn the trade as they complete a minimum number of hours in the field and complete a minimum of classes, then they are more valuable to the employer," said Pam Mohler, director of membership and workforce development for the Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio.
The Seattle area transit system has its problems but stacks up well by comparison with other systems nationally, according to Christof Spieler, author of "Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit." In an interview, Spieler notes the strengths of the system, such as its interagency collaboration and integration of bus and rail, and where it could be better.
Congress set aside $75 million earlier this year for work on a new Soo Lock -- an effort Michigan Department of Transportation Contract Manager Ryan Mitchell says is necessary to prevent halted shipments of iron ore needed by the automotive and steel industries. "A failure of the Soo Locks would be not just a Michigan problem, but an international problem," said Mitchell on a recent podcast.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has authorized nearly $400 million in major projects, including a $38 million effort to widen a section of Interstate 75 in southwest Ohio from three to four lanes. The widening is part of a $1.2 billion, decades-long reconstruction project.
The Ohio Transportation Review Advisory Council has tentatively approved $2 million to help fund engineering, environmental studies and design of an extension of US Route 30 expressway from Trump Avenue SE in Canton to Route 44. However, there's still a long way to go with $8 million more needed for property acquisition and as much as $100 for construction.
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