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1/21/2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says a comprehensive highway bill will be introduced this month. The bill, which would update the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, would contain climate provisions, Pelosi says.

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Transport Topics
1/21/2020

Jeff Davis breaks down transportation components of infrastructure proposals from presidential candidates Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Biden, Buttigieg and Klobuchar have released targeted infrastructure plans, while Sanders and Warren have framed the issue in the context of the Green New Deal.

1/21/2020

Construction equipment is being set up at the site for Amazon's second headquarters in Arlington, Va., where crews will demolish structures. Site preparation and demolition are expected to begin within two months.

1/21/2020

An independent monitor says crews might not meet a scheduled completion date of July 31 for Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas because of problems with placing the cable-net system to support the roof. But Don Webb, chief operating officer of Las Vegas Stadium Events, says the problem comes down to placement of a few bolts and denies it will cause a delay.

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Las Vegas Sun
1/21/2020

The New York City Economic Development Corp. has awarded Stantec a $129 million contract to design a reconstructed wharf at the southern tip of Manhattan. The four-year project entails raising the waterfront esplanade by roughly 5 feet to protect the city from rising tides and to ensure Battery Park's usability during the next 80 years.

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Stantec
1/21/2020

Rochester, Minn., had $4.8 billion in construction starts in 2019 and is poised for a 12% increase in starts this year, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. At the heart of the boom is a Mayo Clinic-backed health and wellness development being built by Mortenson Construction.

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Construction Dive
1/21/2020

Contractors' estimations and knowledge of local markets and field conditions can complement the expertise of transportation agencies and consultants in the early design of highway projects, consultant Doug Gransberg says. He urges officials to examine advantages of alternative technical concepts on design-bid-build projects as a way to avoid the "cheaper is better" mindset, which can lead to poor results.

1/21/2020

Pan-Pacific Mechanical aims to integrate technology such as chatbots, process automation and assisted machine learning into construction projects. With help from a Viewpoint advisory group, Pan-Pacific has developed a bot that provides real-time performance data at job sites and that automates data entry.

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Contractor Magazine
1/21/2020

Virtual design and construction technology is making major inroads in the industry. Three officials from Windover Construction, The Beck Group and Sundt Construction describe how their companies put VDC to work.

1/21/2020

Turner Construction's participation in a teacher externship program in Rutherford County, Tenn., has let the company create awareness about opportunities in the industry and connect with students through their teacher's experiences, project executive Paul Lawson says. Companies following suit should ensure their program presents a realistic view of the type of work that happens in the industry, Lawson says.

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