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12/14/2018

The federal government is expected to approve a loan soon for the construction of a 26-mile, $872 million commuter rail line in the Dallas area. Pending approved of the loan, Archer Western Herzog 4.0 will design and build the line under a four-year, $815 million contract.

12/14/2018

Land for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's new $1.75 billion site in north St. Louis. was transferred to the Air Force on Thursday. The Army Corps of Engineers will prepare the land and monitor $700 million worth of construction, naming a contractor in the spring.

12/14/2018

Earlier this year, Elon Musk's Boring Co. was selected to build an estimated $1 billion underground transit system from downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport, and an environmental review of the project is halfway done. "We're feeling very confident that the project agreement is getting to the point of refinement," said Tom Budescu, managing director of finance at the Chicago Infrastructure Trust.

12/14/2018

Thornton Tomasetti, the engineer of record for San Francisco's Salesforce Transit Center, has suggested sandwiching the building's fractured bottom flange with 20-inch-long steel cover plates as well as bolting 8-inch-tall plates to each girder's vertical stiffener. The solution could help return each bottom flange to the capacity it was expected to handle, Thornton Tomasetti's Bruce Gibbons says.

12/14/2018

Hurricane Florence wrought extensive flooding, building damage and beach erosion to the Marine Corps' Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, and leaders estimate it will cost nearly $3.6 billion to fix. A temporary patch of beach has been cleared to ease training complications, but a long-term solution will be needed before the area runs out of sand.

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12/14/2018

Ask questions of your teams that prompt them to look to the future, writes Mary Jo Asmus. For example, ask employees to think about "How will we interact differently when we trust each other?"

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12/14/2018

A report by the Transportation Research Board supports tolling, per-mile charges and an increase in the gas tax to improve interstate highways. The report "takes dead aim at the biggest obstacle to rebuilding our interstate highways: insufficient funding," says IBTTA Executive Director and CEO Pat Jones.

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12/14/2018

The Memorial Toll Bridge in Parkersburg, W.Va., will need to be replaced, but the city does not have the funds to replace the span, Mayor Tom Joyce said. The city is considering selling the bridge, potentially to the state, which was the structure's original owner.

12/14/2018

A consortium between John Holland and CPB Contractors has been awarded a $2.8 billion contract to design and build an underground interchange and tunnel for the $12 billion WestConnex toll road in New South Wales, Australia. Construction is to begin in mid-2019 and wrap up by 2023.

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12/14/2018

Trumbull Corp. has been awarded a $116.2 million contract to complete 2.7 miles of the Southern Beltway, and the company recently held an information session on its plan for that work. The beltway, which will connect US 22 to Interstate 79, will be 13 miles long and is expected to cost $800 million.