Trump drops idea of infrastructure advisory council | Construction on Texas toll lane project starts | FAA says toll road section in Colo. would be too close to airport
August 18, 2017
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Trump drops idea of infrastructure advisory council
Trump drops idea of infrastructure advisory council
Trump (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump disbanded two business advisory councils this week after members began resigning over his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. As a result, the president has abandoned plans to form the Advisory Council on Infrastructure to advise him on his planned $1 trillion infrastructure investment.
CNN (8/17),  Bloomberg (8/17),  The Hill (8/17) 
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Roads, Tunnels & Bridges
Construction on Texas toll lane project starts
Construction has started on the $815 million State Highway 288 toll project in Texas and is about to move to a new phase. Ten miles of toll lanes will be built, along with flood mitigation structures.
Houston Public Media (8/16) 
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FAA says toll road section in Colo. would be too close to airport
The Federal Aviation Administration opposes the plan to complete Interstate 470 around Denver because the $250 million route would run too close to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. The last 10-mile section is needed to complete the toll road, and the objection continues a string of challenges that the project has faced.
The Denver Post (8/14) 
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Waterways, Canals & Ports
Groundbreaking held for new shipping container facility in Houston
Groundbreaking held for new shipping container facility in Houston
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A public-private partnership between the Port of Houston and Terminal Link Texas broke ground on a shipping container facility at the Bayport Container Terminal. The project is part of the port's planned $333 million investment in 2017 and 2018.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Houston (8/17) 
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Power Plants & Transmission Lines
Work continues at Plant Vogtle despite uncertainty
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the project, work continues at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia. Workers installed the first steam generator at Unit 3, even as the plant owners seek additional federal support and plan to decide by month's end whether to abandon the project.
World Nuclear News (8/17),  Bloomberg (8/17) 
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Mass Transit, Rails & Airports
Houston, private company sign agreement on proposed bullet train
Houston, private company sign agreement on proposed bullet train
(Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images)
Houston and Texas Central Partners have reached an agreement on the construction of a bullet train between Houston and Dallas, a project that is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs. The agreement is not legally binding but shows that both sides are committed to the privately funded $15 billion project.
KHOU-TV (Houston) (8/17) 
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Renderings: Construction kicks off at $1.6B train hall in NYC
A ceremony was held to signal the start of construction on a $1.6 billion public-private partnership to convert the Farley Post Office next to Penn Station in New York City into a train hall for Amtrak and the Long Island Rail Road. Work includes building retail, office and restaurant space.
The Architect's Newspaper (8/17),  Daily News (New York) (8/17),  WCBS-TV (New York City) (8/17) 
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FAA to award infrastructure grants to 72 airports
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to award infrastructure grants to 72 airports in 31 states. The grants are valued at more than $162 million, and a $23.5 million grant to Miami International Airport and an $11.3 million grant to the Cuyahoga County Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, are among the largest.
Equipment World (8/16) 
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Wastewater & Sanitation
JV awarded $939M contract to build wastewater treatment plant in Calif.
JV awarded $939M contract to build wastewater treatment plant in Calif.
(Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images)
A joint venture between MWH Constructors and Webcor Builders won a $939 million contract to rebuild the wastewater treatment facility at Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant in San Francisco. Site work is expected to begin next year, and construction should be completed in 2025.
Engineering News-Record (8/16) 
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Levees, Dams & Hurricane Protection
$1.3B sought to build Calif. dam
Supporters want the California Water Commission to allocate $1.3 billion toward the $3 billion construction of the Temperance Flat Dam above Millerton Lake near Fresno. The dam would store water for farmers and cities in the region.
KFSN-TV (Fresno, Calif.) (8/14) 
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ConsensusDocs updates industry best practice standard contracts
ConsensusDocs updates industry best practice standard contracts
The ConsensusDocs Coalition recently published comprehensive revisions to its most used prime and subcontract agreements. The new contracts address industry changes impacting insurance, legal, and technology. ConsensusDocs is an unprecedented coalition of 40 leading design and construction industry associations. Learn more.
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