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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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