Construction bids sought for $168M toll road project | Bay Area water district rejects plans for $17B diversion tunnels | $83.7M contract awarded for interstate widening project in Ill.
October 18, 2017
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Construction bids sought for $168M toll road project
The Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority in Texas is seeking bids for a construction contract to build the $168 million 365 Toll Project. Bids are due Nov. 10, and the winner of the project, which could start in March, will be announced at the end of November.
The Brownsville Herald (Texas) (10/17) 
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Holmes Murphy among Champions of Surety
Merchants Bonding Company recognizes Holmes Murphy & Associates LLC for their excellence in contract surety. Bond professional Greg Krier is a champion for his contractor clients, contributing to their growth and success. Congratulations from The Common Sense Surety!
Infrastructure & Project Focus
Bay Area water district rejects plans for $17B diversion tunnels
Bay Area water district rejects plans for $17B diversion tunnels
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The Santa Clara Valley Water District, the largest water provider in Silicon Valley, voted unanimously to reject the $17 billion plan to build twin tunnels and divert water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The district instead put forth the idea of a much smaller, single-tunnel project.
Santa Cruz Sentinel (Calif.) (10/17) 
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$83.7M contract awarded for interstate widening project in Ill.
Walsh Construction won a $83.7 million contract to widen a section of Interstate 74 in Moline, Ill. The contract is part of a larger, $1.2 billion effort to rebuild the interstate, and work is expected to start next year.
Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (10/18) 
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Dominion issues RFP for 300-MW installed wind, solar capacity
Dominion issues RFP for 300-MW installed wind, solar capacity
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Dominion Energy Virginia has filed a request for proposals seeking to add up to 300 megawatts of installed wind and solar capacity to its portfolio, according to the utility. The company said the projects must be located in Virginia and have a capacity between 10 MW and 150 MW.
ReNews (UK) (10/17) 
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Preferred Sands planning new sand mine in Texas
Pennsylvania-based frac sand miner Preferred Sands has acquired over 4,000 acres in Texas' Atascosa and Bexar counties, where it plans to start construction on a sand mine by the end of the year. The mine will serve drillers in the Eagle Ford Shale play.
San Antonio Express-News (tiered subscription model) (10/13) 
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Language Training Leads to Reduced Risk and Increased Productivity
A workforce proficient in English language skills benefits almost every area of manufacturing and construction operations. Read this eBook to learn how English language training leads to higher retention rates, reduced OSHA violation risk, and more.
Economic Update
White House: Race for Fed leader down to 5
President Donald Trump has narrowed his list of potential nominees for Federal Reserve chief to five and will choose one before leaving for Asia on Nov. 3, a White House official says. The US dollar rallied as markets speculated Trump will choose a hawkish candidate.
Reuters (10/17),  Reuters (10/17),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
Innovation & Technology
Wearable tech to enhance safety being tested in the UK
Wearable technology fitted with biometric and location devices is being tested in the UK for the construction industry, and the goal is to improve worker safety. The wearables detect when the body is under stress or drowsy and alerts managers.
The Construction Index (UK) (10/18) 
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How technology is changing the economy
The emergence of new technology has ushered in an era of "external intelligence" in which algorithms and machines are responsible for many tasks that were once handled by human workers. Some companies may apply this technology to current products and services, while others may create entirely new business models.
McKinsey (10/2017) 
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Policy Watch
Trump urges bipartisan short-term fix for ACA
President Donald Trump declared the Affordable Care Act "dead" and encouraged Republicans and Democrats to come together on a short-term fix for the law. The call comes after Trump said he would end cost-sharing subsidies for health insurers, a move critics say effectively sabotages the ACA.
Reuters (10/16) 
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As a qualified Association Member with an active Ford Commercial Fleet Identification Number (FIN), AGC members have the opportunity to receive significant discounts on new Ford fleet vehicle purchases. Combined with Ford's National Commercial Fleet Incentive Program (56M), qualifying AGC members can save as much as $2,000+ off select vehicles. Learn more and save on your fleet purchase.
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