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February 4, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • Infrastructure expansion and repair need equal focus
    Repair of infrastructure and work on additional infrastructure should be given equal treatment, according to this piece. While trillions of dollars are needed for construction of roads and bridges, maintenance costs could surge as a result of ignoring a need to fix aging infrastructure. "We've engaged in a dangerous game of deferred maintenance," said Brian Taylor, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the Institute of Transportation Studies. This article explores reasons maintenance has been deferred, offers funding suggestions and acknowledges that not all projects are worthy. McClatchy Washington Bureau (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ill. riverfront to get $150M mixed-use makeover
    The old Case New Holland industrial site in East Moline, Ill., will get a new look and plenty of new uses. The land will be redeveloped into a mixed-use complex known as Fountainhead Quad-Cities that will consist of two hotels, restaurants, shops, a recreational center and a medical facility. Infrastructure work will begin in April, and the project should take about 18 to 20 months to complete. Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACE breaks ground on $76M rail project in Calif.
    Ground recently broke for a $75.9 million project in El Monte, Calif. The Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority will build a four-lane road underpass beneath a double-track railroad bridge. The project is part of ACE's grade-separation program for development of the 19-mile Alameda Corridor, which is crucial for freight shipments to help spur local and national economic growth, said Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Devices to monitor subsidence during tunnel building in Seattle
    Extensometers, crack gauges, automated survey machines, liquid level sensors, satellite-based interferometric radars and tiltmeters are just some of the technology tools being used to monitor signs of subsidence during the boring of Seattle's Highway 99 tunnel. Two hundred buildings above the tunnel route will be equipped with monitoring devices and about 700 devices will be added to sidewalks and streets. The Seattle Times (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Construction employment and spending levels hit 3-year high
    Revised government data issued last Friday show the construction industry is contributing substantially to economic and employment growth, according to an analysis by AGC of America. Association officials noted that construction employment rose for the eighth consecutive month in January, while construction spending in December increased for the ninth month in a row. Both totals were the highest levels in more than three years. "The new employment data show the industry lost even more jobs in the recession than previously estimated but has added almost 300,000 jobs in the past two years, including nearly 100,000 since September," said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. "Meanwhile, the steady rise in construction spending since last March suggests contractors will be hiring even more workers in the months ahead." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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