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February 25, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • Wash. state's new $4.65B SR 502 bridge to open in 2014
    The new $4.65 billion State Road 502 bridge in Washington will make the bridge wider and longer. Scheduled to open in mid-2014, the floating bridge will have twice as many concrete pontoons as the original bridge. The structure is designed to endure 90-mph winds and a "1,000-year earthquake event," the state Department of Transportation said. Gizmodo Australia (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Merchants Salutes Contractor's Services Inc. of Maryland
The Merchants Bonding Company™ Leaderboard Program salutes Contractor's Services Inc of Timonium for attaining the Masters Tour of surety professionals. Merchants salutes the top surety agencies each year. Congratulations to Len Callahan and Jim Jones for their surety savvy and professionalism in 2012. Connect with Merchants and Contractor's Services here.
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Mass. plans $850M South Station expansion
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick plans on adding at least seven more tracks to Boston's South Station in an expansion project that will cost $850 million. Expanding the station will also require relocating the adjacent U.S. Postal Service’s General Mail Facility. "This not an infrastructure project for an infrastructure project’s sake," said Kairos Shen, chief planner at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. "There are major benefits for the long-term competitiveness of the city." The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FTA releases $87.3M more in funding for Fla.'s SunRail project
    Construction of the 61-mile SunRail line in Orlando, Fla., is on track and the infusion of an additional $87.3 million from the Federal Transit Administration will help. "We make incremental payments based on the progress of the project," said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff. "They’re making great progress, they’re ready to spend that money, they’re ready to keep these people on the job." The project currently employs 800 construction workers, but more jobs are expected to be created due to $1.6 billion worth of unrelated work near the rail's stations. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif.'s $439M Devil's Slide tunnels undergo final safety tests
    The Devil's Slide tunnels, a pair of mile-long tunnels in Pacifica, Calif., will be opened to motorists once crews are done with final safety tests. The $439 million tunnels have huge exhaust fans, carbon monoxide sensors, fire-resistant shelters and two, 1,000-foot bridges that are 125 feet high. "A new highway tunnel is a rare beast in this country, and what they are doing at Devil's Slide is certainly different than anything we've seen in the U.S.," said Neil Gray, director of government affairs at the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. Google/The Associated Press (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Seismic upgrades of 2 pipes under way for Calif.'s $4.6B water project
    Almost 100 workers are doing prep work for a $92 million project that will seismically upgrade the water pipes in South Fremont, Calif., as part of the $4.6 billion Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The new pipeline will be covered with an "articulated box," a customized concrete device divided into several segments, which allows for spaces between each segment. "Each segment will have the ability to rotate and move individually during a quake while protecting the pipe inside," said Bryan Dessaure, the project's manager. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration)/The Argus (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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
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  Innovation & Green Building 
  • A look into MIT's CSHub
    The Concrete Sustainability Hub, or CSHub, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., is a large research project funded by concrete industry sponsors. Research at CSHub are at work on ways to make concrete more eco-friendly. In this article, Ivan Amato explains the recipes the researchers are working on, and looks briefly at what Ceratech is doing. Nature (free content) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Forensic tests help explain why pavement fails
    Core testing, visual inspection, lab analysis and non-destructive testing are just some of the techniques engineers use during forensic testing of pavement. This piece takes an in-depth look at how and why such testing is done and what can be learned from it. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • McCain urges GOP colleagues to back immigration reform efforts
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    Source: CNN
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is working on a broader framework for an improved immigration bill, called on fellow Republicans holding positions currently to support an extensive overhaul of the country's immigration law. McCain is working with Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and several other lawmakers from both parties on a more comprehensive immigration policy. The Hill (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Association News 
  • AGC moves the construction industry toward interoperability
    AGC just took another significant step forward towards the development of interoperability for the construction industry! The AGC engaged Burger Consulting Group to work with contractors and construction software vendors to accomplish easy data exchange and integrated systems using agcXML schema. This will result in significant cost savings for software developers, ease of communication between contractors and their systems and accurate data storage. Learn more and find out how you can take part in this initiative. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 AGC’s 94th Annual Convention and Constructor Expo
    March 6-9 || Palm Springs, Calif.
    Growing your business can be a difficult endeavor ... even in a strong economy. In today’s construction marketplace, with fewer projects to bid on, increased competition from out of market firms, lower margins and higher materials prices, the average contractor faces nightmarish conditions in which to try to keep a business afloat, much less thriving. Very often, the line between success and failure comes down to simply who you know. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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