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January 9, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • Billions needed to upgrade water, sewer systems in Minn.
    It will cost about $6 billion to repair and upgrade Minnesota's aging drinking water systems, according to a 2007 study, and around $4.5 billion more to fix its sewer systems. A water-main break released 3 million gallons of water last week in Duluth, Minn., where half of the city's 426 miles of underground pipes are more than 80 years old. "It all comes down to funding and how much people are willing to pay for the water that they receive," said Steve Schneider, St. Paul's Regional Water Services general manager. Minnesota Public Radio (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Time-lapse video shows rise of east span of Calif.'s Bay Bridge
    Source: The Atlantic Cities/YouTube/EarthCam
    A time-lapse video lets viewers see the around-the-clock work from April 2009 to November 2012 on the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in California. The project has cost more than $6 billion so far, much of that going to the extensive techniques to make the bridge earthquake resistant. The bridge is expected to last 150 years. The Atlantic Cities (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • $375M overhaul of Chicago interchange to include managed lanes
    The rebuild of Chicago's Circle Interchange will be designed to include managed lanes. "We can’t toll existing facilities, so we wouldn’t toll existing facilities," said Secretary Ann Schneider of the Illinois Department of Transportation. The $375 million project is expected to decrease congestion with the addition of new lanes. WBBM-TV (Chicago) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Va. proposes 5-year, $3.1B transportation funding package
    Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell unveiled a plan on Tuesday to fund Virginia's transportation infrastructure by replacing the state's gas tax with an increase in the sales tax, adding fees on alternative-fuel vehicles and increasing vehicle-registration fees. The plan would generate an estimated $3.1 billion in funds over five years. "If we stick to the old means of funding transportation, we will find ourselves having the same debates and facing the same revenue shortfalls over and over again," said Gov. Robert McDonnell. The Washington Post (1/8), The Washington Post (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Construction employment down in 151 out of 337 metro areas between Nov. 2011, Nov. 2012
    Construction employment declined in 151 out of 337 metropolitan areas between November 2011 and November 2012, increased in 126 and was stagnant in 60, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that metro areas in New York and New Jersey in particular experienced significant construction declines in the first full month after Hurricane Sandy. "The uncertainty about 2013 federal tax and spending rates likely prompted firms in many parts of the country to hold back on hiring," said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. "Construction workers in the New York area, meanwhile, suffered as existing projects were put on hold in the weeks following Hurricane Sandy." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AGC, Computer Guidance to host members-only conference call to release 2013 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook
    AGC of America and Computer Guidance Inc. will host a members-only conference call on Monday, Jan. 14 from 2-3 p.m. ET to release the results of the 2013 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook. The Outlook, which is based on responses from over 1,300 AGC member firms from across the country, provides in-depth analysis of market trends, hiring patterns and equipment purchasing plans for the industry for 2013. AGC Chief Executive Officer Stephen E. Sandherr, Chief Economist Ken Simonson and Computer Guidance President and CEO Roger Kirk will lead the call. Simply dial 888-218-0223 to participate in the Jan. 14 members-only call. No passcode is necessary. For more information, please contact Brian Turmail at or 703-837-5310. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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