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February 27, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • Nevada's DesertXpress project now costs $6.5B
    Some are questioning the wisdom of building a 188-mile high-speed train from Las Vegas to Victorville, Calif. DesertXpress Enterprises would own the line, but because the cost to build it has risen to $6.5 billion -- an 85% jump in four years -- the company is seeking a 35-year loan of $5.5 billion to $6.5 billion from the Federal Railroad Administration. Las Vegas Review-Journal (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Plans for $1.66B Wekiva Parkway project in Fla. approved
    The $1.66 billion Wekiva Parkway project could break ground this fall after the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority unanimously approved the tollway plan last week. Authority Chairman Walter Ketcham said the road "is going to be an absolute boon to the community in terms of jobs and moving traffic." Meanwhile, a $1 billion, 900-acre mixed-use development called Kelly Park Crossings is planned near a major interchange on the parkway. It would include residential and retail areas, a hospital and school. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (2/22), American City Business Journals/Orlando, Fla. (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • San Francisco's $1.6B Central Subway project moves ahead
    Work on the $1.6 billion, 1.7-mile subway tunnel in San Francisco that will link the Caltrain station to Chinatown has started with the moving of utilities in preparation for tunnel boring. A $942 million full funding grant agreement is expected from the federal government later this year. Several contracts will be put out to bid over the next few months. San Francisco Chronicle (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Construction of Utah's $1.5B City Creek Center nears completion
    Source: KSL-TV
    Work is wrapping up at the $1.5B City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, with construction crews finishing up details in preparation for its grand opening on March 22. Leases for retail space at the 800,000-square-foot shopping and entertainment center are 92% complete. City Creek Center will have 66 stores, 9 restaurants, a retractable glass roof , a skybridge and a fountain that will feature water, light, sound and fire, according to Linda Wardell, general manager of City Creek retail operations. KSL-TV (Salt Lake City) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. DOT holds discussion on wise use of $10B for transportation
    North Carolina's transportation department held a public meeting to discuss how best to use a projected $10 billion budget for long-term transportation projects. "We will have $63 billion in needs from 2018 to 2022 and only $10 billion to pay for them," said state DOT Secretary Gene Conti. "Getting feedback from local leaders and the public is critical to helping us determine how to spend every dollar to better serve North Carolinians." (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Energy-efficient retrofits eyed as job creator in NYC
    New York City has passed measures that will require owners of buildings of more than 50,000 square feet to audit the facility's energy consumption every 10 years in a bid to promote energy-efficient building upgrades. Every $1 million that's spent for green building upgrades generates more than two jobs and 10 indirect jobs, according to a 2009 study from the U.S. Green Building Council. Many in the construction industry have found that honing their knowledge of green building has furthered their business. Crain's New York Business (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPA's 2012 permit on site runoff excludes numeric turbidity limit
    The new 2012 general permit for construction-site stormwater runoff released by the Environmental Protection Agency on Feb. 16 does not set a limit for turbidity, a fact lauded by construction industry experts, including the Associated General Contractors of America. The revised permit integrates most of the conditions pertinent to the EPA's effluent limitation guidelines but does not include a numeric limit for turbidity due to previous litigation over the numeric limit of 280 nephelometric turbidity units. Engineering News-Record (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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