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December 10, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • State Dept. decision on Keystone XL may come soon, official says
    The State Department is expected to give its preliminary decision on TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline "in the near future," a department official said. This week, Nebraskans expressed mixed views on the company's proposed route for the pipeline that steers clear of the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills region in Nebraska. Keystone XL supporters have said that the project would help spur economic growth and strengthen U.S. energy security. United Press International (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Panel to identify transit options for N.Y.'s Tappan Zee Bridge
    A 28-member task force will work to identify transit options for the new Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River north of New York City. "The first step is replacing the Tappan Zee, which has no transit capacity, with a new bridge that is ready to handle mass transit right away as a foundation. At the same time that we are building this new bridge, the mass transit task force will be working on finding the best transit options for local communities," said Howard Milstein, chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority Board. River, N.Y. (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Private funding pitched for Ohio River's $2.4B Brent Spence Bridge
    The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce wants lawmakers to consider legislation that would allow private funding for the planned $2.4 billion Brent Spence Bridge across the Ohio River between Kentucky and Ohio. However, many lawmakers say they need assurances that tolls wouldn't be imposed before they could support the proposal. Meanwhile, chamber officials say legislation doesn’t make tolls a certainty. Other options such as a gas tax hike and vehicle registration fees could help pay investors. (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Proposed Atlanta Falcons stadium could cost up to $1.2B
    The Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority will meet today to decide on a nonbinding term sheet that outlines what the downtown multipurpose stadium for the Falcons would look like, who would owe what and what will be included and omitted. The stadium itself could cost between $948 million and $1.032 billion, while road improvements near the site could raise the price tag to $1.2 billion. WSB-TV (Atlanta) (12/10), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sustainable building goes far beyond energy efficiency
    Green building is fine, but sustainable building is better. That's the consensus of some who saw how poorly many buildings fared in recent natural disasters. "The new green is about protection from the dangers around us -- and ahead of us," writes Chris Sullivan. "The underlying message offers freedom from the blunders of big utilities, government agencies and corporate builders, whose time horizon only extends to their quarterly profit report." Take blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AGC webinar -- The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts: How to Comply with Federal Prevailing Wage Laws
    Two-part webinar -- Dec. 11 & 13
    Participants in this webinar will learn how to avoid the most common problems plaguing construction contractors in compliance with the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.  Topics covered will include ensuring compliance with flow-down requirements, how to make the conformance process work for you, the right way to complete certified payroll records, dealing with off-site operations, the treatment of truck drivers, and ascertaining the proper classification of your employees. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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