House expected to pass $3.4B Puerto Rico aid bill | Rising costs rein in Maine transportation projects | Mo. governor emphasizes connection between infrastructure, workforce
January 17, 2020
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House expected to pass $3.4B Puerto Rico aid bill
House expected to pass $3.4B Puerto Rico aid bill
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Temblors continue in Puerto Rico after a 6.4 magnitude quake that struck Jan. 7, but the House is expected to pass this month a $3.4 billion aid package that includes $1.25 billion for highways and $2 billion for community development. In the interim, some residents are taking up shelter in public schools that were built before the island enacted seismic building codes.
Politico (1/16),  Engineering News-Record (1/15) 
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Roads, Tunnels & Bridges
Rising costs rein in Maine transportation projects
Perennial underfunding and rising construction costs are forcing the Maine Department of Transportation to spread two years' worth of capital projects over three years as the transportation system continues a slow decline, Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note says. The state has a $233 million annual funding gap for roads and bridges.
Bangor Daily News (Maine) (tiered subscription model) (1/14) 
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Mo. governor emphasizes connection between infrastructure, workforce
Missouri's interdependent commitments to infrastructure and workforce development have led to roughly $5 billion in private investment and record-low unemployment, Gov. Mike Parson says. State lawmakers approved $400 million last year for road and bridge projects, and Parson says additional work is forthcoming.
News Tribune (Jefferson City, Mo.) (1/16) 
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Waterways, Canals & Ports
Calif. plans 30-mile water tunnel
California is planning to build a 30-mile water tunnel under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in a bid to preserve the delta ecosystem while channeling more water from the northern part of the state. The $11 billion project is said to be the biggest of its kind in the state in decades.
San Francisco Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (1/16) 
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Power Plants & Transmission Lines
EPC contract in place for $1B Ohio power plant
Gemma Power Systems will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for a $1 billion natural gas-fired power plant in Cadiz, Ohio. Work is expected to begin this year and provide 500 to 750 construction jobs over three years.
The Morning Journal (Lorain, Ohio) (1/17) 
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Keystone XL preconstruction work to resume in Feb.
TC Energy says in a US court filing it plans to resume preconstruction on the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline in February and to start full construction work in April. The $8 billion project will carry 830,000 barrels per day of Canadian oil to US markets.
Financial Post (Canada) (1/15) 
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Mass Transit, Rails & Airports
Study: Fla. river tunnel would cost $3.3B to build
Building a tunnel beneath the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Fla., instead of an overhead bridge, would result in fewer delays for boat traffic but would cost $3.3 billion, as well as $8.2 million annually to maintain, according to a feasibility study. Officials could pool funds from Brightline and federal, state and local governments, Mayor Dean Trantalis says.
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (1/13) 
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Commission to recommend location for Wash. airport
The Washington Legislature has appointed a commission to consider six sites for a commercial airport to handle burgeoning demand in the western part of the state. The commission must recommend a location by the beginning of 2022.
KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle) (1/9) 
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Wastewater & Sanitation
Minn. governor seeks $300M for water infrastructure
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has proposed using more than $300 million to replace and improve aging water infrastructure as part of a $2 billion borrowing package. The funds would include upgrades to Minneapolis' stormwater tunnel system, where leakage threatens to destabilize subsurface soil.
Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (1/11) 
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Levees, Dams & Hurricane Protection
Levee project finally approved for historic N.C. town
The Army Corps of Engineers has received $39.6 million to design and build a levee to protect the historic town of Princeville, N.C., from floods. The town has sought dike upgrades since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, Mayor Bobbie Jones says.
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (tiered subscription model) (1/10) 
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