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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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