With work parameters in place for a new, $1.5 billion terminal at Kansas City International Airport in Missouri, officials plan to break ground on the project March 25. The 1 million-square-foot terminal is billed as Kansas City's biggest infrastructure project to date and is expected to create up to 5,000 construction-related jobs.
Two northwest Indiana rail projects in the federal Capital Investment Grants Program stand to benefit from the recent passage of the omnibus budget bill. The West Lake Corridor commuter rail extension and the Double Track recapitalization of the South Shore rail line are part of the region's larger efforts to optimize its proximity to Chicago.
A North Carolina Turnpike Authority plan to build a 6.2-mile toll bridge between Corolla and Aydlett now has Federal Highway Administration approval. The development means the authority can pursue right-of-way acquisitions and construction permits for the Currituck Bridge, which could cost $440 million.
Crews working on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Extension that will connect Brandon and St. Petersburg, Fla., are racing to meet the project's fall 2020 deadline, with nine of the 55 columns that will support 744 precast segments erected so far. Some 75,000 cubic yards of concrete and 7,800 tons of rebar will go into the making of the expressway.
As part of an extensive expansion plan, Hard Rock Hotels is building a 36-story tower shaped like a guitar at its Hollywood, Fla., location, with the $1.5 billion project jointly managed by Suffolk Construction and Yates Construction. Liberty Construction and Baker Concrete installed 36,000 cubic yards of concrete for the tower, overcoming challenging slab edge work and an atypical concrete column formwork.
Data-driven smart cities offer the promise of a reduced carbon footprint and efficient resource management, but city officials looking to implement the technology should seek public scrutiny regarding privacy and security concerns, Carolyn Fortuna writes.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will not reimburse the $306 million California requested for repairs to the upper gated spillway of the Oroville Dam because it was damaged prior to heavy rains in February 2017. The California Department of Water Resources says it cost $1.1 billion to fix the entire dam.
Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would put Illinois on the path to 100% renewables while also creating clean energy jobs and implementing social justice reforms similar to those outlined in the Green New Deal, Umair Irfan writes. The bill, for example, would help create business opportunities in communities affected by the decline of fossil fuels.
Representatives from the American Society of Civil Engineers were on hand for a panel session at North Penn High School in Towamencin Township, Pa., to share their personal stories and tell what lead them to pursue a career in civil engineering. "It was a great look at what actually goes on in an engineer's life," North Penn junior Jachi Adams says.
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