Construction Industry News: Dec 28, 2018

Shutdown Affects Some, But Not All, Infrastructure Programs

The partial shutdown of the federal government, which began on Dec. 22, will have some effect on federal construction programs, but other major infrastructure accounts will continue with little change.

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U.S. DOT Awards $1.5B in ‘BUILD’ Infrastructure Grants

Thanks to a huge increase in 2018 appropriations, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation has awarded about $1.5 billion in infrastructure grants for an array of project types in nearly every state, with highway and bridge projects snaring more than two-thirds of the dollars.

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Trump tariffs would make a ‘steel slat’ border wall much more expensive for taxpayers

A White House effort to win support for a border wall by describing the project as “border security” with “steel slats” only serves as a reminder that the president’s steep tariffs on the metal would make any such project much more expensive.

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US Concrete CEO sees path to infrastructure bill ‘in the next two years’

Bill Sandbrook, the chairman, president and CEO of mass concrete and aggregates producer U.S. Concrete, told CNBC that the 2018 midterm elections gave him “optimism” that a major infrastructure bill could get passed in the near future.

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Tiny Salamanders Could Complicate $1.4B Shasta Dam Project

A trio of salamander species in Northern California could complicate a controversial $1.4 billion public works project to heighten the Shasta Dam , the state’s largest reservoir. The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday that two environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit last month asking a judge to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine if Shasta salamanders should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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Flatiron JV wins $224M stretch of San Diego’s North Coast Corridor

Flatiron Construction Corp. recently announced that its joint venture with Skanska and Stacy and Witbeck (FSSW) was awarded a $224 million segment of the $6 billion, 40-year North Coast Corridor (NCC) project in San Diego County, California, bringing its total contract value for the project to $560 million.

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2019 construction industry trade show and conference guide

Here are the leading industry events professionals should consider attending to help elevate their businesses and careers.

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Report: New York AG investigating construction of Mario Cuomo Bridge

The New York State Attorney General’s office has confirmed to NBC 4 News that it is investigating a potential coverup of defective steel bolts discovered during construction of the $4 billion Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, formerly the Tappan Zee Bridge, over the Hudson River in New York.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure Jan. 11 Marks Three-Week Switch to Tunnel

As roads start to close in Seattle on Jan. 4, ahead of the Jan. 11 full shutdown of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the shuttering of the infrastructure carrying what is known as State Route 99 leads to a long-sought end: traffic through a bored downtown tunnel that allows for the removal of the viaduct.

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Caltrans Selects Granite for Two Projects Worth More Than $520 Million

Watsonville, CA-based Granite Construction Incorporated announced December 18 that it was selected by Caltrans as the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) for the estimated $410 million Highway 101 Carpinteria to Santa Barbara Project, and for the estimated $113 million Cosumnes Bridge Replacement CM/GC Project in Sacramento County. 

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