Construction Industry News: Jan 29

What Must Happen In The Next Three Weeks To Avoid Another Shutdown

The 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has ended—though just for a little while—as President Trump signed a three-week stopgap funding bill after the Senate and House approved the measure. The new legislation was enacted on Jan. 25, less than eight hours after Trump announced a deal with congressional leaders to halt the shutdown, which had put a crimp in some, though not all, federal infrastructure programs.

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Santa Clara, California, transit authority starts $4.7B Phase II of BART extension

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) started construction Tuesday on the $4.7billion Phase II of a 16-mile, six-station extension of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) service from North San Jose, California, through downtown and into the city of Santa Clara, NBC Bay Area reported.

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No mile-long tunnel under uptown: CATS recommends a different route for light rail
The Charlotte Area Transit System is recommending that a new east-west light-rail line run along uptown’s northern edge rather than tunnel under the city’s center, as the system gears up for its next round of an ambitious expansion plan.

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Miami-Dade passes plan to let developers build more near Metrorail, transit routes
County commissioners on Wednesday revised Miami-Dade’s development rules to allow for more density in the six corridors that make up the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit Plan — best known as the SMART Plan. Launched in 2016, it is funding consultant studies to recommend new transit plans for some of the county’s busiest commuting routes.

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One way to solve the Talmadge Bridge controversy? Build a new one

Griff Lynch, the head of the Georgia Ports Authority, told lawmakers Wednesday that planning is underway to replace the bridge in roughly a decade. 

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The 2019 ENR Award of Excellence Celebration!

On March 21, 2019, hundreds of your colleagues will gather at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City for ENR’s 54th Annual Award of Excellence Black-Tie Gala. Just like past events, in 2019 you will have the opportunity to network with more than 1,000 construction leaders and make critical connections, while joining us to celebrate the Top 25 Newsmakers and the Best of the Best project teams for their achievements in 2018 and be inspired by the Award of Excellence Winner.

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