Construction Industry News: March 13, 2019

Trump 2020 Budget Has Deep Cut in Corps Construction

The overall 2020 civil works budget—which would be cut 31%, to $4.8 billion—seeks no money for a long-gestating Corps Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation (WIFIA) Act loan program, but a top civil works official says that program could be launched in 2020.

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Trump’s 2020 federal budget request omits $13B Hudson River tunnel

In what some have characterized as an unrealistic denial of the economic impact Northeast U.S. transportation systems have on the U.S. overall, President Donald Trump excluded federal funding for the proposed $13 billion Hudson River rail tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey in his $4.7 trillion 2020 budget request to Congress.

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FEMA to fund only half of California’s Oroville Dam repairs

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today received notification that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $205 million in federal funds to reimburse the state for spillway reconstruction costs related to the 2017 Oroville Dam spillways incident. These funds are in addition to $128.4 million FEMA previously approved for reimbursement for emergency response, debris removal, and other costs.

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ENR’s Best of the Best Projects 2018

Critical highway repairs completed two years ahead of schedule. A power plant project that’s also a park. A veterans’ hospital built to function even when flooded. Those are a few examples of the above-and-beyond design and construction efforts honored by ENR’s annual Best of the Best Projects awards. 

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Construction Loses 31,000 Jobs in Feb., but Jobless Rate Improves

Construction lost 31,000 jobs in February but the industry’s workforce was up year over year and its unemployment rate was down, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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