Construction Industry News: March 20, 2019

Florida Reservoir Project Sets Records for Owner and Contractor

A joint venture of Lane Construction Corp. and Salini Impregilo is beginning work on a 10,500-acre storage reservoir beside the Caloosahatchee River in Hendry Co., Fla., to restore and maintain the river’s estuary near Fort Myers.

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In Consent Decree, NYC Agrees to Carry Out $3B in Reservoir Projects

New York City has agreed to a nearly $3-billion set of improvements to a nearby reservoir, including a cover, and to pay a $1-million fine to settle federal allegations that the city didn’t comply with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements, the Dept. of Justice says.

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Removing the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is underway with the demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, the final phase of the structure’s $3.3 billion replacement with the new State Route 99 tunnel.

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Study: Autonomous robots working together are industry’s next big thing

Construction of large structures by smaller, autonomous robots coordinating with each other is “rapidly gaining momentum” in the field of robotics research, finds a new study from Science Robotics, and can address a “critical societal need for safe, inexpensive, sustainable and automated construction.”

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How Trump’s proposed 2020 budget affects construction

President Donald Trump’s $4.7 trillion fiscal year 2020 budget proposal requests cutbacks to several pools of construction funding across the federal government. Depending on what Congress leaves intact, the plan could mean reduced activity across a number of construction sectors.

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EMA to fund only half of California’s request for Oroville Dam repairs

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has agreed to pay only $333 million toward repairs for the February 2017 dam spillway breach in Oroville, California. This is $306 million less than the state requested, according to California Rep. Doug LaMalfa. 

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Historic Midwest Flooding Destroys Roads, Bridges, Dams and Levees

Midwestern floodwaters have topped or breached multiple levees, damaged bridges and roads, destroyed one dam and damaged another and inundated at least 42 wastewater treatment plants as historic flooding continues to hit Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. At least two people are reported dead.

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