Construction Industry News: June 14, 2019

OSHA places blame for FIU bridge collapse on engineer, contractors

While all eyes are on the National Transportation Board (NTSB), awaiting its final determination as to the cause of the deadly March 2018 pedestrian bridge collapse on Miami’s Florida International University campus, another federal agency, OSHA, has come to its own conclusions about who bears responsibility for the tragic event. 

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Privately funded group reaches deal with water agency to only lock its border wall at night

The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) on Tuesday locked We Build the Wall’s privately funded U.S.-Mexico border wall gate in Sunland Park, New Mexico, into an open position because the gate is on federal land, the agency said in a press release.  

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Gerald Desmond Bridge Nears Completion

When crew members this spring dismantled two movable scaffolding systems—never before used in California—it marked a key milestone in the construction of the state’s first vehicular cable-stayed bridge. The $1.5-billion Gerald Desmond Bridge at the bustling Port of Long Beach is set for completion early next year. It experienced delays and budget increases due to myriad challenges, but an unusually intense design change process employed on the design-build job has kept the momentum going.

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Trump signs $19B disaster aid bill, including billions for infrastructure, resiliency

After a delay of several months, Congress has approved and President Trump has signed a package containing $19.1 billion in disaster-relief funds—more than half of which will go for infrastructure and related work—to help storm-battered regions of the U.S. rebuild from hurricanes, floods and other calamities.

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I-4 ultimate project in Florida taking shape

Crane operators have set the last tub girder segment at the I-4 and S.R. 408 interchange in downtown Orlando, marking a critical moment of progress for the busiest junction in the 21-mile I-4 Ultimate project.

While work continues on the complex interchange, all flyover ramps are now in place. The goal of the new ramps is to provide efficient and safe connectivity, without the weaving in-and-out of merging traffic to reach an exit or merge ramp, as is the case with the older I-4 design—still in use as new construction continues.

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