Construction Industry News: November 25, 2019

Public Sector Work Will Lead Market in 2020, Industry Economists Say

As the market reaches the late stages of the recovery cycle, experts don’t predict an impending downturn in the U.S., bolstered in part by increases in public-sector work, according to economic forecasts analyzed by ENR.

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Final Collapse Report Details Miami Bridge Team’s Failures

The final report on the Miami bridge collapse, released Nov. 12, adds new details on the project team’s numerous failures leading up to the tragedy, especially those committed by FIGG Bridge Engineers and Louis Berger Group.

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Construction of Las Vegas-Southern Calif. High-Speed Rail Could Begin in 2020

A plan to build a high-speed train between the Victor Valley and Las Vegas has won state approval for a chunk of funding needed to keep the project on track for a 2020 construction start date.

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AECOM’s Michael Burke to leave, opening door for new CEO and new chairman

AECOM announced this morning that chairman and CEO Michael S. Burke has notified the company’s board of directors that he plans to retire. He will continue in the role until a successor is identified or until the firm’s 2020 annual meeting, expected to be held in March.​ Following the appointment of a new CEO, the roles of chairman and CEO will be separated.​

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Colo. unveils $1.6 billion roadmap of highway projects for next 3 years

Several sections of Interstate 25 from Trinidad to Denver to Fort Collins will get major money after the Colorado Transportation Commission on Thursday opened a $1.6 billion spigot for road projects across the state over the next three years.

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Texas DOT stops construction of $800M FIGG-designed Harbor Bridge

The Texas DOT (TxDOT) has halted design work on the $803 million replacement of the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas, amid reports that FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc. has been removed from the project, according to KRIS-TV. The National Transportation Safety Board last month named FIGG’s design errors as the probable cause of the deadly March 2018 pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University (FIU).

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Corps Opts to Demolish Savannah River Lock and Dam, Build Rock Weir

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday that it will choose an option that will demolish New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam in favor of a rock weir fish passage that will lower the pool in the Savannah River significantly.

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