Construction Industry News: December 17, 2019

Atlanta transit authority approves $27B regional plan

The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL) has adopted a $27.4 billion regional plan, making it possible for the authority’s transit projects to be considered for federal and state funding through the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) long- and short-range programs. The ARC recently proposed almost $173 billion of projects during the next 30 years to improve mobility in Atlanta and surrounding counties.


Virgin Trains updates timeline for Las Vegas-to-Southern Cal train

While construction on the long-talked about high-speed train between Las Vegas and Southern California is slated to begin next year, work probably won’t start in Nevada until the following year.

Virgin Trains USA could break ground in the second half of 2020 on the 170-mile route between Southern Nevada and the Victor Valley area of Southern California, according to Ben Porritt, Virgin Trains spokesman.


A Vision of the Future: Inside Nashville International Airport’s $1.2B Expansion

Since its establishment in 1937, the Nashville International Airport has undergone numerous name changes, expansions and renovations. The public/military airport in southeast Nashville, Tenn., currently hosts 16 airlines with 585 daily flights, including nonstop flights to more than 70 cities in North America and Europe. In addition, Berry Field Air National Guard Base is located at the airport — which was the genesis for the airport’s IATA identifier: BNA.


Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier project 2 years behind schedule

The $211 million Suicide Deterrent Net System (SDNS) under construction at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is two years behind schedule, and in a statement, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District puts the blame on AECOM subsidiary Shimmick Construction Co. and its joint venture partner Danny’s Construction Co.


Skanska-Led Team Aims for Early 2020 Start on $463M Maryland Bridge

A joint venture of Skanska, Corman Kokosing Construction Co. and McLean Contracting Co. is moving toward a spring 2020 construction start for a $463-million replacement for a 79-year-old bridge across the Potomac River, south of Washington, D.C.


Troubled California Bullet Train Pushes Biggest Contract Ever

The California bullet train authority is moving ahead with an aggressive plan to issue its biggest contract in history, steering into sharp criticism by federal regulators and even the state-appointed peer review panel that it is overreaching.