Construction Industry News: February 4, 2020

Washington State Plans Second Major Puget Sound Airport to Ease Gridlock

Sea-Tac International Airport continues to outgrow its landlocked position in King County, south of Seattle and north of Tacoma. Already at a maxed-out three runways and an ever-expanding nearly 50 million passengers a year that has the airport as the nation’s eighth busiest, Washington State officials are officially moving forward to create sa econd major airport for the Puget Sound.


To Fix Alaska’s Roads, Fairbanks Senator Proposes Doubling Gas Tax

A Republican senator from Fairbanks has proposed doubling Alaska’s tax on diesel and gasoline to boost the amount of money available for transportation, but public testimony on Monday ran against the idea, with Alaskans citing the high cost of fuel here.

Alaska has the lowest gas tax in the nation, 8 cents per gallon. The proposal from Sen. Click Bishop , R- Fairbanks , would double that to 16 cents per gallon. Bishop’s plan would also double the state tax on boat fuel from 5 cents per gallon to 10. Taxes on aviation gasoline and jet fuel would remain unchanged, and home heating fuel would not be affected.


Henderson getting in on the 215 Beltway widening fun

The widening project being carried out by Las Vegas Paving is the latest in a string of expansion projects for the Beltway. Over $88 million in widening projects are in various stages of completion.


5 innovative construction projects from around the world

Massive U.S. construction projects often grab the industry’s attention because of their pricetags and complexities, but in other countries, construction companies are pushing the envelope and using new technologies and methods to deliver groundbreaking projects.


AECOM First-Quarter Results Leave Investors Hopeful

AECOM’s first quarter 2020 results, announced on Feb. 3, revealed a 4% drop in global revenue but better profitability news as the firm sheds some riskier construction work—informing investors that the completed sale of its government-focused management services unit for $2.4 billion, now renamed as Amentum and owned by private equity firms, will repay “a substantial portion” of outstanding debt.


Manhattan DA charges former Metro-North Railroad employee, two others in bid-rigging scheme

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny announced that a former Metro-North Railroad contract manager and two private-sector business executives have been indicted for bid rigging and related fraudulent activity in conjunction with contract awards for Metro-North, a suburban commuter rail service run by the MTA.


7 Ways Women in Construction Can ‘Pave the Way’ in Their Male-Dominated Field

The lessons Marilyn Grabowski learned over 17 years in the ‘male’ world of construction just might strengthen your career, too.


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