Construction Industry News: April 20, 2020

Coronavirus crisis inspires industry collaboration: ‘We’re all in this together’

Since the coronavirus outbreak hit the U.S., many in the industry have noticed a bright spot emerge from the crisis: a push toward more collaboration among stakeholders.


Construction tops industries in PPP stimulus loan funds, but still needs additional funding

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which allowed for a cap of $349 billion in loans to small qualifying firms in need due to the coronavirus outbreak​, ran out on April 16.


State-by-State Coronavirus Construction Status Updates

ENR has compiled the current status of which U.S. states have either issued a shelter-in-place order for the general population, and whether or not construction activities are allowed to proceed at this time. This page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.


VTA drops plan for record-breaking downtown San Jose BART tunnel, will seek smaller options

VTA is again changing its plans for the multi-billion-dollar project bringing BART through downtown San Jose, dropping a proposal to bore the world’s largest subway tunnel for nearly five miles beneath the city and reopening the process for designing an extension that is already severely delayed.


New concrete construction technology

Improved machines for slipforming, concrete production and transport are amongst the innovations being unveiled at the World of Concrete exhibition in Las Vegas.

Power Curbers is introducing the latest development of its highly successful 5700 slipformer, the 5700-D. The firm first introduced the 5700 model in 1985 and has developed the machine continuously, with the new 5700-D now replacing the well proven 5700-C.