Construction Industry News: December 22, 2020

Construction sites worldwide attempt to harness automated tech and other innovations

Companies involved in large-scale infrastructure and construction projects are turning to a number of technologies in order to mitigate their environmental footprint.


Skanska Seeks Maritime Law Protection for Pensacola Bridge Liability

Facing mounting lawsuits over its storm-scattered Pensacola Bay Bridge construction barges, Skanska USA Southeast has asked a federal court to determine whether maritime law limits the company’s liability for damages resulting from the incident.


Elon Musk’s Underground Vegas Loop Tunnel Is Approved

The Las Vegas City Council, in a unanimous vote on Dec. 16, granted a special use permit that allows Elon Musk’s Boring Co. to extend its Vegas Loop transportation system into the city. The 4.6-mile counterclockwise circuit will run north under Las Vegas Boulevard to the downtown resort corridor and then south on Main Street.


U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $544.3 Million in Federal Funding Allocations for Seven Transit Infrastructure Projects

The Trump Administration today announced a total of $544.3 million in federal funding will be allocated by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to seven transit infrastructure projects in Arizona, California, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina and Utah. Funding is provided through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.


What Pete Buttigieg will bring to the Transportation Department

“It would certainly be good to have a former mayor from a city like South Bend in the post,” said Brian Turmail, vice president of public affairs and strategic intiatives for the Associated General Contractors of America. “He is in a unique position to understand how vital good transportation connections are to the success of local manufacturers, educational institutions and main street businesses.”


Arizona Rancher Sues Feds Over Damage From Border Wall Construction

The Diamond A Ranch and the Guadalupe Ranch Corporation claim the company working under contract with the federal government “trespassed onto and destroyed private property belonging to the Ranch without notice, authorization, or process,” according to a lawsuit filed Nov. 30 in federal court in Washington, D.C.


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