Photo by Nicholas Zeman/ENR Work continues on new crossing in Long Beach, Calif., as heads roll. Related Links: http://enr.construction.com/infrastructure/transportation/2012/1231-long-beachs-long-term-view.asp http://enr.construction.com/infrastructure/transportation/2012/1231-long-beachs-long-term-view.asp A major port improvement program in Long Beach, Calif., is struggling in stormy waters amid personnel upheavals and the recent repeal of a cargo fee meant to help fund more than $4 billion in road, rail, environmental and dredging construction projects.Scores of contractors are in the midst of billions of dollars' worth of work, including the new Gerald Desmond Bridge on which site-prep complications added $136 million to its $1-billion price tag. Also, the $1.2-billion Middle Harbor project estimate recently
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.