The U.S. Dept. of Transportation hasn’t sought proposals yet for 2011 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. But some 2010 TIGER projects are moving toward construction, thanks to agreements DOT has signed with state and city officials. DOT said on Dec. 29 it signed a $105-million TIGER agreement to help fund two Norfolk Southern Corp. intermodal facilities. A $105-million Rossville, Tenn., complex and a $97.5-million McCalla, Ala., facility each will get $52.5 million from the grant. NS is likely to seek bids for the Tennessee project by the end of February, a spokesman says; the Alabama project will be
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.