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09/01/2014Sandy-Hit Towns Wrestle With Eminent-Domain Choice

ASHAROKEN, N.Y. (AP) — On a tiny spit of land off Long Island, the wealthy village of Asharoken faces a dilemma borne of Superstorm Sandy. Either it accepts millions of dollars in federal aid to build a protective sand dune and for the first time in its nearly 90-year existence allows the public to use its beach or it rejects the aid and retains its privacy, potentially worsening an erosion ...
09/01/2014Work Progresses on $1B Transmission Line in South Texas

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Construction continues on a new $1 billion electricity line in South Texas that officials said will not only improve service in the state's Rio Grande Valley but also allow energy generated in South Texas to be delivered to the rest of the state. The project was approved by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas — the state's electric grid operator — and the Public ...
09/02/2014U.S. Construction Spending Up 1.8% in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending staged a strong rebound in July, rising by the largest amount in more than two years. All major categories of construction showed gains in an encouraging sign that spending on building projects will help boost the economy in the second half of this year. Construction spending rose 1.8 percent in July, the biggest one-month gain since May 2012, the ...
09/02/2014PG&E Fined $1.4B for Deadly 2010 San Bruno Gas Line Blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulatory judges issued a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight people and prompting national alerts about aging pipelines. The California Public Utilities Commission said the figure reached by two administrative law judges ...
08/29/2014Duke Energy Proposes $1.9B Indiana Power Grid Upgrade

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Duke Energy asked state regulators Friday to approve a nearly $2 billion upgrade of its Indiana electric grid, improvements the utility said would help reduce power outages by adding "self-healing" smart technologies to the grid. Duke is Indiana's largest electric utility, with more than 800,000 customers. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company asked the Indiana ...
08/31/2014$2.8B Port Project Planned in Peru

Lima, Aug 31 (EFE).- A $2.8 billion port complex with 10 piers and a logistics center is planned for the Bay of Chancay, located 78 kilometers (48 miles) north of Lima, Peruvian officials said.The site for the planned port, which will be constructed with private capital, was inspected by Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano, Culture Minister Diana Alvarez and navy commander Adm. Carlos Tejeda on ...
08/30/2014Corps Awards $132M Contract for Pa. Dam Rehabilitation Project

Aug. 30--The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that it awarded a $132.5 million contract for the East Branch Dam rehabilitation project in Elk County. The work consists of construction of a seepage cutoff wall within the existing dam. Officials estimate the project will take nearly five years to complete. East Branch Dam is located on the East Branch Clarion River, 7.3 miles ...
08/31/2014Study Finds 1 in 6 Construction Workers in California Labors in the Shadows

Aug. 31--Informal workers are growing part of California's economy -- a shift keenly felt in the construction industry, where 1 in 6 workers is either off the books or misreported, new research has found. Construction businesses in the state employ roughly 895,000 workers, according to a report by downtown Los Angeles research group Economic Roundtable that was released Sunday. In 2011, ...
08/31/2014Twin Cities Construction Boom Means Higher Bids for Cities' Improvement Plans

Aug. 31--Minnesota's largest park system got an unpleasant surprise this summer when it sent out bids for a job to expand one of its vast network of metro area trails. Only one contractor responded when Three Rivers Park District advertised its project for a 2.4-mile link on its Crystal Lake Regional Trail, far fewer than expected. And that one came in at $2.8 million, more than $1 million ...
08/29/2014Napa County Requests Federal Disaster Relief, Estimates $362M in Quake Damages

Aug. 29--Napa County officials Thursday requested federal disaster aid in the wake of Sunday's earthquake and placed damage estimates at $362 million in building, infrastructure and economic losses. The Napa County Board of Supervisors made the request, which must be be approved by the Obama administration before federal aid reaches Napa. The county's Emergency Operations Center calculated the ...
08/29/2014EPA Says Calif.'s Proposed Delta Water Tunnel Would Harm Environment

Aug. 29--In a sharp rebuke of state plans for a massive water tunnel system in Northern California, federal environmental officials say that the project would violate pollution standards and could worsen conditions for imperiled fish species. The comments by the regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency echo concerns that have dogged the proposal to change the way Northern ...
08/29/2014Construction Halted on Modular Tower Near Barclays Center in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) — A contractor has halted construction on a prefabricated residential high-rise near Brooklyn's Barclays Center and the Atlantic Terminal train yards. The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/1C8djBA ) Skanska stopped work at the site on Tuesday and closed down its prefabrication hub at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Wednesday. The newspaper says the Swedish construction firm and ...
08/28/2014N.C. Paving Firm's CEO Pleads Guilty to Minority Contractor Fraud

Aug. 28--The president of a paving company accused of defrauding state and federal governments on $87 million in contracts for road projects pleaded guilty Thursday morning. Carl "Drew" Boggs, president and CEO of Boggs Paving Inc. of Monroe, entered his guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer shortly after 10 a.m. at the federal courthouse in Charlotte. Boggs and four employees ...
08/27/2014Mayor of Berlin to Quit Amid Row Over Delayed Airport Construction

Berlin's mayor, Klaus Wowereit, has announced he is to step down after more than a decade in office, amid an ongoing row over the construction of Berlin's new airport. Wowereit, who was the first high-profile German politician to declare his homosexuality and who reinvented Berlin as "poor but sexy", said yesterday that he was leaving in response to speculation about his future from within his ...
08/28/2014Red Wings Arena Project Starts Recruiting Detroit Contractors

Aug. 28--Detroit's planned arena district development took a step closer to reality today as the Ilitch Holdings team began briefing Detroit-based contractors on how they can participate in the project. Working with the City of Detroit, the Ilitch family's Olympia Development has set a goal of using 30% Detroit-based firms as contractors for the arena district and hiring 51% of construction ...
08/27/2014High-Speed Rail Gaining Momentum in Texas

Aug. 27--DALLAS -- The number of Texas cities that could be served by high-speed rail is growing quickly and now includes Bryan-College Station, an area best known as the home of Texas A&M University that was bypassed by the interstate highway system. High-speed-rail advocates stepped up their efforts Wednesday to bring bullet trains to Texas as early as 2021. A commission set up to oversee a ...
08/28/2014$400M Notre Dame Stadium Project To Begin in November

Aug. 28--SOUTH BEND -- The University of Notre Dame will begin construction in late November on Campus Crossroads, the $400 million project that will add three academic buildings onto Notre Dame Stadium and premium seating to the famous 84-year-old football stadium. The 800,000-square-foot project will take approximately 33 months, with completion expected in summer 2017. The final home ...
08/28/2014Wash. State Court Ruling a Blow to Planned Kirkland Waterfront Project

Aug. 28--An apartment project proposed for the Kirkland waterfront by a Tibetan monk-turned-developer must include fewer than half of the units initially proposed, after a ruling this week by the state Court of Appeals. The decision by the three-judge panel reverses an earlier ruling that allowed Lobsang Dargey to build Potala Village, according to Kirkland zoning standards in place when the ...
08/28/2014Binghamton Univ. Building $70M Energy Research Hub

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A $70 million research hub for the development of energy-efficient technologies is under construction at Binghamton University. Ground was broken Wednesday on the university's 114,000-square-foot Smart Energy Research and Development Facility, which is expected to create hundreds of jobs. The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports (http://press.sn/1vSuhiQ ) that the ...
08/28/2014Georgia Power Sees "Challenges" in Keeping to Plant Vogtle Construction Schedule

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power said its $6.7 billion budget to build a new nuclear plant is holding steady, but it reported Thursday that builders face "challenges" sticking to the construction schedule and costs could change in the future. The Southern Co. subsidiary and its co-owners are building two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, southeast of Augusta. That plant and a sister ...
08/27/2014Three Years After Hurricane Irene, New Vt. State Office Complex Rising

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Three years after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene made most of the state office complex in Waterbury unusable, its replacement is rising out of what was a sodden mess that reeked of the nearby Winooski River. An 86,000-square-foot office building is being constructed above the level of any expected flooding, and many of the historic buildings that are being preserved ...
08/27/2014Thousands of California's Brick Buildings Face Quake Danger

Aug. 27--Three decades after some California cities began requiring old brick buildings to be seismically retrofitted, thousands across the state still have not been strengthened and are in danger of collapse during a major earthquake. Many are in some of California's poorest cities, where officials have chosen not to require property owners to make the upgrades. Seismic experts are ...
08/27/2014California Officials Delay Massive Delta Water Tunnel Project

Aug. 27--Plans for two huge water diversion tunnels in the Delta are being delayed, state officials announced Wednesday, because the plans need more work. Nancy Vogel, spokeswoman for the California Department of Water Resources, said the delay in the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan was triggered by public comments submitted on the draft environmental impact report. The comments ...
08/27/2014Xcel Defends Handling of Monticello Nuclear Plant Upgrade

Aug. 27--Top executives of Xcel Energy said Tuesday that the utility acted reasonably during the costly, five-year rebuilding of its Monticello nuclear power plant -- and that customers, not investors, should pay for it. The project to extend the life of the 1970s-era plant and to boost its output was successfully completed last year. Now, utilities regulators are investigating why the price ...
08/27/2014Tucson Officials Consider Developer's Plans for $100M Mixed-Use Project

Aug. 27--After a controversial scoring process, the Rio Nuevo board decided to open negotiations with the developer of a proposed $100 million project that promises to transform a barren 8ƒ-acre parcel into a western downtown gateway. The board voted, 5-1, to enter into negotiations with Allan Norville, manager of Nor-Generations, for the company to purchase and develop Rio Nuevo land behind ...

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