As the construction industry continued its ongoing recovery from the global pandemic in 2022, it also faced a number of formidable challenges—including staffing gaps, materials shortages, supply chain delays and the ongoing specter of inflation. Throughout the year, ENR editors reported on how these issues—and many more—were impacting the sector and how it responded.

Through the course of the year, many other news events and developments drew significant attention of ENR editors and readers. Industry optimism from ramped up funding in the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, as well as passage of legislation during 2022 that is set to provide billions of dollars for semiconductor and other advanced manufacturing, clean energy upgrades and climate change mitigation generated significant reporting on how numerous resulting projects will mow move forward.

Mid-term elections in November reshuffled the balance of power in Washington while ushering leadership changes and a wave of initiatives at the state and local level affecting infrastructure development. A number of severe weather events including Hurricane Ian and the Christmas week winter storms tested industry resilience and added urgency to climate change response and preparation. 

To mark the conclusion of the calendar year, the following is the list of the most-read news stories on over the past 12 months as measured by visits to the website.

No. 1 - Russia Begins Repairs to Bomb-Damaged Crimean Bridge

Crimean Bridge
Photo courtesy Government of Russia

The top story on in 2022 detailed efforts to repair the bomb-damaged bridge linking Crimea and mainland Russia across the Kerch Strait. The Oct. 8 blast severely damaged both the roadway and bridge spans that are a critical link to the strategically important peninsula. The incident was one chapter in the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia and many readers—approximately 40% who were from the European Union—sought out ENR's reporting of construction-related difficulties in the repair of bridge operations.

No. 2 - More Contractors See Benefits of Drywall Finishing Robot

Drywall Robot
Photo courtesy Canvas

ENR's reporting on cutting-edge technology set to impact the construction industry was popular with readers but none more than this article about a drywall finishing robot. Shortages in skilled workers has led contractors to seek ways to automate more aspects of their workflow. The robot, developed by start-up Canvas, is designed to work semi-autonomously on many aspects of the job to allow skilled craftworkers to focus on key areas that require their expertise, while also helping avoid fatigue and injury.

No. 3 - Largest-Ever US Dam Removal Project Gets Federal Agencies' Nod

Klamath Dams
Photo by Michael Wier for the Klamath River Renewal Corp.

While ENR often covers the building of large-scale infrastructure, this latest report on the future removal of a series of dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and Washington caught the interest of many readers, and has been popular in the years that editors have covered the long-gestating project. The U.S. Interior Dept. finally gave the green light to the $445-million effort—the largest such removal and river restoration effort in US history. Final approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission followed in November

No. 4 - Bechtel Wins Phase 1 Contract for $20B Intel Chip Plant Project

Intel Plant
Rendering courtesy Intel Corp

The passage of the CHIPS and Science Act in 2022 injected $52 billion into efforts to bolster the country's semiconductor production. That legislation prompted a wave of announcements of multi-billion-dollar projects being launched, including those located in Ohio, Texas and Arizona. While stories on these projects were well-read throughout the year, Bechtel's winning Phase 1 of the Intel Corp. planned $20-billion facility in Ohio led the pack.

No. 5 - NFL's Tennessee Titans Make Case for New $2.2B Stadium

Titans' Stadium
Rendering courtesy of Tennessee Titans

A number of National Football League teams with updates on major stadium projects caught the interest of ENR readers in 2022, including the New England Patriots, the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans. But professional football wasn't the only game in town. Readers showed strong interest throughout the year jn stories detailing progress—and lack thereof—on an array of sports venues across the country and abroad. 

The full list of the top 20 most read stories on in 2022 is below:

ENR's Most Read Stories of 2022
1 Oct. 14 Russia Begins Repairs to Bomb-Damaged Crimean Bridge
2 Jan. 13 More Contractors See Benefits of Drywall Finishing Robot
3 April 21 Largest-Ever US Dam Removal Project Gets Federal Agencies' Nod
4 Nov. 29 Bechtel Wins Phase 1 Contract for $20B Intel Chip Plant Project
5 April 25 NFL's Tennessee Titans Make Case for New $2.2B Stadium
6 Aug. 23 California High-Speed Rail Authority Approves $4B San Francisco Line
7 Feb. 9 Was a Paving Contractor Really to Blame for a Deadly Crash?
8 Oct. 11 Kiewit Set To Acquire Weeks Marine as Wholly Owned Unit, Chiefs Say
9 Aug. 8 TxDOT Outlines 'Highly Problematic' Design Issues With Halted Corpus Christi Bridge
10 Jan. 26 Ford Picks Walbridge as General Contractor for $5.6B Tennessee Plant
11 May 17 Unproven Theory Opened Path to $997M Champlain Towers Collapse Settlement
12 Aug. 17 TxDOT: Flatiron/Dragados Faces Default Over Bridge Design Issues
13 June 3 WSP Global Buys Wood's Environmental Unit in $1.8B Deal
14 Oct. 26 With Exchange, LIFTbuild Delivers First US Top-Down Project Since the '70s
15 June 15 Texas High-Speed Rail Project CEO Exits Company, Board Disbands
16 April 8 Plans Unveiled for $3B Entertainment Complex, NBA Arena South of Vegas Strip
17 Nov. 23 Outside-the-Box Ideas Shape I-66 Project in Northern Virginia
18 Jan. 27 Las Vegas-to-L.A. High-Speed Rail Construction Could Begin Next Year
19 Oct. 10 Contractors Picked for Emergency Fix of Hurricane-hit Sanibel Causeway in Florida
20 June 17 $6.5B Texas Instruments Fab Could Be First of Four at Site Totaling $30B