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MO Highway Work Draws $750K Fine

LENEXA, KS—Missouri transportation officials will mount a statewide compliance program and pay a $750,000 fine to settle alleged violations of the U.S. Clean Water Act at two road constructi...


USACE Shoulders V.A. Hospital Debacle

A billion dollars over budget and years behind schedule, the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital project outside Denver has a new overseer, as investigations into the boondoggle continue.


Apple Bars Offenders from Construction

The world's largest company, led by a gay chief executive vocal about discrimination, is suddenly on the defensive over its decision to bar convicted felons from construction work on its $5 ...


Coatings, Transit Research at a Click

A database documenting research on coatings and other topics by nine federal transportation agencies is now searchable, officials have announced.


Contractors Liable for Failed Decking

Three contractors will pay a total of $4.4 million to Multnomah County, OR, for a bridge redecking project that failed shortly after completion.


Keystone XL in Limbo after Veto

TransCanada's proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast is back on indefinite hold in the wake of a rare presidential veto on Tuesday (Feb. 24).


Company Admits Error in Fatal Collapse

Ohio's largest general contractor has conceded that an "engineering mistake" in its bridge demolition plan may have contributed to a catastrophic collapse that killed one its foremen last mo...


Tunnel May Bury Stonehenge Mystery

The chance to solve a 6,000-year-old mystery is butting heads with the needs of millions of motorists.


WWII Ship Enlisting Restoration Help

A rare veteran of the Allied invasion of Normandy is in need of a facelift, and her minders have put out a call to make that happen.


Floating Silos Fall, Halt Concrete Work

Concrete work has been suspended on New York's Tappan Zee Bridge after the collapse of three silos on a floating concrete batch plant.


London Steps into £175M Footbridge

It will be very green, very expensive and even somewhat obstructive, but a new bridge planned over the River Thames in London will be "absolutely iconic" and "recognized right across the wor...


Bottle Breaks Bridge's New Glass Floor

Open less than two weeks, the glass floor on London's Tower Bridge had to be temporarily closed after a beer bottle fell and shattered one of the panes.


Bridge Debuts 'Big, Gaping Hole'

A new glass floor on London's famous Tower Bridge gives visitors a new view of part of the city—from 42 meters (138 feet) above the River Thames.


Ike Memorial Clears Planning Panels

Despite scathing criticism, a controversial design for a national memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower will go forward with approval from two key agencies.


Military Coatings Mission Accomplished

Seven historic U.S. Army vehicles will greet this Veterans Day restored to their former glory, thanks to a massive volunteer effort by contractors and suppliers across the coatings industry....


Storm-Damaged Tunnels Need $689M

Amtrak tunnels in New York City will require $689 million to repair corrosion and cracking caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, according to a new engineering report.


A Pipeline Good for What Ales This Town

An unusual pipeline project is brewing underneath the historic Belgian city of Bruges, where government officials have raised a glass in approval.


‘Undersea Museums’ Reveal Ghost Ships

Coastal waters outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge are home to an estimated 300 shipwrecks, but only a handful had been documented—until now.


Voting Opens for DOT Projects

It's time to vote for the 2014 America's Transportation Awards, which recognizes the greatest transportation projects accomplished each year by state Departments of Transportation.


Ike Memorial Plan Slims Down

The celebrity architect behind the controversial Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial has scaled down his much-criticized design, removing several massive ornamental structures and opening up the v...


Ike Memorial Panned as ‘5-Star Folly’

After 15 years, $65 million in appropriations, and not a shovel of dirt turned, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission can add a congressional oversight panel to its growing list of cr...


U.S. Firms Eyeing Middle East Boom

Aiming to tap a trillion-dollar pipeline of megaprojects, the American Institute of Architects is developing its first trade mission to the Middle East.


New Program Offers Customized Help

International Paint has introduced Interplan, a customized maintenance painting service that offers a flexible coating survey and maintenance service package.


OSHA: No Fine in Fatal PA Blast

Unable to pinpoint the cause of a fatal natural-gas explosion in southwestern Pennsylvania, federal regulators say they will not issue citations in the case.


Catfish Stall Bridge Replacement Work

Work on a $5.8 million bridge project in Oklahoma has come to a standstill after a change in the bridge's design raised concern with federal officials.


Steel Horses Stun in Scotland

Two colossal steel horse sculptures, each 30 meters tall and weighing 300 tons, are standing guard over the new Forth & Clyde Canal extension at the Helix in Falkirk, Scotland.


Locals Gallop to Landmark’s Aid

It takes a village to paint a horse—especially when that critter blankets nearly two acres of a remote hillside.


$5M Settlement to Repay 500 Workers

A New York general contractor will pay nearly $5 million to make good on wages and benefits owed to hundreds of its subcontractors' employees on a federally funded project. about bout 200...


A Building Blitz to Make a Difference

SWAT teams of painters, contractors, engineers, designers, suppliers and other construction professionals are primed to put their skills into service for poor families in Chicago.


SSPC Seeking Superlative Structures

Daring bridge projects, artistic tanks, shipshape vessels and other striking coating projects are all eligible for 2015 SSPC Structure Awards, with nominations now open.


Project is a Jaw (and Stomach) Dropper

The world’s tallest roller coaster will bookend one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels when the two join a new entertainment megacomplex in taking over the cityscape in Orlando, FL, develo...


New Bay Bridge Defect Spurs Concern

Steel rods that anchor the massive suspension cable on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have shifted since installation and are now too close to sharp plates inside the bridge, state...


EPA Offers Eco-Atlas for Projects

Hoping to avert yet another project standoff over fragile critters and surprise health hazards, the U.S. government has unfolded a new nationwide, interactive, environmental roadmap.


Corrosion Reported on New Bay Bridge

Cable sections supporting the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are showing signs of corrosion seven months after the bridge opened to traffic, an investigation by The Sacrame...


Man v. Silo in DIY Don’t

“Don’t try this at home” proved more of a challenge than a warning to an unidentified farmer who decided to go mano a mano in taking down a large concrete silo.


Rogue Barges to Cost Team $1M Monthly

One. Two. Three strikes, you’re out—out a million bucks a month, that is. That’s the warning to a construction team on a New York bridge project after its construction barges broke loose on ...


Historic Army Project Enlists Painters

The largest U.S. Army museum in the world is recruiting volunteers for painting and blasting work on historic armored vehicles.


Public Voting on New Bridge Color

The 46-year-old Jimmie Davis Bridge is due for a new paint job, and the choice of hue has been put to Louisiana's citizens.


Crossrail Worker Killed by Concrete

Europe’s largest construction project has been marred by its first worker fatality, after a contractor died Friday (March 7) when he was struck by a piece of concrete.


DOD Targets ‘Culture’ of Corrosion

ORLANDO—It will take more than protective coatings to make a dent in the U.S. military's $23 billion-a-year campaign against corrosion.


Bay Bridge Inspectors Rebut Critics

Naysayers who challenged the integrity of officials on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project skewed information to provide a misleading account, a new review contends.


USS Yorktown Gets 500-Gallon Facelift

A World War II veteran is getting a stopgap coating job after 20 years while her tenders seek funds for a complete $3 million redo.


Keystone XL Clears State Dept. Report

The State Department has found no major environmental objections to TransCanada Corp.'s latest proposal for the Keystone XL pipeline, unplugging a major obstacle to the six-year-old plan.


Inquiry: Bay Bridge Concerns Quashed

Critics were fired or reassigned, safety questions deflected, information suppressed, and a “malicious” lack of transparency shrouded construction of the world's most expensive bridge, a new...


Pipeline Project Yields Human Skull

Work at an Indiana pipeline construction site has been halted over the discovery of a human skull this week.


Navy Likes Ike’s New Paint Protocol

A promising new painting technique being piloted aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower may change the way the Navy does industrial painting on all of its aircraft carriers.


Now, a Crew You Could Take Home to Mom

No caffeine, no nicotine and no swearing. New Year’s resolutions? Maybe, but they are also the ground rules for construction workers building a new Mormon temple in Philadelphia.


Across the Industry, All Shook Up

Sometimes, we wonder if infrastructure and construction are just day jobs for crews waiting for Hollywood to discover them.


Critter Bridges Drive Taxpayers Batty

Q: Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? A: He was holding out for his own bridge. And who can blame him, when the public is shelling out right and left to safeguard his furry road-crossing...


Metal Tags Track Equipment

Dynamic Systems Inc. has introduced Metal Barcode Tags to help contractors keep track of equipment.


Halloween Booty: Blackbeard’s Guns

In a move unlikely to cheer Blackbeard’s ghost, the U.S. Coast Guard has recovered five cannons and multiple barrel hoops from the 18th-century pirate's shipwreck off the North Carolina coas...


Social Software Unites Project Team

Constant, real-time collaboration—bolstered by photos, videos, diagrams and documents—with every member of a construction project team is the promise of a new communication tool developed by...


Oregon DOT Sued over Bridge Deal

A structural fabricator has sued the Oregon Department of Transportation, alleging the company got a raw deal in a mitigation agreement meant to compensate it for negative impacts of the pro...


Milwaukee Says ‘Cheese’ to De-Icer

Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski is taking an admittedly cheesy approach to keeping his city streets clear this winter.


DOD Urged to Tighten Corrosion Oversight

The Department of Defense needs to keep a firmer rein on the scores of equipment-related corrosion projects it oversees, including nailing down data on project outcomes, a new federal audit ...


Congress May Speed Pipeline Permits

Pipeline projects could see quicker permitting approval under a federal bill that has supporters demanding accountability and opponents wary of environmental harm.


SSPC Seeks Structure Award Nominations

SSPC members have until Oct. 15 to submit nominations for the 2013-14 Annual Structure Awards.


New Spider Rail Made for Strength, Ease

Spider has introduced a high-strength, temporary guardrail system that is designed for easy assembly and portability without compromising fall protection.


Maxwell Releases Construction Software

Construction businesses looking to streamline communications within the company and with third parties have a new web-based tool.


 
 
   

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