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Engineer Admits to $700K Bridge Scheme

He stood to make $325,000 in bribes, but now a suspended New Jersey senior engineer faces jail time after admitting that he tried to fraudulently inflate a state-funded bridge repair project...


Quebec to Gates: #PaintYourBridgeBill

Two Quebec-area mayors want the richest man in the world to open his wallet and paint a bridge.


Worker Reinstated after Secret Filming

A railroad machinist who was fired after secretly recording a test of faulty equipment will return to his position with back pay and damages, federal officials announced.


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.


Paris Battles Love for Bridge Control

Fed up with the romantic gesture that is weighing heavy on its bridges, Paris is making a new push to block its lovebirds from "Love Locking" the city’s historic spans.


Seoul Searches for Sinkhole Answers

The Summer of Sinkholes has left the city of Seoul scrambling for construction culprits both above and below ground.


Paris Bridge is for Too Many Lovers

Police evacuated a Paris footbridge Sunday (June 8) after a section of railing collapsed under the weight of padlocks left behind by love-struck tourists.


Worker Killed in Overpass Collapse

A California demolition worker tethered to a railroad bridge was killed this weekend when “something came loose where it wasn’t supposed to” and the bridge collapsed onto a freeway, authorit...


Officials Probe SC Bridge Failure

Investigators in South Carolina were still puzzling Thursday (May 1) over the collapse of a 20-foot section of bridge that derailed railroad cars passing below it.


DOT Budget Bill Aims to ‘Grow America’

“Transformative transportation projects” that will save bridges, strengthen roads, extend rail, stabilize funding, improve safety, and employ millions of Americans are the promise of a $302 ...


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.


O, Canada, This Sounds Familiar

ORLANDO-When it comes to industrial protective coatings, what happens in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.) doesn't stay in Canada (or Australia or Indonesia or the U.S.).


Bridge Paint Hazards Draw $110k Fine

An Illinois railroad faces $110,500 in proposed penalties after allegedly exposing workers to lead-paint hazards during bridge demolition work in Chicago.


Rail Crew Finds Skulls Under London

Crews working on a rail project in London are wearing two hats these days—those of construction worker and archaeologist—after discovering about 20 ancient skulls in the sediment of a histor...


Bridge Inspector Electrocuted in NY

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a bridge inspector who was electrocuted while working on a steel railroad bridge Monday (Aug. 26) in New York.


Top 100 Infrastructure Projects Named

More than $435 billion in new pipelines, airports and transportation projects are among the top 100 infrastructure projects strategically important to progress throughout North America, acco...


You’re Stuck? There’s An App for That

Apps already flag road and transit glitches, but a new version helps aggravated commuters act on their beef, in the form of an instant note to the appropriate elected official.


Feds: Heat Caused Fatal Bridge Collapse

Record heat was to blame in a fatal train derailment last summer that collapsed a bridge, sending the entire structure and dozens of loaded freight cars crashing onto the street below, a fed...


Train Wreck Brings Down MO Bridge

Federal transportation investigators are combing the scene of the nation’s second bridge collapse in less than a week.


Worms Make $3M Meal of Bridge

Worms are the likely culprits behind $3 million worth of damage that will likely delay a coastal bridge project in southern California by a year.


Graco Adds 2 Portable Airless Sprayers

Graco has unveiled a series of airless sprayers designed to handle a wide range of hot potted coatings applications.


Obama Proposes 6% DOT Hike in 2014

The nation's beleaguered bridges, pipelines, roads, rail systems, ports, airports, maritime operations and transit systems could begin upgrades in FY 2014, if President Obama's $77 billion b...


Rail Work Brakes for Plague Skeletons

Construction workers try to avoid project glitches like the plague. But what if the actual plague is the cause of the glitch?


Engineers Give U.S. Infrastructure a D+

When the good news is that your grade has improved to a D+, there isn't much good news—but that is the current state of U.S. infrastructure, the nation's civil engineers say.


RR to Pay $350K for Worker ‘Retaliation’

The Union Pacific Railroad has been ordered to reinstate an award-winning 30-year employee who was accused of wrongdoing and summarily fired after he reported an on-the-job injury.


Fired, Injured RR Workers to Get $1.1M

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has been ordered to pay more than $1.1 million and clear the records of three employees, including a bridge worker, whom it allegedly fired after they were injur...


Obama Details ‘Fix it First’ Plan

Cutting red tape, increasing private investment, and designating $40 billion for urgent repairs are the three cornerstones of President Obama's new plan for U.S. infrastructure.


Uptick Seen for 2013 Transit Aid

State and local funding for highway, bridge, and other transportation-related construction projects inched up to just over $117 billion in 2012, and the industry should squeeze out some gain...


Cleveland Seeks Station Facelift Bids

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is inviting bids for platform repairs and coating work at two rail stations.


Evacuation Grows, Tempers Shorten in NJ

One hundred more New Jersey homes have been evacuated near the site of a toxic chemical release from a train derailment, and the area’s congressman is calling for an end to self-policing of ...


Signal, Inspection Eyed in Train Wreck

A faulty signaling mechanism, missed inspection, and rules for transporting hazardous materials by rail are all under scrutiny as federal safety officials press their investigation into Frid...


Chemical Levels Slow Derailment Probe

Levels of vinyl chloride seeping from a derailed freight train spiked Monday (Dec. 3) in southern New Jersey, temporarily halting cleanup work as the federal investigation into the accident ...


NTSB: Confusion Preceded NJ Derailment

Confusion over a signal may have contributed to a train derailment that spewed clouds of toxic vapors over a New Jersey neighborhood on Friday, federal authorities say.


Coating Aims to Protect in Rail Fires

Global engineering group Trelleborg has introduced a fire-retardant protective coating designed to slow combustion of trains and save lives.


Cracks May Be Death Knell for $112M Hub

The opening of Maryland’s new budget-busting, repeatedly delayed, problem-plagued $112 million mass-transit hub has been iced indefinitely after cracks were discovered in the unfinished stru...


DOT to Release $473M in Unspent Aid

Use it or lose it. That’s the order from the Department of Transportation to states that are sitting on nearly a half-billion dollars in unspent earmark funds.


IL Bridge Collapse, Derailment Kill 2

Federal authorities are investigating the collapse of a railroad bridge that derailed a 138-car freight train and crushed a couple in their car in a Chicago suburb.


DOT Awards $500M to Transit Projects

Bridges in Indiana and Maine, ports in California, freight rail in Chicago and Texas, and streets in Alabama are among 47 transportation projects nationwide that will share nearly $500 milli...


Railroad Steel is a Steal

Fast track or fast buck? With 110 feet of hot steel under their belts, thieves in Western Pennsylvania won’t have to choose.


Subway Work Fined; Death Probe Underway

The dangers of New York subway construction are drawing closer federal scrutiny, with new citations issued against contractors for excessive silica exposure and a runaway rail car just weeks...


3M Touts Adhesive Option for Fasteners

3M has introduced a new line of structural adhesives that it says can replace welds, rivets, screws and other mechanical fasteners in industrial applications, reducing the risk of corrosion.


FL Bridge Worker Killed in Fall

Federal authorities are investigating the death of a worker who fell from a railway bridge in Florida this week while performing repairs.


DOT Budget Plan Built on Infrastructure

President Obama has unveiled a 2013 transportation budget proposal that would nearly double infrastructure spending over the next six years and step up the federal investment in pipeline saf...


Protective Coating Advisor Needed

Protective coating specialists experienced in the wind, rail, oil and gas and marine markets are being sought for a position as a coating advisor.


Global Infrastructure Facing $5T Gap

Global demand for infrastructure projects will near the $10 trillion mark by 2015, but the money to pay for it is unlikely to meet even half that need, a new study reports.


DOT Unleashes $500M in New TIGER Aid

The federal government will offer $500 million in funding in the fourth round of the fiercely competitive TIGER program, which supports surface transportation projects that have a significan...


Report Paints Ugly Picture Of NY Subway Paint

It may not be news that New York’s underground subway platforms are ugly and hazardous, but now it’s been documented. And the numbers may be the ugliest part of all.


Concrete Flap Halts $101M Transit Hub

Construction of a $101 million Maryland transit hub has stalled abruptly and indefinitely over allegations that concrete in the structure was poured improperly.


Amtrak Trains 2012 Sights on Northeast

Contractors who serve the rail sector in the U.S. Northeast could be in for a happy new year, as Amtrak has released a 2012 construction plan that tilts heavily toward that busy corridor.


DOT Releases $511M for 46 Projects

Freight rail in Kentucky, the Port of New Orleans, multimodal transit in San Antonio, roads¸ bridges and other projects nationwide will share in $511 million in federal transportation fundin...


Top 100 Infrastructure Plans = $784B

Fueled by pent-up demand and an appetite for mega-projects, the world’s countries will spend nearly $800 billion on their top infrastructure projects in 2012, according to a new analysis.


Probes, Changes Follow Death of NY Tunnel Worker

An investigation is underway and safety procedures have changed after a young New York tunnel worker was fatally struck by a section of falling concrete while working alongside his father.


 
 
   

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