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Outlook: Construction to ‘Disappoint’

CHICAGO—The good news: Roads and bridges will see greater investment than other nonresidential sectors in the years ahead. The bad news: That's not saying much. And it will still be far less...


'Trolls' Nest Happily on their Bridge

URSA, IL—An old, out-of-use railroad bridge in a small Illinois town has become a cozy home for one couple.


New WiFi Keeps Watch on Infrastructure

Multinational research in Europe has produced a new generation of cheap, wireless, early-warning sensors that could help head off infrastructure catastrophes, its developers say.


Coast Guard Can't Back $74M Bridge

Missing paperwork on a $74 million U.S. Coast Guard-funded upgrade to a railway bridge means that the project may have been mismanaged by millions of dollars, the federal government reports.


Labor Plays Ball to Get Stadium

Union construction crews have agreed to work around the clock without overtime to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis if the project goes forward.


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...


 
 
   

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