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TX Bullet Train Receives Federal Approval

On Monday, Texas Central Railroad announced via press release that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration had announced the pre-publication version of the fi...


FDOT Responds to Hurricane Damage

Nearly a week after Hurricane Sally rocked the Gulf Shores of Alabama­­, and surrounding areas, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced recovery efforts for the damages experi...


NJ Seeks Contractors for Phase 3 Bridge Painting

The Delaware River Port Authority is seeking contractors to perform Phase 3 for painting of the Commodore Barry Bridge in Camden, New Jersey.


Navy Seeks Input for Pearl Harbor Dry Dock

Earlier this month, the U.S. Navy launched a virtual 32-day public outreach and comment period regarding a new proposed submarine dry dock at the Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard.


Reports Reaffirm Border Wall Erosion Concerns

Two new engineering reports are further questioning the structural integrity of a section of border wall along the Rio Grande River in Mission, Texas.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Monday, Sept. 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday in the United States.


Bids Wanted for FL Housing Development

The Key West Housing Authority in Key West, Florida, is seeking bids for the construction of a multi-family housing development. A total of 104 units will be constructed in this project.


Gordie Howe Officials Dismiss Pandemic Worry

Progress on the $5.7 million Gordie Howe International Bridge is moving right along and, according to officials, likely will not stop even if the area sees another spike in the COVID-19 pand...


WA Bridge Contract Awarded

King County has awarded a project in the amount of $603,000 to Mericka Group, LLC of Longview, Washington, for coating of the Flaming Geyser Bridge located in Auburn, Washington.


NJ Transit Issues Plan Without Funding

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Transit Corporation announced its development of a $5.8 billion, five-year capital plan and 10-year strategic plan, identifying a comprehensive vision for ...


Morandi Bridge Named, Opening Announced

Twenty-two months after the tragic collapse, on Monday (June 22), officials announced the inauguration of the new Morandi bridge—known as “Ponte Morandi”—in Genoa, Italy.


RI Bridge Connects Riverfront Parks

A decade after the City of Providence and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation headed a design competition, reports are again admiring the design of the Providence River Pedestrian ...


Exec Order Suspends Certain Work Visas

On Monday (June 22), President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order suspending several types of temporary worker visas and green cards for foreign workers until the end of the year.


DC Concrete Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and recoat the West Potable Water Tank in Washington D.C.


Nile Dam Disputes Continue, UN Requested to Intervene

Last week, Egypt reported that it had called on the United Nations Security Council to intervene on talks regarding the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in the Benishangul...


Democrats Announce $1.5T Infrastructure Plan

United States House Democrats introduced a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill last week, calling for an increase in funding for road and bridge repairs, in addition to funding for clean drink...


Chemical Co Celanese Signs Tech Agreement

Global chemical and specialty materials company Celanese Company has recently announced that its subsidiary, Celanese Chemical Co. Ltd., has signed a tri-party agreement with Southwest Insti...


NJ Bridge Replacement Project Awarded

The New Jersey Transit recently awarded a $247.9 million contract for the initial construction phase of the Raritan River Bridge replacement project to George Harms Construction of Farmingda...


Hurricane Season Threatens NCDOT, Others

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reports claim that the North Carolina Department of Transportation is now facing financial concerns regarding the approaching hurricane season.


Midwest Hyperloop Study Completed

Recently, Los Angeles-based engineering and construction firm AECOM completed a feasibility study regarding the Midwest Connect—a possible hyperloop connection between Columbus, Chicago, and...


US Minerals Announces New President

Recently, abrasive product manufacturer U.S. Minerals announced Peter Kossis as its new President


Beams Installed at IL Mile Long Bridge

As part of the ongoing $4 billion Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) reconstruction project in Illinois, crews have begun rebuilding the area’s Mile Long Bridge.


CA Culvert, Bridge Rehab Out for Bid

The City of San Clemente, California, is seeking prospective consultants to submit proposals for a city-wide culvert and bridge rehabilitation.


$618M AK Port Approved by Corps

At the beginning of the month, United States Army Corps of Engineers commander Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite approved a $618 million plan to expand the Port of Nome in Nome, Alaska.


States Issue Injunction Against EPA Ruling

At the beginning of the month, nine states issued a brief to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, requesting a preliminary injunction that would halt the Environmen...


University Launches Renewable Energy Study

Recently, the National Science Foundation awarded $250,000 to researchers at Missouri S&T to study how the use of renewable energy is affected by the energy utility customers use, how utilit...


Gordie Howe Pushes Toward 2024 Completion

According to officials from the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, despite the decline in productivity due to COVID-19, the Gordie Howe International Bridge is still on track for its 2024 tar...


NACE International Names CIO

On Thursday (June 11), NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, announced that it had tapped Cynthia O’Malley, Executive Director of the Master Painters Institute LLC (MPI), to...


Ingalls Shipbuilding Reopens East Bank Facility

Earlier this month, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced that it had completed the reactivation of Pier Four on the east bank of the Pascagoula River in Pas...


Venator, Grolman Announce Co-operation

Recently, international specialty chemical ingredient distributor Grolman Group and United Kingdom-based chemical manufacturing company Venator announced that they would be entering a co-ope...


Federal Court Upholds Enbridge Spill Plans

Just last week, a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals took sides with Calgary, Canada-based company Enbridge Energy on the topic of its Line 5 oil pipeline tunnel, slated to run b...


Trump Requests Border Wall Input

At the end of May, United States Customs and Border Protection issued a request for information asking federal contractors to suggest new anti-breaching and anti-climbing technology and tool...


TX Elevated Tank Rehab Project Out for Bid

The Harris County Water Control and Improvement District No. 21 is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and recoat an elevated tank in Channelview, Texas.


SDOT to Solicit Engineers for Bridge Replacement

At the beginning of the month, the Seattle Department of Transportation issued a request for Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from qualified engineering firms to design a replacement for t...


EO to Expedite Infrastructure, Waive Reviews

Last Thursday (June 4), President Donald J. Trump signed a second Executive Order, advising federal agencies to expedite infrastructure investments and other activities as to accelerate the ...


Arkema Finalizes Sale of Polyolefins Business

Announced early last week, specialty chemicals company Arkema (Colombes, France) finalized the sale of its Functional Polyolefins business to petrochemical manufacturer SK Global Chemical (S...


Corps Seeks to Deepen New Orleans Port

According to reports, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Port of New Orleans intend to modify the Mississippi River Ship Channel navigation through deepening channel approaches and other as...


Advanced Polymer Names Technical Manager

To start the month off, protective coatings manufacturer Advanced Polymer Coatings Inc. (Avon, Ohio) announced in an emailed press release that Joseph G. Fortman had been promoted to Technic...


Boring Completes Second Las Vegas Tunnel

Just last month, Elon Musk’s The Boring Company announced that it had completed its second tunnel in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s future underground express transportation system projec...


Morandi Bridge Replacement Reaches Completion

Recently, joint venture Pergenova, made up of construction and civil engineering business Salini Impregilo and shipbuilder Fincantieri, announced that the final span for the Morandi Bridge r...


COVID-19 Aid, Infrastructure Package Discussed

Earlier this week, the United States Senate returned from recess with the intent to begin discussions on the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act.


Bids Needed for AR Tunnel Improvements

The City of Fayetteville is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the Razorback Greenway Tunnel located in Northern Fayetteville, Arkansas.


USDA Invests $281M in Water, Wastewater

At the end of May, the United States Department of Agriculture announced that it would be investing $281 million in rural communities for water and wastewater infrastructure.


SSPC Scholarship Winners Announced

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the winners of its 2020-21 scholarship program, which awarded $2,500 in in recognition of their academic work.


Latest Issue of JPCL Online Now

In considering the circumstances revolving around the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings, The Voice of SSPC, has released its May issue through...


3D-Printed Concrete Developed for Offshore Use

Engineers from Purdue University are working in collaboration with concrete additive manufacturing startup RCAM Technologies and the Floating Wind Technology Company (FWTA) to develop offsho...


ABC Michigan Files Suit Against Governor

In response to two emergency COVID-19 safety orders issued by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this month, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan has filed a lawsuit again...


Hempel Expands Business in China

Last week, global coating supplier Hempel announced via press release that it broke ground on what will be a new factory in Yantai Chemical Industrial Park, China.


Dogs Assigned to Help VDOT Move Birds

Recently, officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) tasked a pack of 20 border collies to redirect a colony of migratory seabirds to a newly created habitat.


First Section of Keystone XL Reaches Completion

Recently, Canadian natural gas company TC Energy was reported to have completed construction on the first section of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. The section crosses between Montana a...


Causes of Taiwan Bridge Collapse Investigated

At the beginning of the month, investigators from the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board (TTSB) announced that they were looking at several possible causes of last year’s Nanfang'ao Bridge c...


Bids Needed for CA Tank Painting

The City of Manhattan Beach is currently seeking contractors to coat the Block 35 Elevated Tank in Manhattan Beach, California.


MI Dam Failure Threatens Dow Contamination

Just last week, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for Midland County, Michigan, after floodwaters caused two dam failures, risking water contamination from a nearb...


AMP Hires Director of QC, Business Development

Last week, Advanced Marine Preservation, LLC (Tilton, New Hampshire) announced via emailed press release that it had hired Jeff Lathrop as its Director of Quality Control and Business Develo...


Fisher Awarded $1.28B Border Wall Contract

At the beginning of the month, the United States Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $1.28 billion U.S.-Mexico border wall project in Southern Arizona to Fisher Sand and Gravel Company.


Enbridge Pipeline Moves to Public Comment

Starting last Friday (May 15), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit district office announced it would begin accepting public comments on Enbridge’s proposal to build an oil pipeline tun...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a newsletter on Monday, May 25.


Bids Wanted for PA Bridge Reconstruction

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform reconstruction and coating of the Neville Island Bridge in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania.


World’s First Double Helix Bridge Opens in Sydney

Although no ceremony could be hosted due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, a world-first double helix dilating diameter bridge opened in Sydney, Australia, just last week.


$1B Solar Project Signed Off by Trump Admin

Last Monday (May 11), the Trump administration officially approved the construction of the Gemini Solar Project, a 690-megawatt project slated to be constructed just outside of Las Vegas.


Elcometer Manager Appointed to NACE Standards VC

At the beginning of the month, NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced that it had appointed David Barnes, Elcometer’s Technical Manager, as Vice Chair of its Standards Board.


USDOT Awards $500M Loan for CA Bridge

United States Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced at the beginning of May that the City of Long Beach, California, had been approved for a $500 million loan under the Transport...


Soo Lock Construction Kicks Off

Earlier this week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially kicked off construction efforts at the $922 million Soo Lock project in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.


$8B Tunnel to Connect Denmark, Germany

Recently, the Danish Minister for Transport, Benny Engelbrecht, announced that construction on the Femern Belt link has been scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2021.


Supreme Court Throws Out Bridgegate Case

Last Thursday (May 7), the Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan announced in a 15-page ruling that the cases against New Jersey officials Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni—involved in the "Bri...


Estimates Sought to Coat Border Wall

The Trump Administration recently hosted a border wall project meeting at the White House regarding a possible design change.


FL 2-Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The City of Winter Haven is currently seeking contractors to restore and recoat the Lake Lucerne and Elbert Elementary Tanks in Winter Haven, Florida.


Replacement Announced for Collapsed FIU Bridge

Last week, officials from Florida’s Department of Transportation announced that they would launching a bid process for the design and construction of a new “signature” bridge over Southwest ...


Officials Propose Denver Airport Contract Extensions

Officials involved with the Denver International Airport’s airport renovation have reportedly requested Denver’s City Council to consider five contract amendments that would increase the cur...


Maintenance Keeps Over Century-Old Tank in Use

Last month, service company Sheffield Utilities (Sheffield, Alabama) announced that they would be gearing up to complete a four- to five-week-long maintenance project at a local 118-year-old...


CORROSION 2020 Officially Canceled

Yesterday (May 11), NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced via press release that its CORROSION 2020 Conference and Expo was officially cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus ...


Turbine Construction Begins at OK Wind Project

Recently, development company Mortenson (Minneapolis) began turbine construction at the 248.2-megawatt King Plains Wind Project in Garber, Oklahoma.


Army Corps Signs Off on Tulsa Levee Project

Announced at the end of last month, Army Corps of Engineers Lt. General Todd Semonite signed his “Chiefs Report,” giving the go-ahead to the Corps to begin working on the preconstruction eng...


$650M NV Pumping Station Reaches Completion

Last month, Southern Nevada Water Authority, along with contractor Barnard of Nevada, Inc., announced that the $650 million Low Lake Level Pumping Station had reached completion.


Chalker Named CEO of Merged SSPC/NACE

Announced in a press release yesterday (May 6), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society have named Robert H. Chalker as Chief Executive Office...


Several Temporary Hospitals Completed in NJ, NY

As the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, temporary hospitals and healthcare facilities are reaching completion across the United States.


Bids Wanted for WA Bridge Painting

King County is seeking contractors to perform full removal and re-coating of a bridge over Green River in Flaming Geyser State Park located in Auburn, Washington.


Partnership Quits $2B MD Purple Line Project

At the beginning of the month, Purple Line Transit Constructors—a partnership consisting of Fluor (Irving, Texas), Lane Construction Corp. (Cheshire, Connecticut) and Traylor Bros Inc. (Evan...


ChemQuest, ACA Publish Updated Market Report

Specialty coatings company, The ChemQuest Group Inc. (Cincinnati) and the American Coatings Association have partnered together for the publication of their latest edition of the U.S. Market...


SC Considering $1.75B Seawall

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has recently announced the preliminary proposal of a $1.75 billion seawall around the lower Charleston Peninsula in South Carolina.


Sherwin-Williams Releases Q1, 2020 Numbers

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its first-quarter earnings report for 2020 on Tuesday (April 29), announcing an increase in consolidated net sales, dil...


Bids Needed for VA Tank Project

The Western Virginia Water Authority is currently seeking contractors to clean and recoat the Fairway Estates and Hidden Woods Tanks in Roanoke, Virginia.


Solar Tariff to be Reinstated

According to a notice published earlier this month in the Federal Register, the United States Trade Representative is planning to withdraw its exclusion of imported bifacial solar panels fro...


Senators Propose $19.5B Water Infrastructure Bill

Last week, two lawmakers on the Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee released two pieces of draft legislation that would authorize the investment of $19.5 billion in the nat...


$569M Awarded for Border Wall Construction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific Border District has recently announced the award of a $569 million contract modification to BFBC LLC, a subsidiary of Barnard Construction (Boz...


USDOT to Meet CARES Act Responsibilities

In a memorandum issued last Monday (April 20), Acting Inspector General Mitchell L. Behm wrote to the Secretary on supporting efforts made by the United States Department of Transportation t...


Study Predicts Hyperloop Operation to Begin in 2040

International research firm, Lux Research Inc. (Boston), has recently issued its report, “Analyzing the Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop,” claiming that the first passenger-carr...


PA Votes to Reopen Economy

In following Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement regarding a three-phase gradual reopening of the state’s economy, House Republicans have taken matters into their own hands, passing al...


Rehabilitation Proposal Released for WV Bridge

The West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways (WVDOH) in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has released a proposal for the rehabilitation of...


Bids Open for NY Bridge Coating Project

The New York State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for coating of the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge in Albany, NY.


Anue Water Hires Technical Staff

In an emailed press release, innovative wastewater odor and corrosion control supplier Anue Water Technologies (Tucker, Georgia) announced the addition of Phani Peddi as Technical Services M...


WA's Sound Transit Halts Most Construction

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is associated health risks, Sound Transit Construction announced that it would be suspending most of its construction on transit expansion projects...


$52.5M Vegas People-Mover on Track Despite Cuts

According to officials, both the $52.5 million underground people-mover project and the $980.3million West Hall expansion for the Las Vegas Convention Center are on track, despite budget cut...


UK Coatings Acquires Thomas Howse

Announced earlier in the year, UK Coatings Group—part of the Sheibani Group—reported in a press release that it had officially acquired coatings producer Thomas Howse.


DOE Awards $25M to Gas Industry

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it would be awarding nearly $25 million in federal funding for cost-shared projects that aimed to promote advances in technolo...


CA Water Tank Recoating Project Out for Bid

The Eastern Municipal Water District is currently seeking contractors to recoat the interior of the Citrus II Tank in Perris, California.


AkzoNobel Announces COVID-19 Response

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) issued a press release late last month, announcing its response to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


USDOT Announces COVID-19 Relief Funding

At the beginning of the month, the United States Department of Transportation announced $25 billion in federal funding allocations for the nation’s transportation systems and $1 billion in f...


Former MTA Manager Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging, Fraud

According to a release issued by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, former Metropolitan Transportation Authority Manger, Paresh Patel, has pleaded guil...


RPM Reports Third-Quarter Sales

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of specialty coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, released its financial results for its fiscal 2020 third quart...


WV Bridge Recoating Project Awarded

The West Virginia Department of Transportation awarded a $298,208.40 contract for painting of the Tyler City Bridge to Legend Painting, Inc. (Campbell, Ohio) on March 24.


Waimea Dam Site Issues Inflate Cost

Officials at the Waimea Community Dam site in Lee Valley, New Zealand, have uncovered more issues at its construction site, which has in turn induced a cost blow out of roughly $25 million, ...


ACA Cancels 2020 Conference

Earlier this month, organizers of the American Coatings Show and Conference—hosted by AC Media, in collaboration with the American Coatings Association and Vincentz Network—announced via pre...


FL Water Management Approves Reservoir Contract

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) board recently approved a contract for the construction of the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project.


UConn Researchers Aim to Improve Bridges

Researchers at the University of Connecticut (UConn) are reportedly working on a variety of patenting methods aimed to improve bridges across the state.


SSPC, NACE Merger Vote Opens

Starting today (April 3), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, will be sending its members ballots via email regarding its possible merger...


FL to Accelerate Infrastructure Projects

While traffic levels appear to be down during the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced he wants to take advantage of the opportunity to focus on the state’s infrastruct...


Construction Continues Amidst Shutdowns

Although President Donald J. Trump announced that the country’s social distancing guidelines would be extended through April 30 at the beginning of the week, the construction industry remain...


WA Bridge Shut Down Indefinitely

Late last month the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) issued an emergency bridge closure on the high-rise portion of the West Seattle Bridge after discovering that previously inspe...


PA Tank Project Awarded

The Beaver Falls Municipal Authority has awarded a contract in the amount of $1,027,477.00 for the rehabilitation and coating of the Freedom and 45th Street Water Tanks to Worldwide Industri...


Trump Signs $2T Stimulus Bill for COVID-19

On Friday (March 27), President Donald J. Trump signed a $2 trillion stimulus bill aimed to help American citizens experiencing lay-offs, companies suffering financially and the health care ...


SSPC, NACE Release FAQ Part 2

On Friday (March 27), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, released part two of its frequently asked questions regarding the possible merg...


AASHTO Seeks Funding for COVID-19 Shortfalls

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently inked a letter to Congressional leaders seeking support for the creation of a fiscal “backstop” for t...


Axalta Responds to COVID-19 Impacts

Last week, global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta issued a press release regarding the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on its business and the actions it plans to take in...


$1.2B Contract Approved for Border Wall

Last Monday, the United States Department of Defense announced a contract modification worth $524 million for the design build of the Tucson sector barrier wall replacement project in Tucson...


New CSHA Dates Posted for Tradeshow, Competition

Since postponing both its 31st Annual Painters Competition and its Trade Show and Demo Day in wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Coating Society of the Houston Area has announced new...


Superstition Surrounds ‘Dog Suicide Bridge’

There’s a 19th-century bridge in Dumbarton, Scotland, called the Overtoun Bridge, however, over the years the structure has become more popularly known as the “dog suicide bridge.”


OH DOT Construction Presses Forward

Although various projects across the United States have seemingly halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reports that it will continue to stay on s...


Survey Looks at Coatings Industry During Crisis

Recently, research company Gardner Intelligence has collected feedback from coatings and finishing manufacturers in an attempt to navigate how the COVID-19 pandemic is specifically affecting...


MA Bridge Rehabilitation Project Accepting Bids

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation services on the General Pierce Bridge carrying Montague City Road over the Connecticut River b...


SSPC, NACE Review Updates, Member Vote

On Friday (March 20), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced its 11th update in a scheduled series regarding the possible organiza...


Fluor Awarded $1.8B Nuclear Contract

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Defense announced the award of a $1.8 billion contract to Fluor Marine Propulsion LLC (Arlington, Virginia)—a wholly-owned subsidiary of F...


NACE Announces Coating Inspector Program

Last week, NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced the rollout of its flagship Coating Inspector Program (CIP) where aspiring inspectors can learn through a series of online and...


PennDOT Halts Work on Infrastructure Projects

Last Tuesday (March 17), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ordered all contractors to cease work on current projects for a minimum ...


ASTM Cancels Standards Meetings

Announced just last week, ASTM International has canceled all in-person committee meetings and independent committee meetings scheduled throughout the month of April.


TX High School Students Build Concrete Canoes

Recently, engineering students from Marble Falls High School (Marble Falls, Texas) were reported to be working on the development of concrete-based canoes.


CSHA Postpones Tradeshow, Demo Day

In an emailed press release, the Coating Society of the Houston Area announced Tuesday (March 17), that the annual CSHA Tradeshow and Demo Day have been postponed.


Settlement Reached in 2015 Plains Spill

Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced a civil settlement with Plains All American Pipeline L.P. and Plains Pipeline L.P. (Plains) regarding federal pipeline ...


VA Elevated Water Storage Tank Out for Bid

The Western Virginia Water Authority is currently seeking contractors to clean and recoat the RCIT Water Storage Tank in Roanoke, Virginia.


Funds Received for CA Wastewater Facility

Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency awarded the City of Morro Bay, California, approximately $62 million for the replacement of its 63-year old wastewater treatment ...


US DOT Announces Port Funding Program

Announced earlier this month, $225 million in discretionary grant funding has been made available by the United States Department of Transportation through a Notice of Funding Opportunity.


NACE to Vote on SSPC Merger; Update Released

On Saturday (March 14), NACE International’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward with bringing the combination of NACE and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings to a mem...


Hempel Appoints COO, VP

Last week, coatings manufacturer Hempel (Lyngby, Denmark) announced that it had appointed Katarina Lindström to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.


Prep Work Begins for Keystone XL

Recently, Canadian pipeline company TC Energy Corp. announced that it had officially began preliminary work for pipeline construction slated to take place along the border’s crossing into Mo...


CSHA Postpones Coatings Competition

In an emailed press release the Coating Society of the Houston Area announced yesterday (March 16), that the CSHA Painters Competition would be postponed until further notice.


$463M MD Bridge to Begin Construction

Expected to begin this month, joint venture made up of Skanska (Stockholm, Sweden), Corman Kokosing Construction Co. (Annapolis Junction, Maryland) and McLean Contracting Co. (Glen Burnie, M...


Research: Oil Separation Eased with 2D Membrane

Researchers based out of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Henry Royce Institute and the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester—in collabora...


Oxifree Metal Protection Joins Seal For Life

Announced in February, coating solutions company Seal For Life has completed yet another acquisition, this time of Surrey, United Kingdom-based anticorrosion solutions company, Oxifree Metal...


NC Approves Green Tariff Solar Deal

Following a city council vote late last month, Charlotte, North Carolina, joined the solar business through a green tariff deal which involves the construction of a 35-megawatt solar farm, s...


Great Lakes Tunnel Approves Design, Build Companies

Earlier this month, Canadian multinational energy transportation company Enbridge Inc. (Calgary, Alberta) announced that it has hired two companies for the design and build contracts for the...


Man Sued for Allegedly Stealing Bridge Tech

On Feb. 4, Hardwire LLC (Pocomoke City, Maryland) filed a lawsuit against Irvin “Skip” Ebaugh, IV and Infrastructure Armor LLC (Ocean City, Maryland) in the United States District Court for ...


CA Government Proposes Rail Funding

Announced at the end of February, Representative Jim Costa (D-California) proposed legislation which would provide high-speed rail projects with approximately $8 billion per year.


Bids Needed for Multiple CA Bridges

The City of Santa Clarita is seeking contractors to perform maintenance and coating of three bridge structures in Santa Clarita, California.


University Develops Bridge Construction Technology

Last month, structural engineers at Vienna University of Technology—also known as TU Wien—premiered the success of its bridge construction technology during a two-bridge project on the Fürst...


CORROSION 2020, ACS Conference Postponed

Late last Friday (March 6), NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced that its annual CORROSION 2020 conference and expo would be postponed until June 14-18.


SSPC, NACE Review Merger FAQs

For its ninth update in a scheduled series regarding the possible merger of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, NACE released a review of...


President of Clemco Industries Corp. Retires

After serving 41 years with Clemco Industries Corp. (Washington, Missouri), a manufacturing company for air-powered abrasive blast equipment, Arnie Sallaberry has announced his retirement.


Tnemec Names Sales Director

Last week, protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec (Kansas City, Missouri) announced in an emailed press release that Scott Keilbey had been named Director of Sales – Water Tank Market.


Longest US-Based Skywalk Planned in MI

A wholesale mortgage lending company based out of Pontiac, Michigan, has announced its plans to build an enclosed pedestrian bridge between two buildings on its 1.5 million square-foot campu...


PPG Completes Acquisition of Alpha

Earlier this week, global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that it had completed its acquisition of powder coatings manufacturer Alpha Coating Technologies, LLC.


Buffalo Launches Largest US EIB

At the end of February, Mayor Byron W. Brown of Buffalo, New York, announced during his 14th State of the City address that the city would be launching an Environmental Impact Bond (EIB).


$5.9B TX Bullet Train Deal Inked

Recently, Madrid-based freight and passenger train operator Renfe Operadora announced that it has signed an agreement with a United States rail developer for a new high-speed track.


NACE to Hold Merger Town Hall Meetings

Regarding the possible merger between NACE International, The Corrosion Society and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, NACE has announced that it will be hosting a series of town hal...


Over 400 Exhibitors at CORROSION 2020

The exhibit floor at CORROSION 2020 is expected to feature over 400 companies where industry professionals can connect and observe various demonstrations, products, services and other inform...


Bids Needed for NY Standpipe Coating

The Suffolk County Water Authority is currently seeking contractors to clean and recoat the Middleville Road Standpipe in Oakdale, New York.


Trump Reverses CA Dam Fund Ruling

Following an appeal made by a California agency, the Trump administration announced last month that it would reimburse California more than $170 million for repairs to the Oroville Dam spill...


Marco Group, APE Companies to Combine

Yesterday (March 3), Marco Group International and APE Companies issued a joint announcement proclaiming that the entities would be merging to create a top North American distributor of surf...


SSPC, NACE Release Membership Update

Last Friday (Feb. 28), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced their eighth update regarding the organizations' possible merger.


Bridge Design Revealed for Sacramento

Last month, city and state officials from Sacramento, California unveiled the official bridge design a new crossing which will provide connection over the Sacramento Railyards and West Sacra...


ACMA Hosts Infrastructure Day

Roughly 50 composite manufacturing business owners and leaders gathered earlier this month for American Composites Manufacturers Association’s fifth annual Infrastructure Day.


USDOT Applies for $1B in Grant Funding

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Transportation announced that it would be applying for $1 billion in discretionary grant funding for the Fiscal Year 2020 through the Bett...


ND Bridge Wins Concrete Award

Announced last week, the Broadway Bridge—located in the City of Minot, North Dakota—was awarded the 2019 Gold Star at the Ready Mix & Concrete Products Association’s annual convention.


TX Suspension Bridge Project Awarded

The City of Waco, Texas, has awarded a contract in the amount of $12,409,135.50 for the rehabilitation and coating of the Waco Suspension Bridge to Gibson & Associates of Balch Springs, Texa...


First Tunnel Complete at Vegas Convention Center

Earlier this month, Elon Musk’s The Boring Company reported that the first of two tunnels for the Las Vegas Convention Center’s future underground express transportation system had been comp...


Multiple Regulations Waived for Border Wall

On Thursday (Feb. 20), a waiver made by the Department of Homeland Security's Acting Director Chad Wolf went into effect, surrendering certain procurement laws as to expedite construction on...


SSPC, NACE Announce Seventh Update

Yesterday (Feb. 24), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced their seventh update regarding the organization’s possible merger.


Design Revealed for Wales Footbridge

Swansea artist Marc Rees, in collaboration with architecture firm ACME, revealed design plans for a new footbridge in Wales earlier this month.


Pasadena to Host Annual Coatings Competition

The Coating Society of Houston is preparing for its Annual Painters Competition in addition to its 2020 Trade Show and Demo Fair.


Mountain Valley Pipeline Clears FERC Review

Earlier this month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released an environmental impact statement concluding that while an 75-mile-long extension into North Carolina—also known as the ...


SSPC Seeks 2020 Board Nomination

In a recently updated press release, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced that it is currently seeking nominations for one position on its Board of Governors.


CO Town Loses $1M to Bridge Scammers

After experiencing a $1 million scam, the Town of Erie, Colorado has been informed that its two insurance carriers—Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA) and American Interna...


UK Government Pursues Irish Sea Bridge

At a lobby briefing last week (Feb. 10), a spokesperson announced that U.K. officials are looking into British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s idea of building an Irish Sea between Scotland a...


Repairs Made at High-Hazard NV Dam

At the end of January, state officials reported that initial repairs on the Cave Creek Dam at Nevada’s Cave Lake State Park in Ely, had been finished, marking the completion of the first pha...


Solar Tariff Review Finds Mixed Results

A midterm report released last week by the United States International Trade Commission revealed mixed results regarding the Section 201 tariff on solar cells and modules.


SSPC, NACE Announce Sixth Update

On Friday (Feb. 14), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their sixth update regarding next steps in the discussion process regar...


SD Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The WEB Water Development Association, Inc. is currently seeking contractors to clean and recoat the WEB Aberdeen Tower in Aberdeen, South Dakota.


Øresund Bridge Painting Begins

Nearly two decades after its opening, the Oresund Bridge—a roughly 8-kilometer-long (roughly 5 miles) cable-stayed bridge that connects Denmark and Sweden—will finally begin receiving a new ...


PPG to Acquire Powder Coatings Manufacturer

Earlier this month, global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire powder coatings manufacturer Alpha Coating Technologies, LLC.


Massive Wind Farm Planned in WA

Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy company Scout Clean Energy is gearing up to build as many as 212 turbines for a new wind farm south of the Tri-Cities in Washington.


Genoa Bridge Aims for Summer Completion

Reported earlier this week, hundreds of construction workers in Genoa, Italy, are working around the clock to ensure that the city’s replacement of the Morandi Bridge is completed by the sum...


NASA Funds In-Space Construction Technology

Westminster, Colorado-based space technology company Maxar Technologies has been recently awarded a $142 million contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop a ...


AkzoNobel Releases Q4, 2019 Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its fourth quarter and end-of-year financial reports Wednesday (Feb. 12), revealing a 3% decrease in revenue for Q4, and a reporte...


TX Elevated Tank Painting Out for Bid

The City of Leon Valley is currently seeking contractors to paint and rehabilitate the Grass Hill Elevated Water Storage Tank in Leon Valley, Texas.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

PaintSquare Daily News will not be published Monday, Feb. 17, as the offices of PaintSquare parent company Technology Publishing Co. will be closed in observance of the Presidents Day...


NY Nuclear Plant Releases Decommission Plan

Last month, Entergy Nuclear announced a plan for the spring decommissioning services of its Buchanan, New York-based energy center, Indian Point.


SSPC’s Coatings+ 2020 in Pictures

In winding down from SSPC’s Coatings+ 2020 conference—which included numerous events, technical sessions and the exhibitor hall—PaintSquare put together this collection of photos from the we...


Curtains Close on Coatings+ 2020

Coatings+ 2020, SSPC’s annual conference and exhibition, wrapped up last Thursday after an action-packed week full of coatings-related activities and events.


Soo Lock Construction to Begin Spring 2020

In following the award of an almost $53 million contract with Trade West Construction Inc. (Mesquite, Nevada), the Detroit District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that wor...


PPG, Dow Work to Reduce Carbon Impacts

Last week, global coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that it was collaborating with the Dow Chemical Company in its Sustainable Future Program.


SSPC, NACE Announce Fifth Update

On Friday (Feb. 7), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their fifth update regarding an SSPC Board Meeting and Annual Conference...


Student Proposes Eco-Friendly Hyperloop

Caroline Crouchley, an 8th grader living in Long Island, New York, has recently proposed a new, more eco-friendly take on Elon Musk’s hyperloop.


Chemical Unit Reopens After Leak, Obstacles

United Kingdom-based specialty chemical company Croda has recently reopened its Atlas Point surfactants plant located at the base of the Delaware Memorial Bridge in New Castle, Delaware.


$50M Contract Awarded for MN Bridge Rehab

Lunda Construction Co.—a subsidiary of Tutor Perini Corp.—has been recently awarded a $50 million contract for the rehabilitation of the historic 10th Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis.


House Bill Seeks $20B for Bridge Repairs

Currently, there are over 47,000 bridges that have been classified as structurally deficient in the United States. To address the issue, members of Congress introduced the Bridge Investment ...


Bids Needed for NY Suspension Bridge Rehab

The New York State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform bridge rehabilitation of Wurts Street over Rondout Creek in the City of Kingston, New York.


Portion of US-Mexico Border Wall Falls

Last week, United States border patrol officers reported that a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Calexico, California, had fallen over into the Mexico side after experiencing high w...


Navy to Begin Repairs on USS Ford

On Jan. 16, aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford departed from the Norfolk, Virginia-based Naval Station to begin various onsite rehabilitation, post-delivery testing and trials.


SSPC Coatings+ 2020 Kicks Off in Long Beach

Sunshine and palm trees created the backdrop for the beginning of Coatings+ 2020, SSPC’s annual conference and exhibition, which opened Monday in Long Beach, California.


Awards Highlight Coatings+ 2020 Opening

The protective coatings industry’s finest—people and projects alike—were honored at the annual awards luncheon on Monday to open the first day of SSPC’s Coatings+ 2020 in Long Beach, Califor...


SSPC, NACE Talks Take Spotlight at Coatings+

In addition to the technical sessions, exhibit hall, networking receptions and other events on the agenda this week at Coatings+ 2020 in Long Beach, California, attendees will have multiple ...


Work Kicks Off at Dogger Bank Wind Farm

Dogger Bank Wind Farms, a joint venture between SSE Renewables (Dublin, Ireland) and Equinor (Stavanger, Norway) announced late last month that construction on what will be the world’s large...


Axalta to Coat FL Speedway Center Injector

Global liquid and powder coatings manufacturer Axalta recently announced that it will be giving its branded Center Injector at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, a...


SSPC, NACE Announce Standards Update

On Friday, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their fourth update regarding the organizations' possible merger.


UW–Madison to Host Concrete Canoe Race

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has recently announced that it will be hosting the 2020 American Society of Civil Engineers’ spring and summer canoe competitions.


DOT Focuses on Rural Mobility Initiatives

During the World Economic Forum last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced ongoing mobility initiatives that the Department of Transportation plans to implement in rural ...


CA Dam to Receive Safety Upgrades

In an effort to increase flood protection, last week crews began work on what will be a five-year endeavor to raise the Folsom Dam and surrounding earth wing dams and dikes by 3.5 feet in Sa...


Trump Expands Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

Last week, President Donald J. Trump announced an expansion of his tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum, claiming that the existing tariffs were not as successful as he’d hoped in restoring...


WV Bridge Recoating Project Seeks Bids

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to clean and coat the Tyler City Bridge in Charleston, West Virginia.


Opponents Sue Kinder Morgan Over Pipeline

At the beginning of this month, construction on the western phase of the Permian Highway Pipeline in Texas restarted after over a year of negotiations and legal issues.


NY Announces $275B Infrastructure Plan

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget, adding $175 billion to the five-year $100 billion plan introduced in 2016, upping the total for transport...


SSPC, NACE Announce Third Update

On Friday (Jan. 24), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their third update regarding the organization’s possible merger.


Keystone XL Pipeline to Resume Construction

Canadian pipeline company TC Energy Corp. announced in a status report filing at the U.S. District Court in Montana earlier this month that its long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline would be...


SSPC to Honor 2020 Award Recipients

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced in emailed press releases its 2020 award recipients, honoring the top people, papers and projects from the industry over the past...


PPG Announces Multiple Leadership Appointments

At the beginning of the month, Pittsburgh-based global coatings company, PPG Industries, announced the leadership appointments of three individuals, slated to take effect on Mar. 1.


Houston Ship Channel Bridge Construction Halted

The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) announced earlier this month that it would be temporarily halting construction on the Sam Houston Tollway Ship Channel Bridge replacement projec...


USDOT Announces $900M in INFRA Grants

Secretary for the United States Department of Transportation, Elaine L. Chao, recently announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity totaling more than $900 million in grants through the Infrast...


2020 Conference to Feature Over 135 Exhibitors

The exhibit floor at SSPC Coatings+ 2020 is expected to feature over 135 companies showcasing information, demonstrations, products, services and more from all aspects of the protective and ...


SSPC to Offer Technical Program, Workshops

This year’s SSPC Coatings+ conference, to be held Feb. 3-6, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, is set to cover a variety of topics in its four-day technical progr...


2-Tank Painting Project Out for Bid

The Town of Seabrook is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate two Water Department Water Tanks in Seabrook, New Hampshire.


White House to Divert $7.2B for Border Wall

In the latest update on the U.S.-Mexico border wall saga, President Donald Trump is planning to divert roughly five times what Congress authorized to spend in the 2020 budget from Pentagon f...


Report: MS Dam Likely to Fail

In Starkville, Mississippi, county officials recently urged residents in the area to evacuate as a precaution for the possible failure of the Oktibbeha County Lake dam.


JLC Infrastructure Invests in Greenskies

Last week, infrastructure fund JLC Infrastructure announced that it successfully completed a transaction with solar-power facility developer Greenskies Renewable Energy that allows prior inv...


SSPC, NACE Announces Second Update

On Friday (Jan. 17), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced their second update regarding the organization’s possible merger.


Company to Manufacture Pipe for Atoka Pipeline

Earlier this month, California-based manufacturer Thompson Pipe Group announced that it planned to begin production for Oklahoma City’s Atoka Pipeline at its manufacturing plant in Grand Pra...


FIGG Fired from $800M Harbor Bridge Project

Earlier this month, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) requested that joint venture Flatiron-Dragados LLC replace the $800 million U.S. 181 Harbor Bridge replacement project’s de...


USDOT Reveals Map to Inspire Investments

In the beginning of January, the United States Department of Transportation announced its release of a new interactive map, designed to highlight federal investments in major infrastructure ...


Chemours Sells Methylamines Business

Chemical solutions company Chemours has recently announced its methylamines business has been acquired by Belle Chemical, an affiliate of Cornerstone Chemical.


PPG Reports Sales Growth in Q4, 2019

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported, in a press release Wednesday (Jan. 16), a 1% increase in constant currencies in fourth-quarter net sales, compared to the prior...


Musk Seeks to Expand Las Vegas Tunnel Project

Earlier this week, President Steve Davis of tunneling company The Boring Co.—owned by Elon Musk—announced the possibility for additional underground transit systems throughout the Las Vegas ...


Bids Wanted for NY Pedestrian Bridge

The City of New York is seeking contractors to perform reconstruction of the 17th Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and 27th Avenue Pedestrian Bridges over the Belt Parkway in the Borough of Brooklyn...


Crane Collapses at TX Harbor Bridge

In the middle of December, a 110-ton crawler crane collapsed while lifting a connector beam at the Harbor Bridge replacement project site near Interstate 37 and Brownlee Bouelvard.


Contractor to Appeal Boring Machine Verdict

Recently, a Seattle jury announced its verdict regarding the 2013 incident in which a buried steel pipe resulted in the breakdown of Bertha, the Seattle tunnel borer used in construction of ...


SSPC, NACE Share Discussion Updates

Earlier this week, NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced an update regarding the possible merger with SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Seal For Life Appoints CEO, Closes Acquisitions

Last Wednesday, private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners announced that coating solutions company Seal For Life completed four acquisitions, in addition to appointing Jeff Oravitz as its...


VDOT Causes 25K Birds to Lose Nesting Site

Last month, crews from the Virginia Department of Transportation completed pavement work at the nearly $4 billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel project, resulting in the loss of a 40-year-old ...


Equity Firm to Acquire BASF's Construction Chemicals

Late last month, chemical company BASF signed an agreement with an affiliate of private equity firm Lone Star regarding the purchase of BASF’s Construction Chemicals business. The total, on ...


Researchers to Investigate Living Infrastructure

The research of Eleni Chatzi, a professor of structural mechanics at ETH Zurich, seems like something from a sci-fi novel: In one section of her research, Chatzi aims to use seeds to grow br...


Court Approves Border Wall Funding

In the latest move in the U.S.-Mexico border wall saga, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, based out of New Orleans, recently ruled that a certain set of Department of Defense funding could b...


NM Congress Proposes Transmission Law

Last month, New Mexico congresspeople introduced the Interregional Transmission Planning Improvement Act of 2019 (S. 3109)—a federal bill geared toward improving the Federal Energy Regulator...


Elinor Coatings Wins Coatings Research Contract

Toward the end of last year, Elinor Coatings (Fargo, North Dakota) won a five-year, $3.2 million subcontract to further research into life prediction, among other issues, for aerospace mater...


MO Elevated Water Tank Project Out for Bid

Springfield City Utilities is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate the Glenstone Elevated Water Tank in Springfield, Missouri.


US Steel Closes Detroit Plant, Lays Off 1,500

U.S. Steel recently announced the impending closure of Great Lakes Works, a company steel mill located near Detroit. The closure is slated to occur April 1. The portion of the mill that roll...


Assemblyman Proposes CA Bridge Replacement

An assemblyman is calling for a new, better replacement for California’s Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, a structure that has been plagued with problems dating back to crumbling concrete falling...


Gordie Howe Gets $15M in Federal Funding

Late last month, the first portion of U.S. federal funding to go toward the construction of the Gordie Howe Bridge was included in the $1.4 trillion spending bill signed by President Donald ...


NACE Announces New Standards Board

In mid-December, the NACE International Board of Directors approved the membership slate for the new Standards Board. Members were also authorized to provide management for NACE Internationa...


Additional Soo Locks Funding Approved

Further construction on the Soo Locks, located in Sault St. Marie, Michigan, was recently made possible when, late last month, President Donald J. Trump approved $75.3 million in funding for...


SprayWorks Announces Second Annual Scholarship

In mid-December, spray foam and polyurea company Sprayworks announced via emailed press release its second annual scholarship geared toward the encouragement of careers in polyurethanes.


Administration to Approve Largest US Solar Farm

The Department of the Interior recently announced that it would approve the construction of what would be, to date, the largest solar farm in the U.S., a venture located outside of Las Vegas...


Chile Faces Dispute Over $740M Bridge

Late last month, an ongoing dispute between Chile government and South Korean company Hyundai Engineering and Construction over a $740 million bridge project was addressed by the country’s f...


Lanxess Acquires Biocide Manufacturer

In early December, specialty chemicals company Lanxess (Cologne, Germany) announced the acquisition of protective coatings business Itibanyl Produtos Especiais Ltda (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Itib...


Research: Industrial Waste Supports New Construction

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are currently spearheading an investigation into reusing industrial waste materials produced by the manufacturing industry,...


Cranes Finish Lifting for China Road-Rail Bridge

Late last month, Chinese engineering firm Zoomlion announced that its cranes had completed lifting work for what is reportedly the world’s longest road-rail cross-sea bridge, located in sout...


River Wall Among Largest 3D-Printed Structures

In the Jiangsu region of China, west of Shanghai, 3D printing company WinSun recently completed one of the largest 3D-printed structures in the world to date: a 1,640-foot-long river protect...


House of Representatives Passes $1.4T Bill

Earlier this week, amongst impeachment proceedings, the House of Representatives passed a $1.4 trillion spending bill, which included funding for President Donald J. Trump’s U.S.-Mexico bord...


Research: Smart Patch Can Help Reduce Rust

Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark) announced earlier this month that researchers from its Department of Engineering’s ICELab have begun developing a new, intelligent and self-powered sensor...


TX Bridge Bent Repairs Out for Bid

The City of San Antonio is seeking contractors to perform bent repairs on the Ring Road Bridge located in San Antonio, Texas.


Free Webinar: SSPC QP 1, QP 2 Changes

Changes to SSPC QP 1 and QP 2 and the impact they have on contractors is the topic up for discussion in today’s webinar on PaintSquare. The webinar, which is free, will run from 11 a.m. to 1...


Kinder Morgan Closes Deal to Exit Canada

Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan is closing out 2019 by exiting the Canadian market to the financial sound of a $2.5 billion deal, money that accounts for both cash and stock. As part of the ...


PPG Appoints New Industrial Vice President

Global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced earlier this month the appointment of Robert King as the vice president, global operations, of the company’s industrial segment, effective...


Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Barrier Faces Delays

Officials recently announced that construction on the Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier is now two years behind schedule. The project was originally slated to open in 2021, but that date ha...


Timeline Updated for NV to CA Rail

Work on a high-speed train that would connect Las Vegas and Southern California is set to kick off late next year in the latter state if things go according to plan. For that to happen, howe...


PPG Announces Industrial Coatings Price Hike

Earlier this month, global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced via press release that it plans to implement up to a 10% price increase on its industrial coatings products globally.


SSPC Announces Honorary Life Member Awardee

Earlier this week, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings named, via emailed press release, Carl Angeloff, President of Con-Serv, Inc., as the recipient of the Honorary Life Member Award,...


NJ Bridge Replacement Taking Over 10 Years

The Wittpenn Bridge, which connects Kearney, New Jersey, and Jersey City, New Jersey, over the Hackensack River, should have been opened by now, but is taking over 10 years to be built, acco...


Mexico Accepts US Steel Deal

Earlier this month, Mexico lawmakers announced that the country would accept a U.S. demand regarding greater regional content on steel in the deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada if the ...


Steel Plants Welcome Renewable Energy

Though the steel industry is known for contributing a significant amount to the world’s carbon footprint—amounting to between 6% and 7%—companies have recently made moves toward the developm...


Border Wall Funding Blocked in TX

Earlier this week, a U.S. federal judge blocked the Trump administration from transferring $3.6 billion in Pentagon funds for the construction of border wall along the southern border.


CA Elevated Tank Painting Project Out for Bid

The City of Manhattan Beach is currently seeking contractors to coat the Block 35 Elevated Tank in Manhattan Beach, California.


Businesses Sue Over OR Pipeline Explosion

Over three years after a pipeline explosion, in Portland, Oregon, caused over $17 million in property damage and a number of injuries, two business owners recently announced their own intent...


AkzoNobel Wins Awards for Innovation, Coatings Care

During the 10th anniversary of the British Coatings Federation awards, global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) won awards for its commitment to customer experience and innovation in co...


Ørsted, Covestro Announce Record Offshore Deal

Earlier this month, Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany) inked a 10-year corporate power purchase agreement with Ørsted for the acquisition of 100 megawatts of power from the planned Borkum Riffgr...


Russia Activates Major Pipeline to China

Earlier this month, Russia brought onstream the gas pipeline known as the “Power of Siberia,” which runs around 1,800 miles between both Russia and China, in a move that reportedly further s...


University Fabricates Bridge Using Robots

A robot-fabricated hybrid pedestrian bridge was recently created at Shanghai-based Tongji University's College of Architecture and Urban Planning.


Borer for 5-Mile TX Tunnel Revealed

Last week, the City of Dallas unveiled “Big Tex,” a tunnel-boring machine slated to dig a five-mile-long tunnel under the city that intends to provide flood protection for 100 years.


SSPC Announces John D. Keane Awardee

On Monday (Dec. 2), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings named, via emailed press release, Don Thomas, the owner of Thomas Industrial Coatings, as the winner of the John D. Keane Award ...


Czech Bridge Connects Village, Cemetery

Ondrej Císler, from AOC Architects, working in collaboration with Petr Tej, from the Klokner Institute at Czech Technical University in Prague, recently developed a connection between the li...


More Charges Filed in Mariner East Case

On Tuesday (Dec. 3), the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, in Pennsylvania, announced additional charges in the ongoing case surrounding the Mariner East pipeline. The new charges l...


TN Plant Authority Hit With $145K Fine

The Tennessee Valley Authority was recently fined $145,000 by federal regulators at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for submitting incomplete and inaccurate information about a backup...


Proposals Requested for MO Pedestrian Bridge

The Kansas City Port Authority is seeking contractors to provide proposals for painting services on the pedestrian bridge located on 100 Main Street, in Kansas City, Missouri.


Border Wall Contracts Use Military Project Funding

Funding stemming from canceled military projects has been assigned to three new contracts for the construction of over 30 miles of replacement fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, totaling ...


FL Interstate Project Safety Assessed

In late September, an accident on the I-4 Ultimate project, in Orlando, Florida, involving a cement girder, resulted in a worker fatality. More recently, a report was released, indicating th...


Researchers Develop Crack-Resistant Concrete

Engineers based out of the Military Studies Center at Russia's Far Eastern Federal University recently developed concrete that is more resistant to cracking than its more traditional counter...


Tappan Zee Consortium Files Lawsuit

Last month, Tappan Zee Constructors, the consortium responsible for the construction of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, filed a lawsuit against the New York State Thruway Authority. In the l...


Chemetall Production Site Expansion Completed

Earlier this month, surface treatment firm Chemetall (Frankfurt, Germany), which serves as the surface treatment unit of BASF’s Coatings division, recently completed the expansion of a produ...


'Cap' Project to Give Pittsburgh Green Space

Pittsburgh will be getting a new bit of green space: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is managing the construction of what is known as the “Cap” project, a structure t...


PA Man Sentenced in DBE Fraud Case

Earlier this month, Stamatios “Tom” Kousisis and his employer, Alpha Painting and Construction, Inc. (Alpha) (Edgewood, Maryland), were sentenced for wire fraud and other related charges.


MA Tank Interior Coating Work Out for Bid

The Town of Brookline is currently seeking contractors to coat the interior of the Singletree Water Storage Tank in Brookline, Massachusetts.


SSPC Announces Women in Coatings Impact Awardee

On Monday (Nov. 25), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings named via emailed press release Brooke Divan, a physical scientist with the USACE ERDC-CERL Paint Technology Center, as the rec...


JPCL Readers’ Choice Awards Voting Now Open

For the third consecutive year, readers will determine the year’s best offerings from the Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings, as voting is now open for the JPCL Readers’ Choic...


Gordie Howe Bridge Project Progresses

Construction as well as job hiring are both reportedly continuing apace as the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, a structure that will connect Michigan and Canada, continues to unfol...


FL Utility to Launch $9M Hydrogen System

The Orlando Utility Commission announced early last month that it plans to add 149 megawatts' worth of solar projects, in addition to its development of a new hydrogen storage system as a me...


AlumaSafway, Métis Announce Joint Venture

AlumaSafway and the Infinity Métis Corp announced earlier this month the AlumaSafway Infinity Joint Venture, a partnership that will become the largest indigenous scaffolding, insulation and...


MN Bridge Work Resumes After Graveyard Found

Late last month, work on a bridge project in Duluth, Minnesota, was announced to resume sometime next year, due to a delay brought on by the desecration of a Native American burial site. Bur...


Poland Plans for $60B Nuclear Project

Poland, which has historically largely been reliant on coal, recently made moves to seek a foreign investor, which would hold a 49% stake in the company that would be spearheading constructi...


Researchers Examine Oil Well Cement Sealers

In order to get a better understanding of how chemicals, known as retarders, function in slowing the hardening of cement in borehole linings, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher...


TX Bridge Rehabilitation Out for Bid

The City of Waco, Texas, is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation of the structural foundations, anchorages and concrete deck of the Waco Suspension Bridge over the Brazos River in W...


2 Dead After Bridge Collapse In France

On Monday (Nov. 18), a 155-meter-long (510-foot-long) bridge collapsed in southwest France, resulting in two fatalities and five others being injured. Though a criminal investigation has bee...


ME Town to Pay $75K in Fines for Seawall

Since the construction of a seawall along Long Sands Beach, Maine, without a permit, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection has fined the town of York $75,000.


AkzoNobel Completes Acquisition of Mapaero

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced early last week in a media press release that it has wrapped up the acquisition of French aerospace coatings manufacturer Mapaero.


Company Secures Corrosion Management Funds

CorrosionRADAR, a company that specializes in corrosion management, recently announced the acquisition of 1 million pounds (roughly $1.29 million) in funding to further develop its corrosion...


Sherwin-Williams Names 2019 Impact Awardees

Last week, Sherwin-Williams announced in an emailed press release the winner of the 2019 Impact Award. The award recognizes outstanding water and wastewater projects featuring coating and li...


Contractor Connect 2019 Closes in Tucson

Last week, Technology Publishing Company conducted its third annual Contractor Connect event at the Omni Tuscon National Resort in Tucson, Arizona. The event ran Nov. 11–14.


ASTM Announces Iron Pipe Corrosion Standard

Earlier this month, ASTM International announced the publication of a new standard that would help protect iron water pipes against corrosion. ASTM’s corrosion of metals committee worked on ...


FBI Investigates Permitting of PA Pipeline

Earlier this month, the FBI reportedly launched an investigation into how permits were issued by Pennsylvania government for the Mariner East pipeline, a project that carries natural gas acr...


Report: Puerto Rico Infrastructure Earns D-

A few weeks after Puerto Rico announced plans for a $20 billion grid overhaul, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the territory’s infrastructure, which includes dams, bridges, road...


Bridge Inspection Revisions Released

On Tuesday (Nov. 12), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and U.S. Department of Transportation released a 102-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding updates to the Nation...


3-Tank Coating Project in MD Out for Bid

St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission is currently seeking contractors to coat and maintain the Leonardtown Farm, Charlotte Hall and KcKay’s Plaza Water Storage Tanks in Leonardtown and ...


OH Planners Eye Hyperloop to Pittsburgh

After receiving a $100,000 donation from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is now looking to connect Pittsburgh to its proposed Grea...


Work Begins on $777M ON Transmission Project

Construction has officially commenced on a $777 million, 450-kilometer (roughly 280-mile) transmission line project in Northwestern Ontario, a project that will follow the Lake Superior shor...


LA Eyes Use of Plastic in Road Longevity

To facilitate research into increasing road longevity, the City of Los Angeles is working in collaboration with TechniSoil Industrial to evaluate using recycled plastic as a binder in newly ...


EPA Proposes Plant Waste Rule Amendment

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed plans to relax rules related to how power plants store waste from coal-fired power plants. The rules in question date ba...


New $14M AL Bridge Visibly Sags

A $14 million bridge in Escambia County, Alabama, near Brewton, a project that is meant to replace the bridge next to it, is sagging, according to reports. There is also cracking present.


Elcometer Appoints New R&D Director

Inspection and blast equipment manufacturer Elcometer Ltd. (Manchester, United Kingdom) announced on Wednesday (Nov. 6) via emailed press release the appointment of Paul King as the company’...


China Province Closes Glass Bridges, Projects

A province in China has closed all of its glass bridges, mountain viewing platforms and walkways due to hazards and structural concerns, according to reports. The structures were part of a n...


Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Clears Major Obstacle

A key permit has been granted for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, according to reports. The endeavor would carry natural gas from Russia to Germany, though the Ukraine has continued to e...


PA Sinkhole Indicates Infrastructure Problems

Last Monday (Oct. 28) morning, a sinkhole roughly 100 feet long and 20 feet deep opened up on 10th Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. However, when the sinkhole presented itself, a Pittsburgh Po...


NY Bridge Painting, Repair Work Out for Bid

The New York State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to bid on painting and repairs of the Robert Moses Causeway Bridge over the Fire Island Inlet in Albany, New York.


Environmental Rules Waived for TX Border Wall

In the latest installation of the U.S.-Mexico border wall saga, President Donald J. Trump recently allowed for construction to begin on a section of the wall in Texas without customary envir...


Largest Nuclear Power Producer Faces Issues

Engineers have recently been tasked with fixing eight faulty welds at Normandy, France-based Flamanville nuclear power plant, which is intended to showcase the country's aptitude for nuclear...


Team Inspects Bridges on US South Korea Bases

Structural engineers from the Far East District segment of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently joined the Engineer Research and Development Center in order to assist with bridge inspec...


Harbor Maintenance Legislation Progresses

Late last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 296 to 109 in favor of the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act, H.R. 2440, a measure that would see the appropr...


UK Underpass Plans Prompt Anger

After a consultation was launched last month revealing the removal of a dual carriageway underpass located in Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom, borough council members have responded with out...


NREL Selected for Offshore Turbine Research

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy awarded the National Renewable Energy Laboratory $5.7 million in funding for floating offshore wind turbine research,...


Research: Coal Ash Strengthens Concrete

Concrete, well known for requiring precise mixing conditions and components, can be susceptible to faults if these conditions are not met. Recently, Drexel University researchers developed a...


NYC's Beleaguered 'Bouncy Bridge' Demolished

A New York City pedestrian bridge—originally billed as unique for being designed to bounce underfoot—was recently demolished, according to reports. Skeletal pillars are all that currently re...


SMART Act Proposed for Water Infrastructure

Earlier this month, United States House Rep. Harley Rouda, D-California, and Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, introduced H.R. 4687, the Sustainable Municipal Access to Resilient Technology in Infr...


Climate Change Could Quicken Bridge Deterioration

According to research led by Hussam Mahmoud, an engineer and Colorado State University associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, climate change could acce...


2-Tank VA Coating Project Out for Bid

The City of Richmond is currently seeking contractors to coat and improve the Cofer Road Tanks in Richmond, Virginia.


Boring Company Vegas Tunnel Progresses

Earlier this month, construction work on The Boring Company’s tunnel for the Las Vegas Convention Center officially entered operation. A tunnel boring machine is also reportedly on site, as ...


DOE Announces $28M Award for Wind Energy

Last Tuesday (Oct. 22), the Department of Energy announced that in order to advance wind energy in the U.S., 13 projects had been selected to receive $28 million. Project topics focus on tec...


Puerto Rico Unveils $20B Grid Overhaul

Earlier this month, Puerto Rico revealed plans for a massive overhaul of its power grid, a $20 billion, 10-year endeavor that will bury power lines, up the use of natural gas and establish a...


Hempel Joins Zero-Emissions Vessels Coalition

Global coating supplier Hempel recently announced that it has joined the Getting to Zero Coalition, a strategy adopted by the International Maritime Organization to reduce greenhouse gas emi...


NTSB Points Blame in FIU Bridge Collapse

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board determined in its hearing that the probable cause of the fatal pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in March 201...


Wooden Bridge Installed Over Canadian River Valley

An innovative wooden pedestrian bridge, glass elevator and railway have been built in Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada. The $24 million attraction was designed by international architecture firm...


Concrete Issues Plague MD Purple Line

Issues with concrete at a Maryland Metro entrance shaft are just one of a number of problems associated with the state’s Purple Line project that have recently come to light in documentation...


PA Bridge Project Features Unique Replacement

The state of Pennsylvania will be getting a bridge-replacement first in Pittsburgh, where the Shaler Street Bridge, located in the Duquesne Heights neighborhood, will be replaced with a pair...


FL Bridge Rehabilitation Work Up for Rebid

The City of Tampa is rebidding a project for the rehabilitation and coating of the Davis Islands Bridge in Hillsborough County, Florida.


Sherwin Reports Sales Increase for Q3

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its third-quarter earnings report for 2019 on Tuesday (Oct. 22), announcing an increase in consolidated net sales, dilu...


SSPC, NACE Merger Discussions Continue

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced Monday that discussions were continuing the potential collaborative efforts between the poss...


Denmark Power Plant Features Ski Slope

Earlier this month, architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group announced the opening of CopenHill, a power plant in Copenhagen that features an artificial ski slope that is open year-round. The p...


Work on Mountain Valley Pipeline Ceases

The Mountain Valley Pipeline project has lost three important sets of permits, bringing construction to a halt. The permits were suspended in connection with the project’s impact on the envi...


DOT Announces New Focus on Rural Infrastructure

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the launch of a new initiative geared toward supporting infrastructure in rural parts of the U.S.


Cape Cod Bridges Dubbed 'Obsolete'

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced earlier this month that two “functionally obsolete” Cape Cod, Massachusetts, bridges needed to be replaced.


Researchers Test da Vinci Bridge Design

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are finding that the talents of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the great artists and inventors of the Renaissance, extended to the science...


Report: Garden Bridge Risks 'Downplayed'

A new report on the failed Garden Bridge project, authored by the London Assembly and published by the Assembly’s Garden Bridge Working Group, alleges that key stakeholders, which included t...


TX Elevated Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The Harris County Water Control and Improvement District No. 116 is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate a 250,000-gallon elevated water storage tank in Houston, Texas.


Research: Bridge Sensors Read for Storm Damage

In order to assess the impacts of storm surges on bridges, a team based out of the University of Florida, with help from a grant from the National Science Foundation, are developing a networ...


Sea Wall to Protect San Francisco Airport

To get ahead of anticipated rising sea levels, a new sea wall will be built around the San Francisco International Airport, a $587 million plan that includes steel pilings and the constructi...


Pipeline Acceleration Plans Backfire

The current administration’s attempts to fast-track energy projects, namely pipelines, have been met with increasing levels of resistance, according to reports. Most recently, plans for thre...


Highways Key to Developing Hyperloop

According to officials from electro-magnetic transportation company Virgin Hyperloop One, highway rights-of-way could be the key to establishing the developing transportation system across v...


Hempel Names New Head of Protective, Industrial

Coatings manufacturer Hempel (Lyngby, Denmark) announced Wednesday (Oct. 9) the appointment of Martin Wiese as the new Head of Protective & Industrial Businesses. Both segments account for r...


Metalcon to Feature Panels, Athlete Keynotes

METALCON, an international event focused on the use of metal in construction, is set to kick off at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, in Pittsburgh, on Oct. 16, running through Oct. 1...


Research: 3D Printers Work in Tandem

Hosted at New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, a multidisciplinary robotics team is working at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering to design autonomous systems for 3D ...


Solar Panel Tariff Exemption Rescinded

In a move that may provide a temporary boost to solar interests, the U.S. Trade Representative announced late last week the elimination of a tariff exclusion for bifacial solar panels, a tec...


Walt Whitman Bridge Repairs Out for Bid

The Delaware River Port Authority is seeking contractors to perform painting and steel repairs on the Walt Whitman Bridge in Camden, New Jersey.


Concrete Research Hub Secures 5-Year Funding

Earlier this month, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that its Concrete Sustainability Hub had confirmed funding for another five years—part of renewing its relationship wi...


House Bill to Assist Local Bridge Repairs

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a program last Tuesday (Oct. 1), that aims to reestablish federal funding for repairs and replacements needed for local structural...


New Genoa Bridge Deck Placement Begins

Earlier this month, over a year after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, a section of bridge deck for the new structure was lifted into place, marking the first section to b...


GE to Supply British Wind Project

Paris-based division of General Electric, GE Renewable Energy, has been recently selected as the preferred supplier in providing turbines for Britain’s Dogger Bank offshore wind project, acc...


SSPC Steel City Chapter Hosts First Meeting

Last Thursday (Oct. 3), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings held its first meeting for the recently reestablished Pittsburgh-based SSPC Steel City Chapter.


AZZ Inc. Expands Metal Coatings in TX

Global provider of metal coating solutions, AZZ Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas), has recently announced the acquisition of all assets from powder coating company, Preferred Industries, Ltd. located...


Twisting Bridge Serves as Art Gallery

Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group has recently completed a twisting bridge that doubles as a museum within the Kistefos Museum and Sculpture Park in Jevnaker, Norway.


Research: Process Improves Ceramic Durability

Researchers based out of Purdue University recently developed a new method to make ceramics more durable: a process known as flash sintering, which adds an electrical field to the traditiona...


RPM Reports Net Sales, Income Increase

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), a holding company that focuses on specialty coatings, sealants and building materials, achieved both a net sales increase and increase in net income in...


2-Tank Coating Project in TX Out for Bid

The City of Colleyville is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate and coat the Bransford Road and McPherson Water Storage Tanks located in Colleyville, Texas.


Tesla Faces Solar Panel-Related Lawsuits

Two lawsuits have recently been filed against energy company Tesla, both pertaining to the solar panel end of the business.


EPA Announces Stormwater Management Competition

To get college and university students involved with the development of green infrastructure for stormwater management, the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced via emailed pre...


DOT Announces Pipeline Safety Rules

Early last week, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced three new pipeline safety rules intended to bolster the safety of more than 500,000 miles of both onshore gas t...


Nine Projects Supported by ASTM International

Global standards developer ASTM International recently announced that its second round of funding—an investment worth $300,000 and in-kind contributions—will be put towards nine projects tha...


Spillway Design Tested by CSU Engineers

Last week, civil engineers at Colorado State University were reported to be testing an experimental spillway intended for Gross Dam located in southwest Boulder County, Colorado.


Research: Panel Generates Energy from Darkness

A new panel that is being billed as an “anti-solar panel” can collect energy from the night sky, according to a report published on Joule earlier this month. The key is tapping into the temp...


Largest Offshore Wind Farm Nearly Complete

Danish wind energy firm Ørsted, in charge of constructing what will be world’s largest offshore wind farm, Hornsea Project One, recently reported that the project was nearly finished and on ...


Foxconn Taps Mortenson for Parts of $10B Project

Foxconn Technology Group recently announced that it has chosen Mortenson Construction (Minneapolis) to serve as construction manager for two facilities that were just approved as part of the...


PA Bridge Replacement Out for Bid

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform replacement of the West Hills Bridge in East Franklin Township, Pennsylvania.


NC Bridge Work Resumes After Girder Error

Work on the Hawthorne Lane bridge, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is set to resume after a number of delays. Construction on the bridge stopped completely back in January due to incor...


Border Wall Construction Progresses

Earlier this month, Jonathan Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, reported that roughly a mile of border wall is being built every day. Otherwise, 22 archaeolog...


Firms Collaborate on 3D-Printed Bridge Design

Materials company DSM, engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV and 3D printer manufacturer CEAD recently collaborated to produce a design for a 3D-printed pedestrian bridge made of a composite m...


Mississippi River Boat Sensors Read Water Quality

The American Queen steamboat, which travels the Mississippi River, will take on the task of helping monitor the condition of the water via a data-gathering sensor, thanks to a project develo...


UK Paint Manufacturer Announces Partnership

HMG Paints Ltd., the U.K.’s largest independent paint manufacturer, recently announced in an emailed press release a new associate partnership with the U.K.’s largest trade and employers’ as...


Domino's 'Paving for Pizza' Initiative Successful

Domino’s, the pizza company which had previously established itself as a hero of U.S. infrastructure with its “Paving for Pizza” initiative, recently announced that the movement would be mov...


Plans for $14B TX Bullet Train Progress

Texas Central Partners, the developer tackling the state’s new bullet train project, announced late last week that it had signed a deal with Italian civil engineering contractor Salini Impre...


$5M Approved for CA Stormwater Pilot Program

In order to diversify its water supply portfolio, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California recently approved a $5 million pilot program that will help fund construction of new ...


Northern Ireland-Scotland Bridge Proposed

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly expressed interest in the construction of a bridge connecting Scotland with Northern Ireland. To date, he has requested that officials exa...


Contractors Needed for AZ Reservoir Recoating

The City of Avondale is currently seeking contractors to modify and recoat the Coldwater West Reservoir in Avondale, Arizona.


New Sinkhole Found Near PA Pipeline

A new sinkhole was recently found along the Mariner East 2 pipeline in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, late last week, according to reports. This marks the second sinkhole in the Middletown a...


New Owner Revives Historic KY Concrete Company

A 150-year-old concrete business, based in Madisonville, Kentucky, announced it would be closing its doors back in March. Now, a new owner is bringing the business back to life.


MO Announces Bridges Available for Free

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recently announced that a number of bridges were available for free. The catch? Interested parties must pay for structure relocation.


Builder Named for $743M CO Wind Farm

Xcel Energy recently named development company Mortenson as the company to spearhead work on a $740 million, 500-megawatt wind farm, to be located in Colorado’s Eastern Plains. Previously, M...


MAD Architects Design Hyperloop

Beijing-based architecture firm MAD Architects has recently announced a collaboration project with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) for a new elevated transport system des...


Research: Concrete Mixed in Space More Uniform

In an experiment to push concrete to another level, scientists recently mixed cement on board the International Space Station, yielding a mixture that is more porous but a more uniform densi...


India Project Tunnel Borer Damaged

Since the tail-end of August, Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation personnel have been working on the East-West Metro in Bowbazar, India, where a tunnel-boring machine reportedly struck an aquifer...


Henry Hudson Bridge Overcoating Out for Bid

The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is now inviting sealed bids for overcoating of the Henry Hudson Bridge in New York City.


MD County Public Works Wins National Awards

Prior to the end of August, two Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works agencies received national awards as recognition of improvement efforts to the quality of local waterways.


Group Sues to Preserve Historic ME Bridge

Working to preserve a historic bridge located in Mane, preservation groups recently filed a lawsuit against Elaine Chao, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Bruce Van Not...


Off-Earth Nuclear Reactor Could Be Tested by 2022

A new type of nuclear reactor, intended for use in powering manned outposts on the moon and Mars, could be ready for in-space testing by 2022, project team members reported. No such testing ...


MN Floating Museum Faces Corrosion

Duluth, Minnesota’s 611-foot-long floating museum, known as the William A. Irvin, recently had to extend its already monthlong stay in drydock due to the discovery of damage that was worse t...


World's First Commercial Nuclear Plant Defueled

It's official: The world's full-scale nuclear power station has been emptied of fuel, taking the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's Magnox Operating Program one step closer to completion.


DOT Grants $225M in Funds for Rural Bridge Projects

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $225 million in grant funding for a number of road and bridge projects in rural areas, a move that was part of the Competitiv...


Military Funding for Border Wall Approved

Earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper approved $3.6 billion in funding—largely pulled from military construction projects, including housing—to go toward building 175 miles of t...


$1.6B in Contracts Awarded for Seattle Rail

Last month, the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) Board of Directors announced that they had awarded two contracts totaling more than $1.6 billion for the Lynnwo...


Research: Solar Panel Desalinates Water

To address issues connected to both energy generation and access to fresh water, researchers based out of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Saudi Arabia, recently develo...


SC Storage Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The Georgetown County Water and Sewer District is currently seeking contractors to repair the Litchfield Water Storage Tank in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.


Bridge Removal Continues with Guillotine-Like Blades

Crews continue to dismantle the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, located in the Oregon Inlet of North Carolina. The project is expected to reach completion by early 2020.


Finland-Estonia Undersea Rail Faces Issues

A proposed 15-billion-euro ($16.8 billion) undersea rail tunnel, connecting the capitals of Finland and Estonia, recently hit its first stumbling block: more details related to funding are n...


NV-CA High-Speed Train Back on Track

Announced last week, Virgin Trains USA is ready to connect a high-speed train between Las Vegas and Southern California after a series tax-related delays.


Marines Conduct New 3D-Printing Exercise

At the beginning of the week (Aug. 26), the United States Marine Corps announced a successful, first-known 3D concrete printing operation involving a three-inch print nozzle and new continuo...


Architects Develop Flood Protection Barrier

Work was recently completed on Zaha Hadid Architects’ Niederhafen River Promenade, in Hamburg, Germany, which required an upgrade to its flood prevention system in light of storm surges that...


NJ Bridge Rehabilitation Work Awarded

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded a $2,971,705.67 contract to perform deck replacement on Bridge CR 607 over Route 295 in Gloucester County, New Jersey, to South State,...


Researchers Develop Press Brake-Formed Bridge

For the first time in West Virginia, development of a press-brake-formed steel tub girder bridge proved to be successful.


Solar Used in Part of England Rail Project

Solar is further being adapted for use in the powering of railway lines: Roughly 100 solar panels have been installed near a train station in Aldershot, in southeast England, a venture that ...


NE Court Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

In a move that clears another hurdle for the Keystone XL pipeline, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled its approval of an alternate route for the pipeline that was proposed by TC Energy, once k...


Nouryon Invests in Metal Alkyls Plant

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon recently announced a series of investments for the capacity increase and efficiency improvements at its metal alkyls plant located in Rotterdam, the Nethe...


CA to Build World’s Largest Wildlife Crossing

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has recently entered its final design stage for an $8.7 million animal overpass, slated to cross the Los Angeles 101 Freeway.


Agency Announces $244M in Funding for Rail

Earlier this month, the Federal Railroad Administration announced the availability of $244 million in funding for railroad infrastructure projects.


Another $305M in Border Wall Contracts Awarded

Work on sections of the U.S.-Mexico border wall continues to progress with the recent award of $305 million in contracts. The work is to take place along the border in Texas.


SSPC Announces Steel City Chapter

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced via an emailed press release the re-establishment of its Pittsburgh chapter, to be known as The SSPC Steel City Chapter. The first meeting...


Repairs on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Complete

Recently announced by the California Department of Transportation, all joint replacement work on the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge has been completed.


VA Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The Western Virginia Water Authority is currently seeking contractors to coat the Goat Rock Water Tank in Roanoke, Virginia.


Tesla Begins to Rent Out Solar Panels

To breathe some new life into its solar business, Tesla recently kicked off renting out solar panel rooftop systems, rather than buying them. CEO Elon Musk made the announcement over Twitter...


Owner of Brentwood Dam Sued to Make Repairs

The Attorney General’s office has recently requested that a Rockingham County Superior Court judge find that dam-owner Brentwood Dam Ventures LLC is in violation of various state laws in rel...


PPG Finishes Acquisition of Specialty Materials Firm

Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced late last week that it had completed the acquisition of specialty chemicals firm Dexmet (Wallingford, Connecticut), which focuses on products...


Rolling Bridge Opens Canal to Water Traffic

Striving to provide a new connection for a redeveloping industrial sector of London, as well as re-opening a canal to boat traffic, architect Thomas Randall-Page recently kicked off a crowdf...


Mountain Valley Ceases Pipeline Work

Late last week, Mountain Valley Pipeline developers voluntarily suspended construction on stretches of the pipeline in light of a recent lawsuit that sought to address concerns about the pro...


Floating Nuclear Plant Draws Concern

Set to begin its 4,000-mile ocean trek to the Russian town of Pevek, floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov was recently placed under further scrutiny in light of the country's safe...


Removal Timeline for Klamath River Dams Updated

According to a new filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, nonprofit Klamath River Renewal Corp. has updated the cost and timeline for the removal of four hydroelectric dams lo...


Report: Solar Road Test Performs Poorly

A stretch of solar road, originally launched in Normandy, France, in 2016 with promises of being able to power several thousand homes, has failed to live up to expectations, according to rep...


Firm Refusing to Settle in FIU Case

Companies being sued in light of the bridge collapse at Florida International University, which occurred roughly a year and a half ago, have decided to settle, though one last holdout may de...


Report: MA Offshore Wind Project Delayed

With work on one of the United States’ first significant offshore wind farms set to commence, the Department of the Interior has extended the environmental study of the project, casting the ...


Salt-Powered Battery to Energize Wastewater Plants

Private research institution Stanford University recently announced the development of a new technology, intended to make coastal wastewater treatment plants both energy-independent and carb...


ADOT Implements Composite in Bridge Project

In order to replace the Interstate 40 bridge, located near the city of Winslow, Arizona, the state department of transportation used a method that alternates layers of granular fill bolstere...


EPA Proposes Revisions to NSR, CWA

Last week, a few proposals emerged out of the Environmental Protection Agency—including revisions to New Source Review regulations and changes to certifications under the Clean Water Act—tha...


PPG to Invest $15M in Singapore Aerospace Center

Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced late last week that the company would be investing $15 million in its application support center in Seletar Aerospace Park, located near the ...


Contractor Uses Cast-in-Place System for Border Wall

In order to expedite border wall construction, Fisher Sand & Gravel, a contractor that previously built a section of the wall in New Mexico, holds a patent for what is known as a “concrete f...


WV Pipeline Coating Reported Safe After Concerns

Addressing concerns raised over the coating used on a stretch of the Mountain Valley pipeline running through Virginia and West Virginia, project developers told federal regulators that the ...


'72-Hour Bridge' to Debut Next Year

Brewer, Maine-based engineering firm Advanced Infrastructure Technologies recently announced the growing development of a fiber-based composite bridge support.


Songbird Delays TX Pipeline Construction

The presence of an endangered songbird is blocking another infrastructure project in Texas, according to reports: The golden-cheeked warbler is one of a number of other endangered species li...


SSPC, NACE Name Talks Facilitator

On Tuesday (Aug. 6), NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced the mutual decision to bring McKinley Advisors on board as a guiding entity for the two organi...


Chernobyl Safe Confinement Completed

In a ceremony held on July 10, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bouygues Travaux Publics, partners in the NOVARKA consortium, announced the completion of the Chernobyl New Safe Confinem...


India Government Approves Hyperloop Project

The government of Maharashtra, located in India, recently announced that the development of a hyperloop is as a public infrastructure project, and has named Virgin Hyperloop One as one of th...


WA 2-Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The City of Walla Walla is currently seeking contractors to improve the Mill Creek Water Tanks in Walla Walla, Washington.


Third Bridge Spans Panama Canal

On Friday (Aug. 2), Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo, and Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano revealed the third bridge to cross the Panama Canal, which forges a new link between...


Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes in KY

Last Thursday, Line 15 of the Texas Eastern pipeline—owned by Canadian multinational energy transportation company Enbridge—exploded around 1:20 a.m. in Lincoln County, Kentucky, killing one...


PPG Supplies Coatings for Pittsburgh Roller Coaster

Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) recently provided coatings for the Steel Curtain roller coaster, a fixture at Kennywood Park, an amusement park in the area. One of the colors chosen w...


UT Tank to Retain Controversial Art

The aesthetic future of a water tank in Cedar City, Utah, was recently up for debate when the area council considered doing away with what has been known as a controversial mascot formerly u...


Sherwin-Williams' Coatings Protect Royal Navy Warships

Global protective coatings company Sherwin-Williams has announced the delivery of over a million square meters worth of protective coatings to two Royal Navy warships through an emailed pres...


Deadline Nears for Structure Award Nominations

The nomination deadline is nearing for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings’ 2020 Structure Awards. Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon of the SSPC Coatings+ 2020 Conference...


PA Bridge Replacement Project Nears Completion

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is nearing completion of its Rapid Bridge Replacement project with commencing work on the last bridge in the program. The state department is wo...


Los Angeles Transit Plans Updated, Refined

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that the Sepulveda Transit Corridor project is exploring options for four potential routes, in addition to a new pr...


NY County Seeks Contractors for Bridge Painting

Cattaraugus County is seeking contractors to bid on their 2019 bridge painting program, which includes coating four existing bridge structures throughout Cattaraugus County, New York.


Scotland's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, located around 13 kilometers (roughly 8 miles) off the coast of Wick and able to power 450,000 homes, was officially opened earlier this week.


Report: Improper Coating Likely Used on Pipeline

Improper coatings were likely used on the Keystone Pipeline, according to a recent federal inspection. This includes failure to provide suitable coatings at a number of places along the leng...


PPG to Acquire Specialty Materials Firm

Coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced early last week that it would be acquiring specialty materials firm Dexmet Corporation (Wallingford, Connecticut), which focuses on product f...


National Parks Face $12B Infrastructure Backlog

The National Park Service recently released a fiscal 2018 report that indicates around $12 billion in infrastructure work is currently under deferred maintenance, meaning potential safety th...


Corrosion Detection Used on PA Bridge

Announced last week, an historic Pennsylvania bridge will be the first in the United States to use an electrically isolated tendon system, which helps to detect corrosion on post-tension ten...


Pipeline Academy to Kick Off in LA

The SOWELA Technical Community College has recently received a $1 million donation from TC Energy for the development of a pipeline academy.


Hamburger Water Tower Project Progresses

The Hamburg, New York, water tower repainting project is on a roll: The Hamburger Water Tower Committee was recently granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. According to a local news station, ...


AkzoNobel Q2 Financials Indicate Flat Revenue

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its second-quarter financial report Wednesday (July 24), with revenue coming in flat, though there was an increase in return on sa...


CA Reservoir Rehabilitation Out for Bid

The City of San Luis Obispo is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate Wash Water Supply Tank No. 2 in San Luis Obispo, California.


Historic ND Bridge Collapses; No Injuries

A historic bridge near Northwood, North Dakota, collapsed Monday (July 22) under the weight of a tractor-trailer that exceeded the weight limit. No injuries were reported, but it will cost b...


Italy's Morandi Bridge Towers Demolished

Late last month, the towers of Genoa, Italy’s Morandi Bridge were demolished, marking nearly a year since the bridge collapse occurred. Thousands were evacuated prior to demolition.


Trump Expands American Steel Requirement

Earlier this month, President Donald J. Trump signed an order that would see the expansion of the use of American-made iron and steel in federal projects. The “Buy American” platform will pu...


AkzoNobel Looks to Acquire Aerospace Coatings Co.

Global coatings company AkzoNobel announced last Thursday in a media press release that it intends on acquiring French aerospace coatings manufacturer Mapaero.


Russian Floating Nuclear Plant Begins Operation

Floating nuclear power plant, Akademik Lomonosov, has recently been issued a 10-year operating license for its two onboard reactors from Rostechnadzor, Russia’s Federal Environmental, Indust...


PPG Reports Decrease in Q2 Net Sales

In its latest earnings report, global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported a 3% decrease in net sales over this time last year, totaling $4 billion. The company reportedly ...


SSPC Announces 2019 Board Election Results

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the results of its 2019 Board of Governors election.


Judge Approves $1.1B CT Rail Bridge

A federal judge recently ruled that plans for a $1.1 billion rail bridge, located in Norwalk, Connecticut, will be able to move forward. The structure to be replaced is currently 122 years o...


$238.30M Brooklyn Bridge Contract Awarded

The City of New York recently awarded a contract in the amount of $238.3M to Navillus/MLJ, a joint venture, for the rehabilitation of approach arches and towers on the Brooklyn Bridge in New...


Abu Dhabi Launches Single-Site Solar Project

Abu Dhabi recently announced that it had opened what is reportedly the world’s largest single-site solar project. Previously, a similar claim went to the $13.6 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Al...


US Coatings Company Names Russia Represenative

Protective coatings manufacturer Advanced Polymer Coatings Inc. (Avon, Ohio) recently announced in an emailed press release that BM Technologies LLC (St. Petersburg, Russia) would be its rep...


Mountain Valley Pipeline Coating Questioned

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently issued a request for “toxicological, environmental and health information” from the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s corporate attorney regard...


Hybrid Material Strengthens Floating Wind Farms

In a bid to better the technology that enables offshore wind farms, the FLOTANT project is delving into a plastic-concrete hybrid system that can help improve offshore wind turbine buoyancy.


Work On Gordie Howe Bridge Progresses

In preparation for construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, demolition and site-clearing work have commenced in a stretch of Detroit, according to reports. Other work on the Mic...


Corrosion Protection Selected for Saudi Arabia Refinery

Global coatings company Sherwin-Williams was recently selected to protect oil and gas bulk valves at Saudi Aramco’s Ras Tantura refinery.


Hawaii DOT To Use Sustainable Concrete

The Hawaii Department of Transportation has announced the state’s approval for the use of carbon-injected concrete in all its flat work-based construction projects, such as roads and sidewal...


Materials Company Acquires Performance Chemicals Firm

Materials science company Gelest Inc. (Morrisville, Pennsylvania) announced earlier this month the acquisition of Bimax (Glen Rock, Pennsylvania), a company that specializes in the productio...


1,500-Mile Railroad to Connect Alaska, Canada

Alaska Railroad Corp. (ARRC) and the Alaska to Alberta Railway Development Corp., also known as A2A Rail, announced late last month that both companies had signed an agreement for the develo...


SSPC, NACE Continue Merger Talks

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International leaders are reportedly making headway on combining the organizations into one venture. Both NACE International President Terr...


PA Contractor Faces Fines for Bridge Collapse

After being cited in January 2016 for serious violations which resulted in the partial collapse of the Pennsy Bridge in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, contractor Francis J. Palo Inc. is now facing $...


WI Water Tower Painting Contract Awarded

Waukesha Water Utility has awarded a project for recoating the Hunter Water Tower to George Kountoupes Painting Co., of Lincoln Park, Michigan.


Protective Seawalls Could Cost Coasts $416B

In a recent report by the Center for Climate Integrity—a project of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development—in partnership with engineering firm Resilient Analytics, various...


Marco Group Acquires Equipment Manufacturer

Late last month, surface preparation equipment manufacturer Marco Group International (Deer Park, Texas) announced the acquisition of Manus Abrasive Systems Inc. (Edmonton, Alberta), which s...


IN Bridge Work Completed $900k Under Budget

Work on a bridge project in Elkhart Township, Indiana, totaled over $900,000 under budget, according to reports. The financial success was largely attributed to careful construction inspecti...


Regulations Waived for Border Wall Work

Over a week after a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from using $2.5 billion in funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Army Corps o...


$292.7M in Funding Announced for Ports

Just last month, the United States Department of Transportation announced a new Port Infrastructure Development Program.


Oysters Used in SC River Dredging

Oysters are being used to mitigate the impact of dredging activities in a South Carolina river, according to reports. The implementation of the reef system also helped local authorities obta...


George Washington Bridge Repainting Out for Bid

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking contractors to performing rehabilitation and recoating of the underside and lower level of the George Washington Bridge located in Ne...


TX Judge Lifts Permian Pipeline Block

Construction on the $2 billion Permian Highway Pipeline will be allowed to proceed, according to a recent ruling by a Texas judge late last month. This means that plans can move forward with...


Coatings Company Wins 5-Year Military Contract

Late last month, coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that it had recently won a five-year, $78 million contract with the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC), a deal that in...


$100M Rehab of Peace Bridge Complete

The $100 million, multi-year rehabilitation of the Peace Bridge, which connects the U.S. and Canada in Western New York, reached completion toward the end of last month.


Funding for Border Wall Blocked

On Friday (June 28), a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from using $2.5 billion in funding—money that was intended for military use—for building the U.S.-Mexico border wall. Th...


Greenkote Licenses to Italy Anti-Corrosion Facility

Anti-corrosion metal coatings provider Greenkote (Brook Park, Ohio) recently announced that Elettroplast S.r.l., a new licensee located in Brescia, Italy, will be offering the parent company...


NCDOT Proposes Protecting Island with Steel Wall

The North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division is looking to build a 1,000-foot-long sheet pile wall along the north tip of Ocracoke Island in order to protect the site, an a...


NC Bridge Wins Innovative Award

Deep Foundations Institute (Hawthorne, New Jersey) recently announced the winner of its 2019 DFI Outstanding Project Award (OPA): the Marc Basnight Bridge, in North Carolina, which replaces ...


Ground Broken on South FL Rail Project

Earlier this week, Central Florida leaders and representatives from Virgin Trains USA attended the groundbreaking of a $2 billion, 170-mile passenger rail project that will connect Orlando a...


Cranes to Increase Concrete Capacity at TN Dam

This summer AECOM Construction Services will be installing three tower cranes for the Chickamauga Navigation Lock project taking place at the Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


WI Water Tower Painting Contract Awarded

The City of Brookfield, Wisconsin, has awarded a project for coating the Sunnyslope Water Tower to V&T Painting, LLC, of Farmington Hills, Michigan.


Germany-Norway 'Green Cable' Hits Milestone

Last week, the NordLink project, a 623-kilometer (roughly 387-mile) transmission system that will serve as a connector for German wind and solar, along with Norwegian hydropower, hit a new m...


PPG Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary of Mexico Plant

Late last week, coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) celebrated the 20th anniversary of its San Juan del Río facility, in Mexico, which produces coatings for industrial, automotive, aerosp...


FIU Bridge Designer Testifies

Over a year after the bridge collapse at Florida International University, and a day after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released an investigative report that laid blame ...


ACA Announces 2020 Call for Papers

Acting in partnership with Vincentz Network, the American Coatings Association is looking for paper submissions to be presented at the American Coatings Conference 2020, which will run March...


MARAD Announces Small Shipyard Grants

Early last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that $19.6 million in funding would go toward capital improvements at 28 small shipyards, a...


Trudeau Approves Trans Mountain Pipeline

On Tuesday (June 18), Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once again approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline, a pipeline expansion that has drawn opposition from concerned parties. Trudeau’s g...


Sherwin-Williams Opens Submissions for Impact Award

Earlier this week, coatings supplier Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings announced that submissions are now open for the annual Sherwin-Williams Impact Award, an honor that marks...


Thieves Steal Rail Bridge, Investigation Launched

Mind the gap: A decommissioned rail bridge, located in the Arctic region of Murmansk, in Russia, was stolen, according to reports. A criminal investigation has since been launched.


Bridge Rededication Marks Project Completion

Last Friday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey held a rededication ceremony for the Bayonne Bridge, marking the completion of the $1.7 billion “Raise the Roadway” project.


WV Tunnel Structural Renovation Work Awarded

The West Virginia Department of Transportation has awarded a bid in the amount of $4,881,920.14 to Orders Construction Company Inc. of St. Alban, West Virginia.


Sunshine Bridge Struck by Vessel, Again

Late last week, yet another vessel struck St. James Parish, Louisiana’s Sunshine Bridge, which prompted a closure to evaluate the integrity of the structure. An investigation into the incide...


Work on Gordie Howe Bridge Blocked

Last week, Michigan House Republicans announced a budget plan that prohibits the Michigan Department of Transportation from using taxpayer money for the construction of the Gordie Howe Inter...


ABC Construction Replaces CT Bridge in 2 Weekends

Bridge replacement work in Stamford, Connecticut, which addressed issues with a structure that was at the end of its functional lifespan, was cut down to two weekends thanks to the use of Ac...


China Rolls Out New Train Prototype

Magnetic levitation technology—also known as maglev—is the spine of new high-speed rail research in China, according to reports. The train prototype was released off the assembly line earlie...


Trump Considers Sanctions for European Pipeline

On Wednesday (June 12), President Donald J. Trump announced that using sanctions to block controversial pipeline Nord Stream 2, were still being considered as a form of action against the Ru...


Henkel Opens New Europe Aerospace Hub

Chemical company Henkel announced earlier this month the opening of a new production facility, located in Montornès del Vallès (Montornès), Spain, for its aerospace applications.


NH Bridge Research Implements Sensors

Using sensors on bridges as a way to monitor and record data connected to infrastructure, such as structural performance, continues to be implemented: this time, on the Memorial Bridge in Ne...


Mortenson Announces Automated Equipment Deal

In response to construction labor shortages, Mortenson (Golden Valley, Minnesota) recently announced a partnership with tech startup Built Robotics (San Francisco) to automate some of the co...


$802M FL Infrastructure Project Underway

The Florida Department of Transportation has released new information on a $802 million infrastructure plan, “Connecting Miami,” which includes a new six-arch bridge and rehabilitation to th...


3-Tank CA Coating Project Out for Bid

The City of Pleasanton is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate the Upper Ruby Hill, Moller Ranch and Laurel Creek water tanks in Pleasanton, California.


Seattle Releases Magnolia Bridge Study

The Seattle Department of Transportation has released its Magnolia Bridge Planning Study regarding possible options to address the bridge’s aging qualities.


Block on Keystone XL Construction Lifted

Late last week, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rolled back a previous injunction that halted construction on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Covestro Delivers Resin for China Turbine Blades

Global high-performance polymers company Covestro recently announced the delivery of its first commercial order of polyurethane raw materials designed for wind blades to China, one of the le...


WSU Recieves $7.5M Grant to Study Infrastructure

Washington State University was recently chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to receive a $7.5 million grant for researching ways to repair national infrastructure. The grant was...


MI Officials Consider Selling Bridge

In an attempt to avoid a 45-cent-per-gallon increase in Michigan’s fuel tax on gasoline—a plan proposed to accumulate money to fix the state’s roads—House Republicans are now considering a p...


Drones to Help with Infrastructure Inspection

Hokkaido, Japan-based ready-mix and precast producer Aizawa Concrete Corporation has recently announced a partnership with aerospace company Top Flight Technologies, Inc. in an effort to uti...


House Committee Approves Transportation Bill

Earlier this month, the United States House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would provide funding for transportation projects and bettering national resilience, as well as addr...


Las Vegas-SoCal Rail Project Delayed

Plans for a $4 billion high-speed rail project connecting Southern California and Las Vegas have been delayed by up to two years due to the company responsible being unable to land tax abate...


MIT Researchers Target ASR Gels

According to the staff at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-hosted Concrete Sustainability Hub, new research shows that alkali-silica-reaction is a substantial cause of premature con...


NJ Bridge Deck Replacement Out for Bid

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is seeking contractors to perform deck replacement on bridge CR 607 over Route 295 in Gloucester County, New Jersey.


Mexico Announces Oil Refinery Project

To make Mexico more self-sufficient in terms of energy production, President Andres Manuel Lopez—known as AMLO—has announced the kickoff of a 150 billion-peso oil refinery.


Underground Tank Plans for Skate Park Top

On Monday, Virginia Beach, Virginia-based Woodstock Park closed its doors to visitors for the installation of a 5.2-million-gallon underground wastewater storage tank, slated to be topped wi...


Water Project Lead Service Kicks Off

Technology Publishing Co., the company behind industry publications Paint BidTracker, PaintSquare Press and PaintSquare Daily News, will be promoting its new project lead servi...


Chinese Art Museum Also Serves as Bridge

An art gallery running over the Wanrong river, located in Jishou, China, is a new space that provides both an opportunity to enjoy art on a common daily route, while also serving as a pedest...


$380M Ship Channel Project Begins in TX

Work has commenced on a $380 million project to widen Texas' Port of Corpus Christi’s ship channel, according to reports. The groundbreaking ceremony, attended by members of government and p...


US to Enact Tariffs on Mexico Imports

Late last week, President Donald J. Trump announced that starting June 10, a 5% tariff would be applied to all goods being imported from Mexico. These tariffs are a way of addressing the “em...


JPCL En Español Launches

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings has recently launched a Spanish-language version of its publication, JPCL En Español.


Tech Co. to Print Organic Solar Cells

A Swedish cleantech company Epishine, has recently expressed breakthroughs for the innovation of solar technology.


TX Permian Highway Pipeline Trial Begins

On Tuesday (May 28), Judge Lora Livingston and the 261st State District Court in Austin began listening to arguments to decide the outcome of an anti-eminent lawsuit filed against Kinder Mor...


Work Continues on Private Border Wall Despite Order

Shortly after plans for a border wall being built on private property came to light, the mayor of Sunland Park, New Mexico, issued a cease-and-desist order to stop construction. The order wa...


SC Bridge Temporarily Closed Due to Heat

Due to record-setting heat in South Carolina over the past few days, the Ben Sawyer Bridge had to close, due to the structure becoming stuck partially open. State transportation officials di...


Nouryon Announces Imagine Chemistry Winners

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon has announced the winners of the 2019 Imagine Chemistry collaborative challenge.


MN Three-Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The Red Rock Rural Water System is currently seeking contractors to clean and coat three existing water towers in Jeffers, Minnesota.


SSPC Opens Structure Award Nominations

SSPC: The Society of Protective Coatings recently announced via an emailed press release that it will be accepting nominations for its 2019-20 Structure Awards, to be presented at the Awards...


Judge Blocks Some Border Wall Funding

United States District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. recently blocked President Donald J. Trump’s use of money originally intended for military funding, for work on the U.S.-Mexico border ...


Contractor Sentenced for Defrauding NYSDOT

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York recently released information on the sentencing of Nathaniel P. Lorenz, CEO of Acme Powerwashing Inc.


Covestro Launches Research Project

A new research project for waterborne raw materials is being conducted by the Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences at the Technical University of Cologne in collaboration with Covestro.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, PaintSquare News will not publish a newsletter on Monday, May 27.


Las Vegas Approves Boring Tunnel Deal

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority approved a $48.6 million contract with The Boring Company earlier this week for construction on the LVCC Loop. The Boring Company was original...


Corrosion Blamed for 2015 Gas Leak

A new independent report has revealed microbial corrosion as the culprit behind a natural gas leak in South California, an incident that released 109,000 metric tons of methane over a five-m...


TX Pushes Pipeline Damage Bill

Pipeline protesters could face up to 10 years in prison if they damage the oil or gas infrastructure or otherwise interrupt operations, according to a bill that recently passed both chambers...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a newsletter on Monday, May 27.


Golden Gate Suicide Barrier Taking Shape

Recently, Golden Gate Bridge district officials displayed a 300-foot mock-up of what will be the bridge’s new “Suicide Barrier.” The mock-up was assembled in a Richmond, California-based con...


Dams to be Removed in CA, OR

Late last month, Kiewit Infrastructure West won the design-build contract for the removal of four dams, located in California and Oregon, along the Klamath River. Department of the Interior ...


Phase Two of Betsy Ross Bridge Painting Awarded

The Delaware River Port Authority has awarded a contract in the amount of $22,500,218.50 to Allied Painting Inc. of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to perform coating and steel repairs of the Betsy...


Hawaii DOT Testing Sustainable Concrete

In a move to facilitate the development of sustainable transportation technologies, the Hawaii Department of Transportation is testing a concrete mix injected with waste carbon dioxide.


DC Bridge Almost Halfway Complete

The new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, running over the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., is halfway complete, according to reports. The structure is slated to open in 2021, costing ...


Electric Road to Charge Vehicles

Near the center of Lund, Sweden, construction is about to begin on the city’s first prototype of an electric road. Elonroad, having no relation to Elon Musk, is the tech company behind the i...


Nouryon Imagine Chemistry Finalists Announced

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has announced the finalists for this year’s Imagine Chemistry collaborative challenge.


SSPC Call for Abstracts Deadline Approaching

The abstract submission deadline for SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings’ 2020 Coatings+ conference is quickly approaching.


Concrete Canoe Teams for National Event Announced

The Florida Institute of Technology is to host the American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Concrete Canoe Competition early next month, and schools from across the globe are showing up...


World's Widest Suspension Bridge Opens in Egypt

Earlier this week, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi opened what is being touted as one of the world’s widest suspension bridge, according to reports. The structure crosses the Nile no...


Architects Win Approval to Replace English Bridge

Knight Architects recently won the approval to build a replacement bridge over the River Eamont, located in England’s Village of Pooley Bridge, Cumbria.


Contractors Shortlisted for Border Wall Work

In the latest update to the U.S.-Mexico border wall saga, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently shortlisted 12 contractors to bid on construction work sometime during the next five years...


Contractors Needed for MA Standpipe Rehabilitation

The Town of Medfield is currently seeking contractors to improve the Mt. Nebo Standpipe Tank in Medfield, Massachusetts.


MegaRust Features Corrosion Panels, Technical Sessions

MegaRust 2019, the American Society of Naval Engineers’ annual Naval corrosion conference, kicked off yesterday and will continue through Thursday, May 16. The conference is taking place in ...


CONSTRUCT to Showcase Exhibitors, Tours

While the Construction Specifications Institute has yet to finalize the 2019 CONSTRUCT conference schedule—slated to take place Oct. 9-11 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center...


Hempel Names New CEO

Coatings manufacturer Hempel (Lyngby, Denmark) announced early last week that Lars Petersson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will be serving as the company’s new CEO, ...


Firm Granted $1M to Develop Graphene-Enhanced Concrete

Graphene technology company ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (Thunder Bay, Ontario) recently announced receiving a $1 million grant to further develop its graphene-enhanced concrete research proj...


DC Silver Line Faces Cracking Issues

Issues continue to plague the Washington, D.C. Silver Line project, with Capital Rail Constructors, the contractor responsible for building the second phase of the endeavor, reporting that c...


$1.4B Pattullo Bridge Closer to Groundbreaking

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has recently granted an environmental assessment certificate to ...


AG Audit: PennDOT Diverted $4.2B from Repairs

According to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, more than $4.25 billion has been transferred from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Motor License Fund (gas tax funding) to the stat...


OH Firm Cited for Using Inferior Coatings

Shelby, Ohio-based company, Lloyd Rebar Co., was recently discovered using an epoxy paint that wasn’t in compliance with Ohio state transportation standards, according to the state’s watchdo...


VA Offshore Wind Construction Begins

In the upcoming weeks, Dominion Energy (Richmond, Virginia) will begin construction on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, according to the company’s Chairman, President and CEO Thom...


OSHA Announces $10.5M in Training Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that $10.5 million in funding will be available this year through its Susan Harwood Training ...


RI Announces $715M in Bridge Projects

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation recently announced that it would be investing over $700 million in construction projects for this year’s construction season. Plans include work...


Contractors Needed for LA Bridge Replacement

The Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government is seeking contractors to oversee replacement of the Polk Street Bridge located in Houma, Louisiana.


Painting Companies Win SSPC Award

Announced at the tail end of April, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings awarded Barton International and Mid-Atlantic Coatings Inc., in addition to the U.S. Navy and Sherwin-Williams P...


AG: Mackinac Legislation 'Unconstitutional'

The law to create the three-member Mackinac Straights Corridor Authority, approved by the Michigan Senate back in December, has been ruled unconstitutional by the state attorney general. The...


NACE Expands Online Education Offerings

NACE International, the Worldwide Corrosion Authority, has recently been making moves to expand its educational offerings with the addition of online classes, including courses such as the r...


'Mechanical Trees' to Clean Air of CO2

Dublin-based Silicon Kingdom Holdings and Arizona State University recently announced an agreement for the deployment of what have been dubbed “mechanical trees,” a technology that will suck...


FIU Bridge Builder to Pay $42M to Families

The construction company responsible for building the Florida International University bridge, which collapsed a little over a year ago, has reached an agreement with its insurers to pay up ...


University Demonstrates Ice-Proof Coatings

Developed at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan), a new class of coatings is moving researchers one step closer to being able to ice-proof airplanes, marine vessels, powerlines ...


FL Bridge Closes for Emergency Repairs

In Brevard County, Florida, a bridge located on Interstate 95 will be closing for emergency repairs. The repair work requires a total closure of I-95’s northbound lanes and detours, in addit...


Chicago Announces Construction Tool

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the launch of a new web-based tool that can provide data on current construction and road repair work in the city, as well as pointing out what streets h...


MO Bridge Inspection Derailed by Bird Nest

An inspection of the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge, located near Hannibal, Missouri, set to start April 8, has been delayed due to the discovery of an endangered peregrine falcon nest. A bird s...


Tech Helps Solar Panels During Winter

Researchers based out the University of California, Los Angeles, recently developed a way to keep solar panels generating power through the winter months: a triboelectric nanogenerator that ...


Border Wall Protester Could Stall Contracts

One border wall contract bidder, a company that did not win the nearly $1 billion in contracts from the latest round of national emergency-appropriated funding, recently filed a protest with...


Longest U.S. Suspension Pedestrian Bridge to Open

The longest suspension pedestrian bridge in the U.S., located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is set to open in a couple of weeks, running 680 feet across a valley in the Great Smoky Mountains. Th...


CA 3-Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The County of Santa Clara is currently seeking contractors to improve water tanks at the Stevens Creek and Mount Madonna County Parks in Watsonville and Cupertino, California.


Group Sues Over TX Permian Highway Pipeline

Hill Country, Texas, landowners, along with City of Kyle officials and Hays County, recently filed a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline and the Railroad Commission in regard to the...


Lawmakers Reveal $2T Infrastructure Agreement

Just yesterday, President Donald J. Trump and Democratic congressional leaders announced the agreement of a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The proposal focuses on roads, bridges, highways,...


DE Bridge to Receive New Ship Collision System

In the largest Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development grant issued for an infrastructure project in Delaware, the Delaware River and Bay Authority will use the $22.25 million in...


$13.6B Solar Plant Grows in Dubai Desert

The $13.6 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, named for the ruler of the emirate and located in Dubai’s desert, recently hit a milestone: Construction of the fourth phase has ...


$746M Contract Awarded for Icebreaker

On Tuesday (April 23) the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded a $746 million contract to VT Halter Marine Inc. (Pascagoula, Mississippi) for the design and build of a next...


OH Bridge Closed Due to Deterioration

Recently, in Summit County, Ohio, a bridge on Cleveland-Massillon Road was shut down, without any timeline slating when the passage would reopen.


Judge Rules in WA Tunnel Boring Case

In a ruling related to a 2013 incident when a buried steel pipe resulted in the breakdown of Bertha, the Seattle tunnel borer used in construction of the State Route 99 tunnel, a judge recen...


SSPC, NACE Leadership Discuss Unified Efforts

On March 18, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, and NACE International announced that both organizations were discussing possible “synergistic opportunities” between the two. Last we...


DOT Announces $900M in Infrastructure Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity on Monday (April 22), totaling $900 million in grants through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Dev...


Mariner East 1 Pipeline Resumes Service

The Mariner East 1 pipeline returned to resume service after a three-month shutdown, according to reports. The shutdown occurred after a sinkhole was found in Chester County, Pennsylvania, w...


WV Tunnel Renovation Work Out for Bid

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is requesting bids for structural renovations on the Dingess Tunnel in Mingo County, West Virginia.


President Trump Issues Keystone XL Permit

Late last month, President Donald J. Trump issued a new presidential permit for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, one that the president said replaced the one he granted just over two year...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Sales Increase

Coatings giant The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its first-quarter financial report for 2019 on Tuesday (April 23), indicating a 1.9 percent--$75.9 million—consolidated sales...


Construction Begins on Sun-Tracking Solar Farm

Construction is underway for the world’s largest sun-tracking solar farm, a venture that is part response to increasing resistance to building wind turbines and solar farms on land. The arch...


Flint Water Receives $77M in Funding

Marking its five-year anniversary since the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced that the city would be receiving $77.7 million in federa...


Plans for Proposed Floating City Unveiled

Earlier this month, architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled plans for a 10,000-resident sustainable floating city that can adapt organically. The proposal was submitted to the first U...


PPG Reports Decrease in Q1 Net Sales

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported a 4 percent decrease in net sales for its first quarter, while also reporting the completion of the acquisition of automotive co...


Canadian City Eyes Marking Water Tank as Historic

The City of Winnipeg is currently considering naming a 101-year-old brick surge tank as a historic resource, according to reports. The proposal is in part a move to preserve the evolution of...


Nearly $1B in Border Wall Contracts Awarded

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced the awarding of $976 million in border wall contracts, marking the first projects paid for with funding connected to President Donald J. T...


Contractors Needed for CA Tank Coating

The City of Simi Valley is currently seeking contractors to recoat and rehabilitate the Rocketdyne Water Tank in Simi Valley, California.


Newsletter Schedule Alert: Friday, April 19

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Friday, April 19, in observance of the Easter holiday weekend.


Team Bends Plywood to Make Pedestrian Bridge

A curved plywood pedestrian bridge, able to support up to five people, recently took shape thanks to researchers and students based out of Centro de Estudios Superiores de Diseño de Monterre...


FIU Bridge Cracks Reportedly Initially Dismissed

At a hearing connected to last year’s bridge collapse at Florida International University, lawyers presented documents alleging that engineers dismissed cracks found in the bridge prior to t...


Infrastructure Research Looks at New Preservation Tactic

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently developed a new approach to preserving infrastructure, a system that factors in a life-cycle cost analysis as well...


Oroville Dam Spillway Passes Testing

Earlier this month, the California Department of Water Resources put the main spillway of the Oroville Dam to the test for the first time since the crisis over two years ago. According to th...


WA University Hosts Concrete Canoe Race

Saint Martin University (Lacey, Washington) launched the 2019 Pacific Northwest American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Steel Construction Student Conference just yeste...


FL County Spills Wastewater into Wetlands

Sarasota County is still under fire after a 48-inch diameter pipe burst at the Bee Ridge treatment facility on Dec. 20, releasing an estimated 900,000 gallons of wastewater on site, some of ...


NYC Rail Rehab Considered Despite Funding

Project organizers for the Hudson Tunnel—a new rail tunnel slated to run between New York and New Jersey— are reviewing their options after key federal funding for the $13 billion project pr...


Contractors Needed for IL Bridge Rehab

The City of Chicago is receiving bids for rehabilitation of the Lake Street Bascule Bridge in Chicago, IL.


Hong Kong Plans $79B Artificial Island

The Hong Kong government has recently announced its plans to build what will be one of the world’s largest artificial islands.The Lantau Vision Tomorrow scheme is slated to ease the territor...


CA Officials Call for New Bridge after Mishaps

A call for funding has been made by California assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael to replace the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, where a second concrete incident has taken place.


WA Ports Approve Terminal Renovations

Earlier this month, both the Seattle and Tacoma ports voted to approve a nearly half-billion-dollar deal that would go toward the renovation of Terminal 5 as well as change some of Terminal ...


Designs to Replace 108-Year-Old Bridge

Concept renderings of the replacement I Street Bridge in Sacramento, California have been released by San Francisco-based architectural firm, T.Y. Lin International.


MN Foundry Launches Corrosion Resistance Tool

St. Paul Foundry, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, announced Wednesday (April 3) the launch of an online corrosion resistance database for copper-based castings, a tool that will allow castin...


Preservation Group Nears Owning MO Bridge

A Missouri-based bridge preservation group is one step closer to owning a span that was originally slated for demolition, according to reports. What remains is raising funds for rehabilitati...


RPM Reports Record Sales in Q3

RPM International Inc. (Medina, OH), parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, reported a 3.4 percent increase in its third-quarter net sales. The compan...


VA Bridge Inspection Equipment Co. Suspended

Just last month, the Federal Highway Administration made the decision to suspend McClain and Co. Inc. (Culpeper, Virginia) from participating in any federal procurement and non-procurement t...


Funding for VA Bridge-Tunnel Approved

Late last month, the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, working in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Transportation, announced the approval of funding for th...


Construction on Soo Locks to Begin

Toward the end of March, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held an open house in Detroit to update their current and upcoming projects, including the Soo Lock project’s construction status.


PA Standpipe Coating Work Out for Bid

The Beaver Falls Municipal Authority is currently seeking contractors to rehabilitate the West Mayfield 37th Street Tank in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.


Report: 47,052 US Bridges Need Repairs

Just over 47,000 bridges in the United States are classified as structurally deficient and in poor condition, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s analysis ...


Firm to Supply Water Treatment Systems to Ships

BIO-UV Group, known for producing ultraviolet light water treatment technologies, recently announced in an emailed press release that the company will be supplying its BIO-SEA ballast water ...


FL Company Announces Solar to Replace Gas Plants

Late last month, Florida Power and Light, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, announced that once two natural gas plants are retired, the company would be building the world's largest solar-powe...


MN Regulators Grant Final Approval for Line 3

Late last month, Minnesota utility regulators granted their final approval for Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project, a move that rejected a previous appeal from project opponents for the re...


Floating Solar Plant Approved in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government has recently approved the installation of a 100-megawatt floating solar power plant in the Maduru Oya Reservoir.


MPI Announces New Product Standards

The Master Painters Institute, a division of NACE International Institute, recently announced its new product standards for interior carbon-steel fuel pipes, interior welded fuel tanks, exte...


Tnemec Acquires Manufacturer ProPolymer Coatings

Industrial and architectural protective coatings manufacturer Tnemec (Kansas City, Missouri) announced Monday (March 25) the acquisition of coatings company ProPolymer Coatings (St. Louis), ...


NYC Bridge Coating Work Out for Bid

The City of New York is seeking contractors to perform a protective coating application on the West 207th Street Bridge spanning the Harlem River in New York, New York.


Nippon Paint Marine Eyes Middle East Expansion

Earlier this month, Nippon Paint Marine (Europe) announced in an emailed press release a 35 percent increase in consolidated sales. The company is looking to expand into new locations and ma...


Silver Line Phase 2 Still Facing Rail Tie Issues

Washington Metro expects another possible delay of the Silver Line extension project to the Dulles International Airport and Ashburn, according to WTOP.


Long Island Gets First Composite Water Tank

The town of Hempstead, New York, is seeing the addition of a new structure to its skyline: A concrete pedestal water tank, more commonly known as a composite tank, the first of its kind on L...


Contractor Offers Cheap Border Wall Construction

A North Dakota-based contractor claimed earlier this month that his company could build 234 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border wall for $1.4 billion, a fraction of the funding the president is ...


Saudia Arabia Buys Largest 3D Construction Printer

Saudi Arabia firm Elite for Construction & Development Company has recently purchased what has been described as the “world’s largest 3D construction printer” from Danish firm Cobod Internat...


PA Turnpike Approves Hyperloop Study

Imagine traveling the 360-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike, in what would take roughly 5 hours by car, in just 30 minutes. This once futuristic idea is slowly becoming a reality, thanks to the hyp...


Storm Water Solutions Call for Abstracts

Recently, Storm Water Solutions put out a call for abstracts for their SWS Conference & Exhibition 2019.


INEOS to Acquire Cristal's North American TiO2 Business

Chemical company INOES Enterprises announced Tuesday (March 19) the intention to acquire the North American business of National Titanium Dioxide Company Limited (Cristal) (Jeddah, Saudi Ara...


NACE Corrosion 2019 to Kick Off

Things are gearing up for NACE International’s Corrosion 2019 conference, which will be held March 24-28, at the Nashville Music City Center, in Nashville. Programming will include a variety...


Ultrathin Film Shows Promise for Solar

Researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Sydney and Australian National University have collaborated to develop an ultrathin graphene film, in hopes for fut...


Alaskan Way Viaduct Demolition Progresses

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is making progress on the demolition of Seattle’s double-decked Alaskan Way Viaduct, which serves as part of a larger move for the construction of the $712 mil...


Groups Cite Concern Over $1B PA, NY Pipeline

Environmental activists are taking aim against a proposed $1 billion underwater pipeline that would run fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania into New York City. Activists are highlighting c...


Contract for CA Tank Work Awarded

The Fallbrook Public Utility District has awarded a project for coating the Sandia and Bucknell Tanks, located in Fallbrook, California, to AMP United of Torrance, California.


Atlanta Mayor Announces City’s First DOT

Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms recently announced that she will be establishing the city’s first Department of Transportation.


SSPC, NACE Explore Unified Efforts

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced Monday (March 18) the beginning of discussions regarding “synergistic opportunities” between...


KTA-Tator Acquires Elzly Technology

KTA-Tator (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) announced in an emailed press release late last week the acquisition of Elzly Technology Corporation, which will add the latter company’s coatings, corro...


ISU Researchers Examine Heated Pavement

Iowa State University engineers are moving onto the second stage of testing—in a more intense real-world environment—of heated pavement, which will undergo the stress of heavy truck traffic.


OH Sewer Upgrade Burdens Residents

An Environmental Protection Agency-mandated $1.2 billion sewer overhaul for Akron, Ohio, is saddling residents with continuously increasing water and sewer bills. Though the project must be ...


Elon Musk to Build New Las Vegas Tunnel

Recently, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority’s board of directors approved Elon Musk’s Boring Company for the construction of an underground express tunnel connecting downtown La...


NACE Launches New Website

According to an emailed press release, NACE International, a nonprofit association and corrosion expertise and education resource leader, launched its newly resigned website www.nace.org, th...


ID Water Tower Vandalized with Graffiti

A graffiti artist recently braved the heights of an Idaho water tower to mark the structure with the words, “Save Ferris.”


Funding Proposed for MI Soo Locks Project

To progress work on the Soo Locks, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the Army Corps of Engineers proposed spending over $75.3 million on the locks next year. If approved, the money woul...


3 NY Painting Companies Charged with Fraud

The United States federal government has recently filed a civil fraud lawsuit against three New York-area painting contractors.


Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Deal Struck

Last month, Germany and France reached an amended agreement regarding the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Russia to Germany. The endeavor is reportedly still on sch...


Betsy Ross Bridge Painting Work Out for Bid

The Delaware River Port Authority is seeking contractors interested in performing the second phase of coating and steel repairs on the Betsy Ross Bridge Thru-Truss Spans in Pennsauken Townsh...


Funding for Oroville Dam Repairs Denied

The Trump administration recently announced that it will not reimburse the state of California for much of the repair costs associated with the Oroville Dam incident, citing that the project...


SSPC Welcomes Colombian Chapter

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the approval of a new chapter in Colombia.


FIU Bridge Contractor Files for Bankruptcy

The contractor responsible for installing the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University roughly a year ago has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a press re...


AkzoNobel Opens UK R&D Center

Late last week, coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced the opening of a new research and development center in the UK that allows the company to test new products in conditions that repli...


Research: Sensors Will Read Mackinac Bridge

Researchers based out of Michigan State University will be adding more data-tracking sensors to the Mackinac Bridge this summer—sensors that will read data that can contribute to maintenance...


PPG Completes Acquisition of Coatings Company

Earlier this month, global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced the completion of the acquisition of Whitford Worldwide Company (Elverson, Pennsylvania), a manufacturer that specializ...


PA Fines Gas Pipeline Builder

Rice Midstream Holdings LLC has agreed to their $1.5 million fine for the failure to prevent sedimentation and erosion into streams during the construction of a natural gas gathering pipelin...


Russian Ship Hits South Korean Bridge

Late last month, a Russian captain reportedly ran a ship into the £500 billion Gwangan Bridge, located in Busan, South Korea, the country’s second longest. No injuries were reported, though ...


CFTs Provide Corrosive-Free Aircraft

Those stationed at the U.S. Kadena Air Base (Okinawa, Japan) recently enlisted the help of contracted field teams to service its aircraft fleet, primarily targeting corrosion brought on by t...


Funding Approved for Last Leg of LA Subway

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced late last month the approval of a budget more than $3.2 billion for the last leg of the $8.2 billion Purple Line Extens...


Contractors Needed for FL Tank Coating Work

The City of Tallahassee is currently seeking contractors to clean, coat and improve an existing elevated water tank in Tallahassee, Florida.


Historic ME Bridge to be Replaced

The Falls Bridge of Blue Hill, Maine, is scheduled to be replaced by an enhanced girder bridge, due to the old structure reaching the end of its intended lifespan.


Border Wall Prototypes to be Demolished

Late last month, demolition of the border wall prototypes, which originally went up 16 months ago, located at at the border between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, commenced. The prototypes ...


PPG Announces SC Facility Expansion

Global coatings supplier PPG (Pittsburgh) announced in mid-February that the company would be investing $10 million in a new 82,000-square-foot facility and class A paint line, located at it...


Chicago Bridge Faces Corrosion Issues

Permanent repairs on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive Bridge are underway roughly almost three weeks after a crack in one of the bridge’s steel beams was first discovered by a crew working in the ...


Elon Musk Announces New Tunnel Borer

Boring Company founder and billionaire Elon Musk announced on Twitter early last week that the company’s next-generation tunnel borer, Line-Storm, could be active within the next month or sh...


English Water Tower Could Be Transformed

The top of a redundant water tower, located in Devon, England, near the Halfway Inn, could be converted into a holiday home, equipped with a glass facade pod, if plans are approved by the lo...


Corpus Christi Bridge Construction Delayed

Joint venture Flatiron/Dragados LLC, the entity responsible for designing and building Corpus Christi, Texas’ new $930 million Harbor Bridge, announced earlier this month that the project wo...


BUILD Grant Funding Cut by $600M

Funding for the Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants took a $600 million cut in the $333 billion fiscal year 2019 spending bill Presiden...


Construction Begins on $101M CA Border Section

Earlier this month, work began on the fifth border wall under the Trump administration. The section of wall in question—a replacement project for 14 miles of barrier in San Diego—is currentl...


Bridge Street Truss Painting Out for Bid

Lane County, Oregon, is seeking contractors to perform rehabilitation and truss painting on the Bridge Street Bridge located in Eugene, Oregon.


Old Champlain Bridge to be Deconstructed

As construction of Montreal’s new Champlain Bridge nears completion, the government of Canada recently named a firm that will be spearheading work to deconstruct the old bridge, a process th...


Progress Made on Golden Gate Suicide Barrier

Four new metal protrusions can now be seen along the western and eastern flanks of the Golden Gate Bridge, marking visual progress on the suicide barrier that is currently being installed on...


VA Announces Contractor for $3.3B Tunnel Project

Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam recently announced the contractor spearheading work on the construction of two new tunnels and widening a highway in the Hampton Roads area, a project that...


IL Aldermen Decline to Repaint Bridge

Evanston, Illinois, has an eyesore problem: City aldermen recently declined to paint a rail bridge that does not belong to the city, according to reports.


MDOT, Private Firm Team Wins Award for I-94 Work

The Michigan Department of Transportation, along with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan, recently named the I-94 Modernization Advanced Bridges Project team as...


Government Aims to Terminate CA Rail Funding

On the heels of the state of California suing over President Donald J. Trump’s emergency declaration regarding the border, the Department of Transportation has announced it is seeking the re...


Google Announces Solar Project in Taiwan

Tech giant Google recently announced plans to move forward with a new renewable energy project: Solar panels that will be situated on top of fishing ponds in Taiwan, amounting to a 10-megawa...


Judge Blocks Work on Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone XL pipeline is facing yet another delay: A federal judge based in Montana recently ruled that project owner TransCanada will not be allowed to complete some forms of pre-constru...


MN Water Tower Coating Out for Bid

The University of Minnesota is currently seeking contractors to coat the existing St. Paul Water Tower in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Garden Bridge Cost for Taxpayers Revealed

Taxpayers will be covering 81 percent of the 53 million pounds ($69.1 million) spent on the foiled Thomas Heatherwick Garden Bridge project, according to reports. The news arrives on the hee...


CA Transbay Tube Retrofit Underway

Earlier this month, the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency began retrofitting work to the Transbay Tube, which runs under San Francisco Bay, carrying four transbay lines. Plans include the additi...


Australia Bridge to be Repainted for the First Time

Brisbane’s 79-year-old Story Bridge will be receiving its first new paint job, and the work is expected to take five years, according to reports. The structure’s paint had only been touched ...


CA Town Celebrates Bridge's 100th Birthday

The town of Folsom, California, is celebrating its historic Rainbow Bridge turning 100 years old with 100 days of events, including an exhibit dedicated to the structure, a bridge design con...


Hornsea One to Start Generating Power

Hornsea Project One, slated to be one of the largest wind farms in the world upon completion,began supplying energy to the U.K. electricity grid this week, according to reports. The project,...


AkzoNobel Releases Q4, 2018 Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its fourth-quarter and end-of-year financial reports Wednesday (Feb. 13), indicating a 1 percent increase in revenue for Q4, and a...


FL Bridge Coating Contract Awarded

On Jan. 30, the Florida Department of Transportation awarded a contract for the full replacement of coatings on Spanish River Boulevard Bridges, located in Palm Beach, to Elite Industrial Pa...


Oroville Emergency Spillway Nears Completion

Two years on from the Oroville Dam spillway crisis, which prompted the evacuation of 188,000 people, marks the rebuilding of the spillway and new legislation related to dam safety.


Newsletter Schedule Alert: Monday, Feb. 18

PaintSquare Daily News will not be published Monday, Feb. 18, as the offices of PaintSquare parent company Technology Publishing Co. will be closed in observance of the Presidents Day holida...


Silver Line Testing Reveals Further Rail Issues

The first test train, to run on the Silver Line extension to Dulles Airport, in Washington, D.C., managed to only get 1,000 feet out of the Wiehle-Reston East station before encountering pro...


WY Utility's First Wind Farm Faces Replacement

A Wyoming utility company has filed a permit to replace its first wind farm—originally commissioned in 1998, composed of over 65 turbines—located at Foote Creek Rim I. The replacement would ...


Falling Concrete Temporarily Closes CA Bridge

Chunks of concrete—some as large as a football—fell from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, located in California, late last week, causing a several-hour closure and emergency repairs put in pl...


Marines Use 3D Printer to Custom Create Bridges

In researching technology options for troops in the field, Marines from the 1st Marine Logistic Group recently used a 3D printer to form a footbridge out of layers of concrete.


Monti Werkzeuge to Combine Americas Businesses

Surface preparation technologies manufacturer Monti Werkzeuge GmbH recently announced reaching an agreement with its U.S. distributor, Montipower Inc., along with owner Charles “Chuck” Locka...


City Votes to Demolish Historic NC Water Tower

The future of Loray Mill, North Carolina’s historic water tank has been decided: Earlier this month, Gastonia leaders voted to have the structure demolished, an act that comes with a $225,00...


Progress Made on TX Harbor Bridge

Progress is underway on Corpus Christi, Texas’ Harbor Bridge project, with the project's social media page sharing images of the recently completed concrete placement on the first lift of th...


Ceramic Sensors Read Bridge Strain

Researchers based out of Rice University (Houston) recently developed a ceramic sensor that may help to monitor the health of structures like buildings and bridges due to a change in conduct...


Contract for MN Reservoir Work Awarded

The City of Eagan has awarded a project for rehabilitating the Lexington/Diffley Reservoir to Elevation Coatings Inc of St. Cloud, Minnesota.


Industrial Physics Acquires C&W Specialist Equipment

Test and measurement equipment manufacturer Industrial Physics Inc. (Boston, Massachusetts) announced Monday (Feb. 4) in an emailed press release the acquisition of C&W Specialist Equipment ...


CA Sepulveda Transit Corridor Designs Released

Late last month, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) released four refined concept options for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Project, which will help allevi...


Research: Micro-Robots Could Repair Pipes

In late December, the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy announced $8.9 million in funding toward a project to develop micro-robots that can be used to...


DOJ Settles with Silver Line Concrete Supplier

Late last month, the Department of Jusice announced a $1 million settlement with Universal Concrete Products Corp. and its co-owner and president Donald Faust Jr., for civil allegations rela...


Government Demands Garden Bridge Correspondence

In a move to investigate further into the failed London Garden Bridge project, the London Assembly recently issued a demand for correspondence from Transport for London that was written in c...


Researchers Developing Bridge Inspection Technology

Missouri S&T researchers are currently in the middle of a five-year project geared toward developing new bridge and highway inspection technologies that don’t disrupt traffic flow, which inc...


Work Progresses on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

Raw laying of pipe for the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will run natural gas from Russia to Germany is slated for completion in the middle of this year, and the first line wil...


Peace Bridge Recoating Out for Bid

The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority is seeking contractors to prequalify for a project involving coating the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York.


Repairs Planned for Troubled SC Bridge

The James B. Edwards Bridge, also known as the Wando River Bridge, is set to undergo a number of repairs over the next 15 months, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation...


Air Force Uses 3D Printing to Replace F-22 Part

Following on an established history of using 3D printing for legacy aircraft parts that may no longer be in production, the U.S. Air Force, in December, installed a 3D-printed metallic brack...


Hiring Goals, Progress Made on $1.8B Vegas Stadium

The $1.8 billion Las Vegas stadium project is reportedly one-third complete, with policies now in place for the venue’s massive grass tray system and diversity performance goals well-exceede...


Composites in Bridge Construction Study Released

Earlier this month, the National Academies of Sciences and the Transportation Research Board released the study for the Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program, a program that fu...


MD Board Rejects Gas Pipeline

Earlier this month, the Maryland Board of Public Works rejected a proposed natural gas pipeline, owned by TransCanada, that would run for three miles along the western part of the state, emp...


100-MW Solar Project Announced for CO

Solar energy generation and transmission cooperative Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, working in collaboration with juwi, the U.S. subsidiary of Germany-based renewable ene...


Raising NY Bridge Deck Gets Finish Date

Work on elevating the deck of the Bayonne Bridge from 151 feet to 215 feet—a six-year project costing nearly $1.7 billion—is slated for completion by the end of March, according to reports.


Petition Calls for Repainting Whitman Bridge

A recently launched petition, spearheaded by the Penn Libraries Kislak Center and the Streets Dept art and culture blog, is proposing repainting the Walt Whitman Bridge rainbow colors to hon...


Historic Detroit Bridge Collapses, None Injured

Detroit’s iconic Packard Plant pedestrian bridge collapsed Wednesday (Jan. 23). No one was injured, though the street that runs through the ruin was covered with debris. The collapse has lar...


ArDOT Announces $142M in Transit Projects

On Wednesday (Jan. 23), the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) announced low bid results for 31 infrastructure projects, totaling $142 million. The projects are part of the larger...


Future of Historic NC Water Tower Uncertain

The future of a historic water tank in North Carolina remains uncertain: Officials are aiming to tear down the Loray Mill village structure, though a decision has not yet been made and other...


PA Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The Bentleyville Municipal Authority is currently seeking contractors to coat an existing ground storage tank in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania.


Cost Overruns Plague $9B HI Light Rail

The first of four audit reports regarding the Honolulu Rail Transit Project has been released, with the state auditor’s office citing that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s p...


Sunshine Bridge Enters Next Phase of Repairs

Earlier this month, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that repairs to the Sunshine Bridge, a crucial connection for St. James Parish, Louisiana, hav...


WSDOT, Other Agencies Collaborate with Creatives

More state transportation departments are considering implementing artist-in-residence programs to look at public space and infrastructure in new ways, according to reports. In November, the...


Musk Offers to Tunnel in Australia

Last week, billionaire Elon Musk, founder of the Boring Company, offered New South Wales parliament member Jeremy Buckingham a tunnel that would run from near Lithgow to outside of Penrith i...


Longest 3D-Printed Concrete Pedestrian Bridge Finished

Earlier this month, the world’s longest 3D-printed concrete pedestrian bridge was completed in Shanghai’s Wisdom Bay Industrial Park, a project designed and developed by Professor Xu Weiguo,...


MS Timber Bridge Self-Heals Over Time

According to a more recent structure inspection, a bridge supported with timber pilings, located in Lincoln County, Mississippi, is reportedly stronger than previously: The bridge can now su...


PPG Reports Sales Growth in Q4, 2018

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) reported, in a press release Thursday (Jan. 17), a 2 percent increase in constant currencies in fourth-quarter net sales, compared with t...


Longest Over-Water Bridge Almost Finished

One of the longest bridges running over water in the world, connecting Kuwait City and a future mega-development in Subiya, is almost complete, according to reports.


Research: Graphene Tailings Could Replace Cement

Ontario-based nanomaterial technologies firm Zenyatta Ventures is investigating the possibility of using graphene tailings in place of cement.


NYC Seeks Contractors for Bridge Work

The City of New York is seeking contractors for rehabilitation of approaches and towers on the Brooklyn Bridge located in the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York.


Phase One of Ottawa's Light Rail Nearing Completion

Phase one of Ottawa’s new $2.1 billion CAD ($1.5 billion) light rail project is nearing completion, with an opening date slated for the end of April.


Border Wall Prototypes Damaged with Tools

A recently revealed report indicates that all eight border wall prototypes, inspected by President Donald J. Trump in March 2018, are susceptible to breaching. President Trump has chosen a s...


MegaRust Issues Call for Papers

MegaRust 2019, the American Society of Naval Engineers’ annual Naval corrosion conference, to be held May 14-16, at the Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel, in Portsmouth, Virginia, recently...


Bendable Concrete Shows Promise for LA Infrastructure

Following on from research conducted in the 1990s regarding Engineered Cementitious Composites, researchers based out of Louisiana State University are working to bring the material to mass ...


PPG to Acquire German Automotive Coatings Firm

Global coatings company PPG announced Jan. 7 an agreement to acquire German automotive coatings manufacturer Hemmelrath.


Research: Floating Photovoltaics Show Potential

Researchers based out of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently estimated that the use of floating solar photovoltaics on more than 24,000 manmade reservoirs in the U.S. could con...


State Permit Granted for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Earlier this week, a Virginia state board unanimously approved a gas compressor station permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, a $6.5 billion, 600-mile shale gas pipeline spearheade...


Old Tappan Zee Bridge Gets Demolition Date

What remains of the old Tappan Zee Bridge will be demolished on Saturday (Jan. 12), according to reports. Explosive charges will be used on the structure’s vertical support columns along the...


Pittsburgh Creates Construction Fraud Task Force

At the end of December, the Pittsburgh City Council voted 8-0 to create a task force geared toward addressing fraud in the construction industry.


WI Elevated Tank Painting Job Out for Bid

The City of Monroe is seeking contractors to paint the Industrial Park Elevated Water Storage Tank in Monroe, Wisconsin.


Federal Grant Approved for WA Light Rail Project

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration recently approved a $1.17 billion Full Funding Grant Agreement for a 8.5-mile light rail project slated for Seattle. Th...


SSPC 2019 to Include Golf, Salsa Dancing

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is hosting its 2019 conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 11-14, 2019. This year again features opportunities...


Jotun, Kansai Paint Extend Coatings Alliance

Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun (Sandefjord) recently announced the further development of an alliance with Kansai Paint, a leading coating supplier in Japan. Working togeth...


Silver Line Phase 2 Faces Rail Tie Flaws

According to recent findings, phase two of Washington Metro’s $5.8 billion Silver Line extension, in Washington, D.C., is facing its own set of problems: Alleged faulty railroad ties could c...


Sherwin-Williams Announces Aerospace Coatings Training

The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) recently announced its 2019 aerospace coatings training program schedule, with classes accommodating various levels of experience, covering subjects ...


MA Coal Plant Converted to Solar Farm

With activists successfully pushing to convert the former site of former coal-and-oil plant, located in Holyoke, Massachusetts, into an area for a solar farm, the site is now a step toward t...


FL Bridge Graffiti Lives On in the Grinch

The ever-changing visual landscape of Pensacola, Florida’s Graffiti Bridge continues to evolve with a recent holiday homage, an impromptu work in 30 minutes by 26-year-old artist Monty Welt.


Approval Granted for Germany-Denmark Tunnel

The German Ministry of Transport of Schleswig-Holstein state recently granted approval for the construction of an 18-kilometer-long (11.18-mile-long) sunken-tube road and rail tunnel link th...


US Navy Implements 3D Printing in Parts Testing

As the U.S. Navy continues to look to 3D printing as a solution to cut down on lead times for ship parts, a one-year trial of a 3D-printed metal drain strainer, to be tested on the Naval Sta...


Details on PA Riverfront Development Unveiled

A mixed-use development—including a Ferris wheel and man-made lagoon—is moving forward in Pittsburgh as new renderings were delivered with an update for the city’s Urban Redevelopment Author...


MI Supreme Court Blocks Moroun Family Appeal

The Michigan Supreme Court recently blocked a May appeal from Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun, which looked to stop the state’s Department of Transportation from buying land ow...


Delays Challenge Montreal Bridge Construction

Construction of Montreal’s Champlain Bridge, a structure designed to last 125 years, is facing a delay of its opening date due to harsh conditions, and those responsible for building the bri...


EPA Announces $20.8M in Water Treatment Funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in an emailed press release early last week the award of more than $20.9 million to Nevada for improvements to wastewater and water infrast...


Schedule Alert: Year-End, 2019 Look

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of PaintSquare Daily News and Durability + DesignNews, is expanding its coverage of the coatings industry.


Plans to Replace Morandi Bridge Underway

Demolition of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge began Saturday (Dec. 15), and well-known Italian architect Renzo Piano will be overseeing the structure’s replacement, his own design featuring 43 posts,...


PPG Acquires Low-Friction Coatings Company

Gobal coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Whitford Worldwide Company (Elverson, Pennsylvania), a manufacturer that specializes in...


FL Tank Coating Out for Bid

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority is seeking contractors to coat an existing ground water storage tank in Pensacola, Florida.


Ontario Proposes New Construction Legislation

The government of Ontario revealed plans earlier this month to amend several regulatory acts that surround labor and construction.


Schedule Alert: Year-End, 2019 Look

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of PaintSquare Daily News and Durability + DesignNews, is expanding its coverage of the coatings industry.


Fourth Phase of Work on WV Dam Complete

The fourth phase of work on a nearly 70-year-old dam near Hinton, West Virginia, is now complete, marking the installation of 278 high-strength steel anchors that serve to better tie the dam...


JPCL Readers’ Choice Awards Voting Open

For the second consecutive year, readers will determine the year’s best offerings from the Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings, as voting is now open for the JPCL Readers’ Choi...


Donors to Sue Garden Bridge Trust Over Project

Wealthy individuals who provided financial donations to London’s Garden Bridge project are now seeking to sue the charity behind the endeavor, with one alleging that the money had been flush...


Dow Announces Increase in Methyl Cellulose

Dow, a subsidiary of DowDuPont (Midland, Michigan), recently announced a series of incremental methyl cellulose capacity investments, which the company says aims to help construction try mix...


Boring Company Tunneling Toward LA Stadium

Earlier this month, billionaire Elon Musk’s The Boring Company announced that it would be abandoning plans for a test tunnel under the west side of Los Angeles, instead switching focus to a ...


FL Bridge Coating Replacement Work Out for Bid

The Florida Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for the full removal and replacement of coatings of two Spanish River Boulevard Bridges.


Silver Bridge Collapse Memorialized with Mural

A mural memorializing the 51st anniversary of the collapse of the Silver Bridge, located in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is to be dedicated this weekend.


MI Senate Approves Line 5 Oversight Panel

In a move to eventually see the replacement of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac, in Michigan, the state Senate voted last week to create the three-member ...


Construction Begins on Mexico Wind Farm

Energy firm Enel Group, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power Mexico, began construction on a 244-megawatt wind farm in the Mexican State of Nuevo Leon earlier this week.


DOT Announces $1.5B in Infrastructure Grants

On Tuesday (Dec. 11), the Department of Transportation announced $1.5 billion in infrastructure funding to 91 projects across 49 states, including the District of Columbia, with bridge proje...


IN Man Scraps Bridge for Metal

The ownership of a railroad bridge in Hammond, Indiana, is up for debate in an unusual case in which a nearby resident dismantled the decommissioned bridge and sold it across state lines for...


Purdue Develops 3D-Printed Cement Paste

Researchers at Purdue University have reportedly created a 3D-printed cement paste that gets tougher under pressure. The technique could eventually be used to build more resilient structures...


Scientists Attempt to Hush Noisy WA Bridge

University of Washington scientists are investigating noise complaints that stem from cars passing over expansion joints belonging to the Highway 520 bridge, one of the longest floating brid...


Hempel Opens New R&D Facility in Spain

Coatings manufacturer Hempel (Denmark) recently celebrated the ribbon-cutting of its new research and developer Center of Excellence in Barcelona, which will focus on coating products within...


PPG Announces Investment in China Facility

Global coatings company PPG announced last least week that it is investing $1.7 million into a new dispense cell at its Kunshan, China, manufacturing facility.


NY Water Tower to Receive Delicious Redesign

A water tower is in Hamburg, New York, is getting a delicious redesign: Residents have been lobbying to get the rusty structure repainted, and late last month, a new design was chosen to hel...


Commuters Avoiding KY's New Infrastructure

A recent report from the Indiana Department of Transportation indicates that drivers are not using the multi-billion-dollar bridge and highway system the state developed in collaboration wit...


MN Elevated Water Tanks Rehab Out for Bid

The City of Pine River is seeking contractors to rehabilitate two existing elevated water storage tanks in Pine River, Minnesota.


US Border Wall Plans Move Forward

Late last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the beginning of construction of a series of border wall gates in the Rio Grand Valley sector. A judge also ruled earlier this w...


PennDOT Replaces Over 500 'Poor' Condition Bridges

Late last month, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that 511 “poor” condition bridges had been replaced to date, with another 41 currently under construction thanks to a...


NJ Commuter Aims to Raise Money for Portal Bridge

One New Jersey commuter has taken it upon themselves to find funding for replacing the Portal Bridge: A GoFundMe, started by someone self-named as “Sad Jersey Commuter,” is seeking $920 mill...


Keystone XL Pipeline to Undergo Review

A Montana judge has ruled that TransCanada will be permitted to continue preliminary work on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, though the U.S. State Department will conduct another environmental...


Firm Granted Approval for Timber-Clad Bridge

Bridge design firm Knight Architects, working in collaboration with engineering firm WSP, was recently granted permission to build a timber-clad pedestrian bridge in South Wales, a structure...


New DC-VA Bridge to Add Train Capacity

In a move to lessen congestion for D.C. area commuters and those traveling in from farther away, the Department of Transportation for Washington, D.C., recently announced a preferred layout ...


Texas Bullet Train Gets Construction Date

Construction on Texas’ new bullet train is slated to begin late next year, according to reports. The project is still awaiting final approval from the Federal Railway Administration, however...


$2.3M OR Bridge Coating Job Awarded

The Oregon Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $2,342,995 for the coating of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport, Oregon, to Certified Coatings Co, of Fairfiel...


Water Tower Bar Pays Homage to NYC Tanks

A new watering hole in Manhattan raises the bar, acting as a tribute to New York City’s industrial past: The Williamsburg Hotel’s newest bar is housed in a structure reminiscent of a water t...


Boring Company Tunnel Project Abandoned

A lawsuit filed back in May has resulted in billionaire Elon Musk’s Boring Company dropping plans for a tunnel running beneath Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles. The company will now focus ...


PPG Announces TiO2 Deal Expansion

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced on Tuesday (Nov. 27) that it has expanded a multi-year titanium-dioxide supply agreement with pigment manufacturer Lomon Billions.


CA Officials Approve $43B Transportation Plan

Earlier this month, the board of directors for the Orange County Transportation Authority announced the approval of a $43.4 billion plan that will serve as a guideline for how infrastructure...


Research: Graphene Reduces Corrosion in Wastewater

Researchers based out of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, working in collaboration with Sewer Venting and Crane Hire Services, are investigating the potential of graphene oxide tha...


Lawsuit Dismantles IA Wind Turbines

A lawsuit filed by Fairbank, Iowa, residents has resulted in the dismantling of three wind turbines, stemming from a judge’s order that has only happened once before nationally, and is a fir...


Boring Company Completes Test Tunnel

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has completed its first test tunnel, located in Hawthorne, California, ahead of the Dec. 10 opening date. The billionaire also recently announced the founding of T...


Audit: CA Rail Plagued by Cost Overruns

A recent audit indicates that cost overruns—currently totaling $600 million for three projects, $1.6 billion total estimated to complete them—associated with the California high-speed rail p...


$491 Million in Border Wall Contracts Awarded

On the heels of a border wall contract awarded earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the award of two more contracts: $324 million to Barnard Construction Co. for ...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Thursday, Friday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Thursday, Nov. 22, or Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.


IA Elevated Storage Tank Painting Out for Bid

Iowa Lakes Regional Water is seeking contractors to paint an existing elevated water storage tank in Ayrshire, Iowa.


Southwest Light-Rail Construction to Begin

The prospect of a new light-rail line connecting Minneapolis to Eden Prairie recently overcame a significant hurdle on the road to construction: The Federal Transportation authority has issu...


PA Infrastructure Given a Grade of C-

In a recent report presented by the Pennsylvania State Council, speaking on behalf of the the Central Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh chapters of the American Societ...


Report: Design Flaws Found in FIU Bridge Design

More than eight months after the bridge collapse at Florida international University, the National Transportation Safety Board has released another preliminary report that indicates there we...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Thursday, Friday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Thursday, Nov. 22, or Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.


OSHA Finalizes Crane Operator Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health administration published a final rule last week that clarifies the certification requirements for crane operators, about eight y...


LA Bridge Rehab Out for Bid

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is seeking contractors interested in the rehabilitation of the Atchafalaya River Bridge located in Saint Mary County, Louisiana.


NJ's Yellow Brick Road to be Restored

The yellow brick road no longer exists only in Oz: A two-block road, known as Castle Point Terrace, located in Hoboken, New Jersey, is a visual successor of the movie-famous roadway, and is ...


Group Sues to Block Historic PA Bridge Replacement

An environmental protection group recently sued to stop the replacement of a historic bridge in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, citing the belief that the span can be reopened for traffic, its o...


'Ike Dike' Proposal Raises Concerns

Rice University researchers recently voiced concerns over plans for the $31 billion, 70-mile-long Ike Dike project, citing worry over the completeness of the study used by the U.S. Army Corp...


Skanska Confirms Exit from US P3 Projects

Major construction and development company Skanska (Stockholm, Sweden) confirmed in its third-quarter earnings press conference last week that it intends to stop bidding on United States “me...


Government Agency Awards Border Wall Contract

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, announced earlier this month the award of a $145 million contract to build a section of border wal...


PennDOT Develops Bridge Condition Online Resource

Last month, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation launched an online tool that allows the public to check the condition of any of the state’s bridges.


Genoa's Morandi Bridge to be Demolished

Three months after the collapse of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge, testing of debris from the site has begun, and a demolition date for what remains of the span has been set.


2nd Annual Contractor Connect Event Wraps in FL

Technology Publishing Company’s Second Annual Contractor Connect event was held last week, Nov. 6-9, at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida.


Judge Temporarily Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline

In a ruling late last week, a federal judge temporarily blocked the construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, citing that the Trump administration had not justified granting a perm...


CA Tank Coating Project Out for Bid

The Fallbrook Public Utility District is seeking contractors to paint and coat two existing ground storage tanks in Fallbrook, California.


Brooklyn Man Fought to Fix Bridge Spelling

Earlier this month, a Brooklyn man was honored for pushing for the correction of the spelling on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, which has been painted with one “z” instead of the correct two...


Mountain Valley Applies for NC Pipeline Permit

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC filed an application Tuesday (Nov. 6) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a 73-mile pipeline that will act as an extension of the Mountain Valley P...


Nippon Paint Collabs to Launch Coil Coatings Center

During the 40th anniversary celebration of steel building systems firm Shandong Wiskind Ltd., Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd. announced the establishment of a new coil coatings joint innovati...


LA Bridge Repairs Get Completion Date

Nearly a month after a barge-mounted crane struck the Sunshine Bridge, a crucial connection for St. James Parish, Louisiana, repairs are well underway, with a completion date slated for Janu...


University Receives Grant to Study LA Rail

Late last month, Bethany Stich, director of the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute, was awarded $150,000 by the Louisiana Transportation Research Center to investigate the st...


Field Order Issued After Pipeline Explosion

In late October, over a month after the Revolution pipeline exploded near Monaca, Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a field order to the pipeline o...


American Concrete Institute Announces Awards

In mid-October, the American Concrete Institute announced the winners of the 2018 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, with the highest honor going to the Viaduct Over River Almonte i...


Historic WWII-Era Bridge to be Replaced

The last remaining through-truss bridge between the Canadian border and Anchorage, Alaska, dating back to sometime between 1943 and 1944, is currently being demolished. Construction of the n...


Delaware to Invest $4B in Transportation

Delaware Gov. John Carney, joining Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan, announced late last month that more than $3.2 billion will be invested in the state’s infrastructure and transp...


Oroville Dam Ready Ahead of Rainy Season

California water officials recently reported that, nearly two years after the damage to the Oroville Dam, the $1.1 billion spillway is ready for the winter season. Crews have finished pourin...


Students Create Art for PA Plows

With winter weather rolling in across the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently announced the Crawford County regional winner of Paint the Plow, a contest that encour...


Turbine Blades Made with Polyurethane Resin

German materials manufacturer Covestro announced last month the operation of the first wind turbines with blades made from the company’s polyurethane infusion resin. This announcement marks ...


Report: Grant Not Tied to FIU Bridge Collapse

A recent audit, conducted by the U.S. Transportation Department inspector general’s office, related to the bridge collapse at Florida International University in March, indicates that there ...


MD Bridges Coating Work Out for Bid

The Maryland State Highway Administration is seeking contractors to bid on a project involving coating of three bridges located in Kent County, Maryland.


ChemQuest Exec Appointed as New CRRC Member

Business strategy firm The ChemQuest Group Inc. recently announced in an emailed press release the appointment of David A. Cocuzzi as ex-officio member of the board of directors for the Cool...


$31B TX 'Ike Dike' Gets Tentative Nod

After a three-year study into ways to protect Texas’ coast from hurricanes and other similar storm surges, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday (Oct. 26) that the 70-mile-long c...


Report: 14% of LA Bridges Structurally Deficient

A recent report indicates that 14 percent of Louisiana’s locally and state-maintained bridges are structurally deficient, with a significant number of spans in the state approaching or havin...


Boring Company Test Tunnel to Open Mid-December

Elon Musk’s Boring Company will be opening its first test tunnel in December in Hawthorne, California, according to reports. The company will be hosting an event to showcase the project Dec....


Aircraft Carrier Gets First 3D-Printed Part

The USS Harry S. Truman, U.S. Navy nuclear aircraft carrier, is breaking new ground: A new 3D-printed prototype piping assembly, manufactured by Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News S...


Private Developer Plans for $15B TX Bullet Train

Plans for a new bullet train, slated to cost anywhere from $12 billion to $15 billion, connecting Dallas to Houston, are well underway: Texas Central Partners, the firm leading the endeavor,...


Department of Energy Invests $53M in Solar

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that $53 million will be invested into projects to advance early-stage solar technologies. Financial assistance will be granted to 53 project...


Historic TX Bridge Named After Local Ghosts

Lone Wolf Bridge, located in San Angelo, Texas, is well-known locally for being both haunted and home to a wealth of history. The 152-foot-long metal truss bridge, a 1922 rebuild originally ...


TX Ground Storage Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The City of Richmond is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation and coating of a ground storage tank in Richmond, Texas.


$4B Approved for Atlanta Transportation

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's board of directors announced earlier this month the approval of a $2.7 billion, 40-year program in funding that will help cover roughly $3....


Covestro to Invest $1.7B in TX Expansion

Polymers giant Covestro recently announced that its board approved an investment of 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) to build a new world-scale MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, a key ch...


3D-Printed Steel Bridge Ready to Be Installed

The world’s first 3D-printed metal pedestrian bridge, currently on display at Dutch Design Week until Oct. 28, is ready for installation in Amsterdam, according to reports. Next, the structu...


Approvals Granted for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Virginia regulators granted approval for construction to begin on a 300-mile track of the $6.5 billion, 600-mile shale gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the sister to the Mountain Valley Pipeline...


ABC Bridge Undergoes Shake Test

In ongoing testing for accelerated bridge construction infrastructure options, Mehdi "Saiid" Saiidi, a civil engineering professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, ...


World's Longest Sea-Crossing Bridge Opens

After nine years of construction, the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge, connecting Hong Kong and Macao to China’s mainland, is set to open on Tuesday (Oct. 23), marked by a ceremony to be...


Contract Awarded for 5 INDOT Bridges

The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded a $3,333,314.64 contract for the rehabilitation of five existing bridge structures located in Warrick and Spencer Counties, Indiana, to R...


Geese Roost Once Again on PA Bridge

The graffiti geese of Pittsburgh’s 10th Street Bridge, often confused for dinosaurs, have once again come to roost thanks to approval from the Allegheny County Council and the original artis...


PPG Financials Indicate Slight Increase in Sales

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries announced in its third-quarter financial report Thursday an increase in net sales, with sales volumes remaining flat and volume growth offset by lower...


Tank of the Year Voting Deadline Nears

The deadline is nearing to vote for Tnemec Company Inc.'s Tank of the Year contest, an annual competition honoring innovative and creative uses of the company's products on water tank projec...


AkzoNobel Q3 Financials Indicate Revenue Dip

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) published its third-quarter financial report yesterday (Oct. 17), indicating a 4 percent drop in revenue despite return-on-sales increases ...


Arkema to Expand MI Plant Manufacturing

Arkema Coating Resins, a unit of Arkema Inc., announced early last week that it plans to expand manufacturing capabilities for its Synaqua platform at its Grand Rapids, Michigan, facility.


Ørsted Acquires Deepwater Wind for $510M

Danish energy firm Ørsted recently announced the expansion of its presence in the U.S. with the $510 million acquisition of Deepwater Wind from owner D.E. Shaw Group. The venture is to be ru...


Environmental Rules Waived for TX Border Wall

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced last week that any environmental regulations regarding the construction or repair of a section of U.S.-Mexico border wall for certain areas...


Family Guy Bridge Graffiti Warns of Hurricane

To help raise the alarm about Hurricane Michael sweeping along the Florida coast, artist Monty Welt added his own piece to Pensacola’s Graffiti Bridge—a portrayal of Family Guy weatherman Ol...


Akzo Specialty Chem Rebranded as Nouryon

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced earlier this week that it has been relaunched following its move into private ownership. The company has been relabeled Nouryon, a name that Akzo says...


Construction on the Gordie Howe Bridge Kicks Off

Construction work on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, crossing from Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, was kicked off at a ceremony on Friday, attended by both Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and C...


Axalta Announces New Wood Coatings Center

Last week, liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced the openng of its new Learning and Development Center, which is dedicated to industrial wood coatings technology. The Center i...


SSPC CA-NV to Meet on Robotic Systems

On Oct. 18, the Northern California-Nevada chapter of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings will be hosting a training session on new coatings technology for robotic systems, featuring g...


Judge Blocks Release of FIU Bridge Records

Over half a year after the fatal bridge collapse at Florida International University, and after a more recent ruling that the Florida Department of Transportation must release the records as...


Sherwin-Williams Names Impact Awardees

A 3-million-gallon water storage tank restoration project, completed under difficult circumstances, was recently named the winner of The Sherwin-Williams Company's Protective and Marine Coat...


Researchers Develop Quick-Setting Pothole Fix

With fixing potholes in a timely manner a consistent concern, researchers based out of the University of Minnesota’s Natural Resources Research Institute recently developed a pothole fix tha...


Court, Army Corps Block Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Mountain Valley Pipeline, to run from Virginia to West Virginia, is once again facing a series of challenges: Following a similar ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals early la...


Michigan, Enbridge Strike Deal for Line 5

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian oil transport company Enbridge recently struck a deal that would allow for the construction of a new pipeline 100 feet beneath the lake bottom, eventua...


Verrazzano Bridge Catches 'Zs'

Staten Island’s Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge will be catching some “Zs." The name on the bridge, spelled wrong for more than 50 years with one "z" instead of two, is now being corrected thanks ...


New Issue of PaintSquare Press, Prestige Voting

With the fall issue of PaintSquare Press on its way, readers only have a week left to make their voices heard for the Top Products section of the PaintSquare Prestige Awards.


PA Commits $49M to Infrastructure Improvements

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday (Oct. 2) that over 40 transportation projects are in line for $49 million in grants from PennDOT’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. Out of the 42 ...


WV Bridge Reno Contract Awarded

The West Virginia Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $6,406,863.71 to Kokosing Construction Company, of Fredericktown, Ohio, for the structural rehabilitati...


Gordie Howe Bridge Contract Finalized at $4.4B

After years of debate and numerous legal challenges from the owner of a nearby bridge, construction on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project in Detroit is set to begin in earnest this...


Engineers Explore New Forms for Longer Bridges

University of Sheffield researchers, working in collaboration with a team from Brunel University London, recently identified new structural forms that could allow for the construction of ver...


DoD Honors Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, one of four Navy-owned shipyards in the United States, will be honored with this year’s Robert T. Mason Award for Depot Main...


AkzoNobel Closes Specialty Chemicals Sale

Concluding a year-and-a-half long process, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Monday the completion of the sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and Sin...


Obituary: Charles Wyatt, Past SSPC President

Charles H. Wyatt IV, who served on the Board of Governors of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings for a decade, passed away Sept. 20 in Pensacola, Florida, at age 81.


BSEE Rolls Back Offshore Safety Rules

Dozens of offshore drilling safety regulations, in place since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, are being rolled back by the Trump administration as part of a newly published rule; th...


Council Sinks Golf-Ball Water Tower Idea

A proposed golf-ball design for a water tower in Ocean City, Maryland, that some hoped would be a hole in one has instead ended up in the rough of government bureacracy after opponents raise...


Awards Voting Continues

As announced last week, voting in the Top Products section of the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards, honoring the people and products that make the protective, marine and industrial coat...


Concerns Evident Before Cuomo Bridge Opening

Weeks after the grand opening of the second span of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge was delayed twice, a recently revealed paper trail indicates that general contractor Tappan Zee Constructor...


Contractor Sought for TX Water Tank Rehab

Prairie View A&M University is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of a ground storage tank in Prairie View, Texas.


UK Bridge Removal Successful After Highway Shutdown

In a bid to lessen congestion on the M6 highway running through England, an old bridge, no longer used, was taken down late last week. Officials originally anticipated a 24-hour closure, but...


TransCanada to Build Keystone XL in 2019

TransCanada, the firm behind the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline from Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska, appears poised to move forward with construction in 2019 after the U.S. State Departm...


AASHTO Announces 2018 Award Winners

A congestion-alleviating fix for an interchange in Chicago and a bikeable, walkable greenway that connects neighborhoods in the north part of Atlanta were recently named the winners of the A...


Chesapeake Bay Borer Ready for Action

The machine that will create a second tunnel as part of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel expansion project has been finished—now it just needs to make a journey of more than 4,000 miles ...


New Mega-Bridge to Be Built in South Africa

The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) recently announced that the second of two contracts had been awarded for a two-part mega-bridge project set to run along the Wild Coast.


NJ Firm Official Debarred Over NYCTA Bribes

The former principal of a New Jersey engineering consulting firm has been debarred for three years by the Federal Transit Administration in relation to charges he made payments to a former N...


Pittsburgh's 3-Year Liberty Bridge Rehab Complete

The three-year, $82 million rehabilitation of Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge, which came to a halt for weeks in September 2016 after a worksite fire compromised the span’s integrity, has come t...


Airline Spells Its Own Name Wrong on Plane

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but when the picture captures only two words, you want them both to be spelled correctly. For Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific, a photo of...


Voting Begins for Industry Awards

The fall issue of PaintSquare Press is on its way to readers this week, and with it comes the opening of voting in the Top Products section of the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards, hono...


NJ Engineer Debarred Over NYCTA Bribes

The former principal of a New Jersey engineering consulting firm has been debarred for three years by the Federal Transit Administration in relation to charges he made payments to a former N...


Contractors Sought for McCullough Bridge Painting

The Oregon Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for coating of the Conde B. McCullough Bridge, spanning the Coos Bay in Coos County, Oregon.


Boring Company Introduces Tunnel Garage Prototype

Elon Musk’s Boring Company was recently granted approval from the Hawthorne City Council to implement a new addition to its tunnel prototype—a garage that would connect a passenger’s car dir...


HP Introduces Next-Gen Metal 3D Printer

Office and tech company HP is rolling out a new 3D printer that will allow users to print small objects made of stainless steel in high resolution, further expanding the possibilities relate...


Congress Approves Spending, Delays DOT Talks

In a race against the clock to avoid a government shutdown, the majority of the U.S. Senate voted last week to approve a $854 billion spending bill that includes funding for the Department o...


Evonik to Expand German Silica Facility

Roughly a month after Evonik Industries announced a joint venture with Wynca to produce fumed silica, Evonik has moved its focus toward expanding production capacity at its facility in Rhein...


Judge Questions Bridge Evidence Destruction

Several months after the collapse of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University, it has come to light that 26 threaded steel rods—the kind being tightened on the bridge at the...


RPM Announces Building-Materials Firm Acquisition

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of brands including Rust-Oleum and Carboline, announced last week its acquisition of Nudura Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor ...


Kinder Morgan Plans $30M ND Pipeline

A proposed natural gas pipeline that would run under the Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea Reservoir in North Dakota is garnering input from the public and the Army Corps of Engineers as oil...


Jewelry Crafted from MI Train Station Graffiti

As plans continue to move forward with Ford’s purchase of Michigan Central Station, paint from graffiti that coats much of the abandoned building is being used to create jewelry. Proceeds fr...


Contractor Sought for CO Tank Rehabs

The City of Golden is seeking contractors to recoat the 6200 South Tank and 6400 Tank, in Golden, Colorado.


Bridge Painters Convicted on PA DBE Fraud

In late August, Stamatios “Tom” Kousisis, and his employer, Alpha Painting and Construction Inc., were convicted of conspiracy to commit and execution of wire fraud, and making false stateme...


No Charges Over Ontario Bridge Controversy

The investigation of an Ontario bridge replacement that ballooned to nearly twice its original projected cost has wrapped up with no indication of criminal wrongdoing.


New CA Bridge to Measure Seismic Activity

A replacement bridge being built south of Los Angeles is a first for those interested in monitoring seismic activity: Sensors were factored into the design of the span from day one, rather t...


Airplane Maker Paints Tiger, Shark Planes

With the true eye of the tiger, aircraft maker Embraer recently collaborated with AkzoNobel’s aerospace coatings business to develop new livery for three of Embraer’s latest line of E2 busin...


DC Contractor Indicted on Bribery Charge

An official from a civil and general construction contractor based in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., has been indicted on a single charge of attempting to bribe a public official, an alleg...


Designers Create 'Omnidirectional' Wind Turbine

To take the power of traditional wind turbines, which function only with unidirectional wind, to the next level, Lancaster University students Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani have develo...


DOTs Testing Sealant for Concrete Cracking

Transportation departments in Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota will be testing out a new sealant, created by Louisiana State University mechanical engineering professor Guoqiang Li, that can r...


Final Bay Bridge Piers Imploded

The final piers of the old San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge eastern span to be demolished have been imploded in place, five years after the bridge’s replacement opened and 16 years after con...


Cuomo Bridge Opening Delayed by Demo Issue

The opening of the second span of the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, originally scheduled for this past weekend, has been delayed after a piece of the old Tappan Zee Bridge became unstable ...


IMechE Renames Corrosion and Coatings Consultancy

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers announced on Tuesday that it will be renaming its NDT, Corrosion and Coatings Training and Consultancy business to IMechE Argyll Ruane, marking a retu...


Steel Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

As contract negotiations between United Steelworkers and U.S. Steel continue, steelworkers in and around Pittsburgh voted Thursday to allow the union to call for a strike if necessary.


Old Bridge Moved, Turned into Museum

The heart of Sunset Beach, North Carolina, used to beat to the sound of cars crossing an old single-lane drawbridge. A modern high-rise span has taken its place, but local residents have pre...


Hemp-Reinforced Concrete Formula Olympics-Bound

A Canadian firm that has been at work for years on concrete fortified with hemp fibers says it has refined its product after early experimentation, and its NForce-Fiber product is set for us...


Cuomo Bridge Second Span Set to Open

The second span of the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will open this weekend weather permitting, the culmination of five years of work on the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement proje...


Coating Innovations Make R&D 100 Finalist List

R&D Magazine recently announced a number of coating- and adhesive-related developments from a variety of labs as finalists in this year’s R&D 100, an annual awards program presented by the m...


NYC Seeks Contractors for Bridge Maintenance

The City of New York is seeking contractors to perform preventive maintenance on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro Bridges, located in New York, New York.


US Introduces Exemption Process for Steel Quotas

An executive order signed last week by President Donald J. Trump allows for the possibility of specific exemptions from quotas placed on some countries to limit their exports of steel and al...


Engineer Questions Concrete Pier Reuse Idea

The controversy surrounding the possible reconstruction of a bridge that once straddled Boston and Quincy, Massachusetts, has been reignited by a new report from an engineer hired by Quincy ...


PPG to Build New R&D Center in China

Global coatings supplier PPG recently announced plans for a new research and development center in Tianjin, China, part of a larger move to increase the company’s research footprint for cust...


Massive Panama Concrete Bridge Nearly Complete

The world’s longest prestressed concrete bridge is nearing completion over the Panama Canal, according to reports. The endeavor began in 2013, and once completed, will connect the banks of t...


SSPC Scholarship Winners Announced

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the winners of its 2018-19 scholarship program, which awarded $2,500 in tuition funding to indvidiual SSPC members and their chil...


80-Year-Old IL Bridge Felled by Demo

A steel bridge opened in 1936 to convey traffic across the Illinois River in Meredosia, Illinois, went out with a bang last week as crews destroyed its skeleton with a controlled demolition.


AASHTO Transportation Award Finalists Named

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently named 12 transportation projects that have made it to the final round of this year’s awards competition. The w...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

PaintSquare Daily News will not publish a daily newsletter Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday in the United States.


$2.5B Bond to Help with TX Flood Prep

Residents of Harris County, Texas, hard-hit one year ago by the flooding rains of Hurricane Harvey, have approved a $2.5 billion bond measure to fund more than 200 flood-mitigation projects,...


Italian Architect Offers Morandi Replacement Help

In light of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge disaster, well-known Italian architect Renzo Piano has offered to help design a replacement structure signifying rebirth and redemption for the affected ar...


Domino's Expands Infrastructure Grant Program

Domino’s, the pizza company that now moonlights as an unlikely hero of U.S. roadways, recently announced additional Infrastructure Weeks, extending its paving program to one community in eac...


PPG Announces New Controller

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG recently appointed a new vice president and corporate controller, following an investigation into the company’s financial reports earlier this year.


Self-Installing Turbine Erected Off Spanish Coast

A self-installing five-megawatt offshore wind turbine prototype has been put in place near the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain, heralding a design that can be assembled in port, elimin...


Temporary Wall Collapses at Oroville Dam Site

The California Department of Water Resources confirmed Monday that a 30-foot-wide section of temporary wall along the Oroville Dam’s upper chute collapsed last week, though it reportedly wil...


FHWA Debars PA Bridge Construction Firm

Almost three years after pleading guilty, Carl M. Weber Steel Service owners Dennis Weber and Dale Weber, as well as their conspiratorial business enterprise Karen Construction Inc. and its ...


North Carolina Elevated Water Tank Out for Bid

The Town of Cary is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the Maynard Road Water Tank in Cary, North Carolina.


Concrete Blocks Used for Power Storage

In response to increasing demand for energy storage solutions that can balance the difference between energy production and consumption, Swiss startup Energy Vault has created a crane that l...


NCDOT Prepared to Progress on 7-Mile Toll Bridge

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is moving closer to a project construction date for the Mid-Currituck Bridge, a project that has been beset by decades of delays. The record o...


Tappan Zee Remains Sunk for Artificial Reef

Pieces of the old Tappan Zee Bridge will be supporting a new kind of life: concrete and steel from demolition of the span were sunk 2.4 miles south of the Moriches Inlet, located in New York...


Concrete Blocks Eyed as Power-Storage Solution

In response to increasing demand for energy storage solutions that can balance the difference between energy production and consumption, Swiss startup Energy Vault has created a crane that l...


Judge, NTSB Squabble Over FIU Collapse Records

Over five months after the collapse of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University, Leon County state court Judge Kevin Carroll ruled Tuesday that the Florida Department of Tra...


WSDOT Building Highway Ramps with Styrofoam

Road construction for those in Puget Sound just became all the sweeter: What looks like giant sugar cubes are being used as fill for construction projects across the area, and according to t...


SSPC Structure Awards Deadline Nears

The deadline is quickly approaching for submissions to the Structure Awards, the program honoring excellent work on protective coatings projects presented annually by SSPC: The Society for P...


Contract Awarded for Grays Bridge Rehabilitation

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a project in the amount of $2,498,075 to Advantage Steel & Construction, of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, for the rehabilitation of the H...


Report: Experts Knew of Corrosion on Morandi Cables

More than a week after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, new reports indicate that experts found corrosion on the cables of the bridge months prior to the disaster. Several...


CA Anti-Offshore Drilling Bills Pass Committee

Two bills under consideration by the California state legislature are intended to stop oil and gas drilling off the state’s coast before it begins, in a rebuke of the federal government’s ef...


Evonik Forms Fumed-Silica JV

In response to an increased global market demand for fumed silica, Evonik Industries is forming a joint venture with Chinese company Wynca to produce Aerosil. For Evonik, this means an expan...


AK Shipyard Plans Layoffs

A shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska, will layoff between 50 and 80 workers in the fourth quarter of this year as a major ferry project winds down and the facility faces a shortage of new work.


$814M Bridge Build Planned for Tampa

The Florida Department of Transportation recently issued a preliminary Request for Proposals for the design and construction of Tampa’s new eight-lane Howard Frankland Bridge, the largest co...


Aecon to Rejoin Gordie Howe Consortium

Toronto-based construction firm Aecon Group has reportedly re-entered the Bridging North America consortium, the group selected to design and build the planned Gordie Howe International Brid...


Morandi Warned of Special Corrosion Risks on Genoa Bridge

The engineer who designed the Morandi Bridge, the span in Genoa, Italy, that collapsed last week, reportedly warned several decades ago that the bridge would need constant maintenance to rem...


US Steel to Invest in Gary Works

U.S. Steel (Pittsburgh) announced late last week that, in light of President Donald J. Trump’s tariffs on imported steel, it will be investing $750 million to update and revitalize the 110-y...


DOD-Allied Nations Conference Extends Call for Abstracts

The DoD-Allied Nations Technical Corrosion Conference has extended the deadline for abstracts until Aug. 27, allowing those interested in participating to contribute to the conference procee...


Italy to Look at Infrastructure After Bridge Disaster

Only days after the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, the government has proclaimed that there will be a nationwide safety assessment of its infrastructure, which may be mired ...


Wombat Mural Becomes Bridge Landmark

A wombat peeks out of its burrow in what was intended to be a temporary, practice bridge mural, located in Warrnambool, South West Victoria, but instead it’s burrowed its way into the hearts...


TX County Seeks Bids for Tank Rehab

The Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 11 is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of Water Plant No.1, in Houston, Texas.


MN City Sets Deadline to Save Historic Water Tower

A city in Minnesota is facing a dilemma in relation to its landmark century-old concrete water tower: To demolish, or to save, at a cost in the millions—or to build a replica in order to pre...


Concrete Stain to Color Boise Street Mural

Work has begun on Idaho’s first on-street mural, a splash of colorful geometry located in downtown Boise’s Cultural District, at the intersection of one of the city’s most creative areas.


NTSB: Serious Cracking Before FIU Collapse

Cracks in Florida International University’s pedestrian bridge, found only a few days before it collapsed, were more extensive than originally indicated, according to new preliminary report ...


SSPC Ontario Chapter Announces Golf Outing

The Ontario chapter of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings will be hosting its September Classic Golf Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Willow Valley Golf Course in Hamilton, On...


State Won't Expedite Hanford Site Grouting

Weeks after the U.S. Department of Energy petitioned the state of Washington to hurry the approval process for the stabilization of a second tunnel full of radioactive waste at the Hanford S...


Activists Appeal Line 3 Replacement Approval

A pair of environmental groups have gone to court to challenge the approval of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 replacement project in Minnesota, arguing that the environmental impact statement appr...


Judge Tosses Moroun Challenge to Howe Bridge

In the latest ruling against Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun, Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge Robert Colombo Jr. dismissed Moroun’s attempts to block the seizure of land...


Axalta Names New EMEA President

Global company Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) announced last week multiple personnel changes in its European regions, including the appointment of Yves Kerstens as Vice President and ...


New Steel to Double Pipeline Service Life

In response to the demands of Russian oil fields and difficult accessibility, researchers based out of the National University of Science and Technology MISiS created a new steel grade calle...


Senator Questions 'Arbitrary' Tariff Process

The United States’ tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum are garnering criticism not only from many of the countries that have been subjected to the duties, but from members of U.S. Congress...


Valentus, Thortex Announce Partnership

Valentus Specialty Chemicals recently announced, in an emailed press release, its commitment to a global technology supply agreement through its protective maintenance coatings segment and t...


Apartments Designed to Recall Gasholders

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo recently converted a former gasworks in Hilversum, located in the Netherlands, into a residential area that features cylindrical apartment buildings reminisce...


Senate Passes Bill with $1B for BUILD Grants

Early last week, the U.S. Senate passed a proposal that provides $1 billion in infrastructure grants for fiscal 2019—funding that would go to BUILD infrastructure grants, formerly known as T...


OSHA Moves to Change Recordkeeping Rule

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced in late July that it would be taking steps to roll back parts of the Obama-era "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Il...


WVDOT Seeks Contractor for Bridge Reno

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for structural renovation of the Old Hi Carpenter Bridge, located in Pleasants County, West Virginia.


FERC Halts Pipeline Construction

Late last week the U.S. Federal Regulatory Commission ordered work on the 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would transport natural gas from West Virginia hydrofracking operations, to...


Oroville Review Board Addresses Assessment

The California Department of Water Resources met recently with its newly appointed Community Ad Hoc Group and Independent Review Board as part of a Comprehensive Needs Assessment aimed at en...


SprayWorks Announces Scholarship Program

SprayWorks Equipment Group (Canton, Ohio) recently announced its new scholarship program, The James Davidson Innovative Student Scholarship, named after the company owner and geared toward e...


Dominion, Orsted Progress on VA Offshore Wind

Plans for Virginia’s first offshore windfarm were recently kicked off with the announcement that Dominion Energy Virginia has filed with the state’s corporation commission for approval to bu...


Australian Bridge Proposal Sparks Debate

A proposal for a 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) bridge to connect Australia’s mainland to the natural tourist haven of Kangaroo Island has provoked intense discussion among politicians and neighbor...


Decision on Boston Bridge Rebuild Postponed

Continuing a saga of contention, a decision for the first of three city permits Boston needs to build a new Long Island Bridge has been postponed yet again, because the commission whose ruli...


Canadian Ski Resort Opens Harrowing Bridge

If you’re both a bridge enthusiast and a thrill-seeker, Canada’s largest ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb, has the answer: a 427-foot-long suspension bridge that hangs above the ski slopes of ...


O'Malley Named MPI Executive Director

The NACE International Institute announced Tuesday that Cynthia O’Malley, formerly of KTA-Tator Inc., will take the role of executive director of Master Painters Institute LLC.


Contractors Sought for TX Tank Repainting

The City of Seguin is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the Seguin Lucile Street Elevated Water Storage Tank, in Seguin, Texas.


Golden Gate 'Suicide Barrier' Install Begins

Work installing the new “suicide barrier,” aimed at discouraging bridge-jumpers, has begun in earnest on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, according to reports from local media in the city...


CRSI Awards 2018 Honors

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute recently announced the winners of its biennial CRSI HONORS Design and Construction Awards program, with two entries in the Bridges segment winning an...


NASA Mars Habitat Finalists Revealed

NASA, working in collaboration with partner Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois, recently announced the finalists of the third phase of the agency’s 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challeng...


Draft Assessment for New Keystone XL Route Positive

TransCanada’s long-planned Keystone XL pipeline is a step closer to being built after the U.S. State Department released a draft environmental impact statement suggesting that the alternativ...


UK Shipping Group Expresses Offshore Wind Concerns

The UK Chamber of Shipping recently warned that, as plans for offshore wind projects move forward, coordination will remain necessary to ensure that these endeavors do not endanger vessels o...


Old War Plane Restored with Paint Firm's Help

Paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams' aerospace coatings arm recently donated paint to help complete the Yankee Air Museum's restoration of a historic aircraft—a C-47 from the Vietnam War.


Pipeline Firms, Steelmakers Clash Over Tariffs

The battle over steel import tariffs in the U.S. is continuing to heat up, as an executive behind the Cactus II pipeline told Congress last week that the measures amounted to a “$40 million ...


MARAD Announces Small Shipyard Grants

To help increase efficiency and growth for small shipyards, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently awarded $20 million in grants to 29 shipyards as part of ...


AZ SSPC Plans Golf Outing

The Arizona chapter of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is gearing up for its annual golf outing, to take place Sept. 21 at the Legacy Golf Club, in Phoenix.


Bridge Held Up by Giant Hands

Tourists visiting the mountains of Da Nang, Vietnam, will be uplifted by the Golden Bridge, a structure that takes the shape of two hands supporting a 150-meter-long (492-foot-long) golden s...


House Infrastructure Chair Unveils Draft Plan

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pennsylvania, who serves as chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, unveiled a draft proposal Monday to provide the long-languishing Highway...


NE Researchers Tout Corn in Concrete

In response to the increasing demand for sustainable building materials, researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney recently investigated whether ash produced by burning corncobs a...


Cracks Halt Pensacola Bay Bridge Construction

Thanks to cracks found in a section of concrete on the Pensacola Bay Bridge, construction on the $398.5 million project has been delayed twice over the past several months, raising concerns,...


CA Authorizes $2.7B in Water Storage Work

California officials have approved more than $2.5 billion in spending for water projects in the state, including new and expanded dams and reservoirs in the Santa Clara Valley and Contra Cos...


NYDOT Awards Contract for $1.2M Bridge Rehab

The New York State Department of Transportation has awarded a contract in the amount of $1,180,000 to Amstar of Western New York Inc. for the rehabilitation and coating of the Bonta Bridge, ...


Waterborne Symposium Issues Call for Papers

The 46th Annual International Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coating Symposium recently issued a call for abstracts for next year's conference, slated to take place from Feb. 24 to March...


Industry Awards Deadline Friday

The final deadline for nominations for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards is this Friday, July 27; there will be no further extension, so individuals and companies are encouraged to s...


Study: Line 5 Spill Could Top $1.8 Billion

A new risk analysis performed by Michigan Technological University and released in draft form last week indicates that a worst-case release on Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline under the Str...


Early Silver Line Concrete Tests Favorable

Initial testing triggered by a whistleblower lawsuit, which called out faulty concrete panels on Washington D.C.’s Silver Line Metro stations, suggests that the problem may not be as widespr...


DOL Rolls Back Union 'Persuader Rule'

The U.S. Department of Labor announced early last week that it has officially rescinded the Obama-era 2016 Persuader Rule, which was an extension of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclo...


CA Highway 1 Reopens in Big Sur

More than a year after record-breaking wet winter for California, which caused extensive damage to infrastructure, a portion of the state’s scenic Highway 1 along Mud Creek has finally been ...


Report: Construction Disputes Dragged On in 2017

Global design and consultancy firm Arcadis recently released a report detailing that while the value of construction disputes in North America dropped for the fourth year in a row, the avera...


Artist Fined for Vegemite Mural

In a gesture of edible artistic expression, an individual painted a mural made of Vegemite, depicting an arch bridge, on the wall of Fremantle Train Station in Fremantle, Australia. Now, he ...


PPG Reports Sales, Volume Growth in Q2

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries reported increased net sales and sales volumes in its 2018 second-quarter earnings report, released Thursday, noting that a new restructuring program,...


Elevated Tank Rehab in FL Out for Bid

The City of Ormond Beach is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the Water Treatment Plant elevated water-storage tank in Ormond Beach, Florida.


AkzoNobel Reports Revenue Dip in Q2

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel released its second-quarter financial report yesterday, noting revenues 3 percent lower than originally forecast, owing largely to difficulties in the Marine a...


Report Touts Growth of Design-Build Model

A new report issued by supporters of the design-build model suggests the procurement method may be on the rise in the coming years in the United States, owing to its reputation for shortenin...


PPG Announces Leadership Changes

Global coatings firm PPG (Pittsburgh) announced two leadership changes earlier this week: Diane Kappas, currently vice president, protective and marine coatings, Americas, was appointed as t...


Tariff Exemption Rulings Mixed for Oil and Gas

The Department of Commerce has issued some of its first decisions on oil and gas companies’ requests for exemptions from the new U.S. steel tariffs, with a major pipeline firm losing its bid...


Discussions Continue on Air Force One Redesign

President Donald J. Trump recently confirmed changes are in store for Air Force One, noting that the presidential plane will be completely updated, which includes a new paint scheme.


Nominations Close July 27

With the nomination deadline for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards now less than two weeks away, there’s still time to enter your favorite product, innovation or industry figure to b...


SGS, Baker Hughes Partner on Corrosion

Global inspection company SGS announced last week a strategic alliance agreement with oil and gas firm Baker Hughes on a new real-time software- and sensor-based corrosion detection solution...


Army Corps Proposes $20B Floodwall for NYC

In a bid to protect New York City’s waterfront from another storm like Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented several options for a $20 billion barrier that would stretc...


County Greenlights Return of Geese to Bridge

The graffiti geese of Pittsburgh’s 10th Street Bridge may be returning to roost thanks to a vote by the Allegheny County Council Tuesday that approved the repainting of the longstanding work...


University of Dayton Snags $72M Air Force Contract

Corrosion control and protective coatings research play into a six-year, $72 million contract The University of Dayton Research Institute has entered into with the United States Air Force.


PennDOT Awards Contract for Fleming Park Bridge

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded Mosites Construction Company, of Pittsburgh, a project in the amount of $10,977,422 for rehabilitation of the Fleming Park Bridge, l...


Judge Rules Bridge-Bid Suit May Continue

A suit filed in 2016 in reaction to a bridge-painting contract award in the Philadelphia area will continue, after a federal judge in New Jersey last month denied the Delaware River Port Aut...


Shipyard Touts Tampa Site for Icebreakers

A U.S. Coast Guard initiative to produce new icebreaker vessels for use in polar waters could bring thousands of jobs to western Florida if one of the shipyards in the running for the long-t...


Canadian Government Grants CPCA’s Exemption Request

The Canadian government recently granted the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association's request for an exemption from tariffs on U.S. goods coming into the country, as language could be inter...


Judge Allows Bayou Bridge Pipeline to Move Forward

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday (July 6) that construction will be allowed to move forward on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline project, which runs through ...


RPM Announces Leadership Changes

Less than two weeks after announcing new initiatives as part of a cooperation agreement with fund manager Elliott Management, coatings and sealants holding company RPM Inc. said July 6 that ...


Boring Company Unveils Images of Gantry

After winning the bid to build a tunnel for Chicago’s transit system between downtown and O’Hare Airport, Elon Musk’s Boring Company last week revealed the gantry being developed for the Loo...


Enbridge Sues Tug Firm Over Line 5 Damage

Enbridge Energy, operator of the Line 5 liquids pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan, filed suit last week in a federal court against VanEnkevort Tug and Barge, the company who...


Gordie Howe Bridge Contractor Named

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority announced last week that international consortium Bridging North America is its "preferred proponent" to design and build the Gordie Howe International B...


EC Approves Tronox-Cristal Deal

The European Commission recently approved Tronox Limited’s acquisition of the Cristal titanium dioxide pigment business, even though the original deal closure date was anticipated by the fir...


EPA Head Pruitt Resigns

President Donald J. Trump revealed Thursday via Twitter that Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned.


Airbus Gets a Whale of a Paint Job

In late June, Airbus made a splash with the unveiling of the new design for the BelugaXL (Airbus A330-700L), a new mega-transport aircraft painted to look like its namesake—the Beluga whale.


Portsmouth Shipyard to Get $13M Upgrade

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will soon be getting a $13 million upgrade to its dry dock pumping facilities, according to New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators, who announced the contract for the work T...


EU Authorizes Steel Anti-Dumping Measures

The European Union voted Thursday to approve a combination of quotas and tariffs on steel products to offset a feared influx of “dumped” steel after the United States placed its own tariffs ...


MO Elevated Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The Jefferson County Public Water Supply District No. 3 is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the West Rock Creek Rd. Elevated Water Storage Tank, in Arnold, Missouri.


Heat Wave Calls for Bridge Shower

As the dog days of summer approach, the heat gripping much of the United States is forcing many to head for the pool or spray park to cool down; in Chicago last weekend, it was a steel bridg...


PPG Wraps Probe of Accounting Practices

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) announced Thursday (June 28) that it has wrapped up an internal investigation of practices within its accounting department after unc...


Collapsed Pittsburgh Highway Reopens

A 300-foot section of U.S. Route 30, which collapsed east of Pittsburgh during a landslide on April 7, has been restored, marking only three months needed to complete the repair work.


PPG Ends Probe, Releases Updated Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries announced Thursday that it has concluded an internal investigation within its accounting department after uncovering evidence of improper practice...


Groups Release Adhesives Market Report

ChemQuest Group Inc. and Adhesive and Sealant Council Inc. recently partnered to produce and publish ASC’s 2017-2020 North American Market Report for Adhesives and Sealants with a Global Ove...


Russian Official Proposes London-to-NYC Highway

There are road trips, and then there are road trips, but this one could beat them all: Head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin recently proposed a transport route that could theoretically ...


MN Officials Approve Line 3 Project Permit

Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve the Line 3 replacement project sought by Canadian energy firm Enbridge Inc., a day after questioning company off...


Contractors Sought for WA Bridge Relocation

The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking contractors for relocation of the historic Meridian Street Bridge, currently located in Pierce County, Washington.


Covestro CSO Northcote Passes Away

Richard Northcote, chief sustainability officer for polymers giant Covestro, passed away at the age of 58, announced late last week.


Asian Steel Floods Canada After US Tariffs

Steel pipes and tubes used in drilling and transporting crude oil moved largely into Canada this spring, and the government is reportedly taking action to prevent a possible further flooding...


IL Man Debarred Over Bridge Bearings

Over two years since his initial sentencing for making false statements about highway projects, Joel De La Torre, a Chicago-based contractor, was also debarred in late May from doing busines...


PPG to Close Houston Plant

Global coatings manufacturer PPG has confirmed plans to shut down a plant in Houston after filing a notice with the Texas Workforce Commission disclosing upcoming job cuts.


Australian Firm Touts Conductive Concrete

An Australia-based advanced material technology company announced Monday that testing has shown high degrees of electrical conductivity in a formulation of graphene-enhanced concrete it deve...


NY Comptroller: High-Risk Dams Need Funding

A new report issued by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli estimates that it would take $360 million to repair all of the high- and intermediate-hazard dams in the state, though th...


Moroun Appeals to Trump on Gordie Howe Bridge

In the latest bid to prevent construction of the Gordie Howe international Bridge, the Moroun family, owners and operators of Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge, have released a TV commercial askin...


Trump Executive Order Encourages Offshore Drilling

House Republicans issued a proposal last week that would saddle states with heavy fees, should the states not approve gas or oil drilling off their coasts, while President Donald J. Trump is...


Water Tower-Turned-Home Hits Market in England

If you’re a water tower aficionado, you now have the chance to live in one: The £1.5 million ($1.9 million) Cromwell Tower, a water tower built in 1930 and decommissioned in 2004, was conver...


US Issues First Steel Tariff Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced its first round of exemptions to new steel and aluminum tariffs Wednesday, at the same time noting that it is investigating whether some companies i...


Elevated Tank Rehab Out for Bid

The City of Clinton is seeking contractors for the rehabilitation of the Clinton Elevated Water Storage Tank, in Clinton, Mississippi.


ND Permits New Refinery Near National Park

Meridian Energy Group is a step closer to building its proposed Davis Refinery, near Belfield, North Dakota, after state officials approved a permit for the facility’s construction over the ...


Pipeline Builders Seek Tariff Exemptions

Several major U.S. energy companies, including Hess Corp. and Kinder Morgan Inc., are seeking exemptions from recently enacted steel-import tariffs.


Enbridge Outlines Line 5 Alternatives

Enbridge Energy released its report to the state of Michigan on possible replacement of its Line 5 pipeline Friday, concluding that a tunnel or an open cut with secondary containment would b...


Prestige Awards Deadline Extended

If you missed the deadline to submit a nomination for the inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards, you're in luck: Technology Publishing Co., publisher of the PaintSquare family of publication...


NJ Commits $600M to Portal Bridge Replacement

As part of the larger Gateway Project, the New Jersey Transit board of directors recently approved $600 million in funding for the replacement of the Portal Bridge, a 108-year-old swing brid...


Chicago, Boring Company Plan Tunnel to O'Hare

The City of Chicago has chosen to move forward with a plan for Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to build a tunnel to transport passengers to and from O’Hare International Airport, a project th...


Tokyo Planning Solar Roads for Olympics

Four years after the first solar roadway was installed in the Netherlands, the technology is getting play in Tokyo, where it will be implemented ahead of the 2020 Olympics in a bid to show o...


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PUC Staff Recommends Line 3 Replacement

The Minnesota Public Utility Commission will meet next week to determine whether Enbridge Energy may go forward with its plan to replace its Line 3 pipeline in that state, and PUC staff last...


Pizza Chain Bankrolls Infrastructure Upgrades

As the United States awaits its much-touted (and much-delayed) multibillion-dollar infrastructure package, an unlikely hero is stepping in to help clean up the nation’s deteriorating roads: ...


IMCD to Acquire Chemicals Distributor Horn

Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD NV announced Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire U.S. chemicals distributor E.T. Horn Company, subject to regulatory approval.


$28M Phase 2 of Ponchartrain Project Awarded

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has awarded a project in the amount of $28,360,002 to American Bridge Company, of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, for phase two of the re...


Yearlong Project to Study CUI Detection Using IoT

A British startup and a Scottish innovation center are teaming up for a 12-month study that aims to determine how sensors and Internet of Things technology could help to detect and address c...


Energy Industry Starts Campaign for Atlantic Drilling

The American Petroleum Institute announced last week that it has formed a new coalition to support the expansion of offshore drilling off the coasts of the southeastern U.S., enlisting a gro...


$45M Grant to Fund NOLA Bridge-Tunnel Replacement

The replacement of a 60-year-old bridge-and-tunnel near New Orleans is a step closer to reality as the U.S. Department of Transportation has committed $45 million in funding for a new bridge...


Award Nominations Close Friday

The inaugural PaintSquare Prestige Awards will honor the protective, marine and industrial coatings industry’s top people, innovations and products later this year, and the first step toward...


Street Honors Woman Who Helped Build Brooklyn Bridge

Emily Warren Roebling, the woman who oversaw the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge, was honored in late May when a nearby street was christened with her name to commemorate her efforts.


Huntsman to Build New Dubai PU Plant

Global chemical company Huntsman Corporation announced plans at the end of May to build a new polyurethanes systems house in Dubai. The new facility, to be located in the Jebel Ali Free Trad...


SSPC Welcomes Ecuador Chapter

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the approval of a new chapter, in Ecuador.


Almond Farmer Turns Water Tank into TIE Fighter

Not so long ago, on a farm far, far away, California almond farmer Erich Gemperle looked at a water storage tank on his sister’s property and saw the start of a Star Wars spacecraft known as...


MI, Enbridge to Discuss Straits Utility Tunnel

Michigan officials are reportedly working with Enbridge Energy on a possible plan to create a new “utility corridor” under the Straits of Mackinac that would contain the company’s Line 5 liq...


AWWA Annual Conference Starts Monday

The American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and Exhibition begins Monday at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, in Las Vegas, promising four days of technical sessions, networking, ...