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  • There were so many birds falling out of the sky that we didn’t know what was going on in Philadelphia!

    10/11/2020 1:25:53 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 33 replies
    SS ^ | 10/10/20 | ss
    Stephen Maciejewski dropped to a knee on a Center City sidewalk Wednesday morning and gently scooped up a yellow-billed cuckoo that had smashed into a skyscraper and died on its way to Central America or the West Indies. “This probably happened yesterday,” said Maciejewski, a 71-year-old retired social worker and volunteer for Audubon Pennsylvania. He labeled a plastic bag with the time, date, and location, tucked the slim migrator into it, and continued his rounds. Maciejewski gets emotional when he speaks about all the birds he finds, but nothing, he says, prepared him for what happened Friday. “So many birds...
  • how to write contract for one project with 2 contractors

    06/04/2020 4:35:38 PM PDT · by SteveH · 56 replies
    me | 6/4/2020 | me
    I have a minor construction project on my property. It's about $11k for one part and about $5k for a second part. the job is for a retaining wall. I need it to be reinforced concrete with a brick façade. the concrete guys don't do brick and vice versa. how best to specify the contracts? should I be writing the contracts? when should the second contract be signed relative to the first contract? I am already taking the liberty of placing the two contractors in touch with each other-- at least giving them each the other's contact info. I don't...
  • Coronavirus could force China to rein in Belt and Road ambitions

    04/18/2020 8:55:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 04.17.2020 | Ashutosh Pandey
    The coronavirus pandemic, which began in China and has sickened over 2 million people globally, is threatening to derail one of the country’s most ambitious projects yet — the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) — dealing a major blow to Beijing’s aspirations to become a great power. The outbreak that has claimed more than 140,000 lives worldwide is prompting delays and disruptions at BRI projects which rely heavily on Chinese labor and supplies, as lockdowns and other sweeping measures to contain the virus prevent workers and supplies from reaching building sites. Projects worth billions have been hit in Indonesia, Cambodia,...
  • Philly tells nonessential construction firms: Stop building or we’ll shut you down

    04/17/2020 5:23:40 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 46 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 04/17/2020 | William Bender,
    Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration has a message for construction firms that continue to work on nonessential projects during the coronavirus pandemic: Stop building. Or pay the price. In a letter sent Wednesday to Philadelphia’s approximately 6,000 registered contractors, the Department of Licenses and Inspections warned that they could face stop-work orders and $1,000-a-day fines, and lose their licenses if they continue to flout city and state orders to halt most construction to slow the spread of the virus.
  • There could be a high-tech solution to stopping potholes from eating your tires

    02/19/2020 7:53:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 19, 2020 | Lauren Rosenblatt
    Not many people would complain about a 60-degree day in February. But this winter’s temperature spikes could mean even earlier exposure to one of spring’s downsides: potholes. Tech gurus can’t stop the weather conditions that cause asphalt to weaken and crack — eventually opening up gaping holes large enough to swallow a Goodyear tire or mess up a Jeep’s alignment. But armed with smartphones, algorithms and self-healing asphalt, they’re trying to make road maintenance a little more manageable. While some are experimenting with high-tech ways to fill the pothole once it pops up — like using a 3D printer and...
  • A Latino Worker, a Risky Construction Site and a Family in Mourning. Construction workers, many of them undocumented, continue to die on the job in New York City, despite safety regulations.

    02/17/2020 2:56:24 PM PST · by karpov · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 17, 2020 | Andrea Salcedo and Derek M. Norman
    A week before the accident, Segundo Huerta’s wife said, her husband had complained to her that the boss at the Bronx construction site where he was working was pressuring his laborers, berating them for working too slowly. Mr. Huerta’s wife, Maria Guazhco, said her husband had told her that after 17 years with the company, he would try to find another job. Nonetheless, she said, he returned to the site the next week. “And then,” Ms. Guazhco, 39, said, “everything collapsed.” Mr. Huerta, 46, was killed on Aug. 27 after the third floor of the building where he was working...
  • I-35 nearly done, but years of work ahead for I-14 in Bell County

    02/13/2020 8:41:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Killeen Daily Herald ^ | February 5, 2020 | Jacob Brooks
    After years of work, the Interstate 35 reconstruction project in Bell County is pretty much done, while a similar project to widen Interstate 14 still has years of work ahead. “Overall, the I-35 Reconstruction Project ... particularly in Waco, is continuing at an aggressive pace, well on track for a 2023 completion. Bell County work remains substantially complete with minor ‘punch list’ items such as completion of the Temple Welcome Monument and the standard establishment of vegetation along the corridor within the Temple/Troy area remaining, prior to final acceptance of the project,” Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Ken Roberts said...
  • Roar of the crowd: Trib readers recoil in horror at more I-35 construction projects

    02/07/2020 8:00:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | January 20, 2020 | The Waco Tribune-Herald
    The strain is showing, and pretty early into construction along Interstate 35 through Waco. Some readers on the Trib Facebook page began to crack upon learning Waco-area transportation leaders last week approved $76 million worth of work to I-35 near New Road with hopes of finishing in 2023, around the same time larger I-35 reconstruction wraps up to the north. The Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization policy board approved the work, including new ramps, frontage roads and overpasses at Valley Mills Drive and New Road, as part of a long-range plan called Connections 2045. The improvements, divided between two $38 million...
  • Harris County to halt Ship Channel Bridge construction to correct potential design flaw

    02/02/2020 3:06:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 7, 2020 | Dug Begley
    The Harris County Toll Road Authority plans to take a three-week pause in construction on the new Houston Ship Channel Bridge along the Sam Houston Tollway so engineers can agree on a solution to a possible design flaw found nearly 20 months into the project. The $1 billion bridge — the costliest infrastructure project in the county’s history — was designed by the Dallas office of FIGG Bridge Group. The company, based in Florida, came under scrutiny when its Tallahassee office designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in February 2018 at Florida International University, killing six. FIGG and its consultants...
  • Funds expected to speed up I-95 widening south of Fayetteville

    01/31/2020 8:34:03 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Blue Ridge Now ^ | November 8, 2019 | John Henderson, Staff Writer
    Widening and improvements to a 27-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Robeson and Cumberland counties are being sped up due to a grant. The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to accelerate the improvements because of a $22.5 million federal grant awarded this week. It is the second major federal grant the NCDOT has received since the summer of 2018 to help fund major improvements along I-95 corridor. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant through its “Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development,” or BUILD, program, which helps states and cities build and repair critical pieces of the transportation network....
  • Maryland board approves 'monumental' multi-billion dollar Traffic Relief Plan

    01/22/2020 8:54:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Construction DIVE ^ | January 9, 2020 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: In what Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is calling "a monumental and historic achievement," the three-member state Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to approve amendments to the public-private partnership (P3) that will deliver Hogan's $9 billion Traffic Relief Plan. The plan includes implementation of Maryland and Virginia's Capital Beltway Accord, which allows for a new American Legion Bridge between the two states near Washington, D.C., and the approval will allow the state to solicit bids. In order to win a majority vote for the plan, Hogan agreed to eliminate from the first phase of the project the widening...
  • Express lane construction to start on I-95 this month

    01/22/2020 8:42:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    FOX 29 WFLX ^ | January 15, 2020 | Scripps
    Your commute could get worse before it gets better along a stretch of Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County. Later this month, crews will begin adding express lanes from Glades Road in Boca Raton to Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach. For realtor Ricky Hen, this is great news. "Traffic is awful to be honest with you," said Hen. The Florida Department of Transportation will add two tolled express lanes along that stretch of I-95 in southern Palm Beach County. "I think it's great idea," said Hen. "I think it will help a lot and add a lot and help a...
  • Harris County to halt Ship Channel Bridge construction to fix design flaw

    01/22/2020 8:33:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    KPRC Click2Houston ^ | January 7, 2020 | KPRC Click2Houston
    HOUSTON – Following 20 months of construction of the new Ship Channel Bridge along the Beltway 8, the county has issued a pause. Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia said the decision was made following the discovery of a design flaw with part of the bridge. “I want to make sure that we are doing everything on behalf of public safety to ensure that everything is well,” Garcia said. “This was obviously concerning and alarming for me." John Tyler, the deputy director of engineering with the Harris County Toll Road Authority and in charge of the project, said the flaw was...
  • US housing construction jumps 16.9% in December

    01/17/2020 8:01:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 17, 2020 | Martin Crutsinger
    Construction of new homes surged in December to the highest level in 13 years, capping a year in which falling mortgage rates and a strong labor market helped lift the prospects of the housing industry. The Commerce Department reported Friday that builders started construction on 1.61 million homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in December, up 16.9% from the November pace of home building. Housing construction has been rising since July, helped by falling mortgage rates and increased demand as the unemployment rate approached a half-century low. For the year, builders started work on a total of 1.29 million...
  • Grand Parkway debate comes east with construction three new segments

    01/14/2020 7:42:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | December 26, 2019 | Dug Begley
    Houston is a faraway place on FM 1413 in southern Liberty County, where a driver is more likely to see a pony munching on grass than a shop on the corner. If not for the trees and an electrical transmission line, the sky would be unbroken, horizon to horizon. It soon could look a lot more like other parts of suburban Houston where the Grand Parkway has gone, with cul-de-sacs replacing horse pastures and retail centers sprouting at major intersections.
  • Warren Says She's Willing To Ban Construction of New Homes in America

    01/12/2020 6:39:22 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 170 replies
    Western Journal ^ | January 12,2020 | By C. Douglas Golden
    If your home isn’t carbon neutral, Elizabeth Warren might not let you build it. And if that means no new homes get built, she’s OK with that. In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday, the Massachusetts senator and fading presidential candidate talked about her Thunberg-lite plan to help end climate change. (Climate crisis? Catastrophe? What are we going with these days?) She promised “to do everything a president can do all by herself, that is, the things you don’t have to do by going to Congress.” This includes putting an end to energy mining and drilling on federal...
  • Contractor Warns I-74 Bridge ‘Not Buildable’

    01/02/2020 1:49:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Waterways Journal ^ | December 6, 2019 | Waterways Journal
    The lead contractor for a Mississippi River bridge is involved in a now-public feud with the state of Iowa over whether the bridge is buildable. The I-74 bridge is meant to replace a bridge on the same location connecting Moline, Ill, and Bettendorf, Iowa. Known as the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge, the bridge is a pair of suspension bridges located near the geographic center of the Quad Cities. The original bridge was designed by engineer Ralph Modjeski. The first span opened in 1935 as a toll bridge. In 1961, an identical twin span, built from the same blueprint, opened to facilitate...
  • The 2010s Were a Terrible Decade for Housing Construction

    01/01/2020 5:50:15 PM PST · by grundle · 23 replies
    Reason ^ | December 23, 2019 | Christian Britschgi
    NIMBYism has dominated housing policy for the last ten years. Will the 2020s be any better? A lot of things happened in the past 10 years. A boom in housing construction was not one of them. The 2010s will go down as a decade of historically low housing starts, resulting in higher home prices and rents for some and longer commutes for others. Last week, Freddie Mae Deputy Chief Economist Len Keifer tweeted out a graph comparing new housing starts over the past six decades. The results are startling. In the past 10 years, construction started for 9.8 million new...
  • Jeep Cherokee watching: Pa. to start automated speed enforcement in work zones

    01/01/2020 6:13:07 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 28, 2019 | Ed Blazina
    After years of concern about the number of traffic accidents that occur in road construction zones, Pennsylvania is doing something about it. Beginning Jan. 4, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike will begin a 60-day pilot program to formally test what’s called the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program. The program is designed to cause drivers to slow down in construction areas by setting up speed monitoring equipment in work areas. After the pilot program is finished, the two state agencies expect to deploy private contractors in white Jeep Cherokee SUVs at various sites throughout the state to...
  • PA Turnpike tolls go up 6% in 2020, but smaller increases expected beginning in 2023

    12/31/2019 4:45:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 29, 2019 | Ed Blazina
    Pennsylvania Turnpike users can expect 6% toll increases in 2020 and 2021 but then — if the state Legislature follows through with plans to change how the state funds public transit — the rate of annual increases gradually will go down to 3% in 2028. Nikolaus Grieshaber, the turnpike’s chief financial officer, outlined the agency’s financial future recently in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the 6% toll hike that begins Jan. 5. The increase marks the 12th year in a row that rates have gone up and will increase the fee for a car traveling the length of...