Braidy Industries plans to start construction on a $1.3 billion aluminum-manufacturing plant in Kentucky's Greenup County next year, a decision made after the state Legislature passed a bill that prohibits involuntary union dues. The 2.5 million-square-foot facility will create 1,000 construction jobs.
The New York Department of Transportation has resisted efforts to spend between $2.5 billion and $3.1 billion to build a tunnel to replace a 1.4-mile section of Interstate 81 in Syracuse, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo has requested that the agency hire a consultant to study the option. Details of nine other tunnels built in the US over the last 10 years, including Boston's Big Dig, show the kinds of challenges New York might face if it opts for a tunnel.
Several researchers and startups hope to get the construction industry on the robotics bandwagon. They say automation is safer, faster and costs less than traditional construction, and some of the technology has already started to filter into the industry.
The rail lines at Penn Station in New York City have seen two derailments in recent months, and Amtrak, which owns the lines, says underfunding of repairs is to blame -- the same problem with the tunnel under the Hudson River. The planned $20 billion Gateway project would build a new tunnel under the Hudson and improve rail infrastructure in the region.
After President Donald Trump met with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, the White House released a statement saying Trump has "agreed not to terminate [the North American Free Trade Agreement] at this time." Instead, the leaders of all three countries will prepare for renegotiation of the agreement.
The Maryland Department of Transportation has selected a design-build team of more than 15 firms for a $100 million project to improve Interstate 270. The project will add 23 lane miles to the road, and work should finish in 2019.
Construction is underway for a $1 billion mixed-use project in Washington, D.C., on the former site of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The Parks at Walter Reed will include residential, retail, hotel and cultural space, and the developers plan to reuse existing structures and build new ones.
CallisonRTKL has released renderings for the 66-story Figueroa Centre tower in Los Angeles, which would be the third-tallest in the city. The tower will be a mix of residential, hotel and retail space, but a construction timeline hasn't been determined.
The Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers awarded a D to state roads and a D+ to bridges, similar to the grades given in a 2012 review. Louisiana is considering an increase to the fuel tax to fund infrastructure, as the state faces a $13 billion backlog of work on roads and bridges.
Officials of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana hope to begin a $100 million project to improve safety in the coming years, and they plan to choose a design-bid team by early next year. To help fund the project, toll rates on the causeway will increase May 6.
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