A 50-acre parking lot near Nashville, Tenn., could become home to an environmentally savvy mixed-use development that includes a futuristic parking garage designed for self-parking cars. Having occupants exit vehicles at a building's drop-off zone means parking spaces could be narrower and farther away.
Part of New York City's Willets Point section in Queens is being torn down to make way for a neighborhood of affordable housing and commercial property. General contractor Tully Construction expects demolition to be completed by the end of August.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is boosting construction efforts at the company's car battery gigafactory in Nevada to meet its orders in a timely manner. Faster construction at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center will allow production of the new lithium-ion batteries to begin before year's end.
The Army Corps of Engineers will spend $3 million over three years to evaluate the feasibility of building a $4 billion surge-protection levee system along part of Texas' Gulf Cost. The system would be designed to protect the area's many petroleum refineries.
Steve Radack, a commissioner of Harris County, Texas, believes that heavy traffic on Interstate 10 would be improved by establishing extra toll lanes near Katy. Meanwhile, Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers would prefer to widen the Westpark Tollway or build an elevated highway to relieve congestion.
The Federal Highway Administration is asking states to add alternative fuel and electric plug-in stations along major highways to help meet the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act's goal of zero-emission areas.
Minnesota has updated a law regarding prompt payment and retainage to cap retainage on building and construction projects at 5% and to let subcontractors and materials suppliers suspend work if they are not paid within 10 days. Owners and contractors should revise payment sections of contracts to ensure they comply, an attorney writes.
A construction trade group's economist says a shortage of workers could hurt not only the construction industry but also the economy, particularly as demand rises for construction. Construction jobs decreased in 25 states in June.
The Army Corps of Engineers gave final regulatory approval to the $3.8 billion Bakken pipeline proposal by Dakota Access. The Corps ruled the pipeline's 60 waterway crossings in Iowa would abide by environment law.
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