Boston Children's Hospital's $1 billion expansion has been approved by the Massachusetts Public Health Council and will include construction of an 11-story building at its primary campus plus an outpatient facility and renovations at its Brookline campus. Some people have criticized the plan, saying it would increase health care costs.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board is committing about $300 million to replace the 106-year-old Portal Bridge that carries trains across the Hackensack River. The pledge is part of the $24 billion Gateway Project to add two tunnels under the Hudson River and restore the region's deteriorating bridges and tunnels.
China is increasing its use of public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects. In 2015, 11 toll road projects, worth $10.3 billion, piloted the P3s, and as of April 2016, $667.6 billion had been invested in P3 projects around the country.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has delayed until Dec. 1 rules that govern the anti-retaliation provisions in its "Reasonable Reporting Procedure." A lawsuit has been filed against the agency because it "failed to recognize the infeasibility, costs and real-world impacts of what it preposterously suggests is just a mere tweak to a major regulation."
The US residential real estate market made a bigger comeback last month than experts had expected. Contract closings for existing homes increased 3.2% compared with August, and the average price gained 5.6% compared with September 2015, according to the National Association of Realtors.
More than 6,000 workers have been on-site since late 2014 during the construction of Units 3 and 4 at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia and have logged 25 million hours without an accident. Georgia Power, which owns the plant, has released a time-lapse video with construction efforts over the last six years.
Construction will begin next week on the first phase of the $250 million Texas Live mixed-use, entertainment venue near the Texas Rangers' baseball stadium. The project will start with a hotel and space for conventions, meetings and restaurants.
The Federal Aviation Administration wants to promote the use of drones to conduct railroad inspections and has created the Pathfinder Program, which allows railroads to fly drones with an exemption. Drones allow inspections to take place faster and can provide inspectors a better view, the agency contends.
Pipes filled with cooled refrigerant installed around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power to keep radioactive water out of the ocean aren't working as planned. Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings says that if there are no rainfall issues, there could be better results by year's end.
Utility work is underway at the $2.1 billion extension of San Diego Trolley's Blue Line, and construction could begin soon. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held this weekend.
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