Predictions from the Associated General Contractors of America and Dodge Data & Analytics indicate some growth in this year's construction sector and general optimism about President-elect Donald Trump's infrastructure plans. However, the lack of skilled workers could limit the growth.
Part of Highway 41 in California has been closed after a mudslide. Utility workers and construction materials were lifted via helicopter to the hilltop, where power lines are being fixed before construction crews work to stabilize the area.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend $2 billion to clean up and prevent contaminated water in New York. Work would include wetlands construction, beefing up the state's Superfund and upgrading water infrastructure.
A draft budget by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority in Louisiana proposes spending $663 million on coastal restoration and levees for fiscal year 2018. Some of the money would come from the legal settlement over the BP oil spill.
The California Department of Transportation has spent billions of dollars over the past 30 years to retrofit approximately thousands of bridges and overpasses. The work was done in response to the Northridge earthquake, and this article looks at how the seismic retrofits were done.
Canada has experimented with adding fresh water to salt and sand used to make roads less slippery in winter conditions. "We're pretty pleased with the results so far and we'll continue to monitor and collect that information," said Paula Biggar, transportation minister of Prince Edward Island.
LafargeHolcim expressed optimism about President-elect Donald Trump's plan to increase infrastructure spending. "You need to do smart infrastructure investment -- you can't just be spending and building things that aren't needed -- but the needs of infrastructure and investment in the US are so much that there's a whole long inventory of needed projects that should be ready to go," said CEO Eric Olsen.
Skanska signed a string of contracts in December and January to build projects in Massachusetts, New York and California. The projects include a $220 million infrastructure project in partnership with Caltrans, Flatiron and Stacy and Witbeck; a $75 million transportation center; a $53 million athletic center; and a $40 million renovation project.
Unemployed workers could be a resource for the construction industry. This article outlines ways they could assist at job sites.
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