A consortium among Bombardier, EllisDon, Fengate Capital Management, Bechtel, Transdev, ARUP and IBI Group was awarded a $1.34 billion contract to build an 8-mile light-rail project in Edmonton, Canada. Construction should start in the spring for the public-private partnership project.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies CEO Dirk Ahlborn contends the Hyperloop is a viable way to alleviate traffic congestion and notes his company has "proven the technical and economical feasibility" of the system. He expects to construct a 5-mile, passenger-ready system in California by 2018. He argues that the cost to build a Hyperloop system would be less than traditional rail projects.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has announced a $275 billion infrastructure plan. She wants to see additional spending on the construction and repair of the country's bridges, ports, highways, airports, sewer systems and electric grid. Clinton hasn't yet detailed how she'll fund the program. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is challenging Clinton for the Democratic nomination, has pledged $1 trillion in infrastructure spending.
Peace River Hydro Partners, a consortium that includes Acciona Infrastructure Canada, Samsung C&T Canada and Petrowest Corp., has won a $1.12 billion contract to help construct the Site C dam, tunnels and concrete foundation for a hydroelectric generating station in Canada's British Columbia. The entire project is expected to cost $6.2 billion.
Play in the sand of a watershed, and see what happens. That's what Shane Rogers, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University, and others have created virtually with a Microsoft Kinect 3D camera, a projector and models of fluid dynamics. The 3D virtual watershed can show those who use it the importance of a healthy watershed.
President Barack Obama has signed a $33.3 billion defense funding bill that allocates $345 million for construction spending at the Savannah River Site's Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility in South Carolina. The site will convert weapons-grade plutonium to commercial use. The project employs 2,000 workers.
The Labor Department says weekly jobless claims dropped 12,000 to 260,000 -- seasonally adjusted -- in the week before Thanksgiving. That is the lowest level since the 1970s and signaled a tightening of the labor market. Economists had predicted 270,000 jobless claims.
An agreement between federal leaders and officials in New York and New Jersey indicates growing political support for constructing a rail tunnel between the two states under the Hudson River, says ratings agency Moody's Investors Services. However, questions remain about how Amtrak and New Jersey will fund their shares of the estimated $20 billion cost.
Some Londoners were worried about the amount of public land space that a new pedestrian bridge would occupy. To alleviate concerns and minimize the land impact, designer Bystrup developed a gently inclined spiral entrance.
Glass panes were put into place this week on Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England. The project will increase the soccer stadium's capacity and give it a unique look, according to this report.
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