Over the next two years, the San Francisco Bay Area may add 125 miles of tolled express lanes to reduce congestion, which has resulted in 17% longer commute times over the past 10 years. Groundbreaking is scheduled for today for the $107 million Interstate 680 northbound toll lane project.
Los Angeles Country Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member Janice Hahn recommends changing policies that lead to penalties against motorists entering tolled express lanes without transponders. She proposes that for motorists who use the lanes without transponders, bills for incurred tolls be sent -- rather than violation notices or California Highway Patrol tickets.
New York will get its first dedicated soccer stadium as part of the Harlem River Yards project in the South Bronx. The $700 million project also includes affordable housing to supplement new towers already underway.
North Carolina State University and Skanska have signed a $106 million contract to build a 226,042-square-foot engineering building. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.
The Architecture Billings Index increased in March for the sixth month in a row, albeit only slightly over February. Business conditions in the South and West remained strong but were slightly softer in the Northeast.
Katerra is a leader in prefabricated construction and expects to cut 40% on construction times, president Craig Curtis says. The company uses radio-frequency identification tags in prefabricated components to ensure the pieces are assembled correctly.
Sarcos Robotics has designed a robot, exoskeleton and robotic arms to help rather than replace humans in the construction industry. Caterpillar is interested in using the exoskeleton in its manufacturing plant, particularly with lifting heavy materials.
The Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs are affecting US companies, and more than 2,400 have petitioned the Commerce Department for an exemption. The agency is reviewing the requests on a case-by-case basis, but many companies are worried the process requires them to reveal confidential company information.
Combustible paneling on high-rises in Dubai, Australia, Azerbaijan and London led to major fires, and as a result, the International Code Council is considering changing rules to limit its use in the US. The new rules would prohibit the paneling in buildings over a certain height, and manufacturers and at least one industry trade group support the effort.
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