A $355 million interchange is planned for the former site of Texas Stadium in Irving, the state Department of Transportation says. Crews will begin work this month on the interchange to connect state highways 114 and 183 and Loop 12, with completion predicted for 2025.
Crews have repaired damage on a washed-out section of Highway 24 in Georgia in two weeks, instead of two months. Flooding from remnants of Hurricane Sally took out a pipe that had crossed the highway, causing shoulder erosion that in turn led to wider erosion along the roadway.
Nonresidential starts for the first eight months of 2020 are down 24%, but the construction industry is slowly recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Lumber prices are rebounding because of "mismatched supply and demand," says Deni Koenhemsi, senior economist at IHS Markit.
The construction industry added 60,000 jobs last month, contributing to better-than-expected employment growth of 749,000 jobs in the private sector, according to a report by ADP and Moody's Analytics. The Labor Department is expected to report a gain of 800,000 jobs overall for September.
Technology slowly finding its way into construction has received a boost from the coronavirus pandemic and the industry's tendency to focus on practicality. Existing solutions were quickly redeployed to fit the situation, and as the country emerges from the first wave of the pandemic, construction companies are preparing to settle down and take further advantage of what they've learned from digitalization.
In the wide world of technology, the construction sector has not been a standout for innovation, but that's changing, as evidenced by activity at Israel's ConTech 2020. The accelerator aims to bring together businesses, software-makers and policymakers to create an ecosystem, beginning with a program that lets tech startups experiment on more than 25 construction sites.
Cityzenith's SmartWorldPro2 digital-twin platform will be used to help build the $500 million Orlando Sports & Entertainment Smart District in Florida. The platform will model not only the project but also most of Orlando, providing "the most advanced and feature-rich 3D digital-twin model of a city in the United States," Cityzenith CEO Michael Jansen says.
A House bill to decriminalize marijuana has prompted a warning from the National Safety Council and other organizations concerned with safety. They say in a letter to bill sponsor Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., that cannabis degrades psychomotor skills and decision-making in ways that might endanger workers and the public.
A multiphase gas-tax increase in Alabama has already produced positive results for five state highway projects and dozens of local road projects, state officials say. The tax went up 2 cents to 26 cents per gallon today and will be 28 cents per gallon on Oct. 1, 2021.
With Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio at odds over plans and budgeting for replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge, the federal government will not be providing funds for the project, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced. Chao said a lack of agreement by the states raises doubts while "consensus and agreement on a project ... speaks to the much greater probability of success, success being defined as on budget and on schedule."
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