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1/17/2021

The second phase of construction for the Al Mazunah Free Zone in Oman is roughly 88% complete. Additional phases of the project will include construction of the $7.79 million Facility Building and construction of a security fence.

1/17/2021

Two firms have been hired to manage the potential sale of Arabtec Holding subsidiaries Target Engineering Construction and Arabtec Engineering Services. Arabtec Holding has filed an official application for liquidation that also affects other subsidiaries, including Arabtec Construction, Austrian Arabian Readymix Concrete and Arabtec Precast.

1/17/2021

The Strategic Development Council provides a forum for the concrete industry where professionals from member organizations convene at the senior level to discuss strategic issues, research needs and new technology and innovations. The forum offers a crucial avenue for those who participate to prioritize industry needs, discuss strategic issues, and support research.

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1/17/2021

Infrastic was named first runner-up for the 2020 Audi Innovation Award. The company's concrete block system incorporates plastic pigments, styrofoam waste particles and stone waste infused with sand and gravel.

1/15/2021

President-elect Joe Biden has proposed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan that is geared mostly toward immediate work on vaccine distribution and individual financial relief but includes funds for local governments, transit systems and school construction. Biden intends to follow up with a second plan in February that likely will include a greater focus on infrastructure.

1/15/2021

Louisiana officials are weighing a proposed Interstate 10 interchange in Ascension Parish as they negotiate with the owner of land key to the project. A 2015 study put a $35 million price tag on the interchange, but it could cost more.

1/15/2021

A project to build a lengthy causeway and a deepwater basin at the port in Nome, Alaska, has advanced with congressional approval. The Arctic Deep Draft project, estimated at $505.23 million, is entering the design phase as it seeks funding.

1/15/2021

Burns & McDonnell Caribbean has been selected to manage a rebuild of Puerto Rico's power grid, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The multibillion-dollar project will also modernize the grid and replace a patchwork of repairs made since the hurricane.

1/15/2021

A 53-mile electricity transmission corridor is beginning to take shape in Maine, with access-road plowing and equipment staging underway. Clearing is expected to begin Monday for the New England Clean Energy Connect, which requires a 54-foot-wide path for power lines.

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1/15/2021

Unexpected "poor soils" in the Minneapolis section of a light-rail line under construction will delay the line's completion beyond a target date of 2023, according to the Metropolitan Council. It's unclear whether the delay will raise the cost of the 14.5-mile project.