Contractors won't be done demolishing Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct in time to meet the June 1 deadline set by the state and Kiewit Infrastructure West, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Kiewit has taken action to make the project more efficient to accelerate the timeline, such as moving concrete along multiple same-level decks to avoid shifting equipment.
While US construction spending data has fluctuated since reaching a record seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.32 trillion in May 2018, contractors are mostly optimistic about the likelihood of increasing dollar value of projects available for bids, writes Ken Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America. However, that optimism could be clouded by the state of the labor market, uncertainty surrounding interest rates and fallout from trade policies.
Superior Construction Co. Southeast and WGI are using cast-in-place segmental construction to build three spans over the Wekiva River in Florida. The bridges will be part of a 6.1-mile section of a 25-mile, $1.6 billion parkway that crews intend to finish by the end of March 2021.
The US Green Building Council has granted LEED Platinum pre-certification to a 47-story office tower under construction in Houston. Cemex provided roughly 14,000 cubic yards of ready-mixed concrete for the building, which also features a rainwater harvesting system, energy-efficient lighting, reflective roofing materials and low-flow water fixtures.
Women make up just 9.1% of the construction workforce, but groups such as the National Association of Women in Construction are working to change that by sharing opportunities for women in the industry. Kimberly Ballard highlights the stories of four women from Hoar Construction whose duties run the gamut from engineering to project management.
The American Society of Civil Engineers is continuing to push Congress to pass major infrastructure legislation that takes clean water and surface transportation, among many issues, into account. So far, it has visited the offices of 300 members of Congress, including every senator and half of the freshmen members of the House.
As lawmakers in Alaska debate the state's proposed budget, they should not forget about infrastructure, writes David Gamez, vice president of American Society of Civil Engineers-Alaska Section. Of particular concern is the condition of the state's marine highways, which earned a D on Alaska's inaugural ASCE infrastructure report card in 2017.
Toll roads have been a prime application for public-private partnerships in the US but now are starting to gain acceptance for airport and university construction projects as well, Daniel Vock writes. However, not all airport P3s have gone smoothly, and the rising popularity of the delivery method for airport projects has caused investors to become more selective.
The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Florida Department of Transportation are working on a long-range transportation plan, but limited funding is expected to play a key role in project prioritization. Future transportation decisions must be linked to land-use planning, says Florida Department of Transportation District One Secretary L.K. Nandam, and other factors to consider are safety, resiliency, congestion, technology and conservation.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Trump administration are in a dispute over proposed water shipments to the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. The California Department of Water Resources says the proposed allocation by the feds violates the state's Endangered Species Act by harming fish in the region, and it has begun drafting its own rules.