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AECOM Upgrades Springfield Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility to Protect the Connecticut River

One of New England’s largest wastewater treatment plants is undergoing $33 million in upgrades to help protect the Connecticut River, the region’s longest waterway.

A construction team headed by AECOM is making significant changes to the existing Springfield Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility (SRWTF) that will not only bring the 46-year-old …

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Another Section of the I-405 Master Plan Comes to Life in Washington

The Interstate 405/NE 132nd Street interchange project aims to improve motorists’ ability to access the highway in the Kirkland urban center.

“It will provide travelers with better access to jobs and recreation,” says Marisa Chong, Project Engineer with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

The interchange project is …

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Arizona DOT Widens I-17 to Create an Improved Connection Through the State

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is expanding Interstate 17 (I-17) to help traffic flow across the state.

I-17 runs north–south through Arizona from Flagstaff to Phoenix. The nearly 146-mile interstate, which was completed in 1978, has been deemed a key commerce corridor by the state.

“This is a critical …

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Breaking Ground

The architectural, engineering, and construction community in Indiana is unwavering in its dedication to delivering exceptional buildings throughout the state in 2023. In this edition of "Improving our Built Environment," a selection of local projects that have recently commenced construction will be showcased.

MKM architecture + design – Lutheran Kosciousko …
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Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana Hosts 20th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards

The Building Contractors Association (BCA) is a professional trade association that has served northeast Indiana’s commercial construction industry since 1917.

The BCA and Irving Materials Inc. (IMI) teamed up to present the 2023 BCA IMI Excellence in Construction Awards to recognize outstanding projects and the work of BCA members. This …

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Caltrans Replaces Iconic Glenn Highway 162 Butte City Bridge

California may be synonymous with Hollywood and Silicon Valley, yet the massive state has been the nation’s top agricultural state since the end of World War II. Glenn County, which is in north central California, is home to many farms that produce almonds, walnuts, rice, and more. Butte City, a …

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I-64 Improvements Under Way in West Virginia

Aiming to improve capacity on Interstate 64 between Nitro and St. Albans, the West Virginia Department of Transportation also expects the $240 million, multiyear project will enhance safety and support economic growth in the region.

“It’s a big project with a lot going on and a lot of coordination,” says …

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I-90 Reconstruction Creates Smoother Ride in Southeast South Dakota

McCook County, South Dakota, is about 30 miles northwest of Sioux Falls. Interstate 90 runs through the rural county, which is home to nearly 6,000 people. The longest east-west highway in the country, I-90 runs from Seattle to Boston. The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) is wrapping up a …

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Inspiring the Next Generation

An exciting event aimed at addressing the growing need for construction workers in the infrastructure industry was held May 11 at the Texas Fair Grounds in Dallas. Construction Career Day was a collaborative effort between the Texas Department of Transportation, AGC of Texas, and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. …

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J.D. Abrams Juggles Extra Crews and Equipment to Meet Aggressive Schedule for Capital-Area I-35 at Williams Drive Project

As J.D. Abrams, L.P., of Austin, Texas, completes the 2.6-mile, $61.7 million Interstate 35 at Williams Drive project in Georgetown, Texas, they have juggled a multitude of crews and equipment to meet the aggressive schedule.

However, “The biggest challenge is traffic management,” said Juan Ruiz, J.D. Abrams’ Project …

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Kay & Kay Contracting Overcomes Logistical Challenges to Replace Four Sets of Outdated Bridges Along Kentucky’s I-64

As Kay & Kay Contracting, LLC, of London, Kentucky, replaces four sets of overpass bridges along Interstate 64 East and West in Franklin County, Kentucky, they face extra logistical challenges with crews, equipment, materials, and traffic control.

“This project is unique in that it’s all one project, but we …

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Making Room for Future Development

In recent years, infrastructure upgrades in urban cities have been ongoing across the country. This is true for Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is the second largest city in the state. Directly in the historic section of the downtown area, veteran contractor Kamminga & Roodvoets, Inc. (K&R) has been undertaking the …

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McCarthy Building Companies Employs CMAR to Change Kansas City Healthcare Landscape

McCarthy Building Companies has taken the Kansas City healthcare market by storm, constructing numerous projects using a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery method since opening an office in the community about a decade ago.

“We are doing some significant projects,” says Seth Kelso, Market Leader for McCarthy in …

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Michigan DOT’s I-275 Rebuild Project Shifts Into New Phase

In Michigan's Wayne County, the latest phase of construction on the extensive Interstate 275 Rebuilding Project is in full swing. The four-year, multiple-phase, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) project, also known as “Revive 275”, began construction in July 2021. This $281 million road improvement undertaking – scheduled for completion in …

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Mississippi DOT Executive Director White Makes Great Strides for State’s Transportation Needs

A native of the State of Mississippi, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has made great strides in addressing his top priorities for the agency – developing a better relationship with the legislature and stemming the loss of employees.

“We have had two of the best …

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RC Construction Expands Hurlburt Field in Preparation for New Military Aircraft

Dwarfed by the adjacent Eglin Air Force Base (the world’s largest airbase) and nowhere near as famous as nearby Pensacola Naval Air Station (home to the world-famed Blue Angels), Hurlburt Field in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, is nonetheless a key component in our national defense structure. Serving as the headquarters …

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Reservoirs of Opportunity

In recent years, technological advances have opened doors for contractors of all types to expand capabilities, gather more data to drive decision making and improve project delivery. For progressive heavy civil and earthworks firms such as Goodfellow Bros., that search, test, and deploy mentality has resulted in some impressive, …

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Q&A with Pat Pasterick

The College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) Alumni Awards Program at Ball State University honors alumni each year who have achieved great professional success or made notable contributions in architecture, construction management, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, and urban planning. The highest honor that a Ball State …

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Caltrans and Security Paving Reconstruct I-680 with Minimal Disruptions to the Public

California’s Interstate 680 runs north to south in Northern California. Built in the 1920s, the 70-mile I-680 goes from near Fairfield to San Jose. Among the cities I-680 passes are San Ramon and Sunol. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is in the middle of a project on I-680 that …

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Chip Ganassi Racing expands Indy Facility to build on Winning Legacy

Winners of 21 championships since 1990, including a recent victory at the 2022 Indianapolis 500 by driver Marcus Ericsson, the Chip Ganassi Racing Team has solidified itself as one of the most prolific winners in the sport since the team was founded 30 years ago.

Last fall, Ganassi identified the …

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Crews Work Overtime in Tight Spaces to Complete Minnesota’s $95M Highway 10 Project

The $95 million Highway 10 project in Anoka, Minnesota, spans just 2.5 miles – but it involves two general contractors working on separate but adjacent parts, reconstructing and improving multiple roads, bridges, and intersections next to homes, businesses, and three cemeteries. In the densely populated community northwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul, …

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Elite Builders Uses 3D Technology to Tackle Complex Jobs More Efficiently

As the state of this post-pandemic employment market is proving, people are not afraid to make serious career changes. Gone is the apprehension and fear of the unknown – replaced instead by a boldness and sense of excitement in the new chapter unfolding before them. Although his actions predated the …

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FHWA Announces $300M Investment in Bridge Projects Across the United States, $11.5M to Fund Replacement of Seven Rural Bridges in Oklahoma

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently revealed plans to allocate nearly $300 million for nine small- and medium-sized bridge projects in both urban and rural areas. The grants, awarded in eight states and the District of Columbia, are part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Bridge …

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FHWA Announces $300M Investment in Bridge Projects Across the United States, $73M to Fund the Lafayette Avenue Bridge Project in Michigan

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently revealed plans to allocate nearly $300 million for nine small- and medium-sized bridge projects in both urban and rural areas. The grants, awarded in eight states and the District of Columbia, are part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Bridge …

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Fieldhouse of the Future

In 2017, Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PSE) took on the second-largest renovation project in the history of the NBA with a $362 million investment in modernizing Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Phase one focused on interior improvements and featured new elements such as sideline clubs, retractable club seating, and a new center-hung scoreboard. …

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Idaho’s Transportation Department Aims to Enhance Resident’s Lives with Efficient Transportation Solutions

Quickly delivering quality transportation projects to enhance the lives of Idaho residents and to facilitate the efficient movement of freight, remains a top priority for Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Director Scott Stokes.

“We’ve coined the term ‘invest with purpose’,” Stokes says. “We are oriented to make the citizens and …

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Louisiana DOTD Widening Project Completes Improvements to I-10 Between I-49 and Atchafalaya Basin Bridge

The segment of Interstate 10 which spans the state of Louisiana is perhaps the state's most vital corridor. It carries an ever-growing amount of multi-modal freight and industrial traffic, plus tourism traffic into the state or passing through the state. The southernmost cross-country highway in the National Highway System, I-10 …

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Michigan DOT Reconstructs I-196 in Ottawa County

The rebuilding of seven miles of highway on Interstate 196 in Ottawa County, Michigan, is scheduled for completion this fall.

“This project was selected based on its remaining years of service life for the existing pavement, as well as the pavement conditions, which required extensive repairs,” says Cole Shafer, …

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Niece Equipment Hosts Open House for New Fort Worth Facility

On March 30, Niece Equipment hosted an open house for their new Fort Worth facility, which is located on a 5-acre tree lined property at 1101 NE Loop 820. This area of Fort Worth is considered a part of “equipment alley”. The building is 12,000 square feet and includes 2,600 …

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Resource Environmental Solutions Implements 17,000-Acre Mitigation for North Texas’ Bois d’Arc Lake Project

As the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) constructed Bois d’Arc Lake northeast of Bonham, Texas – the state’s first new, major reservoir in over 30 years – their federal permit required them to mitigate a similar-sized area to offset natural habitat loss associated with construction.

The 17,000-acre mitigation ranked …

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Safety and Customer Satisfaction are Top Priorities for Maine Drilling & Blasting

Rock solid and dependable, Maine Drilling & Blasting (MD&B) has served the construction industry well for more than 57 years, with its core values, a commitment to safety, and quality work. The company, with corporate headquarters in Gardiner, Maine, has expanded its Foundation Services Group, nearly tripling revenues for this …

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Stantec Receives Grand Conceptor Award for Bridging Kentucky Program at ACEC-KY Engineering Excellence Awards

The American Council of Engineering Companies Kentucky Chapter (ACEC-KY) recently honored engineering firms from across the state at the organization’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition. The highest honor, the Grand Conceptor Award, was presented to Stantec for the Bridging Kentucky program, a bridge rehabilitation and replacement initiative launched by the …

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Steven K. Alspaugh: Lessons Learned From a 40-Year Career in Design

You were recently elevated to the AIA College of Fellows. What does that mean to you, as someone who has devoted decades of his life to architecture?

It’s a milestone on a journey as opposed a destination. For me, it's a great accolade, but I wake up every morning, thinking, …

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The I-440 and Blue Ridge Road Improvements Will Bring Relief to Raleigh Beltline

The population of Raleigh, North Carolina has been growing steadily with the metro area at nearly 1.6 million. Interstate 440, known locally as the Beltline, nearly encircles the center of Raleigh. Just like when a person’s midsection grows, their belt needs to be taken to the next notch over, so …

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UES Helps Assembly Atlanta Project Get Off of the Ground

New life is blooming in Doraville, Georgia, with construction of Assembly Atlanta nearing completion, but first Orlando-based UES (formerly Universal Engineering Sciences) is performing some essential geotechnical, testing, and inspections to ensure successful delivery of the mixed-use development.

“This type of development puts a spotlight on Atlanta and Georgia,” says …

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Walsh Construction Co. and Milestone Contractors Bring I-69 Into Final Phase in Indiana

Work progresses on the I-69 Finish Line project, converting State Route 37 into a limited-access interstate highway, between Martinsville, Indiana, and Interstate 465 in Indianapolis.

“This is the newest interstate in the nation and the only new interstate under construction at this time,” says Tim Miller, Senior Project Manager …

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Wyoming DOT Creates Better Interstate Access with I-80 Project in Rock Springs

Sometimes, opportunities arise in unexpected ways. The Wyoming Department of Transportation’s (WYDOT) I-80 Rock Springs project might not have happened if an accident had not occurred. The project will improve connectivity in the area, encourage development, increase accessibility, and provide extra routes for commuters.

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In 2014, an …
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BEEBE Design Creates Dynamic Pine Village Elementary Design for Tight-Knit Community

With a population just over 200 people according to 2020 census, Pine Village, Indiana, has been home to several remarkable structures over the years, including a two-story, 1909 Italian Romanesque-style elementary school (which eventually burned down), and a 1940 Midwestern-Art-Deco-style gymnasium.

Heavily crowded and in need of numerous repairs, Pine …

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Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Critical Care Building Receives Build America Award from AGC and Construction Risk Partners

The Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Construction Risk Partners recently honored this year’s best new and renovation construction projects with Build America Awards at the AGC Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Build America Merit Awards were also presented to construction companies at the convention.

“These awards are designed …

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CR 314 Reconstruction Brings New Upgrades for Drivers, Hikers, and Cyclists

Idaho Springs, Colorado, located approximately 30 miles west of Denver, was once a mining town. Today, the city of nearly 1,800 people is a great place to go whitewater rafting, hike trails, and more. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is in the middle of a project along the frontage …

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Five Major Contractors and Peak Workforce of 1,000 Build $1.6B Bois d’Arc Lake Project in Rural North Texas

What does it take to create a new water source for the rapidly growing number of Texas residents?

In the case of Bois d’Arc Lake in Fannin County – the first major reservoir built in Texas in over 30 years – it took years of planning and permitting, $1.2 billion …

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Florida DOT Improves Okeechobee Road in Miami-Dade County

On heavily traveled SR 25, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has embarked on one of several projects to enhance travel a major arterial roadway in Miami.

“The purpose of this project is to improve the overall traffic operation and safety along these parts of a 10-mile corridor,” says George …

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Gordie Howe Bridge Takes a Major Step Forward

Significant progress has taken place in the past year on the new $5.7 billion (Canadian) Gordie Howe International Bridge, which aims to improve the movement of people and goods between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit.

“The project – the bridge, the two new Ports of Entry and the Michigan Interchange, along …

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Idaho I-90 Overpass Replacements Progressing Smoothly Near Kellogg

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is replacing the Division and Elizabeth Park overpasses on Interstate 90 in the northern part of the state, near Kellogg, to improve safety.

“The aging bridges were past their service life and were scheduled for replacement,” says Joey Sprague, Project Manager for ITD. “We …

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Kokosing Construction Co. Replaces DiSalle Bridge as Part of Ohio I-75 Improvements

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) $352 million, multi-year dual improvement projects on Interstate 75 in Wood and Lucas counties include the replacement of the DiSalle Bridge over the Maumee River.

“The goals of this project along with the entire corridor, from Findlay up to Michigan, are to improve …

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Lunda Construction Co. and Missouri DOT Replace the I-70 Rocheport Bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is replacing the aging Rocheport Bridge on Interstate 70 over the Missouri River and Katy Trail and the first of the twin bridges is nearing completion.

“The bridge was reaching the end of its useful life,” says Mike Schupp, Construction and Materials Engineer …

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Manhattan Road and Bridge Co. Replaces Six Bridges on I-40 Near Del City

For years, motorists using Interstate 40 through the Oklahoma City metropolitan area have been frustrated by frequent lane closures and the resulting traffic backups along a 3-mile stretch of the interstate in Del City, which sits adjacent to Oklahoma City's southeast side. Six existing bridges, all over 60 years old, …

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Projects in Utah and Arizona Receive Build America Awards from AGC and Construction Risk Partners

The Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Construction Risk Partners recently honored this year’s best new and renovation construction projects with Build America Awards at the AGC Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Build America Merit Awards were also presented to construction companies at the convention.

“These awards are designed …

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Projects in Vermont and Massachusetts Receive Build America Awards from AGC and Construction Risk Partners

The Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Construction Risk Partners recently honored this year’s best new and renovation construction projects with Build America Awards at the AGC Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Build America Merit Awards were also presented to construction companies at the convention.

“These awards are designed …

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Projects in Washington and Oregon Receive Build America Awards from AGC and Construction Risk Partners

The Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Construction Risk Partners recently honored this year’s best new and renovation construction projects with Build America Awards at the AGC Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Build America Merit Awards were also presented to construction companies at the convention.

“These awards are designed …

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Projects in Washington, D.C. and Maryland Receive Build America Awards from AGC and Construction Risk Partners

The Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Construction Risk Partners recently honored this year’s best new and renovation construction projects with Build America Awards at the AGC Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Build America Merit Awards were also presented to construction companies at the convention.

“These awards are designed …

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Reed & Reed Replaces 102-Year-Old Bridge Between Hinsdale, New Hampshire, and Brattleboro, Vermont

After many years of community planning, citizens in Hinsdale, New Hampshire and Brattleboro, Vermont will finally get their wish – a new bridge replacement that will cross over the Connecticut River along New Hampshire Route 119.

Reed & Reed, Inc. of Woolwich, Maine, is the general contractor for the $61.2 …

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Trending Toward Net-Zero Carbon

The conversation about how our buildings use energy has shifted over the past two decades.

Back then, “energy-efficient” design was evaluated primarily by energy cost savings. These were the early days of green building certification, and the building design and construction industry was just starting to process and communicate the …

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Two Projects in Texas Receive Build America Awards from AGC and Construction Risk Partners

The Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Construction Risk Partners recently honored this year’s best new and renovation construction projects with Build America Awards at the AGC Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Build America Merit Awards were also presented to construction companies at the convention.

“These awards are designed …

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University of Wisconsin–Madison Builds New Recreation Center

As part of a $236 million recreational master plan, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, nears completion of the new Bakke Recreation and Wellbeing Center, with a gymnasium, pool, and ice rink.

“We are about to open this up, less than three years since our last one,” says Sadat Khan, Senior Associate …

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Virginia DOT Gives Commuters a Solution for Washington D.C., Congestion with 95 Express Lanes

The area in and around Washington, D.C., is famous for its congestion, including along I-95, the primary north-south economic corridor. There are no reasonable alternatives for users to avoid the severe traffic conditions. Contributing to a solution that provides travelers reliability and choice are the 95 Express Lanes, currently being …

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West-Tech Contracting Creates State-of-the-Art Biolife Sciences Research Center in San Diego

Having been in business for more than 30 years, Rick Engebretson would like to think he’s seen it all. And then something comes along which tells him, in no uncertain terms, that he hasn’t. His most recent reality-check came in a high-profile project in San Diego’s harbor front district. There, …

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W.K. Kellogg Institute and Dental Building Project Receives Build America Award from AGC and Construction Risk Partners

The Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Construction Risk Partners recently honored this year’s best new and renovation construction projects with Build America Awards at the AGC Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Build America Merit Awards were also presented to construction companies at the convention.

“These awards are designed …

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Concrete General Inc., Reconstructs I-70 Bridges Over MD 65 for Safer Truck Travel

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is currently at work on a project in Washington County, which borders Pennsylvania. The project is part of an initiative by former Governor Larry Hogan to address poorly rated structures across Maryland. Nearly 70 bridges across the state are getting upgraded due to the …

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Concrete General Inc., Reconstructs I-70 Bridges Over MD 65 for Safer Truck Travel

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is currently at work on a project in Washington County, which borders Pennsylvania. The project is part of an initiative by former Governor Larry Hogan to address poorly rated structures across Maryland. Nearly 70 bridges across the state are getting upgraded due to the …

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Design-Build Enables Millstone Weber to Find Innovative Solutions on I-270 North Project

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s $278 million Interstate 270 North Design Build Project will add lanes, replace bridges, update aging infrastructure and reconfigure interchanges to reduce crashes and increase reliability in the busy freight corridor.

“Our primary goal is to improve safety by improving how vehicles move throughout the …

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Farmington Bay Constructors Joint Venture Creates West Davis Highway to Combat Area Growth in Northern Utah

The West Davis project is the most significant infrastructure project currently taking place in the state of Utah. Biggest in terms of cost and scope, the project involves building a new 16-mile, 4-lane divided highway. It will significantly impact commuters traveling through Davis County, which is just North of Salt …

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FHWA Awards $158M Large Bridge Grant to Gold Star Memorial Bridge, the Longest Bridge in Connecticut

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded a $158 million Large Bridge Grant to a Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) project that will rehabilitate the northbound structure of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge between New London, and Groton, Connecticut. The grant is part of the …

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Four Projects in California Receive Build America Awards from AGC and Construction Risk Partners

The Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Construction Risk Partners recently honored this year’s best new and renovation construction projects with Build America Awards at the AGC Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Build America Merit Awards were also presented to construction companies at the convention.

“These awards are designed …

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Hoffman Bros. and Michigan DOT Partner to Improve M-43 in Ingham County

A $14.7 million project by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will resurface a 3-mile stretch of M-43 and reduce flooding in this section of Ingham County.

“We undertook this project to improve pavement conditions along the M-43 corridor through Meridian Township,” says Aaron Jenkins, Spokesman for MDOT.

In …

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I-24 Reconstruction Aims to Support New Development in Chattanooga

Determined to improve safety and operational efficiency, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is eliminating loop ramps on a 1.6-mile section of Interstate 24 and creating a frontage road in southern Chattanooga to reduce congestion and support new development.

“There are a number of conflict points caused by loop ramps …

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Improving our Built Environment

The architecture, engineering, and construction community in Indiana has remained steadfast in its commitment to producing high-quality projects across the state in 2023. The March 2023 installment of “Improving our Built Environment” places a spotlight on a handful of local projects which recently broke ground or completed construction.

BEEBE Design: …
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Intelligent Equipment Helps Digby Construction LLC See Increased Growth and Productivity in West Texas

Billy Digby has always loved equipment and playing in the dirt. He views construction as an art form.

“It’s the concept of taking nothing and making it into something,” stated Digby. “It’s in my veins, and I couldn’t really see myself doing anything else. I spent about 10 years as …

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Kerr Contractors Builds Auxiliary Lanes in OR 217 to Eliminate Bottlenecks

Aiming to improve safety and eliminate long-standing bottlenecks on Oregon 217 between Beaverton and Tigard, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has embarked on a $158 million improvement project.

“We are creating auxiliary lanes to ease congestion on OR 217,” says David Finnigan, Project Manager with Kerr Contractors Oregon …

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KPFF Wins Platinum Award from ACEC Washington for International Arrivals Facility Project at Sea-Tac International Airport

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington (ACEC Washington) recently honored engineering firms from across the state at the organization’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards program. The highest honor, the Platinum Award, was presented to KPFF Consulting Engineers (KPFF) for its design of the Port of Seattle’s International Arrivals Facility …

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Lexington, Massachusetts, Department of Public Works Uses Cutting Edge Winter Operations

Snow and ice – that is what winter is all about for most who work in the Department of Public Works in cities and towns across New England.

As time goes by and technology improves, cities and towns have to reinvent themselves to incorporate cutting edge winter operations. The town …

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Many Paths, One Mission

WIC Week, or Women in Construction Week, celebrates and promotes the role of women in the construction industry. Officially, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) held the first WIC Week in 1998 and it has grown and expanded each year since. Many NAWIC local chapters hold WIC Week …

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Mathiowetz Construction Removes 200,000 Cubic Yards of Muck Before Building Roadway for Central Minnesota’s Highway 23 North Gap Project

As Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, reconstructs and expands 9 miles of Highway 23 near the Chain of Lakes in central Minnesota, they have spent many months stabilizing soils. That includes removing about 200,000 cubic yards of muck using a rolling surcharge, relocating part of a stream, and placing …

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ME Engineers Wins Grand Conceptor Award from ACEC Colorado for Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (ACEC Colorado) recently honored engineering firms from across the state at the organization’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards program. The highest honor, the Grand Conceptor Award, was presented to ME Engineers of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, for the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington. …

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Metra UP North Rebuild in Chicago Receives $117M Mega Grant from USDOT

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded nearly $1.2 billion to nine projects across the country through the National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) discretionary grant program, made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Mega grant program funds projects that are too large or complex for …

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Mississippi DOT Expansion Project Widens, Upgrades State Route 19 in Neshoba County

Along State Route 19 in Neshoba County, Mississippi, drivers traveling between the towns of Philadelphia and Tucker will soon reap multiple benefits from a current Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) project. The $35.5 million SR 19 Expansion Project, scheduled for completion in 2024, will expand a 4.6-mile stretch of the …

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MKM architecture + design President Benedict Discusses the Importance of Empathy in Design

In late 2022, MKM architecture + design appointed Zach Benedict, AIA, LEED AP to President of the firm.

Benedict has dedicated his career to understanding the connection between people and places. As a principal at MKM, he has managed numerous projects ranging from critical access hospitals to public libraries. In …

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Projects in Georgia and Tennessee Receive Build America Awards from AGC and Construction Risk Partners

The Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Construction Risk Partners recently honored this year’s best new and renovation construction projects with Build America Awards at the AGC Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Build America Merit Awards were also presented to construction companies at the convention.

“These awards are designed …

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Rehabbed Pavement to Provide Smoother Ride on California State Route 23

California’s State Route 23 runs between the Santa Clara River and the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. This area, which is northwest of Los Angeles, includes Ventura County. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is currently working on a stretch of SR 23 in Ventura County that connects Thousand Oaks, …

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Ryan Companies Nears Completion on New Federal Courthouse in Des Moines

A new $140 million federal courthouse nears completion in Des Moines, Iowa, replacing an aging building and a leased courthouse annex. The new building will address space constraints and security challenges.

“Many factors went into moving forward with building the new Des Moines U.S. Courthouse,” says Matthew Meeks, Lead …

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USDOT Awards Mega Grants to I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge Replacement, I-10 Freight Corridor Improvements, and I-44 & US-75 Corridor Improvements

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded nearly $1.2 billion to nine projects across the country through the National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) discretionary grant program, made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Mega grant program funds projects that are too large or complex for …

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Alligator River Bridge Replacement Receives $110M Mega Grant from USDOT

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded nearly $1.2 billion to nine projects across the country through the National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) discretionary grant program, made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Mega grant program funds projects that are too large or complex for …

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Arizona DOT Increases Capacity on I-10 to Meet Rapid Population Growth

Arizona is one of the fastest-growing states in the United States. Infrastructure needs to keep up with population growth or traffic will be slowed. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is working on the I-10: SR85 to Verrado Way Improvements project to ensure sufficient capacity for motorists in the city …

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Better Accuracy and Efficiency

As GPS technology utilization continues to grow and evolve, the construction industry is reaping the benefits, including savings in time and expenses, optimized fleet management, greater productivity, and improved customer satisfaction. And it is not only the big contractors and large scale projects who are experiencing these benefits – smaller …

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Boston Mixed-Use Development, One Dalton, is Named CTBUH’s Best Tall Building 200-299 Meters

Boston’s third tallest building and the tallest residential tower in all of New England was recently announced as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) winner in the Best Tall Building 200-299 Meters category. Located above the heart of the Christian Science Plaza, One Dalton is a …

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Carolina Crossroads Program Reconfigures Fast Growing I-20/26/126 Corridor

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is in the middle of a massive project known as the Carolina Crossroads. Located northwest of the state capital, Columbia, the project focuses on an area that has been a sore spot for years. When complete it will make commuting around the capital …

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of James T Kienle

Long-time Indianapolis architect James T. Kienle, FAIA, died at his home in the historic Lockerbie neighborhood on December 7, 2022. He was 80.

Kienle, a member of the American Institute of Architects Indiana (AIA) since 1976, was an icon at AIA Indianapolis meetings and events where he was always …

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City of Newton Tests Ultra-Thin Overlays to Protect Roadways

The city of Newton, Massachusetts, a suburban community of 90,000 neighboring Boston, is testing the use of ultra-thin bonded wearing course to help protect its network of roadways.

“As a stand-alone treatment, the bonded wearing course is only 3/4-inch thick, but it’s durable, and it’s more economical than an alternative …

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Clark, Weitz, Clarkson Joint Venture Improves Traveler Experience with Kansas City International Airport Upgrades

Aiming to improve the air passenger experience at the Kansas City International Airport in Missouri, the Kansas City Aviation Department has embarked on a $1.5 billion terminal construction project to replace the existing facilities.

“It will give us more space in the right areas,” says Jade Liska, Deputy Director of …

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Design-Build Enables Guy F. Atkinson Construction to Embrace Innovation on SR 509 Completion Project

Progress is taking place toward finishing the $2.38 billion Puget Sound Gateway Program in Washington with the SR 509 Completion Project, as the state adds a new four-lane expressway and more improvements.

“We have marine ports on the north and south sides at Seattle and Tacoma, and this will benefit …

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FHWA Awards $144M Large Bridge Grant to Four Chicago Bridges, Critical Components of the Illinois International Port and Illinois Waterway

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded a $144 million Large Bridge Grant to a project that will rehabilitate four bascule bridges over the Calumet River on the south side of Chicago. The grant is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Bridge Investment Program, which …

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FHWA Awards $400M Large Bridge Grant to Golden Gate Bridge, a Vital Transportation Link for Tens of Millions of Vehicles Each Year

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded a $400 million Large Bridge Grant to the final phase of a project that will replace, retrofit, and install critical structural elements on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. The grant is part of the Bipartisan …

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Franciscan Health and Forté Sports Medicine Open New Orthopedic Hospital in Carmel

The Franciscan Orthopedic Hospital of Carmel is dedicated to excellence in orthopedic specialty care, sports medicine and high-performance results for high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. This unique healthcare campus is located along the U.S. 31 corridor in the southwest corner of Carmel, Indiana.

Designed by MSKTD & Associates, …

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I-Move Kentucky Improves and Widens Three Interstates in Louisville

Widening and improving sections of three interstates during the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s $180 million I-Move Kentucky, the state’s largest single construction project, aims to reduce congestion on the busy freight corridors in Louisville.

“This is a capacity and safety project,” says Chris Slone, Project Manager for the Kentucky …

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Jensen Builds 12 Drilled Shafts Completely Underwater for Pierre-Fort Pierre Bridge Project as Missouri River Elevation Fluctuates

As Jensen Construction Company of Des Moines, Iowa, constructs the $49.99 million Pierre-Fort Pierre Bridge project in central South Dakota, “The biggest challenge is building the drilled shafts with the top of the shafts below water, as river elevations fluctuate 3 to 4 feet every day due to a hydroelectric …

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Joint Venture of Granite and Kraemer North America Rehab Bay City Bridges

A public-private partnership has revitalized Liberty Bridge in Bay City, Michigan, and it opened to traffic at the end of last year.

“This is a truly remarkable day for the city of Bay City,” said Bay City Mayor Kathleen L. Newsham at the grand opening of the bridge. She also …

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McCarthy’s Construction 101 Event Offers High School Girls Insight into Construction Careers

Thirty-three high school girls in Orange County, California, were recently introduced to potential careers and opportunities in the construction industry through McCarthy Building Companies’ Construction 101 event at the Newport Beach office. Aiming to inspire the next generation of women in construction, the full-day workshop provided a safe, hands-on …

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Spearheads Restoration of Wetlands in Louisiana's Upper Barataria Basin

Louisiana's wetlands provide immense benefits for the state's coastal ecosystems and communities – clean water, habitats for commercial and recreational fisheries, and endless recreational opportunities. The wetlands also give Louisiana its first line of defense during storms by reducing the detrimental effects of wind, waves, and flooding.

Unfortunately, Louisiana has …

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North Coast Corridor Program Brings Widespread Upgrades to I-5

Involving rail, sea, and highway, the first phase of the North Coast Corridor (NCC) Program in San Diego is comprehensive. Upon completion, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) project will impact commuters, pedestrians, cyclists, and sea life. The large project features interesting …

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Orlando Health Responds to Increased Demand for Orthopedic Services with New Institute

Responding to an increased demand for orthopedic services, Orlando Health is nearing completion of a 375,000-square-foot orthopedic institute.

“In central Florida, we have seen a significant surge in the need for orthopedic services,” says April Ernst, Administrator for Allied Health & Support Services for the institute. “We also saw a …

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San Antonio’s $1.5B I-35 NEX Central Project Builds Six Elevated Lanes Between Existing Main Lanes and Frontage Roads

With San Antonio’s Interstate 35 corridor already over capacity – and exponential growth expected throughout the area in the coming years – the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) needed to find a way to reduce congestion and improve safety. However, because of commercial and residential development along the corridor, conventional …

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Shaping the Future of Research

Butler University recently completed construction on the Levinson Family Hall addition, which connects two 70s-era buildings – Gallahue Hall and Holcomb Building – without erasing their distinctive international style.

Levinson Family Hall also gathers dispersed departments and programs under one roof, marrying historically significant science programs with modern lab and …

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Transitioning to a Cleaner Energy Future: West Riverside Energy Center Project Wins OCEA Bronze Award

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) announces the West Riverside Energy Center in Beloit, Wisconsin, as the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Bronze Award Winner. The OCEA Award, which recognizes civil engineering projects around the country, honors projects that exemplify engineering skill and provide considerable contributions to local and …

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2023 Texas Construction Industry Forecast

As another 1,000 people call Texas home every day, those in charge of the state’s infrastructure face a unique dilemma.

“We have a need for updating our aging infrastructure and also a need to build for growth,” said Brooke Paup, Chairwoman of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). “We’re …

7 Predictions for Finance Executives in 2023

Prophix Software's CEO, Alok Ajmera, has pulled together some helpful insights and tips for construction finance executives to consider as we enter into the beginning of 2023, with an emphasis on consistent and rigorous financial planning knowing "cash is king!"

1) Cash will retake its crown headed into …
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After 70 Years, Mitchell Point Tunnel Prepares to Reopen

Seven decades after the Mitchell Point Tunnel closed to traffic, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has undertaken a $25.4 million project to open the iconic tunnel again to pedestrians, bicycles and those driving vehicles for special events.

“When the tunnel opens in 2024, it will have been the first …

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Barnhill Contracting Joins Growing Communities

Infrastructure needs to expand to keep up with a growing population. The need drives many infrastructure projects, including one in North Carolina. By undertaking the Nashville-Rocky Mount projects, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is readying the area for the expected population growth.

Growing Pains
Nashville and Rocky Mount …
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Capital Paving & Construction Gives Deteriorating Road New Life

Missouri drivers in Boone and Callaway counties on U.S. Route 63 are experiencing a smoother ride as the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) project to resurface the route and make pavement repairs to bridges concludes.

“A substantial part of the project involved milling off 1.75 inches of the existing asphalt …

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Development of First-of-its-Kind, Innovative Technology Leads to Rainier Square Redevelopment Receiving Top Award from ASCE

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) announces the Rainier Square Redevelopment in Seattle, Washington, as the 2022 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award winner. The OCEA Award, which recognizes civil engineering projects around the country, honors projects that exemplify engineering skill and provide considerable contributions to local and regional …

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FHWA Awards $1.3B Large Bridge Grant to the Brent Spence Bridge Project, a Critical Link Between Kentucky and Ohio

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded a $1.385 billion Large Bridge Grant to a project that will rehabilitate and reconfigure the Brent Spence Bridge, which spans across the Ohio River to connect communities in Kentucky and Ohio. The grant is part of the Bipartisan …

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Gilchrist Construction Building a New Gateway to New Orleans' International Airport

The November 2019 opening of the new North Terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport brought a state-of-the-art traveler experience to what has become one of the nation's fastest-growing airports. A current Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) road project, designed to increase vehicle capacity and accommodate …

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How Do All-Electric Machines Perform in Cold Temperatures?

Recently, JLG partnered with Sunbelt Rentals to evaluate the industry’s first all-electric scissor lift’s performance in below-freezing conditions, and the results prove how far battery technology has advanced in the aerial industry.

“Electric machine operation and productivity in conditions below 32°F (0°C) have traditionally been a huge concern in cold-temperature …

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Improving our Built Environment: Showcasing Recent Groundbreakings and Ribbon Cuttings Across Indiana

In 2022, Indiana’s architecture, engineering, and construction community has remained devoted to producing high-quality projects across the state.

This installment of ‘Improving our Built Environment’ showcases projects which have recently hosted groundbreaking or ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

The Veridus Group, Town of Plainfield – The Prewitt
The Town of Plainfield recently celebrated …

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Justice Facility Combines Multiple Services with Safety and Sustainability in Mind

A new approximately $95 million Downtown Justice Center in Kalamazoo County is moving closer to completion and will consolidate courts, prosecutors and criminal justice services under one roof.

“The county wanted everyone together,” says Jerry VanderVeen, with M.W. VanderVeen Project Management of Kalamazoo, owner’s representative for the justice facility …

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Las Vegas Paving Corporation Keeps Traffic Rolling on I-15

One way to get to Las Vegas is via Interstate 15 (I-15). The major highway, which begins near the Mexican border in San Diego County and stretches to the Canadian border, was in need of an upgrade. The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is working on a project on a …

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Mario Sinacola & Sons Excavating, Inc. Wins Trimble Award for Most Impressive HR Achievement

Mario Sinacola & Sons Excavating, Inc. recently received the 2022 Trimble Viewpoint Construction Award for Most Impressive Human Resource Achievement by hiring and onboarding 1,000 new employees in under two years. Trimble’s annual awards honor the technological achievements of North American contractors as exhibited through the growth and improvements of …

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Parking Deck Renewal Project Flying High at Hartsfield-Jackson

Multiple projects are under way as part of ATLNext, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s capital improvement program, including parking deck renewals.

The development master plan is designed to boost capacity, renew and replace existing facilities, and enhance ATL’s aesthetic appeal, according to an airport spokesperson, adding, “ATLNext, through 2042, will help …

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Prioritizing the Employee: Browning Day Designs First Internet Bank Corporate HQ in Downtown Fishers

First Internet Bank recently partnered with Browning Day and Browning Construction to design and construct a six-story, 168,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in downtown Fishers on 116th Street.

When developing a vision for the bank’s new headquarters, Lacey Causseaux, Director of Interior Design at Browning Day said her project team quickly …

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Remaking One of Indiana’s Busiest Intersections

The Indiana Department of Transportation’s $435 million Clear Path 465 project will improve safety and traffic operations by increasing the capacity of Interstate 465 and Interstate 69 and is expected to open to traffic by the end of 2025.

“The I-465 and I-69 interchange has not kept pace with …

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Replacing Rotting Pipe Culvert Is No Small Feat

Replacing a disintegrating steel culvert as part of a transportation improvement project in Wilmington, Massachusetts, has presented novel challenges to contractor J. Tropeano Inc.

Headed by Louisa Tropeano-Tanner, President; and her daughter, Dailyn Sullivan, Senior Vice President, the Woman Business Enterprise won the job with a bid of …

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Setting the Tone: IU Health Taps Local Firms to Construct First Major Building on Expanded Downtown Campus

Indiana University Health is constructing a medical office building (MOB) and parking garage in downtown Indianapolis at the intersection of 16th Street and Capitol Avenue called Capitol View. Together with the new downtown hospital (being built across Capitol Avenue to the west and connected via glass pedestrian bridge), Capitol View …

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Staging Small, Frequently Changing Work Areas, IGE Rehabilitates Bridge and Improves Safety

For the U.S. 10/WIS 66 bridge over Interstate 39 project in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, “The big storyline was finding enough room to do the work,” said Logan Griesmer, Project Manager for General Contractor Integrity Grading & Excavating, Inc., (IGE) of Schofield, Wisconsin. “This project isn’t large in overall …

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Sukut Construction Blasts New Path Through Central Valley

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in cooperation with Calaveras County, is working on a project in the centrally located county. State Route 4 (SR 4) is a major east-west connector and although much of it has been improved to current design standards, this project is on a segment that …

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Western Specialty Contractors Wins Award for Best Use of Trimble Construction One Technology

Western Specialty Contractors recently received the 2022 Trimble Viewpoint Construction Award for Best Use of Trimble Construction One Technology by creating a custom human resources information system (HRIS). Trimble’s annual awards honor the technological achievements of North American contractors as exhibited through the growth and improvements of their projects, people, …

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What to Expect for 2023 and Beyond

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides $973 billion for infrastructure from 2022 to 2026, including $550 billion in new investments. Because new construction projects take years of planning prior to being let for bid, any money spent in 2022 was already moving through existing funding programs.

FMI Corp’s …

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AIA Indiana Design Awards

Libraries and Public Spaces Capture Judges’ Attention
Schmidt Associates and HBM Architects take home top design award for the West Perry Branch Library

There was plenty of celebration this summer when Indianapolis Public Library’s West Perry Branch opened on Indianapolis’ southside. The celebration continued this weekend when Indianapolis-based Schmidt Associates …

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Ames Construction Impresses on I-25 Walsh Drive Bridge Project

Located in Central Wyoming, Casper is on the North Platte River and saw its population grow during the pandemic when many people chose to relocate to less populated and lower cost areas. Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is in the middle of a project to help traffic continue to flow …

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Digby Construction: Creating Art with Precision

Billy Digby has always loved equipment and playing in the dirt. He views construction as an art form.

“It’s the concept of taking nothing and making it into something,” stated Digby. “It’s in my veins, and I couldn’t really see myself doing anything else. I spent about 10 years as …

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Exhibit Columbus Hosts 2022 Symposium ‘Public by Design’

Exhibit Columbus hit the streets of Columbus, Indiana in October with the 2022 Symposium, Public by Design. The two-day series of events brought people together, encouraged exploration, and sparked joy.

In a format designed to inspire engagement from around the state and far beyond, the 2022 Symposium featured sessions with …

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Five Overlapping Projects Improve I-10 Pavement and Congestion on San Antonio’s East Side

As traffic increases and pavement deteriorates on Interstate 10 on San Antonio’s east side, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) undertook five separate, but overlapping, projects to improve mobility and safety.

With two projects complete and three currently under construction (see “Project Breakdown”), contractors have dealt with ongoing utility relocations, …

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Golden State Bridge Brings a Pair of 65-Year-Old Bridges Up to Standard

The California Transportation Authority (Caltrans) is working on a pair of bridges in the far northwest corner of California, just south of Oregon in Del Norte County. The project includes both the Hunter Bridge and Panther Creek Bridge north of Klamath along Route 101. The two-lane bridges, built in the …

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Highlights from Texas CECON 2022 — A Conference for a Community of Civil Engineers

This September in Frisco, Texas, over 400 members of the civil engineering community gathered to celebrate the profession at the Texas Civil Engineering Conference (CECON). The three-day event, organized by dedicated volunteers and ASCE Texas staff members, is the place for engineers to engage in professional development, peer-to-peer technical exchange …

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Holt Cat Round Up 2022 Showcases Waco Manufacturing and Rebuild Center

HOLT sponsored a Texas-sized Round-Up and customer appreciation in October to showcase their newest Caterpillar equipment rebuild and manufacturing facilities, as well as the entire Holt family of companies.

An estimated 800 Holt customers and friends were treated to a full barbecue dinner and entertainment at the HOLT Manufacturing and …

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I-66 Mega-Project Transforms Mobility in Northern Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the I-66 Express Mobility Partners consortium is nearing the completion of a massive project in Northern Virginia. The years-long ‘Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project’ is sure to have a significant impact on travelers in the area.

Excessive Delays
Interstate 66 (I-66), which …
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Michigan Pilot Program Reduces Bridge Repair Backlog

For the first time in state history, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has embarked on a bridge bundling pilot project to improve conditions on 19 bridges owned by local agencies.

“It comes down to public safety and trust in the transportation system,” says Beckie Curtis, MDOT director of …

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Mississippi's SR 76 Project Adds New Lanes to Vital Freight Traffic Corridor

On State Route 76 in Itawamba County, Mississippi, a project is underway to complete a much-needed four lane highway between major industrial sites in the state and the neighboring state of Alabama. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) SR 76 Extension Project is creating an 8.3 mile, four-lane extension of …

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Reconfiguring Wichita’s North Junction Advances

Work progresses on the Kansas Department of Transportation’s $38 million second phase of the Wichita North Junction project to improve traffic flow at a bottleneck interchange of four highways that serves as a gateway to the north side of the city. Interstate 135, Interstate 235 and K-254 were constructed …

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Sargent Heads Up Back Cove West Conduit Storage Project

Work is well underway on the $27 million Back Cove West storage conduit project set in this scenic, quiet, residential area of Portland, Maine. As work progresses, it is not unusual to hear the sounds or see the sights of a gantry crane hovering over a 70,000-pound precast concrete box. …

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Shelly & Sands Replaces Poorly Performing Historical Pavement on SR 60

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has embarked on a $20 million, eight-mile reconstruction project on State Road 60 between Duncan Falls and Muskingum, with completion scheduled for August of next year.

“SR 60 is the main corridor for residents of Morgan County to access Interstate 70 and the City …

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Silver Creek and Stewart River Bridges Project Restores Trout Habitat while Making Northeast Minnesota’s Highway 61 Safer

Replacing and rehabilitating aging structures on Highway 61 north of Two Harbors, Minnesota, requires careful measures to deal with Lake Superior storms, hard bluestone, stream restoration, and a bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Minnesota-based Northland Constructors of Duluth, Inc., started the $12.63 million Silver Creek and …

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STUDIOAXIS Refreshes Brand and Expands Offerings by Opening Two New Offices in Asia

Almost three decades and more than 50 AIA design awards later, Axis Architecture is announcing a refreshed brand and expanded offerings by opening two new offices in Asia – Bangaluru, India, and Bangkok, Thailand.

Drew White, Co-Founder and Partner at STUDIOAXIS said the company’s new name will better reflect …

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Superior Construction and The de Moya Group Work Jointly to Restore Sanibel Causeway in Just 15 Days

As Hurricane Ian barreled into Southwest Florida, the storm surge resulted in deaths and destruction, including washing away and breaching multiple portions of the three-mile long Sanibel Causeway, the only access to the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) prioritized temporary repairs to the causeway …

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Utilizing CMGC Contract, Great Northwest Meets Aggressive Schedule

Improvements to a primary north-south corridor in Fairbanks, Alaska, University Avenue, aims to reduce congestion, improve access for pedestrians and bicyclists, and increase safety and mobility.

“Over the years, the four-lane, undivided facility had become congested with heavy turning traffic competing with through traffic,” says Northern Region Group Chief Lauren …

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Active Transportation Plan – 2020 and Beyond Wins People’s Choice Award in America’s Transportation Awards Competition

The Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) Active Transportation Plan – 2020 and Beyond was voted the People’s Choice Award winner in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Active …

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Baker’s Construction Services Utilizes Grade Control Technology for Intricate Atlanta Motor Speedway Track Reconstruction

For NASCAR fans, the start of the 2022 season brought more than just the excitement and anticipation of a new Cup Series, it also meant the unveiling of the new Next Gen car – NASCAR’s first major technology and design change since 2013. For Bristol, Tennessee-based Baker’s Construction Services, …

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C.D. Smith Construction Builds World’s Tallest Mass Timber Structure in Milwaukee

C.D. Smith Construction of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recently finished erecting the tallest mass timber structure in the world. With 19 stories of mass timber built on top of a six-story concrete and steel base, the $80 million Ascent apartment building offers 259 luxury units in downtown Milwaukee.

Because the mass timber …

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Celebrating Excellence in the Built Environment

Each year, the Indy Chamber’s Monumental Awards recognize the most significant achievements by individuals and businesses contributing to excellence in architecture, engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, construction, real estate development, neighborhood revitalization, innovative reuse, and public art throughout the Indianapolis region.

In its third year taking place at the historic …

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CFA Foundation Eases Burden for Injured Workers in Need of Assistance

This August at Eagle Creek Golf Club, the Construction Family Assistance (CFA) Foundation, Inc. hosted nearly 150 golfers and raised over $30,000 to help construction workers and their families who are in need of financial assistance.

Originally founded as the MICCS Foundation in 2010 as part of its sister organization …

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Construction Companies Help Clean Up and Rebuild Florida Communities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Ian

Two months after Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast, cleanup and rebuilding efforts are still ongoing throughout the state. The Category 4 hurricane went down as the fifth largest hurricane in U.S. history, with a death toll of more than 100 Floridians and upwards of $40 billion in …

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Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program Moves Forward in Iowa

The $1.5 billion Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program will modernize the transportation system while enhancing safety and mobility in the area.

“The Iowa Department of Transportation is more than two-thirds of the way through the process of reconstructing Interstate 80, Interstate 29, and Interstate 480 in the Council Bluffs/Omaha …

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Farther and Faster

Cities across the United States are prioritizing the replacement of aging underground utility infrastructure to improve service and integrate required environmental safeguards.

In San Antonio, Texas, a massive project is currently underway to replace a 5-mile-long deteriorating and inadequate sanitary sewer pipeline known as the “W-6 Upper Segment” main. Part …

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G.I.R.L. Construction Experience Teaches Girls Real-Life Construction Concepts, Aims to Increase Women’s Representation in the Industry

Through a partnership between the Branch Group and the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline, girls between the ages of 5 and 18 recently had the opportunity to learn and experience real-life construction concepts at the first inaugural G.I.R.L (Girls in Real Life) Construction Experience. The free event was hosted at …

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Ireland Army Health Clinic Named One of the Nation’s Best Design-Build Projects

With recent market analysis showing that the design-build project delivery method will account for as much as 47 percent of construction spending by 2025, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is seeing significant growth and success in design-build projects across the country. One such design-build project, the Ireland Army Health …

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JJ Curran Crane Company Brings Lifting Expertise to the Pavilion at University of Michigan Health

A collaborative effort ensures the right cranes assist in building the new $920 million, 12-story patient tower, the Pavilion at University of Michigan Health, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Projects like this require a lot of planning,” says Mark Wade, Vice President of Operations for JJ Curran Crane Company of …

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Kraemer North America Creates an Enhanced Connection Through Colorado with I-25 South Gap Express Lanes

Denver and Colorado Springs are the top two most populated cities in the state of Colorado. Interstate 25 is the most direct and fastest way to travel between the two cities, which are 70 miles apart. This interstate is the site of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) longest …

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More Than 2,500 Companies Participate in Construction Inclusion Week, McCarthy Celebrates with Students at Palomino Primary School in Phoenix

To build awareness of the need to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the construction industry, Construction Inclusion Week (CIW) was formed in 2020 by six construction companies: McCarthy Building Companies, Gilbane Building Company, DPR Construction, Turner Construction Company, Mortenson, and Clark Construction Group. …

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New Arkansas River Bridge Opening Marks a 30 Crossing Project Milestone

With the recent opening of a new Arkansas River Bridge on Interstate 30 in Little Rock, Arkansas's massive 30 Crossing Project has reached a major milestone. Over several weeks in September, traffic was shifted onto the new bridge (which will ultimately be the eastbound span) in three phases. Work is …

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New Crane Gives Big B Crane the Reach Needed to Construct Fort Bend EpiCenter

Located in the heart of a continuously growing community, the Fort Bend County EpiCenter project will bring a much-needed venue for hosting a variety of events in the City of Rosenberg, Texas. According to the Fort Bend Economic Development Council, Fort Bend County was once a small community with only …

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NorCal Increases Mobility on State Route 99

Nearly every driver has the same goal for their commute – to get to their destination as quickly and safely as possible. District 03 of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is nearly complete with a massive project, SAC 5 Corridor Enhancement Project, that will help with both objectives. The …

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North Spokane Corridor Improvements Create Better Mobility for All Travelers From I-90 to US 395

Progress is happening on the latest segment of the 10.5-mile-long North Spokane Corridor (NSC), including construction of a new interchange with roundabouts.

“This project is for safety and will get a lot of the freight traffic off the local streets of Spokane,” says Project Engineer Jody Qualley, with the …

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O’Brien & Company’s Nestucca Valley K-8 School Project Wins Trimble’s Most Outstanding Project Award

O’Brien & Company recently received the Most Outstanding Project award at the 2022 Trimble Viewpoint Construction Awards for updating and expanding the Nestucca Valley K-8 School in Cloverdale, Oregon. Trimble’s annual awards honor the technological achievements of North American contractors as exhibited through the growth and improvements of their projects, …

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Prompt Payment Required by the Texas Law on Public Projects

Under Chapter 2251 of the Texas Government Code, Public contractors enjoy the protections of statutory requirements for prompt payment similar to those provided by the Texas Property Code for contractors on private projects as discussed in last month’s edition. Chapter 2251 recognizes that contractors performing work for governmental entities expect …

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R.S. Audley Expands Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

With air travel booming, the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) is getting busier by the day as many traveler’s head in the New Hampshire direction to avoid the crowds at Logan Airport in Boston.

Earlier this year, many major airlines increased capacity to and from the 1,500-acre MHT causing a 25 …

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Sangamo Construction Rehabs I-74 Bridges in Champaign-Urbana on Accelerated Schedule

The $32.7 million rehabilitation of two Interstate 74 bridges over a local street and rail tracks in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, is nearing completion.

“The project was undertaken to repair deteriorated bridge decks and failed expansion joints,” says Jason Smith, Supervising Construction Field Engineer, Project Implementation/Construction, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) …

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Schmidt Associates Incorporates Distinctive Design Elements at the International School of Indiana

In 2019, the International School of Indiana (ISI) launched the ‘ONE ISI’ campaign to fund the construction of a lower school on its Michigan Road campus. The Chen Family Lower School groundbreaking took place in October 2020, with successful completion in March 2022.

The idea behind ISI dates back to …

Upcoming Industry Events

Editor’s Note: Events below were still planned at time of publication. Please check with the organizer to confirm.

ACEC Indiana – Diversity Business and Majority Firms Networking Fair
  • November 9, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Ivy Tech Culinary and Conference Center, 2820 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis
  • Join ACEC Indiana for …
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USDOT Awards $104.6M INFRA Grant to I-375 Community Reconnection Project, Creating Better Economic Opportunity for Detroit Neighborhoods

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded $1.5 billion in Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grants to highway, multimodal freight, and rail projects across the country. In the Michigan Contractor & Builder area, a $104.6 million INFRA grant was awarded to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for the I-375 …

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West Virginia DOT Refreshes I-70 Corridor With Extensive Bridge Reconstruction Program

Interstate 70, a major east-west highway, runs from Maryland to Utah. It goes through or near multiple major cities, including Wheeling, West Virginia. The city is in the northern part of the state that separates Ohio and Pennsylvania. The West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) is in the middle of …

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What Goes into a Workspace that Works?

We would love to know too!

In January of 2021, DORIS (Design Oriented Research for Impactful Solutions) knew it was moving offices. Staying true to themselves, DORIS researchers conducted an internal assessment to understand what employees wanted in the new office. Researchers aimed to understand how they could optimize their …

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ABC Indiana and Kentucky Present 2022 Excellence in Construction Awards

Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky (ABC) seek to recognize the outstanding projects built by its members every year with their Excellence in Construction Awards. Such recognition builds greater awareness in local communities of the quality of work produced by Merit Shop contractors and their employees.

Furthermore, the Excellence in …

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Accelerated Construction and Complicated Bridge Move Minimize I-94 Impacts as Z Contractors Builds Michigan’s First Network Tied-Arch Bridge

For a week in July 2022, the only traffic on a stretch of Interstate 94 near Wayne State University in Detroit was a 2,500-ton bridge skeleton traveling on self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs).

General contractor Z Contractors, Inc., of Shelby Township, Michigan, built the new Second Avenue bridge skeleton in …

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Anderson Western Rehabs 50-Year-Old Pipes Along US 212

Average daily traffic on U.S. Highway 212 from Newell to Maurine, South Dakota shows minimal growth over the next 15 years and the two-lane road is in decent condition. So, why is the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) performing a mill and overlay project on a road that doesn’t …

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AP Services Redesigns Mount Wachusett Community College for Additional Education Space

AP Services is redesigning a 23,134-square-foot space for Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) In Leominster, Massachusetts.

“MWCC has been a tenant here for 15 years. We put in a bid to increase the size from 20,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet,” said Michael Lanney, AP Services President and …

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Beyond Digital Transformation – Becoming a Fully Digital Organization

For several years, companies of all sizes have been pursuing digital transformation and integrating innovation into several key focus areas of the business. While the goals for digital transformation are different for each company, it’s time for companies to establish a more ambitious goal – to become a digital organization. …

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Britt Demolition and Recycling Razes Carraway Methodist Medical Center to Make Way for New Development

What was once a bustling and thriving area of Birmingham, Alabama, eventually became an economic blight, including the former Carraway Methodist Medical Center. That’s all changing now, thanks to a developer and a demolition contractor.

Established in 1908, the hospital was formerly a Level 1 Trauma Center. Financial setbacks eventually …

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Colorado River Constructors Modernizes Oak Hill Parkway in Austin

Drivers who regularly pass through southwest Austin have inevitably experienced the ever-increasing traffic volume and frequent gridlock around the intersection of U.S. 290 and SH 71. This intersection has long been identified as a heavily congested area in need of solutions and is listed as one of the 100 most …

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Customized Materials, Soft Soils, and Stringent Permitting Requirements Complicate Omaha Riverfront Revitalization

The $325 million Riverfront Revitalization project in Omaha, Nebraska, is transforming three under-utilized parks along the Missouri River into an active destination space that will improve connectivity and navigation of the city’s core.

Achieving that, however, requires coordination of a multitude of elements on a complicated site.

“Spanning 72 acres …

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Four Projects in Virginia, West Virginia, and South Carolina Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Four state department of transportation projects in Virginia, West Virginia, and South Carolina won regional awards in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a …

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Improving Safety is Paramount on US 69/75 Commerce Connection in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) $152 million U.S. 69/75 Commerce Connection project though Bryan County aims to improve access and safety on this heavily traveled route.

“This was one of the most challenging areas we had, in terms of the type of traffic we had, a lot of …

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KCI Construction Rehabilitates I-255 Mississippi River Bridge Near St. Louis

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has embarked on a $50 million project to rebuild portions of the Interstate 255 Mississippi River Bridge, also referred to as the Jefferson Barracks Bridge in St. Louis County.

“This job is to rehabilitate the existing I-255 bridges over the Mississippi River,” says Christopher …

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Kerr Constructors Upgrades Oregon 212 to Create Safer Passage for Drivers, Pedestrians, and Animals

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s $17 million in improvements to Oregon 212 from Interstate 205 to U.S. 26 through Damascus and Boring provided a new fish-friendly bridge as well as paving, road repairs and sidewalk upgrades.

“This was an operations project,” says Jamie Miller, Project Manager and Resident …

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Lane Construction Addresses Congestion Issues on I-40/I-77 With New Interchange Configuration

Growing traffic along aging infrastructure is a common occurrence and the genesis of many construction projects. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is working on the I-40/77 Interchange due to increases in traffic.

Interstates I-40 and I-77 intersect in Statesville, which is west-central North Carolina. A critical component of …

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McLaren Greater Lansing Replacement Hospital Named One of the Nation’s Best Design-Build Projects

With recent market analysis showing that the design-build project delivery method will account for as much as 47 percent of construction spending by 2025, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is seeing significant growth and success in design-build projects across the country. One such design-build project, the McLaren Greater Lansing …

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Nevada DOT Partners With Q&D Construction to Preserve State Routes 431 and 28 Near Lake Tahoe

Imagine your favorite vacation spot. Perhaps, the vision includes sand, sea, and mountains. One thing the vision doesn’t include is poor road conditions that connect you to your happy place. The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is in the middle of a project whose limits are near a popular vacation …

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Pride and Progress

A $23 million redevelopment project several years in the making is already living up to its aspirations, bringing a palpable new energy and improved quality of life to the citizens of Shelbyville.

Shelbyville Square is a stellar example of the essential connection between economic vitality and investment in public space …

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Prompt Payment Required by the Texas Law on Private Projects

Payment for work performed is important to every contractor at every tier. Receiving payment in a timely manner is equally important. Texas law recognizes this and provides contractors a remedy for untimely payment in the form of interest and the right to suspend performance. The Prompt Pay Act in Chapter …

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Two Projects in Arkansas/Missouri and Tennessee Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Two state department of transportation projects in Arkansas/Missouri and Tennessee won regional awards in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a difference in their …

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USDOT Awards $150M INFRA Grant to Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project, Fueling Economic Growth and Regional Mobility for California and Mexico

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded $1.5 billion in Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grants to highway, multimodal freight, and rail projects across the country. In the California Builder & Engineer area, a $150-million INFRA grant was awarded to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the Otay Mesa …

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USDOT Awards $25M INFRA Grant to Salmon Bay Rail Bridge, a Critical Link for Washington’s Rail and Maritime Industries

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded $1.5 billion in Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grants to highway, multimodal freight, and rail projects across the country. In the Pacific Builder & Engineer area, a $25-million INFRA grant was awarded to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for the Salmon …

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Wadsworth Brothers Construction Slides 1.15 Million-Pound I-15 Bridge Into Place in Cedar City

Needing to replace a set of bridges on Interstate 15 in Cedar City, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) came up with an innovative plan to keep traffic moving by building one bridge offline, using it during construction and then sliding it into place southbound.

“This was a fun project,” …

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Ames Construction Constructs a New Bridge as Part of 64th Avenue South Upgrades in Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota, has been experiencing significant population growth. The city of Fargo is working on the 64th Avenue South construction project in response to the increase in traffic. The project aims to improve system linkage to allow for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. The two-phase …

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Brooks Tractor Opens Location in Sparta

Brooks Tractor recently opened a new location in Sparta, Wisconsin. This is location number seven for the John Deere dealer. The Sparta location will represent a large section of western and southwestern Wisconsin.

“We are in our 77th year of business and added the Tomah, Sparta, and La Crosse area …

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Caterpillar Technicians Showcase Their Knowledge and Skill at Tech Wars 2022

Six Caterpillar dealers from across the U.S. assembled and prepared teams of their most skilled technicians for Tech Wars 2022, recently hosted by Butler Machinery Company in Fargo, North Dakota. Tech Wars is a dealer program that recognizes the knowledge and abilities of technicians through a series of skills scenarios. …

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Continuous Improvement Lean Approach Keeps $520M, Multi-Faceted Northwater Treatment Plant Project on Schedule for Kiewit

Over 100 contractors, six years of construction, and various site issues – including a recently discovered underground coal mine – have created numerous challenges for the $520 million Northwater Treatment Plant project north of Golden, Colorado. However, continuous improvement lean principles throughout design and construction led to quick, coordinated solutions, …

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CSO and HOK Design New IU Health Bloomington Hospital at the Indiana University Regional Academic Health Center

Indiana University Health needed a more advanced, leading-edge facility to replace its century-old hospital in downtown Bloomington. At the same time, Indiana University wanted to offer its students better opportunities for real-life training and collaboration.

IU Health Bloomington Hospital at the Indiana University Regional Academic Health Center creates an innovative …

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Expansion Project on I-45 Corridor Adds Lanes to Enhance Freight Mobility and Reduce Congestion

Interstate 45 is a major interstate route through central Texas, connecting the cities of Dallas and Houston, then continuing southeast to Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico. As the primary transportation corridor between the state's two largest metropolitan areas, I-45 carries an ever-increasing volume of commuter, commercial, and heavy truck …

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Final Three Phases Underway on Florida DOT’s Extensive 95 Express Program

Work on the final three sections of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) 95 Express project is under way and will help keep traffic moving on this 29-mile stretch of the congested South Florida interstate highway.

The local 95 Express projects are part of a regional network of Express …

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Georgia DOT Project Wins Regional America’s Transportation Award

A Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) project won a regional award in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a difference in their community, with …

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Graniterock Constructs Santa Cruz Bridge at Grade Before Digging Tunnel Underneath for New Wildlife Crossing on Highway 17

In Santa Cruz County, California, 65,000 vehicles travel the steep, winding Highway 17 each day. When mountain lions and other animals try to cross the busy road – their only path between habitats – it often goes badly for drivers and animals.

To increase safety for all species, a unique, …

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Henrickson Architecture Breaks Ground on Harbor 31, a Muskegon Lakeshore Waterfront Mixed-Use Development

A project years in the making, the Harbor 31 (H31) lakeshore waterfront mixed-use development in Muskegon, Michigan, has recently begun construction. The $120-million environmentally-friendly development was a culmination of the collaborative efforts between the City of Muskegon, State Senator Jon Bumstead, and multiple local, regional, and state advocacy efforts.

A …

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I-96 Rebuild in Kent County Brings Increased Life Span to Heavily Used Roadway

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been working on two projects in Kent County. In a statement, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said, “These projects in Kent County will improve ride quality, reduce congestion, and extend the service life of this critical roadway.”

Located in western Michigan and part of the …

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Utilizes Innovative Intersections to Reduce Collisions on US 31W

Aiming to improve safety while resurfacing U.S. 31W – also known as Dixie Highway – the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has added Reduced Conflict U-Turn (RCUTs) intersections to the busy roadway.

“The RCUTs force drivers to only turn right off the side roads,” says Bow Warren, Branch Manager with the …

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Midland Water Pollution Control Plant Expansion Named One of the Nation’s Best Design-Build Projects

With recent market analysis showing that the design-build project delivery method will account for as much as 47 percent of construction spending by 2025, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is seeing significant growth and success in design-build projects across the country. One such design-build project, the Midland Water Pollution …

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Minnesota DOT Project Wins Regional America’s Transportation Award

A Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) project won a regional award in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a difference in their community, with …

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Missouri DOT FARM Program to Reconstruct 31 Rural Bridges

Faced with numerous bridges in need of replacement, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) launched the Fixing Access to Rural Missouri (FARM) Bridge Program and nearly one-fifth of the small bridges have been completed.

“Geographically, this is a huge job,” says Jeff Gander, FARM Project Director for the MoDOT, …

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Oregon DOT Reduces Bottlenecks Near Portland With I-205 Improvements

Many infrastructure projects are in reaction to an issue such as excessive traffic or safety concerns. Some infrastructure projects take place in anticipation of the future. The I-205 Improvements Project – a few miles south of Portland, Oregon – is both in reaction to and in anticipation of actual events …

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Oregon DOT’s I-205 Abernethy Bridge Project is First in US to Participate in Pilot Program to Increase Workforce Development Opportunities

Oregon’s largest interstate investment in nearly 45 years, the I-205 Abernethy Bridge Project, is breaking down barriers by providing workforce development opportunities to individuals from economically distressed zip codes. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) project is the first in the United States to participate in a four-year Federal Highway …

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OSHA Aims to Create National Heat Injury and Illness Standard

Hot news (pun intended) these days is OSHA’s intent to issue a national standard laying out employer obligations to protect employees against heat injury and illness. This responds to the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting of 344 work-related deaths in U.S. due to environmental heat exposure between 2011 and 2019. …

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Praesel Founded CapEd to Advocate to Reduce Student Loan Debt and Alleviate Labor Shortage Through Implementation of Apprenticeships in All Fields

Apprenticeships already offer a path into construction skilled trades – but what about those who want to work in other areas of the industry?

Legislation enacted this year offers Texas employers sales tax incentives to hire new apprentices, especially in emerging areas like technology, marketing, engineering, artificial intelligence, and more. …

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Protecting Your Business Against Evolving the Risks of Ransomware

Ransomware is now the most common cybersecurity threat among U.S. businesses, affecting organizations of all sizes. Ransomware attacks have grown during the COVID-19 pandemic, as cybercriminals take advantage of the more vulnerable landscape that has resulted from a drastic shift to widespread remote work strategies.

We are now seeing more …

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Reconstructed MD 273 Bridge Over Big Elk Creek Creates Safer Pedestrian Crossing in Fair Hill

When thinking about infrastructure, most people envision roads, bridges, and tunnels that enable traffic to flow. Infrastructure, however, is also for the benefit of pedestrians. A Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) project – the MD 273 (Telegraph Road) Bridge over Big Elk Creek – will help …

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R.H. White Completes PremaTech Advanced Ceramics Addition

Counting down to 100 years, R.H. White has been a century old leader in the construction business. It all started back in 1923, when Ralph H. White founded the R.H. White Construction Company when he saw a need for a service that could install water and sewer piping in Worcester, …

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Suffolk Partners with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts to Increase Women’s Representation in Construction and STEM Fields

With women representing only 9.9 percent of building industry workers, Suffolk is addressing this gender gap through a partnership with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEMA). The Rebuild the Ratio initiative seeks to increase the percentage of women employed by Suffolk by 10 percentage points over 10 years by …

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Three Projects in Illinois and Ohio Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Three state department of transportation projects in Illinois and Ohio won regional awards in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a difference in their …

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Two Projects in Iowa Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Two Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) projects won regional awards in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a difference in their community, with …

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Two Projects in Michigan Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Two Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects won regional awards in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a difference in their community, with each …

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Webber Awarded $283M Contract to Widen I-95 in North Carolina

Construction is set to begin in early October for Section B of the Interstate 95 widening, a project that was recently awarded to Webber LLC of The Woodlands, Texas. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded the contract, which will widen the interstate from its present four lanes to …

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W.G. Yates & Sons Construction and Mississippi DOT Near Completion on US 49 Redesign

As the $253 million reconstruction and widening of U.S. Highway 49 in Rankin County, Mississippi, nears completion drivers will enjoy less congestion and safer travel.

“The existing roadway was failing, there were too many median crossovers, and the high traffic volume brought a need for increased capacity,” says Luke McMahen …

Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor Vision Report Unveils Two Proposed Design Concepts

A team of faculty at the University of Hawaii Community Design Center, School of Architecture, and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning recently completed the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor Vision Report, which created a concept/vision plan for the harbor and generated a conceptual cost estimate for the vision …

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American Institute of Architects Elects 100th President, Dowdell to Become First Black Woman President in AIA History

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently made history when the delegates at the 2022 AIA Annual Meeting elected Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, NOMAC, NCARB, SEED, LEED AP BD+C as 2023 First Vice President/2024 President-elect. As the 100th AIA President, Dowdell will be the first Black woman and first Millennial President. …

Bringing Together Customers and Manufacturers

Over the course of two days, the attendees of General Equipment & Supplies’ 2022 Aggregate Expo were given the opportunity to attend education sessions led by industry experts, visit aggregate and construction trade show booths and an outdoor equipment display, and network during and after the expo. The event …

Caltrans Reconstructs SR 99 from Selma to Fowler

Located in the Central Valley of California, State Route 99 runs north-south. A stretch of the 400-plus-mile highway – which was part of a route that used to run from Mexico to Canada – between Fowler and Selma is being worked on by the California Department of Transportation.

The …

Dewberry is Selected to Lead I-4 at US 27 Interchange Improvement Project in Polk County, Florida

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has selected Dewberry to lead an interchange improvement project that will increase capacity, enhance traffic operations, and improve safety in Polk County, Florida. Dewberry will provide concurrent project development and environment (PD&E) study and design services for the I-4 and U.S. 27 interchange project. …

Five Projects in Washington, Idaho, and Alaska Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Five state department of transportation projects in Washington, Idaho, and Alaska won regional awards in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a difference in …

Hyundai Enters Articulated Dump Truck Market with Two Models Targeting 30- and 45-Ton Segments

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas announces it is entering the articulated dump truck market with two new models – the HA30 and HA45 articulated dump trucks –targeting the popular 30- and 45-ton segments. The first of the new ADTs are now available for order through Hyundai’s North American network of authorized …

I-77 Panther Interchange Brings Economic and Transportation Benefits to Growing Area of Northeastern South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is in the middle of the I-77 Panther Interchange Design-Build Project. Located in York County, the Northeastern part of the state, near the border of North Carolina, the project offers both transportation and economic benefits.

I-77, a north-south highway, runs from the center …

Innovative Flex Lane on Madison Beltline is a First for Wisconsin

Making the most of what you have is a cliché of positive thinking. However, it also is an apt way to describe a project from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) – the Flex Lane on U.S. 12 in Dane County. The roughly 10-mile project area is located in Madison, …

J. Masterson Construction Finalizing Warehouse Development Site Work for Jewett Construction Co.

After a slow January 2022 start, site work on two warehouses in Wilmington, Massachusetts, is well underway.

“This is a complete ground up development of a vacant 28-acre parcel into two warehouse buildings and associated parking,” said Steve Souza, Project Manager for J. Masterson Construction of Danvers, Massachusetts.

The …

Land Bridge Over Traffic Tunnels and 50 Acres of Restored Prairie Reunite Two Halves of Houston’s Memorial Park

For over 50 years, the 1,500 acres of Houston’s Memorial Park were separated into two halves by high-speed traffic on Memorial Drive. By the end of 2022, a new land bridge will reunify the park for people and animals, with four tunnels conveying traffic under 35-foot-tall hills.

To the north …

McCarthy Building Companies Expands Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility

A $334 million expansion and reconstruction of the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility in Johnson County, Kansas, by McCarthy Building Companies can treat up to 172 million gallons per day during wet weather flows. The project represents the largest infrastructure job the county has ever undertaken.

“It was neat to …

Mid-State Drilling LLC Provides Quality Geothermal and Quarry Drilling Services Throughout Tennessee

From dropping out of college to running one of the largest blasting companies in Tennessee, Johnny Coleman has always preferred to do things his own way.

“I was a sophomore in college majoring in business when my father called me about a job opportunity,” recalled Coleman, Owner of Mid-State Drilling …

Morrissey Engineering Earns Quadruple LEED Platinum Certification, Becomes One of Only Eight Across the Nation

The headquarters of Morrissey Engineering, the 4940 Building, has become one of only eight buildings across the nation to earn quadruple LEED Platinum certification. With its latest recertification, the 4940 Building became the first and only to certify at the Platinum level four times, not just in Nebraska, but …

New Hampshire Construction Career Days Returns in 2022

New Hampshire’s Construction Career Days (NHCCD) makes its return on September 22 and 23, at the Hillsborough County Youth Center in New Boston, New Hampshire. It is expected that over 850 high school students will be in attendance per day from throughout the Granite State. In the first 90-minutes after …

Nonresidential Construction Pushes Ahead Despite Challenges

The construction ecosystem has not been immune to risks facing the global economy. The evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, a continued dearth of skilled labor, and fallout from a volatile geopolitical landscape, including fragile supply chains and rising material costs, have all presented challenges. Even so, the industry has still …

North Carolina DOT Awards Final Segment of Fayetteville Outer Loop Project, Construction is Set to Begin this Month

After a three-year delay, construction for the final segment of the long-awaited Fayetteville Outer Loop will begin this month following the recent awarding of the $151.8-million contract. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded the contract to Branch Civil Inc. of Roanoke, Virginia.

The five-mile segment will be constructed …

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Ohio DOT Partners With Kokosing on I-70/I-71 Downtown Ramp Up

The Columbus, Ohio, region is experiencing significant population growth. Last year’s census found that Columbus was the fastest-growing metropolitan in the Midwest. When areas experience population growth, infrastructure must keep up to enable safe and reliable travel. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is working on a massive project – …

Rehab of Busy Las Vegas I-515 Viaduct Nears Quick Completion

The Nevada Department of Transportation’s (NDOT) $40 million Interstate 515 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project is nearing completion. When complete, it will boost travel through downtown Las Vegas.

“Any viaduct or elevated freeway structure needs extra maintenance and care,” says Justin Hopkins, Public Information Officer for NDOT. “This project is …

Rolling Through Rugged Roads

With the right equipment, anything is possible. It can give you the leg up you need to pull ahead of the competition. When it comes to delivering equipment on time or ahead of schedule worry-free, the right trailer is invaluable.

Today, more than ever, manufacturers are listening to the needs …

Sage Oil Vac Builds Legacy on Innovation and Quality

Sage Oil Vac is a true American success story rooted in innovation and the determination to find a better way. In the early 90s, Gary Sage was a farmer looking for a better way to change oil in his irrigation equipment without spilling oil on himself or the ground. This …

Scarsella Brothers Partners with Idaho Transportation Department to Upgrade SH 41 Corridor from Post Falls to Rathdrum

To meet growing traffic needs, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is expanding and upgrading the State Highway 41 Corridor from Post Falls to Rathdrum to increase capacity and improve safety.

“There is a lot of new development in the area,” says Randy Durland, Project Manager for the south section …

St. Mary Levee District Protects Six Parishes From High River Levels With Permanent Floodgate

After three floods within a decade, the St. Mary Levee District (SMLD) decided to build a permanent $80 million Bayou Chene Flood Protection Structure to protect several Louisiana communities from high river dangers.

“The permanent structure is operational,” says Tim Matte, Executive Director of SMLD. “We are prepared for high-river …

Supply Chain Impacts

War, inflation, pandemic, and staffing shortages – just a few of the events causing fragility in our supply chains. Texas contractors are asked to absorb these shocks all while maintaining project budgets and schedules. As with most problems on construction projects, answers are complex, but may be found in the …

The Detroit Demolition Department Aids Redevelopment and Enhances Safety in Neighborhoods Throughout the City

Knocking down vacant houses to make way for new construction or community gardens or just green space, the Detroit Demolition Department aids in the city’s neighborhood redevelopment, enhancing safety, value and health.

“We do this as a matter of quality of life,” says LaJuan Counts, Director of the Demolition …

The Power of Partnerships

Infrastructure is more than just asphalt, concrete, or steel. It’s the backbone of American life and continuing prosperity.

Roads and bridges connect us, dams and wastewater treatment plants protect us, and underground utilities serve our daily needs — all with little to no fanfare. Yet, Doug King understands infrastructure’s importance. …

Two Projects in Maine Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Two Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) projects won regional awards in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a difference in their community, with each …

Two Projects in Texas Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Two Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) projects won regional awards in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a difference in their community, with each …

USACE, USBR Celebrate Completion of Lower Yellowstone Fish Bypass Channel with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) recently cut the ribbon on the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project, completing construction on the $44-million, 2.1-mile-long channel. The intake diversion dam supplies irrigation water to the area, providing a natural source to the …

Arkansas DOT Widens US 82 Between El Dorado and Texarkana

U.S. Highway 82, an east-west highway, covers more than 1600 miles between New Mexico and Georgia. The highway passes through southern Arkansas and is a major artery in the area. The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) is widening a section of U.S. 82 in the southwestern part of the state. …

Bob Bergkamp Construction Co. Creates New Alignment for Highway K-14

More than six decades ago, U.S. Navy World War II veteran Bob Bergkamp purchased a used Caterpillar D7 Dozer from Foley Equipment of Wichita, Kansas, and formed Bob Bergkamp Construction Co., working primarily on soil conservation projects. He set off to become the best civil contractor in the area. …

Brasfield & Gorrie Completes Challenging GRAIL Laboratory and Research Facility Project Ahead of Schedule

When faced with completing a warehouse-to-laboratory project in six months, during a pandemic, Brasfield & Gorrie rose to the challenge and finished construction 13 days early for GRAIL Laboratory and Research Facility project in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park in Durham.

“The schedule was the most challenging part of the …

Caltrans Partners with Teichert and MCM Construction to Widen Highway 70 in Butte County

A decades long dream to widen State Highway 70 from Chico to Sacramento, California, is coming to fruition and will improve traffic flow and safer passage through the agricultural area.

“The project is designed to improve safety,” says Cameron Knudson, Project Manager for Caltrans in Marysville.

The two-lane highway …

Chicago’s 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project Introduces New Generation to Transportation Careers While Untangling Congested Railroad Tracks and Roads

Construction of one of the most complex projects to improve railroad infrastructure in the Chicago region is about to ramp up. But for the past several years, partners in the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) program have already been working to impact communities in the corridor.


Facilitating a Safety Culture on Utility Projects

Safety isn’t a discrete activity or afterthought on utility construction sites. Instead, it’s an attitude and philosophy that must become an integral part of all operations. By encouraging all contractors and their workers to embrace the utility’s commitment to safety, it’s possible to facilitate the development of an even stronger …

Final US 83 Project Underway to Update 68-Mile White River to Murdo Corridor in South Dakota

Work nears completion on an $112 million, 68-mile stretch of U.S. 83 in South Dakota, featuring new pavement and a shared-use path, as the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) upgrades the corridor from White River to Murdo.

“We’ve done seven projects along that stretch in a very short timeframe …

Heavy Traffic and Environmental Restrictions Challenge Reconstruction of Northwest Arizona’s I-15 Virgin River Bridge No. 1

Winding through the steep, scenic Virgin River Gorge in northwestern Arizona, Interstate 15 carries large amounts of truck and commercial traffic. At almost 50 years old, the Virgin River Bridge No. 1 – one of seven bridges crossing the river in Arizona’s 29-mile stretch of I-15 – needed rehabilitation to …

I-35 Expansion Project Underway in Cooke County

Interstate 35 is one of the nation's most important highways, running north-south from Canada to Mexico. In Texas, the highway crosses the heart of the state, covering nearly 600 miles from the Red River at the Oklahoma border to the Rio Grande at the Mexican border. As essentially the hub …

I-69 Rebuild Generates Much Needed Roadway Improvements Between Marshall and Charlotte Counties

Every motorist appreciates a smooth ride, particularly when a road had previously been in poor condition. However, the time when a road is under repair can be frustrating, as it often results in back-ups and or detours. Therefore, the quicker the road repair is completed, the happier motorists are. Completing …

LHC Inc. Increases Productivity with Advanced Equipment and Solid Dealer Relationship

For more than 50 years, LHC Inc. has provided construction services to Montana’s Flathead Valley. It has completed and is currently working on some of the Treasure State’s largest, most complex, and high-profile projects, including the construction of a nearly $34 million bypass around its home city of Kalispell.

LHC’s …

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Libraries Transistion Into Central Hubs for Connection

With modern-day technology at everyone’s fingertips, libraries are shifting from their original uses into community beacons for reading, learning, and research.

As libraries transition into central hubs for connection within their own communities, staff at Newburgh Chandler Public Library – a building originally designed for the Town of Chandler by …

McCarty Companies Third Design-Build Project in West Boylston Underway

It is business as usual for McCarty Companies as a third project on Hartwell Street in West Boylston is well underway. As with many construction companies, COVID-19 presented a slow-down, but to McCarty the pandemic proved to be only a glitch.

“The project was in the planning stages when the …

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RATIO, MWL Architects Create State-of-the-Art Post and Laboratory Facilities for Indiana State Police

The Indiana State Police (ISP) recently celebrated the opening of a new Post and Regional Laboratory facility in Fort Wayne. Designed by RATIO and MWL Architects, the Fort Wayne facility will act as a model for nearly identical upgrades in Evansville and Lowell.

With cramped lab conditions and limited …

Roundabouts Improve Safety and Solve Complex Traffic Issues

INDIANAPOLIS — In the first in a series of podcasts, American Structurepoint experts reveal key safety facts and statistics about roundabouts and how roundabouts designed by American Structurepoint help solve complex transportation issues across the nation.

American Structurepoint Vice President and Partner Mike McBride, a nationally recognized roundabout expert, …

RSM US LLP Hosts Annual Skeets & Eats Event for Clients

RSM US LLP (RSM) hosted nearly 250 guests at its annual Skeets & Eats event on May 5 – the first time back at the event since before the pandemic.

For the past 30 years, RSM has brought clients, business partners, and friends of the firm together at Skeets & …

Tennessee DOT Improves SR 63 for Greater Efficiency and Connectivity

Responding to residents’ requests for improvements to a main arterial road between Campbell and Claiborne counties, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is widening and reconfiguring State Route 63.

“It’s to make this roadway as safe and efficient as possible,” says Mark Nagi, Community Relations Officer for TDOT. “We …

The Illusion of Inventory and Price Controls

Systemic disruptions of supply chains over the past two years because of the pandemic and, more recently, the Russian invasion of Ukraine have renewed calls for political authorities to do something about soaring prices.

With inflation hitting 8.5 percent in March and risks of another oil and energy price shock …

With ‘Neighborhood Watch on Steroids’, Parker Partners with State Agencies to Stop Human Trafficking

Ever think human trafficking is an isolated problem? Not true – and especially in Texas. The state ranks number 1 in the country for human trafficking. Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth rank first- and second-worst among all U.S. cities.

What can be done?

“I believe that the construction industry can create …

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Ames Q&D Constructors Relies on In-Depth Coordination and Communication for Reno Spaghetti Bowl Xpress Project

Successfully completing improvements to northern Nevada’s busiest interchange amid material and labor shortages requires continuous and complex coordination.

As the $182 million Reno Spaghetti Bowl Xpress (SBX) project nears substantial completion at the end of 2022, “The main challenges are dealing with traffic, scheduling, and providing safe work zones,” said …

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Buck O’Neil Memorial Bridge Replacement Under Way in Kansas City

Construction is under way and proceeding smoothly on the replacements for the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Memorial Bridge in Kansas City, Missouri.

“While safe, the bridge is nearing the end of its projected lifespan,” says Melissa Black, Communications Manager with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

The existing dual-span, …

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Corridor H Extension Aids Economic Growth in West Virginia

One of West Virginia’s largest highway systems, Corridor H, will offer an easier way for people and goods to reach Washington, DC, and other destinations.

“The project will open up traffic from the central part of our state to the eastern part,” says Tommy Collins, Project Manager with the …

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I-65/I-70 North Split to Improve Safety in Downtown Indianapolis

The $350 million reconstruction and redesign of the North Split – the interchange between Interstate 65 and Interstate 70 – in downtown Indianapolis aims to improve capacity and safety and reduce congestion.

“Public safety was the number one driver for this project,” says Mallory Duncan, Strategic Communications Director for …

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indus Revitalizes Almost 6 Miles of Nantucket’s Paved Bikeways With Plant-Based Delta Mist Rejuvenating Fog Seal

Contractor work crews recently upgraded a major section of bikeway on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, a historic tourist destination located about 30 miles south of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod.

More than 30 miles of asphalt-paved bike paths traverse the 45-square-mile island, serving not only as modes of transportation, but popular …

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Louisiana DOTD Expands Vital Freight Corridor in St. Tammany Parish

Located in southeast Louisiana, St. Tammany Parish is one of the fastest-growing parishes in the state. The parish has a population of approximately 270,000 people and has been growing dramatically since 1990. More growth is expected. To keep up with the population growth, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development …

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Marsh Construction Services Benefits From Booming Business Expansion Near Savannah

Founded by brothers Timmy and Travis Marsh, Marsh Construction Services is successfully evolving to take advantage of a current surge in commercial construction opportunities in the Savannah, Georgia, area.

Approximately five years ago, the brothers rebranded their company as Marsh Construction Services. This rebrand followed several decades of doing …

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Minnesota DOT Cleans Up Complicated Glenwood Intersection With Highway 29 Overpass

Every motorist wants roads that will get them to their destination quickly and reliably. Sometimes, impediments exist leading to delays and uncertainty. In Glenwood, Minnesota – located in the western part of the state on Lake Minnewaska – the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and Pope County are partnering on …

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Ongoing Traffic Control Upgrades Maintain Safety in San Antonio’s Loop 1604 North Expansion Project

Over the next few decades, San Antonio’s population is expected to grow by 2 million residents.

That poses problems for Loop 1604 – the outer highway encircling San Antonio – since the Texas A&M Transportation Institute already identified the northern portion as one of the most-congested corridors in the state. …

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Paving Technology Helps Alpine Civil Construction Sharpen Their Vision for the Future

The phrase, “having it all” often implies the need to acquire wealth, power, and status. Not so, for Lance Latimer who, instead, saw it as a goal for the breadth of expertise he envisioned for his company, Alpine Civil Construction based in Conifer, Colorado. His vision started with a stringless …

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South Access - Surface Street Connections Project Will Create a Better Route to Seattle Attractions

February 28, 2001, was a day that rocked western Washington State – literally. The Nisqually Earthquake struck the area. The epicenter of the 6.8 quake was 11 miles north of Olympia. Although scientists estimate the quake struck 30 miles below the Nisqually River delta, the impact was felt miles away …

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Swinerton Completes $43 Million in Contract Value for the Long Beach Airport New Ticketing Lobby and Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) Facility

LONG BEACH, CA — Swinerton, a California-based builder with more than 130 years of experience, announces the completion of Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) New Ticketing Lobby and Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) Facility, which will allow for more efficient TSA screening. The $43 million in contract value project enhances …

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Three-Phase I-94 Rebuild Brings Multiple Benefits to Jackson County

Experiencing substantial increases in traffic on Interstate 94 in Jackson County, Michigan, since the highway opened in 1960, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the midst of a three-phase reconstruction project.

“The current corridor is, in part, obsolete and in need of improvements with the goal to balance …

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Aggregate Technologies Inc. Solves Concrete Problems with Hydrodemolition on Grand Parkway Project

Construction projects certainly have their challenges and work on the Grand Parkway has proved no different. This 184-mile corridor, that will reach across seven counties and provide a third highway loop around the Houston metropolitan area has been decades in the making.

The mega-loop will meet the needs of a …

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Alabama DOT Reconstructs SR 255 to Meet Rising Traffic Demands in Huntsville

The city of Huntsville has been growing. Under Mayor Tommy Battle, the city has pursued businesses to move into town – they have responded. When business picks up in a location, traffic does as well. This is why the city of Huntsville has been engaged in infrastructure projects, including Research …

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As AGC of Texas President, Casteel Works to Maximize Record Construction Funding and Grow Future Leaders

In his term as President of Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Texas, David Casteel, P.E., DBIA, is working with the organization’s staff and Board of Directors to learn from the past and optimize the present.

“Most importantly, though, we want to influence the future,” he said.

That includes …

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Bacco Construction Partners with Michigan DOT to Reconstruct US 41

Located on the Keweenaw Peninsula on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the city of Houghton borders the Portage Canal. The city of approximately 8,500 people is the largest in the Keweenaw and home to Michigan Technological University (MTU). The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the middle of the U.S. 41 …

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Felix A. Marino Company Uses Polymer Cement Decorative Surfacing to Increase Pedestrian Safety in Westwood

The Town of Westwood in southeastern Massachusetts recently “calmed” a sizeable portion of its vehicle traffic with a strong dose of polymer cement decorative surfacing.

Located 12 miles southwest of Boston, the community of 15,000 awarded a $2.5 million contract to P.J. Keating for the reconstruction of nearly 4 miles …

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Final Phase of the I-5 South Corridor Project Nears Completion

As the final segment of Caltrans’ $677 million Interstate 5 South improvement project nears completion later this summer, work continues at a brisk pace.

“The overall project consists of six separate segments that bordered each other but had different start and end dates,” says Marc Bischoff, Public Information …

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How Do Solar PV Systems Work Technically and Financially?

The window for getting a robust federal tax rebate on solar panels is set to dwindle. Before 2020 you could get a 30 percent rebate on a new solar panel system. As of March 2022, you can get 26 percent back thanks to an extension of the federal Investment Tax …

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Lunda Construction Co. Builds New Bridges on WIS 35/54 Over Trempealeau River

As the original bridges spanning the east and west canals of the Trempealeau River on WIS 35/54 began aging, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has embarked on replacements.

“The two bridges on 35 had reached their service lives and are being replaced,” says Nick Pitsch, Project Manager for …

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New Mexico DOT Reconstructs NM 68 and US 64 in Taos

The town of Taos, New Mexico, and neighboring Taos Pueblo – which is designated as both a World Heritage Site and a National Historic Site – attract thousands of visitors each year. Currently under construction is one of the largest road projects in Taos history – the New Mexico Department …

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Ohio DOT Rehab Project Brings a Much Smoother Ride to I-675

Noting a deterioration of the pavement and bridges on Interstate 675, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) undertook the nearly completed $26 million, 17-mile-long I-675 rehabilitation project in Fairborn.

“The pavement over a 10-mile stretch was in pretty dire need of repair, and within the I-675 corridor, every bridge in …

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Oklahoma DOT Restores Bridges and Rehabs Pavement on I-44

The population in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area has been rising and passed 1 million in 2021. Like in much of the country, the area’s infrastructure is aging. Combine these two facts and you have the basis for a project the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is currently engaged in …

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SITECH Michigan Makes Move to Accommodate Growth

SITECH Michigan has moved to a new location in Novi, Michigan, after outgrowing its location in Waterford. The company grew nearly 50 percent between 2020 to 2021, with bold aspirations to continue that momentum and double by 2025.

“For a number of reasons, it was time for our team to …

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Stringless GPS Technology Opens New Possibilities for Gerald D. Bowman Contractors, Inc.

Conducted properly, any business can be a positive, evolving, continually learning experience. Resisting the call for improvement can often lead to failure; heeding it can help ensure success and growth. No one knows that better than Jerry Bowman who, after more than three decades in business – and sensing impending …

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Synergy Contracting Helps City of Mitchellville Expand Its Infrastructure

Synergy Contracting recently completed a new collection system and lift station replacement for the City of Mitchellville, Iowa, as the rural community continues to expand.

Mitchellville is 20 miles northeast of Des Moines and home to approximately 2,500 residents. As the Greater Des Moines community continues to grow, smaller communities …

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Transforming Historic Structure into High-Tech Training Center

As one of the largest fire protection companies in the Midwest, Ryan Fireprotection makes it the company’s mission to develop world-class talent to create and maintain fire protection solutions.

Luminaut Rowland and Shiel Sexton are helping Ryan Fireprotection transform a historic downtown Indianapolis structure into a high-tech Training Center for …

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Wildish Standard Paving Co Replaces South Yamhill River Bridge in Northwest Oregon

Located in northwest Oregon and 40 miles southwest of Portland is McMinnville. The Yamhill River, an 11-mile tributary of the Willamette River, goes through the town. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is in the middle of a project over the river – the South Yamhill River Bridge.

Built in …

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Archer Western - de Moya Joint Venture Expands the Gateway Expressway

The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) nearly $595 million Gateway Expressway project aims to reduce congestion and improve safety, in Pinellas County, with elevated toll lanes on State Road 690 and 686 and express lanes on Interstate 275.

“The Gateway area of Pinellas County is a highly developing area, …

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Colorado DOT Successfully Adds Express Lane to Westbound I-70 Near Denver

In 2019, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began the I-70 Westbound Mountain Express Lane project. With the project nearly wrapped, those involved view it as a success.

To get to the Rocky Mountains, Denver metro residents turn to I-70. The interstate experiences huge spikes in traffic on the weekend …

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Hawkins Construction Company Partners with Nebraska DOT to Convert US 75 Into Four-Lane Expressway

After three decades of planning, a project now underway in Nebraska will significantly upgrade an important traffic corridor between Omaha and Nebraska City. The Nebraska Department of Transportation's Murray-Plattsmouth Project will reconstruct approximately 6.83 miles of U.S.34/U.S. 75 located in Cass County, widening the existing U.S. 75 into a …

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I-90 and LaCrosse Street Interchange Reconstruction Adds Capacity to Keep Up with Growth in Rapid City

Ever met anyone who likes waiting in traffic? No one has. One of the aims of nearly every infrastructure project is to increase capacity in some way to improve traffic flow. The big question that needs to be answered is how to improve traffic flow. The South Dakota Department of …

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I-95 Southbound Rappahannock River Crossing Brings Congestion Relief Near Fredericksburg

The state of Virginia is in the middle of multiple projects along I-95. The projects are part of the Improve 95 Program and in the vicinity of Fredericksburg, an hour south of Washington, D.C. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is currently focusing on several projects in the Fredericksburg area …

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Irving Interchange Project’s Fast-Paced Construction on Four Major Roadways, with 32 New Structures, Requires Vast Array of Crews and Equipment

To complete the $301 million Irving Interchange project in the City of Irving, Texas, near Dallas, general contractor Webber, LLC, of Irving utilizes many crews, cranes, and drill rigs throughout the 9.6-mile corridor.

“It’s a resource-driven job,” said Brenan Honey, P.E., Director of Construction for the Texas Department …

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Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. Upgrades Highway 10 in Arkansas

The $81 million in upgrades to busy Highway 10 west of Pleasant Valley Drive in Little Rock present several firsts for the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT).

“This section of highway has the highest daily traffic count in Arkansas on a non-interstate highway,” says Keith Goff, a Resident Engineer …

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Missouri DOT Bundles Bootheel Bridge Projects for Better Value and Flexibility

Faced with many bridges in need of rehabilitation, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) bundled a number of them in the Bootheel region of the state into a single $25.5 million design-build contract with the Robertson Contractors Team.

“These bridges were all in poor condition,” says Benji Philpot, Project …

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Multinational Coordination Moves the Gordie Howe International Bridge Another Step Forward

The busiest commercial land crossing between the United States and Canada will soon have a second bridge – the Gordie Howe International Bridge – named after a popular Canadian hockey star who played in Detroit.

“This is a once in a generation project,” says Grant Hilbers, Vice President of …

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Rockdale Stone: A Family Operation

About 30 years ago, Dana Pendergraft worked for a company pulling stone from a quarry in Haskell County, Texas. After an economic decline, the owner decided to shut it down. Dana, however, believed it was still a viable business proposition and took over the company.

“I had one loader and …

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Suffolk Construction Targets 2023 Finish for $300M Northeastern University EXP Building

Construction of Northeastern University’s new $300 million research building at the Boston campus has reached the halfway mark and is on schedule for a mid-summer 2023 finish by general contractor Suffolk Construction.

The 350,000-square-foot EXP building joins the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC), a 234,000-square-foot building also built by …

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USAFA Returns Long-Entombed Air Garden to Former Glory

Architecture is an experience, one of time and place, purpose, and point of view. At the United States Air Force Academy, just outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the architectural experience is one of exceptional order as the fundamental footfall on a path to excellence. Perhaps the finest collection of Mid-Century …

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Washington State DOT Reduces Travel Times with I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Southbound HOV Project

Located approximately 35 miles south of Seattle in West Central Washington is Tacoma-Pierce County. The county is the setting for a major infrastructure project headed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The I-5 Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road Southbound HOV project is the culmination of a …

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Anlaan Construction Partners with Michigan DOT to Improve Multiple Bridges in Grand Haven

Located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, Grand Haven, Michigan is a popular tourist destination. The Grand Haven area is known for its sandy beaches, retail-lined boardwalk, and the Rosy Mound Natural Area. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the middle of the U.S. 31 and M-104 …

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Arizona DOT Chooses a Public-Private Partnership to Improve I-10 Broadway Curve

The Arizona Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) $776 million Interstate 10 Broadway Curve Improvement Project in Phoenix will increase capacity and improve safety.

“This is ADOT’s largest urban freeway reconstruction project,” says Amy Ritz, ADOT I-10 Broadway Curve Project Manager. “The benefits of this project include reduced travel times …

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Caltrans and Alameda CTC Partner for Final Phase of SR 84 Improvement Project

The fifth and final phase of the $472 million State Route 84 improvement project in California, now under way, will bring the route up to expressway standards, reduce congestion and increase safety along the corridor and at the interchange with Interstate 680.

“This is an important corridor for east-west travel, …

From Home Business to National Success

With 50 years under its belt, Raimonde Drilling Corporation (RDC) has been providing drilling and subsurface sampling services since 1971. RDC’s services include vertical and angle drilling into soil and bedrock formations for a variety of purposes, from mineral exploration and environmental investigations to geotechnical engineering and offshore drilling. The …

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I-20/I-220 Interchange Project Improves Access for Barksdale Air Force Base

Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB), located in Bossier Parish in northwest Louisiana, is one of the largest military installations in the country, and a critical base of operations for the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command, the 8th Air Force, the 2nd Bomb Wing, and the 307th Bomb Wing. More …

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Maryland DOT SHA Reconstructs I-270/MD 85 Interchange for Easier Commute to and from the Nation’s Capital

Frederick, Maryland is located north of Washington, DC, and is about a one-hour drive from the capital. The city is a bedroom community for DC and like others in that category, it has experienced strong growth. To keep traffic in the area flowing smoothly, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s …

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Minnesota’s I-94 Maple Grove to Clearwater Reconstruction Nears Completion

Along a 39-mile stretch of Interstate 94 between the towns of Maple Grove and Clearwater, drivers traveling through Minnesota endured two years of extensive construction. Improvements and upgrades – including new travel lanes, rebuilding of bridges, resurfacing of deteriorating pavement, access lane construction and drainage improvements, and the addition of …

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Route 60/Glenstone Avenue Interchange Reconstruction Will Create Better Access Through Springfield

Located in southwestern Missouri, Springfield has a population of nearly 170,000. The city, which is known for its big city attractions, draws people from the smaller towns in the area. The James River Freeway, or US Route 60, is located southwest of the city and is the main thoroughfare into …

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Shelly and Sands Inc. Works Through Aggressive Schedule to Rebuild Four Lanes, Bridges, Ramps, and More in Ohio’s US 30 Major Rehabilitation

For the $62 million U.S. 30 major rehabilitation project through the City of Mansfield, Ohio, “The biggest challenge we deal with is the schedule, just because of the sheer amount of work that needs to occur in a very short amount of time,” said Jeff Labaki, Project Engineer for …

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Speedy $16M Expansion of COVID-19 Test Kit Factory Wins ABC Award for JM Coull Inc.

JM Coull Inc. of Maynard, Massachusetts, has been recognized for its rapid expansion of a COVID-19 test kit manufacturing facility in Holliston, Massachusetts. The company received an Excellence in Construction Award (EIC) at the ABC Massachusetts annual EIC Awards evening, held November 17, 2021. EIC Awards recognize overall excellence in …

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Sweetwater Invests Millions into Fort Wayne Campus

Sweetwater, a world leader in music technology and instrument retail, continues to invest millions into their Fort Wayne campus to build state-of-the-art facilities designed to attract employees and sustain the company’s rapid growth.

Built on a 100-plus-acre campus, Sweetwater’s 450,000-square-foot core building houses offices, a music store, recording studios, a …

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Tennessee DOT Partners with Charles Blalock and Sons to Replace US 64 Bridge

For 85 years, motorists have driven over the Ocoee River on the now aging U.S. 64 bridge, but later this year, a new $12.6 million signature bridge will replace the existing structure in Polk County, Tennessee.

The project “will improve the safety and operations of the facility, update the bridge …

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Two Structures and Multiple Drawing Sets Require Innovative Construction Methods for Northeast Texas Cancer and Research Institute

At the $45 million Northeast Texas Cancer and Research Institute in Tyler, Texas, three linear accelerators will provide external beam radiation treatments for patients. Before that happens, general contractor McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., needed to construct three high-density concrete vaults to keep the radiation contained. That included performing two …

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$21.5M Downtown Houston Reconstruction Project Turns Two-Way Street into Pedestrian-Friendly Corridor

When Houston’s Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DRA) undertook reconstruction of 10 blocks of Bagby Street on the west edge of downtown, a traffic impact analysis led to devoting 60 percent of the right-of-way to pedestrian and landscape amenities.

During construction, however, General Contractor Main Lane Industries, Ltd., of Houston, Texas, …

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AECOM, C.H. Nickerson & Company, and SUEZ Partner on Woonsocket Water Treatment Plant

After several weeks of pandemic-induced delay in 2020 during construction of the new Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Water Treatment Plant, the three partners of the design-build-operate (DBO) contract completed the $57 million facility and had it producing purified water by July 2021.

AECOM, C.H. Nickerson, and SUEZ were selected …

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Alaska DOT&PF on Track to Complete Anchor River Bridge Replacement One Year Ahead of Schedule

When asked to list government traits, efficiency is not one too many people would include. However, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is on track to complete the Anchor River Bridge Replacement one year earlier than scheduled. That’s efficient and sure to please motorists.

Located in southern …

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Charlotte Gateway Station Brings Intermodal Transportation to the Uptown Area

The new $135 million Charlotte Gateway Station will bring intermodal transportation center to the North Carolina city’s Uptown area.

“The project is undertaken as transformational to move the inter-city passenger rail station to Uptown Charlotte,” says Matthew Simmons, Deputy Director of the Rail Division at the North Carolina Department …

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Crew Carwash Builds Corporate Headquarters in Downtown Fishers

Crew Carwash recently built a new corporate headquarters and exterior carwash in downtown Fishers that will expand the company’s training and development capabilities and introduce rare opportunities for in-house innovation and collaboration.

After 17 years in its previous location, Crew had outgrown its office space about five miles down the …

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CSO Designs Innovation Center for Cathedral High School

Cathedral High School recently constructed a 46,000-square-foot Innovation Center to strengthen the school’s commitment to providing flexible and focused learning environments which emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Learning studios.

Designed by CSO, Cathedral’s Innovation Center de-emphasizes compartmentalized education and stimulates group learning with more open and group-oriented Science …

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Flexible Discovery Building Transforms Santa Monica High School North Campus

California’s Santa Monica High School North Campus’s $133 million Discovery Building sets new standards for flexibility, technology and sustainability.

“This was a fun project to work on,” says Nathan Huntley, Senior Project Manager for McCarthy Building Companies of Los Angeles. “The concept of the building is for collaboration between …

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I-94 Business Loop Reconstruction Improves Safety for Both Vehicles and Pedestrians

Located in southwest North Dakota is the city of Dickinson. The city, which has a population of approximately 22,000, is about an hour south of the Baaken Oil Shale Basin and was impacted by the oil boom the state experienced. The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the City …

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InRoads Creates Better Connectivity in Des Moines with Fleur Drive Reconstruction

A major thoroughfare in Des Moines, Iowa, connecting downtown with the airport, received a rapid upgrade, with the reconstruction of southbound Fleur Drive in one construction season, with the successful project attributed to collaboration among InRoads, its subcontractors, and the city.

“InRoads put together a good team, and we …

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Making the Grade in Lawrence Township

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen evidence of inequity and inequality with current events across the country. Along with these events, we’ve also witnessed a mental health crisis of epic proportions that is affecting young people. As a result, and to maintain stability with our students in K-12 schools, the …

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Michigan DOT Gives New Life to US 2 in Bessemer

U.S. Highway 2 is an east-west route that runs along the northern United States. One of the towns U.S. 2 goes through is Bessemer, which is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and just a few miles east of the Wisconsin state border. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is …

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Mountain Parkway Expansion to Close a Transportation Gap in Eastern Kentucky

Infrastructure projects can have many benefits, from improved safety to enhanced economic opportunities and beyond. The multi-year, multi-segment Mountain Parkway Expansion in Kentucky is an infrastructure project with a few significant aims.

Originally opened to traffic in 1963, the Mountain Parkway is a 78-mile route that links Eastern Kentucky or …

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Special Measures Protect Water Sources in Alabama’s $110M US 98/SR 158 Extension Projects

As the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) constructs the $110 million State Road 158 extension to connect with the new U.S. 98 west of Mobile, Alabama, many factors make stormwater management critical, including the project’s history.

When ALDOT started work on the new alignment in 2007, stormwater runoff into wetlands …

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Utah DOT Connects SR 138 to I-80 with Midvalley Highway

Located 25 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, Tooele County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States. Area growth needs corresponding infrastructure growth to enable locals to move freely. Hence, the Utah Department of Transportation’s (UDOT) Midvalley Highway Project.

Tooele County has the Great Salt Lake …

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W.G. Yates & Son Construction Company Reconstructs Four Bridges Along I-55 in Tate County

Interstate 55 is a main north-south artery in Mississippi as it travels the entire state. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the midst of an infrastructure project on I-55 in Tate County, the northwest corner of the state. The project will allow I-55 to continue to function in …

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$30M Streetscape and Highway Improvements Under Way in Ashland

More than $30 million in construction is underway in Ashland, Massachusetts, as contractors overhaul its downtown and reconstruct the section of a state highway that passes through the town. It was learned in a recent interview with local officials Michael Herbert, Town Manager, and Doug Small, Public Works Director, that …

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2022 Texas Construction Industry Forecast

Labor and material shortages. Supply chain disruptions. Economic turbulence. COVID-19 rules and restrictions. Vaccine mandates. Many challenges impacting the built environment in recent years have rolled over into 2022. Industry experts are optimistic that a reopened economy and increased federal infrastructure investments will propel recovery and growth in nonresidential construction …

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Bridge Joint Repair Project Brings Major Upgrades to I-405 in Portland

It may be the shortest interstate highway in Oregon – and one of the shortest in the United States – but Interstate 405 in Portland is one of the state's heaviest traveled interstates. Also known as the Stadium Freeway, the 4.2 mile-long I-405 runs through the western side of downtown …

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Hammer Construction Inc. Continues to See Success by Focusing on Quality Customer Service

Hammer Construction Inc. has officially been in business for about 30 years, but its roots stretch back to when Jack Hammer founded Hammer Construction and Dozer Service in the 1950s. He focused on building roads, pits and pad sites for drilling rigs and providing roustabout services for energy companies.

Jack …

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Heavy Cranes on Barges and Specially Fabricated Tools Construct 164-Foot-Tall Arches for I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Project in Iowa and Illinois

Building twin bridges across the Mississippi River with 164-foot-tall, iconic arches required plenty of heavy lifting, innovation, and adaptation to deal with record flooding and construction challenges.

The $1 billion Interstate 74 Mississippi River Bridge project in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois also reconstructed approach roads and ramps …

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Indiana Veterans Center Undergoes Adaptive Reuse

An adaptive reuse project led by the Indiana War Memorials Commission, the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs (IDVA), the Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA), krM Architecture, Brandt Construction, and others has modernized the Indiana Veterans Center in downtown Indianapolis to support the building’s future use as a consolidated …

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Mathiowetz Construction Utilizes Machine Control Technology on Highway 212 Expansion for Greater Accuracy

There are companies for whom GNSS-based solutions are a welcome addition, a good way to streamline the workflow, even a great means to bolster the bottom line. Then there’s Mathiowetz Construction. The Sleepy-Eye, Minnesota-based contractor has embraced the technology to such a degree that to perform without it seems …

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Michigan DOT Updates US 41/M-28 in Marquette Township

Situated in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan off Lake Superior, Marquette Township is the largest of the townships – by population – located in the area. Marquette Township is also home to multiple retail centers that draw customers from all over the area. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently …

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Reconfigured SR 57 Interchange to Improve Traffic Flow in Brea

Aiming to improve traffic conditions on State Road 57 at Lambert Road for the city of Brea, Caltrans has embarked on a $99.8 million project to reconfigure the interchange.

“This project provides congestion relief to improve the traffic flow at the interchange,” says Sheilah Fortenberry, Public Information Officer for …

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Superior Construction Partners with Florida DOT to Reconstruct the I-10/US 301 Interchange

A critical part of northeast Florida’s transportation network, the Interstate 10 and U.S. 301 interchange near Baldwin is receiving a $107 million major upgrade.

“The reconstruction project is designed to accommodate increased truck traffic making the northbound U.S. 301 to eastbound I-10 movement,” says Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary …

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US 95 Northwest Corridor Improvement Project Enters the Last Phase

With the Las Vegas area rapidly growing, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has started the final phase of the $579 million, 13-mile U.S. 95 Northwest Corridor Improvement Project.

“This project has increased high-occupancy vehicle lanes and improved connectivity,” says Brian L. Boedigheimer, Supervisor III and District I, Construction …

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West Virginia DOT Improves I-64 Over Kanawha River

Completing an infrastructure project involves coordinating multiple moving parts. For the Nitro-St. Albans I-64 Improvement project, which is taking place just outside of Charleston, West Virginia, the team has an excessive number of entities to coordinate. The West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) and the team assembled for the five-phase …

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Beck & Bellucci Inc. Replaces Historic Peterborough Arch Stone Bridge

An historic arched bridge in downtown Peterborough, New Hampshire, is being replaced by contractor Beck & Bellucci Inc. as part of a $6.6 million contract that includes reconstructing a lengthy section of U.S. Route 202.

Built in 1940, the Main Street Bridge replaced a two-span stone arch bridge destroyed by …

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Caltrans Reconstructs SR 78 in Escondido to Create a Safer Roadway for Commuters and Pedestrians

State Route 78 runs nearly the entire width of southern California. Escondido, California is about 30 miles north of San Diego and 20 miles from Oceanside, where SR 78 terminates. The California Transportation Authority (Caltrans) is in the middle of a project on SR 78 in Escondido. 

The section of …

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Earth Services & Abatement and Iowa Demolition Decontaminates and Demos Superfund Site in Des Moines

An Iowa abatement and demolition firm is tackling the cleanup of a Superfund site south of Des Moines, making way for a new soccer stadium, hotels, and an entertainment district, which will revitalize a neglected area south of downtown.

“The Dico site is an area that was assumed to be …

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Final Leg of Zoo Interchange Underway in Wisconsin

Work on the final northern part of the Zoo Interchange on Interstate 41 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, progresses smoothly.

“The main purpose is to improve overall traffic capacity and reduce congestion,” says Sean Race, Project Manager with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). “This is one of the most heavily …

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Indiana 9/11 Memorial Reopens After 20th Anniversary Expansion

Greg Hess, IFD Firefighter and member of Task Force One who deployed to New York City on 9/11, first initiated the design and construction of a 9/11 Memorial in Indianapolis prior to the 10th anniversary of the attacks in 2010.

Without any funding to pay for the memorial and less …

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Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc., Incorporates Drainage Solutions with Nature and Recreation for Exploration Green Project

In Clear Lake City, Texas, an abandoned golf course became the solution to catastrophic seasonal flooding.

For the $49 million Exploration Green project, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc., (LAN) of Houston, Texas, designed five massive detention ponds that each hold up to 100 million gallons of stormwater. When complete, …

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Michigan DOT Relocates US 31 in Berrien County

Aiming to provide easier travel in the southwest portion of the state, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has undertaken the U.S. 31 Relocation project to connect with Interstate 94.

“About 39 million tons of commodities move between Indiana and Michigan on I-94 and U.S. 31,” says Kenton McAndrew, …

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Nevada DOT Interchange Project Underway Along I-15 Corridor

Like its world-famous neighboring city, North Las Vegas continues to see robust physical and economic growth. Much more than a suburb, North Las Vegas is in fact its own city, and indeed the fourth largest city in the state of Nevada. Home to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which draws …

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Oklahoma DOT Modernizes Aging I-44/235 Interchange

Oklahoma’s transportation department is modernizing an aging interchange with Interstate 44 to improve capacity and eliminate a bottleneck on Interstate 235 in Oklahoma City.

“It could not handle the traffic,” says Jeff Garder, Project Manager with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT). “We are widening the interstate and addressing …

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UMA Geotechnical Construction Goes Deep to Anchor Blankets Creek Pump Station

You need to build a stable foundation for improvements to a pump station but you’re located in a 5-foot water table within proximity to a creek. How do you keep the foundation from rising? One Georgia county’s engineer chose to pin it down with rock anchors and UMA Geotechnical Construction …

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Virginia DOT and Shirley Contracting Company Expand Route 7 Near Washington DC to Accommodate Growing Traffic

Located in Northern Virginia and part of the suburban ring of Washington DC, Fairfax County has experienced dynamic growth. The county, which is the economic powerhouse of the state, has seen an expansion of buildings and businesses. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is in the midst of a project …

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Washington State DOT Clears Up Railroad Congestion with Barker Road/BNSF Grade Separation Project

Safety improvements, better traffic flow, and improved economic opportunities are a recipe for a successful construction project. The Barker Road/BNSF Grade Separation Project, which is taking place in Spokane Valley, Washington, offers each of these benefits.

Spokane Valley is in northeastern Washington, just a few miles from the Idaho border. …

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Weathered Bedrock at Wide-Ranging Depths Complicates St. Louis’ I-64 at Jefferson Interchange Project

Within the 1-mile length of the Interstate 64 at Jefferson Interchange project in St. Louis, Missouri, widely varying depths of bedrock complicate construction that includes two new roads, three rebuilt bridges, and one new bridge.

“The top layers of rock are very weathered and often come with voids or soil …

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AIA Indiana Presents 2021 Design and Service Awards

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When Anthony Costello watched the devastation of homes and buildings collapse after an earthquake in Haiti, he wanted to understand why. So, he traveled to the country to learn about its building practices. Since his first visit in 2010, Costello has been to Haiti more than 26 times …
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Arkansas 30 Crossing Project to Add Capacity and Improve Safety on One of the State’s Most Traveled Roads

Arkansas Department of Transportation’s (ArDOT) largest project ever, the first phase of the 30 Crossing project in the Little Rock area, aims to improve one of the state’s most traveled roads, Interstate 30, including the replacement of the Arkansas River Bridge.

“We have a capacity issue, but we also …

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Caltrans Rebuilds SR 99 to Improve Safety and Traffic Flow in Live Oak

Caltrans has embarked on the $36 million State Road 99 Live Oak Streetscape, Safety, and Roadway Improvement Project to improve traffic flow and enhance local accessibility, with hopes that it will serve as a catalyst for revitalization of the local economy and downtown core of the City of Live Oak. …

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Hamilton Construction Restructures Seward Boat Ramp with Help From GNSS Technology

On a recent project to replace the municipal boat launch in Seward, Alaska, Hamilton Construction was presented with a challenge: create an accurate 13 percent slope to support the new structure’s sleeper timbers and concrete planks, but do so in tidal conditions, making visual verification of their progress difficult, if …

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Hubbard Construction Company Uses First All-Electric, Process Heating Liquid Asphalt Distributor to Resurface Orlando Road

To help meet their company’s goal of a zero carbon footprint by the year 2040, Hubbard Construction Company, headquartered in Winter Park, Florida, recently started using the first all-electric, process heating liquid asphalt distributor, manufactured by E.D. Etnyre & Co. in Oregon, Illinois.

“Etnyre’s Green Distributor can considerably reduce …

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Innovative Congestion Management Project Relieves Bottlenecks on I-270 in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration’s (MDOT SHA) Innovative Congestion Management (ICM) project to relieve bottlenecks on Interstate 270 from Frederick to Interstate 495, the Washington, D.C., Beltway, combines roadway improvements with real-time ramp metering to improve traffic flow along the corridor.

“We’re coming down to the …

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KCI Construction Company Manages Access and Coordination Challenges in Updating St. Louis’ I-64 at Jefferson Interchange

Urban projects often come with issues like tight spaces or an abundance of utilities – but for the Interstate 64 at Jefferson Interchange project in St. Louis, Missouri, the challenges seemed to multiply.

First, “This project is only about a mile long running down I-64, but the work is very …

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Michigan DOT Rebuilds I-69 Between Calhoun and Eaton Counties

A stretch of Interstate 69 in Michigan's Calhoun and Eaton Counties, southwest of Lansing, has been in rough condition for some time. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) projected the costly repair would be an eight- to 10-year project. Rebuilding the road was put off until now.

The most direct …

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New Mexico DOT Adds Continuous Flow Intersection on US 550 in Bernalillo

A heavily traveled route, U.S. 550 experienced congestion and had neared its expected service life, so the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) launched the last corridor project, which is referred to with slogan “Keep Moving 550.”

“U.S. 550 is a corridor project to add capacity and correct some roadway …

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Rapidly Growing Northland Crane Service Supports Multiple Industries Around Minnesota

In just a few years, Erik Peterson has grown Minnesota-based Northland Crane Service from the ground up, from one to six cranes, including two new National 55L cranes from Aspen Equipment.

“We can lift anything that needs to be lifted, from setting roof trusses to HVAC units to hot …

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Rognes Corp. Reconstructs a Section of Des Moines Sewer System for Increased Community and Water Safety

Faced with problems with its storm and sewer systems the city of Des Moines, Iowa, designed a project to reconstruct its sewer infrastructure in the River Bend and King Irving area. Rognes Corp. was the successful low bidder.

“It’s a project to revise the storm sewer outlet,” says Warren Rognes …

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TxDOT Reconstructs RM 2222 and RM 620 Bypass for Smoother Travel in Northern Travis County

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 census, the population of Austin, Texas, grew 21 percent since the previous census in 2010. The surrounding areas also grew. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is working on multiple infrastructure projects to ensure the roadways can handle the extra traffic the population …

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West Warwick Launches $8M Road Rehab

The town of West Warwick, located in Kent County in the center of Rhode Island, has launched a major renewal of its road network with a full spectrum of treatments designed to restore pavements to their original conditions. Rhode Island’s youngest town, situated on the western bank of the Pawtuxet …

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Aggressive Phasing and Strategic Detours Help Dallas Area’s $370M I-635/SH 121 Interchange Project Finish Six Months Early

A lack of funding delayed the $370 million Interstate 635/State Highway 121 Interchange project north of the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) a decade ago – but once funding became available, the project finished six months ahead of its scheduled completion date.

Design-Build Contractor NorthGate Constructors – a joint …

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Caltrans Expands US 101, the Gateway Between San Francisco and Silicon Valley

It’s an infrastructure issue that has existed for years wherever there are cars and roads. A highly trafficked, congested route should be expanded to allow for improved mobility. While the issue is obvious, financing is not. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is using a creative way to finance and …

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Cleveland’s Opportunity Corridor Project Bolsters Economic Activity and Involvement of New Workers and Subcontractors

When the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) set out to build a new boulevard in the area known as the “Forgotten Triangle” on Cleveland’s southeast side, they not only created a project to boost economic activity and mobility, but also included contract requirements that will help local residents and future …

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Colorado DOT Interchange Project Underway on US 50 in Pueblo West

In Colorado, U.S. Highway 50 – a coast-to-coast highway that runs from Maryland to California – is a major traffic corridor serving the lower midsection of the state. U.S. 50 provides a vital linkage between the Western Slope, lower Front Range, and the Arkansas Valley, and connects the City of …

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Double Diamond Interchange Improves Traffic Flow at I-26 Interchange in Tennessee

The $15.6 million reconstruction of the Interstate 26 interchange with Boone’s Creek Road (State Route 354) in Washington County, Tennessee, has improved vehicle flow, enhanced safety, and supported economic growth in the area.

“Traffic congestion in the area had been an issue, and bridge height has been a problem for …

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Foothills Contracting Rebuilds US 83 in South Dakota

Crews rebuilding an 11-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 83 south of Murdo, South Dakota, are cutting the tops off hills and filling in the low spots to make the road safer, with fewer elevation changes and curves.

“We’re really changing the sightlines and passing lanes,” says Rob Knight, President …

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Idaho Transportation Department Expands I-84 to Contend with Rapid Growth in Boise

According to the 2020 United States Census, Idaho’s population grew over 17 percent since 2010, making it the second fastest-growing state in the country. Meridian, Idaho, which is approximately 10 miles from the state capital of Boise, was the fourth fastest-growing city in the country, as its population increased by …

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Jungclaus Mill Will Add to Growing Development on Mass Ave

William P. Jungclaus, a sea captain from Germany, and his cousin John Schumacher partnered in 1875 to found Jungclaus & Schumacher, Contractors & Builders. Over the next century, the family-owned major general contractor now known as Jungclaus-Campbell assisted in the creation of some of the most iconic buildings in …

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Lakeside Builders, LLC Sees Diversity as Key to Success

Owned and operated by Mick El-Massri, Lakeside Builders, LLC has grown with the city since its inception more than 25 years ago. As Charlotte evolved, so did Lakeside Builders. While the company originally did everything from start to finish – from site development to construction and property sales – …

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Marr Companies Offloads New Gantry Cranes for Boston Harbor Terminal

Three gantry cranes up to 200 feet tall were recently shipped upright on a three month trip from Shanghai to Boston Harbor, where they were destined for Massport’s Conley Container Terminal.

The ship carrying the 22-foot-wide ship-to-shore (STS) cranes arrived at the Port of Boston on June 22, 2021, and …

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Michigan DOT Reconstructs M-37 in Barry and Kent Counties

One of the challenges states face when it comes to growing and maintaining their infrastructure is financial uncertainty. The Rebuilding Michigan program, which runs from 2020-2024, is being financed in part through the issuance of bonds and offers more certainty. The objective of the program is to rebuild the state’s …

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Missouri DOT Improves Safety on Route 171 in Jasper County

Route 171 is one of the main routes that runs through Jasper County, which is located in southwest Missouri. This is the site of a current project, known as the Route 171 intersection safety improvements, by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

Dual needs – safety and traffic volumes – …

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Modjeski and Masters Rehabilitates St. Claude Avenue Bridge for Port of New Orleans

There was something about the St. Claude Avenue Bridge in New Orleans that seemed off. The bridge’s members had unusual stresses, four pin joints were misaligned and the seating at the bridge’s “toe” was uneven. While these issues had been identified in an earlier investigation, the report – which a …

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Archer United JV Increases Capacity on I-26 with Midlands Connection Project

Aiming to increase capacity and improve safety on Interstate 26 between Little Mountain and Irmo, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has embarked on the $421 million Midlands Connection project.

“The interesting thing for the SCDOT is that this is the third largest contract that we have ever had,” …

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Barton Malow Enhances Fan Experience at Camping World Stadium

Teamwork leads to success on a unique $60 million stadium upgrade in Orlando, Florida, aiming to enhance the fan experience at the city-owned Camping World Stadium while increasing revenue and economic benefit to the community.

“To stay competitive for bowl games and college football, there needs to be a certain …

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Caltrans and Golden State Bridge Restore Iconic Rio Vista Bridge Near Sacramento

The Rio Vista Bridge Emergency project will ensure electromechanical operational systems of this iconic bridge over the Sacramento River are reliable to avoid disruption to vehicular or marine traffic, while preserving the historic nature of the bridge.

“This is one of those fun projects that you only get to do …

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City of Fishers Developing $15.5M Geist Waterfront Park

Browning Day and Meyer Najem are collaborating with the City of Fishers to develop a 70-acre waterfront park at Geist Reservoir on property acquired by the city in 2018.

Located south of 113th Street on the east side of Olio Road, Geist Waterfront Park will introduce a public beach, a …

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Comer Contracting Restores Key Middlefield Road With Asphalt Rubber Chip Seal

A busy but failing collector road in a small Connecticut town was given new life recently with the application of a traditional pavement preservation treatment modified with ground tire rubber.

Comer Contracting applied chip seal fortified with crumb rubber modifier (CRM) to Jackson Hill Road, an important thoroughfare passing through …

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Historic Waco Suspension Bridge Undergoes Makeover

“Texas is a blend of valor and swagger.” Or so said Carl Sandburg in 1950, after reading works by Texas author Boyce House. In those eight words, Sandburg summarized the Lone Star State’s long-established culture of gallantry and determination, and its penchant for thinking big, then bigger.

Take the historic …

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Illinois DOT Reconstructs Weber Road Interchange on I-55 for an Easier Commute to Chicago

Many people are drawn to big cities for the many benefits they have to offer. The growth of a city often means the growth of the suburban areas in the vicinity. This scenario has played out in Illinois and is the prime reason for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) …

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James Peterson Sons Inc. Leads Reconstruction of WIS 47 Through Menominee Tribal Lands

Situated in tribal lands of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, the 2.62-mile reconstruction of Wisconsin 47 in Keshena, Wisconsin, required an archaeologist onsite for all digging operations and ongoing coordination with tribal staff.

Spread over parts of two years, the six-phase project also included an assortment of traffic control …

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Kansas DOT Expands US 69 with Arma Connection

U.S. 69 is a major north-south highway that runs from Minnesota down to Texas. The route passes through eastern Kansas and skirts the border of Missouri. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is currently working on two projects along U.S. 69 including one known as the Arma Connection.

The Arma …

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Kerr Contractors Eases Congestion from I-5 Roberts Mountain to South Umpqua River in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has completed a project designed to ease Interstate 5 traffic congestion and improve safety along a mountain pass in the southwestern part of the state. The I-5 Roberts Mountain to South Umpqua River Paving and Climbing Lanes Project, near the town of Roseburg, Ore. …

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Mississippi DOT Extends I-20 Frontage Road in Vicksburg

Vicksburg, Mississippi, is famous for being the home of a key Civil War battle. The town, which has a population of approximately 23,000, is in Western Mississippi and is located on the Mississippi River. Interstate 20, a major east-west highway that runs from Texas to South Carolina. The Mississippi Department …

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Pandemic and Monsoons Challenge Construction of Phoenix’s Reunion Rehabilitation Hospital

In October 2020, when construction manager Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) began work on Reunion Rehabilitation Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, they faced material and labor shortages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also needed to complete the three-story, 51,000-square-foot facility in just one year, working through the Phoenix …

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Superior Materials Embraces Sustainability

With wildfires out West and extreme tropical systems in the East, climate change has moved to the front of people’s minds, and many are embracing more environmentally friendly practices, including sustainable concrete available from Superior Materials in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

“We try to be as environmentally conscious as we can,” …

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Arkansas DOT Creates Quicker Connections with Hot Springs Bypass

Work progresses on a 5.8-mile, $75 million extension of the Hot Springs, Arkansas, bypass, through rugged terrain, to ease traffic heading north and south.

“The goal is to route through traffic around the city of Hot Springs to allow quicker connections to and from Hot Springs Village and other areas …

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I-405 Improvement Eases Congestion for Los Angeles Commuters

Traffic is the bane of every driver. Yet, everyone knows that they will periodically run into it. Californians, and Los Angeles area drivers, in particular, are familiar with busy highways and traffic congestion. The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), in cooperation with The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), is working …

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Iowa DOT Completes Region’s First Dual, Divided Freeway

With the completion of the final phase of the I-80/I-29 Dual, Divided Freeway (DDF) Project in southwestern Iowa, drivers are now experiencing the full safety and traffic capacity benefits of a major Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) undertaking. The multi-year project along the overlapping section of Interstate 80 and Interstate …

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Michigan DOT Partners with J&N Construction and DJ McQuestion and Sons to Rebuild US 31

Located in northern Michigan, just off Lake Michigan, is Charlevoix County. The area draws droves of tourists in the summertime. Tourists, commuters, and commercial traffic alike use U.S. 31 to get to and from Charlevoix County. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the middle of a project along …

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Missouri DOT Considers Pedestrians and Mobility Needs with St. Charles Rock Road Pavement Improvements

The traditional infrastructure project focuses on roads, bridges, and tunnels. These types of projects are dedicated to vehicular transportation. Pedestrians and their mobility needs are often overlooked or are an afterthought. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is in the midst of the St. Charles Rock Road (Route 180) Pavement …

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Moss Utilities Lays McKinney’s First HDPE Sanitary Sewer Up to 35 Feet Deep Through Wet, Wooded, and Historical Areas

When the City of McKinney, Texas, designed a new sanitary sewer line along a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) lake, they originally specified PVC pipe and concrete manholes. After city officials toured Plasson USA’s plant in Corsicana, Texas, to gather information for a different project, they decided to ask …

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Net Zero ASHRAE Headquarters Serves as Model for the Industry

Aiming to create a high-performing, energy-efficient global headquarters building, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) renovated an Atlanta-metro, 1970s-era structure, which now serves as an exemplar and industry best practice.

“We hope others follow suit and renovate existing buildings,” says Ginger Scoggins, Chair of the …

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Nunn Construction and Industrial Constructors/Managers Inc. Turn Historic Manzanola School Building into Modern, K-12 Campus

Colorado’s rural Manzanola School District features a historic junior/senior high school built in 1925, the first credited building by architect Temple Hoyne Buell, who eventually designed more than 300 buildings in the state.

But with asbestos in multiple places, a lack of heat in most classrooms, and the school …

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Shafer Contracting and Minnesota DOT Create New Pathway for Highway 14

Aiming to spur economic development in the area, the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) new 12.5-mile road from Dodge Center and Owatonna will also increase capacity and improve safety on Highway 14 in Dodge and Stelle counties.

“It’s charting a new route for the highway through what had been …

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Technical Foundations Brings Innovative Solutions to Challenging Sites

Technical Foundations has been providing specialty foundation contracting services along the Eastern Seaboard for 27 years, with a heavy focus on Virginia and the Carolinas. The contractor’s reputation for taking on unique projects is evident in its selection of equipment, the most recent of which was the rental of a …

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The Hagerman Group Creates One-of-a-Kind Boutique Hotels in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne

The year 2020 had no shortage of challenges, given the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the pause in travel and tourism, the hospitality industry was among the sectors hit hardest. Yet today, as many people feel an eagerness to travel and the urge to experience unique places, two recently …

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Washington State DOT Adds Lanes to I-405 to Improve Safety and Reduce Congestion

The Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) $705 million I-405 Renton to Bellevue Widening and Express Toll Lanes project aims to relieve congestion, increase trip reliability and improve safety on one of the busiest corridors in the state. More than 200,000 vehicles drive on the corridor daily.

“The purpose …

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Wilmington Project Signals Back to Normal for McCarty Companies

A 16-acre tract in Wilmington, Massachusetts, is rapidly changing shape as general contractor McCarty Companies develops the entire site and prepares to erect a one-acre pre-engineered metal building on one of its parcels.

The Wilmington project is a clear signal that for McCarty the construction downturn sparked by COVID-19 was …

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Alabama DOT Partners with McInnis Construction to Replace the US 331 Bridge Over Patsaliga Creek

Located one hour south of Montgomery, Luverne, Alabama, bills itself as the friendliest city in the south. The small town, which has a population of approximately 2,800 is located one hour north of the border between Alabama and Florida. At 103 miles in length, U.S. 331 runs the entire route …

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Consolidated Construction Co. Accelerates Building of COVID-19 Quarantine Facility for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe

As COVID-19 ravaged the country, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal leaders took steps to protect its members by building the COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Facility, a food pantry and day care center on the Lake Traverse Reservation in northeastern South Dakota.

“We were lucky that our leadership had enough foresight to …

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Dwire Earthmoving, LLC Gains Greater Opportunities With Move Out West

In recent years, Colorado has become home to many “transplants” – that is, people who are not native to the state moving there and establishing roots. While it’s one thing to move your life, it’s another to move an entire business. With some determination and hard work, that’s exactly what …

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IIDA Presents the 2021 IDEA Awards

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has a strong Indiana Chapter that strives to connect interior design to the community. IIDA provides meaningful resources to commercial interior designers and their clients to advance the profession and enhance business value.

Through different events, IIDA’s goal is to create community networking, highlight …

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Michigan DOT Rebuilds Southbound I-196

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the midst of the southbound I-196 Rebuilding and Improvements project. Located in southwest Michigan just inland off of Lake Michigan, this project is one that commuters have been waiting to see happen for some time.

In 2012, the northbound side of I-196 …

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Nebraska DOT Makes Great Strides on Lincoln South Beltway

The largest construction project ever undertaken by the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), the $350 million Lincoln South Beltway, will offer motorists a route around town, skipping multiple traffic lights.

“This project will put a beltway south of the city and get truck traffic off of Highway 2 through town,” …

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Nevada DOT Cleans Up I-80/580 and US 395 Interchanges with Spaghetti Bowl Xpress

If you’re in Reno and asking for directions and locals mention the Spaghetti Bowl, don’t think they are talking about an Italian restaurant. The Spaghetti Bowl is a nickname for the interchange linking Interstates 80 and 580 and U.S. 395. The ramps and angles, seen from overhead, look like strands …

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Ohio Superstreet Aims to Improve Safety on US 35 in Beavercreek

Aiming to improve traffic flow and reduce potential conflict points, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has embarked on a $14.9 million reconfiguration of the heavily congested U.S. 35 in Beavercreek into a “superstreet.”

“This was a safety initiative,” says Kathleen Fuller, Spokesperson for the Ohio DOT. “Within the …

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Oregon DOT Prepares for the Future with Seismic Triage and Resiliency Project

Most infrastructure projects are standard – build a new road or bridge, add lanes to an existing roadway, repair a road or bridge, etc. Such projects are important and can be a boon to an area while allowing traffic to flow smoothly. A project taking place in Oregon – the …

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Rebranding Brings New Direction for ShoeValDoc Construction

Carrying on an organization’s legacy offers a challenge for any subsequent owner, especially when the company has a solid reputation for delivering projects on time and on budget. Seven years ago, Cody Hill decided to tackle that task when he became part-owner of Chambers Excavating & Construction, now renamed …

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R.S. Audley Partners with H.B. Fleming to Construct Massive I-89 Span

A massive work trestle is being built to ease reconstruction of the I-89 Bridge over the Connecticut River between New Hampshire and Vermont.

Bow, New Hampshire, contractor R.S. Audley has a $43.8 million contract to reconstruct the bridge, which is actually two identical parallel structures built in 1966 to span …

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TxDOT Improves I-40 to Keep Up With Growing Amarillo Development

Aiming to improve traffic flow and safety, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has undertaken a bridge replacement project along about four miles of the Interstate 40 corridor in Amarillo.

“The existing structures were built with the original interstate construction,” says Sonja Gross, Public Information Officer for TxDOT’s Amarillo …

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Virginia DOT Undertakes Largest Highway Construction Project in its History with $3.3B Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion

To ease a daily commuter backup averaging six miles – and even greater congestion during the peak summer season – the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) undertook the largest highway construction project in the history of the Commonwealth. The $3.3 billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion project between Norfolk and …

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$120M Northern Kentucky Project Combines Two Double Crossover Diamond Interchanges, Single Point Urban Interchange, and Roundabout

In northern Kentucky’s Boone County, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is working with a tri-venture of contractors on a $120 million project to convert two interchanges to a double crossover diamond (DCD), a new configuration that increases safety and efficiency.

But that’s not the only unique aspect of the project. …

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$766.5M SH 249 Extension Decreases Congestion and Increases Mobility Northwest of Houston

To build the new $766.5 million State Highway (SH) 249 Extension project northwest of Houston, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) used multiple strategies to accelerate the work and provide faster relief for the area’s increasing population and economic growth. First, they divided the project into several parts in order …

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Caltrans Improves Pavement Quality on I-10 Near Beaumont

There are three United States coast-to-coast interstates: I-10, I-80, and I-90. I-10, which originates just off the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, California, and continues to Jacksonville, Florida, is the southernmost cross-country highway in the country. It runs just over 2,460 miles and is the fourth longest interstate in the …

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Diversification Leads to Success for Progressive Construction Co.

Progressive Construction Co. seems a rather apt name for a company that’s grown continuously in services and size throughout the past two-and-a-half decades. During that time, founders and owners Todd Urbina and Ricky Cruz developed the Alexandria-based firm into one of central Louisiana’s most diversified and comprehensive contractors.

“We are …

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First Coast Expressway Moves Closer to Completion

Two more projects are under way on the First Coast Expressway – SR 23, a new 46-mile, multilane, limited-access toll road in northeast Florida. Three projects are complete and two more will be let in the coming years.

“The First Coast Expressway will support current and future economic growth in …

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McLaren Modernizes Northern Medical Campus with $158M Expansion

Patients in Northern Michigan and Eastern Upper Peninsula communities will soon have an updated hospital able to provide quality care with the latest technologies at McLaren Northern Michigan, in Petoskey, as phase one of a $158 million addition and renovation project nears completion.

“Our goal is to further enhance the …

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Montana DOT Constructs Yellowstone River Bridge as Part of the Billings Bypass

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is in the midst of a six-phase, multi-road construction project dubbed the Billings Bypass. Currently, MDT is working on phase two – the construction of the Yellowstone River Bridge.

The new arterial roadway will connect the city of Lockwood to the Highway 312/Highway 87 …

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New Loeb Stadium Draws Together $90M Redevelopment Plan for Downtown Lafayette

American Structurepoint and the City of Lafayette recently celebrated the dedication and opening of Loeb Stadium, a multi-use facility which replaces the historic Loeb Stadium built in 1940. The municipally owned stadium is home to the Prospect League’s Lafayette Aviators and the Lafayette Jefferson High School baseball teams.

Lafayette’s $20 …

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North Dakota’s Long X Bridge Replacement Nears Completion

In the state’s fabled Badlands region, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is wrapping up its two-year Long X Bridge Project on U.S. Highway 85 near Watford City. The $34 million project has replaced a bridge, built in 1959, which was named to commemorate the legendary Long X cattle …

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Onyx Corporation Creates One of the Largest and Tallest Free-Standing Walls in New England

A monumental free-standing wall is taking shape at a new development in Woburn, rising like a 50-foot sentinel between a natural mountain of rock and brand new housing for the eastern Massachusetts community.

The uniquely engineered concrete guardian is being constructed by Onyx Corporation of Acton, Massachusetts, as part of …

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Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company Builds Porter Rockwell Bridge to Benefit Bluffdale City Residents

When the Porter Rockwell Bridge project in Bluffdale City, Utah, is completed, it will mark the sixth and final segment over the course of six years to create Porter Rockwell Boulevard. Residents in the area will greatly benefit from the project.

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), in coordination with …

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Three Maryland Capital Beltway Bridge Projects Under Way

Three replacement bridges on the heavily traveled Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County in Maryland are under construction and expected to open by the end of the year.

“These bridge projects will help provide a safe, reliable and efficient transportation network for all who live in and travel through Prince …

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Westbound Lewis & Clark Viaduct Opens to Traffic in Kansas City

Traffic has started flowing on the $66.5 million rebuilt westbound lanes of the Lewis & Clark Viaduct on Interstate 70, after more than two years of construction activity.

“The bridge was an older truss bridge, and maintenance on it was a factor in taking on the project,” says Joel Smith …

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15-Mile, $50M Reconstruction of Corpus Christi’s SH 358 Required 42 Work Units, Each with Different Challenges

To complete the 15-mile, $50 million reconstruction of Corpus Christi’s State Highway 358 with minimal traffic impacts, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) organized the project into 10 main phases – then divided those phases into 42 different work units.

“Every work unit is different,” said Bruce Kowalik, Project …

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60 Swarm Projects Bring Vital Improvements to Heavily Used SR 60

A swarm of construction activity is bringing extensive upgrades to a heavily traveled corridor in Southern California. The “60 Swarm” is an impressive Caltrans undertaking of two projects along State Route 60 (SR 60) passing through the Caltrans District 8 counties of San Bernardino and Riverside – the Pavement Rehabilitation …

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Christman-Brinker Joint Venture Partners with Ford Motor Co. to Reimagine the Michigan Central Station

The Ford Motor Co. has launched a multimillion restoration of the Michigan Central Station in Detroit’s Corktown area to its former magnificence and will use it as a base for its automated vehicles and other high-tech mobility developments, bringing old and new Detroit together in an exciting project.

“This is …

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Colorado DOT Upgrades I-25 South Gap to Better Handle Increasing Congestion

The most important job of infrastructure is to allow traffic to flow reliably and safely. An 18-mile stretch of Interstate 25 in Colorado – known as the “the gap” – was failing at these two tasks. To remedy this, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is engaged in the I-25 …

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Fitts-Woolard Hall at North Carolina State University Brings Engineering All Together

The new $137 million Fitts-Woolard Hall at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, built by Skanska USA Building, brings the majority of engineering students and faculty to the college’s Centennial Campus.

“Future engineering students are going to have this amazing resource,” says V. Cameron Smith, Senior Director of Capital …

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Former Bloomington Hospital Site Aims for Sustainable Redevelopment

The City of Bloomington purchased IU Health’s former downtown hospital site – bound by Second, Rogers, First, and Fairview Streets – to steer the area’s redevelopment consistent with the values of Bloomington residents. Foremost among those expressed communal values for the site were sustainability and inclusion.

Skidmore Owens & Merrill …

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Georgia DOT Improves One of the State’s Busiest Freight Corridors with I-16/I-95 Interchange Project

Located on the Georgia coast, Savannah draws millions of visitors each year. Besides, those who are drawn to the southern town for its hospitality, architecture, and history, the city is also home to a bustling port as it exported more loaded containers than any other port in the country from …

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Illinois DOT Divides Jane Byrne Interchange Improvements Into 35 Contracts Over Nine Years to Keep Traffic Moving

How do you rebuild and improve one of the busiest interchanges in downtown Chicago – while working around the Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line, Cermak pumping station, and poor soil conditions – without enlarging the footprint or disrupting traffic?

For the Jane Bryne Interchange – which links the Dan Ryan …

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Mississippi DOT Utilizes SPMT for the First Time on I-20 Bridge Replacement

As the state capital of Mississippi, Jackson is a city that draws people from the surrounding areas. I-20 runs east to west through the city and is a major thoroughfare for those commuting from the suburbs of Jackson. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is in the midst of the …

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Missouri DOT Nears Completion on the Final Miles of the I-49 Connector Near the Arkansas State Line

Regular back-ups and queues are a frustration for every commuter who experiences them. This was the experience for commuters traveling around southwest Missouri and the border of Arkansas. To alleviate the traffic, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is engaged in the I-49 Missouri/Arkansas Connector Project. The project does spill …

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Scrap Tires Help Improve Arlington’s Road Status

The Town of Arlington, Massachusetts – a community of 42,000 residents located a few miles from Boston – has significantly improved the health of its road network in just six years using pavement preservation techniques, according to Wayne Chouinard, P.E., the Town Engineer.

“By adding pavement preservation techniques such …

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Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena to be First Net Zero Carbon Arena in the World

The National Hockey League’s newest franchise, the Seattle Kraken, will start its inaugural season this fall in the $1 billion Climate Pledge Arena, a brand new arena under a historic landmarked roof dedicated to carbon neutrality.

“Sustainability is important for us,” says Rob Johnson, Vice President of Sustainability and Transportation …

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Wisconsin DOT Extends Service Life of Six Bridges Over US 14

Madison is the capital of Wisconsin and home to the University of Wisconsin. As an active thriving city, Madison draws commuters from the surrounding areas. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is in the middle of the U.S. 14 Bridges project which is taking place just outside of Madison. The …

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Arkansas DOT Secretary Tudor Rises to the Challenge

A long-term employee of the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT), Lorie Tudor now serves as director of the agency and has risen to the challenges facing those responsible for transportation infrastructure.

“At the end of most days, I feel I’ve made a difference,” Tudor says. “I’ve added value and insight, …

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Goodfellow Bros. Commemorates 100 Years

Whether it’s paving new roads or rebuilding after disaster, constructing next generation energy sources or laying pipelines of opportunity, Goodfellow Bros. (GBI) has been an integral part of the development of the West Coast and Hawaii over the last century.

But it’s not just the scope and scale of capabilities …

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Goodfellow Bros. Commemorates 100 Years

Whether it’s paving new roads or rebuilding after disaster, constructing next generation energy sources or laying pipelines of opportunity, Goodfellow Bros. (GBI) has been an integral part of the development of the West Coast and Hawaii over the last century.

But it’s not just the scope and scale of capabilities …

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I-17 Central Avenue Bridge Gets a Lift From Arizona DOT

Nothing, including infrastructure projects, occurs in a vacuum. The I-17 Bridge Reconstruction Project at Central Avenue in Phoenix – managed by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in association with the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) – will have multiple ripples that impact infrastructure in the area.

The project involves …

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I-70 Bridge Renovation Project Underway in West Virginia

At just over 14 miles long, West Virginia's segment of Interstate 70 is the shortest among all the states the highway crosses on its route from Utah to Maryland. Even so, the portion of I-70, which crosses the northern panhandle of West Virginia through Ohio County and the city of …

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Iowa DOT Redesigns I-80/I-380 Interchange for Better Mobility

The Iowa Department of Transportation is in the midst of a comprehensive redesign known as the I-80/I-380 Systems Interchange Project. Located in Johnson County, which is in the eastern central part of the state, the project is at the junction of Interstate 80, Interstate 380 and United U.S. 218, one …

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KCI Construction Finishes Two Years’ Worth of Work in a Single Season on I-70 Blanchette Missouri River Bridge

When the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) awarded the $33 million contract for rehabilitation of the eastbound Interstate 70 Blanchette Missouri River Bridge, they planned on full seasons of work in both 2020 and 2021.

General Contractor KCI Construction Company of St. Louis, Missouri, decided on a different plan: “They …

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Major Reconstruction Project Upgrades Nashville's I-440

With the completion of the I-440 Reconstruction Project – the largest project in Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) history – additional vehicle capacity, less traffic congestion, and improved safety have been realized along one of middle Tennessee's busiest corridors. Interstate 440, which extends from Interstate 40 to Interstate 24 in …

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Middlebury Railroad and Storm Water Tunnels Completed

Construction crews are in the final stages of a $70 million transportation project in Middlebury, Vermont, that was designed to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety and increase freight train capacity on the state’s essential western railroad corridor.

The massive Middlebury bridge and rail project is being managed by the state’s …

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Pacers Sports & Entertainment Upgrades Bankers Life Fieldhouse with $360M Renovation

Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) began Phase Two of their $360 million Bankers Life Fieldhouse renovation project in early March after a wrapping up all interior work associated with Phase One. Elements added to the facility in Phase One include two new sideline clubs, a new center-hung scoreboard, retractable club …

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Precast Bridge Elements Help Zachry Construction Maintain Aggressive Schedule on Second Phase of San Antonio’s US 281 Upgrade

As Zachry Construction Corporation of San Antonio, Texas, works to complete the $178.3 million second phase of Bexar County’s U.S. 281 improvement project, they’ve juggled challenges and silver linings to meet the accelerated construction schedule.

Surprisingly, one consequence of the pandemic actually helped them expedite work, as did unconventional precast …

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Public-Private Partnership Brings Willmar Rail Connector Project to Fruition

America’s infrastructure is in need of repair as evidenced by the D+ grade it got on the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Upgrading the system has been a challenge as the government is perpetually underfunding infrastructure. Public-private partnerships are one way to sweeten …

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University of Michigan Expands W.K. Kellogg Institute and Dental Building

The W.K. Kellogg Institute and Dental Building at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is receiving a $140 million addition and renovation – the first since its construction 50 years ago – so it can continue teaching dental students, serving patients from around Michigan and conducting research advancing the …

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Bizzack Construction Partners with Virginia DOT for Multiphase Corridor Q Program

When the economy is going through a downturn, politicians often look to infrastructure projects to stimulate it. The goal is to get people working and money flowing through the system – while striving to improve the country’s poorly rated infrastructure. Beyond the near immediate economic impact infrastructure has, there are …

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Dowdle Construction Overcomes Water Damage and Structural Challenges to Transform Old Lumber Mill Into Silo Studios

“When you work on old buildings, every day there’s a surprise or something that doesn’t work like you thought it would,” said Glynn Dowdle, President and Principal of Dowdle Construction Group in Nashville, Tennessee.

However, when the building you work on sat abandoned for almost 15 years with gaping …

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Fremont Southeast Beltway Decreases Congestion and Improves Regional Connectivity

The new four-lane Fremont Southeast Beltway aims to improve safety and traffic flow by diverting through vehicles around the southeast side of the city.

“The four-lane project will decrease traffic congestion in the residential and downtown areas of Fremont and improve local access and mobility along with regional connectivity between …

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Jewett Construction Co. Revamps 10-Acre Warehouse Inside and Out

Jewett Construction Co. is managing the challenging transformation of an outdated but spacious Wilmington, Massachusetts, warehouse into a modern storage facility. The Raymond, New Hampshire, general contractor has been working closely with subcontractor J Masterson Construction of Danvers, Massachusetts, to renovate the 411,733-square-foot, single-story masonry building plus mezzanine and the …

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Meyer Najem and Curran Architecture Create World-Class Facility for the Humane Society of Hamilton County

Meyer Najem, Curran Architecture, and others spent the past five years researching and planning a world-class animal wellness center unlike any other in the state of Indiana. In March, the Humane Society of Hamilton County will relocate from its outdated 8,000-square-foot facility into a brand new 41,000-square-foot building …

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Oklahoma DOT Takes First Steps to Modernize I-40 Corridor Near Tinker Air Force Base

Tinker Air Force Base, located southeast of downtown Oklahoma City and home to 26,000 military and civilian employees, is the largest single-site employer in the state. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is in the midst the I-40 Del City Bridges project, which impacts a significant amount of traffic to …

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Oregon DOT Upgrades the I-84 Graham Road Bridges to Create an Economic Boost Near the Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge along Oregon’s border with Washington is a renowned scenic area that draws hikers, bikers, campers, and tourists from around the world. The small town of Troutdale that sits along the Sandy River at the easternmost edge of the Portland area marks the western edge of the …

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Rogers Construction Co. Carves Out a Place for Their Family Business in Southern Utah

Through the desert air and rolling rocky terrain lies the town of St. George, Utah. The area, nicknamed Utah’s Dixie, offers a stunning view of Zion National Park and the Pine Valley Mountains in the distance.

Located between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, locals joke that St. George is …

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Rosamond-Mojave Rehab Underway in Kern County

A $73 million improvement project in Kern County, California, the two-year Rosamond-Mojave Rehabilitation Project will add 40 years of life to State Route 14.

“This project will completely rehabilitate the northbound and southbound lanes for this 8-mile stretch of State Route 14, covering 32 lane miles in total,” says Michael …

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Three Crews Working Simultaneously and Utility Surprises Require Constant Scheduling Adjustments in Toledo’s I-475 Widening Project

Before the international Solheim Cup golf tournament comes to Toledo, Ohio, at the end of August 2021, Miller Bros. Const., Inc. (MBC), of Archbold, Ohio, needs to expand 2.2 miles of Interstate 475 (including four bridges) from four to six lanes, add a new interchange, widen over a mile of …

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Timmons Construction Partners with South Dakota DOT on US 14/6th Street Reconstruction

A city-state collaboration has brought Brookings, South Dakota, a reconstructed U.S. 14/6th Street through the center of town, increasing safety and traffic flow.

“Sixth Street is the major road through the town of Brookings,” says John Rittershaus, Project Manager for the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT). “That roadway …

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Upgrade of Amarillo’s SL 335 Deals with Prairie Dogs, Helium History, Out-of-Season Flooding, and COVID-19

To improve safety and boost economic impact, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) undertook an upgrade to turn State Loop 335 around the City of Amarillo, Texas, into a four-lane, controlled-access freeway.

However, with total estimated construction costs topping $1.5 billion, the 43.5-mile, multi-phased upgrade will take a while. So …

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Western Michigan University Expands Aviation Center

With the need for pilots growing, Western Michigan University’s (WMU) aviation program has experienced growth, but the existing facilities needed updating. Therefore, the College of Aviation has embarked on a $20 million renovation and addition.

“The primary purpose of the project is to generate additional space at the WMU College …

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2021 Projects in Planning

Indiana’s construction and design community remains devoted to producing high-quality projects across the state in 2021. Projects in Planning will highlight some of the most exciting projects coming in 2021 from a few of the state’s most reputable firms.

CORE Planning Strategies
Trades District Parking Garage

Owner: City of Bloomington, …

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Georgia DOT Combats Greater I-20 Truck Traffic with Capital Maintenance Project

Benjamin Franklin advised Philadelphians, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Franklin was referring to fire prevention, yet this same wisdom can apply to many things in life, including construction. In fact, this reasoning is driving the I-20 capital maintenance project by the Georgia Department of Transportation …

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G & W Construction Focuses on Innovation to Become a Leader in Directional Drilling

From dragsters to directional drilling, Darrell Alderman, President of G & W Construction, continues to lead an exciting life.

“Darrell is a three-time world champion in NHRA (National Hot Rod Association),” says Matt Di Iorio, President of Ditch Witch Mid-States in Columbus, Ohio. “He brings that competitive …

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I-43 Rehabilitation in Northeast Wisconsin Brings Many Benefits

In the infrastructure world, new construction draws the headlines. However, rehab projects are just as vital for many reasons. The I-43 project in Northeast Wisconsin is a rehab project that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has undertaken, and it has many benefits.

I-43, a four-lane highway and a major …

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Kansas DOT Upgrades US 83 for Better Traffic Flow

U.S. 83 is one of the longest North-South routes in the country. One can drive it from North Dakota down to Texas. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is reconstructing one 11-mile stretch of U.S. 83 that runs through Haskell and Finney County in the southwestern part of the state. …

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Last Segment of I-75 Modernization Moves Forward

In the final segment of the 18-mile-long I-75 Modernization project in Oakland County, Michigan, crews are not only widening the highway, but also placing a drainage system using a tunnel boring machine (TBM) named Eliza.

“We are proud to be able to work together with Michigan DOT to improve safety …

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Massive I-85 Widening Project Increases Capacity in Northwest South Carolina

A massive road widening project is taking place in South Carolina. The I-85 widening project stretches 29 miles from Spartanburg County in northwest South Carolina to the North Carolina border.

The heavily trafficked interstate, which runs from Virginia to Alabama, is particularly congested in the area where the widening is …

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Orange County I-5 Project Adds New Carpool Lanes to Busy Corridor

With the completion of the I-5 Central County Improvements Project, an essential transportation link in the central part of Orange County now generates less traffic congestion, fewer bottlenecks, and improved traffic operations along the section of I-5 between SR 55 and SR 57.

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), in …

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Planet Texas 2050: As Population Doubles and Severe Weather Intensifies, University of Texas at Austin Researchers Examine How to Build Resilience Into State’s Infrastructures and Cities

The population of Texas today stands at almost 28 million. By 2050, that number is predicted to nearly double to 55 million, with most people clustered in already-dense urban centers like Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin.

Over the next several decades, researchers also project an increase in the …

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Reconstruction of Arizona’s I-10/Ruthrauff Road Interchange on Track for December Completion

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has many priorities across a complex transportation network that boasts nearly 7,000 lane miles and currently requires an estimated $53.3 billion in capital expenditures through 2040. Right now, one key focus is the $129 million reconstruction of the I-10 and Ruthrauff Road interchange in …

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Reed & Reed Inc. Installs White Mountain Highway Bridge Replacement Over Bearcamp River

Maine contractor, Reed & Reed Inc., recently moved and installed a 4 million-pound replacement for a New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) bridge carrying the White Mountain Highway over the Bearcamp River in Ossipee.

The Woolwich contractor has a $16.9 million contract with NHDOT for Project 14749 to replace …

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Volkert and James Construction Group Overcome Unexpected Challenges to Complete $72.9M On the Greaux I-10 Widening Near Baton Rouge

Despite months of wet weather, heavy traffic that prevented weekday closures, extra safety measures to combat COVID-19, and even a plane crash on the jobsite, the design-build team led by James Construction Group of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, completed the $72.9 million Interstate 10 On the Greaux widening project on schedule …

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Washington State DOT Partners with North Olympic Salmon Coalition to Remove Fish Barrier Under SR 116

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and a nonprofit organization dedicated to habitat restoration teamed up to remove a fish barrier created about 80 years ago, allowing salmon to freely swim between Oak Bay and southern Kilisut Harbor under State Route 116 on Marrowstone Island.

“This fish barrier correction …

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2021 Texas Construction Industry Forecast

For many, the dawn of 2020 signaled a new decade of hope and prosperity. However, the year closed with a shocking twist: a global death toll topping 1.6 million (including 300,000-plus in the United States) that stemmed from the outbreak of COVID-19, a highly contagious and unpredictable disease originating in …

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Arkansas DOT Replaces I-30 Bridges Over De Roche Creek

Located in Southwest Arkansas, De Roche Creek flows under I-30. Recently, the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) replaced two bridges along I-30 that go over the 5.5-mile creek whose historical high water elevation is 212.2 feet. While the I-30 bridges at De Roche Creek project was seemingly a simple project, …

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Axis Architecture Revitalizes Martindale-Brightwood Public Library

Indianapolis Public Libraries’ Martindale-Brightwood Branch recently relocated from a shopping plaza storefront to a 14,500-square-foot building at 25th and Emerson.

Opening in its original location in 1901, the Brightwood branch was the sixth public library established in Indianapolis and has served its community for more than a century. The branch …

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Congestion Relief on the Horizon for Chattanooga’s Critical I-75/I-24 Juncture

Big changes are coming down the pike in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a splendidly scenic riverside community considered to be one of America’s most breathtaking cities. Flourishing growth over the years has resulted in congestion woes at the I-75/I-24 interchange. Currently, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is working to address operational …

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Eye-Catching Aesthetics Boost Curb Appeal of New Student Dorm at Cal State LA

This year holds exciting prospects for one of America’s thriving epicenters of higher education. California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is currently on track to complete its Student Housing East project in time to welcome students for the fall semester.

The new traditional-style student housing will be the …

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I-271 Upgrades in Northeastern Ohio Pave Path to Smoother Travels

Last October, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) achieved substantial completion on a vital roadway expansion that will serve to improve traffic flow and safety in southern Cuyahoga County. This long-awaited project pertains to a 6-mile stretch of I-271 that runs through the cities of Oakwood, Bedford, Bedford Heights, and …

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JJ Curran Crane Company Lifts New Cambria Hotel Rooms Into Place

As a gigantic crane from JJ Curran Crane Company lifts each modular unit into place, the $50 million Cambria hotel in Detroit’s central business district moves closer to completion.

“It’s a great type of construction,” says Michael Firsten, Superintendent with the Means Group of Detroit, part of the lodging’s …

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Kenny Seng Construction Transforms a Gravel Pit Into Bingham Creek Regional Park

Often derided as eyesores or environmental risks, areas such as capped landfills, depleted mines and spent gravel pits are finding new life as areas designed to benefit the general public. Noted examples of this effort include Butchart Gardens in Vancouver, British Columbia, which turned a depleted limestone quarry into a …

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MBTA’s $2.3B Green Line Extension Passes Halfway Mark

The $2.3 billion extension of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Green Line recently passed an important milestone, according to MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak.

While touring the construction site in mid-November 2020, Poftak indicated that more than half of the work necessary to add 4.7 miles to …

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McCullough Excavation Prepares a Major New Subdivision in Wichita

Water and sewer contractor McCullough Excavation, in Wichita, Kansas, is working at Taliesin, a master-planned residential community in West Wichita.

Taliesin, about 15 miles from downtown Wichita, features nearly 200 home sites, a clubhouse, an indoor gym, soccer fields, a dog park, walking trails, a swimming pool, and other …

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Minnesota DOT Upgrades I-35W at I-94, the State’s Busiest Freeway

The $239 million I-35W at I-94: Downtown to Crosstown project will reconstruct existing infrastructure and provide dedicated bus transit access into downtown Minneapolis.

“It’s a massive construction project, and things are going really well,” says Steven Barrett, Project Manager for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

Although the department …

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New Geometric Design to Boost Safety on MD 3 in Prince George’s County

In August 2018, construction commenced on a $2.9 million project on MD 3 (Crain Highway), along a half-mile stretch between Forest Drive and Sylvan Drive in Bowie, Maryland’s fifth-largest city. Ardent Construction, LLC out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is the prime contractor on what is officially known as the MD 3 …

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Turnagain Marine Construction Completes Alaskan Cruise Ship Berth in Record Time

Construction of a second cruise ship berth at Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska, finished seven months early with thorough planning, innovation, and technology – earning Turnagain Marine Construction multiple awards, including the Viewpoint Most Challenging Project Award for 2020.

“The influx of tourism and cruise ships has revitalized the …

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A $259M Makeover for Houston’s Most-Congested Freeway Interchange

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Houston District oversees infrastructure improvements across a six-county territory containing approximately 6.8 million people. A strong, diverse economy is laying the groundwork for the population to reach 10.7 million by 2045, making it increasingly imperative for TxDOT to address the dozens of major traffic …

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Colorado DOT Creates Westbound I-70 Mountain Express Lane for Safer, Easier Travel

Colorado is known for the Rocky Mountains and for skiing. When residents of the Denver metro area want to get to the Rocky Mountains, they use Interstate 70. As the Denver Metro area has grown by over 10 percent between 2010 and 2020 – or nearly 300,000 people – I-70 …

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Deep Foundation Group Takes on Unique Structural Project for North Dakota Caterpillar Facility

Deep Foundation Group is reinforcing the foundation in a building at the Caterpillar Remanufacturing Drivetrain facility in West Fargo, in North Dakota’s Red River Valley, to prepare the structure for the installation of a heavy machine.

“This is a unique project, because the building was existing, and we had to …

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E&B Paving and Indiana DOT Partner to Provide Additional Lanes for I-65

After over two years of construction, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has completed its I-65 Southeast Indiana Project. The completion of the project means the heavily-used section of Interstate 65 between U.S. 50 in Seymour and State Road 58 in Walesboro now has three lanes of travel in each …

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Florida DOT Enhances Safety and Community Connectivity with I-95/I-10 Interchange Improvements

I-95 around Jacksonville, Florida, experiences a lot of traffic. Consider that according to census data released earlier this year, Jacksonville is the 12th most populated city in the United States. Over the decade, the city had the 15th largest population growth in the country and is now home to over …

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Lancer + Beebe Designs Flexible Learning Environment for Progressive Elementary School

Lancer + Beebe recently won 2020’s AIA Indiana Interior Design Honor award for their work on Walnut Grove Elementary – a 110,000-square-foot flagship school in Bargersville, Indiana, designed to facilitate a progressive, student-centric curriculum. When administrators from Walnut Grove’s school district announced plans to build another elementary school in the …

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McCarthy Builds MarinHealth Medical Center Expansion Into Challenging Terrain

The new, $535 million Oak Pavilion at MarinHealth Medical Center in Greenbrae, California, nestles in a hill composed of bedrock, with mud-like bay soil on the opposite side of the site. During construction, design-builder McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., of San Francisco dealt with record rainstorms and an unprecedented pandemic. …

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McCarthy Builds New Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office to Increase Local Capabilities and Services

With the completion of its new 32,000-square-foot facility, the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO) in Kansas is ready to provide an expanded range of services locally. Located in Olathe, in the heart of the Johnson County Government campus, the new facility will help increase autopsy rates to meet national …

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Michigan DOT Reconstructs US 31 and I-94 in Berrien County

Many construction projects are proposed but never move forward or are delayed. There are a host of reasons why projects may suffer this fate though money – or lack thereof – is often the issue. Even so, the U.S. 31 reconstruction in Berrien County, Michigan, has been a long time …

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North Carolina DOT Aids Interconnectivity With Macy Grove Road Improvements

Keep the traffic moving. That’s the goal that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has for the Macy Grove Road Improvements project. The project is taking place in and around the town of Kernersville (population of approximately 25,000), which is in the north central part of the state and …

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Oklahoma DOT Reconstructs US 65/75 Commerce Connection to Improve Safety

The Federal Government’s role in infrastructure can be traced back to the Constitution. According to Article 1, Section 8 of the constitution, Congress is empowered to “establish post offices and post roads.” Although state and even local governments play a major role in the funding of infrastructure these days, the …

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Oregon 22 Corridor Receives Upgrades for Better Functionality

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has undertaken four projects on OR 22 in the Willamette Valley and Northwest Oregon to ensure the corridor will remain functional for many years.

“This project was based on the pavement’s life cycle,” says Lou Torres, Spokesman for ODOT. “Its replacement is to …

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R.M. Piper Inc. Replaces Deteriorating Conway Bridge in Tight Work Space

Multi phases, limited work space and copious traffic complicate efforts of R.M. Piper Inc. crews as they replace a deteriorating 65-year-old bridge in Conway, New Hampshire.

“This has been one of our more demanding projects,” said John Bousquet, Project Manager and Vice President of the Plymouth, New Hampshire, company. …

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$8.5B O’Hare 21 Project Promotes Partnerships and Unbundled Trade Packages to Create Opportunities for Small and Diverse Firms

As Chicago O’Hare International Airport undertakes the $8.5 billion O’Hare 21 project, the biggest expansion effort in the airport’s 60-year history, they’ve included ambitious goals for participation by small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses, as well as a diverse workforce.

Bowa Construction of Chicago, an MBE and DBE firm, plays a …

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Brightline Trains Deploys Innovative Box-Jacking Technique in Orlando

Brightline Trains, the first privately funded passenger rail system in the United States in more than a century, is building a $2.7 billion expansion from South to Central Florida, and in the Orlando area deployed an innovative box-jacking technique to reduce closure of a major road.

“We are looking …

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Historic Downtown Fargo Gets a New Look

The Main Avenue Makeover Project in Fargo, North Dakota, reconstructs and reconfigures the prime arterial street in the downtown business district and finished early.

“It’s a total reconstruction of the existing surface of the street and sidewalks,” says Bob Nelson, Project Manager for contractor Dakota Underground Co. of Fargo. …

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I-435/I-70 Interchange Upgrades Create Safer Roadway in Kansas City

Most of the interstate highway system in the United States was built in the 1950s and 60s. Today, states are updating and replacing the aged infrastructure. As they do so, they have an opportunity to not only bring roadways up to date, but to also apply innovations. The I-435 and …

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I-81 Corridor Program Will Ease Congestion and Improve Safety

Aiming to improve safety and enhance reliability, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has launched the 325-mile-long Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Program.

“A sustainable investment of this magnitude along the Interstate 81 Corridor ensures that we can enhance the quality of life for Virginians, meet increasing freight demands, and increase …

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Matching Tools to Conditions Keeps Woodstock Pavements Healthy

The town of Woodstock, nestled in the often-called “Quiet Corner” of northeastern Connecticut, is bustling with construction activity as it undergoes a late summer/fall asphalt pavement program.

More than a half-dozen contractors are sealing, grinding, spraying, paving, and generally changing the look of more than 235,000 square yards of asphalt …

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McCarthy Builds $170M Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant Expansion Around a Sea of Existing Utilities and Structures

Even though the $170 million Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant Phase III expansion in Gilbert, Arizona, required 4.5 miles of new underground piping, 249,000 cubic yards of excavation, 92,100 cubic yards of backfill, and multiple new technologies, the most critical focus was simply maintaining plant operations throughout construction.

“This plant is …

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Michigan DOT Improves M-28 Near Munising

A $15.5 million reconstruction of a major route in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula combines utility work, rehabilitation of the road, streetscapes and a roundabout to improve traffic flow and safety for the motoring public on M-28.

“This started as a resurfacing project, but in meeting with local officials, they expressed a …

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Nevada DOT Combats North Valleys Population Boom with US 395 Project

The North Valleys region is in northwest Nevada, near the California border. The area, which includes Reno at its southern end, has seen tremendous population growth over the last 30 years and more is projected. In lieu of this, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is in the midst of …

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OHL Works around Austin’s High Traffic Volumes, Groundwater, and Existing Utilities to Complete I-35 at Oltorf Street Project

As part of the $42.6 million I-35 at Oltorf Street project in Austin, Texas, general contractor OHL USA, Inc., of Austin needed to demolish a prestressed concrete, box beam bridge across Interstate 35 mainlanes – in an area that sees more than 200,000 vehicles a day – then construct …

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Oregon DOT Completes Major Improvements to I-105 Bridges in Eugene

The Interstate 105 Bridge Preservation Project, recently completed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), has rehabilitated several I-105 bridges and associated ramps between the Delta Highway Exchange and downtown Eugene, bringing the structures up to current standards. The bridges, built in the late 1960s and early 1970s, were in …

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Pecue Lane/I-10 Interchange Reconstruction Will Create Better Mobility in Baton Rogue

The Baton Rogue metropolitan area is growing. The Louisiana Department of Transportation (DOTD) is in the midst of a number of projects as part of the local government’s Green Light Plan to ensure the infrastructure in the area is capable of handling the additional demands. One such project is the …

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RATIO Reimagines Historic Bottleworks District

Built during the 1930’s on Massachusetts Avenue in downtown Indianapolis, the city’s former Coca-Cola bottling plant is undergoing extensive renovations to become a centerpiece for the much-anticipated Bottleworks District. Hendricks Commercial Properties (HCP) purchased the historic site in 2017 and with the help of RATIO, Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), …

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Fager Framing Gains Efficiency with Potain Cranes

Potain cranes from RMS Rentals in Savage, Minnesota, have made a difference in the success of completing two assisted living facilities in Iowa.

“These cranes are a lot faster than traditional cranes, because you do not need a signal person,” says Jeremy Fager, Owner of Fager Framing in Cedar …

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krM Architecture Helps Restore Century-Old Eagles Theatre in Wabash

After falling into disrepair following decades of abandonment, The Eagles Theatre in Wabash, Indiana, was recently restored with the help krM Architecture and The Honeywell Foundation. The once highly visible feature of downtown,Wabash was purchased by The Honeywell Foundation in 2017 and an adaptive reuse project was initiated soon after. …

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Louisville’s $180M I-Move Kentucky Program Combines Four Projects to Cut Years off Delivery Schedule

Four projects on three busy interstates in a 20-mile area of Louisville, Kentucky, ranked among the top construction priorities for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). To maximize efficiency and funding, KYTC incorporated the projects into one design-build mega-project.

“By combining the projects, KYTC got the value of design-build, but most …

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North Carolina DOT Widens I-26 for a Better Route Near Asheville Passage

The Blue Ridge Mountains, which are part of the Appalachian Trail, extend over 600 miles. They run north to Pennsylvania and south to Georgia. Near the mountains is Asheville, North Carolina, and I-26. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is widening the highly traveled interstate to free up congestion …

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Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Gatz Credits Strong Team for State’s Success

A consummate transportation professional, Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Tim Gatz credits his teams of employees, contractors, engineers and others with the state’s success in keeping Oklahoma moving.

“When I talk about the transportation team in Oklahoma, I want to emphasize that includes our construction contractors, our consulting engineers and the people …

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Pinto Creek Bridge Replacement is Scaling New Heights

A stunning bridge is rising 170 feet in the air, crossing Pinto Creek near Miami, Arizona, adjacent to the north to an aging and functionally obsolete bridge.

“The bridge will ensure decades of reliable transportation for the general public as well as commercial traffic from nearby mines,” says Garin Groff …

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Puget Sound Gateway Program Aims for Better Freight Mobility

The goal of the Puget Sound Gateway Program can be summed up simply: moving freight from point A to point B. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is in the midst of two projects that will provide essential connections to the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle, as well as …

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Southern Gateway Project in Downtown Dallas Reaches Pivotal Halfway Mark

Just south of downtown Dallas, efforts to relieve mounting traffic jams and improve mobility along I-35E and U.S. 67 are moving forward at a steady clip. The Southern Gateway Project, owned by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), is rebuilding and widening these major Dallas County arterials as part of …

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SR 180 Widening Creates Better Access to Orange Beach

Alabama’s Orange Beach is situated on the state’s Gulf Coast. With its miles of attractive beaches, quality restaurants, and opportunities for fishing, the town is a popular tourist destination. Getting to and from Orange Beach, however, can be a challenge. The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is engaged in the …

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SR 60 Truck Lanes to Improve Safety in the Badlands

A $138 million project adding truck lanes to State Route 60 in the Badlands of Western Riverside County, California, aims to improve safety, reduce congestion and bring the road through mountainous terrain and steep grades up to current highway design standards.

“This is a safety project,” says Bryce Johnston, …

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Two Historic Bay State Towns Utilize Newest Road Seal

Two of Massachusetts’ oldest towns are employing a new, fundamentally different pavement preservation treatment. Settled around 1640, the historic towns of Lexington and Milton, famous for waging the first battle of the American Revolutionary War, and drawing up the Suffolk Resolves archetype of the Declaration of Independence, respectively, have added …

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Wisconsin DOT Replaces Aging Eastbound Bridge Over US 10 in Waupaca

Wisconsin's segment of U.S. Highway 10 is classified as a principal arterial – this 4-lane highway serves as a major east/west freight and passenger corridor across the central part of the state, connecting communities in the Fox Valley area to western Wisconsin and the Minneapolis metropolitan area. US 10 also …

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Work Progresses on Iconic Gordie Howe International Bridge

Collaboration between nations has led to the construction of the multibillion Gordie Howe International Bridge, an iconic cable-stay structure connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

“Windsor-Detroit is the busiest commercial land crossing in North America,” says Mark Butler, Director of Communication with the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) in Windsor, a …

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Arkansas DOT Widens Highway 65 Through Boone and Newton Counties

Highway 65 is viewed as a major north-south route in Northern Arkansas. The historic Highway 65 begins in Clayton, Louisiana, and runs through Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, and concludes in Minnesota. The purpose of the highway – which was created in 1926 and designated as a national highway – was to …

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Construction Reaches Halfway Point on New Mexico DOT’s I-25/University Avenue Project

This month, a $33.3 million project to improve safety and traffic flow at one of the busiest traffic interchanges in Las Cruces, New Mexico, reached the halfway mark of its estimated 18-month construction schedule. The I-25/University Avenue Project, led by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), has been underway …

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Design-Build Team Focuses on SR 520 Upgrades in Seattle’s Montlake Area

A nearly two-decade megaproject to rebuild one of Washington’s most vital urban corridors has now reached the halfway mark. The SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program, led by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and estimated to cost $4.56 billion, has been in the works since 2011. It …

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Elevatus Leads Redevelopment of Fort Wayne’s Historic Electric Works District

Elevatus Architecture is collaborating with MSKTD & Associates, Anderson + Bohlander, LLC, Hoch Associates, Engineering Resources, Inc., MartinRiley Architects, SCO Engineering, and more members of the Fort Wayne design community to transform the city’s former Electric Works site into an 18-hour live-work-play campus. General …

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Empire Paving Inc. Jacks Flood Control Culvert Under Amtrak in Meriden

The construction of a new culvert to help alleviate chronic flooding in downtown Meriden, Connecticut, involves the installation of twin large-diameter pipe only a few feet beneath live Amtrak railroad tracks.

Empire Paving Inc. (EPI) of North Haven, Connecticut, has a $2.9 million contract with the City to build the …

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Fort Worth’s $53M Hemphill Street Connector Project Provides Long-Needed, Multi-Modal Tunnel Under I-30

For several decades, planners in the City of Fort Worth, Texas, dreamed of building a connection between downtown and the city’s near southside, but a lack of funding, Interstate 30, and four Union Pacific railroad tracks stood in the way. Finally, in April the $53 million Hemphill Street Connector opened …

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Georgia DOT Focuses on Better Freight Movement with I-16/I-75 Interchange Reconstruction

The Georgia interstates see a significant amount of traffic. That traffic comes in the form of tourists who are going to and from Florida as well as freight due to the port in Savannah. In addition, there’s the typical local traffic. In order to move these various types of traffic …

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I-235 Green Project Rebuilds North Junction in Wichita

Although it’s a significant project in its own right, the I-235 Green Project in Wichita, Kansas, is the first phase of a much larger rebuilding of an interchange known locally as the North Junction.

The North Junction is a four-direction gateway to and from Wichita and many smaller communities that …

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Illinois DOT’s I-255 Reconstruction Project Scheduled for November Completion

One of the first projects of the ambitious, historic Rebuild Illinois program is well underway in the St. Louis Metro East area. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reconstruction of Interstate 255 will overhaul a seriously deteriorated section of interstate, which is widely considered one of the worst roads in …

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Michigan DOT Updates 50-Year-Old I-496 with Pave the Way Project

Commuters typically welcome infrastructure projects as they make their travels safer and faster. However, the work needed to complete an infrastructure upgrade normally inconveniences commuters. When the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) structured the Pave the Way project, minimizing inconvenience was a major consideration on how the work was scheduled. …

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Nevada DOT Expands US 50

The 1860’s were a violent and bloody era in American History as the Civil War raged for the first half of the decade. The Pony Express, which is synonymous with the Old West, existed during the early part of the 1860’s as well. The 1,800-mile route that ran from St. …

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Reconfigured I-229/26th Street/Southeastern Avenue Intersections to Improve Safety and Traffic Flow

When complete, the $38 million Interstate 229/26th Street/Southeastern Avenue Reconstruction Project in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will reduce congestion and separate vehicular traffic from an active rail line.

“Separation from the railroad tracks was a huge safety issue,” says James Unruh, Project Manager and Design Consultant with HDR in …

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South Carolina’s Historic Harbor River Bridge Gets an Upgrade

Some pieces of infrastructure have been around for so long that they are more than a way to enable traffic to flow: they are part of history. However, sometimes current needs take precedence over nostalgia and the modern infrastructure benefits all parties. The Harbor River Bridge project in South Carolina …

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A.L. St. Onge Replaces Post-Flood Gilead Brook Bridge

One of Vermont’s oldest bridges is being replaced after comprehensive engineering studies concluded it could not be repaired and brought up to today’s standards. Built in 1928 during the presidential term of Vermont-native Calvin Coolidge, the historic structure carries VT 12 over Gilead Brook in Bethel. The contractor, A.L. St. …

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Bourn Environmental Utilizes GNSS Technology to Restore Piney Run

Any self-respecting Marylander will tell you that the Chesapeake Bay is far more than just a food source for the state’s world-famous crab cakes. It is something of a focal point for the area’s eco-structure. Ensure the viability of the Bay and its watershed, it is widely believed, and the …

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Caltrans Opens the Tioga Pass

An annual tradition, dating back decades, Caltrans cleared and reopened State Route 120 west, the Tioga Pass, on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California, in May.

“It’s a major project every spring to open this seasonal pass,” says Terry Erlwein, Deputy District …

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Colorado DOT Continues I-25 Expansion with 60-plus Miles of New Express Lanes

In Colorado, rapid economic expansion and population growth in communities along Interstate 25 are escalating the need for a modernized highway system with greater capacity and mobility options for residential and business areas as well as freight transport and tourism destinations.

To meet these pressing demands, the Colorado Department of …

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Construction on East Austin’s US 183 South Triples Capacity and Provides Greener Travel Experience

When the 8-mile, $743 million U.S. 183 South project in East Austin, Texas, opens all lanes to traffic by year-end, drivers will not only find reduced congestion through the corridor, but also a more scenic drive.

“People pay to use this facility, so they expect a better experience; it’s a …

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Georgia DOT Advances Mobility with I-85 Expansion in Greater Atlanta

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is making headway on its Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP), an ambitious initiative to reduce congestion and advance mobility in key regions of the state. This $11 billion bundle of megaprojects – made possible by the state’s Transportation Funding Act of 2015 – is …

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I-494 Rehab On Track for On-Time Completion in Minnesota

A $32.9 million pavement preservation project on Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights nears completion, wrapping up a multiphase initiative before the end of the year.

“The pavement was in poor condition and needed rehabilitation,” says Jason Hedeen, Construction Engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). “There also …

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Idaho Transportation Department Partners with Concrete Placing Co. on I-84 Expansion

During the past decade, Idaho has experienced rapid growth, so the state’s Transportation Department has embarked on a $300 million upgrade to Interstate 84, the most traveled highway in the state, with 31 million annual trips.

“This section of I-84 has seen a significant increase in traffic and crashes in …

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Indianapolis Developing New Community Justice Campus

Indianapolis City officials are working alongside HOK Architecture, HCO, Inc., Synthesis, Schmidt Associates, DLZ, FA Wilhelm, AECOM, and other local design-build team members to construct a three-part, $572 million criminal justice center that includes an adult detention center, an Assessment and Intervention Center …

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Kansas DOT Extends I-35 Bridges in Olathe

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is extending the north end of the Interstate 35 bridges in Olathe, Kansas, to accommodate a city street being expanded below to better serve an international company’s expansion. The larger headquarters will result in increased traffic to an already heavily congested area.

“The main …

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Michigan DOT Relocates US 2 Away from Shoreline for Improved Safety

After being alerted by a State Police Trooper that something strange seemed to be happening with U.S. 2 near the town of Epoufette about nine years ago, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) decided to move the road farther away from the Lake Michigan shoreline.

“Not having any major issues …

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Oklahoma DOT Brings a Diverging Diamond to Elk City

Located in Western Oklahoma, approximately 50 miles from the border with Texas is Elk City, Oklahoma. The city, which is off of the famous Route 66, has a population of approximately 11,500. While the historic route no longer exists in its original form, there is still significant traffic in this …

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Spanning More than a Decade, 10 Phases of $618M Mill Creek Expressway Project Reconstruct I-75 Near Cincinnati

In 2010, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) awarded its first contract for the Interstate 75 Mill Creek Expressway (MCE) project north of Cincinnati. This summer, Walsh Construction of Crown Point, Indiana, is working on the eighth of 10 phases, part of a total estimated investment of more than $618 …

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Complete 540 to Close the Outer Loop Around Raleigh

There has been quick expansion in and around the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, and planners expect the pace to continue. Such growth leads to greater usage of roadways ultimately requiring an increase in capacity. This growth led to the beginning of the Complete 540 project.

Also known as the …

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Design Collaborative Helps Bring Football to Indiana Wesleyan University

Design Collaborative and Weigand Construction recently completed work on a project that brought a new football stadium to Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU). This $15 million facility was part of IWU’s initiative to start a football program. The school has experienced success with most of their athletic teams, so when the …

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First Year of West Michigan’s ACE Mentor Program Starts Labor Pipeline and Leadership Incubator

“Finding skilled workers is proving to be more difficult every day,” said Mike Verhulst, Vice President of Rockford Construction in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “The ongoing shortage of skilled workers poses a significant risk to future economic growth, so a great way to address that concern is to place young …

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GPS Technology Speeds US 61 Paving for Streb Construction

Construction of 9.5 miles of two additional lanes to U.S. 61 near Mediapolis, Iowa, changing an existing two-lane highway into a four-lane interstate, has progressed faster and more accurately with Streb Construction in Iowa City, Iowa, using equipment with Topcon LPS robotic technology.

“The Topcon Millimeter GPS has helped us …

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Johnson Brothers Corporation Uses Robotic Total Stations for More Accurate Construction on Downtown Birmingham Bridge

To residents of Birmingham, Alabama, work on the downtown section of I-59/20 has been a major adjustment, to say the least. While it might not equal the shutdown of L.A.’s 405 in 2011, the gridlock after the 2007 collapse of the Mississippi River Bridge near downtown Minneapolis, or traffic headaches …

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Louisiana DOTD Slims Government Street in East Baton Rouge Parish for Better Pedestrian Access

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (La DOTD) is changing the configuration of Government Street in East Baton Rouge Parish to reduce the number of lanes, called a “road diet,” to improve safety and traffic flow.

“The major reason is to make the road more pedestrian friendly in this …

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Missouri DOT Turns Its Focus on Bridges

A common refrain is that American infrastructure is crumbling and needs to be rebuilt. In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the United States a D+ on its Infrastructure Report Card. It noted how investment, in terms of percentage of GDP, is just 2.5 percent. They estimate, …

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Multiple Road Projects Transform SR 20 in Yuba County

Three road projects currently under construction along the State Route 20 corridor in Yuba County will provide major improvements to the highway – widening shoulders, straightening curves, flattening several hills to increase motorists’ sight distance, and other substantial changes.

SR 20 in the Yuba County area, a section of an …

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Nashua Projects Help Strengthen New Hampshire Electric System

New Hampshire’s largest electric utility is upgrading two aging facilities in Nashua as part of a 10-year, $1 billion investment to improve the state’s electric distribution system.

Eversource Energy’s latest projects in the Granite State’s second largest city (population 90,000) involve renovating the company’s Work Center on Amherst Street, (AWC), …

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Oregon DOT Widens Minam Curve for Safer Drive to Wallowa Lake State Park

Wallowa Lake State Park, located in Northeast Oregon, is a popular tourist destination. The area is at a high elevation (approximately 5,000 feet) and is home to mountains as high as 9,000 feet. Many tourists, as well as locals, use the Wallowa Lake Highway to get to the picturesque area. …

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Red Line Team Overcomes Delays to Build 34 New Stations and Substantial Infrastructure Improvements

Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo) expected to begin construction of the $96.3 million Red Line – the area’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – in December 2017. Ironically, the system designed to increase frequency, reliability, and convenience of the city’s public transportation ran into significant delays with funding and utility …

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South Dakota DOT Makes Headway on Veterans Parkway Expansion

Construction crews will soon complete one of the biggest state road projects in South Dakota’s history – the Veterans Parkway/Exit 402 Interchange Project in Minnehaha County, which is owned by the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT). This multifaceted undertaking is part of a long-range vision to create a 17-mile …

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US 95 Northwest Corridor Moves Closer to Completion

The $579 million, 13-mile, multiphase safety and capacity upgrades to the U.S. 95 Northwest Corridor in Las Vegas are moving closer to completion, as construction of the state’s second longest bridge nears finishing.

“The U.S. 95 Northwest Corridor from Washington Avenue to Kyle Canyon Road is one of the fastest …

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Vision for 184-Mile Grand Parkway Advances with Construction in Northeast Houston

First conceptualized about six decades ago, the Grand Parkway (SH 99) is a future 184-mile corridor that will traverse seven counties and provide a third highway loop around the Houston metropolitan area. This multidecade megaproject, owned by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), aims to improve mobility, safety, and travel-time …

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A $600M Multi-Agency Infrastructure Initiative Enhances Trade and Mobility at San Diego/Mexico Border

Trade between the U.S. and Mexico increased 45 percent over the past decade – but insufficient capacity at existing border crossings in the San Diego/Baja California region costs the two countries billions of dollars in economic output each year.

In 2018, 73 percent of all border truck trade between California …

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Alabama Builds State’s First Diverging Diamond

Aiming to improve traffic flow, alleviate congestion and enhance safety, the Alabama Department of Transportation is constructing the state’s first diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 10 and State Road 181 in Daphne.

“The interchange sits just south of a large shopping center and adjacent to many eateries, commercial developments, schools, …

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Bella Vista Bypass Brings Congestion Relief to Local Commuters

Much new infrastructure construction comes down to the same need: new roads are required in order to keep up with growing traffic counts. The Bella Vista Bypass, which falls in parts of southeast Missouri and northwest Arkansas, is made up of multiple contracts that are underway at the same time. …

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CSO Architects Nearing Completion on New Tri-North Middle School Building

CSO Architects is nearing completion on a cutting edge new educational facility called Tri-North Middle School in Bloomington, Indiana. In collaboration with Monroe County Community Schools (MCCS), R.E. Dimond Engineering, and an educational consulting company from Chicago called Brainspaces, CSO is developing a state-of-the-art building that provides flexible and …

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El Paso’s I-10 Connect Project Blends Mobility Solutions with Community Connections

Just east of downtown El Paso, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is ramping up construction on its I-10 Connect project, which aims to improve connectivity between I-10 and Loop 375 (César Chávez Border Highway) and address congestion issues caused by traffic queuing on I-110 for the Bridge of the …

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Graves Interchange Project Adds Greater Mobility in Northern Kentucky

Twenty-four hour delivery is the new standard. In order for companies to meet this customer expectation, they need to have warehouses and distribution centers around the country. One such area that major companies have descended on is Boone County in Northern Kentucky. The area, which is also just a few …

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Hoffman Construction Co. Partners With Wisconsin DOT to Rebuild I-94

Wisconsin’s $57.5 million highway improvement project on Interstate 94 near Knapp Hill will allow smoother travels for motorists.

“We have concrete pavement that is old and has gone through its complete life cycle,” says Nicole Passuello, Project Development Supervisor, with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northwest Region in …

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I-15 Express Lanes Improve Congestion in Northern Utah

Commuters expectations for infrastructure are pretty simple: arrive at the destination safely and quickly. So, most infrastructure projects address one or both of these issues. The I-15 Express Lanes project in Northern Utah will focus on speed. However, the project is also expected to help the environment by encouraging a …

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MITA Leads Grassroots Initiative to Fix Michigan’s Deteriorating Infrastructure

America’s multifaceted infrastructure network encompasses everything from roads, bridges, and dams to water, wastewater, and stormwater systems. These and other assets are foundational to supporting healthy communities and economic prosperity, which is why it is essential to properly maintain and improve these vital systems.

This goal is paramount in a …

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New W.L. French Headquarters Showcases Pre-Engineered Design

One of New England’s oldest building construction companies recently completed a brand new headquarters in Billerica, Massachusetts, for one of the region’s largest earthmoving companies. Beverly, Massachusetts-based Connolly Brothers, a family-owned general contractor established in 1880, designed and built the 60,000-square-foot state-of-the art facility for W. L. French, …

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Quality Asphalt Paving Upgrades the Main Runway at the Anchorage International Airport

Alaska's largest city is currently witnessing a case of new technology clearing the way for the future. At Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (TSAIA), Quality Asphalt Paving (QAP, a subsidiary of the Colaska Group), is performing a major overhaul of the primary north/south runway to accommodate today’s bigger, heavier cargo …

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South Carolina 277 Bridge Project Progressing Well with Tight Teamwork

Replacing the SC 277 northbound bridge over Interstate 77 in Richland County has required teamwork and careful preparation.

“It’s a unique bridge,” says John Burns, at the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). “This bridge has a technical aspect to it, because it is on a large radius and …

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Work Progresses on the I-74 Bridge Project Near the Quad Cities

As part of an overreaching goal to improve a section of the Interstate 74 corridor in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois, the states have launched a $1.2 billion reconstruction of the bridge over the Mississippi River and its approach roads.

“Those improvements are based on the lack of …