Excavating

More than a year after a massive landslide forced the closure of State Route 376, the road has been reopened. A 900-ft. section of the hillside above SR 376 began to move in February 2019, forcing the Ohio Department of Transportation to close the roadway and begin emergency repairs.

The Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) $1.3 billion I-70/I-71 Downtown Ramp Up project in the city of Columbus (Franklin County) is helping to replace, upgrade and rehabilitate aging highway infrastructure in the downtown core and improve traffic flow and safety for motorists.

The Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) $350 million I-25 South Gap project, awarded to Kraemer North America (KNA), is improving 18 mi. of highway south of Castle Rock (Douglas County, about 40 mi. south of Denver) to the town of Monument (El Paso County), with a major component being the construction of an express lane in each direction to meet increased traffic demands.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority's (Mobility Authority) $743 million, 183 South project in Greater Austin will consist of a new tolled expressway with three lanes in each direction on an 8-mi. section of U.S. 183 between U.S. 290 and SH 71.

John G Walton Construction Co. Inc. started major work on the Alabama Department of Transportation's (ALDOT) $7.9-million SR-180/Canal Rd. widening in Orange Beach on Sept. 23, 2019, and the crews are very confident about meeting the December 2020 delivery date.

In the township of Clinton, N.J., site preparation is under way on the $75 million Round Valley Reservoir project. The work calls for massive excavation and multiple trucks carrying an average of 26 tons of filler material. The improvements are expected to extend the reservoir's operating life and increase durability.

Bay Cities Paving & Grading Inc. is on target to deliver the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's (MTC) $139 million I-880 express lanes project between Oakland and Milpitas in late summer, an initiative that will create 45 mi. of new express lanes.

The erection of the steel frame for the 101 South Street tower is eing constructed by DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners (DLJ RECP) in joint venture with Leggat McCall Properties (LMP) as part of the Boynton Yards development in Somerville, Mass. This is possible due to W.

Construction of the Guernsey Health Systems (GHS) and Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center (SEORMC)'s $12 million, single-story 12,000 sq.-ft. cancer center began last year with an anticipated delivery date of late fall 2020. Elford Inc. is serving as the construction manager of the project being built on the northwestern side of the Southeastern Med hospital campus in Cambridge, Ohio.

Twice-daily blasting is required at the site of a 12-story hospital bed tower, which is part of Essentia Health's $800 million Vision Northland project on its medical campus in downtown Duluth, Minn. The construction project began on Sept. 25, 2019, with the interior demolition of the two-story Amendola Building; two other smaller structures; and a parking ramp -- the Blue Ramp -- a 60 to 70 ft.-tall structure.

Did you know that in 2019, excavation and trenching violations were some of the most-expensive OSHA citations? Among the most dangerous construction-related activities, trenching accidents represented the tenth highest penalty issued by the federal agency last year.