Chicago, Ill., based Pan-Oceanic Construction is in the midst of upgrading the sanitary sewer system on the city’s Lower West Side along West Cermak Road and West 18th Street. Pan-Oceanic is adding four new junction chambers to connect 54 in. (137 cm) RCP sewer pipe, plus many other upgrades; all in the effort to relieve the large amount of flow passing through the aging, existing sewer system.

INDEX, Wash. (AP) The Aug. 16 ribbon-cutting for a new bridge over the South Fork Skykomish River comes with a sigh of relief in a private community that has been without vehicle access since a 2013 mudslide. Debris started coming down a hillside in December, cutting off the neighborhood east of Sunset Falls.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. has hired former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as a consultant. The Journal Star reported that the former Illinois congressman will be the company’s representative on policy matters. LaHood was transportation secretary from 2009 to 2013, when he retired from the Obama administration.

On the Mississippi River banks and across its flowing waters from the office buildings of downtown St. Paul, Minn., towering above on 80 ft. (24 m) bluffs, the first housing to be built in decades is now under construction in a long vacant, city neighborhood.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the availability of $474 million for a fifth round of the highly successful TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) competitive grant program to fund surface transportation projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region or metropolitan area.

In a recent interview with NPR, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the U.S. infrastructure system is falling way behind other countries. He called for a bold plan to fund repair and renovation projects for the nation’s roads and bridges. In particular, LaHood says small construction businesses would benefit from a robust transportation bill.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican still in the first-term Cabinet of President Barack Obama, said today he plans to leave the Obama administration. LaHood, a former congressman from Illinois, pushed for greater safety on the highways and in the air.

The iconic Mack Bulldog hood ornament celebrated its 80th birthday Oct. 11. The Bulldog first became associated with Mack Trucks during World War I. British soldiers nicknamed the Mack AC models used in the Allied effort “Bulldog Macks” because of their tenacity.

Featuring vertically opening engine hoods designed for easy access to engine and hydraulic components, Bomag’s BW213-40 Series single-drum vibratory rollers are ideal for a variety of site preparation applications, including highway construction and maintenance, airports, streets and subdivisions, parking lots and landfills.

By Jay AdamsCEG CORRESPONDENTWhen Timothy Konowitz was a kid, his hands were attached to Tonka trucks. The sandbox was his oasis to shift, dig through, pile up and haul away. Not much has changed. Konowitz, owner of Miles of Excavating in Wrentham, Mass., is living his childhood dream.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) State officials are facing opposition to plans to widen Interstate 10 through Baton Rouge from businesses and residents near Perkins Road, an area prized for its locally owned restaurants, bars and shops. “It will devastate the area,” Troy Menier, whose family has operated Troy’s Barber Shop since 1969, told The Advocate.