PACIFIC NORTHWEST

It's no easy task rebuilding nearly 23 mi. of transmission line in the challenging terrain of Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail. Just to access the $45.7 million project, linemen must endure an hour-long hike or be flown in by helicopter. And yet for some linemen, the Bonneville Power Administration's Bonneville-Hood River Transmission Line Rebuild is a dream job.

One only need to look to the sky to confirm that construction in the Pacific Northwest is booming. A recent report by Rider, Levett, Bucknall, a global company specializing in project management, cost estimating and legal advisory, shows 58 cranes dotting the Seattle skyline.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Federal highway officials have endorsed an accelerated timeline proposed by Oregon and Washington transportation officials that sets the two states on a fast track toward construction on a new Interstate 5 bridge by 2025. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that the two states requested a 10-year extension on their timeline to show progress on the bridge project or face repaying nearly $140 million in planning costs tied to the Columbia River Crossing Project.That request would've given the states until Sept.

It's hard to miss the purple logging truck driven by Alex "Tater" Opdahl for Whitco Inc. , a trucking company owned by Rick and Barb Whitcomb in Kamiah, Idaho. Whitco was founded on Sept. 5, 1984. On the day Rick married Barb, Rick's father escorted the couple to Farmers State Bank in Uniontown, Wash., to get a loan for a 1977 Peterbilt 359.

Doosan Infracore North America LLC, has expanded its dealer network with an additional location of Cascade Trader Inc. as an authorized sales, service, parts and rental provider of Doosan equipment. The company now offers its customers in Hayden and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Spokane, Wash., a wide range of Doosan equipment.

In support of an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) grant application, Amtrak announced a matching $750,000 contribution to reduce delays in the Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor. ODOT's grant application, if successful, will restore an out-of-service siding between Portland and Salem.

A long-awaited Ultra-High-Speed Ground Transportation Business Case Analysis issued on July 12 claims that an all-electric high-speed rail network linking the major Pacific Northwest cities could cost $24 billion to $42 billion to build while providing between 1.7 million to 3.1 million one-way one to two-hour annual trips at start-up.

Telsmith Inc. , a manufacturer of mineral processing equipment, announced Pacific Rock and Recycle Equipment Company as a manufactures' representative for the entire product line of aggregate and mining process equipment. Pacific Rock and Recycle will serve customers in Washington, Oregon and northern Idaho.

The managing members of The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) voted to approve lease agreements and authorize construction on the Terminal 5 Modernization Program, readying it to return to use as a premier international container terminal. In addition, an interlocal agreement was approved, allowing the Port of Seattle to use a portion of Terminal 46 for a cruise berth.

Building a commercial site preparation and excavation company from the ground up means making a commitment to dig deeper, match people to their best fit and sell what sets you apart from the competition. When the husband and wife team of David and Nancy Lauzon started Lauzon Contracting, dividing the duties between themselves and two other employees made staffing and fleet decisions simple.

It was 1979. Mark Pivetta was just a guy with $600 and an idea to start a construction business with his brother. Fast-forward to 2018, and life is looking pretty good with a growing demand for work and Hitachi equipment to get the jobs done. Although Pivetta Brothers Construction, based in Sumner, Wash., started from humble beginnings, owner Mark Pivetta has grown the family-run company into a powerhouse contractor while keeping a down-to-earth business culture.