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Wed March 21, 2018 - National Edition
Too busy to do it all? Here's a recap of our most popular stories from our site over the past week:
FIU Bridge Collapse Update : Details Emerge
A bridge weighing 950 tons collapsed onto the road below, killing six and injuring at least 10 others. The FIU pedestrian bridge was being built using an accelerated bridge construction method and was designed to withstand a Category 5 Hurricane. But, how did this happen? Learn more about what investigators are doing to determine the cause by reading our full article.
Workers Discover Pot Of Gold While Laying Pipes
There may not have been a rainbow, but the luck of the Irish struck just in time for St. Patrick's Day. A crew in the Netherlands stumbled upon a pot of gold while laying pipes for new drinking water. The coins are estimated to be more than 500 years old but how who do they belong to now? Find out, here!
Construction Employment Increases, New Metals Tariffs Threaten Future Sector Job Gains
70% of metro areas are showing an increase in employment in the construction industry. This growth between January 2017 and January of this year, according to Associated General Contractors of America. However, Association officials are worried that this trend won't continue due to the new steel and aluminum tariffs may force contractors to pay more for materials and may dampen the demand for new construction.
NJDOT's Route 1 Project Cuts Travel Times, Improves Safety
Congestion relief is on it's way for thousands of drivers, thanks to some out-of-the-box thinking by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT). During peak travel times, drivers will be allowed to use the shoulder of Route 1 as a travel lane. A test run has cut travel times for some commuters in half. But, there's two more major benefits for drivers, read more here.
Uber Tests Self-Driving Trucks For Deliveries Across Arizona
Rest and relaxation could be the future for truckers across America as technology allows semi-trucks to drive themselves. Volvo and Uber are working together to test out driverless trucks in Arizona. At this point, the trucks do not make door-to-door deliveries due to the truck's inability to navigate itself through city traffic. But, if the testing continues to go well, what could it mean for your deliveries in the future? Check out the rest of our article, here.
These are just a few topics we have been discussing over the past week. For more news and industry updates, check out Construction Equipment Guide's Industry News Page and our Industry Blog Page.