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Brenda Ruggiero

Brenda Ruggiero has written for CEG for over 20 years. She lives near the town of Accident in far western Maryland. Her favorite assignments so far involved interviews with Survivor’s Boston Rob and hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut. Both were involved in construction at one time.

Brenda holds a BA in Mass Communication with a writing focus from Frostburg State University and minors in Public Relations and Political Science. She works full time as a staff writer for a weekly newspaper, the Garrett County Republican. She enjoys feature writing the most, which gives her the opportunity to talk to people and share their stories.

Brenda and her middle school sweetheart, Reuben, have been married for over 34 years and have three grown children and four cats.


MDOT Begins Rehabilitation Project On 10 Baltimore County Bridges

A $39.8 million project began in Maryland to rehabilitate bridge decks and parapets on 10 bridges in Baltimore County. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) project is located at the I-95 interchange with I-695 in the Arbutus area of southwestern Baltimore County....


Allan Myers Leads U.S. 40 Bridge Project in Maryland

A project that is part of the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Bridge System Preservation Program is well under way. The project involves replacing and widening the U.S....


Maryland Officials Announce U.S. 219 Funding in Garrett County

As part of a four-day scheduled visit to the western part of the state, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan stopped in Grantsville on Oct. 17 to announce $77 million in funding that will complete the remaining 8-mi....


Pittsburgh's New Fern Hollow Bridge Nears Opening

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) continues to move to open a new bridge at the site of the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pa., less than a year after its collapse. The bridge on Forbes Avenue between Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze collapsed on Jan....


Crews Work On Important U.S. 1 Upgrades in College Park, Md.

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is continuing making improvements to U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue) from College Avenue to MD 193 (University Boulevard) in College Park, Md....


MDOT SHA Holds Western Maryland Snow Show

In early October, final preparations had already been made for the winter season at the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration when the annual Snow Show was held at the Keyser's Ridge, Md., garage....


Fay, S&B USA Construction Reconnects Hill District, Pittsburgh's Downtown

A unique bridge/city park project worth more than $30 million has reached completion in downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) managed the construction of the "Cap" Project — the I-579 Urban Connector — for the Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA)....


Jack's Auto Inc. Purchases First Atlas From Wood's CRW

Wood's CRW of Carlisle, Pa., recently sold its first Atlas material handler to Jack's Auto Inc. of Mt. Morris, Pa. "Atlas material handlers are a new product line for CRW," said Chris Palmer, president....


Mosites Construction Leads Roberto Clemente Bridge Rehabilitation

The Roberto Clemente (Sixth Street) Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pa., is undergoing a $34.4 million bridge rehabilitation project for the Department of Public Works. The contract was awarded to Mosites Construction and Development Company of Robinson, Pa., for a total amount of $34,477,777....


Transforming the Port of Baltimore

A transformation at the Port of Baltimore will allow for berthing of larger container post-Panamax ships. Seagirt Marine Terminal in the Port of Baltimore is operated by Ports American Chesapeake through a public-private-partnership (P3) with the Maryland Ports Administration....


Fay, S&B USA Construction Install New Dam Lift Gates On the Ohio

Fay, S&B USA Construction is currently working on a contract for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District to install two new dam lift gates and a new control system at Montgomery Locks and Dam on the Ohio River in Monaca, Pa....


West Virginia Moves Forward With $224M Road, Bridge Project

A multi-year design-build project is moving forward between Nitro and Scott Depot, W. Va. It includes the widening of Interstate 64 and major upgrades to the Nitro-St. Albans Bridge. The prime contractor is Brayman – Trumbull, A Joint Venture and funding is mostly from WV Roads to Prosperity Bonds, with some FHWA Build Grant funding, as well....


Wagman Leads MD 32 Widening Work

A Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) project involving MD 32 at Linden Church Road in Howard County is heading toward a summer 2022 completion date. Construction started in June 2019 on the $126.8 million project, which was awarded to Wagman Heavy Civil Inc....


Vecellio & Grogan Leads Project Along Heavily Traveled Route

A configuration change at Exit 99 of Interstate 79 in Weston, W. Va., is nearly complete. The project, headed by the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT), began in March 2019. An extension took the project to November of this year, but Dec....


Maryland Rebuilds Vital Transportation Hub

An interchange reconstruction project is a year into its contract in the Sparrows Point area of Baltimore County, Md. The MD 151/Wharf Rd. interchange is south of I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) with access to other interstate highways, including I-95....


WF Delauter & Son Leads Two-Bridge Project in Frederick

A federally funded Capital Improvement Program (CIP) project is currently under way to improve Gas House Pike at Linganore Creek in Frederick, Md. The work is being done for the Frederick County Department of Engineering and Construction Management....


Maryland Holds Annual Snow Show in Keyser's Ridge

The Maryland Snow Show was held recently at the Keyser's Ridge, Md., garage of the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA). Keyser's Ridge is in Garrett County, which is one of three counties in District 6....


Crews Rappel Steep Slope During Stabilization Project

A slope stabilization project is running well ahead of schedule in Allegany County, Md. The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) initiated the work in response to repeated rockslides along the roadway....


Rock Slide Road Cleanup, Repair Enters Home Stretch

Final work continues in the area of a major rockslide that occurred in June in Henry Clay Township in Pennsylvania near the border of Fayette and Somerset counties. The slide on Route 40 near the Youghiogheny River Lake occurred at 8:24 p.m....


Crews Prescribe Diverging Diamond Interchange to Remedy Woes in Maryland

A project to enhance safety and increase capacity at an interchange in Frederick County, Md., continues toward an early 2023 completion date. Under the direction of the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), construction began in fall 2018 at the I-270 (Washington National Pike) and MD 85 (Buckeystown Pike) Interchange....


Trumbull Tackles 'a Little Bit of Everything' On Ohio River Crossing

The Neville Island Bridge Preservation Project (SR 79-A61) continues west of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pa. The bridge is located in Neville Township, Robinson Township and Glenfield Borough and crosses the Ohio River and Neville Island....


Spanning the Potomac: Three-Quarter-Billion-Dollar Bridge Replacement Under Way

The construction of a new Potomac River crossing from Charles County, Md., to King George County, Va., is well under way for the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA). Thousands of Marylanders depend on the Nice/Middleton Bridge daily for work, business and recreation....


Fay Forges Ahead Over the Yough

A bridge in McKeesport, Pa., is currently being revitalized for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The Jerome Street Bridge is an arch bridge crossing the Youghiogheny River. It opened in the current design in 1937 and was previously rehabilitated in 1988....


Crews Construct Bridge Offsite, Float It Into Place

A bridge spanning the Ohio River and serving as a primary connection between the communities of Wellsburg, W. Va., and Brilliant, Ohio, was constructed off site and floated into place at the end of April....


Triton Construction Nears Finish On $61.5M Western Maryland Highway Project

After a winter slow-down, crews are getting back to work to complete a design-build highway project in Grantsville, Md., which is in the westernmost part of the state, Garrett County. At the end of March, the $61.5 million project was 83.2 percent complete, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA)....


Koss Construction Keeps I-555 Job On Track

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) is currently working on a project to reconstruct approximately 4.716 mi. of Interstate 555 through Jonesboro. Additional work includes overlaying five overpasses along I-555 and hydrodemolition and overlay of four bridges on I-555....


Allan Myers Leads MD 97 Relocation Construction Project

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) continues work on the MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) Relocation Construction Project in the town of Brookeville, which is in Montgomery County....


Glen O. Hawbaker Celebrates Route 322 Project Milestone

A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) project involving the realignment of Route 322 is nearing completion near the village of Potters Mills. A ribbon-cutting was held on Nov. 9, 2020....


Bridging the Gap: MD 39's Replacement

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) currently is working on a $8.8 million bridge replacement project on MD 39 (Hutton Road) at the crossing of the Youghiogheny River in Crellin, which is in Garrett County....


All Hands On Deck for Fort Eustis Bridge Job

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is heading up a bridge replacement in a sensitive and highly trafficked area of Newport News, Va. The contract was awarded to i+iconSOUTHEAST. Construction on the $17.8 million project began in spring 2020 and is expected to be complete by fall of 2022....


Wagman Replaces Aging Capital Beltway Spans

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is in the process of replacing the I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway) bridges over MD 214 (Central Avenue) in Largo as part of its continuing effort to keep bridges safe and reduce congestion....


H&K Continues Successful Partnership With SEI, Rogers

The histories of three Pennsylvania companies in the construction industry are intertwined and the relationships continue to grow. They are Stephenson Equipment Inc. (SEI), H&K Group Inc. (H&K) and Rogers Brothers Corporation....


Milestone Works to Stabilize Soil to Widen Indiana's I-70

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is heading up a project in Hendricks County, Ind., to rebuild a portion of I-70. According to Debbie Calder, INDOT communications director, the letting date was Feb....


'Technology Corridor' Gets Critical Link

Work on the I-270 (Eisenhower Parkway) at Watkins Mill Interchange continues in Gaithersburg, Md., in Montgomery County. The $124 million major congestion relief project will improve one of Maryland's most heavily traveled roadways in the county, benefiting the tens of thousands of travelers who drive the I-270 corridor....


Construction, Improvement Work Hums Along Busy U.S. 1 in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is currently working on improvements in College Park, which is in Prince George's County. The project involves U.S....


Rehabilitation of Eight Bridges in Chester Nears End

A PennDOT project to rehabilitate eight bridges over Interstate 95 and CSX Railroad in the city of Chester in Delaware County, Pa., is nearing completion. Work began in the fall of 2016 and is scheduled to be finished by late summer 2020....


Maryland Looks to Unclog Long-Time Bottleneck

The construction of the Baltimore Beltway I-695 Outer Loop is getting closer to its completion date of late summer 2021. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) awarded the $131 million contract to Tutor Perini Corporation of New Rochelle, N.Y....


Rappahannock Rejuvenation

Under the direction of the Virginia Department of Transportation, (VDOT), a major improvement project has begun on the Route 3 Business bridge over the Rappahannock River, also known as Chatham Bridge....


Crews Place Keystone on Iowa-Illinois Bridge

Crews are well into construction of the second arch of the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge. Construction of the new bridge began in July 2017. The westbound bridge is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2020 and the eastbound bridge in 2021....


Crossing the 'Yough' in Ohiopyle, Pa.

The Ohiopyle Multimodal Gateway Project will be finishing up shortly in Ohiopyle Borough, Fayette County, Pa. According to Jay Ofsanik, acting press officer of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 12, this project is to improve the Route 381 (Main Street) corridor by minimizing conflict points to better serve all users and all modes of travel....


Philly Razes the Monolith

Demolition is currently under way for a monolith at Penn's Landing at the Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia, Pa. The structure was built in 2002 and was the arch of what was to be a sky tram....


North Dakota Spends $1B on Mouse River Project

The Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project (MREFPP) is a continuing project in North Dakota that is designed to reduce the risk of future flooding throughout the entire Mouse River Basin. The Mouse River, or the Souris River in Canada, originates in southeast Saskatchewan and travels 357 mi....


Messick's Steps Up to Help During Crisis in a Different Way

An awareness of the effect the coronavirus pandemic was having on the food supply in the local community and beyond recently led the folks at Messick's to step in and see if they could help in a different way....


Bay Bridge Work Quickly Wraps Up

Amid Maryland's state of emergency due to COVID-19, Md. Gov. Larry Hogan announced on April 1 that a project involving the Bay Bridge was completed more than a year ahead of schedule. The project, headed up by the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) involved the rehabilitation of the westbound right lane deck....


Pa.-Based Kuharchik Construction Donates N95 Masks

In the current times of uncertainty, social distancing and hoarding, stories also are emerging of hope and humanity. One of those stories comes out of Exeter, Pa., where Kuharchik Construction Inc. saw a need and helped to meet it....


Milani Works to Deliver I-83 Bridge By 2021

In Timonium, Md., which is located in Baltimore County, the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is heading up a project to replace the 70-year-old Interstate 83 (Harrisburg Expressway) dual bridges over Padonia Road....


Roundabout With Railroad Crossing Makes Georgia History

The city of Sandersville recently received a new distinction — it is the only municipality in the state of Georgia that includes a roundabout with a railroad crossing in the center. The reconfiguration of the GA 242 intersection at Hospital Road and Waco Mill Road just inside the Sandersville city limits was recently completed at the beginning of this year....


$174M Turnpike Interchange Project Ramps Up in Allegheny County

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is currently heading up an interchange project in Allegheny and Washington counties. PA Turnpike 576, Section 55C2-1 is a project that extends from approximately 1 mi....


Ritzy Laurel Begins With the Pour

The fourth largest mat foundation pour in Philadelphia history took place last month at The Laurel, a $300 million 48-story luxury condo and apartment building under construction. Once complete, the high-rise will be 599 ft....


Reviving the Viaduct — South State Leads Key 15-Span Project in Philly

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is overseeing a nearly $90 million project that will rehabilitate the U.S. 1/Roosevelt Expressway viaduct in Philadelphia. The viaduct is located between the Broad Street and Wissahickon Avenue/Germantown Avenue exits in the Nicetown section of the city....


Concrete General Leads Team Along MD 180

A project in Frederick County, Md., that began in September will enhance safety and add capacity on a segment of MD 180 (Jefferson Pike). The $17 million project involves more than half a mile at Solarex Court and Swallowtail Drive and is designed to help alleviate traffic congestion....


After 18-Month Pause, Dredging Resumes at Port of Savannah

Dredging to deepen the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah has resumed after an 18-month pause, Col. Daniel Hibner of the Army Corps of Engineers recently announced as the second half of the $973 million expansion has started to get under way....


Brayman Battles Tight Project Turnaround

A major project to replace bridge decks began in early October in Charleston, W. Va. The West Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Division of Highways is replacing the decks on the I-64 Danner Road overpass bridge, which is between the Oakwood Road (exit 58A) and Montrose Drive (exit 56) exits....


U. South Alabama Targets 2020 Season for New Football Stadium

A new stadium is being built on the campus of the University of South Alabama in Mobile, with plans to open in 2020. Since the football program began at the university in 2009, the Jaguars have played home games at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, which is owned by the city and first opened its doors to the public in 1948....


Detroit Sees First New Auto Plant in 30 Years

The first new assembly plant to be built in the city of Detroit, Mich., in nearly three decades is beginning to take shape for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Plans are for it to be up and running by the end of 2020....


Tappan Zee Constructors Files Lawsuit Against NYS Thruway Authority

Tappan Zee Constructors LLC (TZC) and its law firm, Peckar & Abramson P.C, have filed a lawsuit against the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) concerning the release of certain documents related to the Governor Mario M....


Crews Find Creative Solution on Columbus Zoo Project

A coastal wharf is being created at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, Ohio. Adventure Cove is a $34 million project designed after San Francisco's Pier 39. The 4.1-acre new region will be near the zoo's entrance and will include California sea lions and harbor seals....


After Years of Flooding, Work Still Remains in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Engineering District 3 continues to work to remedy the challenges created by above average precipitation in north central Pennsylvania. This has occurred since 2016 and has resulted in flooding in many areas....


Preventing Floods in an NYC Neighborhood

Work has begun on the $39 million Phase II of the New Creek Bluebelt on Staten Island, N.Y. The project is for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and is being done by the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC)....


'Burgh Looks to Put a 'Cap' Over Busy I-579

A unique bridge/city park project is currently under way in downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is managing the construction of the "Cap" Project — the I-579 Urban Connector — for the Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA)....


'Bridge to Nowhere' Starts to Go Somewhere

What was once called the "Bridge to Nowhere" in Bluefield, W. Va., is now going somewhere thanks to the Governor's Roads to Prosperity Program. According to Terra L. Goins, PE, assistant district engineer of the West Virginia Division of Highways (WDOH), the bridge was one of the first projects added to the program....


Peak Construction Set to Begin on $1.6B Mazda Toyota Plant

Peak construction will begin within the next month at the $1.6 billion Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A. Inc. (MTMUS) facility in Huntsville, Ala., (Limestone County). At that time, up to 2,500 workers will be on site and 70 percent of those workers will be from the state of Alabama....


Maryland Tackles Major Culvert Replacement Operation

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is undertaking a large project to replace 46 aging culverts along MD 77 (Foxville Road) in Frederick County. Beginning early in September a portion of the roadway was closed and detoured to expediate work on the culvert replacements....


A Plant Grows Near the 'Burgh

Progress continues on the reported multi-billion-dollar Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC (Shell) ethylene cracker plant in Beaver County, Pa., 30 mi. northwest of Pittsburgh. "Currently we have around 5,000 construction workers on site, with that number ramping up to a peak of 6,000 workers in the coming months," said Shell spokesman Ray Fisher in August....


VDOT Set to Embark on Its Largest Project Ever

The I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) in southeastern Virginia is at the beginning of an expansion project to help ease congestion in the area. The project, which comes with a price tag numbering in the billions, is the Virginia Department of Transportation's largest in history....


Talladega Superspeedway Undergoes $50M Facelift

A $50 million redevelopment project is currently under way at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The result will be new attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsor teams and stakeholders at the world-famous racetrack's infield....


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Nears End of Platform, Station Improvements

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is nearing the end of a full platform reconstruction and major station improvements to the six Blue and Yellow Metrorail line stations south of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport....


State Sees 'Roads to Prosperity' Fire Up Coalfields Expressway Project

A paving project on the Coalfields Expressway in West Virginia began at the end of February. It involves a nearly 9-mi. stretch of road between Mullens, which is in Wyoming County, and Slab Fork, which is in Raleigh County....


D.C Area Battles Heavy Rains

Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia were under a flash flood emergency issue on July 8, as heavy rains reported as a month's worth in approximately an hour caused flooding. In the city of Baltimore, Md., a 12-in....


Kennywood Roller Coaster Breaks Records

Records were being broken as a brand-new roller coaster rose this spring in Pittsburgh, Pa.'s Kennywood Park, which is currently in its 121st season. The Steel Curtain, which was born from a partnership between the park and the city's NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, holds the record for the tallest inversion in the world at 197 ft....


Maryland Eyes Innovative Fix for I-270 Congestion

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is well into an Innovative Congestion Management (ICM) project in Montgomery County that is designed to reduce congestion on I-270 (Eisenhower Highway) through innovative technologies and techniques....


Levee Breach Causes Major Flooding in Rural Arkansas

Damage from a levee breach in Dardanelle, Ark., is still being addressed several weeks later and a decision is yet to be made on repairs. The city is located about 60 mi. northwest of Little Rock in Yell County....


MDOT SHA Replaces Bridge Over CSX Line

In Arbutus, Md., which is located in Baltimore County, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is heading up a project to replace the U.S. 1 (Washington Boulevard) Bridge over the CSX Transportation rail line....


Former Walter Reed Campus Undergoes Historic Renovation

At the end of November in Washington, D.C., Children's National Health System began work on a historical renovation construction project that will result in a pediatric research and innovation campus with a focus on pediatric medicine....


Long-Awaited Project Begins in Western Maryland

A long-awaited design-build project has finally begun near Grantsville, Md., which is in Garrett County, the western-most part of the state. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) project involves the realignment of U.S....


Largest Construction Contract in TNDOT History Now Under Way

The largest construction contract in Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) history is currently underway near Nashville, utilizing the unique process of rubblization, which is new to the area. According to the project website, the reconstruction of Interstate 440, from Interstate 40 to Interstate 24 in Davidson County, includes removing substandard pavement and providing three lanes of travel in each direction for approximately 7.6 mi....


Mobro Fishes Plane From Florida Waters

When an airplane skidded off the runway and into the St. Johns River on Jacksonville Naval Air Station (NAS) in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 3, Mobro Marine Inc. knew just what to do. "We became involved in the plane salvage and move when we heard about the accident on the news," explained Stephen Cumella, who has been the chief financial officer for Mobro Marine since 2004....


Marriott's Global HQ Set to Rise in Bethesda

A new global headquarters for Marriott International will soon be rising in downtown Bethesda, Md. The new office building at 7750 Wisconsin Ave. will be near the Bethesda Metro. According to reports, the land is owned by the Bernstein Companies and Boston Properties, which will jointly own and develop the office building....


$102M Viaduct Reconstruction Under Way in New Jersey

A $102 million state-funded project involving a nine-span viaduct along Route 495 is currently under way in New Jersey's Hudson County. Specifically, the bridge carries traffic on Route 495 over the NYS&W and Conrail rail lines, as well as Route 1 and 9, Paterson Plank Road and Liberty Avenue in the township of North Bergen....


Maryland's $150M Seneca Valley H.S. Is Taking Shape

The largest public high school in the state of Maryland is currently taking shape at an estimated cost of more than $150 million. The four-story building will cover approximately 440,000 sq. ft. and will serve as the new Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Montgomery County....


Mashburn Raises First Five-Story 'Tilt-Up' in S.C.

A project to create the first five-story tilt-up building in South Carolina is currently under way in Myrtle Beach. The new medical office building, which will be located adjacent to an existing hospital, is the result of a partnership between the Grand Strand Medical Center and HCP Inc., a real estate investment trust....


Crews Clean Up After N.C. Rock Slide

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) called out heavy equipment to clean up a rockslide that occurred along Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line in Haywood County. Westbound lanes were closed at the highway U.S....


I-74 Bridge Links Illinois-Iowa 'Quad Cities'

A $1.2 billion bridge replacement is currently under way in a cooperative effort between the Iowa and Illinois Departments of Transportation. The I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project is part of an overall plan to improve the I-74 corridor from Moline, Ill., to Davenport, Iowa....


Southern Beltway Acid Mine Drainage

Although it is noted to be a rare challenge for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to deal with on projects, acid mine drainage is a factor in this Southern Beltway Project. For several years, engineers have reportedly been studying it to determine what the best solution is....


Pittsburgh Beltway Project Enters New Phase

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is continuing the construction of the Southern Beltway in Pittsburgh, Pa. The most current phase, 55A2, was awarded to Trumbull Corporation on Nov. 6 for a reported $116.2 million....


Virginia Sets Priorities for Infrastructure, Transit

Transportation projects have been moving forward in the commonwealth of Virginia since the General Assembly adopted landmark transportation legislation in 2013. Passed under former Gov. Bob McDonnell, the legislation was designed to govern the prioritizing of projects by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB)....


WVU Children's Breaks Ground on $150M Tower at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in West Virginia

A three-year project by WVU Hospitals involves the construction of a new eight-story tower dedicated to WVU Medicine Children's at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W. Va. Announced in November 2017, the tower is expected to be open in 2020....


Bridge Expansion Tests Crews' Ingenuity

A $409.6 million bridge and highway project under way in Chesapeake, Va., constitutes the largest design-build contract awarded by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to date. The work involves improvements and expanded capacity along nearly 9 mi....


Crews Race Time in R.R. Bridge Rebuild

This fall, Fay, an i+iconUSA Company, managed the design-build replacement of the Flat Rock River Bridge in Columbus, Ind., completing the project in only 50 hours, well in advance of a 96-hour outage deadline....


NJTA Enters Next Phase to Maintain South Jersey Roads

Since 2013, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) has been working on a series of projects to eliminate structural deficiencies, address substandard geometry and maintain coastal evacuation capabilities of the structures carrying Garden State Parkway (GSP) traffic over Great Egg Harbor Bay (GEH) and Drag Channel (DC)....


Ditch Witch Relocates to New Knoxville, Tenn., Location

Ditch Witch of Tennessee recently relocated in the Knoxville area to 10732 Dutchtown Road. This is in addition to its La Vergne (Nashville) location. The company offers a full line of Ditch Witch products, attachments and parts for sale, as well as sales and service....


Coordination Crucial for Accelerated Bridge Construction

Infrastructure and Industrial Constructors USA, which is branded as i+iconUSA, was awarded two new accelerated bridge contracts in Pennsylvania. These include the Pulaski-New Bedford Bridge in Lawrence County and Port Authority North Braddock Avenue Bridge Replacement in Allegheny County....


Indiana American Water Expands Treatment Capability

Indiana American Water, a subsidiary of American Water Company in Richmond, Ind., is currently in the middle of a $45 million upgrade to the company's water treatment endeavors. Work will include the construction of a new water treatment plant and a new raw water pumping station....


Curtis Contracting Builds Va. Reservoir

Curtis Contracting Inc. , West Point, Va., is currently working on a reservoir project for Greensville County, Va. When complete, the reservoir will serve as the county's raw-water facility, with an approximate storage capacity of 1 billion gal....


Maine Landscape, Nursery Association Assists With Important Volunteer Job

A volunteer work project through the Maine Landscape and Nursery Association (MELNA) took place in August at Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS). The goal was to add improvements to some of the school's programs, including those involving culinary and landscaping skills....


$65M Road Reconstruction Project Under Way in Maryland

A $65.5 million reconstruction project currently moving forward in Frederick County, Md., involves improvements to the I-270/MD 85 (Buckeystown Pike) interchange. The work was made possible by the current administration of Maryland Gov....


Rehabilitation Begins on Historic Pa. Bridge

The oldest bridge still in vehicular use in the United States is undergoing a rehabilitation to allow it to continue its work in the future. The U.S. 13 (Frankford Avenue) bridge runs over Pennypack Creek in Philadelphia, Pa....


MDOT SHA Adds Lane to U.S. 50 Bridge Over Severn River

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is leading a project in Anne Arundel County that involves an additional lane on U.S. 50 (Blue Star Memorial Highway)....


DelDOT Constructs State's First Bulb-Tee Girder Bridge

The first spliced prestressed bulb-tee girder bridge in Delaware is currently being built near Wilmington under the direction of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). The project creates a new multi-modal crossing of the Christina River to add another access point to Wilmington Riverfront attractions....


Army Corps Works to Renourish Beach in Ocean City, Md.

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers is currently in charge of a beach renourishment project in Ocean City, Md. The work is a periodic renourishment of the existing Atlantic Coast of Maryland Shoreline Protection Project, a coastal storm management project initially completed in the early 1990s....


$20M Restoration Under Way on Pittsburgh Bridge

Rehabilitation work is currently being done on the only parallel cable suspension bridge within the state of Pennsylvania. The project involves the Philip Murray Bridge (South 10th Street) in Pittsburgh, and is under the direction of the Department of Public Works....


MDOT SHA Uses Innovation to Replace Bridge

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is using an innovative approach to maintain traffic during the construction of a bridge replacement project in Hereford, Md., in Baltimore County....


Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Bridge Undergoes $25M Reno

The three “Sister Bridges” that are part of the Pittsburgh, Pa., city skyline are undergoing a major rehabilitation project, and the Andy Warhol (7th Street) Bridge is the first to undergo the process....


NJDOT Replaces Bridge Over Barnegat Bay

A mile-long bridge in Ocean County, N.J., is currently undergoing a $74 million replacement project. The eastbound Mathis Bridge and westbound Tunney Bridges are a pair of bridges carrying Route 37 over Barnegat Bay between Toms River and Seaside Heights....


MDT's 404 Widening Project Spans Three Counties

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) is working on a widening project that spans three counties, including Queen Anne's, Talbot and Caroline. The contract involves widening MD 404 (Queen Anne Highway/Shore Highway) for 9 mi....


$63.3M Dune Project Under Way at Jersey Shore

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Philadelphia District is overseeing a $63.3 million project in New Jersey. The contract was awarded to Weeks Marine Inc., and is known as the Absecon Island Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project....


Wood's CRW Gives J.D. Eckman Inc. a Lift With Link-Belt

J.D. Eckman Inc. is a full-service construction company in Atglen, Pa. The company has its own in-house engineering staff that includes more than eight full-time registered professional engineers licensed in several states and more than a dozen project managers/engineers who have the expertise to handle the most complex projects....


Project Extra Chunk — Ben & Jerry's Expands Vermont Manufacturing Plant

South Burlington, Vt., is about to get some more ice cream. The Ben & Jerry's manufacturing plant located in the town has begun a 40,000-sq. ft. expansion project that will include a wastewater treatment plant, a new warehouse and a packaging room, all totaling $14 million....


$50M Streetcar Project Under Way in Oklahoma City

The first streetcar system in Oklahoma City, Okla., since the 1940s is becoming a reality. Civic leaders broke ground on the MAPS 3 Oklahoma City (OKC) Streetcar track line in February, starting work on the metro's first streetcar system in generations and launching a new era in local public transit....


Country Salutes Army With National Museum

The National Museum of the United States Army (NMUSA) is currently being built in Fort Belvoir, Va., within 30 minutes of Washington, D.C. At present, the Army is the only branch of the military without a national museum....


Nanoscience Facility Takes Shape on MIT's Campus in Cambridge, Mass.

A state-of-the-art nano facility is being built at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass. The project website noted that recent discoveries have caused a revolution in the understanding of how materials behave at the nanoscale (one billionth of a meter), and MIT researchers are exploring the ways nanoscience and nanotechnology will have an impact....


$300M Trident Lakes Offers Unprecedented Security

A private resort community like no other is in the early stages of being built in Fannin County, Texas. Trident Lakes is a $300 million project which is being developed Vintuary Holdings Corp. of Dallas, Texas....


P&G Invests $500M to Build New Plant in Tabler Station, W.Va.

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is making a $500 million capital investment to build a new manufacturing plant and warehouse on a tract of land in Tabler Station, W.Va., which is in Berkeley County. This area is near Martinsburg in the rural mountains of the state's western panhandle....


Maryland SHA Reconstructs Salisbury Bypass

In August, the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) began a nearly two-year project to rehabilitate 11 bridges on U.S. 13/U.S. 50 (Salisbury Bypass) in Salisbury, which is in Wicomico County....


MDTA's Six-Year, $273M Bay Bridge Preservation Under Way

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) began a project in the summer of 2016 to rehabilitate the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which is officially named the “Gov. William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge” after the governor who initiated its construction....


Next Phase of $90.8M PTC Project Begins

The next phase of the Southern Beltway around the Pittsburgh International Airport has begun under the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC). Located in Washington County, Pa., this portion, known as 55A1, involves U.S....


After 60-Year Wait, East End Connector Takes Shape

Nearly six decades after the project was first proposed, the $142 million East End Connector is taking shape in Durham County, N.C. The North Carolina Department of Transportation, city of Durham and Durham County broke ground on the 3.9-mi....


$2B Bulfinch Crossing Takes Shape in Mass.

A unique mixed-use development project known as Bulfinch Crossing is beginning to take shape in Boston. It involves strategically transforming the site of an underutilized above-grade parking garage into a 2.9 -million sq....


Unique Situations, Challenges — Percy Ransome's Specialty

For Long Reach High Reach (LRHR LLC) and Ransome Equipment Sales, customer calls for specialty job applications are a common and welcome part of the job. “This is one of the great challenges that Ransome likes — to solve customer's problems,” said Percy Ransome, who owns both companies....


Maryland SHA, W.Va. DOT Project Widens Interstate 81

The Maryland State Highway Administration is in the early stages of widening I-81 (Maryland Veterans Memorial Highway) and rehabilitating several bridges in the Williamsport area of Washington County. The project is Phase I of a four-phase project....


I-95 Express Lane Construction Progresses in Virginia

In Stafford County, Va., construction is under way to extend the Interstate 95 Express Lanes about 2 mi. (3.2 km) beyond the flyover ramp where the current 95 Express Lanes currently end, north of Garrisonville Road (Exit 143)....


MBTA Heads Beverly Drawbridge Replacement Project

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is heading a project that includes replacing a drawbridge swing span superstructure. The Beverly Drawbridge carries the Rockport and Newburyport Commuter Rail Line over the Danvers River in Beverly, Mass., which is located in Essex County....


Champlain College Constructs New Student Housing — Eagles Landing

Champlain College and the city of Burlington, Vt., are collaborating to create a student housing project known as Eagles Landing. The $36 million contract was awarded to HP Cummings Construction, under the direction of Mike Hulbert....


Washington D.C.'s $500M Gramercy District Taking Shape

A more than $500 million development will soon begin taking shape just outside of Washington, D.C., “Gramercy District” is a smart city project by 22 Capital Partners, a venture builder private entity company....


Pa. Interchange Receives $57M Makeover

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is currently working on a $57 million road widening project in Washington County, Pa. The contract calls for reconstruction, widening and safety improvements to the I-70/SR19 interchange in Washington, Pa....


VDOT Works to Improve Safety on Route 460/29 Corridor

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is currently working on improvements to a road corridor in the Lynchburg, Va., area. The project began on Jan. 25, 2016, and the contract completion date is Nov....


Crews Unearth Artifacts During Excavation for Airpark Project

The Delaware Airpark in Chiswold, Del., is in the final stages of an expansion project, according to the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) most recently awarded a grant of approximately $4.6 million to complete the Runway 9-27 project....


Virginia Bridge Project Extends Life by 50 Years

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is overseeing the rehabilitation of two bridges along Interstate 64 in the Lexington, Va., area. The bridges, which carry eastbound and westbound traffic over the Maury River and Kerrs Creek in Rockbridge County, were designed in 1969 and built in 1976....


Virginia Bridge Rehabilitation Extends Life by 50 Years

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is overseeing the rehabilitation of two bridges along Interstate 64 in the Lexington, Va., area. The bridges, which carry eastbound and westbound traffic over the Maury River and Kerrs Creek in Rockbridge County, were designed in 1969 and built in 1976....


Crews Wrap Up Jeremiah Morrow Bridge

Only minor work remains to complete an $88 million project on the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in Warren County, Ohio. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Nov. 18, to commemorate the completion of the project's major workload....


MassDOT's $19.9M Project Replaces Several Bridges Along I-95 in Attleboro

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is currently working on a project to replace several bridges in Attleboro, Mass. The construction bid price was $19.97 million and the project is planned to be funded through the 2016 Transportation Improvement Program for the Southeastern Massachusetts Metropolitan Planning Organization....


New $50.78M Allegany High School Takes Shape

A brand new high school is taking shape on the site of a former hospital in Cumberland, Md., which is located in Allegany County in the western part of the state. Work began on the Allegany High School project on May 24, 2016, and completion is expected by May 25, 2018....


Fall Hill Avenue and I-95 Overpass Replacement Project, City of Fredericksburg, Va.

A project in Fredericksburg, Va., is on schedule for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), involving the widening of Fall Hill Avenue and the replacement of the I-95 overpass. Fall Hill Avenue carries approximately 17,200 vehicles per day, and the number of vehicles is expected to double in the next 20 years....


University Undergoes $375M Expansion

A new building for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y., is on schedule to open in the fall of 2017. The $375 million contract, to be completed in two phases, was awarded to LPCiminelli of Buffalo, N.Y....


Phase 2 of Union Bridge Quarry Replacement Almost Complete

The second phase of a quarry replacement project in Carroll County, Md., which involves the installation of the longest continuous curved conveyor ever to be installed in the state, is nearing completion....


Ante Up: MGM Bets $950M Springfield Casino Will Win Big for Massachusetts

In historic downtown Springfield, Mass., along the Connecticut River, a resort known as MGM Springfield is rapidly taking shape. It is contained within three city blocks, bordered by Union and State streets and Main Street and Columbus Avenue....


Texas Aquarium's $56M Expansion

The Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, Texas, is undergoing a $56 million expansion project that is designed to introduce guests to the Western Caribbean. The new 65,000-sq.-ft. (6,039 sq m) wing, known as the Caribbean Journey, will more than double the Aquarium's indoor exhibit space....


I-79 Interchange Nears Completion in Morgantown, W.Va.

A new interchange along I-79 near Morgantown, W.Va., is nearing completion. The project is under the direction of the West Virginia Division of Highways. The $22 million project consists of providing a new interchange on I-79 approximately halfway between I-79, at Exit 152 — U.S....


DelDOT's $400M U.S. 301 Project to Ease Congestion

A large road project is progressing as planned in southern New Castle County, Delaware. The new U.S. 301 will reportedly improve safety, manage truck traffic and reduce congestion; support approved and proposed economic development in a key Delaware growth area; enhance the region's ability to compete for economic development; create needed jobs; improve local access to the Northeast Corridor Rail (Amtrak), commuter rail (SEPTA) and bus (DART) services; improve livability in the region; and reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions....


ODOT Begins Interchange Reconstruction

The first of several phases to completely reconstruct the I-35/I-240 Crossroads Interchange has begun in south Oklahoma City under the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT). This phase started in May and is expected to continue until the summer of 2017....


'Tracking' the History of Crawler Loaders, Dozer

Tracked (or crawler) loaders are machines with a tracked chassis and a loader that can be used for digging and moving/loading materials. They are a versatile component of any fleet, able to perform many tasks....


Pipeline Projects Abound, But Not All Are Proceeding Full Steam Ahead

The United States has the largest network of energy pipelines in the world, with more than 2.5 million mi. (4 million km) of pipe, according to Pipeline101.com. They can be designed for everything from natural gas, gasoline, home heating oil and crude oil....


Rutland Regional Medical Center Remains Open During Expansion

Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Vt., is currently undergoing a renovation and expansion of its emergency department. The project began in February, and is expected to take up to 18 months while the emergency department remains fully operational....


Museum of African American History Readies for Debut in D.C.

The Smithsonian's newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), will open to the public on Sept. 24, after a dedication ceremony with President Barack Obama. It will feature African American history and culture in addition to serving as a centerpiece venue for various ceremonies and performances....


Great Egg Harbor Bridge Project's First Phase Nears Completion

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) is nearing the end of a $142 million project to replace the bridges over the tidal waters of Drag Channel (DC) and Great Egg Harbor (GEH). The Great Egg Harbor Bay is located in Cape May and Atlantic counties....


New York Wheel Due to Spin in Early 2018

A new landmark attraction continues to rise on the New York Harbor in St. George, about a three-minute walk from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The New York Wheel will be either the tallest or second tallest observation wheel in the world when it opens (depending on when the wheel in Dubai opens)....


PennDOT Completes Improvements to Pittsburgh's SR 51

A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) project that involved safety improvements to SR 51 in Pittsburgh, Pa., was completed under prime contractor Joseph B. Fay Co. The original contract for the Route 51/88 Bridge and Safety Improvement Project was $18.99 million....


Work Continues on $350M Manahawkin Bay Bridge

A $350 million project for the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) is expected to continue through 2020. The Route 72/Manahawkin Bay Bridge project began in 2013, and involves the 3-mi. (4.8 km) long causeway that links Stafford on the mainland with Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island....


ODOT Works to Rebuild I-76 Interchange in Akron, Ohio

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is currently working towards rebuilding the I-76 interchange with South Main Street and South Broadway in Akron, Ohio. The overall $149 million project involves removing the interchanges at Wolf Ledges Parkway and Grant Street....


New Student Center to Improve Experience at Ohio College

Students at Rosedale Bible College in Irwin, Ohio, will soon be able to enjoy the benefits of a brand new student center. The full dollar amount for the project is estimated at $3.5 million. The school has been raising money for the last number of years, and the project also has some donated labor and donated materials....


Four-Lane Roadway Coming to Route 229 in Culpeper, Va.

An improvement project currently under way in the town of Culpeper, Va., will improve Route 229 (North Main Street) from two to four lanes. Construction began on Jan. 11, 2016, and the project is currently on schedule for a completion date of Aug....


Apple's Spaceship Campus on Track for Early 2017 Finish

Apple Campus 2 continues to emerge in Cupertino, Calif. The office, research, and development headquarters covers 175 acres on the former Hewlitt-Packard (HP) campus. The first phase of the project is expected to be complete by the end of this year, and it has been announced that employees will move into the new facility at the beginning of 2017....


Major Changes Benefit Maryland Intersection

An intersection in Frederick County, Md., is undergoing a major change that will benefit thousands who travel through the area daily. The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) is constructing a new interchange at U.S....


Purple Line Gets Green Light

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan gave the green light to the Maryland Department of Transportation in March for the Purple Line light rail project. When completed, it will run from New Carrollton to Bethesda....


CDOT Works on Permanent Fix for Glenwood Canyon

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is currently performing permanent mitigation measures in the Glenwood Canyon where a large rockfall incident occurred in February. Glenwood Canyon is located on I-70 in west central Colorado....


Workers Unearth Something Extra During OSU Expansion

A renovation and expansion project at the Valley Football Center at Oregon State University recently resulted in an unexpected discovery. “A construction worker digging in the north end zone of Reser Stadium discovered a large femur bone that appeared to be from a mammoth while moving dirt,” said Michelle Klampe of the news and research communications department....


UDOT's $164M 'The Point' Project Will Improve Mobility

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is well into a project along I-15 between northern Utah County and Draper that involves rebuilding a 7-mi. (11.26 km) section known as The Point because of its location around the point of a mountain....


Monroe Expressway to Improve Capacity of U.S. 74 Corridor

An expressway extending nearly 20 mi. (32 km) is one of the current projects being undertaken by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The road extends from U.S. 74 near I-485 in Mecklenburg County to U.S....


Work Progresses on Three Bridges Along Pa. Turnpike

Work is progressing on the Swatara Creek Bridge project in Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission recently provided an update. Crews worked through the winter to complete the demolition of the Swatara Creek Bridge, along with the two center sections of two smaller structures under the Pennsylvania Turnpike's toll-funded project that will replace three bridges, widen the roadway, and rebuild more than a mi....


Accidents Spur Comprehensive List of Crane Safety Recommendations

The Crane Technical Working Group released an interim report on June 10 that includes 23 recommendations in regard to crane safety. The group was established by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Buildings Commission Rick Chandler following a crane collapse on Feb....


Army Corps of Engineers Tidies Up Baltimore Harbor

Crews under contract of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District (Md.), are currently dredging roughly 2.6 million cu. yds. (1.9 million cu m) of material from the Baltimore Harbor and Channels navigation project....


Nation's First Offshore Wind Farm on Schedule for Late 2016 Completion

The construction of a 30-megawatt, five-turbine offshore wind farm, the first of its kind in the United States, is on schedule for completion later this year, at a reported cost of $290 million. The Block Island Wind Farm will reportedly supply most of Block Island, R.I.'s power while reducing air pollution across southern New England for years into the future....


$4B Tappan Zee Replacement Still on Budget

The New NY Bridge project continues to move forward (and upward) in the process of creating a modern, twin span replacement for the 3.1-mi. (5 km) Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River. Work is reportedly on track for the 2018 opening, and remains within the $3.98 billion budget....


Having a Blast at N.Y. State Fairgrounds

Gov. Cuomo recently unveiled a $50 million redesign plan for the New York State Fairgrounds in Onondaga County to “help transform it into a year-round, premier multi-use facility that can attract more events and visitors from across the nation.”The overall plan includes removing the grandstand and motor track to make room for new facilities; enlarging and upgrading the Midway to facilitate a more robust carnival; performing infrastructure upgrades to enhance visitor experience and better showcase a variety of attractions; and creating a new, 400 site RV Park to serve the Fair, the Lakeview Amphitheater, and many large events held at the fairgrounds year-round....


Census Reveals Fastest Growing Areas

New information released by the U.S. Census Bureau late last month reveals that the future of American growth apparently has a distinct concentration in suburban areas, particularly in Sun Belt states such as Florida, Texas and the Carolinas....


SEPTA Substation Replacement Project Nears Completion in Jenkintown, Pa.

An 80-year-old traction power substation in the Abington Township area of Glenside, Pa., is currently being replaced by a new indoor modular style substation. The Jenkintown Substation will be the first Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) traction power substation to utilize Gas Insulated Switchgear technology....


$1.4B TxDOT Project Aims to Ease Traffic on I-35 Near Dallas

A major reconstruction project will make a difference for travelers through Denton and Dallas counties in Texas when it is finished. The approximately 30-mi. (48.28 km) project travels through two counties and nine cities, and Phase I will cost $1.4 billion....


Portion of Interstate 20/59 to Accommodate 160,000 Vehicles

A portion of Interstate 20/59 in Alabama is being reconstructed to accommodate an increased flow of traffic, which currently is the highest rate of traffic flow in the entire state. More than 160,000 vehicles travel this area each day....


Crews Work to Stabilize MD 135 After Rock Slide

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Adminstration (SHA) is currently working to remedy a rock slide that occurred in western Maryland near the Allegany/Garrett County line in early January....


Industry Reps Decry NYC's Wind Restriction on Cranes

A fatal crane collapse in Lower Manhattan during a winter storm on Feb. 5 set off a chain of events that is still unfolding. The crawler crane collapse occurred along Worth Street, between West Broadway and Church as the crane was being secured because of winds that were approaching more than 20 mi....


Hills Machinery Company Opens Greensboro Location

Hills Machinery Company, which has been a Case dealer in the Carolinas since 2010, recently opened a new facility in Greensboro, N.C. — the fourth in the state of North Carolina and the sixth location overall....


Cavalier Air Force Station Opens in N.D.

A recent project at the Cavalier Air Force Station in North Dakota will “further ensure that the most capable radar in the world can remain in effect during possible contingency scenarios,” said Lt....


Old Pittsburgh Bridge Lives on in New Design

A tired bridge that stood for nearly a century in Pittsburgh, Pa., was recently put to rest in preparation for a new one. The bridge is located in the Squirrel Hill area of the city spanning I-376 (Parkway East) near Squirrel Hill Tunnels....


Rock Fall Closes Portion of I-70 in Colorado

A large rock fall incident on Interstate 70 in Northwestern Colorado on Feb. 15 is still in the process of being remedied. The rock fall occurred in Glenwood Canyon, which is in Garfield County, around 2:30 a.m....


A Project of Biblical Proportions

In northern Kentucky, a major theme park of a different kind is growing in a big way. On 800 acres off of I-75 in Williamstown, the builders of the Creation Museum are constructing a full-size Noah's Ark as the park's centerpiece....


Maryland Uses Recycled Materials on Road Project

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) is using recycled materials on a road-widening project in Columbia, which is in Howard County. The new travel lane on U.S....


MD 301 Interchange Being Built in Queen Anne's County

A new $49.9 million interchange is being built along Maryland's U.S. 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) at MD 304 (Ruthsburg Road) in Queen Anne's County to replace an existing at-grade intersection....


Phoenix Spends $590M to Modernize Sky Harbor Terminal

Construction began in February 2015 to “create a world-class traveling experience” for airport visitors at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Sky Harbor serves nearly 40 million passengers every year....


Lehigh Cement Expands, Replaces Union Bridge Quarry

A quarry replacement project in Carroll County, Md., involves the installation of the longest continuous curved conveyor ever to be installed in the state. Large lengths of the conveyor must be below grade due to permit and community restrictions....


State Replaces Intersection in Centreville, Maryland

One of many road projects currently progressing for the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) involves a new interchange along U.S. 301 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) at MD 304 (Ruthsburg Road) to replace an existing intersection in Centreville, which is in Queen Anne's County....


Austin Approves Construction, Demolition Recycling Ordinance

In November, the city council of Austin, Texas, approved an ordinance to increase the reuse and recycling of materials from construction and demolition projects. The Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance is set to go into effect in October 2016....


Breaking New Ground: $650M Expansion for Medical Center

A $650 million renovation and expansion project is transforming the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston. Part of the Memorial Hermann Health System, the hospital was the first to open in the Texas Medical Center....


CDOT Replaces Obsolete Bridge in Westminster

Last winter, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began reconstructing a one half mile portion of Federal Boulevard (U.S. 287) from W 67th Avenue to W 70th Avenue through the City of Westminster in Adams County....


Eastern Compost Reaps the Benefits of New Terex Grinder

Eastern Compost LLC, located in Battleboro, N.C., is benefiting from a new CBI (Terex) Magnum Force 5800BT grinder that the company purchased from Powerscreen Mid-Atlantic Inc. Employee John Fisher was most impressed with the features on the grinder....


Observation to Inspiration: Cummins Expands With Sandvik

In 2007, Kevin Cummins, who is an expert in material recycling, observed that a lot of concrete and rock was going to landfills and simply being buried there. He realized that there was a need to recycle these materials in order to give them a new purpose rather than wasting them....


Bridge Deck Preservation Nears Completion

The West Virginia Division of Highways is nearing completion of a project to rehabilitate a total of 19 bridges along Interstate 64 in the Charleston area. The project began on April 4, 2015, and the original completion date was set for Oct....


Sandy Weathers the Storm, Adapts to Changing Times

By Brenda Ruggiero - CEG CORRESPONDENTNestled in the small rural town of Roseboro, N.C., Arnold Sandy began Sandy's Hauling & Backhoe Service in 1994. With just a backhoe and dump truck, he was grading and building lagoons for farms in and around the community....


Pittsburgh Begins $27M Riverfront Development Project

Earthmoving has begun on the first major construction project for a unique development in the Hazelwood area of Pittsburgh, Pa. The Phase 1 infrastructure, valued at $27 million, will provide a new riverfront street in the city of Pittsburgh (near the intersection of Hazelwood Ave....


MWI Pumps Prepares for Milestone 90th Anniversary

MWI Pumps is a pump manufacturing company, located in Deerfield Beach, Fla., with a simple philosophy, to provide innovative, high quality pumps at competitive prices and take care of each customer. Founded in 1926, MWI is preparing for its 90th year in business....


Greiner Expands Fleet With Purchase of 14th Crane

Greiner Crane, a division of Greiner Industries in Pennsylvania, added a 14th crane to its fleet last March with the purchase of a Link-Belt 3210 from Woods CRW. “We decided to buy the Link-Belt 3210 for obvious reasons,” said Ben Daugherty, Greiner Crane manager....


Crews Face Challenges to Repair Colorado Crib Walls

In San Juan and Ouray counties in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation is working on a project to repair five existing crib walls on Red Mountain Pass (U.S. 550). The purpose is to improve the safety and integrity of the roadway by reinforcing the under-highway embankment support walls....


Innovative Bailey Bridge Improves Safety, Efficiency on $252M I-15 Project

A special conveyor bridge is currently being utilized on a Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) project along I-15 between northern Utah County and Draper. The overall project, valued at $252 million, involves rebuilding a 7-mi....


Here Are Some Holiday Gift Ideas for Contractors, Kids on Your List

Plenty of creative construction-themed gifts can be found with a little searching for little people, adults and everyone in between. Here’s a compilation of some of our favorites. The Construction GameBy The Weekend FarmerThis game allows players to bid on jobs and buy dozers, backhoes, excavators and scrapers to get the work done....


Guy M. Turner Invests in New Equipment

Guy M. Turner Inc. of Greensboro, N.C., has been in business since 1924. When Jimmy Clark purchased the company in 1985, it consisted of four or five cranes, a few trucks and about five rigging crews. There are several factors that determine how a company grows and what it does....


Rutgers Unveils the BEAST to Study Lifespan of Bridge Construction Materials

Rutgers University’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) recently unveiled the BEAST (Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing) a facility created to study future performance and lifespan of materials and elements, as well as maintenance, rehabilitation and preservation techniques for aging highway bridges....


Frontier Mulch Products Relies on Deacon Equipment to Keep Mulching

Frontier Mulch Products LLC was established by Jennifer McAndrew in March 2014, following the lead of her father, James McAndrew. He had a mulch business known as Frontier Wood Products for more than 25 years, which he then sold....


MD 355 Intersection Receives Much-Needed Improvements

Under direction of the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), MD 355 (Rockville Pike) at Cedar Lane in Bethesda, Md., is receiving an intersection reconstruction to mitigate for a predicted rise in traffic due to the Federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act....


Wright Contracting Tackles Wetland Mitigation Project

Wright Contracting LLC is currently in the middle of a stream and wetland mitigation project in North Carolina. Known as the UT to Town Creek Stream and Wetland mitigation project, it impacts a stream and wetlands in the Catawba River Basin....


May Equipment Expands Its Presence in the Carolinas With New Branch

May Heavy Equipment LLC (“May-Heavy” or the “Company”) is rapidly expanding its presence in the Carolinas, with the opening of the newest branch in Charleston, S.C. May Heavy’s location is highly visible from I-26 and centrally located in Charleston’s growth corridor....


Ridge Development at Work on Class A Logistics Center

Ridge Development, the industrial development arm of Transwestern Development Co., is currently constructing a 245,000-sq. ft. (22,761 sq m), Class A distribution building in Lakeland, Fla. The building is the first of two being added by the company in a new 46.5-acre business park called Lakeland Logistics Center....


Ten-Year Renewal Project Begins at the Cannon House

The Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., the oldest Congressional office building outside of the Capitol Building, is undergoing a complete renewal process scheduled to take approximately 10 years....


Born for the Business: Contractor Returns to Paving Firm

Tarheel Paving and Asphalt Company owner John Pace was basically born into the business. “I started paving with my father when I was about six years old,” he said. “He had one of the first rideable paving machines in western North Carolina and I worked with him every day just about through the summer....


Samsung Excavator Delivery Turns Heads in Sealy, Texas

In a recent summer day when a 52-ton (47 t) Samsung 450 hydraulic track excavator made its way through Sealy, Texas, on a trailer, the residents noticed. The machine was delivered from Memphis, Tenn., to purchaser Allen Brock, and came on an older-style Kenworth with an eight-axle load....


VDOT Embarks on $31.5M Project to Replace Bridge Near Pentagon

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently began a bridge replacement project near the Pentagon in Arlington County, Va. The $31.5 million project replaces the Route 27 (Washington Boulevard) bridge over Route 110 (Jefferson Davis Highway)....


Anchor Construction, ’Zipper Machine’ Star on Bridge Project

As a part of the Maryland State Highway Administration’s (SHA) ongoing statewide bridge system preservation program, the MD 140 Bridge over Liberty Reservoir/North Branch of the Patapsco River on the Baltimore/Carroll County line is currently undergoing a restoration....


McAmis, National Attachments Add Chapter to History

J.E. McAmis and National Attachments recently added another chapter to their history of working together. J.E. McAmis is currently engaged in a major job that involves building a jetty on the Columbia River near the Oregon and Washington state lines....


Mauldin Super Paver Goes to Work for Blalock Paving

Hills Machinery Company recently sold Blalock Paving Inc. in Raleigh, N.C., a new 1750-C Mauldin super paver. The decision to upgrade from an older larger product was based on product quality, productivity and service from the local dealer....


Workers Race to Restore Cracking Capitol Dome

The United States Capitol Dome is currently in the middle of a multi-year project started by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) to repair years of cracks and deficiencies brought about by aging and weather....


The 606 Opens With Fanfare

A unique park on Chicago’s Northwest side — The 606 — opened with lots of fanfare in early June. The nearly 3 mi. (4.8 km) elevated park connects four neighborhoods — from the east in Bucktown at Ashland and Bloomingdale, to the west in Humboldt Park....


Northeast Extension Work Continues in Pa.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is currently working on a $2 billion statewide total reconstruction initiative, which entails rebuilding sections of the nearly 75-year-old mainline Turnpike facility from the ground up....


Project to Improve Charleroi Locks, Dam

The Charleroi Locks and Dam, situated along the Monongahela River between Pittsburgh, Pa., and Fairmont, W.Va., is undergoing improvements to its lock chambers. The purpose of the current project is to replace the existing deteriorating lock chambers with new wider lock chambers capable of handling longer and wider barge tows....


Barilla Group Begins $36.5 Million Expansion in Ames, Iowa

A $26.5 million expansion project recently began at the Barilla Group’s manufacturing facility in Ames, Iowa. The company, which makes the world’s top-selling brand of pasta, launched the project to install two new production lines dedicated to gluten-free pasta....


DLI Contracting Unearths Unexpected Discovery During Parking Lot Project

A routine project to build a six-acre parking lot in Long Island, N.Y., recently led to an unexpected discovery for a crew from DLI Contracting of Westbury, N.Y. The excavation unearthed the remains of Mitchel Field, an Army aviation field built in 1917 to serve as an additional training and storage base....


Clark Equipment Experiences Rapid Growth in Just 10 Years

When Adam Clark first opened Clark Equipment in Syracuse, N.Y., in 2005, he had six machines — three mini-excavators and three skid steers. He was the sole employee, operating out of a small, one-room storage unit....


New Single-Span Bridge to Replace Obsolete MD 272

A new single-span straight girder bridge is being built on MD 272 over the Amtrak Railway in North East, Md., which is in Cecil County. The construction cost is $11.8 million, and the prime contractor for the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is Mumford and Miller of Middletown, Del., with Todd Willits serving as the project engineer....


Turnpike Bridge Replacement Underway

A bridge replacement project for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is well on its way in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County. The overall project involves the replacement of an existing three-span steel girder bridge with a new two-span pre-stressed concrete PA bulb tee bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the replacement of a dual metal arch culvert with a new dual precast concrete box culvert, and the reconstruction of Thorn Hill Road between Brush Creek Road and State Route 19....


VDOT Replaces Washington Boulevard Bridge

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is nearing the end of a design-build project to replace the Washington Boulevard bridge over Columbia Pike in Arlington, Va. The $48.5 million contract was awarded to Shirley Contracting Company LLC....


Massive Baltimore Area Project Moves Forward

A $32.7 million project is moving forward in Maryland’s Howard County to widen 3 mi. (4.8 km) of northbound U.S. 29 from Seneca Drive to south of MD 175. Howard County provided $2 million to advance the widening project, which was the first major project funded by the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013 to begin construction in the county....


Section of Pa. Turnpike to Undergo $200M Reconstruction

A section involving 8 mi. (12.9 km) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is currently undergoing a total reconstruction and widening valued at approximately $200 million. The project involves the replacement of six overhead bridges and the widening of the existing turnpike mainline between the Butler Valley Interchange (Exit 39) and Allegheny Valley Interchange (Exit 48), in Allegheny County, Pa....


Delaware River Dredge to Benefit U.S. Economy

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the midst of a dredging project that extends over 100 mi. (161 km) of the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Pa., and Camden, N.J., to the mouth of the Delaware Bay....


Mobro Marine Parts Division Supports Crane Operations

Mobro Marine Inc. recently created a parts division to support its crane sales, rental and service operations, which is located in Jacksonville, Fla. Billy Harper, parts manager, explained that Mobro originally didn’t have a separate parts department....


Total Reconstruction of Pa. Turnpike Under Way

A project involving the total reconstruction and widening of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) to three lanes in each direction from Milepost 12 to Milepost 14 is currently under way in Beaver County, Pa....


World’s Greenest Skyrise Nears Completion

In downtown Pittsburgh, the greenest skyrise in the world, which towers 33 stories, is nearly complete. Known as the Tower at PNC Plaza, it will serve as the new corporate headquarters of the PNC Financial Services Group....


$23M?E-ZPass Interchange to Open This Spring

A new E-ZPass-only interchange will soon be available to visitors traveling to and from the Pocono Mountains in Carbon County, Pa., on the Turnpike’s Northeastern Extension. The interchange, located between the Mahoning Valley and Pocono interchanges, is scheduled to open to traffic in the spring....


Tried and True: National Attachments Delivers XCP4

Morgan Asphalt of Salt Lake City, Utah, has expanded far beyond its namesake and into a full service infrastructure company that reports that its quality of customer service is rivaled only by the quality product it delivers....


Superior Construction Works on Rebuild of University Boulevard Span

Superior Construction of Jacksonville, Fla., is currently working on a rebuild of the University Boulevard Bridge over the Arlington River in Jacksonville. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) contract is for $11.3 million, and the design-build project will take about a year and a half to complete....


Guettler Brothers Purchases 10 Cat Trucks From Ring Power

Guettler Brothers Construction of Fort Pierce, Fla., recently purchased 10 Caterpillar trucks from Ring Power Corporation of St. Augustine, Fla. In the past, the company utilized broker trucks for most of its jobs like many other construction businesses....


Pa. Continues Major Span Improvement Project

A major bridge replacement and widening project headed by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is well into construction in Dauphin County, Pa. Throughout the project, three bridges will be replaced, and the roadway will be widened between Mileposts 250 and 252 in Middletown Borough and Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships in Dauphin County....


Thompson Pump Adapts Products With Changing Times

George A. Thompson and his sons, Bill and George Jr., founded Thompson Pump in 1970. “I was just graduating from college — I had just graduated in December of ’69, and my brother was just graduating from high school,” Bill Thompson said....


Hughes Brothers Construction Succeeds With Nortrax

Hughes Brothers Construction Inc., based in Wildwood, Fla., is a family company founded in the depths of the recession in 2011. The hard work of brothers Chad and Justin Hughes, combined with a boost from Nortrax and John Deere, has paid off and helped the company to thrive....


I-90 Dresbach Interchange Project

A major bridge project for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) recently reached the halfway point, and work is currently on schedule. Ames Construction is heading the project, with Benjamin Lovin serving as the project manager....


B. Pietrini & Sons Complete Mass Concrete Pour

B. Pietrini & Sons of King of Prussia, Pa., recently completed a mass foundation pour for the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Michael Ricchezza, estimator and project manager, reported that the foundation pour was the base for the elevator and core of the new building....


Last Minute Gift Ideas - Construction Toys

Still need a few more gifts to complete your Christmas shopping? It’s not too late to find something with a construction theme for all ages and budgets. Here’s a list of some of our favorites: Kids:LEGO Disney Princess Rapunzel’s Creativity Tower By DisneyThis fun set combines building and make believe in one box....


Gregory Poole Obtains ISO 9001: 2008 Certification

Gregory Poole Equipment Company in Raleigh, N.C., recently celebrated the milestone of obtaining ISO 9001:2008 certification of its S•O•S Fluid Analysis Lab program. “Gregory Poole wanted to make sure that there was a consistency in its program that would transcend their dealership and transfer to the Caterpillar network as a whole,” said Bill Wolf, S•O•S fluid analysis laboratory manager of the company....


U.S. 13 Bridge Receives Much-Needed Upgrade

A bridge on the Somerset/Worcester County line in Maryland is getting a needed upgrade. Upgrading of the U.S. 13 Bridge over the Pocomoke River began in May 2014 and is on schedule for a fall 2015 completion date....


WVU Expands With $250M Worth of Projects

West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., is currently in the middle of spending more than $250 million on construction for campus academic buildings. The first new building, the Health and Education Building, opened on July 1, 2014....


American Construction & Engineering at Work on Gypsum Stack Expansion

American Construction & Engineering, Bartow, Fla., is currently working on a gypsum stack expansion for the Mosaic Company. Keith Cook was the supervisor on the job site, and explained that his crew handled the expansion to allow Mosaic to continue mining phosphate....


RIPA Works to Shape Starkey Ranch

A master plan community known as Starkey Ranch is beginning to take shape just north of Tampa, Fla., in Pasco County. It spans more than 2,400 acres adjacent to Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve, and will include a community K-8 school, a district park, shopping, dining and housing....


Lift Inc. Expands With 68,000-Sq.-Ft. Facility in Leesport, Pa.

Lift Inc. recently completed construction of a 68,000 sq.-ft. facility along Route 61 in Leesport, Pa. The building is the new home of Lift Inc.’s material handling division serving Berks, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties....


N.J. Turnpike Project Winds Down $200M Under Budget

A five-year, $2.3 billion project to widen the New Jersey Turnpike is winding down on schedule and more than $200 million under budget. The project is fully funded by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority....


Ararat Rock Products’ Love of Crushing Spans Generations

Ararat Rock Products Company has operated a quarry in Mount Airy, N.C., for more than 50 years. Recently, the company acquired a new one in Eden, N.C. (formerly Virginia Solite). James Crossingham IV, vice president of Ararat Rock Products Company, said that his grandfather started the company in 1955, and is still active in it at the age of 85....


Crews Close on $33.6M Bridge Rehabilitation

Crews currently are working towards completion of a bridge rehabilitation project in McKeesport, Pa. The project consists of structural rehabilitation of the 1,934 ft. (589 m) long William D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge, which crosses over the Monongahela River connecting McKeesport and Dravosburg....


Speedway on Schedule to Finish in 2016

The $400 million redevelopment of the Daytona International Speedway is moving along nicely towards its January 2016 completion date. Known as Daytona Rising, the three-year project will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and Daytona 500....


After Funding Delays, Work on U.S. 219 Begins

The first phase of construction on an extension of U.S. Route 219 in Somerset County, Pa., from Somerset to Meyersdale, is well under way. The $110.5 million contract was awarded to Joseph B. Fay Company, with Richie Schoedel in charge....


Mitchell Tourist Attraction Undergoes ’Corn-Struction’

This year, in addition to the annual redecorating of the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D., parts of the Palace will be under ’corn-struction’ as the building undergoes a transformation. The remodel of the Corn Palace will feature larger exterior murals, a new sign, custom-designed light-up domes, and a walk-out balcony for visitors....


Carolina CAT Now Offers Morooka Product Line

Carolina CAT recently took on the Morooka product line. “We are very excited to introduce the Morooka line at the Cat Rental Store, said Neil Carbaugh, rental services manager of Carolina CAT. “Morooka is a proven leader in the track carrier industry, and they give us another low ground pressure solution that we can provide to our customers working in sloppy terrain....


Ironton-Russell Replacement Marks Largest Ohio Span

Crews in Ohio are currently working on a bridge with the longest span that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has ever constructed — a total of 900 ft. (274 m). Connecting the cities of Ironton, Ohio, and Russell, Ky., the Ironton-Russell Bridge replacement project entails the construction of a cast-in-place concrete, cable-stayed bridge over the Ohio River with structural steel approaches and reinforced concrete edge girder superstructure on the main span....


Frederick Ave. Span Replacement on Schedule

A project involving the replacement of the Frederick Avenue Bridge in Southwest Baltimore, Md., is currently moving forward. The $14 million contract was awarded to the Joseph B. Fay Company, under the direction of Jim McNelis....


Flagler Upgrades Program to Give Machines New Life

Flagler Construction Equipment in Fort Myers, Fla., offers its customers the Volvo Certified Refurbishment Program, but has implemented some upgrades of its own in the quest to give new life to trucks and loaders....


Crumbling 100-Year-Old Span to Be Replaced

Heth’s Run Bridge replacement project near the Pittsburgh, Pa., Zoo and PPG Aquarium is well on the way toward its scheduled opening date of October 1. The 100-year-old bridge was reportedly crumbling and in need of replacement....


Family Values Help Siteworks Weather the Storm

Siteworks LLC in Charlotte, N.C., is a family-owned company that started from very modest beginnings. Melissa and Scott Bovit make sure the humble roots remain. Melissa is the company president, and Scott is the general manager....


West Carson Street Viaduct Project Passes One-Year Mark

A multi-span viaduct replacement project has passed the one-year mark in Pittsburgh, Pa., headed toward a spring 2016 completion date. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), awarded the contract, currently valued at $40.8 million to Lane Construction Corp., with Kerry Kennedy in charge....


Central Atlanta Tractor Adds SANY Line, Makes First Sale

Central Atlanta Tractor Sales, based in Austell, Ga., recently became the SANY excavator dealer of central and north Georgia, and the first SANY excavator was sold to Tag Grinding Services Inc. in Palmetto, Ga....


Crusader Crews Demo Compromised Building in Port of Palm Beach, Fla.

Crews on a demolition project at the Port of Palm Beach in Florida are utilizing equipment from National Attachments in Gorham, Maine. The $100,000 contract for the project was awarded to Crusader Demolition in Lakeland, Fla., under the direction of John Valois....


Ransome CAT Leader Discusses Women’s Role In Industry

Giles & Ransome Inc. is a fourth-generation family-owned business and is the fifth largest family-owned business in the area. The company’s president and fourth-generation owner also happens to be a woman, Kristin Bromley-Fitzgerald....


Lycoming Valley Railroad Bridge Nears Completion

A railroad bridge replacement project in Lycoming County, Pa., is nearing completion. The bridge was damaged beyond repair in 2011 by Tropical Storm Lee, and the project also involves the reconstruction of approximately half a mile of railroad track....


Third Generation Business Focuses on Diversification

Palmetto Corp is a third generation family business, based in Conway, S.C. Marshall Godwin started Palmetto Paving in 1987 after years of working for his father, Mack, at Godwin Construction. Marshall’s son Shawn Godwin joined the company about 20 years ago, when there were about 25 employees....


Sun Construction’s Reputation Shines in Darlington, S.C.

Sun Construction Inc. in Darlington, S.C., has a reputation of being a family owned business with an emphasis on honesty and hard work. Owner Marshall Flowers Sr. said he began his career in agriculture working on a dairy operation with his father in the mid 1970s....


Design, Construction of $615M PCCP Project Moves Forward

Design and construction of the Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) in New Orleans, La., is moving forward under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District. The project is located at the London Avenue, Orleans Avenue and 17th Street outfall canals....


Collier County Overhauls Intersection of CR 951, U.S. 41

An intersection east of Naples, Fla., is at the beginning stages of an overhaul under the direction of Collier County. The overall project is valued at $20.7 million. The contract is for work at the intersection of CR 951 and U.S....


Work Continues to Replace Hulton Bridge in $64.8M Project

The replacement of a bridge that is more than 100 years old is well on the way in Oakmont, Pa. The Hulton Bridge spans the Allegheny River and the Norfolk Southern Railroad to connect Harmar Township and Oakmont Borough in Allegheny County....


Apple Moves Forward With State-of-the-Art HQ Facility

The development of an office, research, and development campus for Apple in Cupertino, Calif., is currently moving forward. Plans are to replace existing office and research buildings to create Apple Campus 2, one mi....


Washington Monument to Reopen After Three Years, $15M in Repairs

The Washington Monument is set to open to the public on May 12 for the first time in nearly three years. The closure was necessary when the structure was damaged by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred 84 mi....


Haggard Span in Md. Undergoes Rehabilitation

A tired bridge west of Hagerstown, Md., is undergoing rehabilitation through the Maryland State Highway Administration’s (SHA) bridge preservation and replacement program. The project involves the I-70 bridge over Conococheague Creek, which is a dual bridge constructed in 1965....


Pacific Organics Uses McCloskey, Hammermill Machines

Pacific Organics serves the eastern United States from its 28-1/2-acre facility in Henderson, N.C., providing products to nurseries and landscape professionals. The company produces and supplies a total of seven products, including premium potting mix, pine bark mulch and pine bark mini-nuggets....


Firm Strives to Protect Everglades From the Dry Season

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is currently overseeing a project in the Central Florida Everglades involving the construction of a 15,000-acre flow equalization basin. It is designed to capture and store peak storm water flows during the wet season or heavy rainfall events....


ACME Continues to Expand Partnership With Bobcat

ACME Operations LLC continues to expand its partnership with Bobcat, and its most recent venture was the acquisition of Bobcat of Asheville, N.C. In addition, the holding company currently owns Bobcat of Greenville, S.C., Bobcat of Spartanburg, S.C., Bobcat of Columbia, S.C., Bobcat of Charleston, S.C., and Bobcat of Savannah, Ga....


Edison Quarry Continues Tradition of Hard Work

Edison Quarry Inc. is a company steeped in the traditions of dedication to hard work and family. “My granddad [Camillo Bucciarelli] started our quarry in 1929,” said current owner Joseph Bucciarelli Jr....


Bridge Over I-83 Receives Needed $5.4M Update

A bridge replacement project in Baltimore County, Md., is heading for a summer completion date. The contract calls for the replacement of State Bridge No. 03214 on Middletown Road (a two-lane country route) over I-83 (Baltimore-Harrisburg Expressway)....


NCM Stays Ahead of Schedule for Office Building Demo

NCM Group of Charlotte, N.C., is nearly finished the demolition of the office building in the SouthPark section of the city. According to Joseph Delahunty, operations manager, work began in mid-July on the former Maersk Shipping building, and will be completed shortly....


May Equipment Looks to Future, Expands With VSTH

Founded in 1997 by Bert and Jacob May in Lexington, N.C., May Heavy Equipment is a heavy equipment rental and sales company in the Southeast. The company is proud to be an industry leader in equipment solutions, according to Richie Ambrose, vice president of new equipment sales....


Baltimore Awaits Its ’Next Great Attraction’

A casino that will serve as the southern gateway to the city of Baltimore, Md., is currently taking shape on Russell Street on Baltimore’s south side. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore will be the second largest casino in the state....


Marietta’s Drillers’ Choice Expands With Komatsu Iron

Over the past several years, Allen Cellar of Drillers’ Choice Inc., based in Marietta, Ga., has expanded his business with the purchase of a number of Komatsu machines from Tractor & Equipment Company in Kennesaw, Ga....


EHG Demos Eastland Mall

Bit by bit, the Eastland Mall in Charlotte, N.C., is coming down. The City of Charlotte awarded the contract for the demolition to Environmental Holdings Group (EHG) LLC. According to Victor Wilson, Charlotte branch manger of EHG, work began in mid-September, and the company has six months to complete the $875,000 project....


Squirrel Hill Tunnel Project Moving Ahead

A project headed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to rehabilitate the Squirrel Hill Tunnels in Pittsburgh, Pa., is currently running ahead of schedule. The contract, valued at $49.5 million, was awarded to Walsh Construction Company, Canonsburg, Pa....


All Aboard: Phase Two Begins on Dulles Metrorail

Preliminary construction of Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project has begun in the Washington, D.C., area. The $1.77 billion construction contract for the major portion of the phase has been awarded to Capital Rail Constructors, a joint venture of Clark Construction Group and Kiewit Infrastructure South Co....


Corroded Pilings Close Bridge Indefinitely

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) northeast region in Green Bay held a news conference on Oct. 3, to release findings regarding the Leo Frigo (I-43) Bridge. Pier 22 on the bridge’s east side sank 2 ft....


Crews Replace Defunct Motter Avenue Bridge

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is spearheading a $15.2 million project to replace the Motter Avenue Bridge in Frederick, Md. According to the project Web site, the Motter Avenue Bridge was originally constructed in 1957....


ASC Expands Into Scrap Industry With Sennebogen

ASC Construction Equipment USA Inc. has been the Sennebogen dealer in North Carolina and South Carolina since 2010. At the time, Brad Stimmel, ASC president, was looking to expand the business, and that’s when Sennebogen came to his attention....


Work Progresses on $30.8M Interchange

A new interchange is being constructed in Jacksonville, Fla., at SR 115, or Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Parkway and 21st Street. The full dollar amount of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) project is $30.8 million and the contract went to Archer Western Contractors based in Chicago, Ill....


$60M Speed Art Museum Expansion Under Way

An art museum in Louisville, Ky., is currently at the beginning stages of a three-year, $60 million expansion project, with funding coming from private donations. The construction manager is F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company, and the project manager is John Grosvenor....


Aging Md. Bridges Bolstered by New Project

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is spearheading a project in the western Maryland city of Cumberland to extend the life of two bridges that are nearly 50 years old. The bridges are a part of Interstate 68, carrying it over Kelly Boulevard and Patterson Avenue....


Atlantic Coast Cranes & Machinery Repairs Crane Owned by the Architect of the Capitol

At the end of last year, Atlantic Coast Cranes & Machinery (ACC) of Ashland, Va., was responsible for necessary repairs and improvements to the crane owned by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) in Washington, D.C....


’Lady Bird’ Works to Clean Up Washington D.C.

A giant tunnel boring machine (TBM) known as “Lady Bird” is one of the stars in the largest construction project in Washington, D.C., since the building of the Metro System. The machine was sent underground to tunnel more than 4 mi....


After 30 Years, Erie Insurance Arena Receives an Update

Thirty years after it first opened in Erie, Pa., the Erie Insurance Arena (formerly the Louis J. Tullio Arena) is undergoing an extensive renovation and expansion. The $47 million project began in December 2011 and is scheduled for completion in October 2013....


Much-Needed Bridge Projects Begin in Md.

A federally funded project involving improvements to two bridges in the western Maryland city of Cumberland began early this year and will continue for the next two years. Under the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), construction began in January and is scheduled to proceed in phases through early 2015....


Ditch Witch Acquires Albany, Ga., Location

Ditch Witch of Georgia recently acquired its third location, adding Ditch Witch of Albany to the existing facilities in Savannah and Atlanta (Forest Park). The company, owned by the Ditch Witch factory, is Charles Machine Works Inc., located in Perry, Okla....


Design Blasting Services Relies on Sandvik DX800

The purchase of a new Sandvik DX800 drill has proven to be a wise choice for Brent Coleman, owner of Design Blasting Services LLC in Murfreesboro, Tenn. “It’s been fantastic,” Coleman said....


Ambridge/Aliquippa Bridge Underway in Pa.

A $16.7 million rehabilitation project is currently under way for a 10-span cantilever through truss bridge in Beaver County, Pa. The 2,000-ft. (610-m) long bridge was originally built in 1927, and the approach spans were completed in the late 1950s during the construction of Route 65 and Route 51....


TxDOT Oversees Lubbock Passage Project

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is currently overseeing a major project to improve the Quaker/Erskine interchange on northwest Loop 289 in Lubbock. The Loop will be widened from Slide Road to 1 mi....


Structural Services Gives Contractors a Lift Up With TBSS

The construction industry faces daily challenges to offer innovative solutions and reduce costs of operations. In today’s construction environment, companies need to reduce their cost of worksite operations and ensure better efficiency, while providing increased safety and reliability....


Ship Traffic Restored to Key Baltimore Canal

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) project was recently necessary to restore ship traffic in a major artery serving the port of Baltimore, Md. The 14-mi. (22.5 km) Chesapeake and Delaware Canal was built in the 1820s and connects the bay to the Delaware River....


Work Continues on I-25, Santa Fe Drive in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is currently working through an interchange improvement project at the I-25/Santa Fe Drive interchange. When it is completed, there will be four lanes on I-25 in each direction through Denver from C-470 to U.S....


Much-Needed Truck Climbing Lanes Under Way on SR 20

Two sections of truck climbing lanes are currently being constructed along State Route 20 in Georgia. The project begins approximately 600 ft. (182 m) west of Union Hill Road/CR 762 at mile post 15.96 and ends 1,500 ft....


Allegheny River Crossing Well Under Way in ’Burgh

Progress is being made on a large bridge project for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 11 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The I-579 (Crosstown Boulevard) Veterans Bridge Preservation Project is divided into two phases, which have been running concurrently since Dec....


Miss. River Span Job Sees Finish Line Ahead

A huge project involving the Mississippi River Bridge is headed toward completion next year. While the project owners are the Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation, the lead is the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), under project director Gregory Horn....


Bob Kukulski Ends Stellar 39-Year Sales Career With N.J.’s Foley CAT

Bob Kukulski recently closed a chapter in his life when he retired from a 39-year career with Foley Incorporated, the Caterpillar dealer in North Jersey, Staten Island, and Bermuda. Kukulski’s job at Foley began on Oct....


FSU Adds New Center for Communication, IT

At Frostburg State University (FSU) in Frostburg, Md., a new Center for Communication and Information Technology (CCIT) is being built to provide students with modern facilities to learn in the university’s most technology-driven disciplines....


Pittsburgh’s Fancourt Street Bridge Complete

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) job, which involved the Fancourt Street Bridge, called for the demolition of the existing deck, railing, sidewalk, structural steel girders, bearings and portions of the tops of the existing abutments and retaining walls....


Centuries-Old Span Gets 21st Century Makeover

Crews are currently working on repairs to structural deterioration of a bridge that has stood for nearly 200 years in western Maryland. The Casselman River Bridge was opened for business in 1813 in what is now Grantsville, Md....


Brand New AFTAC in Fla. Seeks LEED Certification

A brand-new Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) is taking shape at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The design/build construction project was awarded to Hensel Phelps Construction Company in June 2011....


$10.3 Million W.Va Dam Rehabilitation Project Passes Halfway Mark

A $10.3 million dam rehabilitation project in Grant County, W.Va., is well past the halfway point. The project involves New Creek Site 14. Notice to proceed was issued in January 2011, and the contract completion date is currently set for March 2013....


Tunnel Vision: Vital Viaduct Centerpiece Surges Ahead

A huge project under construction in Seattle, Wash., involves replacing a viaduct with a bored tunnel underneath the city. In fact, the Alaskan Way Viaduct Program includes more than 20 projects that will work together to replace the viaduct and reshape the State Route 99 corridor....


Appalachian Gateway Opened on Time, Budget

Dominion Transmission, the natural gas transportation subsidiary of Dominion Resources, recently placed its Appalachian Gateway Project into service on time and within budget following two years of construction....


Contractors, Equipment Shine on National Mall Makeover

The National Mall in Washington, D.C., reportedly has more than 30 million visitors each year, which is more than Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined — and according to the Trust for the National Mall, this has resulted in disrepair....


Powerscreen XH320SR Impresses Aggregate Recycling Co.

The Powerscreen Pegson XH320SR impact crusher has proven itself to be a wise purchase for an aggregate recycling company in Richmond, Va. Logan Aggregate Recycling Inc. was founded by husband-and-wife team Joe and Michelle Logan in the spring of 2010....


’Burgh’s Civic Arena Project Nears Completion

The demolition of a unique building in Pittsburgh is nearing its completion, marking the end of more than 50 years of events that totaled more than 7,000. Piece by piece over the last nine months, the Mellon Arena came down....


PennDOT Project Continues With Marshall Avenue Interchange Work

A $20 million road construction project currently is under way in Pittsburgh, Pa. The contract, which was awarded to Walsh Construction Company of Canonsburg, Pa., involves Route 65 at the Marshall Avenue interchange on the North Side....


Daytona 500 Crews Rush To Repair Track After Fiery Explosion

Damages to the Daytona International Speedway during the delayed Daytona 500 race on Monday night were quickly repaired, allowing racing to resume in just over two hours. The damage was the result of an accident that occurred during a caution period on Lap 160 of the race....


FDOT Widens Turnpike

The widening of Florida’s turnpike is currently progressing between Beulah Road and State Road 50 near milepost 272. The overall $123.5 million project consists of widening SR 91 from four to eight lanes....


Work Continues on Monongahela River Bridge

Work continues on a new bridge over the Monongahela River in Monessen, Pa. The original historic bridge that linked two southwestern Pennsylvania counties for more than 100 years was imploded last summer, and the new structure should be open to traffic by next fall....


William Charles Construction Goes Green With Komatsu Hybrid Excavator

The Komatsu HB215-1 hybrid excavator is one of the key building blocks currently being used by William Charles Construction in Loves Park, Ill., to help the company achieve its goals. “William Charles has had a sustainable approach for decades,” said Jeffrey Gregory, vice president....


Family Reflects on Life, Legacy of Pine Bush Equipment’s Dorothy Boniface

When Dorothy Boniface passed away on Aug. 8, 2011, at the age of 87, she left behind a legacy of love, strength, and dedication that will continue through the generations. Dorothy Estelle Goldsmith grew up in Philadelphia and was one of four children raised by a single mom....


College Dreams Big With Recreation Complex

Work is headed for completion at the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) at Garrett College in McHenry, Md. The $23 million complex, which was designed by Grimm & Parker Architects of Frederick, Md., is being constructed in two phases....


APAC Mid-South’s Work on I-65 Resurface on Schedule

A planing, resurfacing and traffic striping project has begun in Alabama on I-65 from south of the Lowndes County line to south of SR-97. The contract for $10.5 million was awarded to APAC Mid-South Inc....


VDOT Project Smooths I-81

Just south of Staunton, Va., in Augusta County, a unique in-place pavement recycling project is currently progressing under the supervision of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Staunton District....


Memorial Bridge Project Progresses in W.Va., Md.

Work is moving along to replace a 60-year-old bridge between Keyser, W.Va., and McCoole, Md. The Memorial Bridge is a part of U.S Route 220, and crosses the Potomac River. The full dollar amount of the project is $26.5 million, with funding coming from the Federal Highway Administration, the state of Maryland, and the state of West Virginia....


Earthmovers Unlimited Leads Mine Reclamation Project

A reclamation job involving two abandoned mine shafts is rapidly nearing completion in Pennsylvania, due to the efforts of Earthmovers Unlimited Inc. of Kylertown, Pa. The project is being done for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Abandoned Mine Reclamation Division, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., office....


Haynesville Shale Pipeline Nears Completion

In Alexandria, La., work is nearing completion on a $1.6 billion pipeline from the Haynesville Shale natural gas fields. The line is an extension of the 1,000-mi. (1,609 km) Acadian Gas pipeline system in south Louisiana....


MWAA Launches 23-Mi. Dulles Corridor Metrorail Extension

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is currently constructing a 23-mi. (37 km) extension of an existing Metrorail system (the Metro Orange Line). It will be operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from East Falls Church to Washington Dulles International Airport west to Ashburn....


And the Winner Is … ASC Volvo

The two-year quest of the Volvo Masters competition, with the goal of finding the most skilled technicians in Volvo’s global network, recently ended in Eskilstuna, Sweden. The final victory went to the United States team, which included members Billy Byers, Scotty Cox and James Dorton....


Ready, Set, Go! Baltimore Preps for Sept. Grand Prix

Downtown Baltimore, has been transformed into a race circuit for the Baltimore Grand Prix, which is scheduled for Sept. 2 to 4. The 2 mi. (3.2 km) track includes 13 turns and runs around Camden Yard and the Scenic Inner Harbor....


A Lane of Their Own: VDOT to Add Truck Climbing Lanes on I-81

A new truck climbing lane is currently under construction in Virginia along Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County near Lexington. The project is reportedly in line with a resolution passed by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in Oct....


GDOT Heads Up SR I-275/SR 407 Resurfacing Project

Near Atlanta, a resurfacing project headed by the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is well under way and scheduled for completion on Dec. 31. The $10,898,313 contract was awarded to E.R. Snell Contractor Inc., Snellville, Ga., and is funded by the state....


Challenges Abound as Overhaul Continues for Bay Bridge

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is currently in the middle of a major overhaul. The bridge connects San Francisco with the East Bay, and was originally opened on Nov. 12, 1936. It covers 8.4 mi. (13.5 km), and is actually two separate bridges, a tunnel, and a mile-long elevated roadway....


Global Recycling Offers Full Service Via Three Companies

Global Recycling Inc. and its affiliates are a full-service secondary recycling and transportation business operating in Charlotte, N.C. Global exports copper-bearing scrap to Asian ports and manages metals recycling facilities in Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis and three other cities for foreign investors....


New Fort McHenry Visitor’s Center Opens

On the 80th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner” being designated as the United States’ official national anthem, a new Visitor and Education Center opened to the public at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore....


Historic Plane Makes Its Way to Aviation Museum in N.C.

A piece of history recently made its way down the east coast from Harrison, N.J., to its final resting place at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, N.C. The cargo was Flight 1549, the A-320 Airbus that was safely landed by Captain “Sully” Sullenberger in the Hudson River on Jan....


Segment By Segment, ICC Taking Shape

Segment by segment, Maryland’s Intercounty Connector (ICC) is taking shape. Once complete, it will link existing and proposed development areas between the I-270/I-370 and I-95/US 1 corridors within central and eastern Montgomery County and northwestern Prince George’s County with a state-of-the-art, multi-modal east-west highway that limits access and accommodates the movement of passengers and goods....


Crews Begin U.S. 40 Bridge Makeover

This winter, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) began a major project to rehabilitate the U.S. 40 (Baltimore National Pike) Bridge over the Patapsco River, which connects Baltimore and Howard Counties....


Myrtle Beach SkyWheel Soars to Completion

In Myrtle Beach, S.C., a one-of-a-kind sky-high project is rapidly moving toward completion. Beginning in May, the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel will carry people 200 ft. in the air in 42 temperature-controlled, Swiss-manufactured, fully enclosed gondolas....


McCoy Adds Pair of Passing Lanes to Ga.’s State Route 42

A project on State Route 42 in Butts County, Ga., has been moving along for the past year and is headed for completion by the end of the year. Under direction of Project Manager Bill Rountree of the District 3 office of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the $8.4 million contract was awarded to McCoy Grading Inc....


Marcinak Construction Handles All Types of Site Work

Marcinak Construction began business in South Carolina in the early 1970s with David B. Marcinak, who is the company president. “He served three years in the military and did a tour in Vietnam,” explained his wife Donna, who continues to do bookwork for the company....


Florida ITS Job Nears Finish

Completion is nearing for the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in Charlotte County. The federally funded $9.7 million design/build project began on March 9, 2009, with work by the design team from Metric Engineering....


Knowledge, Training Key to Superior Tree Service Success

Located in the heart of Montgomery County, Pa., is the family-owned business of Superior Tree Service. Started in the late 1970s by Willard and Ruth Fretz, the company has evolved over the years and grown to meet the needs of its clients and workload....


Form Traveler Assists With Indian River Inlet Project

Progress continues on the Indian River Inlet Bridge in Delaware. The $150 million project is being constructed by Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc., for the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)....


MFM Scoops Up Profit With Successful Cat Litter Biz

The MFM Group of Companies (the company was originally named Mid Florida Mining) in Marion County, Fla., consists of MFM Limestone LLC and MFM Industries Inc. and was founded in 1964. At the beginning, the company produced absorbent clay products for agriculture and many other uses, including cat litter....


Griffin Brothers’ Success Driven By Passion, Tenacity

Larry Griffin Sr. is the founder and current owner of Griffin Brothers Companies in North Carolina, along with his two sons Larry Griffin Jr. and Mike Griffin. The company’s roots date back to 1961, when Griffin partnered with his brother to open Griffin Brothers Tire, a tire and auto repair center on the outskirts of uptown Charlotte....


Work Under Way on $300M Oil, Gas Pipeline Plant

Construction is well under way on a $300 million pipe manufacturing plant in Tunica County, Miss. The plant is the first manufacturing facility in North America for Wilh. Schulz GMB of Krefeld, Germany....


Army Corps Enlarges Levee in Mississippi

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently directing a project to enlarge a levee in Issaquena County, Mississippi. The contract was awarded to Kenneth R. Thompson Builders Inc., Greenwood, Miss., with funding coming from the corps’ Mississippi River and Tributaries Project....


Urban, Rural Job Scheduling Mark Reconstruction Project

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has launched a project to widen and reconstruct grading, drainage, base and plant mix resurfacing on 9.091 mi. (14.4 km) of U.S. 1/SR 4 beginning at the Bacon County line and extending north of SR 15....


Miscalculations in California Law Causes Delay

It was recently announced that the California Air Resources Board (ARB) miscalculated pollution levels by 340 percent in a scientific analysis that prompted harsher clean air standards for the state. Regulations adopted by the board in 2007 particularly affected the construction industry, since businesses were required to cut diesel emissions by replacing or making upgrades to heavy-duty diesel off-road vehicles....


Richmond International Airport Receives Upgrade

A crucial upgrade for the Richmond International Airport is well on the way toward completion in Richmond, Va. The Airport Connector Road project is being constructed by Transurban USA, with Rich Prezioso Jr., serving as project manager....


CONSOL Energy Center Strikes LEED Gold

When the Pittsburgh Penguins begin their season on Oct. 7, it will be in their brand new arena, the CONSOL Energy Center. It was recently announced that the building achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, making it the first NHL arena to reach that standard....


ALDOT Sees End to Series of Grade, Drain Projects

The last in a series of grade and drain projects in Mississippi along Corridor V in the 2nd Division is currently under way. The final result will tie the Mississippi portion of Corridor V to I-65 near Decatur/Huntsville....


Gilchrist Erects Spans Amid Marshy Terrain

By Brenda RuggieroCEG CORRESPONDENTCrews are working in Iberia Parish, La., to replace two bridges at Weeks Island. The first, Stumpy Bayou Bridge, is a fixed span, while Bayou Patout Bridge is moveable....


Ferebee Corporation Reflects on 25 Years in Industry

Ferebee Corporation has been in business in Charlotte, N.C., for the last 25 years. Started in 1985 by two generations of the Ferebee family, Ferebee Corporation initially focused on various types of small concrete projects....


R.E. Purcell Construction Co. Begins U.S. 41/SR 45 Work

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Pasco County are working together to coordinate a project to reconstruct a portion of U.S. 41/SR 45 from the intersection of Tower Road to the intersection of Connerton Boulevard and the future Pasco County Ridge Road Connection....


Meany Asphalt Forms After Amicable Business Division

Meany Asphalt & Construction in Pisgah Forest, N.C., got its start in 2006 when owner John Meany took an early retirement after working for 20 years as a linesman for the local power company. “The way all this came about was that my next-door neighbor Theron McCall was in the grading business,” Meany explained....


English Eyes Bridge Completion Before the Sun Sets on Summer

A new bridge is steadily growing in Sunset Beach, N.C., to replace the one that has been in use since the 1960s. The contract for $31 million was awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to English Construction Company, Lynchburg, Va....


Bridge Project Expected to Beat Deadline

A railroad bridge replacement project is nearing an early completion date in the city of Waynesboro, Va., under the direction of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The contract of $9,862,043 was awarded to Abernathy Construction, Glen Allen, Va....


Work on North Gordon Bypass Moves Smoothly

In Wilkinson County, Ga., work continues on the North Gordon Bypass, a new roadway that completes another piece of the puzzle that will make up the Fall Line Freeway. The project, which covers 7.2 mi. (11.5 km), will provide two 12-ft....


Baltimore Begins Ambitious Waterfront Plan

The first phase of public improvements for a $1.2 billion mixed-use development project recently began in Baltimore, Md. Westport Waterfront involves 50 acres (20.2 ha) along the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River....


Making Progress on FDOT’s Miami Intermodal Center

Next to the Miami International Airport (MIA), a major project is coming together under the sponsorship of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) is a huge transportation hub scheduled for full completion in 2012....


MDOT Puts Stimulus Funds to Work Resurfacing U.S. 49

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is currently supervising the resurfacing of 5.3 mi. (8.5 km) of U.S. 49 in Hattiesburg. The contract for the $8.3 million project was handled by Dunn Roadbuilders LLC of Laurel under the direction of Pepper Beckman....


Apex Remediates Old Secondary Lead Smelting Facility

Apex Companies LLC is heading a unique project in Jacksonville, Fla. It involves the remediation of a former secondary lead smelting facility. The purpose of the project is to improve the environment, return unused land to productive use and remove a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit, which is a first in the state of Florida....


Final Segment of Anniston Eastern Bypass Under Way

Ground was recently broken for the latest phase of construction of the final segment of the Anniston Eastern Bypass (state route 192) in Calhoun County, Ala. The ceremony was led by Gov. Bob Riley, U.S....


Crews Repair Vital Ocean City Bridge

For a short time this fall, the MD 90 (Ocean City Expressway) Bridge in Worcester County, Md., was closed for repair. It was reopened to traffic just in time for Thanksgiving, on Nov. 24. The bridge was originally scheduled to open in mid-December after it was closed on Oct....


Kyle Busch Motorsports Relocates in Mooresville, N.C.

The first building in the South Fork Business Park in Mooresville, N.C., is nearing completion by L.B. Builders Construction Group. The project involves an 85,000 sq. ft. (7,896 sq m) personal race shop for Kyle Busch Motorsports....


Crews Continue Important Mission in Bethesda, Md.

In Bethesda, Md., a major expansion and renovation to the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) is currently well under way and moving toward a 2011 completion date. The upgraded facility will be known as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and will be a hospital and flagship medical institution for the Army, Air Force and Navy....


Work Begins on Largest Contract in DelDOT History

Work began this fall on a project involving the largest single contract in the history of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). The department has been in operation for more than 90 years....


Delaware Memorial Bridge Approach Enters Third Leg

The third phase of a project to improve the approach to the Delaware Memorial Bridge on Interstate 295 northbound is moving along toward its proposed 2010 completion date. The $26 million contract, which was awarded to Mumford and Miller of Middletown, Del., is a collaborative effort between the Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware River and Bay Authority....


ALDOT Embarks on Its Largest Ever Project — Corridor X

As work progresses on two road projects in Birmingham, Ala., the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) moves closer to a larger project that has been in the works since 1978 — the Interstate 65-Corridor X interchange in Birmingham....


Two Aging Bridges Removed, Replaced in Frederick County

Two aging bridges in Frederick County, Md. are currently undergoing a replacement project led by the Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA). The bridges involve I-270 (Eisenhower Memorial Highway) over Doctor Perry Road, and carry more than 82,000 motorists per day....


Crews Lower Road, Raise Bridges in Md.

By Brenda RuggieroCEG CORRESPONDENTA replacement project involving bridges along I-70 in Washington County, Md., is currently moving along on schedule toward a November 2009 completion date. The scope of the project includes the design and replacement of two existing bridges over Black Rock Road....


Train Strain: Crews Work to Pare Huge Crossing Backups

A Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) project currently under way in Bladensburg, Md., involves the construction of a railroad grade-separation crossing over MD 450 and the improvement of an intersection near the Pease Cross....


Concrete General Leads $47M Md. Project

A new interchange is making steady progress in Montgomery County, Md. The project involves MD 355 at Montrose/Randolph Road in Rockville. The $47.2 million Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) job is funded through a combination of federal and state monies....


Former DCA Leader Named Delaware’s Secretary of Labor

John McMahon recently retired from his post as executive vice president of the Delaware Contractor’s Association (DCA). The retirement was prompted by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s selection of McMahon to serve as Secretary of Labor for the State of Delaware....


Md. Spans Wrap Up in Style

A project over the summer involving two single-span rural bridges in Maryland was finished quickly because of a combination of innovative construction techniques and complete road closures. The single $4.1 million contract involved one bridge on Maryland Highway 450 and one on Maryland Highway 28....


Nationals Finish Last in Standings; Park Places First

While the Washington Nationals finished in last place in the National League East standings, the team’s new ballpark, Nationals Park, holds the distinction of being the fastest built park in history....


Oklahoma DOT Begins Reconstruction Near Edmond

Another phase of the Broadway Extension/I-44 corridor reconstruction in Oklahoma got under way at the end of July and continues towards a late 2009 completion date. The $30 million contract by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission was awarded to Allen Contracting and Muskogee Bridge Company....


Caltrans Continues Work on $65.5M Job

A $65.5 million widening project is moving toward a September 2009 completion date near Moorpark, Calif. Headed by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the contract involves widening the Moorpark Freeway (State Route 23) from four lanes to six....


Larry Kuhn to Lead Delaware Contractors Association in ’08

The 2008 Delaware Contractors Association (DCA) president is Larry Kuhn. A resident of Wilmington, he is devoted to his family. His wife serves as the chief judge for the Family Court of the state of Delaware, and they have two teenage daughters....


UDOT Nears Completion of $685M Legacy Parkway

The construction of a 14-mi. (22.5 km) highway connecting Salt Lake City, Utah, with its suburbs on the northern end is nearing completion. In fact, some segments are currently ahead of schedule as the road known as the Legacy Parkway is prepared for a late September or early October opening....


Lewistown Narrows Project Wraps Up Ahead of Schedule

The final phase of a $142 million highway project in central Pennsylvania was completed at the end of 2007, ahead of the original schedule. The Lewistown Narrows project, led by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), involved routes 22 and 322 in Mifflin and Juniata counties....


Dinosaurs Roam New Abode in Pittsburgh

Dinosaurs may be extinct, but many of their remains have found a new home at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pa. The original dinosaur hall was closed in spring 2005 to begin the construction process for the new exhibit, “Dinosaurs in Their Time.” The new hall was completed and opened to the public in November to mark the 100th anniversary of the original hall....


Caltrans Continues Work on I-205 Widening in Tracy

Efforts to widen Interstate 205 in Tracy, Calif., to enhance its capacity and alleviate current traffic congestion are currently moving toward a fall 2009 completion date, with progress currently on schedule....


Mountaintop Whitewater Course Opens in Md.

A re-circulating whitewater course unlike any of its kind in the world recently began operation on a mountain in western Maryland. The Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) was constructed in McHenry near Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, which is the western-most county in the state....


Traffic Stop Foils Equipment Theft Ring

Citronelle, Ala., police officer Corey Henderson was on routine patrol in the wee hours in November 2005, when he spotted a pickup truck weaving back and forth. Henderson pulled the pickup over and then walked toward it to confirm his suspicions that the driver was drunk....


Project Engineer Named Top Dog of Competitive Eating

Like most working college students, civil engineering major Joey Chestnut has a lot on his plate. When he’s not taking classes at San Jose State University, he works at Gonsalves & Stronck Construction in San Carlos, Calif., where he currently serves as a project engineer....


DCA President Eyes Growing Membership in 2007

Robert P. Hopkins, president of the Delaware Contractors Association (DCA), noted that the purpose of the organization is to assist contractors in growing their businesses. “It’s to be a resource for government news and labor law information,” he said....


Hampstead Awaits Return of ’Main Street’

A road project in Maryland is finally becoming a reality after dragging through the planning stages for more than 20 years. Ground was broken in June 2006 for the $85 million project to construct an approximately 6-mi....


English Adding Flyover Ramp to Major Henrico County Interchange

Improvements are currently being made to the I-295/I-64 interchange in western Henrico County in Virginia. The project includes the widening of Pouncey Tract Road and the construction of a new flyover ramp from eastbound I-64 to southbound I-295....


IUOE Negotiates Buying Agreement With Link-Belt

In the construction industry, training is an important part of the overall equation. Projects cannot be completed without equipment, but equipment cannot be run without operators. For the operators to run the equipment, they must first go through training....


Motorist Sets Off Wilson Bridge Demolition

The method may have been a bit unusual, but the old Woodrow Wilson Bridge was recently detonated just the same. A contest known as the Toughest Bridge Commute was held to give one driver the ultimate payback — the opportunity to trigger the detonation charges and bring down approximately half a mile of elevated steel girders that supported the old bridge over Jones Point Park in Alexandria, Va....


Grand Canyon Skywalk To Become Highest Structure

The highest man-made structure in the world is rapidly taking shape high above the Colorado River at the edge of the Grand Canyon. Initial construction of the Grand Canyon Skywalk began in mid-2006, and completion is nearing....


I-66 Widening on Schedule

A project to widen Interstate 66 and add an HOV lane in Manassas, VA, is currently on schedule for its completion date in November 2006. The contract, valued at more than $37 million, was awarded to Moore Brothers Co....


DE Construction Veteran Takes Helm as New DCA President

It seems fitting that new Delaware Contractors Association (DCA) President Carl Marenco has roots in Delaware, and he remains proud of his home state. “I was born, raised and educated in the state of Delaware,” he said....


BN Excavating Clears Way for Allyson’s Crossings in York, PA

A medium-sized New Holland excavator is one of the key components of a major housing project in York County, PA. The machine fills a unique role for excavation contractor BN Excavating Inc., Marietta, PA, in the digging of foundations for the Allyson’s Crossings project....


Balfour Beatty Rebuilds Span Over Monongahela

Many things change over the course of 70 years, especially traffic patterns, which has certainly been the case for the Homestead Grays Bridge over the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. The bridge is currently undergoing a reconstruction with a completion date of Nov....


Design-Build Team Tackles U.S. 1/64 in N. Carolina

The design-build team of The Lane Construction Corporation, SEPI Engineering Group and The LPA Group of North Carolina is well on its way to earning a bonus for the early completion of improvements to U.S....


Underground Cave Mapping Vital to Safe Roadway Design

The proposed location of a new beltway in Tennessee has been greatly impacted by the presence of numerous caves in the area, making additional surveying and mapping services necessary. The Knoxville Parkway (Interstate 475) would connect Interstate 75 in Loudon and Anderson County, TN....


TN Bridge to Retain Historical Look

The total rehabilitation of an historic bridge is currently well under way in downtown Chattanooga, TN, with the project requiring the bridge be closed for at least two years. “Though the temporary closure of the Market Street Bridge will be painful, the renovation project is absolutely necessary to maintaining this important and historic thoroughfare for generations to come,” said Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield....


Route 22 Project Under Way After 40 Years of Planning

Environmental and historic issues are at the forefront of a road reconstruction project currently under way near Lewistown, PA. After 40 years in the planning stages, the road is finally becoming a reality, and is scheduled for completion by fall 2008....


ID Golf Course Between Rock and a Hard Place

A new golf course overlooking Lake Coeur D’Alene in northwest Idaho is being built on a solid foundation. solid rock, that is. “The property is very mountainous,” explained Jade Work, vice president of Ranger Golf, the project’s prime contractor....


Unique Bridge Job Over Erie Canal Nears Finish

A unique bridge reconstruction project is heading toward an end-of-the-year completion date in Syracuse, NY. Funded by New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the federal government, the $22-million job began in November 2002....


Two-Way Traffic Returns to Pontchartrain’s Twin Spans

Repairs to the Hurricane Katrina-damaged infrastructure of New Orleans, LA, took a major step forward Oct. 14, when one of the twin spans crossing Lake Pontchartrain opened to two-way traffic 17 days ahead of schedule....


Monster Storm Wreaks Havoc on Southeastern States’ Infrastructure

Highways and bridges throughout the Gulf Coast states were mauled by Hurricane Katrina’s wrath. As the winds and rain died down in Alabama, crews worked quickly to assess the damages and begin the process of repair work, according to Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Spokesman Tony Harris....


$12M Job Expands Arlington National Cemetery by 40 Acres

Our nation’s military burial ground is in the midst of a needed expansion project. A total of 26,000 graves are being added to the current 215,000 graves at the 200-acre Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA....


McAninch Makes Over Missouri’s Route 60

Since February of 2002, Iowa-based McAninch Corporation has worked on three consecutive contracts involving the reconstruction of Route 60 in southern Missouri. The dollar amount for the entire project totals more than $48.5 million with funding coming from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and federal sources....


MO Job Wards Off Bats to Stay Ahead of Schedule

The early stages of a road project currently under way in Missouri presented a rather unique challenge for contractors when the clearing process was delayed to accommodate the migratory bats who lived in the trees around the area....


GPS Makes the Grade for McAninch Corporation in NC

A road relocation project in North Carolina includes several unique features, including custom-built equipment and a heavy reliance on Trimble GPS technology. The $40.4-million project involves the relocation of existing Route 16 in Lincoln and Catawba counties to a new divided four-lane roadway....


’Survivor: Vanuatu’ Contestants Back at the Job Site

Just four months following their 1-2 finish in last year’s “Survivor: Vanuatu,” two reality television stars are back at their department of transportation jobs. When the challenges were over and the final votes were counted, the million-dollar first-place winner was Chris Daugherty, a South Vienna, OH, resident employed by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)....


Miami Gardens Drive Job Focal Point of New City

Just more than a year after it began, three separate but related reconstruction projects in the 2-year-old city of Miami Gardens, FL, are progressing nicely toward completion. They represent the final phase of a comprehensive plan designed to improve traffic flow and safety along Miami Gardens Drive....


On One Acre, Super Salvage Recycles D.C.’s Metal Scraps

Since the business opened in Washington, D.C., in 1951, Super Salvage Inc. has evolved and grown from recycling paper and rags to salvaging various types of metals. The first change, involving location, occurred only three years later....


MdTA Addresses Bridge’s Cracking Concrete

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) is working to correct a snag in its four-year project at the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge, which crosses the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland’s eastern shore and involves Routes 50 and 301....


Wrecking Corp. Razes Washington Convention Center

Day by day, the old Washington Convention Center is steadily disappearing from its site in Washington, D.C. Since the implosion of the building on Dec. 18, 2004, crews have been working to complete the demolition....


$220M Maumee River Bridge Marks Largest Investment in State History

A major bridge project in Ohio is currently about 75 percent complete, according to Joe Rutherford of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) District Two Office of Public Information. The $220 million project crosses the Maumee River in Toledo....


VA’s $676M Interchange to Ease Traffic Woes

One of the nation’s largest construction projects remains on schedule for completion in late 2007. The Springfield Interchange Project in Fairfax County, VA, which involves eight phases, got under way in March 1999....


$700M Turnpike Project Bulks Up 160 Mi. in Ohio

A 160-mi. stretch of the Ohio Turnpike is in the midst of a $700 million widening project under the direction of the Ohio Turnpike Commission. The affected area involves the portion of roadway between Toledo (MP 59) and Youngstown (MP 219), in which a third lane will be added in both directions....


Ohio Fuses Two Interchanges in Columbus

In Columbus, OH, crews are working to combine two interchanges involving Polaris Parkway and Interstate 71. When completed in 2006, the two interchanges will function as one, allowing traffic to be redistributed throughout the area....


Memorial Bridge Soars High Above Clearwater Harbor

Despite numerous challenges that have recently included hurricanes, a $48-million bridge project near Clearwater, FL, is steadily moving toward its December 2005 completion date under the direction of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)....


Four Bears Steadily Crosses Sakakawea in ND

A unique project with roots stretching back to the late 1920s is steadily working its way across Lake Sakakawea near New Town, ND. Located in the heart of the Fort Berthold Reservation, the Four Bears Bridge on Highway 23 serves as a critical connection between the two sides of the state....


Hennepin County Bulks Up Hwy. 12

A two-phase reconstruction project is well underway in Hennepin County, MN, with the final goal being to direct through-traffic in Long Lake to a new bypass. The project will realign Highway 12 from Wayzata Blvd....


Crews Test Out New Technology On VA’s Rte. 123

In Prince William County, VA, crews currently are working to build a new bridge to carry Route 123 over the Occoquan River. The replacement is the final phase of a larger project to widen Route 123 for 8 mi....


Pentagon Ramps Up Safety With Route 110 Relocation

Another project designed to enhance security is rapidly nearing completion at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA. According to Kenneth A. Catlow, principal deputy director of the Pentagon Renovation and Construction Program Office, the contract called for the relocation of Route 110 away from the Pentagon, providing additional safety for facilities on the Pentagon reservation and to comply with the Department of Defense Anti-terrorism Standards for Buildings....


Johnson Creek Bridge, Roadway Job Proves ’Not Run-of-the-Mill’

Visitors to Fripp and Hunting Islands near Beaufort, SC, will find their destination a little easier to reach next year when a bridge replacement project is completed. The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) awarded the contract to replace the U.S....


Ohio Drivers Get a Little Elbow Room From I-70 Project

Crews in Madison County, OH, are currently hard at work on a major widening and reconstruction project involving Interstate 70. The 14-mi. (22.5 km) project stretches from U.S. 42 in Madison County to SR 54 near Springfield in Clark County, and will cost $55 million....


Westover Breaks Ground on New Private Sewer System

A new private sewer system will soon become a reality in the town of Westover, AL, in Shelby County. A groundbreaking ceremony was held last month for the system, which officials hope will pave the way for increased commercial and residential development along a 10-mi....


After 44 Years, Erie Access Job Nears Finish

A major road project with roots in the 1960s is nearing completion more than 40 years later in Erie, PA. Upon its full completion, the East Side Access Highway (State Route 4034) will open a direct link from Interstate 90 east of Erie into the downtown and bayfront areas....


DMJM Pilots Airport Expansion Toward On-Time Arrival

A $438 million project at Southwest Florida International Airport is well under way and on schedule for its planned opening next spring. The project, directed by DMJM Aviation of Tampa, involves the construction of the Midfield Terminal Complex and covers 1,200 acres (485.6 ha)....


English Smoothes Out Another Stretch of Virginia’s I-95

A rebuild of another section of Virginia’s Interstate 95 is nearing completion. The project, which began in March 2001, involves the Atlee/Elmont Interchange. “The big picture is to shift the intersection north along I-95 to reduce the traffic congestion at the I-95/I-295 merge and to ease congestion from Route 1 along Sliding Hill Road past Lakeridge Parkway to the Sliding Hill Road/Atlee Station Road intersection,” explained Jeannette Coleman of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)....


Baltimore Modernizes Loch Raven Dam

A $29-million rehabilitation project is well under way at the Loch Raven Dam at Gunpowder Falls in Baltimore, MD. The structure is a gravity dam, meaning that it relies on its own weight for stability....


Air and Space Museum ’Takes Flight’ in Chantilly

The 100th anniversary of powered flight was chosen as the day to open the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on the property of Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, VA. A companion to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, the Udvar-Hazy center provides a second location for the display of the museum’s collection....


Bridge Over Susquehanna Gets Sorely Needed Rehab

After 50 years of constant use, a Pennsylvania bridge is getting a much-needed update. The M. Harvey Taylor Bridge crosses the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg in Dauphin County to Wormleysburg in Cumberland County....


Trumbull, Lindy Lead $94M PA Turnpike Reconstruction

A major reconstruction of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is currently under way in Somerset, PA. The $94.3-million project, funded entirely by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, involves the total reconstruction of a 13-mi....


Bumper-to-Bumper Traffic Demands Route 28 Solution

Rapid growth has led to a major road project that involves improvements to a busy corridor through Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. The area includes Dulles International Airport, AOL Time Warner headquarters and the Smithsonian’s new Air and Space Museum....


Massive I-95 Bridgeport Corridor Speeds Forward

A major reconstruction is currently under way on Interstate 95 at Bridgeport, CT. Known as the I-95 Bridgeport Corridor, the project has an estimated total cost of $422.7 million. Notice to proceed was given on Aug....


Capitol Visitors’ Center to Be D.C. Magnet

An underground project is steadily progressing in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the Capitol Visitors’ Center (CVC) is to preserve and maximize public access to the Capitol and greatly enhance the experience for the millions who walk its historic corridors and see its monumental spaces every year, according to the project’s Web site....


Bay Bridge Facelift Keeps Drivers Ashore

The gateway to the popular beach resorts of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and New Jersey is in the middle of a $60-million facelift. The renovation project involves the 30-year-old westbound span of the William Preston Lane Jr....


Oak Contracting Makes the Grade for $27.5M High School in Owings Mills, MD

By the start of the 2003 school year, high school students in the Owings Mills, MD, area will have a brand new school. Construction of the building is well under way under the direction of Oak Contracting Corporation, Baltimore....


Charles Town Bets $70M on Racing, Slots Expansion Job

Charles Town Races & Slots is growing. A $70-million expansion project is well under way at the gaming area in Charles Town, WV, according to CEO James Buchanan. “We started construction in the beginning of November 2001, and we hope to end sometime next summer,” Buchanan said....


$144M Mandarin Oriental Hotel Rises in Washington

A 400-room luxury hotel is rising steadily in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Armada/Hoffler Construction Company. With a completion date set for the spring of 2004, the project is valued at $144 million....


$122M Siemens Fuel-Cell Factory Powers Toward Summer Wrap-up

A $122-million fuel cell factory for Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp. currently is under construction in the Pittsburgh, PA, township of Munhall on the Monongahela River. The site was chosen in Sept. 2001, winning out over eight cities, including Orlando, FL, and Ft....


Bookworms Await $10M Annex at Enoch Pratt Library

A new annex is taking shape at the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in downtown Baltimore, MD. The project is particularly significant because it is the first major expansion at the facility since it opened during the Depression in 1933....


66-Megawatt Windmill Project Powers Up in WV

Green energy is coming to West Virginia in a big way. The largest wind energy project in the eastern United States is rapidly nearing completion in Tucker and Preston Counties. Known as the Mountaineer Wind Energy Center, the project is being funded and built by the facility’s owner and operator, FPL Energy LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group Inc....


Custom Truck Maker Curry Supply Company Turns 70

For the past 70 years, the Ritchey family has worked together to maintain the quality of Curry Supply Company in Curryville, PA. Now in its fourth generation, the company’s main focus is to manufacture and sell water trucks, mechanic’s trucks, and fuel and lube trucks that are utilized by quarries, road builders, landfills, coal mines, site contractors and utility contractors....


$26.3M Residence Inn Nears Completion in Alexandria, VA

An eight-story extended-stay hotel is taking shape in Alexandria, VA, under the direction of SIGAL Construction of Washington D.C. Marriott International reportedly bought the land in January 2001 for $3.7 million after the city council approved the company’s plans for a 225,000-sq.-ft....


Erie Becomes Transportation Mecca With New $8M Hub

An Intermodal Transportation Complex soon will open its doors for travelers in Erie, PA. Managed by the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority, the bayfront building will serve as a hub for passengers of Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority buses and eventually Greyhound buses....


Construction in D.C. Area Continues in Line of Sniper Fire

In the construction industry, certain dangers are a part of the day-to-day job. Employees are well educated to understand the risks and take every precaution to avoid injury. But over the past several weeks, crews assigned to outdoor sites around the Washington, D.C....


$2.4B Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Steams Ahead

One of the worst bottlenecks in the country will be unclogged upon completion of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project in the Washington, D.C. area. The entire project involves a 7.5-mi. (12 km) corridor that begins in Maryland and continues over the Potomac River into Virginia....


Pentagon Workers Return to Restored Facilities

On the anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, the charred, gaping gash in the side of the building has been repaired. Where the structure of the E-ring was reduced to rubble, offices have once again been created....


MD Vacationers Delight in $87M U.S. 50 Project

Vacations at Maryland beaches should involve less hassle starting next summer, due to a 4.75-mi. (7.64 km) four-lane highway currently under construction around the city of Salisbury. Designed by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA), the $87-million project started in May 2000 and is expected to be completed and open to traffic by April 15, 2003....


Baltimore Beltway Project Expands

A three-year project initiated last summer by the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will improve one of the busiest sections of the Baltimore Beltway and help ease rush hour congestion by adding travel lanes....


Native American Museum Takes Shape on the National Mall in D.C.

A very different type of building will be taking shape over the next two years on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Situated between the Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) will consist of a curvilinear structure covered with Kasota limestone, which is found only in Minnesota....


Tornado Slams Maryland Town: Damages Exceed $120M

A major cleanup effort has been underway in southern Maryland since a tornado touched down in the town of La Plata in Charles County (about 30 miles from Washington, D.C.) on April 28. Originally rated a 5 on the Fujita Tornado Damage Scale, National Weather Service experts gave the storm a final rating of an F4 after further inspection....


Erie’s Mercyhurst College Gets New $7.3M Academic Center

Upon its completion, an academic building under construction at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, will be the college’s largest and most expensive structure. The winning bid for the 45,000-sq.-ft. (4,180 sq m) building went to Erie’s Building System Inc....


Journey of the Dam Continues Up the Monongahela

Seven months after the first historical journey, the second segment of Pennsylvania’s Braddock Dam made an identical 27.5-mi. (44 km) trip up the Ohio and Monongahela rivers. On Feb. 27, the 9,600-ton (8,640 t) block of floating concrete was pushed by two towboats from the fabrication site in Leetsdale to an outfitting pier at Duquesne....


Crews Work on First Section of WV 9 Replacement Job

Crews in West Virginia are currently working on the first section of a $110-million project that will replace WV 9 with a new four-lane highway that will run from Charles Town to the Virginia line. The current project runs from U.S....


Crews Turn the Page on $10M Library Expansion in MD

A $10-million expansion of the C. Burr Artz Central Library in downtown Frederick, MD, will soon provide some much-needed additional space. According to Darrell Batson, library director, actual building costs total $8 million....


Enduring Crane Companies Celebrate Delivery of New Manitowoc 777 Unit

Three companies with histories reaching back 75 years recently came together in Washington, D.C., when L.B. Smith Inc./Equipco delivered a new 777 Manitowoc lattice boom truck crane to Crane Service Company Inc....


Baltimore Builds $120M Two-Track Light Rail System

Due to a $120-million federal grant, work to complete a two-track light rail system in the Baltimore, MD, area will begin in the spring. An additional $33 million will come from the state of Maryland. The project will convert eight segments of track over 9.4 mi....


WCI Adds ’Guest’ Accommodations With 256 New Cells

Preparations are being made for a new kind of “guest” in Allegany County, MD. Currently, the South Compound of the Western Correctional Institution (WCI) in Cresaptown is a medium-security prison equipped for approximately 1,670 inmates....


Crews Begin Work on $32M High School in Winchester, VA

Population growth in Frederick County, VA, has spurred a $32-million high school project in Winchester, VA. The groundbreaking ceremony for the 242,414-sq.-ft. (22,520 sq m) Millbrook High School was held in July 2001....


Cat 320 Lifts Marine Limestone Out Of Chesapeake Bay

A donated track excavator has played an important role in the development of Maryland’s first ecological sanctuary this past summer. Located on 1.2 acres (.48 ha) of private land in the Nanticoke River in Wicomico County, the $80,000 experimental project uses marine limestone as an alternative substrate for restoring oyster reefs....


MD’s Garrett County Contracts New Health Center

The various offices of the Garrett County (MD) Health Department moved into a brand new facility in November. Located in Oakland, the Garrett County Community Health Center is conveniently located near the hospital and government offices, and is readily accessible to the highest density population in the southern end of the county....


Corman Reconstructs Baltimore’s Reistertown Road Bridge

Baltimore’s Corman Construction Inc. is gaining first-hand experience in creating an urban diamond interchange at Interstate 695 and MD 140 in Baltimore County. Although new to this particular area, this type of interchange has been used in more than 20 states to manage heavy traffic since the 1970s....


MD Contractor Shifts Dirt for Bear Claw Tubing Park

This winter should prove to be a little more fun in McHenry, MD, with the opening of a brand new tubing park scheduled for the start of the snow season. Bear Claw Tubing Park is the first phase of a new winter recreation center known as Deep Creek Mountain Resort....


Millions of Pounds of Concrete Barge Up the Monongahela River

History was made in Pennsylvania on July 26 as people gathered along the Ohio and Monongahela (Mon) rivers to see for themselves that concrete really could float. The spectacle was definitely something to see as 22 million lbs....


Contractors Rush In to Aid Recovery at Pentagon

Ever since American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, crews have been working around the clock to aid in the clean-up efforts. Although the work was hampered by the occasional fire and stopped at one point for a bomb threat, it has progressed well....


Crews Build Ripken’s Field of Dreams in MD

The city of Aberdeen in Harford County, MD, will soon be the home of an $11-million minor league baseball stadium. The project is the first phase of a $25-million project that will create the Aberdeen Baseball Complex....


Maryland Terrapins Get Home Court Advantage With New Arena

For nearly a year now, steady progress has been made on a new sports arena for the University of Maryland. Known as the Comcast Center, the 460,000-sq.-ft. (41,400 sq. m) facility will house the university’s athletic department, including men’s and women’s basketball, 22 sports offices and locker rooms, a wrestling gym, weight-training facility, and a smaller gym that can be operated independently....


Maryland Contractor Clears Way for Smooth Travels on MD 235

A Southern Maryland road improvement project is making strides to accommodate increased traffic and improve safety for travelers. According to the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), MD 235 (or Three Notch Road), the stretch from MD 4 to MD 246, is one of the major arteries in Saint Mary’s County....


Cianbro Helps I-495 Drivers ’Beat the Beltway Blues’

Drivers in Maryland are well on their way to beating the I-495 Beltway blues. A construction project currently underway in Montgomery County, MD, involves the replacement or redecking of four bridges on the I-495 Washington D.C....



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