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Nearly $3.6 Billion to Make Transit Systems More Resilient in New York, New Jersey, and Beyond
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently announced that 40 projects have been competitively selected to receive a share of $3.59 billion in federal disaster relief funds to help public transportation systems in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy to become more resilient, in order to withstand the impact of future natural disasters.
September 29, 2014 – AED News

New Home Sales Surge in August to Six-Year High
New home sales spiked 18 percent in August to a 504,000-unit pace with upward revisions to previous months' data.
September 25, 2014 – Site-K Construction Zone

Va. road project derailed by environmental study
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will go back to the drawing board after an environmental study revealed that a road project backed by former Gov. Robert McDonnell would cost $400 million more and destroy 120 more acres of wetlands than originally estimated.
September 25, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Sales of New U.S. Homes Surged in August to Six-Year High
New-home sales in the U.S. surged in August to the highest level in more than six years, a sign that the housing recovery is making progress.
September 24, 2014 – Bloomberg

Ohio to start largest single construction project in state history
The Portsmouth Gateway Group is set to begin building the largest single construction project the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has ever seen.
September 24, 2014 – Better Roads

McGraw Hill Sells ENR and Construction Group to Equity Investor
McGraw Hill Construction, the business group of McGraw Hill Financial that includes Engineering News-Record (ENR), as well as sister units Architectural Record, Dodge and Sweet's, is set to have a new owner, expected in the fourth quarter.
September 22, 2014 – ENR

More than 500 bridges in Pa. to be replaced
More than 500 of Pennsylvania's worst bridges will be replaced under an innovative program that uses a private consortium to finance, design and build the bridges and then maintain them for 25 years.
September 22, 2014 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State's locks, dams in urgent need of repair, report says
Illinois needs more federal money to make urgent repairs to the state's aging dams and locks, according to an Illinois Chamber of Commerce report being released Monday.
September 21, 2014 – Chicago Tribune

Construction falls 9 percent in August
According to McGraw Hill Construction, new construction starts in August dropped nine percent, bringing construction activity back to its normal pace after July's boost in energy-related manufacturing projects.
September 19, 2014 – Pit & Quarry

Georgia building Northwest Corridor for faster travel
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) broke ground Sept. 17 on an $834 million project that will create 30 miles of dedicated managed toll lanes on I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. Construction will commence at four separate locations next month.
September 18, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

New Safety Requirements Set for Keystone Pipeline
Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.
September 17, 2014 – Construction Equipment Guide

Homebuilder Confidence in U.S. Increases to a Nine-Year High
Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose in September to a nine-year high, showing the industry is gaining ground and will be a source of momentum for the economy.
September 17, 2014 – Bloomberg

Shuster on Amtrak bill: 'Nobody got everything'
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said Tuesday that a bill that would cut Amtrak's construction budget by 40 percent was bipartisan because "nobody got everything" that they wanted.
September 16, 2014 – The Hill

Facing mammoth debt, Prop. 1 would save Texas DOT
It will take Texas 20 years to pay off $23 billion in debt accrued in an attempt to rebuild roads and bridges.
September 15, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Is construction "dead in the water"? Greenspan comment highlights industry's mixed feelings about recovery
Despite many positives in the industry right now, Alan Greenspan is pointing a finger of blame in construction's direction.
September 10, 2014 – Equipment World

Florida Project to Receive Largest P3 TIFIA Loan
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced at the Build America Infrastructure Investment Summit a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for $950 million to help pay for the reconstruction and widening of 21 miles of Interstate 4 in metropolitan Orlando, Fla.
September 10, 2014 – Construction Equipment

Dodge Momentum Index rises in August
The Dodge Momentum Index made a small gain in August, coming back from a 5.7 percent decline in July, according to McGraw Hill Construction. The index increased to 118.8 for the month, which is up .2 percent from the July reading.
September 9, 2014 – Pit & Quarry

Few Women in Construction; Recruiting Efforts
Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. Now, at 36, she's back in the classroom - in safety glasses and a T-shirt - learning how to be a carpenter.
September 9, 2014 – Construction Equipment Guide

Md. calms its highway spending after breakout 2013
After opening the wallet last year, many would think the state of Maryland was putting a clamp on the coin in 2015. The agency, however, made its move in 2013, which is why there is only a call for about $280 million in new projects for the coming years.
September 3, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

Illinois to Spend Another $102 Million on High-Speed Rail
The state of Illinois will spent $102 million to build a bridge over the Kankakee River along with other improvements as part of high-speed rail upgrades between Chicago and St. Louis.
September 2, 2014 –

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