Archive for the ‘INFRASTRUCTURE’ Category

Oct
2012
18

Rumors of UAW Pres. Bob King Swapping Ballot Measure Support with an Anti-Union Bridge Owner Have Michiganders Confused

Rumors of UAW Pres. Bob King Swapping Ballot Measure Support with an Anti-Union Bridge Owner Have Michiganders Confused
A complicated labor matter is playing out in Michigan where residents are preparing to cast their votes on a set of ballot initiatives that will determine the state’s political future. UAW President Bob King’s reluctance to state a position on Proposition 6 — which would require voter approval for any bridge that connects…
Oct
2012
17

Debate Assertions Aside, Romney’s Wind Energy Reluctance Would be Disastrous

Debate Assertions Aside, Romney's Wind Energy Reluctance Would be Disastrous
Prior to last night’s debate — which focused heavily on energy policy in the early moments — Presidential candidate Mitt Romney touted his energy plan to Iowans when he recently visited there. Unfortunately, that plan, as President Obama highlighted last night, does not support the energy resource, wind, that is currently booming…
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Oct
2012
15

Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Facility, Under PLA, Earns Award

Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Facility, Under PLA, Earns Award
In a regional competition sponsored by leading construction publication Engineering News-Record, King County’s Brightwater Project was selected as one of the Northwest’s best achievements in design and structure and will compete with other regional winners in a national competition this fall. The Washington state wastewater treatment…
Oct
2012
10

If You Believe That, I’ve Got a Bridge to Lease You! (Ohio Edition)

If You Believe That, I've Got a Bridge to Lease You! (Ohio Edition)
Ohio Governor John Kasich has inched one step closer to leasing his state’s turnpike in order to generate funding for much-needed infrastructure renovations. At a time when innovative means of financing are being desperately sought to reverse the trend of deteriorating roads and bridges nationwide, Kasich’s goals are commendable….
Sep
2012
24

California High-Speed Rail Environmental Impact Review Passes Muster

California High-Speed Rail Environmental Impact Review Passes Muster
Last Wednesday, the Federal Railroad Administration approved construction on the $69 billion high-speed rail line that will someday roll through California’s central valley. Two months after receiving approval from the state legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown, the project passed its environmental impact review and inched one step closer to…
Sep
2012
21

Scientitsts: By 2050, Up to 80% of U.S. Electricity Could Be Generated by Renewables

Scientitsts: By 2050, Up to 80% of U.S. Electricity Could Be Generated by Renewables
President Obama’s “all of the above” energy strategy may provide a pathway to independence from ‘less desirable’ forms of energy, but not without a boost in the infrastructure needed to transport and deliver said energy. Current infrastructure can barely meet our current needs, let alone those of the future. One…
Sep
2012
11

Energy Retrofitting Could Become $400 Billion Industry, Create 160,000 Jobs

Energy Retrofitting Could Become $400 Billion Industry, Create 160,000 Jobs
Retrofitting buildings has the potential to reduce our nation’s energy usage by 20 percent while creating more than 150,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. With city leaders on the constant hunt for new revenue streams, making buildings more energy efficient through retrofitting can reduce budgets by 10 percent. Numerous…
Sep
2012
10

“Corporate monopolies that own railroad bridges, hydroelectric dams, and high-pressure pipelines have skimped on taking care of this infrastructure, putting lives and property across America at unnecessary risk…”

America’s crumbling infrastructure has been given a “D” grade by the American Society of Civil Engineers which recommended $2.2 trillion be spent on maintenance and upgrades of roads, bridges, oil lines, telecommunications systems, and levees that are decaying at a dangerous pace. Catastrophes like the New Orleans levee breach…
Jul
2012
24

DOT Allots $787M for Transportation Modernization and Repair, Down from $1.8B in 2010

DOT Allots $787M for Transportation Modernization and Repair, Down from $1.8B in 2010
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that the Federal Department of Transportation is allotting $787 million for 255 modernization and repair projects across the nation. Comparatively, in 2010 the U.S. allotted $1.8 billion for such expenses. As our nation’s infrastructure continues to ungraciously age, many see…
Jul
2012
19

NY Dept of Transportation: PLA Will Benefit Walkill, NY Road Extension

NY Dept of Transportation: PLA Will Benefit Walkill, NY Road Extension
In Wallkill, NY, a project to renovate Exit 122 of Route 17 was re-bid on Tuesday with provisions that mandate a Project Labor Agreement (PLA). Work on the project was halted in March when the original, lowest bidder began legal proceedings to fight for the contract because it went to the second-lowest bidder. This bidder, …
Jul
2012
19

Romney Camp Supports Ending Wind Tax Credit, Would Create 37,000 Layoffs

Romney Camp Supports Ending Wind Tax Credit, Would Create 37,000 Layoffs
GOP Presidential candidate-to-be, Mitt Romney, supports an end to the wind tax credit that provides wind developers with 2.2 cents for every kilowatt-hour of wind electricity they produce. The tax credit is essential for the wind energy industry to compete with the heavily-subsidized fossil fuel energy. But demonizing the wind tax credit has been…
Jul
2012
17

Seattle Stadium Proposal Has Support of Mayor, Building Trades

Seattle Stadium Proposal Has Support of Mayor, Building Trades
As the Oklahoma City Thunder charged through the playoffs to the NBA Finals this season, many basketball fans in Seattle were left with the bittersweet feeling of watching their former team succeed elsewhere. In 2008, the Supersonics left Seattle after years of battling with local lawmakers. In Oklahoma City, a new arena awaited. Now, hedge …