Construction Industry News, December 5, 2019

Texas Central signs preconstruction contract with Kiewit firm for $20B bullet train

Texas Central has signed an early contractor involvement (ECI) agreement with Mass. Electric Construction, a subsidiary of Kiewit Corp., for its proposed $20 billion bullet train between Dallas and Houston. Texas Central and Mass. Electric should have a signed specialty systems construction contract in hand by the end of this year.


AECOM’s Michael Burke to leave, opening door for new CEO and new chairman

AECOM announced this morning that chairman and CEO Michael S. Burke has notified the company’s board of directors that he plans to retire. He will continue in the role until a successor is identified or until the firm’s 2020 annual meeting, expected to be held in March.​ Following the appointment of a new CEO, the roles of chairman and CEO will be separated.​


Newfoundland to Canada Mainland Tunnel Gains New Government Attention

A long-gestating proposal to link Newfoundland and Canada’s mainland with a billion-dollar-plus,16-kilometer rail tunnel to Labrador now is in the running to be the country’s next showcase infrastructure project after winning the support of its narrowly re-elected Liberal party.


Box-Jacking Operation Moves Rail Underpass in a Weekend

When the Long Island Rail Road considered its options for moving multiple rail crossings below grade, it was anticipating weeks-long service disruptions. But an innovative method developed by an Italian engineer, never before deployed in the U.S., allowed it to put each new underpass in place with only a weekend shutdown.