Construction Industry News: November 29, 2020

Changes Coming Atop Key Senate Committee in 2021

Regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats prevail as the majority part when the new Congress convenes in January, there will be changes in leadership on the key Senate Committee that oversees oversees policies and authorizes funds for highways, Corps of Engineers civil works and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency programs.


FHWA Proposes More Flexible Design Standards to Repair the Nation’s Freeways and Interstates

“The FHWA proposes to provide regulatory relief to States to address the immediate repair needs of our nation’s roadways without compromising safety and efficiency,” Federal Highway Administrator Nicole R. Nason said.

The rule would allow States to develop design standards for resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation projects—commonly known as RRR—for freeways, including those on the interstate system, which has been a longstanding practice for non-freeway projects.


From the C-Suite: What Joe Biden Can Do For Construction

As a veteran industry executive, James K. “Jim” Donaghy, executive chairman of New York City-based construction services firm STO Building Group, offers a candid view of how the incoming administration of president-elect Joe Biden can boost post-COVID industry recovery and growth, in an exchange with Debra K. Rubin, ENR Editor-at-Large for Business and Management.


Replacing Twin Peaks tunnel ballast could cost San Francisco ‘tens of millions of dollars’

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency could have to pay “tens of millions of dollars” more to fix deficiencies in the $50 million Twin Peaks Tunnel Improvement project, an official told the San Francisco County Transportation Authority at a meeting earlier this month.


Rare Inclined Elevator Nearly Complete at Pilgrim Monument

A team of Cape Cod contractors is headed towards the home stretch on the construction of a rare, inclined elevator at one of the nation’s top historic sites, the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, Mass. Led by Harwich-based Robert B. Our Co., the contracting team, made up of a mix of trade partners from across the Cape and specialists from as far afield as Colorado and Switzerland, is now preparing for the arrival of an inclined elevator cab.


Enbridge cleared to begin construction work on controversial $2.6B pipeline across Minnesota

Enbridge is now cleared to begin construction of a controversial $2.6 billion pipeline across northern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday approved a construction stormwater permit, which is the last OK needed for workers to break ground.