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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn unveiled his six-year, $8.6 billion infrastructure plan to improve roads and bridges throughout the state on Wednesday.  The six-year program allocates $5.82 billion for state highway improvements and $2.77 billion for local transportation. The Governor believes that his plan will “create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.”

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 09 April 2014

The potential high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston, Texas received a major political endorsement last week from the Mayors of Houston, Dallas, and Forth Worth. The three mayors expressed their support for the proposed bullet train that would take 90 minutes to travel between the two cities. Although Texas Central Railway, a private, for-profit Texas company, will pay for the entire project with private funds and not rely on government subsidies, government cooperation and innovation throughout the planning phase could go a long way towards making the train line successful.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 10 April 2014

Architect Zaha Hadid chose 1000 Museum Tower in Miami, Florida to be the first building she designed in the United States. The 62-story, 706-foot structure will be a super-luxury condominium that will sell units for $5 to $15 million. The unique exterior design combined with the open space in each unit has many Miami residents wishing they could move into the building. Construction will break ground in June.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 08 April 2014

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has invited five companies to submit bids for the second contract to build part of the state’s high-speed rail line. The winning bidder will be expected to complete a 65-mile stretch of the line from southern Fresno to the Tulare-Kern county line. The Request for Proposal issued Thursday for Construction Package 2-3 (CP 2-3) states that each company’s proposal must be submitted by September 2 of this year. The California High-Speed Rail Authority is using a design-build contract for the project and will chose the winning bid in November.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 03 April 2014

The Pulaski Skyway Bridge rehabilitation project will begin on April 12, and some New York and New Jersey Residents are already dubbing it “carmaggedon.” Once construction begins, 34,000 of the 74,000 cars that use the bridge to travel between Newark, Newark Liberty Airport, Jersey City, and New York will need to find alternate routes for their commute for the next two years. While the New Jersey Department of Transportation will increase bus and train services and recommend alternate routes, they do say these options will not eliminate congestion for commuters. The rehabilitation project will extend the life of the 82-year-old bridge by another 75 years.

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  • Date occured Friday, 04 April 2014

The 550-foot tall High Roller Wheel opened near the strip in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday after nearly three years of planning and construction. The Ferris wheel is nine feet taller than the Singapore Flyer that had held the title as world’s tallest observation wheel since 2008. Tourists can purchase tickets for one revolution around the wheel, a 30-minute ride, for $24.95 during the day and $35.95 at night. 

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 02 April 2014
Monday, 31 March 2014 12:35

PortMiami Soccer Stadium Design Unveiled

A group led by retired soccer star David Beckham unveiled renderings of the new PortMiami soccer stadium that will be built along the Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida.  The open-air soccer stadium will provide views of the downtown skyline and bayfront and strives to emulate some of the great European soccer stadiums that have been built over the past decade. Once finished, the stadium will be home to the new Major League Soccer expansion team that David Beckham recently purchased.

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  • Date occured Monday, 31 March 2014
Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:41

Tappan Zee Bridge Funding Questions Remain

While the first three piles for the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York have been completed, there are still many questions remaining about how the bridge will be financed. The original three-mile long Tappan Zee Bridge was completed in 1955, and it spans the Hudson River at its widest point connecting Rockland County and Westchester County. Construction on the new bridge began last year after decades of debate over whether to repair the existing bridge or build a new one. Currently, only $1.6 billion, of the $3.9 billion it will cost to build the new bridge, has been committed to the project. New York Lawmakers and officials at the New York State Thruway Authority, the agency overseeing construction of the bridge, are trying to determine who will pay for the $2.3 billion gap in funding.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Center for an Urban Future released a report yesterday titled Caution Ahead: Overdue Investments For New York’s Aging Infrastructure.  The 68-page study estimates that New York needs to spend $47 billion over the next four to five years to improve its failing infrastructure to a state of good repair. The report states that while Superstorm Sandy brought attention and some much needed funding to certain parts of New York’s infrastructure, there are still many other infrastructure vulnerabilities that need to be addressed.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 11 March 2014

One of the largest “spec” office building projects in the world recently broke ground in Houston, Texas. Houston-based international real estate company Hines is developing the 48-story, 756-foot skyscraper. The company announced their plan to build the tower, referred to as 609 Main at Texas, in 2011 and has since increased the size of the project. The building will be the 23rd skyscraper that Hines has built in downtown Houston.

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  • Date occured Friday, 07 March 2014
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