California’s Bullet Train Board Delays Award of Key Contract

Courthouse News » The California High-Speed Rail Authority punted one of the most important decisions during its monthly meeting Thursday, stoking concerns the entity is not moving quickly enough on the project.

2017-10-20T14:14:17+00:00 October 19th, 2017|California, California High Speed Rail, Design-Build, High-Speed Rail|

Calif. light-rail project debating 1 vs. 2 tunnels for extension

Mercury News » The Valley Transportation Authority, which is building the tunnel, has recommended a single 45-foot diameter subway bore with two tracks and a dividing wall between tracks. The authority argues the design will be cheaper and less disruptive during construction. But the so-called single-bore option has not been widely tested and design studies are only 20 percent complete, so the full costs aren’t clear.

2017-10-12T09:40:46+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|California, Design-Build, Highways, Metro Rail / Transit|

Bertha Launch Pits Become Tunnels

ENR Northwest » The launch and exit pits created for tunnel-boring machine Bertha in Seattle are in the last phase of being transformed into parts of the multilevel roadway that replaces the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Here’s how the process works.

2017-10-12T09:36:16+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Alaskan Way Viaduct, Design-Build, Highways, Washington|

MoPac and the Expensive Mess That Never Ends

The Austin Chronicle » As construction continues on MoPac’s long overdue toll lanes, CH2M, the Colorado-based engineering company responsible for the project’s design and construction – originally scheduled for completion in Sep­tem­ber 2015 – reported in its March 31 quarterly report that its disruption of Austin’s westside commute was “approximately 75% complete.” The delays have come with extreme cost overruns at CH2M; the company estimated them at $121.3 million in March, and blamed both the cost and delays on seemingly everything short of a plague of locusts

2017-08-09T10:33:13+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Design-Build, Highways, Texas, Tolling|

State says I-69 section can’t be completed until August 2018

Indy Star » The Indiana Finance Authority said in a notice to bond holders that it “assumes” will finished Aug. 31, 2018. The original estimated date for completion was October 2016. It is the fourth time the completion date has been pushed back as the public-private partnership used to build and finance the project appears to be crumbling.

2017-06-27T13:06:56+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Design-Build, Highways, Indiana, Public-Private Partnerships|
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