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Saturday, November 17, 2018 :: 5:39:42 AM

West

Slashed I-25 Costs Allow for Immediate Relief

An original $350 million project cost was reduced to $93 million when the New Mexico Department of Transportation decided to focus on only immediate traffic needs in Albuquerque by increasing capacity to serve the next 20 years, according to Michael Smelker, project engineer of the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

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West

Contractor Fined After Killing Worker During Botched Rescue Attempt

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A construction company will have to pay $560,000 in connection with the death of an employee who officials say was fatally injured when other workers tried to rescue him from a collapsed trench.

Click to Read More | Contractor Fined After Killing Worker During Botched Rescue Attempt

Southeast

State Demolished 40 Homes For Now-Abandoned Project

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - The first home Brunilda Galarza ever owned, she surrendered to the government to be razed and submerged beneath a 10-acre drainage pond.

Like dozens of other residents in the neighborhood just outside Altamonte Springs, she and her husband packed up and cleared out of their community, then watched as cranes moved in behind them to tear down their homes.

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West

Not in My Yard - Lawmaker Now Opposes High-Speed Rail

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Democratic state Assemblywoman Patty Lopez of San Fernando said she is withdrawing support for California's high-speed rail project amid opposition in her district and that five other legislative Democrats are also reconsidering their support, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

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West

Waxahachie Businessman Turns Opportunity Into Income

One could say that Hugh Grandstaff, founder of hlh&r Metals Recycling LP in Waxahachie, Texas, has always been in the recycling business. He just took a long time off to fulfill a dream of being a pilot.

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West

Big B Crane Expands Fleet, Capabilities With Terex HC285

Big B Crane & Rigging of Burleson, Texas, recently purchased a new 285-ton (260 t) Terex HC 285 lattice boom crawler crane, making it the highest capacity crane in the company’s fleet. The first such model operating in the United States, the HC 285 crawler crane offers a lift chart rivaling that of 300-ton (270 t) class cranes but in a design that is easy to assemble and transport, similar to that of smaller 250-ton (225 t) class cranes.

Click to Read More | Big B Crane Expands Fleet, Capabilities With Terex HC285

West

Kirby-Smith Welcomes Odessa, Texas Operations Manager, Shawn Ballard

Kirby-Smith Machinery Inc. announced the hiring of its new operations manager for the Odessa branch, Shawn Ballard. As operations manager, Ballard will be responsible for Odessa’s branch operations, including parts, service and rental operations oversite.

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West

Kizer Named New Store Manager of RDO Equipment

Trey Kizer has been named store manager of RDO Equipment Co. at the company’s Hewitt, Texas location.

Kizer has been employed with RDO Equipment Co.’s sales department for nearly 13 years. In his new role as store manager, he’ll be responsible for all sales, parts, service, rental and store operations in Waco.

Click to Read More | Kizer Named New Store Manager of RDO Equipment

West

Vermeer Texas-Louisiana Opens New Facility in Amarillo

Vermeer Texas - Louisiana, an underground and environmental equipment dealer with 12 locations across Texas and south Louisiana, celebrated the grand opening of a new facility in Amarillo, Texas. The new facility replaces the location on the southeast side of the city that had been open since 2007.

Click to Read More | Vermeer Texas-Louisiana Opens New Facility in Amarillo

West

Kip Moore, Case, ASCO Treat Workers to Free Lunch

Multi-platinum country music star Kip Moore, and his partners at Case Construction Equipment and ASCO Equipment, brought an army of food trucks to a construction site in San Antonio to treat the workers to lunch.

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West

TxDOT Awarded $20 Million Grant to Improve Rural Transit

The Texas Department of Transportation was awarded more than $20 million in federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants to improve transportation services for rural populations.

Click to Read More | TxDOT Awarded $20 Million Grant to Improve Rural Transit

Northeast

Seven Injured After Scaffolding Collapses

WPIX11 in New York City is reporting that a scaffolding collapse at a Hackenstack, New Jersey construction site left three people critically hurt and others with serious injuries.

Laborers were working on the roof of a building at 139 Tracy Place in Hackensack around 3:30 p.

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West

BNSF Finalizes Work on Logistics Center at Sweetwater in West Texas

The final aspects of the $27.9 million investment by BNSF Railway for construction of the Logistics Center at Sweetwater in west Texas were completed — $21.9 million for the logistic center and $6 million for improvements to supporting track in the area, a project that began in September 2013.

Click to Read More | BNSF Finalizes Work on Logistics Center at Sweetwater in West Texas

West

Commission Gives OK for Nine Projects Using Prop 1 Funding

The Texas Transportation Commission approved nine roadway improvement projects using Proposition 1 funding. The projects, totaling almost $437 million worth of roadway construction, rehabilitation and restoration, will enhance the safety, mobility and connectivity in Texas.

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West

'Corkscrew Bridge' May Replace State's Last Swing Bridge

SARGENT, Texas (AP) Anna Carter was once a regular at Sargent Island, but after a barge struck the Sargent Swing Bridge on Farm Road 457 just before Memorial Day a year ago, she’d rather stay home.

“Ever since the barge hit, it’s subconsciously in your mind that you don’t want to go to the beach,’’ said Carter.

Click to Read More | 'Corkscrew Bridge' May Replace State's Last Swing Bridge

West

JCB Backhoe Loader to Help Clinton Foundation Initiative in East Africa

A JCB 3DX backhoe will soon be in service in Iringa, Tanzania, as part of the Clinton Foundation’s agricultural development initiative for smallholder farmers in East Africa.

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West

Sennebogen Plans to Expand Factory in Southern Germany

Sennebogen will expand its Plant II facility in southern Germany, by approximately 350,000 sq. ft. (35,000 sq m). The project also will include a new 67,000 sq. ft. (6,700 sq m) assembly and paint facility.

Click to Read More | Sennebogen Plans to Expand Factory in Southern Germany

West

Alex Lyon & Son Host December Sale in Saginaw, Texas

Alex Lyon & Son held an equipment sale on Dec. 1 in Saginaw, Texas, near Dallas. Buyers came from many states, including Texas, Oklahoma and Florida to bid on a variety of merchandise available for sale.

Click to Read More | Alex Lyon & Son Host December Sale in Saginaw, Texas

West

Low Level Pumping Station Work Begins on Lake Mead

As a companion to Intake No. 3 on Lake Mead, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) is building the low lake level pumping station, a project whose cost is estimated at $650 million, in the Lake Mead Click to Read More | Low Level Pumping Station Work Begins on Lake Mead

National

Bobcat Expands Attachment Versatility With Spreader

Bobcat Company has broadened its utility vehicle attachment versatility with a new spreader, available for Model Year (MY) 15 3400, 3600 and 3650 utility vehicles.

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National

Watch Vikings/U.S. Bank Stadium Construction Time-Lapse

Following the roof enclosure in late-November, construction of U.S. Bank Stadium is 80% complete. As the Minnesota Vikings prepare to kick off next season in their new stadium, watch the project from roof deflation to roof installation with EarthCam’s one-minute time-lapse.

Click to Read More | Watch Vikings/U.S. Bank Stadium Construction Time-Lapse

National

Mack Truck's New Video Making Grown Men Cry

The holiday season is a time for memories, and a new video from Mack has awakened a flood of them – and in some cases tears – from those who have seen it. The video, “The Horn,” shows a man’s love for trucks from the time he was a boy until now as a driver.

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National

AED: FAST Act Will Generate Billions in Equipment Market Activity

A new analysis by Associated Equipment Distributors shows the significant economic impact the recently enacted Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act or “FAST Act” will have on construction equipment distributors and manufacturers.

Click to Read More | AED: FAST Act Will Generate Billions in Equipment Market Activity

National

CASE Adds Two New Excavators to D Series Lineup

CASE Construction Equipment has introduced two new crawler excavators to its D Series lineup: the CX130D and CX160D. These new models are designed to provide significant operational gains, including cycle times up to 5 percent faster, improved responsiveness and multifunctional controls, and up to 8 percent greater fuel efficiency.

Click to Read More | CASE Adds Two New Excavators to D Series Lineup

National

New Highway Bill Will Have Cement Consumption on the Rise

With the passage of a five-year federal transportation bill, cement manufacturers will see a rise in consumption according to the Portland Cement Association (PCA).

The Fixing America¹s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act will provide more than $305 billion to maintain and improve the nation¹s roads and bridges.

Click to Read More | New Highway Bill Will Have Cement Consumption on the Rise

West

ODOT Repairs Historic 83-Year-Old Rock Wall

Restoration work is underway on a historic wall along the designated scenic Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast that was originally constructed in 1932. Built some 400 ft. (122 m) above the Pacific Ocean, the basalt rock wall stretches as much as 20 ft.

Click to Read More | ODOT Repairs Historic 83-Year-Old Rock Wall

West

ConocoPhillips Approves $900M Arctic Reserve Project

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ConocoPhillips has approved funding for a $900 million drilling project on Alaska’s North Slope.

When production begins in 2018 at the field in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska — an Indiana-sized Arctic reserve — the project is expected to yield 30,000 barrels of oil daily at its peak, The Alaska Dispatch News reports.

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National

'Between the Road and the Load' — the Right Trailer

Long before a single load is booked or any wheels turn, someone — usually a fleet manager — needs to determine exactly what is going to separate the road and the load.

There’s a lot riding on this decision because, as much as some would like to think otherwise, a trailer is never just a trailer.

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National

Case Teams Up for Training, Erosion Abatement Project

Case Construction Equipment, the National Wildlife Refuge Association, the U.

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National

IROCK RDS-15 Mobile Crusher Features Return Conveyor, 20 Percent Boost in Production

IROCK Crushers offers a RDS-15 horizontal impact crushing plant. As the name suggests, the RDS — rapid deployment system — provides exceptional portability and rapid set-up time, according to the manufacturer.

Click to Read More | IROCK RDS-15 Mobile Crusher Features Return Conveyor, 20 Percent Boost in Production

National

Morbark Honored With 'Pillar of the Industry' Award for Third Consecutive Year

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) honored Morbark Inc. with its “Pillar of the Industry” award, reflecting Morbark’s work to improve the business environment for the equipment manufacturing industry.

Click to Read More | Morbark Honored With 'Pillar of the Industry' Award for Third Consecutive Year

National

Cool Flow Reduces Cab Overheating

The Cool Flow hydraulic oil cooler from Loftness Specialized Equipment greatly reduces the risk of overheating in skid steers and hydraulically powered attachments when operating in demanding applications and hot work environments.

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National

Elliott Equipment Reveals E145 E-Line

Elliott Equipment Company and Utility One Source have revealed the E145 E-Line aerial work platform model. The E145 is a 145 ft. (44 m) truck-mounted aerial device that features an ANSI A92.2 aerial designation, material handling capabilities and dozens of new features and benefits.

Click to Read More | Elliott Equipment Reveals E145 E-Line

West

Telescope Foes Want Equipment Gone

HONOLULU (AP) Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope want construction equipment and vehicles removed from Mauna Kea now that the Hawaii Supreme Court has invalidated the project’s permit.

In a Dec.

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West

Contractor Prepares to Demolish Idaho Falls Historic Reactor

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) A cleanup contractor is preparing to demolish a 1960s-era nuclear reactor west of Idaho Falls.

Work to remove the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II began in the spring, when contractors successfully entombed most of the reactor vessel in concrete, The Post Register reported.

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Southeast

Baptist to Better Serve Miss. With New $300M Facility

Construction crews are working to complete a major $300 million replacement facility for Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi, which will serve Oxford, Lafayette County and the surrounding area.

Click to Read More | Baptist to Better Serve Miss. With New $300M Facility