Everybody has waited at a railroad grade crossing seemingly forever for an endless freight train, and in the Southwest, coal trains can run for more than a mile. “We’re lowering I-10 and making Prince Road go above I-10 and over the railroad,” Pulice Construction Inc. Project Manager Aaron Insco explains. “One major reason for these jobs is the railroad. We have the Union Pacific Railroad running along the freeway in Tucson. They’re adding a double track to their existing line, which means they’re going to triple the amount of trains going through the town.”
Headquartered in Escondido, Calif., J.R. Filanc Construction Company Inc. is an extremely focused company. With approximately 250 employees working from offices in California, Arizona and Colorado, Filanc works solely on water and wastewater and related infrastructure projects.
In October, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) announced the completion of the $212 million reconstruction of New York’s Bronx approach roadway at Bronx-Whitestone Bridge. The work included rebuilding 1,785 feet of elevated roadway and constructing 15 new double-arch concrete piers beneath the bridge to support wider lines and safety shoulders – a new feature for the bridge.
The construction industry has been thrown many curves in recent years. From sudden slowdowns and cautiously optimistic upturns to transitions between hard-bid and design/build – many contractors have had to form new strategies to keep up with a dynamic market.
The Colorado DOT has put the U.S. 36 Express Lanes project on the fast-track. The 10-mile project includes five bridge replacements, the widening of three existing bridges, a new high-occupancy vehicle managed lane in each direction, and a complete reconstruction of the existing roadway, including interchanges. CDOT awarded the $310 million dollar project to the Ames-Granite Joint Venture team in April 2012. Construction is slated to be completed by spring 2015.
Will Noffke is living proof that when a company treats its employees well, its retention rates tend to hover close to 100 percent. Not only has Noffke served as the vice president of TL Wallace Construction Inc.’s heavy civil division for 24 years, but he oversees numerous employees who have turned down overtures from rival construction companies throughout the state of Mississippi to stay with TL Wallace.
For more than 10 years, Miami International Airport was known among travelers for one thing. “The community used to say this wasn’t an airport as much as it was a construction site with planes landing and leaving,” Airport Director Jose Abreu says.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines knew it had an access problem for many years. Fortunately, that problem is in the midst of being solved thanks to International Airport Development Company (IADC) Ltd. and the development of Argyle International Airport.