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Granite picA replacement bridge over the Colorado River will make for a smoother entrance into the resort community of Glenwood Springs.

By Tim O’Connor

Glenwood Springs, Colo., is a town that relies on tourism. Located about an hour from the famous ski slopes of Aspen, the resort community is busy year-round as vacationers seek out its hot springs, bike trails and rafting rapids. The local economy is intertwined with recreation, but with only one major road through town, it’s understandable that residents are skeptical of any project that might drive visitors away.

In the 1990s, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) tried to replace the Grand Avenue Bridge – which spans the Colorado River and I-70 to serve as the only access point into downtown Glenwood Springs from the north – but the plan was defeated by local opposition. The need for a replacement bridge has only grown in the past two decades as the structure continued to deteriorate. Determined to come up with a project the public would support, CDOT sought out a contractor that would engage residents to lessen the impact of construction and detours on the community. It found that partner in Granite Construction Inc.

Delaware DOT picDelDOT’s latest project will not only improve safety, but also serve as a learning opportunity for future employees.
By Bianca Herron

Delaware’s Department Of Transportation (DelDOT) is responsible for 90 percent of the roads in the state. Maintaining everything from interstate highways to neighborhood streets, DelDOT strives to make every trip taken in the state safe, reliable and convenient for travelers not only via roads, but also by rails, buses, airways, waterways, bike trails and walking paths.

“We have regional traffic coming through from Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey,” Chief Engineer Robert McCleary says. “We have 1,600 bridges and maintain about 13,000 lane miles of highway. We have an agency of about 2,800 employees and our total operating budget is nearly $1 billion. It includes the Department of Motor Vehicles as well as the Delaware Transit Corporation, which are both subsidiaries of our agency. Additionally, we’re the 49th state in terms of size, but we rank near 17th in lane miles. So we have a real robust program for a small state.”

Stacy and Witbeck picStacy and Witbeck’s light rail project features a roundabout that will alleviate traffic congestion.
By Alan Dorich

When Stacy and Witbeck arrives on a project site, they concentrate on delivering the best outcome. “We have a lot of high-quality people who really focus on the customer and the community,” Project Manager Jennifer Donaldson says.

The company brings this focus to its Gilbert Road Light Rail Extension project in Mesa, Ariz. The project, she explains, is a 1.7-mile extension of the Valley Metro Light Rail system that will add one park-and-ride and two stations.

But the most distinctive feature, she notes, will be a four-way roundabout with the light rail traveling through it. “There’s a similar, three-way roundabout in Utah,” Donaldson says, noting that Stacy and Witbeck built that roundabout.

Beltline EnergyBy Chris Kelsch

In 2005, the federal government introduced a 30 percent construction tax credit for businesses and homeowners looking to erect solar panels to generate energy. And while states like California took the early lead in developing solar sites, various states followed with mandates that their utilities buy a certain amount of solar power.

Georgia Power, Georgia’s largest utility, furthered that state’s renewable energy push in 2011 with the Large-Scale Solar (LSS) initiative, in 2013 with its advanced Solar Initiative (ASI), and in 2016 with its Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI). It committed to buy over a gigawatt of power generated by the sun and introduced incentives to encourage the use of solar power.

Liesfeld Contractor picLiesfeld Contractor has evolved from residential lot grading to a host of heavy civil capabilities including site preparation and road building during its 45-year history.
By Jim Harris

Liesfeld Contractor Inc.’s ability to expand into diverse markets and adapt to the latest developments in its industry have helped it to grow significantly during its 45-year history.

Founded in 1972 by Joe Liesfeld Jr. as a small residential home lot grading provider, the company greatly evolved its capabilities during its first few decades in business to include additional work in the residential and commercial sectors. Liesfeld Contractor has further grown in the 21st century into the industrial and governmental markets.

Montana picCable distributor Montana is expanding its product and service offerings for the New York construction market.

By Tim O’Connor

The construction market has rebounded across the country since the Great Recession, bringing jobs and activity back into the industry. In few places is that recovery more evident than New York City.

The New York Building Congress forecasts that construction spending and employment are approaching or exceeding record territory. The organization estimated that construction spending reached $43.1 billion in the Big Apple in 2016, exceeding $40 billion for the first time. A total of $127.5 billion worth of building is expected to occur through 2018.

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PCL Lake Barkley BridgePCL Construction aims to finish the Lake Barkley Bridge in spring 2018.
By Alan Dorich

When PCL Construction builds a complex project, it makes sure to put an emphasis on safety. “The project team and company care about the workers,” Project Manager Eric Chavez says. “It’s just a great company to work for.”

The contractor is applying that focus to its Lake Barkley Bridge project in Canton, Ky., which will connect the state’s Land Between the Lakes area. The structure also will replace the Henry Lawrence Memorial Bridge, which was built in 1932 and recently declared obsolete.

When finished, the Lake Barkley Bridge will widen 1.5 miles of the approach of US 68/KY 80 from two to four lanes. Each lane will be 11 feet wide with four-foot shoulders and a 10-foot pedestrian/bicycle path.

This marks PCL’s first project with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). “They’re a really good owner to work with,” Chavez says.

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