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Several things have changed since the Port Authority of Guam’s (PAG) present-day seaport was built in the 1960s. The methods and equipment used to transport people and goods have evolved to meet growing populations and increased trade demands. However, the PAG has remained largely untouched, and in 1999, ready for a sea change, it devised a master plan calling for capital improvements to its 1,000-acre space. 

Construction of the Deep Tunnel system in Chicago has been ongoing for more than 30 years. A project of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, the 130-mile network of tunnels acts as a reservoir to divert stormwater from spilling into rivers and lakes during heavy rainstorms.

Hawkins Construction Company works with the intent to master its field. From the beginning, the company has always aimed big. In fact, the first job brothers Kenneth and Earl Hawkins bid on and won was for the University of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium. That was in 1922, and by 1960 the company was grossing more than $20 million a year.

When it comes to water, people tend to focus on the preservation of it more than its movement. But at Florida Flow Control Inc., that movement is the very focus of its business. Based in Wellington, Fla., the company provides specialty water and wastewater contracting services to public, private and commercial owners.

As a leading cement producer in North America, Essroc Cement Corp. has the capacity to produce more than 6.5 million metric tons of cement each year and is known for its quality, consistency, innovation and exemplary service. A subsidiary of Italian cement giant Italcementi Group, the Nazareth, Pa.-based company has grown to include six cement plants, two cement grinding facilities, one cement blending and packaging facility, 14 cement terminals, 30 ready-mix batch plants, three aggregate facilities and two chemical admixture plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Puerto Rico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Quebec and Ontario.

Nearly every government official serving in or around Queens County, N.Y., agrees that the Kew Gardens Interchange improvement project could not have come soon enough. Many drivers use this changing point daily to gather their bearings and head on to various routes including Grand Central Parkway, the Van Wyck Expressway, the Jackie Robinson Parkway and Union Turnpike. It is also accessed by pedestrians travelling to the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) Briarwood subway station.

Only 30 miles long, the island of Guam is an unincorporated territory of the United States that is honeycombed with roads and bridges. Home to several U.S. military bases established after the Japanese occupation of the island during World War II ended, the 214-square-mile island is undergoing a massive upgrade of its road and bridge infrastructure to meet the needs of its growing population and an increased military presence.

If a growing community is like a growing plant, an inadequate highway system can be like a kink in a garden hose. If local roads aren’t capable of handling the increased traffic flow of a growing city, valuable resources are prevented from reaching where they are needed, and the town can wither and die. That’s what makes projects like the Dixie Drive Interchange in St. George, Utah, so important.

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