Dans ExcavatingDEI’s work on I-75 in Monroe, Mich., has made traveling better for commuters.

By Alan Dorich

When people drive, they prefer roads that are smooth and without conditions that can cause accidents. Dan’s Excavating Inc. (DEI) recently helped the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) provide commuters with that feeling of safety with its Interstate-75 reconstruction project in Monroe, Mich.

NeeserNeeser teamed up with the Alaska Department of Transportation to completely reconstruct the Glenn Muldoon Interchange for both drivers and pedestrians by utilizing the Diverging Diamond Interchange project.

By Stephanie Crets

Alaska-based Neeser Construction is a general contractor that blends real estate development with design/build construction expertise, priding itself on having more than 45 years of industry experience. The company works on 10 to 12 projects at a time that vary in size and scope and in industry such as heavy civil, infrastructure and vertical construction, including commercial, residential and retail.

Southland picSouthland Contracting’s tunneling expertise is helping Indianapolis deal with sewer overflow issues.

By Chris Petersen

Dealing with wastewater is one of civilization’s oldest problems, and it continues to be a major concern in growing municipalities where outdated infrastructure and rising demands call for big solutions. For example, consider the work being done under the streets of Indianapolis right now, as Citizens Water undertakes its largest sewer overflow project to date, the $1.6 billion Long Term Control Plan. Expected to be completed by 2025, the completed project will meet federal requirements to curb the overflow of raw sewage into local rivers and streams by building a 25-mile combined sewer overflow collection system consisting of numerous tunnels and pumping stations. 

CCA Civil pixThe new Wittpenn vertical lift bridge will be a sizable improvement.

By Russ Gager

Relief is on the way for drivers delayed on Route 7 by the old Wittpenn vertical lift bridge that was built over the Hackensack River in Jersey City, N.J., in 1930. CCA Civil, a subsidiary of China Construction America (CCA), which focuses on the heavy construction market in the New York metropolitan area, is partnering with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to build a new vertical lift bridge north of the existing bridge.

 The new bridge will provide for a minimum vertical clearance of 70 feet above the water in the closed position compared with the 35-foot height for the existing bridge. As a result, fewer openings of the new bridge are promised by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.


PW Power ESI

Energy Services Inc. brings skill and flexibility to energy projects.

By Chris Petersen

For more than 40 years, Energy Services Inc. (ESI) has provided the engineering and construction knowhow to projects that provide power worldwide, and the company continues to build upon its successes on projects like the recent Exelon Corporation Perryman 6 peaking power generation project in Harford County, MD. According to Executive Vice President, Raul Pereda, the installation of the new FT4000 aero-derivative gas turbine engine was packaged by PW Power Systems and is a prime example of how the company’s extensive expertise and flexibility make it a leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm.

Ouachita River bridgeThe new Ouachita River Bridge in Harrisonburg, La., will greatly improve traffic flow in the region.

By Jim Harris

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) early next year will complete the replacement of a more than 80-year-old bridge.

Contractor Gilchrist Construction in May 2014 began work on the new bridge, located on state route LA-8 in Harrisonburg, La. The $37 million bridge, which spans the Ouachita River, replaces a structure built in 1932, LaDOTD Project Engineer Charlie Franklin says. The contract for the project was awarded in late 2013.

Skanska picSkanska USA’s dedication to the environment and safety underpins its work on the realignment of California’s SR-58. By Jim Harris

Skanska USA is applying its core values and dedication to safety to a $115.8 million highway realignment project in California. The western branch of the construction leader’s civil division is leading an effort to widen and realign a portion of State Route 58 from a two-lane conventional highway to a four-lane expressway.

The nine-mile-long section, located in the unincorporated community of Hinkley in San Bernandino County, is the latest portion of Route 58 to receive an upgrade. The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) engineered, designed and is funding the project, supplemented with federal funds, in an effort to increase capacity on the highway and ensure motorist safety, Skanska USA Senior Project Manager John Matich says.


Ghilotti Ghilotti Construction Co. values its ability to build relationships and support its communities.

By Tim O’Connor

Richard Ghilotti was born into a construction family and learned early on that the industry was built on relationships. He had an opportunity to form those relationships early in his career while attending Santa Clara University where he made connections with many future owners and contractors. “It’s amazing how many people I went to college with who are in construction today,” Ghilotti says. “It helps to know some of the owners of the companies and have the ability to bid on their work.”

Those relationships led to Ghilotti’s company, Ghilotti Construction Co., being chosen to complete site preparation work for projects such as Sonoma Raceway and Skywalker Ranch, the workplace of “Star Wars” creator George Lucas. 

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