The government of Canada has announced an investment worth over CAD170m ($131.2m) to protect and preserve Parks Canada’s five historic canals in Quebec.Parks Canada, an agency of the government of Canada that is operated by the Minister of the Environment, will use the funding for projects including reconstruction work on the walls of the Lachine Canal, on the lock of the Carillon Canal, and on the locks and bridges of the Chambly Canal.The investment will be used to upgrade and reconstruct heritage buildings such as the Chambly Canal superintendent’s house and to construct structures that preserve biodiversity, such as the Vianney-Legendre Fish Ladder on the Saint‑Ours Canal. Further, service areas and footpaths will be constructed for the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal.Minister of environment and climate change Catherine McKenna said: “Through this significant investment, our government is protecting and preserving these treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and enhancing the charm and attractiveness of these heritage sites.“I encourage Canadians to visit and experience Parks Canada’s special places and to enjoy the outdoors, while learning about our rich history and heritage.”
The board of directors of the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) has chosen to award a $108m contract to O.C. Jones & Sons for the construction of a 9.5-mile roadway project in California.The scope of the contract will include the construction of the infrastructure and station platforms for AC Transit’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, which is being developed in three separate projects. O.C. Jones & Sons received the contract for the third project.
Granite Construction has won a $209m contract for modification of the 59/20 interchange in Alabama, US.The scope of the contract, awarded by the Alabama Department of Transportation, will include the construction of the interchange at I-59/20 and I-65 on the northwest side of the Central Business District in Birmingham.In addition, work will involve the construction of new direct connector bridges to downtown, widening of existing bridges, replacement of crossover bridges, and upgrades to main lane pavement.Construction on the project is expected to commence in early 2016, and will be completed by the end of 2018.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport general manager Miguel Southwell has unveiled details of the airport’s capital plan.Dubbed ATLNext, the 20-year capital plan will include upgrades to atrium and the exterior of the domestic terminal.
A joint venture (JV) of Granite Construction Company, Fluor, and Ames Construction has won a $917m contract from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to build the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ferrovial Agroman has won a contract from the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to design and build a 22-mile section of high-speed railway line in the Central Valley, California.
The Lane Construction Corporation has secured a $108m contract to build the final section of the I-85 widening project from north of Lane Street (Exit 63) to north of the U.S. 29/601 Connector in North Carolina.
Construction is set to start on the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge replacement project in Dare County, North Carolina.
Purple Line Transit Partners, a consortium including Meridiam, Fluor Enterprises, and Star America, has won a contract to design-build, finance, operate and maintain the $2bn Purple Line light rail transit public-private partnership project in Maryland, US.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has signed an agreement with the city’s major airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a $1.3bn infrastructure project at the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois.
Construction is underway on GO Transit’s new $859.2m East Rail Maintenance Facility in Whitby, Ontario.
Construction work has commenced on the $113m South Bay Rapid project in California.
The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has agreed to provide $300m in extra funding for two railway projects in Los Angeles County, California.
TransEd Partners, a consortium between EllisDon, Bechtel, Bombardier and Fengate Capital Management, has achieved financial closure on the $1.8bn Valley Line LRT Stage 1 tram project in Edmonton, Canada.