Ground has been broken on the US 181 Harbor bridge replacement project in Corpus Christi, Texas.The design and construction contract for the project has been awarded to Flatiron/Dragados.The new $930M bridge, with a main-span of 1,665ft, is expected to be the largest cable-stayed bridge in the US and the third-largest worldwide.It will have a 205ft navigational clearance above the Main Turning Basin waterway, offering the largest ocean-going vessels access to the Port of Corpus Christi.The project will make use of modern bridge technologies, materials and construction techniques that will support a life-span of over 170 years.Texas governor Greg Abbott said: “I would like to congratulate TxDOT, the Port Authority and the City of Corpus Christi on this achievement. The new Harbor Bridge will mean more exports, more economic growth, and that means more jobs.“This bridge will do so much more than just help people get from one side of the bay to the other, it will transport this region from one economic era to an even more prosperous one."The bridge is expected to be complete in 2021.
The government of New Zealand has committed $435M for the construction of the new Christchurch Northern Corridor and the second stage of the Christchurch Southern Motorway. The $240M Christchurch Northern Corridor will be built to the east of Belfast, from the Waimakairiri River to Cranford Street. The project will facilitate North Canterbury commuters travelling into Christchurch. The $195M second stage of the Southern Motorway project will transform the State Highway 1 into four lanes, north of Rolleston. The contract for this second stage has been awarded to a joint venture between McConnell Dowell and Downer. According to NZ Transport Agency southern regional director Jim Harland, both motorways will help improve travel times and support the growth of Christchurch as an important freight distribution centre and export hub.These are the two last Christchurch Motorways projects to be built under the government’s Roads of National Significance programme.Construction on the projects is expected to commence in October, and be completed within four years.
China Railway Group has signed a $3.14bn contract with Bangladesh Railway for the construction of the Padma Bridge Rail Link project in Bangladesh.The 168.6km, single-track rail line will originate from the existing Dhaka station and will pass through the Padma Multi-Purpose Bridge, which is under construction, via Mawa to reach Jessore via Bhanga.The middle section of the line will connect with the existing Rajbari-Kashiani Railway and Faridpur-Bhanga Railway. The entire line will represent the new framework for the Southwest Bangladesh railway network.The project will include the construction of bridges, roadbeds, ancillary works, track-laying works and communication signals.It will also involve the construction of station buildings and ancillary works, purchase of vehicles, construction design, training programmes and remedying defects upon completion of the rail line.The line will have a target speed of 120kmph and is expected to be built within four-and-a-half years.
Construction works have started on the $420M Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 extension in Queensland, Australia.Stage 2 will involve the construction of three new light rail stations at Parkwood East, Parkwood and Helensvale and extra park-and-ride car parking facilities at Helensvale and Parkwood stations.Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe said: “Construction work will now accelerate in the race towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and will support up to 1,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction and operation.“Bulk earthworks and excavation are underway to prepare for the installation of the track to ensure this gold medal project is Games-ready before April 2018. “Four new trams will be required to service Stage 2 and they have already been ordered. They will be built in Germany and arrive in Australia by October 2017 and a total of 18 light rail vehicles will service both stages.”
US-based PCL Construction Services has been selected for the construction of the first phase of the Airside Terminal at Orlando International Airport’s South Terminal C.The scope of the project — part of the $1.8bn south terminal development — will include the construction of 16 airline gates and all associated improvements and infrastructure. The flexible gate configuration will be able to accommodate narrow body, jumbo, and super jumbo aircrafts. The development will also include site work, roadways, aprons, taxiways, landscaping, lighting, walkways, aircraft loading bridges, concessions, and security improvements.Rick Goldman, PCL Orlando district manager, said: “We are thrilled to play a leading role in bringing together local and diverse businesses in the construction of Orlando International Airport’s new terminal.“As part of the nation’s 9th busiest airport for passenger travel, this project will provide a seamless departure and arrival experience for millions of travellers each year.”Preconstruction on the new airside terminal will start in August 2016 and construction work will commence in the first quarter of 2017. The project is scheduled for completion in October 2019.PCL is also working on the Main Ticket Lobby Modifications project, which is expected to be complete in December 2017.
The OHL Group, through OHL USA and Judlau, has won two contracts worth $136M in Texas and New Jersey.OHL USA has bagged a $79M contract from the Texas Department of Transportation to build IH 35 from Stassney Lane to William Cannon Drive in Austin, Texas.The company will be responsible for reconstructing bridge structures along the roadway, new U-turns at Stassney Lane and William Cannon Drive, as well as the frontage road bridges over Williamson Creek.In addition, the project will include the widening of the mainlanes to include shoulders, the extension of entrance and exit lanes, the reconfiguration of ramps, the enhancement of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and the addition of new safety and high mast lighting. The total scope of the work for OHL covers 5km.Meanwhile, Judlau has won a $57M contract from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to restore the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge.The project will include the replacement of the deck, superstructure and substructures and on-grade approaches of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Helix, and construction of a temporary detour structure to maintain traffic.Judlau will also install detour bridge structures, temporary barriers and traffic impact attenuators on median barriers, as well as temporary storage facilities to replace those affected by the alignment of the temporary detour.
Transport for London (TfL) is seeking a contractor to construct the Barking Riverside extension in London, UK.The 4.5km extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking line will deliver London Overground services to a new station at the heart of the Barking Riverside community. Developer Barking Riverside, a joint venture between the GLA and London & Quadrant, is proving £172M in financing for the £263M project, with the remainder being provided by TfL.TfL's London Overground director Mike Stubbs said: "This vital new railway will open up the Barking Riverside area, supporting up to 10,800 new homes, along with new jobs and improved facilities for the local community."The London Overground network has helped regenerate other parts of London by providing a frequent, reliable and high standard rail services, and this rail extension will help Barking riverside to grow and develop."Construction on the project will commence in late 2017 with train services commencing in 2021.
Construction work on the Glasgow Queen Street tunnel in Scotland has been completed.The £60M project included the renewal of 1,800m of concrete slab track and installation of over 4,000m of new rails.It also involved the extension and alteration of station platforms and track layouts within Queen Street.The tunnel and station have also been prepared for the electrification of the main Glasgow-Edinburgh line, which is anticipated in 2017.Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “I am pleased to see the work on the Queen Street tunnel completed ahead of schedule and on-budget. This has been an unprecedented project, both in engineering terms and in the scale of the operation required to keep people moving and services diverted via the underground platforms during the works. “This is a key milestone in our programme of investment for Scotland’s railways and literally paves the way for the introduction of a new generation of electric trains.”ScotRail Alliance’s managing director Phil Verster said: “The successful, early delivery of this project will allow us to introduce faster, longer and greener trains on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line — delivering thousands of extra seats, shorter journey times and improved accessibility for customers.”In the coming three years, works will continue within Glasgow’s Queen Street with the extension of the station out towards George Square and the creation of new concourse and passenger facilities.
Vinci Construction Grands Projets in a joint venture with EMCC and Jan de Nul has secured a $147M contract to extend the port of Kingston in Jamaica.Under the contract, awarded by shipping group CMA CGM, the JV will be responsible for the refurbishment, reinforcement and upgrade of 1,200m of quays to seismic standards.Furthermore, dredging work in the access channel will be carried out. The project is expected to increase the alongside depth of the quays to enable them to handle container ships of larger capacity. According to Vinci, the port of Kingston — located near the Panama Canal at the crossroads between the North/South and East/West sea lanes — will become one of the three main container terminals in the Caribbean.Work on the project will be completed in 25 months.
India-based IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for the implementation of an INIR675bn ($101M) road project in Bihar, India.The scope of the project involves the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Birpur-Bihpur Section of the NH-106 in the state of Bihar, under Phase-I of the National Highways Development Project (NHDP). The construction firm has received the letter of acceptance from MoRTH in December 2015, but the agreement was only signed in July 2016.The project will be executed on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis and have a duration of 36 months. Work on the project will start immediately.IL&FS Engineering Services is also working on the Patna Gaya Dobhi Section of the NH-83 in Bihar for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission has awarded a $755M contract to Dragados Team joint venture for the construction of a new parallel tunnel at the Thimble Shoal Channel.The new tunnel will be around one mile in length, and will have an outer diameter of 42ft. Construction work is set to commence in late 2017, with the renovation of the Island 1 fishing pier.
US-based Granite Construction has secured a $128M contract from the California Department of Transportation for the State Route 99 realignment project in Fresno, California. Under the contract, Granite will act as construction manager and general contractor for the project, which includes the construction of a reconfigured interchange, overhead structures and infrastructure, to accommodate the high-speed rail system between the existing freeway and the Union Pacific Railroad.The project also includes the re-routing of local streets to accommodate the realigned freeway and relocation of utilities to support the project. The California High Speed Rail Authority has provided financing for the project, which is scheduled to be complete by September 2018.
London City Airport has secured a planning consent for a £344M expansion project that will enable the airport to welcome 6.5M passengers by 2025.The project includes construction of seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and passenger terminal extension.It is believed that the expansion project will allow the airport to welcome quieter, next-generation aircraft and add more capacity. The airport will also be able to add about 32,000 extra flights by 2025, and the expansion will open up opportunities for airlines to serve longer-haul destinations including the Middle East, Turkey, Russia and the east coast of the US.London City Airport’s CEO Declan Collier said: “Expansion at London City Airport will create more than 2,000 new jobs in East London, add much-needed aviation capacity in the South East, and generate an additional £750M per year for the UK economy. I welcome the decision and look forward to delivering new airport capacity for the South East by 2019.”The project will create 500 construction jobs and 1,600 jobs upon completion.
India-based Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) has secured an INR17.49bn ($260M) contract to build two tunnels and a bridge in Jammu and Kashmir, India.Under the contract, awarded by IRCON International, HCC will be responsible for the construction of two main tunnels, the T13 and part of T14, totalling 12.8km along with parallel safety tunnels, a 200m bridge adjoining the two tunnels and a station yard at Basindadhar.HCC’s president and CEO Arun Karambelkar said: "The company is currently engaged in tunnelling works of over 280km across various sectors. Repeat orders from IRCON reflect our expertise in executing complex projects under challenging conditions."The project will be executed within 30 months.
London’s Gatwick Airport has chosen 17 construction and engineering companies for the next stage of its £2.5bn transformation. The appointment follows the visit of the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to the airport to support a second runway. The next stage of its transformation include building, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering works for low-complexity projects up to £1.5M and for medium-complexity projects between £1M-£10M.Gatwick’s development director Raymond Melee said: “These contractors will help to deliver the next phase of Gatwick’s transformation, which has already seen £1.3bn of investment since independent ownership in 2009.“Gatwick is growing fast with more than 41M passengers a year now travelling through the world’s busiest single-runway airport — a decade ahead of industry predictions. As we rapidly approach full capacity Gatwick stands ready to deliver a second runway.”The 17 contractors chosen for the development are Vinci, Galliford Ty, Balfour Beatty, Volker Fitzpatrick, Interserve, Harvey Group, Murphy, Kier, Wates, Marco, Dyer & Butler, Colas, BAM Nuttall, Raymond Brown, Gratte Bros, SSE Contracting and Ergro.
India-based IL&FS Engineering and Construction Company has secured a letter of acceptance from Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited for the construction of Nagpur Metro Rail Project in Maharashtra, India.Under the INR5.32bn ($79M) contract, the company will be responsible for the construction of seven elevated metro stations, and three at-grade stations and viaducts.Construction on the project is set to be complete within 110 weeks.Currently, the company is executing metro rail projects in Bangalore for Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited, in Gurgaon for Phase II of the Rapid Metro Rail Project (RMRG), in Kolkata for Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), and in Ahmedabad for the Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar & Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved a total of $600M of funding for the construction of a new terminal to replace Terminals C and D for Delta Air Lines at LaGuardia Airport. The Port Authority plans to contribute $200M towards the Delta terminal for new concourses and ramp work and $185M for the construction of an electrical substation and the expansion of the East Garage, along with any necessary temporary parking solutions during construction. Furthermore, $215M will go towards roadways and other supporting infrastructure. Delta Air Lines will be responsible for performing and managing the construction work, with full responsibility for any cost over-runs. The development, which represents the second phase of the airport’s redevelopment and modernisation program, will help unify the airport through the interconnection of Terminal B with the new 37-gate Terminal C&D facility which will house Delta. The second phase of the project is expected to cost about $4bn. Work on the Delta phase of the project is expected to start in 2017 — subject to approval from the Federal Aviation Administration — and is scheduled to be complete in 2024. The main head house of the new terminal is anticipated to open in 2020.
A joint venture (JV) of Shimmick Construction, Traylor Bros., and Granite Construction has won an $875M contract from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) to build the elevated guideway and stations around the Honolulu International Airport.The JV will be responsible for the design and construction of 8.4km of elevated guideway and four stations from the airport to Middle Street.All the participants in the JV are mainland-based construction companies. HART’s executive director and CEO Dan Grabauskas said the group’s final proposal of $875M was the “best value” of the three analysed by HART.Construction on the airport’s part of the guideway is set to commence in six months.
Highways England has announced that work on Lancashire County Council’s £124M Heysham Link project is nearing completion.The new road will link Heysham with junction 34 of the M6, and will be officially named the Bay Gateway later this year.The new slip road onto the northbound M6 is now being built. For that, the existing access south of the River Lune will be closed for 10 days, starting 22 July 2016, Highways England announced.Highways England project manager Paul Elliott said: “Although Heysham Link is a county council project along the local road network, its connection to the M6 is delivering significant improvements at junction 34 of the motorway with better entry and exit slip roads.“The closure of the existing northbound entry slip road to complete these improvements is part of that.”The road project started in January 2014 and is scheduled to be complete in October.
UK-based architectural firm Grimshaw Architects has been selected by Heathrow Airport to design the concept for the £16bn Heathrow’s expansion project.Grimshaw was chosen from a shortlist of four of the UK-based architects, which included Zaha Hadid, HOK and Benoy.This selection follows the announcement of Arup, CH2M, MACE and Turner & Townsend as programme client partners for the project in March 2016.Heathrow’s head of design Barry Weekes said: “We look forward to working with Grimshaw to develop their bold ideas so that once the government approves the Heathrow expansion, we can create a world-class sustainable hub airport which delivers for our passengers, our airlines and also helps to integrate Heathrow with our local communities.“With the Concept Architect and Programme Client Partners now in place, we are now ready to begin the process of expansion once the government makes the right choice for the whole of Britain.”