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Feds moving forward with replacement of Cape Cod bridges

Apr. 4, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — Federal officials are moving forward with replacement of the bridges that connect Cape Cod to mainland Massachusetts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday approved the final report on the project to replace the Bourne and Sagamore bridges with two new spans, the Cape Cod Times...

FILE - This Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 file photo shows the Hard Rock Hotel, which was under construction, after a fatal partial collapse in New Orleans.  A federal agency has issued citations against a dozen companies in connection with last fall's deadly partial collapse of a hotel under construction in New Orleans, Friday, April 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

OSHA cites companies in deadly New Orleans hotel collapse

Apr. 3, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal agency has issued citations against a dozen companies in connection with last fall’s deadly partial collapse of a hotel under construction in New Orleans. They include an engineering firm charged with a “willful” violation involving the design and approval...

Spillway opening Friday to safeguard New Orleans levees

Apr. 3, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Mississippi River is so high that a spillway west of New Orleans must be opened to safeguard the city's levees, an Army Corps of Engineers official announced Thursday. That will make an unprecedented third straight year, and the sixth time this decade, that the Bonnet Carré...

A resident is removed from the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing Monday, March 30, 2020, in Gallatin, Tenn. Multiple people tested positive for the coronavirus at the facility Friday. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued a statewide

Gov. Lee strengthens stay-at-home order, jobless claims soar

Apr. 2, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee strengthened a stay-at-home order Thursday after initially resisting a statewide mandate despite pleas from the medical community that more robust action was needed to confront the coronavirus. Lee, a Republican, said that a recent uptick in “movement...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Mississippi River flood water surrounds a home built on high ground outside of West Alton, Mo. With flood concerns already high in the Midwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning that many levees on the Missouri and Kansas rivers that were damaged during last year's devastating floods remain vulnerable to high water. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

Corps: Some levees damaged in 2019 still vulnerable

Mar. 31, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With flood concerns already high in the Midwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning that many levees on the Missouri and Kansas rivers that were damaged during devastating floods last spring remain vulnerable to high water. The National Weather Service has said Nebraska, Iowa,...

Road crossing Gavins Point Dam to close for at least 1 month

Mar. 26, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will close Crest Road crossing Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota, for at least a month. The road will close at 8 a.m. Tuesday so contractors can re-seal expansion joints in the powerhouse. That work was postponed last year due to a...

Patricia Vasquez, middle, from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, takes notes as she and fellow colleagues join staffers from the Arizona health department as they tour the currently closed St. Luke's Medical Center hospital to see the viability of reopening the facility for possible future use due to the coronavirus Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Army Corps of Engineers aids Arizona as virus surge looms

Mar. 25, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Officials from Arizona's health department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spent hours Wednesday scouring a shuttered Phoenix hospital to see how quickly it could be running if an expected surge of coronavirus cases hits. The state is looking to reopen two closed Phoenix hospitals and...

FILE - In this May 9, 2015, file photo, workers unload pipes in Worthing, S.D., for the Dakota Access oil pipeline that stretches from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois. A federal judge on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline, nearly three years after it began carrying oil.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access pipeline

Mar. 25, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline, nearly three years after it began carrying oil despite protests by people who gathered in North Dakota for more than a year. U.S. District Judge...

Oversize load damages and closes SC bridge over I-85

Mar. 24, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

COWPENS, S.C. (AP) — An illegal, oversize load damaged a bridge over Interstate 85 in South Carolina so badly it had to be closed, transportation officials said. The load hit the deck of the state Highway 110 bridge over I-85 near Cowpens on Monday afternoon, the South Carolina Department of Transportation...

Investigation temporarily halted at site of paper mill fire

Mar. 18, 2020 3:29 AM EDT

COOSA, Ga. (AP) — The investigation into a paper mill fire in Georgia was placed on hold Tuesday so structural engineers could make sure it's safe to scour the damaged building. Rome Fire Marshal Mary Catherine Chewning said two locations were being looked at as the possible point of origin of the weekend...