Latest Heavy construction industry News

Italian company says new bridge can be built in 8 months

Aug. 21, 2018 2:16 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The board of the private company that controls the bridge that collapsed in Genoa approved on Tuesday an initial 500 million euros ($576 million) in funding to help victims and finance a new steel bridge that it says can be ready in about eight months. Autostrade per l'Italia's board said...

Moldova mulls new gas contract with Romania, not Russia

Aug. 21, 2018 7:48 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldova's government says it will wait for a new Romanian gas pipeline to be built rather than extend a deal with Russian energy company Gazprom. Economy Minister Chiril Gaburici told the TVC21 cable network that the economically-struggling nation, which relies on Russia for gas,...

Malaysian PM says China-financed projects canceled

Aug. 21, 2018 5:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Multibillion-dollar China-financed projects in Malaysia have been canceled because they aren't needed and will saddle the country with an unsustainable amount of debt, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters on the final day of a visit to Beijing on Tuesday. Mahathir told...

Dorena-Hickman Ferry closed for dredging work

Aug. 21, 2018 2:01 AM EDT

HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) — A ferry between Kentucky and Missouri is closed this week while dredging work is completed. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry will be closed until the work is complete. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said the ferry plans to perform some maintenance in the meantime. An Army Corps of...

El Salvador, Taiwan break ties as China isolates island foe

Aug. 21, 2018 1:38 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan broke off diplomatic ties with El Salvador on Tuesday as the Central American country defected to rival Beijing in the latest blow to the self-ruled island China has been trying to isolate on the global stage. The break in ties means Taiwan is recognized as a sovereign nation...

NYC commuters are spared a nightmare as road project starts

Aug. 20, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

UNION CITY, N.J. (AP) — The first day of a long-term road project expected to bring epic traffic jams for commuters to and from New York failed to live up to the hype Monday, giving them at least some hope that the predictions of "carmageddon" were overstated. Cars streamed along Route 495 toward the...

Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 percent

Aug. 20, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge's strength by 20 percent — a finding that came months before it collapsed last week, Italian media reported Monday. Despite the findings,...

Malaysia lobbies for Chinese help amid fiscal woes

Aug. 20, 2018 7:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Malaysia's leader said Monday that he hoped China would sympathize with his country's fiscal problems as he met with the country's leaders after suspending multibillion-dollar construction projects financed by Chinese loans. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said at a news briefing with...

Italy bridge designer warned in 1979 of risk of corrosion

Aug. 19, 2018 3:54 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian engineer who designed the Genoa bridge that collapsed and killed dozens warned four decades ago that it would require constant maintenance to remove rust given the effects of corrosion from sea air and pollution on the concrete. RAI state television broadcast excerpts Sunday of the...

Emails raise questions about ex-Texas congressman, new job

Aug. 19, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A former Texas congressman had tried steering a federal contract to the owner of a business who gave him a $160,000-a-year job after the congressman resigned amid sexual harassment allegations, according to a newspaper investigation published Sunday. Republican Blake Farenthold...