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News Demolition

Big chunk of New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge demolished with explosives

January 15, 2019 by Rebecca Gibian, The Associated Press

TARRYTOWN, N.Y.—A big chunk of the Tappan Zee Bridge went down in history — and the Hudson — Jan. 15 after a detonation that thrilled onlookers who played hooky from work and school to watch the spectacle. Despite a few

News ConstructionInfrastructure

Construction of $1.4B Calgary Cancer Centre on time, on budget as below-grade work continues

January 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—With four cranes overhead and 300 workers on-site, the largest infrastructure project in Alberta has begun taking shape. PCL Constructors Inc., which is overseeing the build, remains on time and on budget, according to the province’s Infrastructure ministry. Work began

News Roads

Maintenance isn’t ‘sexy’: Underfunding, bad repairs, cited for why Canadian roads are breaking down

January 14, 2019 by The Canadian Press

Across the country there’s a disconnect between constructing new infrastructure and keeping what we have in working order, one researcher says

News ConstructionFinancingGreen Construction

Feds fund country’s first geothermal electricity plant; $51.3M project will create 100 construction jobs

January 11, 2019 by On-Site Staff

REGINA—Thousands of small-scale geothermal boreholes have been drilled across Canada over the past several years for home heating, but until now, the country has not tapped into the clean source of energy to produce power. That’s set to change as

News Infrastructure

Ontario plans to start takeover of Toronto subway this spring, putting province in charge of future construction

January 11, 2019 by Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford’s plans to take over Toronto’s subway system could begin to take shape this spring with the introduction of legislation that would start the complex process, the government said Thursday. Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek said that while the

News Construction

Deal reached in northern B.C. pipeline impasse, allowing crews access to job site

January 11, 2019 by Amy Smart, The Canadian Press

SMITHERS, B.C.—Hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have reached a deal with the RCMP to allow a natural gas company access across a bridge that had been blocked in their territory. Following several hours of meetings, Chief Na’Moks told

News FinancingInfrastructure

No Infrastructure Bank money for public electricity grids, federal documents say

January 10, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A federal infrastructure agency created to finance new infrastructure — and alleviate the burden on the public purse — is not expected to back projects involving existing public electricity grids, newly released documents say. Many provinces need to upgrade their

News ConstructionLaw

Pipeline construction imbroglio: Trudeau says protest arrests not ‘ideal,’ but rule of law must be respected

January 9, 2019 by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted the benefits of a liquefied natural gas project that’s at the centre of an impasse with First Nations in a speech to supporters in Kamloops, B.C., on Wednesday. RCMP arrested 14 people Monday in

News DemolitionRoads

Commuters brace for dreaded ‘Seattle squeeze’ as construction crews demolish city’s waterfront viaduct

January 9, 2019 by Lisa Baumann, The Associated Press

The West Coast city has spent years digging a tunnel to replace an aging double-decker highway. The final drive to complete the project is expected to bring three weeks of mayhem

News Roads

After Humboldt: What is being done to reduce risks on Canadian roads?

January 9, 2019 by Ahmed Shalaby

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. The Humboldt Broncos bus crash last April caused 16 fatalities and

News Infrastructure

Feds open funding spigot for series of Ontario water infrastructure projects

January 9, 2019 by On-Site Staff

OTTAWA—A set of 10 water infrastructure projects ranging from a minor generator upgrade at Pelee Island’s wastewater plant to a multimillion-dollar lowering program in Halton Region are set to receive federal funding. Ottawa said Jan. 8 that it has set

News Roads

Alberta plots future road upgrades as heaviest-ever load snakes out of Edmonton en route to petrochemical site

January 8, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—The heaviest piece of equipment to ever move across Alberta’s road network has begun a four-day journey from a fabrication plant in Edmonton to the site of a new petrochemical facility a few dozen kilometres away. The 96-metre propylene-propane splitter

News BridgesFinancing

Quebec City consumed by debate over new span across St. Lawrence that could cost up to $10B

January 7, 2019 by Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—In car-loving Quebec City, residents can’t stop talking about what’s become known as the “third link” — a future bridge or tunnel crossing the St. Lawrence River. Newspapers and talk radio stations are consumed by the debate, and journalists regularly

News Construction

Construction employment slides in December, ends 2018 with slightly larger workforce

January 4, 2019 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—A construction hiring surge in November that saw the industry add nearly 15,000 jobs did not carry into December. According to Statistics Canada’s latest labour force survey, the construction industry shed 2,400 jobs, seasonally adjusted, in the final month of

News Roads

Driving improvement for Alberta’s roads

January 2, 2019 by Ron Glen

How would you feel if you read a notice in the elevator you were taking to the 30th floor that said 43 per cent of the cable carrying you was in fair to poor condition? Or the pilot announced that

News Infrastructure

Liberals look to Infrastructure Bank to finance rural, remote broadband internet

January 2, 2019 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—The federal infrastructure minister says he is looking to connect private backers with some of the country’s rural and northern communities to pay for badly needed broadband internet connections. Provincial governments have leaned heavily on the Liberals to use whatever

News Compact EquipmentHeavy EquipmentSkills DevelopmentSoftware / Hardware

Understanding the impact of engine idling

January 2, 2019 by Brian Humphrey, OEM Technical Liaison, Petro-Canada Lubricants

Downtime for a construction operation can cause significant disruption and have a real impact on a company’s bottom line. It’s therefore essential to ensure that equipment is running smoothly — even in the most difficult and extreme conditions. There are

News ConstructionGreen Construction

Construction industry embraces unlikely source of growth: shifting work off the job site

January 2, 2019 by David Kennedy

Modular building comes into its own as timeline and labour issues squeeze builders

News ConstructionHealth & Safety

Saskatchewan company fined $80K after crane strikes scissor lift with worker inside

December 28, 2018 by On-Site Staff

SASKATOON, Sask.—Crane rental agency Prairie Crane Inc. was slapped with a $80,000 fine after a worker operating a scissor lift was truck by an overhead crane. The worker suffered serious injuries to his arm and pelvis when the scissor lift

News ConstructionFinancingInfrastructure

Liberals hope infrastructure funding change solves construction delays, cost concerns

December 28, 2018 by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Canada’s infrastructure minister says an overhaul of how the government approves funding for projects should solve concerns about construction delays and escalating costs. Internal documents show that federal officials have been told that the first chunk of the Liberals’ infrastructure