Posted on September 24, 2020 by iwano@_84
SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – An Ohio contractor has been awarded a $111 million contract to complete phase two of massive, multiyear project to build a new lock at the Soo Locks.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday that Kokosing Alberici LLC of Westerville, Ohio will stabilize the existing approach walls, allowing modern vessels to tie up and wait their turn to pass through the new lock. Construction will begin in spring 2021 and take about two years to complete.
“The Corps looks forward to beginning construction on the upstream approach walls next spring, and we continue to work hard to maintain the pace and meet all milestones in bringing our nation’s New Lock at the Soo to fruition,” said Detroit District Commander Lt. Col. Scott Katalenich.
The project’s first phase to deepen the upstream channel began this summer and is expected to be completed by November 2021.
Posted on September 22, 2020 by iwano@_84
RTD and the contracting team that built three commuter rail lines traded blame over costly delays and crossing-gate problems in court Monday as they opened a lengthy trial.
At stake is whether the Regional Transportation District must reimburse Denver Transit Partners for $111 million in costs that included crossing guards on the A-Line and B-Line, as well as delays and lost revenue for the G-Line. That line’s opening was pushed from late 2016 to April 2019, in large part because of the same issues.
DTP posted flaggers at train crossings for more than two years while it worked to dial in new wireless crossing-gate technology. That system was supposed to trigger gates to close about 30 seconds before a train came through, but gates often closed minutes in advance — though at least once, they didn’t close until a train already had passed through.
DTP and RTD struggled to win