Aging US Infrastructure Faces Challenges and Uncertainty, Sparks Debate

Since the recent World Economic Forum annual survey ranked the US infrastructure system 23rd in the world, the country has focused on how to repair and modernize critical pieces of infrastructure, including power lines, roads, bridges, and  ports. The October 2011 issue of Construction Headline News focuses on the challenges ahead in reconstructing America’s aging framework and some of the most significant projects in the works.

This month’s issue also highlights a $15.75 million settlement in favor of Mitchell Engineering against The City of San Francisco for faulty designs, among other issues, on the Fourth Street Bridge. Another large lawsuit already looms over the light rail line proposed through the California Valley, which could cost up to $3.5 billion, and has yet to start construction. The $35 million Lake Oswego High School gym in Oregon is experiencing major defects with a leaky roof that has caused the district to pursue two lawsuits against the

architect and contractor. Also of news, Florida and Georgia are experiencing major booms in apartment and hospital construction, respectively. South Florida plans to build over 4,000 rental units, while areas around Atlanta, Georgia, are seeing multi-million dollar health-care facilities take shape.

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