Infrastructure

Analysis Finds 2200 “High-Hazard” Dams In Poor Shape

The Associated Press reports: The dam at El Capitan Reservoir is seen Friday, April 8, 2022, in Lakeside, Calif. Constructed four generations ago, the massive rock and clay dam is capable of storing over 36 billion gallons of water — enough to supply every resident in San Diego for most of a year. Today, it’s three-quarters empty — intentionally kept …

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Biden To Require US Steel For Infrastructure Projects

The Associated Press reports: The Biden administration is taking a key step toward ensuring that federal dollars will support U.S. manufacturing — issuing requirements for how projects funded by the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package source their construction material. The guidance being issued Monday requires that the material purchased — whether it’s for a bridge, a highway, a water pipe …

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Pittsburgh Bridge Collapses Hours Before Joe Biden Arrives To Deliver Speech About Infrastructure [VIDEO]

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports: The bridge that carries Forbes Avenue through Frick Park collapsed in Pittsburgh early Friday morning. It was unclear if anyone was injured. Pittsburgh Public Safety tweeted that updates on possible injuries would come later Friday morning. A photo from Post-Gazette news partner KDKA-TV showed at least four vehicles that had fallen into the chasm left by …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Signs Historic Infrastructure Bill

The New York Times reports: President Biden is set to sign the $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law on Monday afternoon, a bipartisan victory that validates his throwback theory of how to get things done in Washington but that does not deliver on the full scale of his ambitions for overhauling the nation’s transportation and energy systems. Mr. Biden planned …

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Infrastructure Bill May Fund NYC Subway Extension

The New York Daily News reports: Coming soon to East Harlem: A subway more than 60 years in the making. The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill to be signed by President Biden on Monday is poised to unlock billions for mass transit projects in New York — and MTA leaders are eager for money to jumpstart construction on an extension of …

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Biden To Appoint Chief To Oversee Infrastructure Deals

Axios reports: President Biden plans to install a point-person in charge of infrastructure to ensure his administration properly implements its trillion-dollar legislation, two sources familiar with the plans tell Axios. Biden and his top aides know they need to flawlessly execute on their mammoth plan. It may be Biden’s best — and, perhaps, only remaining — opportunity to show voters …

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McConnell: Infrastructure Bill Is Godsend For Kentucky

Lexington’s CBS News affiliate reports: Monday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took a trip to Morehead to tour AppHarvest’s facility. After his tour with AppHarvest founder and CEO Jonathan Webb, Senator McConnell addressed dozens of the facility’s workers and gave a glowing review of the facility. He hopes money could come from the American Rescue Plan Act to help …

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House Approves Infrastructure Bill In 228-206 Vote

CNN reports: Congress has passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, delivering on a major pillar of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda after months of internal deliberations and painstaking divisions among Democrats. The final vote was 228-206. Thirteen Republicans voted with the majority of Democrats in support of the bill, though six Democrats voted against it. The bill now heads …

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Live Video: Possible House Vote On Infrastructure Bill

Nobody knows what might happen: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to pass a $1.9 trillion economic package and a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, two pillars of President Joe Biden’s agenda, is at risk of collapsing as leaders struggle to unify the progressive and moderate wings of the party, a dynamic that has consumed Democrats for the past several months. After …

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McConnell Credits Biden For Infrastructure Passage

The Wall Street Journal reports: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell credited President Biden with helping to get the roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed in the Senate, but said he doesn’t anticipate many more opportunities for Republicans to work with Democrats. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the Kentucky Republican also dismissed criticism from former President Donald Trump …

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Senate Approves Infrastructure Bill In 69-30 Vote

The New York Times reports: The Senate gave overwhelming bipartisan approval to a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Tuesday to rebuild the nation’s deteriorating roads and bridges and fund new climate resilience and broadband initiatives, delivering a key component of President Biden’s agenda. The vote, 69-30, was uncommonly bipartisan; the yes votes included Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate …

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Another “Unsafe” Miami Condo Building Evacuated

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: A condominium in Miami is being evacuated Monday after officials deemed it an unsafe structure. An evacuation noticed was posted at the entrance of the building at 5050 NW 7th Street. Hundreds of residents from 137 units had only hours to leave, according to a city official. “We have a lot of elderly owners here …

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Infrastructure Deal Expected To Get Final Vote Tonight

Politico reports: President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure deal cleared its final serious Senate hurdle Sunday night, putting the legislation on a glide path to passage as soon as late Monday. In a 68-29 vote, the Senate closed down debate on a bill negotiated by a bipartisan group of 10 senators that spends $550 billion in new money on the nation’s …

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Senators Unveil $1T Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

The Associated Press reports: After much delay, senators unveiled a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, wrapping up days of painstaking work on the inches-thick bill and launching what is certain to be a lengthy debate over President Joe Biden’s big priority. Despite the hurry-up-and-wait during a rare weekend session, emotions bubbled over once the bill was produced Sunday night. …

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Another Surfside Condo Evacuated After City Warning

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: It’s time to go. Everyone who lives at the Regent Palace condominium saw the destruction at Champlain Towers, less than six blocks away, and they don’t need to be forced out. They’re leaving or they’ve already left, voluntarily. The building was constructed 70 years ago on the beach at 93rd and Collins. The residents hired …

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Florida Construction Company Owner And GOP FL Rep Sponsored 2010 Bill Repealing Law On Condo Repairs

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: Late last year, after years of delays and disputes, the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association began a desperate search for $16.2 million to fix major structural damage that was slowly threatening the Surfside high-rise — and that may have contributed to the building’s partial collapse June 24. “If the owners would have had a reserve …

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DeSantis Won’t Commit To Action On Aging Buildings

The Miami Herald reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that condominiums in Florida are “kind of a dime a dozen, particularly in southern Florida,” but he would not commit to any state action to address concerns about the aging buildings, suggesting that Champlain Towers South “had problems from the start.” Speaking after a briefing on Tropical Storm Elsa at the …

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NYT Finds Lax Enforcement Of FL Building Regulations

The New York Times reports: Florida’s high-rise building regulations have long been among the strictest in the nation. But after parts of Champlain Towers South tumbled down on June 24, killing at least 24 people and leaving 121 unaccounted for, evidence has mounted that those rules have been enforced unevenly by local governments, and sometimes not at all. Miami-Dade County …

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Another “Unsafe” Miami Beach Complex Evacuated

The Miami Herald reports: Firefighters ordered residents to evacuate a low-rise condominium complex in Miami Beach Saturday night after a building inspector flagged a flooring system failure in a vacant unit and damage to exterior walls. Miami Beach firefighters responded to a call about a vacant unit in the 1600 block of Lenox Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. when they …

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“Unsafe” North Miami Beach Condo Tower Evacuated

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: A condo building in North Miami Beach has been closed and residents are being evacuated Friday after an audit and building inspection report outlined unsafe structural and electrical conditions. The city of North Miami Beach ordered the 156-unit Crestview Towers Condominium, located at 2025 NE 164th St., to be closed immediately and the evacuation of …

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