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US - The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved on February 15 a major rehabilitation and resiliency project for the Holland Tunnel to repair and restore critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems caused by Superstorm Sandy, and to install protective measures to mitigate future flooding in the facility.
China - French mould manufacturer CBE has delivered moulds for an unusual project. The city of Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province is constructing a ‘technical gallery’. The project calls for two tunnels, each split into two chambers (see photo). The first tunnel is to carry both sewage and electrical cables and the second is to carry water and electrical cables.
Hong Kong - Gammon Construction has been awarded a HKD 6.2bn (USD 790M) contract by the Hon Kong Highways Department to construct the Kai Tak West Section of the Central Kowloon Route in Hong Kong.
Australia – The first of three sheds to be built in the Melbourne CBD to reduce noise, dust and light from construction of the Metro Tunnel is now complete.
USA - Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced February 7 the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT) received four responses to the RFQ to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the O’Hare Express operating system.
USA - The officials from California governor Jerry Brown’s office have released plans to build the 30 miles (48km) of tunnels for WaterFix (previously known as the Delta Tunnels) in two stages.
US - HNTB Corporation announced two new leadership roles on its national tunnel and underground team on February 7.
Bahrain - Joseph Gallagher successfully installed its first microtunnel of 2018 in Bahrain. The project was to install a short drive, some 35m, of 600mm steel pipe underneath a road to form part of a new sewer network, the North Sitra Sewage Scheme.
USA - California governor Jerry Brown named Joseph Hedges of Seattle, Washington, of the SR 99 tunnel project, chief operating officer at the California High-Speed Rail Authority on January 19.
USA - Hatch announced last month Joshua Nelson joined the company as principal project director-transportation. Nelson previously served as the senior vice president, transportation systems, for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where he was responsible for various transportation facilities, operations and transit services throughout New York City.