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Norway – Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen has given the go-ahead to the Stad Tunnel, the world’s first ship tunnel. The announcement came after the release of the country’s National Transport Plan 2018-2029. Funding has been earmarked for the project in the first half of this period. The earliest the project could start is 2019.
US - WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff announced April 17 Sean Lee, a senior supervising engineer in the New York office, will manage tunnel projects.
US - The Federal Railroad Administration and New Jersey Transit have identified a preferred alternative for examination in the EIS for new tunnels under the Hudson River, it was announced in early April.
Austria – The pipeline inspection equipment company Mini-Cam has opened a new factory in Austria. The site was set up for its subsidiary, InPipe Innovation and it has allowed the subsidiary to move from a small workshop to a 7,500 sq ft (700 sq m) facility in the Alpine village of Riezlern, Kleinwalsertal, near the German border.
US – Fort Wayne City Council approved USD 18.5M in engineering and construction management contracts for the Three Rivers Protection and Overflow Reduction Tunnel on April 4.
Australia – SMEC has appointed Alexandre Gomes as chief technical principal Tunnels and Underground. Based in SMEC’s Sydney office, the company said Gomes brings knowledge and global experience in the field of underground engineering to generate innovative, economical and practical engineering solutions.
The Los Angeles Country Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) announced April 6 the TBM mining the Crenshaw/LAX tunnels arrived at the Leimert Park Station, thereby completing the second of the project’s twin rail tunnels on the underground section of the 8.5-mile (13.6km) line.
US – The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, awarded a USD 188M contract to Salini Impregilo and Lane Construction Corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiary S.A. Healy Company, for the design-bid-build of the the Three Rivers Protection & Overflow Reduction Tunnel (3RPORT).
Laos – The headrace tunnel has been completely mined on the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Hydroelectric Project in southern Laos. The feat is three months ahead of schedule and was accomplished by Seli Overseas using a Terratec TBM.
US – A year ago, SR 99 tunnel crews were about to face their biggest challenge: a trip beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct they were working to replace. On April 4, with the viaduct and more than 9,270ft of new tunnel safely behind them, there was nothing left to face but daylight as the SR 99 TBM broke through near Seattle Center.