In Brief

Group Assessing Impact of Illinois Safe Roads Amendment

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois advocacy group is looking to determine the impact of the state transportation lockbox amendment more than a year after voters approved the measure.

The State Journal-Register reports that nearly 80 percent of voters in 2016 approved the Safe Roads Amendment, which committed gasoline tax money and related fees to road and bridge construction projects.

Mike Sturino is president and CEO of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association. He says the group is reviewing state budget proposals to see how transportation revenue is being used.

The association is part of a group of construction and engineering organizations that filed a lawsuit earlier this month against Cook County, alleging the county violated the amendment by diverting $250 million in transportation taxes to other expenses.

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Structural Testing Planned on Naperville Carillon Tower

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Testing is set to begin to help determine the best way to fix structural problems at a Naperville tower that houses the Millennium Carillon.

The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that there is scaffolding and fencing around Moser Tower in the Chicago suburb. The testing comes after a report last spring found cracked and deteriorating concrete and corroded steel supports that could decrease the stability of the 18-year-old, 160-foot-tall tower.

The 10-to-14 day assessment will look at the tower’s construction, materials and strength. The autoplay function that makes the carillon bells chime throughout the day will be interrupted.

Test results are expected to give potential repair solutions along with their life expectancy and cost.

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Gary-Chicago Airport to Finance $1.3M Corporate Hangar

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The board overseeing the Gary-Chicago International Airport has approved building a corporate hanger as part of the field’s master plan.

The Airport Authority Board approved a contract March 23 with Burling Builders Inc. for nearly $1.3 million.

Board chairman Tim Fesko says the airport is seeing “major advances thanks to investments from the public and private sector.”

The announcement follows investments by the airport’s fixed-based operators. B. Coleman opened a 40,000-square-foot (3,700-square-meter) hangar in November as part of a $20 million investment. Gary Jet Center opened a $3 million corporate flight center in October.

There’s also ongoing construction of a general aviation U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility scheduled to open later this year. It will allow global visitors to fly into Gary without having to clear customs elsewhere.

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Ford Airport Starts Work on $30 Million Repair Project

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Gerald R. Ford International Airport in western Michigan has started work on a $30 million project to repair the area where aircraft are parked, loaded and refueled.

Construction on the terminal apron at the Grand Rapids-area airport will be completed in seven phases over two years to allow for adequate gate space for air carriers as the busy summer travel months approach. The airport says construction started this week.

The project will remove aging concrete pavement and replace it with new concrete.

In addition to the apron repair, the airport is installing new LED lighting in the apron area to reduce energy usage as well as upgrading the stormwater drainage system and underground utilities.

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Crews Demolish Nearly Century-Old Dam in Flint

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Last month, crews demolished a nearly century-old dam as part of a broader project that’s expected to change the landscape of the Flint River in downtown Flint.

The Flint Journal reported that demolition of the Hamilton Dam started on Tuesday, March 20. The Genesee County Parks Commission said that the work on the dam would take several days.

The roughly $3.1 million demolition was initially scheduled for 2017, but it was moved back because the city needed to wait for Consumers Energy to finish dredging and capping a section of the riverbed where manufactured gas was once produced.

The Hamilton Dam was built in 1920. The demolition is part of the Flint Riverfront Restoration Project, which calls for adding water-based recreational opportunities, park improvements, ecosystem restoration and improved stormwater and flood control.

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Fitzgerald: Senate May Revisit Exemptions for Sand Plant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is signaling legislation that would clear the way for a $70 million frac sand processing plant may not be dead after all.

Meteor Timber wants to build the plant in Monroe County. The Ho-Chunk Nation and Clean Wisconsin have challenged the company’s wetland construction permit. A judge is considering whether to allow the project to proceed.

The Assembly passed provisions in February that would have allowed the company to fill wetlands while the judge is considering the case. The Senate wrapped up its two-year session March 20 without voting on the bill.

Fitzerald told reporters Friday, March 23, that he wants to reconvene to tweak special election law. He said senators are still interested in the Meteor Timber bill and that measure could come up then as well.

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Ball State Set to Start $18M Campus Parking Garage Project

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State University officials are planning an $18 million project to build a new campus parking garage to replace an aging facility.

The new four-level, 600-spot garage will be built on the eastern edge of the Muncie campus, about 300 yards east of the slightly smaller garage near Emens Auditorium. The (Muncie) Star Press reports construction is expected to start in July and take about a year to complete, after which the old garage will be demolished.

University Treasurer Bernie Hannon says the current garage is nearly 50 years old and that chunks of concrete have occasionally fallen onto vehicles.

Plans are to use the current garage site as part of a new open area, possibly with a pavilion for concerts and other performances.

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Federal Funds Expected to Help Construct Sea Lamprey Barrier

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Federal funding is expected to help with the construction of a proposed river barrier aimed at controlling sea lamprey access into a western Michigan waterway.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission expects a $7 million increase to its annual budget that would help pay for the barrier in the Grand River.

The barrier is part of a Grand River restoration project and would deny sea lampreys access to more than 1,900 miles (3,058 kilometers) of new stream habitat.

The adjustable hydraulic structure would be upstream of a dam that currently serves as a barrier to the eel-like parasites that attack fish such as trout, salmon and whitefish. They invaded the Great Lakes in the last century and decimated native fish until a poison was developed that brought them under control.

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