In the Cleveland area, Ohio Department of Transportation's District 12 says construction is moving forward on a $90-million project to add a driving lane on Interstate 77 north and southbound between Oakes Road and Rockside Road in the cities of Brecksville, Broadview Heights and Independence.
Kokosing Construction Co. is the contractor for the project, which includes paving with asphalt concrete, retaining walls and noise barriers, and rehabilitation of 13 structures.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), challenged to meet increasing responsibilities with fewer personnel and limited budgets, is being retooled to ensure its long-term viability and effectiveness. KYTC says the restructuring plan is designed to address continuing revenue limitations and an unprecedented number of retirements by ensuring that employees can work to maximum efficiency. Under the plan, all KYTC employees are retained with no loss of pay.
"Every year, the cabinet is forced to do more with less," said Transportation Secretary Joe Prather. "Through careful consideration and examination of many viewpoints, we have made changes, particularly within our highway department, that allow more flexibility for employees and managers while improving organizational effectiveness."
The reorganization combines the construction and maintenance functions in each district office into a delivery and preservation branch, a change that seeks to remove institutional barriers and allows for more blended job duties.
Each of the 12 highway districts will now contain four branches: project development, two project delivery and preservation branches, and engineering support. There will be two or three section offices under each project delivery and preservation branch, each having responsibility for construction and maintenance activity for one to three counties.
Caterpillar Inc. has announced a multiyear capacity expansion that will position key factories in Illinois and other areas to compete for the long term. The expansion will allow Caterpillar to meet continued demand and bolster its global leadership for machines used primarily in mining and large infrastructure applications.
The company will invest more than $1 billion from 2008 through 2010 in five existing facilities in Illinois — East Peoria, Joliet, Decatur, Aurora, and Mossville.
Krusinski Construction Co. has received a $12.2-million contract to build a new synagogue for Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (BJBE) on Lake Cook Road in Deerfield, IL. The new structure, designed by Finegold Alexander + Associates, Inc., Boston, will be located on the site of an existing office complex at 1201 Lake Cook Rd., of which BJBE will occupy three buildings.