March 22, 2015 |
It's a sunny morning in Bellmawr, but a thunderous boom pierces the air. Then another, and another. The bangs echo for blocks. At nearby businesses, the earth shakes. Photos rattle on walls, startling sleepy residents, but the skies remain clear, because, although it sounds like a storm, Mother Nature has nothing to do with it. The small town, located where Route 42 and I-295 and other thoroughfares converge, is in the midst of construction that has sent residents complaining to their neighbors, their mayor, the New Jersey Department of Transportation - and some to lawyers.
October 14, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The coming week could determine the fate of billions of dollars in new funding for roads, bridges, and mass transit in Pennsylvania. Republicans who control the House of Representatives have been working behind the scenes with Democratic colleagues and the Corbett administration to negotiate a transportation funding plan with enough support to finally pass the chamber. GOP House officials said they expected to reach an agreement in days, and bring it up for a full floor vote the week of Oct. 21. If they can't, the odds of reviving the bill this year or next are slim - and "the transportation issue is probably over," said Dave Thomas, legal counsel to House Speaker Sam Smith (R., Jefferson)
October 11, 2013
TONIGHT'S official opening of Philadelphia's newest showcase certainly represents a milestone for the local theater scene, but you'll have to wait another eight months or so to pop the champagne corks. After 10 years of planning, plotting and fundraising, the FringeArts complex, at Columbus Boulevard and Race Street, debuts with a Fringe Festival favorite, "The Elephant Room," a magic-based piece that runs through Oct. 20. But as monumental as the building's debut is, it is only the first stage of the $7 million project.
July 11, 2013 |
Protesters are back. Members of Carpenters Local 255 stood at the curb on Haddonfield Road in Cherry Hill on Tuesday where a new store for Pier 1 Imports is under construction. The problem, said three men with a sign, is that the general contractor is using workers who do not belong to a union. "Labor Dispute," read part of a banner. In red letters, the rest of the sign shouted, "Shame on Pier 1 Imports. " Occasionally the three received a honk, or support in the form of thumbs up as they stood in the 85-degree heat on the busy byway near a Wegmans.
March 31, 2013
Another arson hit the new residential high-rise nearing completion at Temple University, a university spokesman reported Friday. The small fire was discovered about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at Morgan Hall, Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, said Ray Betzner, the spokesman. Construction crews extinguished the fire, and the scene was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A series of fires was set in the building's upper floors in February, causing $100,000 in damage.
January 20, 2013 |
The Dec. 21 attack on the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting construction site, which police have attributed to union violence, illuminates the grip of fear that the Philadelphia-area union building trades have inflicted on local development for years. Bullying is not tolerated in our children's schools and should not be tolerated in the construction industry. In Pennsylvania, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 80 percent of construction employees elect not to join a union, and all construction companies have an opportunity to compete for projects through open bidding.
January 3, 2013 |
U.S. manufacturing grew slightly in December, and factory hiring increased, gains suggesting that the economy entered 2013 with some momentum. Spending on U.S. construction projects fell in November from October's levels, however, as a steep drop in volatile federal projects offset another gain in home building. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its index of manufacturing activity rose in December to 50.7 - up from a reading of 49.5 in November that was the lowest reading since July 2009, one month after the recession ended.
January 3, 2013 |
For some, a boardwalk conjures up memories of summer afternoons running from beach to arcade and back again; for others, it brings to mind the chaotic nightlife chronicled in the reality show Jersey Shore . But for the summer towns that dot New Jersey's coast, boardwalks are an economic lifeline that they are rushing to rebuild before the summer season starts in just under six months. "The boardwalk will be back," vowed Seaside Heights Councilman Tony Vaz. "It has to be. We have to survive.
December 15, 2012 |
SEPTA plans to close the 3,175-foot-long bridge that carries Norristown High-Speed Line trains over the Schuylkill, the first in what could be a cascade of cutbacks caused by a lack of money, the agency said Thursday. The 101-year-old Bridgeport Viaduct will be closed next summer, when warmer temperatures cause tracks to expand and pull free of steel spikes in rotted wooden ties, SEPTA chief engineer Jeff Knueppel said. The bridge carries about 2,400 passengers a day to and from the Norristown Transportation Center.