February 24, 2013 |
SOCHI, Russia - The frenzy of construction for the Winter Games enveloping this city has local people feeling as if the Greek gods of old were flinging one Olympian thunderbolt after another at them as they helplessly endure. President Vladimir V. Putin wants to turn Sochi, a threadbare resort on the Black Sea, into a polished Russian jewel, an up-to-the-minute, year-round, snow-and-sun resort drawing tourists long after next year's Olympics have moved on. Construction roars along 24 hours a day, leaving some residents dazed in this city of 345,000.
February 23, 2013 |
Elevators for two PATCO train stations have been delayed by construction problems and the discovery of the remnants of an abandoned, century-old subway station during excavation work. The elevators were supposed to be ready for use by the end of 2012 at PATCO's Ninth-10th and Locust Street subway station in Center City and the elevated Ferry Avenue station in Camden. But the $5 million project has been slowed by permitting delays, supplier problems, utility conflicts, and, most important, the discovery of the old station under the Ninth and Locust site.
February 15, 2013
Motorists can expect nighttime closures on I-95 next week as construction crews begin work on a $21.6 million project to repair 28 bridges in Philadelphia and Delaware County. From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday, two lanes will be closed northbound between Philadelphia International Airport and the Walt Whitman Bridge. On Feb. 22, two lanes will be closed southbound between the Walt Whitman Bridge and Island Avenue from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Over the next three years, crews will make repairs: Near the I-76/Walt Whitman interchange (15 bridges)
February 11, 2013
Summer groundbreaking is scheduled for a visitor center and other improvements at the Flight 93 National Memorial at Shanksville in southwestern Pennsylvania. National Park Service officials told the Flight 93 Advisory Commission on Saturday final documents would be ready for contracting no later than March 19. The (Somerset) Daily American reported that commission vice chairwoman Donna Glessner said visitors would see construction this summer. The visitor center will house permanent exhibits and have a viewing window allowing people to look down to the site.
January 29, 2013 |
A new police building under construction in the Hunting Park section of the city partially collapsed this afternoon sending four people to nearby hospitals, fire officials said. The future home of the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit, on the 300 block of East Hunting Park Ave., was being framed with two-by-fours about 1 p.m. when beams gave way. The falling wood hurt four construction workers, two of whom were sent to Einstein Medical Center and the other two to Temple University Hospital.
January 17, 2013 |
Two union protesters who were charged with assault last summer at the Goldtex construction site have entered a diversionary court program through which their arrests could eventually be expunged. The men were each ordered to perform 18 hours of community service, and each to pay a fine and court costs of $200.50, records show. A follow-up hearing to Tuesday's sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 19. The men, Ryan P. Stewart, 29, of Philadelphia, and Philip J. Garraty, 58, of West Grove, Chester County, were charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and conspiracy simple assault.
January 14, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised Sunday to follow through with plans for settlement construction in a key West Bank area known as E-1 after police evicted scores of Palestinian protesters who had set up a tent camp there. "We will complete the planning, and there will be construction," Netanyahu told Army Radio hours after the eviction, but he cautioned that planning for the new development "will take time. " Netanyahu, who is in the home stretch of an election campaign, moved swiftly against the Palestinian encampment, a new form of grass-roots protest modeled after scores of wildcat outposts set up by Jewish settlers on West Bank hills without government approval.
December 30, 2012 |
The site where Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is building a new meetinghouse was damaged by arsonists during Christmas week, and police are now "absolutely" sure the attack was the result of a dispute between members of a Philadelphia construction union and the project's nonunion contractor. Although no suspects have been identified in the Dec. 21 incident, Lt. George McClay of Northwest Detectives said Friday that he was certain the small Quaker building on East Mermaid Lane was targeted because it is being built with nonunion labor.
December 28, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Israel is planning its biggest construction surge in east Jerusalem in decades in a move that critics argue would cement its grip on the contested territory, further complicate any prospects for peace with the Palestinians, and badly rattle Israel's already rocky relations with the rest of the world. With more than 9,000 apartments in various stages of planning and construction, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reaffirming his opposition to ceding any parts of the holy city to the Palestinians, a compromise that two of his predecessors had accepted.
December 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In unusually rare and blunt criticism of its top Mideast ally, the Obama administration on Tuesday criticized Israel for continuing to announce new settlement construction on land claimed by the Palestinians. The State Department accused Israel of engaging in a "pattern of provocative action" that calls into question statements from Israeli leaders that they are committed to peace. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said settlement activity only puts the goal of peace "further at risk" and urged both Israel and the Palestinians to halt all provocations and take steps to revive long-stalled peace talks.