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Connecticut construction jobs up slightly over past year 07/26/2017

Twenty-five states, including Connecticut, saw construction jobs increase between May and June, according to data released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America. Over the year ending in June, the state gained 1,500 jobs, a 2.5 percent increase. California added the most jobs during the past year with 45,500, followed by Florida (32,400), Louisiana (15,600), Texas (14,400) and Oregon (11,200). The data showed job gain and loss from June 2016 to April, May and June of this year. Between June 2016 and April 2017, Connecticut picked up 2,800 construction jobs. From April to May it lost 500 jobs, but gained 200 in June. Association officials said the small number of states adding workers in the latest month may indicate a shortage of qualified job seekers, rather than a slowdown in demand for construction. “Contractors in most of the country say they have plenty of projects booked and would like to hire more workers if they could find them, so it is likely that some st

Joint venture to operate new commuter rail line, Malloy announces in Wallingford 07/25/2017

WALLINGFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that TransitAmerica Services and Alternate Concepts will jointly operate the CTrail Hartford Line, which is expected to provide more frequent service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield. Appearing at the train station under construction on North Cherry Street, Malloy also announced Monday afternoon that the start date of the CTrail Hartford Line has been pushed back from January to May in order to accommodate the installation of a second track between Hartford and Windsor. “Creating the Hartford Line is just one part of our efforts toward building a best-in-class transportation system for Connecticut residents that drives growth, attracts businesses, and stimulates job creation, all while improving the overall quality of life for our residents,” Malloy said. “For the sake of our economy and our future, we cannot sit and let our infrastructure deteriorate.” The state Department of Transportation conducted a bid proce

Construction of road through Centre Square could start in October 07/24/2017

BRISTOL - The City of Bristol is aiming to begin construction in early October of a road that will run through Centre Square and connect Riverside Avenue and Laurel Street. A site plan is also being worked on for the new Bristol Hospital Ambulatory Care Center. Executive Director of the Bristol Development Authority Justin Malley explained that Milone & MacBroom of Cheshire has engineers working on the road that any entities that find their way to Centre Square will use. “They will layout the plan for the roadway, and then the construction documents have to be approved by the city. And then there will be a bid for construction companies for the initial roadway through the site,” Malley said. Bristol Public Works Director Walter Veselka explained the roadway construction that is currently under design by Milone & MacBroom will go to bid in the middle of August. He added that the bid will close Sept. 5, but the plan could also possibly change. “When the bids are made, then