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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao recently announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award $520.5 million in airport infrastructure grants to 287 airports in 41 states. With this announcement, the Trump Administration has invested a historic $11.4 billion to more than 2,000 airports across the United States for safety and infrastructure improvements since January 2017.

Honesty, teamwork and customer service paid off nicely for one Utah County contractor, earning the company the 2019 Utah Department of Transportation Contractor of the Year award. The award was presented last month to Kilgore Companies Southern Utah Construction Group at the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Utah's annual banquet.

As part of the Ken Garff Performance Zone expansion at Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah, the 2002 Olympic cauldron was temporarily moved on Feb. 13 to a secure location where it will be refurbished. Once the refurbishment is complete, the cauldron will be installed just outside Rice-Eccles Stadium, just north of the ticket office.

Deutz Corporation announced two recent changes to its North American distributor network. Hamilton Engine of Portland, Ore., has been acquired by Palmer Johnson Power Systems of Sun Prairie, Wisc. The new company, now known as Hamilton Engine, a Palmer Johnson Company, will now cover not just the state of Oregon, but also the western half of Washington and Alaska.

In Salt Lake City, construction crews are individually installing prefabricated cells, as work continues on a new prison that could cost $900 million to complete. The new Utah Correctional Facility will replace the current lockup in Draper, Utah. "This project is the largest detention project in the nation," said Michael Ambre, assistant director Utah Department of Facilities Construction and management.

A $22 million highway project will upgrade one of Provo, Utah's oldest highways, tearing out failing asphalt, the original concrete still beneath it and excavating more than a dozen feet to replace utilities. Work on the mile-and-a-half on U.S.-89/500 West began in April and is expected to continue through the end of 2020.

After extensive planning, Visit SaltLake, Salt Lake County, Portman Holdings and Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the plans, timeline and details of the long-awaited and much-anticipated Salt Lake convention center hotel during a groundbreaking ceremony held Friday, Jan.

Work is set to begin on a $180 million project to change three intersections on Utah's Bangerter Highway from signalized traffic controls to interchanges. Six projects on the highway have already been completed, including four last summer, at a cost of $222 million.

When California native Ryan Goodfellow moved to Utah in 1994, he gained experience working for an excavation company, but three short years later, he founded his own: Rock Structures Utility & Excavating. "At the other company, I had to sell the job, schedule the job, do the job, build the job and collect payment," Goodfellow recalled.

At a cost of approximately $4 billion, construction crews in Utah are working on the first new hub airport to be built in the nation in the 21st Century. The Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) Redevelopment Project calls for replacing three aging terminals with one large, central terminal and two linear concourses connected by a passenger tunnel.

KeyBank Community Development Lending and Investment (CDLI) has secured $23.5 million of construction and permanent financing for the Wasatch Residential Group (WRG), a real estate development, construction, finance and asset management company based in Salt Lake City to construct Arcadia Apartments II in Sandy, Utah.