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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) When the Peterson family was told 20 years ago the federal government would need its land to build a new, wider Deep Creek Bridge in Chesapeake, it abandoned any ambitious plans to develop it. Why invest in building something to attract long-term tenants on a property that would only be bought up and torn down anyway? But that was 20 years ago.

Stihl Inc. hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, the Hampton Roads Chamber and local business leaders on Feb. 3, 2020, for a roundtable discussion highlighting workforce development and the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). "We have about 7 million vacant jobs and about 6 million people looking for them," said Scalia.

Salem-based Carter Machinery, a Caterpillar Inc. dealer, announced an agreement to acquire the assets of Baltimore-based Alban Tractor Co. Inc. effective Feb. 4, 2020. In connection with the acquisition, Carter Machinery will become the Cat dealer in an expanded service territory that will now include Northern Virginia; Washington D.C.; Maryland; and Delaware.

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has presented its Lifetime Pavement Recognition Award to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in recognition of a section of Virginia State Route 316. Accepting the award was Mike Davis, Hampton Roads deputy district engineer of Construction and Engineering.

On Nov. 14, Iron Auction Group held its Absolute Public Fleet Reduction Auction in Cedar Bluff, Va. The auction included trucks, trailers, pickup trucks, light towers and generators. The larger excavators, dozers and wheel loaders for sale were mainly manufactured by Komatsu.

The West Virginia Division of Highways said that it is using a new type of technology to replace a bridge in Lincoln County. The Fourteen Mile Bridge, along County Route 37 near Ranger, is the first bridge in West Virginia to utilize an innovative technology called a press-brake-formed steel tub girder bridge.

i+iconSOUTHEAST of Virginia Beach, Va., rented a new 150-ton (136.08-t) 238 HSL lattice crawler from Link-Belt Mid-Atlantic for multiple Virginia Department of Transportation bridge projects on the Blackwater River, near Wakefield, Va. From a temporary 300 ft.

The I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) in southeastern Virginia is at the beginning of an expansion project to help ease congestion in the area. The project, which comes with a price tag numbering in the billions, is the Virginia Department of Transportation's largest in history.

A recent agreement with Sennebogen LLC has concluded James River Equipment's two-year search to expand its range of OEM lines with the right complementary machines for its customers in the Virginia region. Sennebogen LLC President Constantino Lannes welcomed James River Equipment as the manufacturer's dealer in Virginia.

Although boring won't begin until early next year, construction crews in Cape Charles, Va., are making significant progress on the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel (PTST) project. At a cost of $756 million, a new two-lane tunnel will be built under Thimble Shoal Channel.

For years Link-Belt Mid Atlantic had been in discussions internally about the need for expansion to create more building space. In early 2018, the discussion became a reality and they got together with RJ Smith Construction to work on drawings and designs.