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Budget deadlock in the USA halts construction

Contractor Skanska and consultant Jacobs are among the firms ordered to stop work on US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) work as legislators fail a reach an agreement over the budget.

Contractors in USA have been told to stop work on airport projects around the country after Congress failed to pass legislation on Friday giving the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) the authority necessary for work to continue.

Dozens of “stop work orders” have been issued for major projects designed to build and modernise control towers and other aviation infrastructure from coast to coast.

The biggest stop work order has been issued to consultant Jacobs on its $370M (£222.4M) design contracts. The company is contracted to do all the architect, design, engineering and planning services for existing and future air traffic facilities.
“Construction workers across America will lose their jobs and local communities will be hurt the longer this goes on. Congress needs to pass an FAA bill to prevent further economic damage,” said transportation secretary Ray LaHood. “This is no way to run the best aviation system in the world.”
“Unless Congress acts quickly, more work on projects critical to our nation’s aviation system will come to a halt. Work is stopping on construction and planning projects, NextGen system testing, and airport certification.  The list goes on and on and this is just the beginning,” said FAA administrator Randy Babbitt.

Construction workers, engineers and planners were told not to come to worksites across the country after the FAA was forced to issue stop work orders on projects ranging from the construction of new air traffic control towers to the rehabilitation and modernisation of air traffic facilities.

Some of these projects include:

  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A more than £25.8M project to build a new air traffic control tower at McCarran International Airport.  Contractor: Archer Western Contractors.
  • Palm Springs, California: A £14.7M project to build a new air traffic control tower at Palm Springs International Airport.  Contractors: Swinterton Builders.
  • Oakland, California: A £18.6M project to build a new air traffic control tower at Oakland International Airport.  Contractor: Devcon Construction. 
  • Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: A more than £10.8M project to build a new air traffic control tower at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Contractor: Donald J. Keating.
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan: A more than £8.4M project to build a new air traffic control tower at Battle Creek International Airport. Contractor: Skanska.
  • Gulfport, Mississippi: A nearly £7.2M project to build a new air traffic control tower at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Contractor: Flintco.
  • Queens, NY: A more than £3.6M project to demolish the old air traffic control tower at LaGuardia Airport. Work was supposed to begin on Saturday. Contractor: Paul J. Scariano.

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