New Pensacola Bay Bridge design.

7.23.2018 #fuelme | PA holds construction opioid awareness week, Mexico construction supervisor arrested in school collapse, TN goes solar

Here’s a quick glance around the web, bringing you a taste of the news you need to know this week.


Pennsylvania raises awareness about opioids in construction.

The Pennsylvania legislature recently passed a bill designating this week as “Construction Opioid Awareness Week”. State Representative Jason Ortitay says Pennsylvania is one of the worst states when it comes to construction opioid abuse, and he is working with the Keystone Contractors Association to raise awareness about the problem among contractors and workers with events, insurance cards asking doctors to alert their workers when a medication contains opioids, and more.

Mexico pressing criminal charges against construction supervisor on collapsed school.

The Mexican attorney general has arrested the construction supervisor who oversaw construction on a school that collapsed in last summer’s earthquake, killing 37. Officials have also called on Interpol to help them find the owner of the building, who had apparently built an apartment for herself atop the wing that collapsed.

Cracks raise concern about another in-progress Florida bridge.

Florida Department of Transportation officials have found cracks for the second time in concrete that makes up part of a giant, $400 million bridge project in Pensacola, according to a newspaper report. The bridge will replace an old one spanning the Pensacola Bay and connecting Pensacola to Gulf Breeze. This comes as federal investigators are looking into the March bridge collapse in south Florida that killed six.

Eastern Tennessee is jumping into alternative energy with two solar farms.

A 200-kilowatt solar farm that opened in November 2016 in Limestone County, TN can currently power 50 homes—and is planning to double its 666 solar panels sometime in 2019. Another solar farm just across the highway is currently under construction, and will contain—get ready for it—170,220 solar panels that the owners hope will gather the juice to power 3,000 homes. Both will sell their solar energy to the Tennessee Valley Authority so it can offer renewable (and cost effective) energy alternatives to customers.

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