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Community groups are pushing the City of New Orleans to make sure local workers get their share of the jobs expected from a half-billion-dollar airport project. Up to 13,000 construction jobs could be created from building a new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

The westbound lanes on South Claiborne Ave. between Cambronne St. in Orleans Parish and Dakin St. in Jefferson Parish will close for two years, the City of New Orleans said today in a press release.

The closure, set to begin Sept. 17, is due to work being conducted on the drainage system beneath the street and neutral ground. Motorists will be detoured onto the eastbound lanes of South Claiborne.

BATON ROUGE — H&E Equipment Services Inc., a Baton Rouge-based construction machinery provider, plans to sell $480 million in debt to investors.

The company says H&E will use the proceeds to retire existing debt and pay a special, one-time cash dividend of $246 million, or roughly $7 per share.

The Advocate reports the company's board of directors must approve the dividend, its amount and the date it will be paid.

A federal appeals court has thrown out a $300,000 court award for an iron worker in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Boh Brothers Construction Company.

The worker won the award in 2009 after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on his behalf. He claimed his site superintendent flashed him and routinely taunted him about seeming feminine at a New Orleans area bridge project in 2006.

Boomtown Casino to add 150-room hotel

Jul 24, 2012

Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment says it will build a 150-room hotel at the site of the company's Boomtown Casino in Jefferson Parish.

Construction of the $20 million development in the New Orleans suburb of Harvey is expected to begin in September and should be completed in late 2013.

Pinnacle spokeswoman Kerry Andersen said the casino, which opened in 1994 and has more than 1,400 slot machines and 32 table games, is the only one of the company's four Louisiana properties that isn't operating with an attached hotel.

Nicholls State University says the Louisiana Bond Commission has authorized $8.1 million to build a new, bigger headquarters for the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute.

A news release says the final design will be completed by Oct. 1, and the building should be finished by mid-2014.

Al Davis, dean of University College, says the new building will have more classroom and kitchen space and updated equipment.

Chef Randy Cheramie, executive director of the institute, said the new building will accommodate the program's growing enrollment.

Ruston High School football players will have a new facility to work in this fall.

The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/NkP1ew) equipment was being moved into more than 100 lockers at the new 19,000 square-foot field house this past week.

The building is named after coach Jimmy "Chick" Childress.

The school's football coach and athletic director, Billy Laird, said the old field house had been in use since 1952 and was around 1,000 square feet in size.

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded an $18.6 million contract for drainage construction in the Industrial Canal area on Jefferson Parish's west bank.

The contract, an element of the Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project, seeks to reduce flooding that might result from about 9 inches of rain falling over a 24-hour period.

The contract was awarded to Fleming Construction Co. of Jefferson Parish.

The 36-month project includes removing underground drainage pipes and replacing them with a reinforced concrete open channel.

West bank bound lanes on the Huey P. Long Bridge in Jefferson Parish are closed until 5 a.m. on Monday while workers place girders for wider lanes.

State officials are urging motorists to use the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans or the Interstate 310 Bridge in Lulling as alternate crossings of the Mississippi River.

The Huey P. Long Bridge widening project will include three 11-foot lanes in each direction. The total width, including shoulders, will more than double from the current driving surface.

Completion is projected for 2013.

Construction delays on Nicholls State University's football stadium might mean problems for the school's first home game.

Mike Davis, director of facilities, told The Daily Comet that the local contractor, BET Construction, has been doing a "super job" building the Nicholls stadium's elevator shaft and updating the building's facade. But the company that provides the elevator car itself has said it won't be able to get it to the construction site until about Sept. 1.

It could then take six weeks to finish the work.

Nicholls first home game is Sept. 22.

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