Construction employment increased in 45 states, including Rhode Island, as well as in Washington, D.C., in February compared with the previous year, according to Associated General Contractors of America.
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Work has begun on a $6.9 million upgrade to the entrance plaza and traffic pattern for Providence Station, where several thousand commuters each day access Amtrak or Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority trains.
Three was a magic number for America last year. The U.S. economy added 3.1 million jobs. Gasoline plunged below $3 a gallon. As a result, driving topped 3 trillion miles for the first time in seven years and is poised to climb higher this year.
Freight brokers Fred Deschamps and Eric Broomfield say they chose the word "beacon" as part of their company name three years ago to "shine a light" on an otherwise "shady" industry.
"Our goal is to be a beacon in a sea of darkness," said …