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News April 17, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for $162 million from the Department's Federal Highway Administration to finance the East End Crossing section of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project...
News April 16, 2015
The South Carolina House passed a $427 million transportation plan that includes a gas tax and vehicle sales tax hike, which would be offset by a $50 million income tax cut.   Under the new plan, drivers would eventually have to pay 10 cents more per gallon at the pump to fund the statewide...
News April 15, 2015
Alabama state officials are moving forward with a study to determine the feasibility of a toll system for the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge.   The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has teamed up with Illinois-bases CDM Smith Inc. to examine different tolling...
News April 14, 2015
The Mississippi Legislature recently voted to raise $200 million in bond financing to pay for transportation investments, most of which would target the state’s list of structurally deficient bridges. The House gave final approval March 30 to a House-Senate conference report on the legislation,...
News April 10, 2015
Illinois’ federal lawmakers and transit officials in have urged Congress to pass a long-term federal transportation funding bill before the May 31 deadline.   “My message to Congress is `Man up,’ ” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.), said at a “Stand Up 4 Transportation” news conference at Chicago’s...
Article April 06, 2015

Rural roads throughout Texas, like these pictured from the Laredo District, are detriorating at a rate that has had alarming effects on roadway safety and economic development.

In January of this year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued a report stipulating that despite lower crude oil prices, production of crude oil is not expected to decline; to the contrary, it is expected to grow.   The agency is anticipating nationwide crude oil production to...
News April 03, 2015
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a transportation budget that will target highway work and is expected to pay for 96,000 jobs over the next two years.   The bill will act as a spending blueprint for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).   Maintaining infrastructure is important, Kasich said,...
News April 03, 2015
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has announced a proposed $4.9 billion capital program for the fiscal year 2016 that directs $2.8 billion toward NJDOT and other agency investments and $2.1 billion toward statewide transit improvements.   “This proposed program will enable NJDOT...
News April 02, 2015
Ohio Governor John Kasich this week signed a multi-billion dollar transportation budget that is intended to spur hiring, increase driver safety measures and programs, and allow new payment options for license renewals. A blueprint for the next two fiscal years, the bill also earmarks monies for...
News March 30, 2015
Over the past six years, Congress has passed a series of 32 short-term extensions to the highway-funding bill, while it has struggled to pass a long-term transportation funding plan.   To help Congress reach a resolution faster and in time for the May 31 deadline, the U.S. Transportation Department...
News March 27, 2015
As lawmakers search for solutions to pay for a new transportation bill by May 31, state leaders such as Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) want to make sure that raising the federal gas tax is not the fix.   Lee plans to introduce an amendment to the Senate’s budget resolution that would increase the threshold...
News March 25, 2015
Four states have cancelled or delayed $780 million in transportation improvement projects and another nine say more than $1.8 billion are at risk because of continued uncertainty in Congress over what do about the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).   The HTF currently funds 52% of all highways and bridge...
News March 23, 2015
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) revealed its multi-year plan for the state’s highway system, which focuses on finding and securing resources between now and 2040.   The Statewide Transportation Plan aims to increase mobility, and enhance safety and economic needs. One obstacle that...
News March 19, 2015
This week, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) stated, on the topic of ongoing transportation funding talks, that Congress will not pass any bill that increases the federal gas tax.   The present at-the-pump tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, which has...
News March 18, 2015
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker delivered a message before the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which stressed treating roads and bridges projects as a national concern.   Becker urged Congress to pass the Obama administration's $317 billion highway and transportation...
News March 11, 2015
While many major metro areas are shying away from long-term infrastructure plans in the midst of federal funding uncertainty, San Francisco recently introduced a 10-year fiscal plan to transform the city’s infrastructure with a series of major construction projects.   The capital plan for 2016-2025...
News March 09, 2015
Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA) CEO Michael Melaniphy will hold a briefing Tuesday, March 10 on highway and transit investment needs at the U.S. House Cannon...
News March 06, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker proposed a major investment ($1.3 billion) in road construction to help preserve and fix the state’s decaying roadways.     Growing consensus means republicans and democrats alike recognize the severity of the state’s road system but still question Walker’s funding...
News March 04, 2015
Following up on our news story of Feb. 13 of this year, the Washington state Senate this Monday approved a $15 billion transportation revenue package that includes an incremental gas tax increase of 11.7 cents over the next three years.   The revenue bull passed on a bipartisan vote; negotiations...
News March 02, 2015
Growing congressional consensus on federal highway and transit funding does not guarantee that a new long-term bill will be introduced in time for the May 31 deadline.   To cope with the uncertainty many state departments of transportation (DOTs) are coming up with a Plan B that includes postponing...
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