July 25, 2017
Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Transportation started constructing what will be Michigan's first flex route. This new smart road traffic system will manage traffic congestion and promote safety on U.S. 23 just north of Ann Arbor, from M-14 to M-36 (9 Mile Road).
Orange barrels and...
July 20, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today released its latest National Highway Construction Cost Index (NHCCI 2.0), a quarterly estimate of the rising cost of domestic highway construction and maintenance over time.
NHCCI 2.0 is the first major revision...
July 19, 2017
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and its public-private partner, the Portsmouth Gateway Group (PGG), are constructing a 16-mile, four-lane, $429-million bypass of Portsmouth.
Now known as the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway/S.R. 823, the effort is ODOT’s first major public-...
July 18, 2017
What is going on in Washington, D.C.? Trump's trillion has turned into Trump's $200 billion, U.S. DOT may be the victim of significant cuts, and more. To hear the podcast, click here.
July 17, 2017
The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) approved the construction of toll lanes on the I-10 Freeway last week.
The SBCTA voted to build a 33-mile toll lane project at an estimated cost of $1.8 billion, which would run from the Los Angeles County line to Redlands. This marks the...
July 11, 2017
Federal and state highway officials have released an environmental analysis identifying the route for a proposed 19-mile West Davis Corridor designed to serve commuters in the Salt Lake City area.
The Federal Highway Administration and the Utah Department of Transportation have been working on...
July 10, 2017
Who knew hemp had so many uses? We also toured the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange project and you can hear the interview with Project Manager Mark Klipstein. Industry news covers MoDOT's preservation strategy, Oregon's bike tax and a man's bucket list wish. To hear the podcast, click here.
July 10, 2017
Illinois road construction projects that were shut down by the budget impasse will get started again sometime next week, now that the legislature has passed a major income tax increase and spending plan.
Illinois had gone 736 days without a budget, and the state told road contractors it would not...
July 07, 2017
Building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and fixing the existing one could cost nearly $13 billion—a steep increase over an earlier estimate of $7.7 billion, according to a report released on Thursday.
Transit officials are proceeding with planning for the project, which would improve a...
July 07, 2017
Image source: Colorado DOT
The private contractor hired by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the $1.2 billion expansion of I-70 through north Denver also will be required to hire locally.
CDOT’s contract will include a clause that 20% of the project’s work force, the equivalent of about 350 people, must...
July 06, 2017
Fairhope is a small city, just 15,000 residents, situated on the cliffs and shoreline of Mobile Bay in Alabama’s Gulf Coast. It can seem like Fairhope is a long way from anywhere, but people seem to like it—the city has been named one of the best small towns in the South by Southern Living magazine...
July 05, 2017
A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.
Up in salmon countryby Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor
“Engineering used to be about mobility, but now it’s more about reliability and safety. Speed is not a primary concern for us.”
“Us” being the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), as exemplified by Chief Engineer Joyce...
July 03, 2017
Three states are going into varying levels of remission this holiday weekend, as disputes between Republican governors and Democratic-led state legislatures have forced the state governments of Maine and New Jersey into partial shut-downs and a long-standing budgetary impasse in Illinois is closing...
June 28, 2017
Crews are less than a year away from beginning work on the $1.2 billion I-70 expansion project, the largest transportation project in Colorado history that will widen 10 miles of the interstate from Brighton Boulevard to Chambers Road.
More than 12,000 businesses rely on the stretch of I-70 to...
June 26, 2017
Where do you draw the line with parties? Also, Missouri looks for new ways to generate money for road and bridge work, new fences installed along Alligator Alley, and more. To access the podcast, click here.
June 22, 2017
The deadline to submit entries for Top 10 Roads 2017 has been extended by two weeks. The new deadline is July 7.
As a reminder, projects must be in the design, construction or completion phase over the last 18 months, and past winners are not eligible. For a list of past winners, click here. This...
June 21, 2017
Image source: WLTX-TV (Columbia, S.C.)
U.S. Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) announced Tuesday that the Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit allowing construction of I-73 to the Grand Strand, making a significant step to building a four-lane, nonstop path to the heart of South Carolina’s tourism industry.
The announcement comes 35 years...
June 19, 2017
Image source: Indianapolis Star
The state of Indiana announced an agreement Friday to take control of construction of the 21-mile stretch of I-69 from Bloomington to Martinsville, a project that was originally a public-private partnership (P3).
The agreement terminates a contract with I-69 Development Partners, the private...
June 16, 2017
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will shut down roadwork statewide if lawmakers fail to pass a budget by the end of the month, officials announced Wednesday.
IDOT will notify contractors that all construction work is to shut down on June 30 if a budget does not pass by then. The...
June 15, 2017
During the fall of 2016, a particularly bad storm hit a shoreline road in Gisborne, New Zealand. Monstrous waves slammed into the shoreline slope, which eroded away due to oversaturation and lack of foundational support. The erosion washed away part of the slope and took a portion of the road with...