Construction Planning

Jane Byrne Interchange Chicago

Image: Illinois DOT

News December 10, 2018
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recently announced that work on the Jane Byrne Interchange in Chicago has been extended to a 2022 completion date, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.   This change stretches the project duration three years longer than the original...
Highway construction and engineering contracts
News December 10, 2018
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors approved one construction contract and eight professional engineering services contracts totaling more than $82.2 million at its November meeting.    This included $61 million for construction management contracts as part of the Illinois Tollway’s $4 billion...
interstate construction plan
News December 06, 2018
The Commonwealth Transportation Board of Virginia this week voted to approve the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan, which will help address some of the issues afflicting the interstate.   The plan was drafted by a team supported by the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia...
Complete 540 project NCDOT

Image: NCDOT

News December 05, 2018
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has awarded the first of three contracts for the Complete 540 project in the greater Raleigh area.   This week, the department announced that Charlotte-based Lane Blythe Construction Joint Venture will receive $403 million to work on the...
State of the Industry Survey
Article December 03, 2018
Rising steel prices are indeed on the minds of road and bridge contractors, but they are not smothering craniums giving them endless noogies like a nasty big brother. Playing that role would be the never-ending skilled labor crisis, which is now starting to ignore the screams of the builder.   Of...
Oklahoma City I-235 BNSF rail bridge

The I-235 reconstruction included wheeling in preassembled sections of a rail bridge that carries the BNSF Railway over I-235/U.S. 77 in Oklahoma City. Image: Oklahoma DOT

Article December 03, 2018
OKLAHOMA: Staying vigilant “Oklahoma has a larger bridge system than Colorado or Florida. Most people don’t consider that.”   Oklahoma Department of Transportation (OKDOT) Public Relations Chief Terri Angier made this remark in her interview with Roads & Bridges almost as a throwaway statement...
Veteran-owned sub-consultants
Article December 03, 2018
Many highway projects have portions of their contracts “set aside” to give what might be otherwise disadvantaged businesses a bit of an edge.   Some Request for Proposals (RFPs) will include up to a third of the contract value as being reserved for companies that meet the requirements of minority-...
highway construction Pennsylvania toll road
News November 13, 2018
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is ready to begin construction of an interchange on the Southern Beltway in the Pittsburgh area.   The commission last week awarded a $116.2 million contract to Trumbull Corp. for the 2.75-mile section of the $800 million toll road. Preliminary work to clear...
Grandview Interchange

Image: Colorado Department of Transportation

News October 25, 2018
Construction to connect U.S. highways 550 and 160 using the Grandview Interchange, also called the Bridge to Nowhere, could start in late 2019 southeast of Durango, Colo.   The $98.6 million project will require about two years to complete. The new alignment will allow the Colorado Department of...
I-294 Central Tri-State Tollway project

Crews work on I-294 Central Tri-State Tollway Project. Image: Illinois Tollway

News October 17, 2018
Transportation officials gathered in the village of Justice in Cook County on Tuesday to affirm their commitment to building an interchange on the Tri-State Tollway at 88th Avenue/Cork Avenue in the Chicago suburb.   The Illinois Tollway, Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County, village...
KU research grant

Researchers hope the one-year, $100,000 project might result in the establishment of an Engineering Research Center at KU to advance basic science that will underpin next-generation transport technology. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

News October 16, 2018
Headquartered at the University of Kansas (KU) School of Engineering, a research team is envisioning what U.S. roads, highways, bridges and supporting infrastructure could look like in coming decades—a time when autonomous vehicles, more traffic and harsher weather driven by climate change could...
new freeway plans
News October 10, 2018
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to turn the U.S. 1 Capital Boulevard into a freeway from I-540 in Raleigh north through Wake Forest and will present its plans at public meetings this week.   The limited-access highway would be free of traffic lights and driveways, and...
Wekiva Parkway Section 8 Seminole County, Fla.

Image: Lane Construction

News October 04, 2018
Lane Construction Corp. has won a design-build contract in Florida to construct the Wekiva Parkway (Section 8) in Seminole County.    The contract, valued at $253 million, supports Lane’s recently renewed strategy in the U.S., which is focused on building large-scale, complex infrastructure. Lane...
interchange reconstruction
News October 01, 2018
The Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT) latest plan to reconstruct the ailing I-65/I-70 North Split includes not adding more lanes, the agency announced recently.   The project goals include updating the 32 decaying bridges and pavement, and bring the interchange up to modern standards...
bus route express lanes
News September 27, 2018
Washington State transportation officials have agreed to create direct transit lines between the booming South Lake Union and the Eastside in Seattle by building a new reversible I-5 express lane between S.R. 520 and Mercer Street for buses only.   The $70 million project, scheduled to open in 2023...
transportation pilot projects
News September 17, 2018
State officials recently announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is aiming to increase opportunities for Small Business Enterprises (SBE) through a new pilot program where SBEs can compete to work as prime consultants on federally assisted engineering and design...
highway construction
News September 10, 2018
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hoping to close on a contract by the end of the year that will allow it to rebuild 18 miles of I-75 in Oakland County 10 years early.   MDOT said in a news release Friday that it has identified a team of contractors and designers called the...
P3 projects

Most owners in the surface transportation industry have mastered design-build delivery. The concept of P3s becomes much less intimidating when an agency is experienced in design-build.

Article September 04, 2018
Ask someone about the industry’s adoption of public-private partnerships (P3s), and they may describe it as slow.   But is it really? Or is it a normal progression of a new delivery method? Design-build delivery took 30 years to go mainstream, and yet some states still have not embraced it.  ...
highway projects
News August 24, 2018
A plan on how to spend $4 billion on highway and transit projects over the next six years was adopted Thursday by the Wasatch Front Regional Council in Utah.   Projects newly added to the council's list, which is updated annually, range from the new West Davis Corridor freeway in Davis and Weber...
SYLPOE
News August 20, 2018
Southern California’s San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE)—the busiest international border crossing in the western hemisphere, with 70,000 northbound vehicle passengers and 20,000 northbound pedestrians crossing daily—officially opened on August 15, marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by...
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