Construction Planning

Iowa gas tax hike already benefiting road and bridge projects
News November 15, 2017
Iowa drivers are presently paying 10 cents more per gallon than they did just a few years ago, and while tax increases are no friend to most political leaderships, in Iowa benefits are already being realized.   The state’s gas tax hike has produced an extra $515 million for state and local...
Arkansas road project letting halts due to miswording
News November 10, 2017
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) has put a halt on contract letting for its 30 Crossing project due to a complication in the verbiage describing the purpose and aim of the project, one that AKDOT says will preclude federal funding of projects in the region.   According to the...
Traffic management
News October 17, 2017
The city of San Antonio’s transportation committee approved an $83.5 million package that will be presented to members of the city council sometime this year.   Assistant Director of Transportation and Capital Improvements Art Reinhart briefed the committee on the seven projects that would be...
interstate expansion
News September 25, 2017
Michigan transportation officials plan to announce that the $1 billion I-75 widening project in Oakland County, the first major road plan in the state to use a private investment model instead of state and federal money, could be completed up to 10 years sooner than planned.   The Michigan...
Route 30 Bypass

Image source: Pete Bannan-Digital First Media via Southern Chester County News

News September 05, 2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rte. 30 Bypass reconstruction project in Chester County, expected to cost $835 million, has moved into its design stage.   The project involves both federal and state funds, and includes widening the section from Reeceville Road to...
Construction on American Center for Mobility in Michigan
News August 22, 2017
Self-driving cars will begin taking test laps this December on the site of a famous World War II airplane factory in Michigan where B-24 Liberator bombers were produced every hour more than seven decades ago.   Driverless cars—some without steering wheels, accelerators or brake pedals—will race at...
News August 21, 2017
On Aug. 18, 2017, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges magazine visited the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla. The 21-mile project site is presently at the midpoint of its construction, and the scale was enormous. We brought our 360 camera along for the trip.
News August 21, 2017
On Aug. 18, 2017, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges magazine visited the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla. The 21-mile project site is presently at the midpoint of its construction, and the scale was enormous. We brought our 360 camera along for the trip. Here's another...
News August 21, 2017
It's time for the big event--the solar eclipse! Also, Trump's grand infrastructure plan is being pushed back and his infrastructure council has been scratched. Pennsylvania celebrates it's latest diverging diamond interchange, there will be no new protected bike lanes in San Francisco's Golden Gate...
I-205 traffic congestion
News August 18, 2017
State officials took steps this week to help give some Portland-area commuters in Oregon a quicker, safer trip by fast-tracking a project to cut congestion on I-205.   The $30 million project will repave and widen portions of I-205 between Johnson Creek Boulevard near Happy Valley and the Glenn...
News August 18, 2017
President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan has been slow out of the gate, and now the search for the gatekeepers has been called off.   A month after he signed an executive order to set up an infrastructure council to go over the details of his grand plan, President Trump deleted any further...
Dallas CityMAP
Article August 08, 2017
How do major American cities like Dallas, Texas, address congestion and the splintering of neighborhoods caused by the tangled knot of aging urban interstates?   How do they rehabilitate them into models that foster urban renewal and transportation efficiency? That is the challenge that the Texas...
The I-290 Eisenhower Expressway between Mannheim Rd and Racine Ave

Image source: IDOT

News July 31, 2017
Plans to expand and rebuild the I-290 Eisenhower Expressway in Illinois received federal approval this past week from the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to proceed with the project.   Officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) estimate the entire project would...

A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.

Article July 05, 2017
MAINE: 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...
News 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...
News July 03, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) informed state departments of transportation how much each is losing as of June 30 in certain categories of highway program contract authority, as Congress required in the fiscal 2017 government funding bill that it sent to President Trump on May 4.   The...

The I-55 Stevenson Expressway linking Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is one major project continuing for IDOT in 2017

Article April 03, 2017
Back in August 2016, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges covered the progress of Chicago’s Jane Byrne Interchange reconstruction project. One of the signature accomplishments over the last year for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was the completion of the westbound flyover...
Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) Las Vegas

Image source: Julie Duewel / Nevada DOT; Las Vegas Sun

News March 30, 2017
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is in the initial stages of road projects that have been planned to address traffic growth on the I-15 corridor over the next 20 years as a result of the proposed Raiders’ stadium site going up on Russell Road west of the interstate in Las Vegas.   A...
News March 23, 2017
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, unveiled new legislation Wednesday that would raise the gas tax by approximately 1 cent per year, to generate about $500 billion for revitalizing U.S. roads, bridges and transit systems over the...

Image source: NDOT / Las Vegas Review-Journal

News March 15, 2017
Construction is expected to wrap up by July 4 on the current phase of the Centennial Bowl project in northwest Las Vegas, and state officials have started looking ahead to two additional jobs aimed at completing Nevada’s second-busiest freeway interchange as soon as 2022.   The Nevada Department of...
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