Construction Planning

road, bridge infrastructure funding proposal
News March 28, 2019
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is making a run as a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 race, today released a trillion-dollar proposal to help rebuild the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects.   According to the details of the plan from her campaign, Klobuchar...
MARTA Atlanta DOT

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News March 21, 2019
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently announced plans to establish the city's first dedicated Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve the safety and accessibility of city streets, and to meet the increasing demands of Atlanta’s growing population.   The move is a key pillar of Mayor...
Hudson River Tunnel project Amtrak

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News March 18, 2019
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rated the Hudson River rail tunnel project between New York and New Jersey with a medium-low grade in its most recently released ratings for infrastructure projects around the country.   According to the Associated Press, this is the same rating the agency...
underpass at La Jolla Colony Drive in San Diego

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News March 12, 2019
On Tuesday, March 12, La Jolla Colony Drive in San Diego will be closed for preparations associated with the construction of a Mid-Coast Trolley underpass.    This underpass will allow the Trolley to pass under La Jolla Colony Drive as it travels along the eastern side of I-5. The future Trolley...
braided ramps; highway construction; I-15 Utah
News March 06, 2019
The Utah DOT (UDOT) has approved the selection of the braided ramps option design for the interchange at Main Street (S.R. 115) and I-15 in the city of Payson.   UDOT issued a Record of Decision (ROD) regarding the selection of the braided ramps as the preferred alternative out of several design...
Modernize 75 highway construction Michigan

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News February 27, 2019
The Michigan DOT (MDOT) announced that work on segment 2 of the I-75 modernization project in Oakland County will begin this week on Thursday, Feb. 28.   This $224 million project will involve reconstructing more than 8 miles of pavement, improving 18 structures, upgrading drainage, constructing...
SH 99 Grand Parkway in Houston tolling project

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News February 26, 2019
The U.S. DOT recently announced that the Build America Bureau will provide up to $605 million in a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Grand Parkway Project’s H & I Segments in Houston.   The Grand Parkway is a tollway construction project in the Greater...
Virginia transportation construction projects
News January 30, 2019
Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia has signed agreements with private partner Transurban to deliver critical transportation solutions along I-495 and I-95.   Months of close collaboration and negotiation between the Commonwealth and Transurban have resulted in a...
NCDOT transportation plans

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News January 15, 2019
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has included more than 1,600 transportation projects in the state's draft 2020-2029 transportation plan, which was released last week.   The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is NCDOT's proposed funding and construction schedule...
highway, transit projects, federal government shutdown
News January 09, 2019
Transportation construction work across the nation has been put on hold by the federal government shutdown, with state transportation officials withholding approvals for 2019 projects until federal funding is guaranteed, according to a report from The Washington Post.   The amount of federal...

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News December 19, 2018
Elon Musk and the Boring Co. this week unveiled a much-anticipated 1.4-mile test tunnel for transporting vehicles underground in the next step of a larger plan to alleviate traffic conditions in Los Angeles County.   The L.A/Hawthorne test tunnel took special guests and media attendees for rides in...
Jane Byrne Interchange Chicago

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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

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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

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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...
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