Construction Planning

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...
Michael Sweeney, HNTB
Article July 02, 2018
With continued partisan gridlock in the U.S. Congress, it has been difficult for meaningful federal transportation initiatives to roll forward–and progress is likely to remain stalled until 2019 or later. President Trump admitted as much in a late-March speech when he predicted, “You’ll probably...
Highway improvements
News May 10, 2018
The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) announced a new five-year plan Wednesday for highway construction projects that will come with a $3.4 billion price tag.   More than $1 billion will be invested in repairing state-owned bridges that are structurally deficient, many of which will...
infrastructure improvements
News May 09, 2018
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for New York state to spend another $125 billion on infrastructure improvement projects over the next five years.   The Democratic governor announced Tuesday the proposal would be the next phase in his agenda to rebuild the state of New York and create thousands of...
Highway plan
News April 30, 2018
Kentucky's recently passed $8.5 billion 2018 highway plan aims to prioritize spending on 1,400 projects, including work on 1,000 bridges and improvements to 5,000 miles of pavement, plus road widening and the reconstruction of existing roads, along with construction of new routes and interchanges...
I-66 highway construction Virginia
News April 03, 2018
The first steps in major construction work on the I-66 toll lanes between the Capital Beltway and Gainesville, Va., is set to begin as soon as this weekend.   The Virginia Department of Transportation and the private companies set to build and operate the lanes under a decades-long deal expect to...
Rhode Island gets $20 million grant to fix bridges along Rte. 37
News March 07, 2018
According to a statement released by the office of Senator Jack Reed (D.), the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will receive a $20 million grant to help pay for the repair and replacement of bridges along Rte. 37.   The total cost of the repair and replacement project to improve...
Louisiana

The Fast Lane Grant provided $60 million for a $183 million road project on I-10. Image: LADOTD

Article March 02, 2018
LOUISIANA: Protection keeps system exposed by Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Nobody wants to put someone to work lining up hospital beds beside a dumpster.   Taking care of the health of any community should always be put in the forefront, even if roads and bridges are left wrapped in bandages....
interstate connection
News February 19, 2018
Officials anticipate the connection between I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a project 50 years in the making, will be open by late summer/early fall 2018.   Since I-95′s completion in 1969, plans called for creating a seamless link between the interstate and the turnpike. In 2018, project...
I-80 in Will County

Image: ILEPI

News January 15, 2018
An Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) study released last week emphasizes the growing safety and congestion problems on a 16-mile stretch of I-80 in the northeastern part of the state that connects six of Will County’s municipalities and traverses four waterways.   For the study, ILEPI...
express lanes
News January 11, 2018
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a deal Wednesday that will add 10 more miles of express lanes to the I-95 corridor, expanding the system of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to Fredericksburg by 2022.   As part of the agreement, the private company building the lanes will give the state $277...
bridge
Article January 03, 2018
Most department of transportation buildings do not have a door marked PRIVATE.   Since one figuratively does not exist, either because there is no interest in working with the private sector or it is simply not feasible, it is hard to see how President Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure...
Traffic relief
News December 20, 2017
In an effort to deliver on his commitment to provide innovative transportation solutions for the state of Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan announced $461 million in new traffic relief initiatives for the Baltimore region, including adding lanes to 27 miles of highway to alleviate congestion on the...
California Laurel Street Overcrossing

Work on abutments for the Laurel Street Overcrossing Replacement Project in Vallejo, Calif. Image: Caltrans

Article December 04, 2017
CALIFORNIA: At the forefront by Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   There’s progress and then there’s progress, and those who know the difference can only be encouraged by some of the developments taking place in California.   As a result of the recent 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase passed...
VR construction planning
Article December 04, 2017
Virtual reality (VR) has been a staple of mass media for decades, but only in the abstract.   Popularized in television shows and in the movies, largely science fiction-related, VR has now moved past static media to the realm of interactive video games, and, to some degree, infrastructure project...
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...
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