Funding

South Carolina roads to improve with gas tax funds
News September 19, 2017
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) officials met with local leaders in the Charleston area to discuss, in specific, how much money is expected to be generated for the region by the state’s new gas tax, and where that money is going to be spent   Following a “fix-it-first” approach...
News September 18, 2017
State DOTs come to the aid of Florida's DOT in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Va.'s I-66 project needs more money from the state, environmental streamlining building steam, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
U.S. DOT FHWA
News September 15, 2017
State transportation agencies are sharing a $3.1-billion “bonus” through the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) latest annual summer redistribution of unused highway funding.   The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (U.S. DOT), which oversees FHWA, also has announced it is taking applications for a...
Damaged I-4 Florida after Hurricane Irma

Image source: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP

News September 14, 2017
Gov. Rick Scott announced yesterday that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved a $25 million Emergency Relief (ER) Quick Release Grant to support response and recovery efforts for Florida’s roadways and transportation system.   This federal funding will be used to conduct emergency...
News September 11, 2017
Sixteen years ago today, America changed forever . . . and I first found out about it in an elevator. Plus, an interview with Dale Keller of the Nevada DOT on the progress of Project Neon in Las Vegas, federal highway funding levels will remain flat, the Highway Trust Fund continues to stumble...
road and bridge work
News September 11, 2017
Nearly three-quarters of Americans are willing to pay increased taxes or tolls to fund roads and other transportation infrastructure, according to a survey from HNTB Corp. to be released today.   The number rises to 84% if those tax and toll hikes are mandated by law to be spent only on the...
I-610 in Houston post-Hurricane Harvey

Image source: Alyssa Schukar/The New York Times

News August 30, 2017
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao directed the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Tuesday to immediately release $25 million in emergency relief funds to Texas so the state can start to restore roads, bridges and highways that have been critically damaged by Hurricane Harvey.   The...
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 14, 2017
The tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., plus Trump's hesitation about working with Democrats on his infrastructure bill, I-84 redesign plans in Hartford and I-77 toll opposition in N.C. To hear the latest podcast, click here.
road usage
News August 14, 2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has teamed up with the I-95 Corridor Coalition and the Delaware Department of Transportation to test how to administer a road usage tax or fee based on the amount of miles a motorist drives.   Enacting a road usage tax was discussed by state...
News August 07, 2017
Have you ever seen President Trump play volleyball? He needs a major score with the American people right now, and focusing on an infrastructure bill is the ticket. Also, the Alaskan Way Viaduct is set to be demolished in 2019 and there is a bicycle vigilante on the loose. To hear the latest...
News July 31, 2017
Back from vacation, which was full of stress. Also the latest on the Bonner Bridge brown out, U.S. DOT funding and the New NY Bridge, now called the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. To listen to the podcast, click here.
U.S. Capitol building
News July 26, 2017
A Senate panel has rejected White House efforts to eliminate Obama-era transportation grants.   By voice vote, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development approved a fiscal 2018 spending bill that includes $550 million for the Transportation Investment...
I-15 Express Lanes in Riverside County, Calif.

Image source: Caltrans / I-15 Express Lanes

News July 21, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) yesterday announced that the Build America Bureau will provide a $152.2 million TIFIA loan to the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), at 2.84% with a term of 35 years after substantial completion for the I-15 Express Lanes Corridor...
Seal-US-DOT
News 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...
News 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.
News July 14, 2017
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $226.5 million in competitive grant funding for transit bus projects nationwide.   The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program is authorized by Congress to improve the...
News July 12, 2017
A House panel approved legislation on Tuesday evening that would cut funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) by over half a billion dollars.   The House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development advanced a spending bill to provide $17.8...
News 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...
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