Funding

Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel

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News August 15, 2018
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently joined Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) to formally announce the award of a $45 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD).   The grant will be used for the Belle Chasse...
transit funding
News August 03, 2018
The U.S. Senate yesterday approved a fiscal-year 2019 appropriations bill that provides $16.1 billion for public transit.   The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2019 also dedicates $2.5 billion for intercity passenger-rail grants. The...
transportation projects
News August 02, 2018
The U.S. Senate took action this week to send millions of dollars to Ohio for transportation and infrastructure projects.   Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced the bill's passage in a news release Wednesday afternoon.    The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill...
U.S. Capitol
News July 25, 2018
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released a draft of a long-awaited infrastructure plan on Monday that addresses possible funding sources for a number of potential projects.   The bill calls for significant federal investment in...
ODOT road work

ODOT was able to merge 25 years of road and bridge work into just four due to innovative financing.

Article July 05, 2018
OHIO: A fantastic fury Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Located in northwest Ohio, the city of Toledo has just as many University of Michigan devotees as it does Ohio State University fans.   The area is used to times of fury, but non-stop for four years straight? Hard to imagine, but it is all...
interstate improvements
News July 05, 2018
Improvements to I-80 were deemed critical in a regional transportation proposal by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).   The agency’s “On to 2050" Transportation Plan also placed the proposed Illiana toll road on the back burner. The updated plan calls for $72.7 billion in...
AASHTO considers federal tariff effect on road, bridge industry
News July 02, 2018
This article is adapted from an original posting to the AASHTO Journal.   The economic impact of Trump administration tariffs imposed on a number of goods, but notably steel and aluminum, continues to generate growing concern, especially regarding the cost of infrastructure projects.   The American...
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 boondoggles

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News June 28, 2018
A new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group identifies nine wasteful highway expansion projects across the country, slated collectively to cost at least $30 billion.   The report details how most highway expansions fail to solve congestion, saddle states with crippling debt, and...
Toledo interchange
News June 20, 2018
The city of Toledo, Ohio, announced Tuesday it would contribute up to $1 million toward the I-475/U.S. 23 interchange at Dorr Street.   City officials said this project serves as a corridor to new commerce and transportation. The money will come from Toledo's capital improvement fund. Workers would...
U.S. DOT
News June 11, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) recently announced nearly $1.5 billion in proposed grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program.   “These INFRA grants will empower states and communities to make significant long-term infrastructure...
Highway improvements plan
News May 30, 2018
Gov. Bruce Rauner announced a plan for Illinois to invest $11.05 billion in the state’s roads and bridges over the next six years, including $2.2 billion of state and federal funding in the upcoming fiscal year.   The Illinois Department of Transportation Multi-Year Proposed Highway Improvement...
Transit funding
News May 25, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced yesterday the availability of $25.8 million in grant funds to support transit planning efforts in communities across the country.   The competitive grant funds are provided through FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit...
U.S. Capitol
News May 21, 2018
The House Appropriations Committee recently released the FY 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill. The legislation includes funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies.   In total...
Bay Area highway projects
News May 21, 2018
The California Transportation Commission approved $2.7 billion for 64 projects across the state, with more than $660 million bound for the Bay Area.   About 25% will come from the new state gas tax, if it is not repealed in November, and other fees approved last year. The gas tax and other new fees...
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...
State of the bridges 2018
Article May 01, 2018
Some would say Mississippi is fortunate not to see all four seasons.   The weather is on the mild side for much of the year. Yet things still shrivel up in the state and have to wait for conditions to improve.   On April 12, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency, issuing a...
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...
U.S. Department of Transportation
News April 24, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) recently published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.   BUILD...
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