Highway Construction

Midtown Tunnel

Image source: WVEC-TV (Norfolk, Va.)

News September 18, 2017
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday morning to celebrate the opening of the Elizabeth River Tunnels project in Norfolk, Va.   The $2.1 billion project created a new two-lane tunnel under the Elizabeth River, upgraded the Midtown and Downtown tunnels and extended the MLK Expressway.   Although...
Kentucky highway project
News September 07, 2017
Identified Technologies, the leading provider of automatic drone mapping and tracking for construction and energy job sites, announced a partnership with Kokosing Construction Company in May 2017; the partnership reduced costs and increased efficiency on a multi-million dollar Kentucky highway...
I-66/Rte. 15 diverging diamond interchange in northern Virignia

Image source: Virginia Department of Transportation

News August 24, 2017
Northern Virginia leaders celebrated the ceremonial opening of the new interchange at U.S. 15 and I-66 Tuesday morning as the first of several expected diverging diamond interchanges in the area.   The new interchange first partially opened this winter, and fully opened in the last few weeks. It...
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...
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...
Flex route gantry over U.S. 23 lanes in Michigan
News July 25, 2017
Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Transportation started constructing what will be Michigan's first flex route. This new smart road traffic system will manage traffic congestion and promote safety on U.S. 23 just north of Ann Arbor, from M-14 to M-36 (9 Mile Road).   Orange barrels and...
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...
Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway
News July 19, 2017
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and its public-private partner, the Portsmouth Gateway Group (PGG), are constructing a 16-mile, four-lane, $429-million bypass of Portsmouth.   Now known as the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway/S.R. 823, the effort is ODOT’s first major public-...
News July 17, 2017
The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) approved the construction of toll lanes on the I-10 Freeway last week.   The SBCTA voted to build a 33-mile toll lane project at an estimated cost of $1.8 billion, which would run from the Los Angeles County line to Redlands. This marks the...
News July 10, 2017
Who knew hemp had so many uses? We also toured the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange project and you can hear the interview with Project Manager Mark Klipstein. Industry news covers MoDOT's preservation strategy, Oregon's bike tax and a man's bucket list wish. To hear the podcast, click here.  

Image source: Colorado DOT

News July 07, 2017
The private contractor hired by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the $1.2 billion expansion of I-70 through north Denver also will be required to hire locally.   CDOT’s contract will include a clause that 20% of the project’s work force, the equivalent of about 350 people, must...

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 June 28, 2017
Crews are less than a year away from beginning work on the $1.2 billion I-70 expansion project, the largest transportation project in Colorado history that will widen 10 miles of the interstate from Brighton Boulevard to Chambers Road.   More than 12,000 businesses rely on the stretch of I-70 to...
Interstate 73

Image source: WLTX-TV (Columbia, S.C.)

News June 21, 2017
U.S. Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) announced Tuesday that the Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit allowing construction of I-73 to the Grand Strand, making a significant step to building a four-lane, nonstop path to the heart of South Carolina’s tourism industry.   The announcement comes 35 years...

Image source: Indianapolis Star

News June 19, 2017
The state of Indiana announced an agreement Friday to take control of construction of the 21-mile stretch of I-69 from Bloomington to Martinsville, a project that was originally a public-private partnership (P3).   The agreement terminates a contract with I-69 Development Partners, the private...
News June 16, 2017
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will shut down roadwork statewide if lawmakers fail to pass a budget by the end of the month, officials announced Wednesday.   IDOT will notify contractors that all construction work is to shut down on June 30 if a budget does not pass by then. The...
U.S. DOT
News June 15, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau will provide a $106.95 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) to finance the completion of the C-470 Express Lanes Project.   The C-...

Image source: Arizona DOT

News June 09, 2017
Less than six months after major construction began on Arizona’s largest single highway project ever, progress on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway has been swift, with the project on track to be delivered sooner than originally anticipated.   This was the goal when the Arizona Department of...
Freeway traffic from connector ramp on Zoo Interchange system

Image source: Daily Reporter/Kevin Harnack

News May 22, 2017
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is on track to open two ramps on the Zoo Interchange system this week.   The ramp connecting eastbound I-94 to northbound I-41 is scheduled to open on Wednesday. A day later, the ramp connecting southbound I-41 with the eastbound lanes of I-94, as...
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