The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) of Virginia recently approved its FY 2021-2026 Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP) COVID-19 update. Using the flexibility provided in a budget amendment submitted by Gov. Northam and approved during the 2020 Special Session, the CTB was able to manage the…
December 14, 2020
Sarah Mildred Long Bridge
Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.
The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has announced six bridge projects as the winners in its 2020 Concrete Bridge Awards. The Awards of Excellence from the 17th Biennial Concrete Bridge Awards Competition is co-sponsored by PCA and Roads & Bridges Media. The competition, instituted in 1988,…
December 10, 2020
Transurban highlights benefits of 395 Express Lanes one year after opening
Image: Transurban
The 395 Express Lanes, opened in November of 2019, are the latest in a series of critical infrastructure projects delivered through a partnership between global toll-road operator Transurban and the Virginia DOT (VDOT).  Prior to and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Transurban has continued its…
November 19, 2020
Virginia breaks ground on Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project
Image: HRBT Expansion Project | Virginia DOT
The Virginia DOT (VDOT) joined state and local leaders to break ground on the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project yesterday. The $3.8 billion project will increase tunnel and interstate capacity along 9.9 miles of I-64 between Hampton and Norfolk, reducing congestion and easing…
October 30, 2020
The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) in Virginia was recently updated on the I-495 American Legion Bridge Transit and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Study, which aims to identify a range of current and future multimodal solutions that can be implemented to reduce congestion, improve…
October 23, 2020
New York City Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is among the notable "structurally deficient" bridges in the country. Image by laretalo from Pixabay.
Nearly 231,000 U.S. bridges need major repair work or should be replaced, according to an American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the just-released 2019 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database from the U.S. DOT. That figure represents 37%, or more than one-third…
April 14, 2020
Capital Beltway accord; Gov. Larry Hogan; Gov. Ralph Northam
Gov. Larry Hogan (left) and Gov. Ralph Northam (right) announce Capital Beltway Accord. Image: @GovLarryHogan via Twitter
Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland and Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia recently announced a partnership to replace the aging American Legion Bridge—which carries the I-495 Capital Beltway across the Potomac River between the two states—in an effort to relieve congestion at one of the country's worst…
November 13, 2019
National Roadway Safety Awards winners 2019
Image: Roadway Safety Foundation (@RoadwaySafetyFn) via Twitter
The Federal Highway Administration and the Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) recently honored seven highway projects with National Roadway Safety Awards in a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The biennial competition, which began in 1999, was created to honor highly successful and innovative approaches to…
October 28, 2019
Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel high-occupancy toll lanes
Image: Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is proposing a 45-mile network of toll lanes on I-64 that would be designed to help drivers avoid traffic jams between Newport News and Chesapeake in Virginia. The plan is a significant expansion of earlier proposals for high-occupancy…
September 24, 2019
North Houston Highway Improvement Project, Texas
North Houston Highway Improvement Project, Texas
U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group have identified what they deem to be nine new wasteful highway expansion projects across the country in what is now the fifth edition of their Highway Boondoggles report. Collectively, these nine newly identified projects are slated to cost at least $25…
June 19, 2019
This year's National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is being held this week, April 8-12, 2019, with the national kick-off press event to be held on April 9, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), along with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation…
April 08, 2019
We talk to PCA Senior Vice President of Market Intelligence and Chief Economist Ed Sullivan on his take on the road and bridge industry, and it's not the brightest. Plus, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee springs to action, the Virginia DOT plans for an I-95 crossing, and more…
January 31, 2019