Highway construction to begin I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension
Groundbreaking ceremony for I-495 NEXT project in Virginia. Image courtesy John Harrington / Transurban
Gov. Glenn Youngkin this week announced the start of highway construction on a 2.5-mile extension of the I-495 Express Lanes between the Dulles Corridor and the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Fairfax County, Virginia.  According to a news release from the governor's office, the I-495 Express…
March 15, 2022
Fern Hollow Bridge replacement rendering
An early design rendering of the replacement Fern Hollow Bridge. Image courtesy: PennDOT
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) District 11 and the City of Pittsburgh announced this week that design and construction are moving forward to build a replacement Fern Hollow Bridge after the original structure collapsed in January. According to a report from the Pittsburgh…
March 11, 2022
Major Bridge P3 initiative candidate bridge projects
Image: Pennsylvania DOT
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) this week announced the selection of Bridging Pennsylvania Partners (BPP) to administer the Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership (P3) initiative. BPP is made up of the following firms, six of which are headquartered in Pennsylvania: …
March 10, 2022
Gordie Howe Bridge tower
Image: Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
The Gordie Howe International Bridge project team will soon begin work on the final portion of the bridge tower—the pylon head—that will connect Windsor, Ontario with Detroit, Michigan. The project team says the tower legs—or lower pylon—have reached their full height of 460 ft. The design-build…
March 09, 2022
Oklahoma DOT opens I-235/I-44 interchange after three years of highway construction
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Oklahoma transportation officials recently celebrated the opening of the I-235/I-44 interchange in Oklahoma City after three years of highway construction. This is a critical interchange for the state capital that moves nearly 100,000 vehicles daily between the northern portion of the metro area…
March 08, 2022
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)  recently released a report to Congress showing the agency's efforts to widely implement a Complete Streets design model across the country. According to a news release from FHWA, the goal of the Complete Streets design model is to improve safety and…
March 07, 2022
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week released its traffic crash data report from 2020, which shows the highest number of traffic fatalities since 2007. The report shows that 38,824 lives were lost in traffic crashes nationwide in the U.S. in 2020. While the number of…
March 04, 2022
The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) has released a new report to help transportation systems develop and implement a “playbook” for addressing significant weather events. The report offers key factors, best practices, lessons learned, and new technologies for event…
March 03, 2022
Brent Spence Corridor Project
Image: Office of Gov. Mike DeWine
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear this week announced a joint pursuit of up to $2 billion in federal funding to support the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project. The goal of the project is to significantly reduce traffic congestion on and around the Brent Spence Bridge, which…
March 02, 2022
Express lanes open on I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in Orlando, Florida
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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) this week announced that the I-4 Express lanes in Orlando—part of the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project—have opened to traffic. The newly built managed lanes extend from just west of Kirkman Road (S.R. 435) in Orange County to just east of S.R. 434 in…
March 01, 2022
Old Gerald Desmond Bridge demolition to begin in May
Image: Port of Long Beach
The Port of Long Beach in California recently announced that the old Gerald Demond Bridge will undergo demolition beginning in May 2022. Demolition will begin with the dismantling and removal of the main span, the Port of Long Beach said in a news release. This will require a weekend-long closure…
February 28, 2022
Brightline completes first high-speed rail construction zone for Orlando extension
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Intercity rail provider Brightline recently announced the completion of the first major construction zone (Zone 2) on its 170-mile high-speed rail extension from West Palm Beach to Orlando International Airport (OIA) in Florida. The 3.5-mile section is one of four zones along this extension leading…
February 24, 2022