Road Construction

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...
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 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 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 11, 2017
Federal and state highway officials have released an environmental analysis identifying the route for a proposed 19-mile West Davis Corridor designed to serve commuters in the Salt Lake City area.   The Federal Highway Administration and the Utah Department of Transportation have been working on...
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.  
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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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 July 03, 2017
Three states are going into varying levels of remission this holiday weekend, as disputes between Republican governors and Democratic-led state legislatures have forced the state governments of Maine and New Jersey into partial shut-downs and a long-standing budgetary impasse in Illinois is closing...
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...
News June 26, 2017
Where do you draw the line with parties? Also, Missouri looks for new ways to generate money for road and bridge work, new fences installed along Alligator Alley, and more. To access the podcast, click here.
News June 22, 2017
The deadline to submit entries for Top 10 Roads 2017 has been extended by two weeks. The new deadline is July 7.   As a reminder, projects must be in the design, construction or completion phase over the last 18 months, and past winners are not eligible. For a list of past winners, click here. This...
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...

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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...
News June 12, 2017
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses funding rural transportation construction projects through public-private partnerships.

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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...
Article June 06, 2017
Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project, Staten Island, N.Y., to New Jersey: This historic bridge has been undergoing its first major restoration since it was completed amidst the fury of the Great Depression in late 1931. The $1.6 billion project aims to raise the bridge’s present 151-ft...
Article June 06, 2017
In April 2015, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced plans to replace part of its aging infrastructure on the outer loop of I-40 in downtown Nashville.   The project, better known as “Fast Fix 8,” included demolishing and reconstructing eight bridge decks over a 13-week period...
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