Road Construction

$1.9 billion I-405 widening in Orange County, Calif., gets underway
News January 22, 2018
Construction has begun on a $1.9 billion widening of California’s I-405, the largest project in the history of the Orange County Transportation Authority. The project is expected to run through 2023.   “That corridor is one of the most heavily congested corridors in the nation,” Ryan Chamberlain,...
podcast
News January 15, 2018
I have frost in my attic!! Help!! Also, Louisiana governor announces $600 million transportation plan, Arkansas motorists are not happy with the condition of the state's roads, and more. To hear the latest podcast, click here.
I-80 in Will County

Image: ILEPI

News January 15, 2018
An Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) study released last week emphasizes the growing safety and congestion problems on a 16-mile stretch of I-80 in the northeastern part of the state that connects six of Will County’s municipalities and traverses four waterways.   For the study, ILEPI...
express lanes
News January 11, 2018
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a deal Wednesday that will add 10 more miles of express lanes to the I-95 corridor, expanding the system of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to Fredericksburg by 2022.   As part of the agreement, the private company building the lanes will give the state $277...
I-25 Colorado

Image: Jenny Sparks / Loveland Reporter-Herald

News January 05, 2018
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will add express lanes in both directions of I-25 from Johnstown to Fort Collins.   CDOT approved the $248 million contract with Kraemer/IHC to add express lanes, replace aging bridges, widen other bridges, create new pedestrian and bicycle access...
Las Vegas Boulevard / S.R. 604

Image: NDOT

News January 04, 2018
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) recently completed a $17.3 million upgrade of Las Vegas Boulevard (S.R. 604) from Carey Avenue to just north of Craig Road in north Las Vegas.   Aggregate Industries was the general contractor on the project, with AECOM as project manager. The 4.6-mile...
bridge
Article January 03, 2018
Most department of transportation buildings do not have a door marked PRIVATE.   Since one figuratively does not exist, either because there is no interest in working with the private sector or it is simply not feasible, it is hard to see how President Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure...
I-11 rebar

Crews construct rebar fittings on the $83 million first phase of the new I-11 reconstruction.

Article January 03, 2018
A long-awaited stretch of new interstate is finally taking shape in southern Nevada, after years of heated debate, planning and controversy.   The future I-11 will eventually connect Las Vegas and Phoenix, the country’s two largest metropolitan communities currently not linked by an interstate...
I-10 California

Image: Garret Larson

Article December 27, 2017
In 1947, when Interstate 10 (I-10) was built as a four-lane highway from Ontario to San Bernardino, Calif., it passed through a landscape of ranches, orchards, and open fields fringed with trees. Originally this section of roadway was assigned as U.S. 70-99, and in 1957 it was reassigned to become...
Missouri DOT has big project plans for 2018
News December 22, 2017
It looks like 2018 will be, officials hope, a banner year in road and bridge work in the state of Missouri, as the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) begins to outline the scope of some major projects it is looking to tackle in the coming year.   Among the planned projects, a portion of...
Traffic relief
News December 20, 2017
In an effort to deliver on his commitment to provide innovative transportation solutions for the state of Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan announced $461 million in new traffic relief initiatives for the Baltimore region, including adding lanes to 27 miles of highway to alleviate congestion on the...
roadway
News December 19, 2017
The construction on U.S. 10 and SH 441 in Wisconsin will be finished a year earlier than expected, Gov. Scott Walker announced Monday during a visit to Appleton.   The work is expected to be completed in 2019—a full year ahead of schedule—as a result of savings announced earlier this year that...
California Laurel Street Overcrossing

Work on abutments for the Laurel Street Overcrossing Replacement Project in Vallejo, Calif. Image: Caltrans

Article December 04, 2017
CALIFORNIA: At the forefront by Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   There’s progress and then there’s progress, and those who know the difference can only be encouraged by some of the developments taking place in California.   As a result of the recent 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase passed...
Iowa gas tax hike already benefiting road and bridge projects
News November 15, 2017
Iowa drivers are presently paying 10 cents more per gallon than they did just a few years ago, and while tax increases are no friend to most political leaderships, in Iowa benefits are already being realized.   The state’s gas tax hike has produced an extra $515 million for state and local...
Arkansas road project letting halts due to miswording
News November 10, 2017
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) has put a halt on contract letting for its 30 Crossing project due to a complication in the verbiage describing the purpose and aim of the project, one that AKDOT says will preclude federal funding of projects in the region.   According to the...
express lanes
News November 01, 2017
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) opened a 2-mile extension of I-95 Express Lanes in Stafford County, adding new northbound and southbound ramps ahead of schedule.   The $50 million project extends Express Lanes beyond the flyover ramp where they previously ended, just north of Rte....
I-64 High Rise Bridge
News October 25, 2017
The Commonwealth Transportation Board in Virginia awarded a $409.6 million contract Tuesday to widen I-64 and build a new High Rise Bridge.   The project will widen I-64 from four to six lanes and add one high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane in each direction. The new High Rise Bridge will be built...
Survey
News October 16, 2017
The team at Roads & Bridges invites all our readership to participate in our annual State of the Industry survey. We want to hear your perspective on the 2017 construction season, what's happening in your region and what you expect 2018 to be like for your company.    Please take a few minutes...
Daniel K. Inouye Highway
News October 11, 2017
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have announced the opening of the final phase of reconstruction on the east side of Saddle Road, now known as the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.   The improvement connects the existing highway near milepost 11...
Top Road No. 1 2017
Article October 05, 2017
Noted transportation author and UC-Berkeley professor Robert Cervero once wrote, “Planning of the automobile city focuses on saving time. Planning for the accessible city, on the other hand, focuses on time well spent.”   This statement stands well as a philosophical and operational treatise for...
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