Image: Virginia DOT

News May 21, 2018
The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) expansion project will officially be widening the tunnel to four lanes instead of three.   HRBT project officials recently explained that the cost difference would be negligible and that the four-lane version would actually be easier to build. The idea was...
I-70 Colorado KUSA-TV (Denver)

Image: KUSA-TV (Denver)

News May 16, 2018
Colorado transportation leaders and local elected officials came together Tuesday to discuss plans to improve a congested stretch of I-70.   The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) held a press conference below the bridge at the I-70 and U.S. 6 interchange. According to officials, the...
Belle Chasse Tunnel

Image: LaDOTD

News March 09, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) announced plans for the department to move forward with soliciting partners for its very first public-private partnership (P3).   The P3 venture would provide the estimated $122 million required to replace the Belle Chasse Tunnel...
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...
Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle

Image source: Washington Department of Transportation

News August 04, 2017
As the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) prepares to open the new S.R. 99 tunnel, demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct is slated for early 2019 in Seattle.   WSDOT launched an online open house Thursday to show the public what the work will look like and start allowing comment...
Report indicates Hudson rail tunnel could cost nearly $13 billion
News July 07, 2017
Building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and fixing the existing one could cost nearly $13 billion—a steep increase over an earlier estimate of $7.7 billion, according to a report released on Thursday.   Transit officials are proceeding with planning for the project, which would improve a...
Connecticut state Senate approves plan to bury parts of I-84, I-91 underground

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News June 05, 2017
Parts of I-84 and I-91, heavily congested highways in Connecticut, may be going underground after the state Senate approved the plan to build a tunnel underneath the Hartford and Connecticut River.   For years, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) has known it had to do something to...
The world's largest tunnel-boring machine completed its job to help Seattle replace the Alaskan Way viaduct

Image source: KUOW/Kate Walters

News April 05, 2017
As dozens of people looked on Tuesday, Bertha broke through to daylight after a nearly 2-mile dig under Seattle that took almost four years. Seattle is one step closer to replacing the aging Alaskan Way viaduct and moving a 2-mile section of S.R. 99 underground.   Bertha is the largest tunnel-...
NCDOT plans to eliminate some rail crossings
News March 23, 2017
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has unveiled plans to eliminate seven railroad crossings in the next few years.   Locomotives barreling across roadways often cause commuter back-ups and wrecks, which has become a point of concern for both residents and transportation...
The tunnel machine has stopped for measurements and maintenance until early next week, when operators might need to correct the path

Image source: Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times

News March 02, 2017
Recent surveys found that the Highway 99 tunnel is a few inches off course, and Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) has stopped digging until early next week to perform more measurements.   STP project manager Chris Dixon said late Wednesday afternoon that surveys found the concrete tunnel rings being...
N.Y./N.J. Port Authority proposes capital plan for tunnel, transit projects
News January 06, 2017
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey proposed a $32 billion capital plan for the next decade that includes $2.7 billion to build a tunnel under the Hudson River and rehabilitate the century-old one damaged by Superstorm Sandy.   The sum set aside for the tunnel is a fraction of the $24...
All-concrete, deep-water tube tunnel makes crucial connection in Virginia
Article January 03, 2017
Until recently, the Midtown Tunnel connecting Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va., held the distinction of being considered the most heavily traveled two-lane road east of the Mississippi River.   In the more than 50 years since its original construction, traffic volume has risen from 8,400 vehicles per...
The mega project allows automobiles transit access between the Asian and European sides of Istanbul under the Bosporus strait and will ease Istanbul's notoriously heavy traffic

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News December 20, 2016
The Eurasia Tunnel, connecting the Asian and European continents underneath the Marmara seabed, will be inaugurated today in front a multinational audience.   The tunnel, expected to provide a practical solution to Istanbul's traffic problem, will cut down the travel time between the two sides of...
Asia-Europe tunnel project continues to cruise along
Article October 18, 2016
One of the most challenging underwater tunnel projects in the world is tracking two months ahead of schedule nearly a year after achieving a major milestone.   The Istanbul Strait Road Tube Crossing, scheduled to open by the end of the year, will provide a new connection between the Asian side of...
Delays cause Alaskan Way Viaduct project in Seattle to go over budget

Photo: Elaine Thompson, Associated Press

News July 22, 2016
The troubled project to replace Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel is $223 million over budget.   The Washington state Department of Transportation said Thursday the additional money is needed for the project, originally slated to cost $3.1 billion, because of repeated delays. Those delays...
News July 20, 2015
According to an announcement by Washington state transportation officials, work on the beleaguered State Route 99 tunnel will resume on Nov. 23, with the boring machine known as “Big Bertha” set to emerge at the north end of the city’s downtown area approximately one year thereafter.   Moreover,...
News July 15, 2015
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published the final rule for national tunnel inspection standards that will serve as the foundation of the nation’s first standardized tunnel inspection program. It will be modeled after the FHWA’s successful bridge program established nearly a...
News November 10, 2014
Seattle Tunnel Partners, with whom the Washington State Department of Transportation contracted for the $3.1 billion Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement project, were allowed to resume work recently after a state-mandated delay of nearly two weeks following the discovery of shell material in the earth...
News July 17, 2014
Tunnel vision can improve; just ask those at the Nevada Department of Transportation.   The agency is about to complete the Carlin Tunnels project on I-80, and the highlight of the enhancement is an LED lighting system that will enhance driver visibility by dimming or brightening according to...
News December 31, 2012
It’s time to help a bear cross a street—at least along Georgia’s State Route 96.   The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced a series of tunnels would be constructed along the corridor to help protect the grizzly animals as they roam what is left of their natural habitat. A first of...
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