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MoPac and the Expensive Mess That Never Ends

The Austin Chronicle » As construction continues on MoPac’s long overdue toll lanes, CH2M, the Colorado-based engineering company responsible for the project’s design and construction – originally scheduled for completion in Sep­tem­ber 2015 – reported in its March 31 quarterly report that its disruption of Austin’s westside commute was “approximately 75% complete.” The delays have come with extreme cost overruns at CH2M; the company estimated them at $121.3 million in March, and blamed both the cost and delays on seemingly everything short of a plague of locusts

2017-08-09T10:33:13+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Design-Build, Highways, Texas, Tolling|

Homeland Security will waive laws to build US border wall

CBS 8 » The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement it will publish in “the coming days” in the Federal Register a notice exempting the government from the National Environmental Protection Act, which calls for extensive reviews of environmental impacts, and a host of other laws on 15 miles of border extending east from the Pacific Ocean.

2017-08-09T12:59:02+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Trump & Infrastructure, U.S. News, Urban|

White House: Infrastructure bill remains Trump priority

The Hill » President Trump remains committed to working with Congress on a massive infrastructure bill, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday. The reassurance from the White House comes as GOP leaders have signaled that the timeline for Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package — which has yet to be unveiled — will likely slip to next year. 

2017-08-10T09:19:07+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Trump & Infrastructure, U.S. News|

Final miles of I-69 expected to take years, $1.5 billion to complete

Indianapolis Business Journal » As the state moves closer to starting work on the final stretch of the Interstate 69 extension, one thing is clear: It’s going to take many years and lots of money to complete the last 26 miles of the Evansville-to-Indianapolis project.

2017-08-09T15:19:50+00:00 July 29th, 2017|Highways, Indiana, Public-Private Partnerships|

Denver wants to create an office for public-private partnerships, and City Council fears being cut out of the process

Denverite » Denver Mayor Michael Hancock wants to create an office within city government that will screen, vet and shepherd public-private partnerships related to major city projects, like the redevelopment of the National Western Center and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts — and other projects the city might not even have anticipated yet.

2017-08-09T15:06:31+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Colorado, Public-Private Partnerships|

Eisenhower Expressway widening project gets federal approval

Chicago Tribune » According to officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the United States Department of Transportation approved phase 1 of the plan, though there is still no funding commitment to actually complete the work.

2017-08-09T14:04:33+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Highways, Illinois, Public-Private Partnerships|
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