The Sacramento Bee » A historic vote on the Delta tunnels project is getting a do-over. Southern California’s powerful water agency — the Metropolitan Water District — said Thursday its board will vote again in July on whether to pay for the lion’s share of the project, known officially as California WaterFix.
Construction Dive » The Federal Transit Administration has announced its intention, through a notice in the Federal Register, to implement a new rule meant to remove any barriers that might be preventing private-industry investment in U.S. public transportation infrastructure projects. The new rule, dubbed Private Investment Project Procedures, will go into effect June 29.
The Mercury News » Voters in the Bay Area have agreed to raise bridge tolls by $3 over the next six years, but that’s just the first step in what they’ll likely be asked to pay as business leaders and transportation planners sketch out a fresh series of new measures to solve the area’s traffic gridlock.
U.S. News » The House on Wednesday night approved a nearly $3 billion bill to improve the nation’s ports, dams and harbors, protect against floods, restore shorelines and support other water-related projects. Lawmakers approved the bill 408-2, sending it to the Senate, where a similar bill is under consideration.
Pacific Standard » Officials have estimated that adding 18.5 vertical feet to Shasta Dam will cost $1.3 billion. Heightening the dam will increase the size of California’s largest reservoir, but it could also create problems for local fish and wildlife populations. If the dam is raised, uncertainties will remain about how water is used and who or what will see benefits
Engineering News-Record » The U.S. Dept. of Transportation has chosen 26 projects to share $1.5 billion in grants for road or freight-related improvements that are important to a region or the nation overall. The selections disclosed on June 5, are the latest round of grants to help finance ”projects of national or regional significance” under the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation, or FAST, Act.