ABC7 » The estimated cost for the first phase of California’s bullet train climbed by 35 percent on Tuesday to $10.6 billion, the latest increase for the ambitious project to run a high-speed rail line from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The $2.8 billion price hike for a 119-mile segment in the Central Valley puts the entire cost of the project at roughly $67 billion, although officials said they hope to recover the newly announced costs later. It was projected to cost $40 billion in 2008 when voters approved bond financing.
Lawrence Journal-World » The ordinance authorizes the city to use other options than design-bid-build for construction projects, such as the design-build method, where a designer and contractor team is selected at the beginning of the process based on qualifications and a price is set instead of opening the project for bids.
NewsChannel 9 (Nashville) » The money for the I-24/I-75 split fix – which state Transportation Commissioner John Schroer calls “one of the most expensive projects we will do” – comes from a bill signed by Governor Bill Haslam back in April that raises the gas tax by 7 cents on the dollar to help pay for highway projects. It’s the first gas tax increase in the state since 1989, and will pay for 962 road projects across the state.
WTKR » A $409.6 million contract was awarded Tuesday for the construction of a new High Rise Bridge and the widening of about eight miles of I-64. The contract was awarded by the Commonwealth Transportation Board to Granite/Parsons/Corman, Joint Ventures of Tarrytown, NY. It’s the largest design-build contract in Virginia Department of Transportation History.