Bloomberg » The powerful Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee scolded Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for not supporting the Gateway rail bridge and tunnel projects in New York and New Jersey, as lawmakers from the region keep up their fight with the Trump administration over money for the program.
ABC 33/40 » California-based contractor Granite Construction said in a statement it is “working day and night” with Alabama’s Transportation Department to address the support beam failure underpinning the Interstate 20/59 exchange. ALDOT, however, said it is “very disappointed” with Granite and that it could fine the company roughly $500,000 for every day the busy interstate remains closed.
Politico » The deadline may be self-imposed, but it is meaningful. Planners had been pursuing a two-year expedited environmental review process in the hopes of making a July deadline to access federal funding and launching the procurement process this summer. Now, the federal government is threatening to throw a wrench into the whole schedule.
Newsday » Officials behind Amtrak’s $13 billion Gateway plan, which includes building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River, on Friday said they were confident they’ll get much-needed federal backing for the “most urgent project in America,” despite growing opposition from the Trump administration.
Aurora Sentinel » Aurora officials have had a mixed response to the I-70 expansion in the years since the City Council sent a letter to Don Hunt, former director of CDOT, expressing approval for the project in September 2014. To the east — through Aurora — is actually the highway’s busiest stretch of road, and one that will see significant construction.
Hawai’i Public Radio » The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is hosting a 2-day forum to attract private development partners. HART is planning to award a contract late next year for the City Center rail transit segment, the remaining 4.1 miles of elevated guideway and 8 stations. The guideway and station contract will also include the Pearl Highlands Transit Center and Garage, a contract worth up to 1.5 billion dollars.