WHIOTV7 » Texas officials have recently moved to scrap tolls on several highways for the first time in 40 years, bucking a national trend toward more tolls on mostly urban roadways to shift the costs of transportation to those who use the roads. “The common theme is just toll fatigue,” says a member of the Texas House transportation committee.
Reuters » President Donald Trump arrived in office having promised a bold $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan over 10 years for roads, bridges, airports and transit systems crumbling by the day across the United States. But nearly seven months later the administration has produced few details on the future of federal infrastructure funding, one reason why state and municipal governments have issued fewer bonds to improve roads, water systems and other projects so far in 2017.
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
Roads & Bridges » The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced that the Build America Bureau will provide a $152.2 million TIFIA loan to the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), at 2.84% with a term of 35 years after substantial completion for the I-15 Express Lanes Corridor project.