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|

For whom the road tolls: Is it fair to put a price on freeways?

Capital & Main » Are toll roads economically fair? Public perception has long resoundingly agreed that they are not. Three years, when Caltrans first proposed installing HOT lanes on the 405 Freeway in Orange County, local mayors, county supervisors and readers objected rancorously. “We’re creating a system of transportation haves and have-nots,” declaimed one letter to the editor.

2017-07-20T14:31:40+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Highways, Tolling, U.S. News|

Roadshow: Delay in highway fix estimated at … 71 years?

The Mercury News » That’s how long Caltrans says it will take to come up with the money to improve Highway 37 in the North Bay ARea. The department is considering a toll to speed up funding for upgrades.

2017-06-27T14:07:08+00:00 May 24th, 2017|California, Highways, Tolling|
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