Roads, Bridges, Highways, Tunnels

‘A fiasco from the beginning’ — Caltrans’ costs soar on $1.1 billion San Francisco tunnels

The Sacramento Bee » Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated when the California Transportation Commission voted, despite a host of warnings, to pay a contractor more than $1 billion to build two tunnels and a stretch of road outside San Francisco nine years ago. Now the project, known as the Presidio Parkway, is more than two years late and $208 million over budget. When the commission approved another $34 million in delay-related spending last month, two commissioners who originally opposed the project lamented their predictions had come true.  “This has been a fiasco from the beginning,” Commissioner Bob Alvarado said at the March 14 meeting.

2019-04-17T13:43:26+00:00April 10th, 2019|California, Highways, Presidio Parkway, Public-Private Partnerships|

Thousands of Bridges In ‘Urgent Need of Repairs’

Route Fifty » More than 47,000 of America’s bridges are in urgent need of repairs, slightly fewer than last year thanks largely to the federal government’s new definition of the term “structurally deficient,” according to a report by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.  The study uses the latest data available from federal government’s National Bridge Inventory Database.

2019-04-18T08:45:40+00:00April 8th, 2019|Bridges, Fuel Tax, Reports|

The Boring Company: What 8 Cities Really Think of Elon Musk’s Tunnel Vision

Inverse » Elon Musk is getting dug into the nitty-gritty of city politics. The Boring Company, a venture the entrepreneur started two years ago, has been aiming to convince local legislators that the answers to their traffic woes is building lots of tunnels. City officials from Sydney to New York have mixed reactions, now that an initial 1.14-mile test tunnel (cost: $10 million) has been opened for assessment.

2019-04-18T10:31:12+00:00March 26th, 2019|Australia, California, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Roads, Virginia|

Multi-billion, decade-long toll road plan gets green light, but bottlenecks loom

Florida Watchdog » A decade-long, multi-billion dollar plan to build a toll turnpike and extend two others got a subcommittee’s unanimous approval during the first week of the legislative session, but faces scrutiny from two other Senate panels before it reaches chamber floors. SB 7068 calls for $45 million in fiscal year 2020 and $90 million in fiscal year 2021 and then $135 million annually through 2030 from the STTF, totaling more than $1.3 billion, to finance a state turnpike bond to pay for the bulk of the project.

2019-04-18T11:24:28+00:00March 12th, 2019|Florida, Georgia, Highways, Tolling, Vehicle Usage Fees|
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