The Orange County Register » Just about every major highway in Southern California has a plan to improve. The largest of those is the widening of the I-405 Freeway, slated to begin this Friday, Jan. 26. The plan calls for 18 bridge replacements plus new and widened bridges. Five bridges will be closed to traffic at times during construction. Here’s a look at some other big road projects that are underway or proposed.
Fox 10 » The selected team will not only build the bridge but also take over maintenance of the project and is expected to enter into a 55 year contract. ALDOT will tell the three teams on February 20 what it expects in their proposals. The proposals are due in the fall and the selected team is expected to be chosen by the end of the year. Construction on the project is expected to start in 2019 and be finished in 2024.
Marin Independent Journal » City officials opened four bids this week with the apparent low bid coming in at $26.8 million from Golden State Bridge Inc. of Benecia. That is within 5 percent of the latest engineer’s estimate of $25.8 million, which is good news, said Julian Skinner, director of public works.
Roads & Bridges » The city of Houston will soon see construction begin on a world-class cable-stayed bridge intended to relieve congestion and improve safety on one of the busiest toll road networks in the country. This new signature bridge will replace a previous record-setting concrete segmental bridge as the Harris County Toll Road Authority widens the Sam Houston Tollway East where it crosses the Houston Ship Channel.
Courier & Press » More details are available about the three remaining routes under consideration for a new Interstate 69 Ohio River bridge. In each scenario, travelers to and from Evansville and Henderson will have six lanes of traffic, with at least four of those on I-69. The two west alternatives generally follow the path of U.S. 41, while the central alternative is further east.
Roads & Bridges » The pace of improving the nation’s inventory of structurally deficient bridges slowed this past year. At current pace of repair or replacement, it would take 37 years to remedy all of them, said Dr. Alison Primo Black, chief economist for ARTBA. According to an analysis of the U.S. DOT’s just released 2017 National Bridge Inventory database, 54,259 of the nation’s bridges are rated structurally deficient.