W. Va. DOT Secretary: High construction costs raise issues for Roads to Prosperity » West Virginia’s top transportation official says that his department is concerned about a reported 8.8 percent inflation rate for construction costs as the state embarks on its $2.8 billion “Roads to Prosperity” initiative. Among the reasons for the sharp price hike: higher prices on asphalt and tariffs that imported steel.
Michigan Radio » The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority has announced the private contractor that will build the new Gordie Howe International Bridge. That contractor is Bridging North America; made up of an international consortium of companies including ACS Infrastructure Canada and Fluor Corporation.
Portland Tribune » Oregon transportation officials will ask the federal government’s permission by year-end to impose tolls on some or all of I-5 and I-205 in the Portland area. The tolls would be designed to raise money for highway improvements and encourage some motorists to drive at less-busy times, alleviating congestion.
The Mercury News » Voters in the Bay Area have agreed to raise bridge tolls by $3 over the next six years, but that’s just the first step in what they’ll likely be asked to pay as business leaders and transportation planners sketch out a fresh series of new measures to solve the area’s traffic gridlock.