KCUR » President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for 2019 could bring big infrastructure changes to Missouri, but local engineering and commerce experts say it could be hard for the state to compete for federal dollars. Missouri has about $825 million of “unfunded transportation priorities” each year, according to a report released in January. The state has also struggled to match federal funds on highway projects.
Bucks County Courier Times » The work, which is funded completely with toll money, will focus on the stretch of highway between mileposts A31 and A38, between the Lansdale and Quakertown exits, which carries more than 65,000 vehicles a day. The end result of the three-year project will be a six-lane highway, with three lanes in each direction. The new six-lane highway also will feature full, 12-foot shoulders to the left and right of the travel lanes.
Desert Sun » Caltrans crews have been making temporary repairs for more than a year, spokeswoman Terri Kasinga said. She added the ground contains low-density soil, which means it’s soft and continues to sink. “Engineers are not sure what is causing the sinkage without complete excavation, but that is also costly,” she said.
The Hill » President Trump has delighted transportation groups and infuriated conservatives with his latest show of support for a federal gas tax. He first signaled openness to a gas tax hike in an interview with Bloomberg last spring, though the administration was quick to walk the comments back. Trump also mused about a 50-cent gas tax during a private meeting with lawmakers a few months ago, according to The Washington Post.
The Washington Post » The Trump administration’s infrastructure plan released earlier this week is designed to stimulate the construction of more oil and natural gas pipelines across the country. To make the building of new pipelines easier, the White House wants to make it harder for the next big anti-pipeline movement to win in the courtroom. How? By limiting the legal options available to lawyers at environmental groups opposed to new fossil-fuel infrastructure.