Missouri could struggle to draw federal funds with new infrastructure plan

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.

2018-02-20T15:44:58+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Missouri|

$225M Pennsylvania Turnpike expansion to start soon

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.

2018-02-20T13:57:15+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Highways, Pennsylvania, Tolling|

A sinkhole has been around at least a year and there’s no word on when it’ll be repaired

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.

2018-02-20T14:01:45+00:00 February 18th, 2018|California, Highways|

Trump talk riles advocates on both sides of gas tax

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.

2018-02-20T13:22:10+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Fuel Tax, Trump & Infrastructure, U.S. News|

Trump’s infrastructure plan would make it harder to challenge pipelines

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.

2018-02-16T16:56:03+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Non-Renewable Sources, Trump & Infrastructure, U.S. News|
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