With new bridge toll, Hwy. 101 project fully funded

Argus Courier » Money from the $4.5 billion measure is earmarked for Bay Area transportation projects including $120 million to widen Highway 101 from the Sonoma-Marin county line to Novato and $100 million to improve Highway 37, although officials are unclear on those projects’ timelines.

2018-06-18T09:58:16+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Bridges, California, Highways, Tolling|

Senators insist on judicial review of water tunnels project

E&E News » California’s two Democratic senators have committed themselves to opposing a controversial House provision that would block judicial review of the state’s WaterFix tunnel project. While backstage discussions have occurred, opponents of the $17 billion tunnel project recognize the judicial review ban is all but certain to pass the House as part of a fiscal 2019 Interior and EPA appropriations bill.

2018-06-18T10:30:42+00:00 June 15th, 2018|California, California WaterFix, Wastewater, Water|

DWR expands on response to spillway forensic report

Chico Enterprise-Record » The state Department of Water Resources has beefed up its response to the independent forensic report on what caused the Oroville Dam spillway failure last year. A revised dam safety policy, which will “further define roles and responsibilities” of the executive-level engineer, the chief dam safety engineer and other related State Water Project divisions, should be released by the end of the year.

2018-06-18T10:27:47+00:00 June 14th, 2018|California, Dams, Oroville Dam|

FTA issues decision for $4.7B California BART extension

Construction Dive » The Federal Transit Administration has issued a Record of Decision for the $4.7 billion, six-mile BART Silicon Valley Phase II extension into downtown San Jose and Santa Clara, allowing the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to start engineering work for the project and to apply for a $1.5 billion New Starts FTA grant.

California drinking water tax dies in budget compromise

The Sacramento Bee » Lawmakers and Brown’s office scrapped the “Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Act,” which would have taxed residents 95 cents a month to raise millions for cleaning toxic wells. Instead, legislative leaders agreed to spend $5 million from the general fund to deal with lead in drinking water at child care centers. They also plan to allocate $23.5 million from the general fund for “safe drinking water actions later in this legislative session.”

2018-06-11T11:14:04+00:00 June 8th, 2018|California, Drinking Water|

California bullet train authority ordered part of a flawed bridge torn down

Los Angeles Times » Engineers have built about 24,000 bridges in California over the last century, but a new one under construction in Madera County for the state’s bullet train project shows that they can still lead to serious blunders. In a statement, the authority said the Avenue 8 bridge design did not meet its “level of quality for a work product” and showed “signs of distress.”

2018-06-12T08:08:15+00:00 June 8th, 2018|California, California High Speed Rail, Design-Build, High-Speed Rail|
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