WHIOTV7 » Texas officials have recently moved to scrap tolls on several highways for the first time in 40 years, bucking a national trend toward more tolls on mostly urban roadways to shift the costs of transportation to those who use the roads. “The common theme is just toll fatigue,” says a member of the Texas House transportation committee.
The Austin Chronicle » As construction continues on MoPac’s long overdue toll lanes, CH2M, the Colorado-based engineering company responsible for the project’s design and construction – originally scheduled for completion in September 2015 – reported in its March 31 quarterly report that its disruption of Austin’s westside commute was “approximately 75% complete.” The delays have come with extreme cost overruns at CH2M; the company estimated them at $121.3 million in March, and blamed both the cost and delays on seemingly everything short of a plague of locusts
The Dallas Morning News » Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings wants a new group with a “single-minded focus” to make a long-awaited park along the Trinity River a reality. Next week, officials will brief the City Council on a plan to create a “local government corporation” to take on the Trinity River park project. The public-private partnership would be responsible for working out the details of planning and building the new park, which would span 200 acres between the Margaret McDermott Bridge and the Ron Kirk Bridge.