Chico Enterprise-Record » The state Department of Water Resources says it may appeal a Butte County Superior Court judge’s ruling that allows the Butte County District Attorney’s environmental lawsuit to continue. This comes as Judge Stephen Benson overruled DWR’s demurrer, or objection to the lawsuit.
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.
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.
NJ.com » Gateway Tunnel funding continued to move through Congress as a key Senate committee approved money for the project despite President Donald Trump’s opposition to the project. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $71.4 billion funding bill for the 12 months beginning Oct. 1 that includes at least $2.5 billion for Amtrak and railroad grants.
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.”
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.”