The Sacramento Bee » Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrated when the California Transportation Commission voted, despite a host of warnings, to pay a contractor more than $1 billion to build two tunnels and a stretch of road outside San Francisco nine years ago. Now the project, known as the Presidio Parkway, is more than two years late and $208 million over budget. When the commission approved another $34 million in delay-related spending last month, two commissioners who originally opposed the project lamented their predictions had come true. “This has been a fiasco from the beginning,” Commissioner Bob Alvarado said at the March 14 meeting.
Detroit News » The official construction cost and targeted opening date for the Gordie Howe International Bridge, the second international crossing between Detroit and Windsor, will be released next week, a spokesman for the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority. Earlier this month the construction group selected to build the bridge said it expected the project to cost an estimated $2.68 billion.
My Statesman » The Texas Department of Transportation has a contractor lined up to add a lane to each side of Texas 130 through Pflugerville, a popular commuter route that often backs up during rush hour. But the $36.7 million contract with OHL Construction is now caught up in the freeze on toll road projects. It is unclear when, or if, the project — along with a related lane addition on Texas 130 from U.S. 290 to Texas 71 and yet another project to build three more flyovers at U.S. 290 — will be revived.