‘A fiasco from the beginning’ — Caltrans’ costs soar on $1.1 billion San Francisco tunnels

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.

2019-04-17T13:43:26+00:00April 10th, 2019|California, Highways, Presidio Parkway, Public-Private Partnerships|

Cost, opening date for Gordie Howe Bridge coming next week

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.

2018-09-27T08:43:47+00:00September 21st, 2018|Bridges, Gordie Howe International Bridge, Michigan, Money Pit, Project to Watch|

Putting the Public First in Public-Private Partnerships

American Prospect » When the public sector fails to transfer enough risk to private entities or fails in its own oversight obligations, a P3 can suck government – and taxpayers — into a fiasco that costs far more than if the project was delivered through traditional means.

Texas 130 expansion stalls as Texas toll roads go out of style

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.

2018-01-30T10:06:04+00:00January 26th, 2018|Highways, Texas, Texas Highway 130, Tolling|

State auditor faults handling of delta tunnels planning contracts

Los Angeles Times » California water managers awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to a Sacramento consulting firm without going through the required competitive bidding process, according to the state auditor.

2018-03-07T11:20:07+00:00October 5th, 2017|Big Dig, California, California WaterFix, General Interest, Roads, Water|
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