Poll: 62% think feds not spending enough on infrastructure | US transportation official says Gateway Tunnel is a local project | Ala. hopes feds will approve $250M grant application for Interstate 10 bridge
May 25, 2018
News for contractors and the construction industry
A recent Monmouth University poll found that 55% of Americans believe President Donald Trump is not focusing enough on infrastructure, but 26% say the president is giving infrastructure enough attention. Sixty-two percent of respondents believe the federal government does not spend enough on infrastructure.
Matthew Kopko, a US Department of Transportation advisor, said nine out of every 10 riders on the rail system that travels underneath the Hudson River are New Jersey residents, and that makes the proposed Gateway Tunnel a local project. The Trump administration wants New York and New Jersey to cover most of the project's estimated $30 billion cost.
Alabama officials are seeking a $250 million grant from the federal government for the $2 billion Interstate 10 bridge expansion project in Mobile. Local money for the project would come from bonds, private investors, tolls and the state.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a measure that creates a zero-emissions credit program to support nuclear power plants in the state that can demonstrate they improve air quality and are in danger of closing in the next three years. The law is expected to cost about $300 million annually.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island have chosen the 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind project and Deepwater Wind's 400-MW Revolution Wind project, respectively, to harness offshore energy. The decision brings Massachusetts "one step closer to achieving our administration's goals of creating a clean, reliable and cost-effective energy future for Massachusetts residents, and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change," said Gov. Charlie Baker.
Sound Transit officials are concerned about rising construction costs in the Seattle region, and as a result, they might hurry to award bids this summer for an 8-mile rail expansion. The agency is seeking $1.1 billion in federal funds for the project, and moving forward without secured funding creates financial risk for the transit organization.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit board is considering various proposals to ease congestion between San Francisco, Silicon Valley and the Central Valley. One option would extend San Francisco's BART line, while another less costly plan proposes a bus rapid transit system.
Passenger traffic is increasing at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Nevada, and a $1.6 billion master plan would modernize and expand the airport from two terminals to three to accommodate the growing traffic. Airport officials want to start construction in 2019.
A stormwater storage project in Seattle is expected to cost $570 million, an increase of $150 million over the original estimate. The agency behind the project has decided to increase the overflow capacity of the system based on updated data.
Modernization of the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant in Los Gatos, Calif., is not expected to be completed until 2021. The project's cost has increased to $300 million from $250 million due to construction delays and inflation.
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