Contract awarded to build and operate R.I. tolling system | Tolls discussed to fund bridge construction in La. | $25M contract awarded to study tollway extension routes
May 26, 2017
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Colo.'s E-470 authority plans for increased traffic volume
Traffic on Colorado's E-470 increased 7% in 2016, the fourth straight year of increases. The E-470 Public Highway Authority started a $90 million project last year to widen a stretch of the road from four lanes to six, and it also has future expansion plans.
The Aurora Sentinel (Colo.) (5/24) 
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Contract awarded to build and operate R.I. tolling system
Kapsch TrafficCom has been awarded a $25 million contract to design, build, operate and maintain a tolling system in Rhode Island that will collect tolls from trucks. The system is expected to net the state $42.3 million per year after paying $2.5 million annually to Kapsch.
The Providence Journal (R.I.) (free registration) (5/24) 
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Tolls discussed to fund bridge construction in La.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development discussed project details for the Jimmie Davis Bridge between Shreveport and Bossier City on Thursday, but the project might not go out to bid until 2020. The agency wants to build a four-lane bridge and is discussing the possibility of tolls to help fund the project, which could cost up to $100 million.
KSLA-TV (Shreveport, La.) (5/25),  KTBS-TV (Shreveport, La.) (5/25) 
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$25M contract awarded to study tollway extension routes
The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority has awarded a $25 million contract to CH2M Hill and Knight E/A to study route options for extending Route 53. The road will be paid for with toll revenue, but the project faces community opposition.
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (5/25) 
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Mich. inks partnership to add smart technology to Interstate 75
The Michigan Department of Transportation wants to implement connected vehicle technology on Interstate 75, and it has partnered with 3M. The agency is rebuilding 17 miles of the interstate, and the work with 3M will involve adding smart technology to road signs, adding vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and adding advanced markings to the road.
Equipment World (5/25) 
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Maintenance & New Products
Golden Gate retrofits still not complete 30 years after earthquake
Retrofits still not complete at Golden Gate 30 years after earthquake
(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Almost 30 years after the Loma Prieta quake, earthquake resistance improvements at the Golden Gate Bridge are only partially complete. Two reasons the job is taking so long are the challenge in securing $600 million to pay for it and the necessity of custom design and building of enormous shock absorbers.
KPIX-TV (San Francisco) (5/24) 
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Repaving complete on section of Ind. Toll Road
The Indiana Toll Road will open 20 miles of road after a two-and-a-half-month paving project for Memorial Day weekend traffic. The work is part of the 80/90 PUSH project, and the overall project should be completed this summer.
WNDU-TV (South Bend, Ind.) (5/25) 
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Finance and Funding
L.A. transportation board rejects $700M in funding for tunnel project
The proposed 710 Freeway tunnel near Los Angeles would finally connect the 710 and 210 freeways, but the idea hit a snag after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted against it. The agency will not provide $700 million in funding for the $3.2 billion project, using the funds instead to fix other problems caused by the 710.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (5/25),  The Modesto Bee (Calif.)/The Associated Press (5/25) 
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Policy and Legislation
OMB explains rationale behind infrastructure plan
Some Democrats have harsh words about the Trump administration's infrastructure plans, and hopes for bipartisan cooperation appear to be fading. John Czwartacki of the Office of Management and Budget tried to explain the plan's rationale: "Our budget intends to dedicate $200 billion in federal funding to improve infrastructure but also to re-engineer the way our programs work to maximize co-investment from state, local and private parties and ensure that we can stretch all those dollars further by eliminating red tape."
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/25) 
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Have a great Memorial Day Weekend
Let’s keep those roads, bridges and tunnels free flowing and safe, to provide greater mobility to our customers.
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