ST. PAUL, Minn. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined President Barack Obama to announce that $600 million will be made available to fund transportation projects across the country under a sixth round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s highly successful Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. The announcement was made at the Union Depot in St. Paul, which received $35 million in the first round of TIGER to renovate the facility and restore tracks.
HARRISBURG, PA. — PennDOT announced that five teams have submitted statements of qualification for the department's Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, an innovative Public Private Partnership (P3) aimed at reducing the state's number of structurally deficient bridges. Through the project, at least 500 bridges of similar design would be replaced under one contract. Cost savings are anticipated since the same basic design and construction standards will be used for multiple bridges.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The impending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund poses a threat to state budgets, the construction industry and the overall economy that is real and that is even closer than originally estimated, according to Mike Hancock, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) president and secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fixing the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) without generating any new revenue would require the equivalent of Congress passing and the president signing a 2013-level Murray-Ryan budget deal every year just to maintain current highway and transit program investment levels, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President Pete Ruane Feb. 12 told a Senate panel.
CHICAGO — The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) released its biennial Top 10 list of “Freeways Without Futures,” selecting the U.S. urban highways most in need of being removed. According to CNU, across the country, there is a growing realization that highways do not fit in an urban context, and that there are solutions like at-grade boulevards that can serve roughly the same number of cars while creating walkable, livable communities. These transformations can even save taxpayers billions of dollars in highway construction and maintenance, while simultaneously bringing economic revitalization to cities.
CLEVELAND — Parsons Brinckerhoff is part of the winning design-build team selected by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to provide design and construction for the new George V. Voinovich, I-90 Cleveland Innerbelt Eastbound Bridge project. Led by the TGR JV, comprised of Trumbull Corporation, The Great Lakes Construction Company, and The Ruhlin Company, Parsons Brinckerhoff is serving as the independent quality firm (IQF).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the closing of an $840 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for the Grand Parkway Project in greater Houston that will improve safety and add highway capacity in this fast-growing region of Texas. The completed Grand Parkway Project will be a four-lane, 55-mile toll road in northwest Harris County and southeast Montgomery County. The TIFIA loan will go toward the design and construction of specific sections of the project.
ROYAL CITY, WASH. – The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is looking for a freight rail operator to provide rail services to businesses in Grant and Adams Counties. Along with operating and maintaining 26-miles of track which runs between Othello and Royal City, the operator will be tasked with creating an innovative economic development plan designed to provide competitive rail service for the region’s rail shipping community.
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