WASHINGTON, D.C. — Funding and financing, performance management, and the systems management and operations culture are the critical issues that will be the focus of a three part State Department of Transportation Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) Roundtable that will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, during the TRB 93 Annual Meeting. A total of 13 CEOs are scheduled to participate in this unique series of sessions that will explore what is being done and what more can be done at the state level to address these critical issues.
MARLTON, N.J. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hill International received a contract from the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to provide project monitoring and technical assistance support services to the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The five-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $7.0 million.
“America’s infrastructure is as old, rusty, and energy defunct as my 1949 lead-sled,” is the message I’m driving — literally driving. On Labor Day 2013, I set out on a journey around America in my original Detroit classic car. As an author, journalist, and advocate, I’m dedicating the next six months, and 15,000 miles on my odometer, to the rebuilding of America. I believe that we need to build smarter, safer infrastructure faster than the maddening slow pace we the citizens currently accept. Central to the tour’s theme is the significance of robust structures to our homeland’s security.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is forecasting that beyond a modest increase in construction costs nationwide, the overall U.S. transportation infrastructure construction market will grow 5 percent from $129 billion this year to $135.8 billion in 2014. ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black said the market would be led by expected double-digit growth in airport runway and terminal work, a 6-percent increase in bridge and tunnel construction, and 5-percent, or better, growth in total investment in waterways and ports, and heavy and light rail.
POTTERS MILLS, PA. — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law House Bill 1060, Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive piece of state transportation legislation in decades. The transportation package invests an additional $2.3 to $2.4 billion into the state’s roads and bridges by the fifth year of the plan and provides funding for transit systems across the state.
RICHMOND, VA. — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a record of decision on the 25-mile Tier 1 environmental impact statement (EIS) study of Interstate 66 from the Capital Beltway to Haymarket, Va., clearing the way for the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to select one or more of the final 10 concepts for detailed analysis.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx joined representatives from the Georgia Department of Transportation in Atlanta to announce a Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for $275 million to build new reversible lanes along I-75 and I-575. The 29.7-mile-long project will relieve congestion along the heavily trafficked corridor during morning and evening peak periods. The loan will go toward the $833.7 million total cost of the project.
CHICAGO — Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker International, LLC, was awarded a three-year, $9.8 million contract by the Illinois Department of Transportation to prepare a Tier 2 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the future expansion of high-speed rail service on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor between Granite City, Ill., and St. Louis. Baker will serve as the lead consultant for the project team, which includes STV Incorporated as its joint-venture partner and eight additional consultants.
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