HARRISBURG, PA. — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is putting Pennsylvania’s new, comprehensive transportation plan to work as the department is reaching out to the private sector to submit statements of qualification for the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The project is a public-private partnership (P3) that will reconstruct at least 500 structurally deficient bridges of similar design — about 200 to 300 more than originally anticipated as a result of the state’s new comprehensive transportation plan.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for $452 million to finance the Downtown Crossing section of the Louisville and Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. The cost of the Downtown Crossing, which Kentucky is funding, is roughly $1.3 billion, and it represents one half of the bi-state Ohio River Bridges project, which also includes the new East End Bridge, also spanning the Ohio River eight miles to the north. Indiana will finance the East End Crossing Project connecting Prospect, Ky., and Utica, Ind., which is also estimated to cost $1.3 billion.
OAKLAND, CALIF. — Continuing the push to rebuild California’s infrastructure and spur job growth, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has made new allocations totaling $152 million to 36 projects statewide. This latest round of funding drives the total amount of transportation funding allocated in 2013 beyond the $3 billion barrier.
ST. LOUIS — Riyadh Hindi, Ph.D., P.E., Director of Graduate Programs and Interim Chairperson at Saint Louis University's Parks College, and his team of researchers including civil engineering faculty members Will Lindquist, Ph.D., P.E., and Ahmed Ibrahim, Ph.D., have been awarded $300,000 from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) at the University of Illinois.
SEATTLE — Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT’s) design-build contractor for the SR 99 tunnel project, has taken their first step toward identifying and removing the potential obstruction that stopped the progress of the tunnel boring machine (TBM) last week. STP is installing up to eight wells approximately 120 feet deep on the construction site near the machine, which is located about 60 feet below the surface between South Jackson and South Main streets, to the west of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The wells will lower the water pressure in the ground, to create a safe environment for workers to enter the excavation chamber at the front of the machine and to begin to assess the situation. High groundwater pressure combined with loose soils has to this point prevented safe worker access.
BATON ROUGE, LA. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced its update and plan for the continued development of I-49 South, which will result in $3.7 billion in cost savings. The I-49 South project will convert 160 miles of U.S. 90 from Lafayette to New Orleans into an interstate-quality roadway enhancing travel between the two cities but ultimately across the state and nation once completed.
SAN DIEGO — Caltrans, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and other transportation officials and elected representatives from the United States and Mexico gathered recently to break ground on a state highway project that will provide a seamless connection across the international border. The $717 million State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry (POE) Project will be developed in three segments, with the first segment starting construction this month on four new highway lanes and new connectors from State Route 905 (SR-905) east to Enrico Ferme Drive in East Otay Mesa.
RICHMOND, VA. — Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that 19 private-sector firms offered recommendations for solutions to improve Interstate 66 in response to the Request for Information (RFI) issued by the commonwealth in late June. The RFI sought innovative and creative solutions to ease the congested I-66 corridor from Capital Beltway to Route 15 in Haymarket.
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