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.
HARRISBURG, PA. – State investments of $10 million in aviation grants and $25.8 million in rail freight grants will help improve facilities, help businesses expand operations and ensure safety across Pennsylvania. The grants were approved by the State Transportation Commission, which evaluates and assesses the resources needed to maintain and expand the state’s transportation system.
DENVER — URS Corporation was included on one of three teams selected by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to provide emergency recovery repairs of infrastructure following the Colorado floods in September. Partnered with subcontractor Lawrence Construction Company, URS is responsible for Region 4 repair work, which includes the areas of Greeley, Fort Morgan, Brush, Sterling, Sedgwick, and Julesburg — all severely impacted by flooding in the South Platte River Basin.
SEATTLE — On Saturday, Dec. 7, Seattle Tunnel Partners, Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT’s) design-build tunnel contractor, proactively stopped tunneling. It was stopped after unanticipated and increasing resistance was experienced, possibly due to an obstruction, which significantly decreased the advancement rate of the machine and the volume of tunnel muck on the machine’s conveyor belt.
CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) reopened the Kedzie Avenue Bridge over the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, completing the reconstruction of this major commercial and industrial gateway. The three-span fixed bridge, which was first built in 1909 and reconstructed in 1969, was completely restored with a new concrete roadway deck; repaired girders, floor beams and lateral bracing; and new sidewalks with fiberglass panels.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Rust is a civil engineer’s nightmare. Motorists in the United States make more than 200 million trips across bridges rated structurally deficient or in need of significant maintenance and yearly inspection. Of the more than 17,000 bridges in New York, 12.5 percent are structurally deficient and 27 percent are considered functionally obsolete. One major culprit: corrosion of reinforcing steel.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) along with leaders in the fields of transportation, labor, commerce, and construction introduced H.R. 3636 The Update, Promote, and Develop America’s Transportation Essentials (UPDATE) Act. This bill would phase in a 15 cent/gallon tax increase over the next three years on gasoline and diesel.
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