MOUNT VERNON, WASH. — A portion of a bridge on Interstate 5 collapsed into the Skagit River near Mount Vernon Thursday evening, closing the busy highway as national and state investigators work to determine the cause. According to The Seattle Times, three people from two vehicles were rescued from the water and taken to hospitals with minor injuries. There were no reported deaths.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House recently honored 12 individuals or organizations that have provided exemplary leadership in developing or implementing transportation technology solutions to enhance performance, reduce congestion, improve safety, and facilitate communication across the transportation industry at the local, state or national level.
RICHMOND, VA. — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has advertised a $120 million project to rehabilitate 163 lane miles of I-264 and I-64 in the Hampton Roads region. Contracts are scheduled to be awarded by the end of the year, with construction beginning early next year. In the meantime, VDOT continues to address deteriorating sections of pavement.
PITTSBURGH — Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation, was awarded a five-year, $2.7 million contract by the Allegheny County (Pa.) Department of Public Works for the rehabilitation of the Roberto Clemente (6th Street), Andy Warhol (7th Street), and Rachel Carson (9th Street) Bridges in Pittsburgh. Specifically, Baker will provide preliminary engineering, final design, and construction-phase services for the rehabilitation of the three bridges.
ANNAPOLIS, MD. — Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, joined by Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown, signed the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013. The legislation will support thousands of jobs and invests an average of $800 million a year at full implementation and a total of $4.4 billion over the next six years (FY 2014 - FY 2019). As a result of the passage of the legislation, Governor O’Malley was able to announce the first round of highway and transit projects to be funded with money generated by the Transportation Act.
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