North Carolina Secretary of Transportation Jim Trogdon is expected to release details on the state's plan for a segment of Interstate 77 in Charlotte, N.C., today. One of the lanes in each direction might be made free rather than tolled, a plan supported by 10 of 12 advisory group members in May.
The expanded use of autonomous vehicles depends on their operating environment, not just their technology, write Nick Oliver, Kristina Potocnik and Thomas Calvard. "[T]he key question we should be asking is not when will self-driving cars be ready for the roads, but rather which roads will be ready for self-driving cars," they write.
The Shreveport, La., City Council has given preliminary approval for a $240 million development, led by Philadelphia-based Chariot Companies, that would transform a former country club and golf course into a hotel, residences, medical offices and recreational areas. The project is expected to create 1,120 construction jobs, and work is expected to begin in 2019.
Memphis, Tenn., may soon see the renovation of a historical building into a high-end apartments and the construction of a 26-story convention center hotel. One of the biggest projects in the downtown area in years, the project, which is still in the planning stages, could be finished by 2023.
Albany International Airport in New York is getting a $92 million face-lift, with $72 million expected to come from state grants. Work on the terminal renovation, a parking garage and road reconfiguration will start next month and conclude by November 2020,
A groundbreaking ceremony is set for a 160-bed hospital in Alleghany County, Pa., next to the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion. The project, which calls for stormwater and traffic upgrades, a 180-space parking garage and a parking lot, is part of a $1 billion expansion effort by Allegheny Health Network.
The Omaha, Neb., school board has selected Jacobs Project Management Co. to manage $409.9 million worth of construction projects. The company has done previous work for the district.
Drones have become valuable construction industry tools for measurements, inspections and photographs due to their ease of use, low cost and potential to improve safety. Drone sales in 2017 jumped 33% year-over-year, according to market research firm NPD Group.
Contractors say tax reform under President Donald Trump has increased business confidence and given an extra boost to an economy that already was growing. The cut in corporate tax rates has spurred companies to buy more equipment and pay bonuses to employees.
The advisory group that recommended tolling interstates 5 and 205 in Portland, Ore., should have considered tolling proposals on additional regional roadways to make the potential costs incurred by drivers from Washington state more equitable, writes the editorial board of The Columbian. "Only a comprehensive proposal that addresses all of Portland's overburdened freeways will effectively prepare the area for a prosperous future," the editorial states.
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