Building crews have brought the $823 million Calaveras Dam in California to its peak height of 220 feet, and final testing will begin soon. Initial planning began almost 20 years ago for the dam and its reservoir, which will serve as a backup water supply for the Bay Area.
The two-week free trial period for the $834 million Northwest Corridor Express Lanes in Georgia's Cobb and Cherokee counties has ended. Tolls are a minimum of 10 cents per mile and vary based on demand.
The final section of Interstate 95 has opened in Pennsylvania, and drivers now can travel on the road continuously between Maine and Florida. Construction on the interstate started 62 years ago, but a local dispute kept the final section from being connected to the New Jersey Turnpike.
The French government is considering modifying rules to foster the implementation of congestion pricing in urban centers, per a government source. Legislation allows cities to try out such tolling for three years, but "[n]o city will invest in congestion pricing infrastructure on those terms," the source says.
Siemens Mobility has been conducting pilots of autonomous-vehicle technology on a 4-mile section of streetcar track in Germany. The track is less complex than the open road, and a key ultimate goal of the technology is to reduce train accidents.
United Bridge Partners is a building a privately funded toll bridge to replace the Cline Avenue Bridge in East Chicago, Ind., with a goal of creating a bridge that will last 150 years. Concrete is being placed for bridge's piers, and work is expected to be completed by 2020.
Washington's roads need an estimated $20 billion in maintenance. A per-mile tax and an increased gas tax are among the suggested funding sources for improving the state's roads.
Transportation researcher Robert Poole contends that highways should be treated as "network utilities," as he notes that other crucial utilities in the US are handled by private companies. Poole says enough private capital is available to fund a major infrastructure initiative in the US and that investment funds "have raised over $450 billion in equity to invest worldwide in revenue-producing infrastructure."
Lawmakers in Oregon and Washington are expressing interest in renewing talks about the replacement of the Interstate 5 bridge between the two states. The discussions stalled in 2013.
The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority has taken a transparent approach in pursuing the proposed Kendall Parkway, writes Carlos Gimenez, mayor of Miami-Dade County and chairman of the authority. State, local and federal officials are carefully considering the project, which would be completed with protection of the Everglades in mind, Gimenez writes.