Interstate 95 was envisioned as a 1,900-mile roadway from Maine to Miami, but an 8-mile gap in New Jersey has kept the dream from becoming a reality. After more than 60 years, the last section of the interstate is expected to be completed in September, but infrastructure experts say the work is only a small victory that could distract the public from the nation's overarching infrastructure woes.
The highly anticipated, state-of-the-art replacement for the Veterans Affairs Denver medical center opened recently, but the project came in at $1.73 billion, about $1.4 billion more than originally estimated, to complete. Mismanagement caused costs for the 14-year project to escalate, and it could cost $350 million to keep necessary parts of the old facility open through 2023.
Under outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, the country planned to build a new international airport in Mexico City, but the cost of the project has risen to $15.74 billion. The new incoming administration is considering canceling construction, even though the country has already spent about $5.25 billion.
The FBI says the threat of a cyberattack makes Mississippi River-area infrastructure particularly vulnerable, and the possible ripple effect could easily affect the rest of the nation. More than 20 people working at the FBI headquarters in Louisiana focus on cybersecurity.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority wants to pump drinking water from an area near the Utah border to Las Vegas, but Nevada State Engineer Jason King has denied requests. King said the move threatened the ecosystem of the Spring Valley.
The Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority in Texas took a step toward interoperability when it approved a unified toll system for international bridges and some county parks. The approval was made possible by the authority's switch from a third-party vendor to in-house operations, and it hopes to extend the system beyond the county.
The Thousand Islands International Bridge between the US and Canada celebrated its 80th anniversary Saturday. Shane Sanford of the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority noted the bridge's role as "a symbol of good will."
The Orange County Transportation Authority has started replacing 18 bridges as part of a project to widen the 405 Freeway in California. This FAQ discusses freeway configuration once the work is complete, charging for express lane use and paying for future improvements.
Patrick Jones, executive director and CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, celebrated his birthday recently. Jones, who became IBTTA's CEO in 2002, discusses his early career and stresses the role of Congress in protecting America's infrastructure.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada has multiple responsibilities, including serving as the region's metropolitan planning organization and a new responsibility being administrator of Southern Nevada Strong. The RTC is in a good place when it comes to making the transportation system a core smart community component, writes Chairman Larry Brown.