Bond sales approved by voters in 2017 and additional bonds to be backed by turnpike revenue are going to fund improvements that West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says will "absolutely transform West Virginia." Construction made possible by bond revenue started in April.
A project to expand Interstate 4 in Florida is $100 million over budget and will need to be extended by eight months, says I-4 Mobility Partners. A Florida Department of Transportation spokesman said, "No time extensions or financial considerations have been granted to the contractor from FDOT."
Autonomous vehicle company Waymo has started testing a fleet of Jaguar I-Pace crossovers. The electric vehicles are not operating autonomously yet, but the company plans to add the vehicles to its self-driving fleet by 2020.
Opinions are better received when they're specific, supported by facts and delivered with confidence, writes Avery Blank. People are more likely to listen to you if you don't pontificate and when you show an interest in what others think, she writes.
Higher prices and extended tolling times have improved traffic flow during the morning commute on a section of Interstate 66 in Virginia, per a recent review of data. However, the flow of traffic has not improved significantly elsewhere on the road, and a report states that the Virginia Department of Transportation "is testing modifications to [the] tolling system to evaluate opportunities to move more people."
Oregon is moving forward with tolling, and Travis Brouwer, Oregon Department of Transportation assistant director, says the goal is to improve traffic congestion in the Portland, Ore., region. Placement of gantries is key to reducing demand on roads during peak hours, Brouwer says.
The operators of the 91 Express Lanes in Orange County, Calif., are implementing a plan to transition from transponders to stickers. Accounts with multiple transponders are likely to save the most money, since fees will be charged per account rather than per transponder.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has opened a 30-day public comment period for the next 10 toll gantries it plans to install to collect tolls from semitrucks. The agency hopes to have the gantries in place by the end of 2019.
The Peach Pass Retail Center in Kennesaw, Ga., is holding an event today, in advance of the planned opening of the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes. Drivers with transponders will be able to use the lanes daily.
Construction on the $545 million Gateway Expressway project in Pinellas County, Fla., is underway. A second project in the county, to add tolled lanes to Interstate 275, is slated to begin later in 2018.
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