Virginia has used public-private partnerships to improve its infrastructure, but it has faced challenges in doing so. In this article, Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Lane talks about a recent deal to expand the tunnels between Portsmouth and Norfolk and concerns about the cost to taxpayers.
A 14-mile expansion to the tolled Mon-Fayette Expressway is being proposed in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and commissioners in Washington County, Pa., support the project. The $2.16 billion expansion faces opposition from some in the community who support more public transit and others who are concerned about displacing people.
The grand opening of Kosciusko Bridge in New York City is to open Thursday and will be marked by a "spectacular light show." New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said light shows will be added to area bridges to attract tourists, and he noted that the state is working to improve tolling around the city.
Tolled express lanes are being added to Interstate 77 in North Carolina between Charlotte and Mooresville, and the effort will force the closure of the LaSalle Street on-ramp for as much as a year. The $655 million project should be completed in late 2018.
The West Virginia Turnpike will be paid off in 2019, and under the legislation that created the road, tolls will cease at that time. This commentary argues for continuing the tolls because the road will still have to be maintained.
President Donald Trump plans to unveil an infrastructure bill and is likely to seek $200 billion in taxpayer money. That money would be used to leverage private investment, according to Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, who said, "The president wants a trillion dollars' worth of work on the ground and we're going to give it to him."
A program that allows the Texas Department of Transportation to work with concessionaires on tollway projects expires in August, but a legislative committee has approved a bill that would extend the program. The sponsor of the bill says the program is a vital tool that would allow for additional projects and free up money for other work.
GM says it will seek compensation over the Venezuelan government's seizure of company assets last week, but compensation for the losses will be difficult. The government seized a General Motors factory, cars and other assets as anti-government protesters clashed with authorities.
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