Tolling should be part of the national solution to infrastructure improvement along with fuel taxes, writes Pat Jones, executive director of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. Jones disputes the assertion by the American Trucking Associations that highway tolls are a "fake funding scheme."
Three designs have been prepared for gantry-type structures to improve toll collection at the Golden Gate Bridge, with construction expected to begin in late 2019. Contractor AECOM presented the designs.
Construction of the $2.35 billion expansion of Interstate 70 in Colorado is slated to begin Saturday with the demolition of a motel in the project's path. The project will improve the road and expand it with new toll lanes.
Leighton Asia, a subsidiary of Hochtief, has been awarded a contract to build a 17.4-mile expressway in the Philippines. The project will include the construction of bridges, toll plazas and interchanges.
Construction on the tolled Mobile River Bridge in Alabama is expected to begin in 2019. Federal funds are still being sought for the project, which is predicted to be complete in 2025.
Transurban Group has agreed to pay $650 million to purchase the A25 toll road and bridge in Montreal, Canada. Transurban Group CEO Scott Charlton said, "Montreal is an attractive second market for Transurban in North America as a developed economy with a growing population."
The Connecticut General Assembly Transportation Committee on Thursday approved proposed legislation supporting the implementation of tolling in the state. The bill would permit tolling on Interstates 95, 91 and 84.
Republicans and Democrats have agreed on a fiscal 2018 spending bill that increases federal infrastructure spending by $21.2 billion. Highways will get a $3.5 billion boost under the bill's terms, and spending on the country's airports will increase by $1 billion.
A task force in New York is researching the possibility of using E-ZPass infrastructure as a central part of a congestion pricing plan for a section of Manhattan. "It's a smart way to help people get where they're going and alleviate congestion," said Pat Jones, executive director of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
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