A time-lapse video compresses construction of the $4 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project from four years to 2 minutes. The first span of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is open to traffic, and workers are dismantling the original bridge and wrapping up the second span.
A company created by Eversource Energy plans to build the $1.6 billion, 192-mile Northern Pass hydroelectric transmission system, and the US Department of Energy has granted a permit. If the National Forest Service also issues a permit, construction could start in 2018.
Cities will be able to obtain insights and save money on various projects, thanks to a new partnership between building information modeling specialist Autodesk and Esri, a geospatial software company. Their combined technologies will bring about improved planning, design, construction and operation of urban infrastructure.
Many of the nation's widespread and costly infrastructure ills are finding more economical, eco-friendly ways forward in the form of bioswales, artificial wetlands and coral reefs, The Nature Conservancy President Mark Tercek writes. That's particularly true in a rapidly urbanizing environment for stormwater, which "is the fastest growing source of freshwater pollution in the world."
Construction of Interstate 73 in South Carolina could cost $2.5 billion, but no funding has been allocated for the project, which is expected to create 30,000 jobs. Tolling has been discussed as one way to fund the effort.
Transurban completed construction of express lanes on Interstate 495 in Virginia, and it estimates that drivers have saved 5 million hours in commute time. In total, 3.5 million customers have made 67 million trips in the toll lanes, and the company has seen a significant increase in the number of carpool vehicles using the lanes.
Pilar Rodriguez, executive director of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority in Texas, says the $247 million State Highway 365 project from Mission to Pharr will be a toll road despite the state's move away from tolling. The project was already in the planning stages before the Legislature adopted rules limiting tolling.
Tolled express lanes are planned for Interstate 395 between Delray Beach and Miami in Florida, and construction could be complete by 2024. Other work to be done includes adding two flyover bridges to Interstate 95 and adding traffic signals to I-95 entrance ramps.
An autonomous vehicles and smart roads testing facility in Virginia will be expanded and will soon be able to provide testing of urban, residential and rural environments. The facility is a partnership between the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the state's Department of Transportation.
Grand Parkway Infrastructure will be the design-build contractor for the State Highway 99 loop road around Houston. Construction on the 50-mile tollway could start in 2018 and finish in 2022.