Commissioners in Grand County, Utah, have added their voices to a plea by San Juan County, Utah, and the Utah Navajo Commission, asking President-elect Joe Biden to reinstate the original borders of Bears Ears National Monument, which President Donald Trump reduced in size in 2017. Two towns in San Juan County -- Blanding and Monticello -- have issued a joint resolution against a reinstatement.
Proposed legislation in Texas would set annual fees for hybrid and electric vehicles to offset the decline in gas taxes brought on by more efficient vehicles. The fees would go into the state transportation budget and could fund infrastructure improvements and transit programs.
Over 85% of all industrial real estate leasing activity in 2020 was in the logistics sector, and total leases for the year set a record of 659 million square feet, according to Cushman & Wakefield. The real estate services company said tight space availability led to rising rents, with an average rent increase of 5.6% for warehouse and distribution properties.
President-elect Joe Biden has proposed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan that is geared mostly toward immediate work on vaccine distribution and individual financial relief but includes funds for local governments, transit systems and school construction. Biden intends to follow up with a second plan in February that likely will include a greater focus on infrastructure.
Louisiana officials are weighing a proposed Interstate 10 interchange in Ascension Parish as they negotiate with the owner of land key to the project. A 2015 study put a $35 million price tag on the interchange, but it could cost more.
A project to build a lengthy causeway and a deepwater basin at the port in Nome, Alaska, has advanced with congressional approval. The Arctic Deep Draft project, estimated at $505.23 million, is entering the design phase as it seeks funding.
Burns & McDonnell Caribbean has been selected to manage a rebuild of Puerto Rico's power grid, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The multibillion-dollar project will also modernize the grid and replace a patchwork of repairs made since the hurricane.
A 53-mile electricity transmission corridor is beginning to take shape in Maine, with access-road plowing and equipment staging underway. Clearing is expected to begin Monday for the New England Clean Energy Connect, which requires a 54-foot-wide path for power lines.
Unexpected "poor soils" in the Minneapolis section of a light-rail line under construction will delay the line's completion beyond a target date of 2023, according to the Metropolitan Council. It's unclear whether the delay will raise the cost of the 14.5-mile project.
The rapid advance of sustainability, data and automation technologies is transforming infrastructure markets and creating disruptions that are only compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, write Blair Chalmers, director at Marsh & McLennan Advantage, and Lawrence Slade, CEO of the Global Infrastructure Investor Association. As a result, the magnitude of change will require more than government investment can provide, creating promising new opportunities for the private sector.
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