A sales tax on cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products approved by Summit County, Colo., voters in 2019 brought in $2.44 million in 2020 and $2.35 million so far this year, the county's finance director, Martina Ferris, says. Revenue from the tax helps fund programs aimed at smoking prevention, reduction and cessation, as well as providing residents with the ability to safely dispose of hazardous vaping materials.
Drivers traveling through the Turkey Lake service plaza on the Florida Turnpike will get an alert about their tread levels and tire pressure, thanks to a newly installed system. The WheelRight Tire Safety System is designed to curb accidents and blowouts.
Amazon plans to replicate its US Delivery Service Partner program in Europe by partnering with small trucking businesses in France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain, according to a report by The Information. Amazon mostly relies on larger contractors to serve its European markets and started making ground deliveries using its own fleet in Germany in 2019.
The first disbursement from the infrastructure law will be $7.4 billion for improving water quality and access, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The Biden administration is urging state and local officials to prioritize historically underserved communities in efforts to replace lead pipes and remove per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances.
Internal design work for a planned $10 billion Interstate 45 project in Houston can go ahead while possible civil rights and environmental issues are considered. Federal officials said the Texas Department of Transportation may proceed for the time being as the effects the project could have on low-income neighborhoods are taken into account.
Construction on the first phase of a long-planned 6-mile expressway to connect the Port of Tacoma with Interstate 5 in Washington state will begin next year. Guy F. Atkinson Construction's work on the $367 million 2-mile-long first section is expected to take four years, with a 2028 opening planned for the remaining section.
The acquisition of 3.2 acres of land by the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority has cleared the way for construction to begin as early as spring on the Northeast Georgia Inland Port. The new port will serve as a direct link to the Port of Savannah from the Gateway Industrial Centre near Gainesville and to the Norfolk Southern Crescent Corridor.
Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline is advancing its $300 million plan to replace a 123-mile-long oil pipeline in Southern California that caused a massive coastal oil spill in 2015. Regulators will consider the contested project in the new year even as California plans for a future free of fossil fuels.
Louisiana legislators have approved $23 million in funding for 29 statewide water and sewer system projects, leaving most of the $300 million in federal aid for such work still to be disbursed. Federal authorities estimate the state needs $7.3 billion over 20 years for drinking water infrastructure.
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