Tunnels that direct water to the Houston Ship Channel could help significantly reduce flooding in the city, according to a presentation by Brian Gettinger of the engineering consulting firm Freese and Nichols. Gettinger noted that Austin and San Antonio already use tunnels to mitigate flooding and that Dallas is currently building tunnels.
Parsons is calling on cities and counties in the US, Canada and other nations to collaborate in the use of the company's Intelligent Intersections system to provide automated traffic re-timing and help connected vehicles communicate with traffic signals. The goal of the Transforming Intersections challenge is to reduce the average time motorists spend at red traffic lights.
Elizabeth Mills, a civil engineering doctoral candidate at the University of Dundee, is highlighting the marine life evident on her native Scotland's beaches in a documentary series on YouTube. The brief videos build on Mills' research into the effects of concrete on biofouling, which occurs when marine life accumulates on manmade structures such as harbors.
Mac McCutcheon and Steve Clouse, Republican members of the Alabama House of Representatives who also sit on the nine-member Toll Road Bridge and Tunnel Authority, said they will keep an "open mind" toward the current proposal to fund the Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayways project with tolls. The authority meets on Oct. 7 to weigh the proposed project and the toll.
Gail Berritt and Sean Goldrick call on Connecticut state Democrats to hold a special legislative session to enact tolls. Revenue is needed to address the state's aging infrastructure, especially its bridges, they write.
Jim Merritt, a Republican candidate for mayor of Indianapolis, has suggested adding express toll lanes to some city streets to finance needed infrastructure repairs. "We need to look at every possible way to fund these fixes, because we can't keep driving ourselves crazy," said Merritt.
Northern Colorado's Interstate 25 interchange project will not be complete until 2023, in part because needed bridge renovations will prolong the toll lane addition portion of the project, said Jared Fiel of the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The Washington State Department of Transportation awarded a $704 million contract for a congestion relief project between Renton and Bellevue on Interstate 405 to Flatiron West, Inc.-The Lane Construction Corporation Joint Venture. The project is slated to open in 2024 and will create a dual express toll lane system.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state needs new license plates to better accommodate cashless tolling systems, red light cameras and other plate-reading technology. An estimated three million cars will need new plates, and Cuomo says each will cost drivers $25 plus a $20 fee for anyone who wants to keep the same plate number.
The Reason Foundation's Annual Highway Report finds the condition of the nation's highways is worsening, especially in certain states, for categories like congestion and spending per mile. The report uses 2016 and 2017 data and ranks North Dakota and Virginia at the top, with New Jersey and Alaska at the bottom.