Crews with the Grand Parkway, or State Highway 99, project are gearing up to build bridges that travel over US 59 in Houston. The coronavirus pandemic hasn't deterred progress, but safety meetings have been conducted by conference call, says Chris Neill, PR manager for Grand Parkway Infrastructure.
Parts of the Resorts World Las Vegas project are being shut down periodically for sanitization after a third worker has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. Nevada is letting construction continue as an essential activity, but contractors are urged to take precautions.
Modular construction could ease a need for hospital beds during the coronavirus pandemic, experts say. "Almost every manufacturer I've talked to has pledged to put all of their production aside and dedicate their lines to health care," EIR Healthcare CEO Grant Geiger says.
Contractors can resume work on four Pennsylvania Turnpike projects totaling $530.1 million, according to the governor's office. However, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission must receive an accepted COVID-19 safety plan from contractors before work can restart.
Cashless tolling will become more common after the coronavirus pandemic, as it is faster than allowing cash payments, reduces traffic congestion and helps drivers conserve fuel, according to experts. "This crisis is going to accelerate a process that was already happening," said Maryland Delegate Alfred Carr.
Four toll road gates in Jakarta, Indonesia, showed a 10% increase in rush-hour traffic Monday compared to the same day the previous week, according to Sambodo Purnomo Yugo of the Metro Jaya Police traffic corps. The increase comes even as the city has extended its emergency status until April 19 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Vehicle-to-everything technology will reduce traffic congestion, improve road safety and cut vehicle emissions, writes Peter Judge. "Connectivity enables smart decisions by individual drivers, by self-driving vehicles, and at every level of automation in between," said University of Michigan Professor Huei Peng.
A total of $25 billion in federal funding will be provided to the public transportation system through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says. Urban areas will receive $22.7 billion and rural areas $2.2 billion, with funds to be used to cover operating expenses since Jan. 20.
Federal relief funding totaling $1.3 billion will be distributed to eligible transit providers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Marin County. The funding is designed to help cover losses incurred due to the ridership decline caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Florida, Rhode Island and Texas have implemented interstate travel restrictions amid their governors' stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Some cities, such as Newark, N.J., are stopping drivers who seek to cross the city line if their travel is deemed nonessential.