Michigan state Sen. John Bizon has co-sponsored a bill directing the Michigan Department of Transportation to study whether the state should adopt tolling and what that might look like. Bizon calls the proposed feasibility study a "looksee" at tolling, including economic effects, discounts and funding ideas.
The 290 toll road in Texas ends in a bottleneck of traffic for drivers waiting to pass through the city of Manor. Unfortunately, during the proposal process, city residents rejected an extended toll road over fear that it would split the city in two. So, when the project was completed five years ago, the bottleneck began.
A potential four-lane divided outer loop highway around Kansas City is estimated to cost $3.39 billion to build, and a study by HNTB Corporation found it may not have good potential as a toll road. Leavenworth County Commissioner Jeff Culbertson suggested an additional Missouri River bridge connecting the Kansas county to Missouri that would allow travel from Lansing to Missouri's Kansas City International Airport in 10 minutes.
A battery-operated driverless shuttle built by Navya and operated by Beep is now shuttling passengers along a one-mile route between the Laureate Park Village Center and Lake Nona Town Center in Orlando, Fla. The bus holds 10 passengers, travels at 15 miles per hour and is free to users.
Khazanah Nasional Berhad is selling its complete 55% stake in PT Lintas Marga Sedaya, which operates Indonesia's 72.7-mile Cikopo-Palimanan toll road, to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and PT Astra Tol Nusantara. While the sale price was not disclosed, Bloomberg reported last week that around $500 million had been offered.
The National Highways Authority of India has identified $4.2 billion worth of highway projects spanning around 590 miles across eight states for the government's Public-Private Partnership program. The roads will be built on the build-operate-transfer tolling model.
Tab Bowling, Mayor of Decatur, Ala., says as manufacturing continues to gain strength in the northern part of the state, the area should consider an alternate route over the Tennessee River. Bowling believes those hauling freight would be "thrilled" to pay a toll if it would expedite transit.
Researchers at Ehime University were able to increase the corrosion resistance of steel bars in concrete by adding aerobic Bacillus subtilis natto to mortar mixtures. "There is a strong possibility that the reduced dissolved oxygen in the pore solution through the aerobic processes could enhance corrosion resistance in cracked mortar specimens," the researchers concluded.
Crews working on a $70 million law enforcement center in Wichita Falls, Texas, are erecting walls with panels that feature a layer of rigid foam insulation sandwiched between layers of concrete. Once complete, workers can raise and place up to a dozen panels daily.
Cutwork has developed a rollable concrete fabric that cures in place when hydrated for use in building a permanent refugee housing unit that can be constructed in one day. Metallic tubes are used to create the shelter's frame, insulation sheets are snapped and locked into the frame, and the concrete textile is rolled out and placed atop the exterior frame.