Maine residents should approve the transportation bond referendum on Tuesday to provide funds for infrastructure improvements across the state this year, writes state Department of Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note. If approved, the state would invest $105 million in transportation infrastructure that would go toward matching an estimated $275 million in federal and other funds.
Michigan can provide an example for other states by adding toll roads to address its poor interstate highway pavement conditions, writes the Reason Foundation's Baruch Feigenbaum. A bill recently passed in the state Senate calls for a feasibility study on tolled highways throughout the state.
The Padang-Sicincin section of the Padang-Pekanbaru toll road is expected to benefit the local economy when it is completed in December 2021, according to the Indonesian Public Works and Public Housing Ministry. Construction of The 18.9-mile Padang-Sicincin section, which began in February 2018, is about one-fifth complete.
The Kenya National Highways Authority is seeking an independent consultant to review plans, conduct tests and ultimately issue a certificate of completion for the Nairobi Expressway Project. The approximately $561 million, 16.8-mile project, which broke ground in October, is scheduled for completion in December 2022.
The fatigue life of roadside dynamic message signs is 23.8 years, according to a research study sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The study evaluated the effects of wind on roadside message and conflict warning signs.
Nearly three-fourths of transportation project costs in 2018 were for added capacity, according to a dashboard provided by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. The dashboard provides a 50-state overview of the benefits of federal investment by showing how states spent funding for transportation projects in 2018.
Seattle will probably need outside funding to either replace or renovate the West Seattle Bridge, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. The West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force is exploring funding options for the bridge, as the high-rise portion was closed March 23 when cracks were detected.
School Without Walls High School senior Seth Sabar studied self-driving cars for a yearlong project "focusing on solving a real-world problem," he writes. He connected with an executive in Ford's autonomous vehicle division and learned about the work the company is doing in the field, and he writes, "over the last eight months, my biggest takeaway was how close we are to self-driving vehicles becoming a reality."
It is imperative that Congress reauthorize funding for a federal surface transportation plan that expires on Sept. 30, according to IBTTA CEO Pat Jones. "We look forward to working with both the US Senate and House on a bipartisan bill that strengthens our nation's infrastructure and gives states the flexibility they need to reduce congestion and the negative effects of climate change," said Jones.
As Serbia's highway network grows, manufacturer Tattile plans to add more Vega Basic short-range cameras at toll plazas for automatic license plate recognition. Tattile has installed approximately 270 toll lane cameras across 65 toll plazas.
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