The cost of running the new Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco is estimated to be around $27.5 million per year, using $11 million in revenue from bridge tolls and possibly $5.9 million from AC Transit's toll allocations. Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman Randy Rentschler noted that toll revenue has been applied to operate transbay projects "since the Bay Bridge was built in the 1930s."
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said a $45 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant will help fund replacement of the Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development also received $26.2 million in federal funds to be applied to the project.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation will display its corridor management plan for a "high-crash" section of Interstate 26 at an open house Tuesday. The agency may include managed toll lanes as an improvement strategy.
Rhode Island started collecting tolls on semitrucks in June and plans to add 11 to 12 toll collection sites on interstates 95, 295 and 195 in the coming months. State officials predict that the measure will collect $450 million in tolls over the next 10 years.
Construction on a toll bridge over the Des Plaines River in Illinois is expected to begin next year. CenterPoint Properties has partnered with United Bridge Partners on the $160 million project, and construction is expected to take two years.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation may begin construction on the Mid-Currituck bridge over the Currituck Sound in 2020. Currituck County Manager Dan Scanlon said a record of decision may be available by October.
John McKeage, who wore the Mr. MacPass costume to represent the Halifax Harbour Bridges' transponder system, is retiring. McKeage said he valued the experience of serving as the mascot and making even "the toughest person" smile.
Construction on the $219.1 million refurbishment and improvement project on the Garden State Parkway bridge in New Jersey is expected to be completed next year.
"The work remains on target," said Tom Feeney of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Congress approved $1.4 billion for transit projects in March, but the Federal Transit Administration has awarded only $25 million so far, says Transportation for America. The FTA said the Capital Investment Grants Program projects mentioned by the group have not yet complied with all requirements to receive the grant funding.
Autonomous vehicles will affect the engineering approach to roadway design, says Michael Babusci of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic. Babusci recommends that state departments of transportation be prepared for the changes autonomous vehicles will bring.
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