Autostrade per l'Italia, a division of Atlantia, will pay for the demolition and reconstruction of a collapsed Italian bridge, but it will not participate in the effort, Italy's transportation minister said. The goal is to replace the bridge by year-end 2019.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation has completed a five-year capital plan that outlines the spending of $12.1 billion on infrastructure and public transit. Tolling is among the funding options under consideration, as the state would need additional money to fulfill the entire plan.
Virginia state Sen. Scott Surovell is calling for the Commonwealth Transportation Board to add a lane in each direction on Interstate 95 between Virginia 123 and the Prince William County Parkway. The $25 million move would involve a payment to Transurban for lost toll revenue, writes Surovell, who adds that he wants Gov. Ralph Northam to quickly arrange such a deal.
With assistance from Ericsson, Vodafone UK has developed ground-level 4G and 5G hardware that can be hidden underground as an alternative to using cell towers. The antennas would operate beneath utility covers and inside barrels with a wireless-signal radius range of more than 650 feet.
Startups are growing on-demand warehousing opportunities, which allow companies to keep product close by in properly sized spaces and offers an alternative to long-term warehouse agreements. This evolving category provides versatile solutions including fulfillment services and warehouse space for inventory overflow, making it valuable to many sectors.
Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee, is expected to introduce legislation in January that would have the federal government sell up to $300 billion in 40-year bonds to fund an infrastructure bank. The bonds measure could be rolled into a larger public works bill.
Construction on a plan to expand Colorado State Highway 470 is expected to be completed by summer 2019. A recent public meeting offered the community an update on the $276 million project, which will feature dynamic tolling and is designed to reduce travel times by 18 minutes.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wants to toll more than 100 miles of road to expand capacity on the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, and the Washington Post editorial board writes that the idea is viable. "If Maryland is smart about striking a deal, it could shift much of the risk of building, operating and financing a major infrastructure project to a private firm," the board writes.
The Houston area has three of the top 10 tollways with the highest rates as ranked by MoneyWise.com. The report is based on Federal Highway Administration data and also includes highways in New York, Illinois and Virginia.
The government of New South Wales, Australia, will soon begin offering half-priced vehicle registrations for drivers who pay frequent tolls. The policy is expected to cost about $72 million the first year.