A Minnesota House committee has advanced legislation that includes an incremental 5-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase to raise more than $350 million for road and bridge repairs. Increases after four years would be tied to inflation.
An unspecified number of congressional lawmakers received a spreadsheet outlining plans for $621 billion worth of projects planned by the US Department of Transportation. The biggest categories listed include $115 billion for roads and bridges and $174 billion for EV infrastructure.
Images of the Ruyi bridge in China's Zhejiang province appeared too exotic to be real, but the verification site Snopes now confirms the reality of the other-worldly, glass-bottomed pedestrian structure sitting 460 feet above the Shenxianju Valley. It opened to the public in September and was designed by a steel structure expert who also helped design Beijing's "Bird's Nest" Olympic stadium.
A 3.6-mile tunnel that forms part of a new railway link between China and Laos was drilled at the entrance and exit to minimize environmental damage. The project also features two tunnels nearby to accommodate elephant traffic and an upgraded sewage sedimentation tank.
The historic but structurally ailing 90-year-old Arlington Memorial Bridge linking Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia posed a series of restoration challenges. AECOM used solutions such as a jack-up barge and cradle to carry the bridge's heavy and elaborate fascia to shore for restoration.
Some experts say many states are ill-equipped to handle extreme weather events because they rely on an outdated rainfall database to design roads, bridges, dams and stormwater systems. However, not all communities have the resources needed to update rainfall estimates.
Toll rate changes went into effect yesterday at New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority crossings, including several bridges and tunnels. E-ZPass rates will also go up for drivers whose pass does not scan due to improper mounting.
The Hudson Tunnel part of the Gateway Program is moving forward again under President Joe Biden's leadership, says New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. The environmental review and permitting process for the project is expected to be completed by Oct. 1.
The Florida Turnpike Enterprise will extend the toll suspension on the Garcon Point Bridge until May 9. The bridge is still being used as a detour route for the damaged Pensacola Bay Bridge, which is expected to open the week of May 31.
China Railway Construction Corporation has been awarded a $1.1 billion build-concession contract for the 122-mile Talca-Chillán section of Route 5 in Chile. Cash toll plazas will be replaced as part of the 32-year maximum term contract, and work should begin by 2025.