An offshore wind auction in December will feature about 390,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts that could provide 1.5 million homes with wind power. Meanwhile, an environmental review is starting for Deepwater Wind's proposed 15-turbine project off Long Island, N.Y.
Civil engineering students at Indiana universities can apply for scholarships and paid positions as part of an Indiana Department of Transportation program. Applications for 2019-20 school year are due by the end of 2018.
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association CEO Patrick Jones said states will be taking the lead with regard to innovative ways of addressing infrastructure funding. For example, Rhode Island recently adopted interstate tolls for semitrailers, and Oregon is testing a per-mile vehicle fee.
Dave Bauer is poised to become president and CEO of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association on Jan. 1, when he will succeed Pete Ruane, who is retiring at the end of this month. The interim president and CEO will be William Toohey Jr., ARTBA executive vice president and chief operating officer, who plans to retire in April.
The Maine Turnpike Authority is moving forward with plans to construct an upgraded toll plaza that includes open-road tolling alongside cash-payment lanes. It has awarded a $39.5 million contract for the project, which is expected to take three years to complete.
France's transportation minister said draft legislation aimed at giving cities flexibility to implement congestion pricing will be introduced in the country's parliament next month. France allows urban tolls, but municipalities have not adopted tolling, as the current laws are seen as restrictive.
Verra Mobility has introduced Peasy, a smartphone-based toll-payment system the company says is compatible with 95% of cashless toll bridges and lanes across the country. Peasy works with drivers' existing transponder accounts.
The Malaysian government has deferred a plan that would end tolling and is considering such measures as flat rates and discounts instead. A Malaysian official said the government is not in a financial position to abolish tolls.
The Kane County Division of Transportation in Illinois is implementing a toll to fund the construction of a bridge over the Fox River. The county might keep the toll in place for an estimated 35 years, until the project's bonds are paid off and a trust fund for maintenance is built up.
City officials in Brownsville, Tex., have approved the hiring of Noel Bernal, former deputy city manager of Coppell, Texas, as city manager. The position had been vacant since former city manager Charlie Cabler retired almost a year ago.