A gas tax increase is still on the table as the Trump administration seeks a way to fund an infrastructure package, but nearly doubling levies on fuel would not sufficiently cover the added cost of a $2 trillion deal over a 10-year period, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
A proposed 27-mile monorail to alleviate congestion on Interstate 270 has gained the attention of leaders in Montgomery County, Md. The line would cost $3.4 billion and would stay within the interstate's right of way, according to developer Robert Eisinger.
Three professors at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have combined their expertise in plants, environmental engineering, stormwater and energy to study ways to develop and maintain green infrastructure. One of their projects looked at the effect of high-speed winds on green roofs.
New express lanes in Florida on Interstate 295 between I-95 and the Buckman Bridge opened to traffic Saturday. Drivers will be charged a toll to use the lanes during peak traffic periods, and will need to have SunPass transponders because E-ZPasses will not work.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that starts the process of creating three new toll roads in the state. The bill establishes a special task force to study the extension of two existing toll roads and the construction of a new one, and sets aside funding for the projects.
Maryland's Managed Lanes Transit Workgroup learned during a series of public meetings about proposed toll lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 that residents want more transportation options. They are seeking input from other transportation officials on ways that the managed toll lanes can support other modes of transportation.
Virginia's Dulles Greenway donated all of the tolls collected Thursday to local charities and scholarships for 16 high school students. The organization raised $326,000 from tolls on roughly 64,000 vehicles.
Santa Clara County, Calif., uses hundreds of cameras and sensors to monitor traffic flow, allowing transportation officials to make minor adjustments to traffic light timing. The system is designed to ease traffic flow, but it also works to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Two projects to improve Interstate 95 around the Maine-New Hampshire border will be taking place this summer. A $52.6 million project to rehabilitate the Piscataqua River Bridge is expected to start in June and another to build a new toll facility has started.
The US Department of Transportation wants to see more power and control shift to states and local communities for funding infrastructure, and public-private partnerships could play a role in the process. Speakers at an Infrastructure Week event said P3s make sense in some cases and not in others, but the key is educating the public about the benefits of alternative funding mechanisms.