Freeing engineers from concerns about backlash is key to structural engineer Glenn Bell's Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety-United States project. The volunteer initiative, inspired by the deadly 1981 collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Kansas City, Mo., is part of an international effort sponsored by ASCE's Structural Engineering Institute to compile confidential reports on structural integrity and failures.
Drivers using the 26-mile corridor of the newly opened I-77 Express Lanes in the Charlotte, N.C.-area gained an average of eight minutes during the morning rush hour and more than 11 minutes during the afternoon rush hour, according to I-77 Mobility Partners.
With the cost of widening Interstate 5 in Portland expected to double, Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek says the state needs to implement tolls. "One of the things I think we're going to have to bring back to the table is more immediate implementation of regionwide congestion pricing and tolling," Kotek said.
John Cooper, director of the Alabama Department of Transportation, surprised even officials when he said at a meeting that the toll for the Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project would be $2 instead of the original proposed amount of $6. Cooper also said commuters would pay $40 monthly instead of $90.
The proposed Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance program "could be the most significant expansion of Florida's transportation system since the inception of the interstate program in the 1950s," according to Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault. M-CORES includes three toll road corridors that would promote travel technologies such as self-driving cars and connected cars.
The new Infrastructure-Automotive Technology Laboratory in Alpharetta, Ga., provides cellular network operators, automakers, semiconductor manufacturers and traffic control device companies space to develop and test connected vehicle safety applications.
Construction has begun on the widening of the Florida Turnpike in Palm Beach County. The $168 million project, which is expected to be completed in 2024, calls for adding a third lane in each direction between the Lantana toll plaza and the West Palm Beach service plaza.
American drivers pay an average of $274.69 in gas tax annually to subsidize roads, but they pay 4.3 times more in mobile phone bills, according to infrastructure firm HNTB. The low gas tax amount is a fraction of what it costs to maintain the country's road network.
Micro-tolling combined with an emerging electronics infrastructure could create a reasonable-cost transportation system that is more responsive and adaptive, according to Rahul Razdan. Bandwidth optimization, reverse metering, smart infrastructure and fleet creation are among the innovative transportation models.
Maryland would need the "express consent" of any county where it wants to construct a toll road or bridge under a new bill introduced in the General Assembly. The bill comes on the heels of Gov. Larry Hogan's controversial plan to widen Interstate 270 and portions of I-495 by adding new toll lanes.