The planned $2.3 billion extension of the Green Line in the Boston area has been delayed again, but the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority says it expects to hire a new contracting team by the end of next year. The seven stations to be built will now be ready in 2021 rather than between 2017 and 2020.
The Dodge Momentum Index is up 18% from its year-ago level, after increasing in 10 of the last 12 months. Planning for commercial construction projects is up 35% over a year ago, but institutional planning is down 2%.
The days of arguing over punch lists could be coming to an end with mobile-enabled apps that streamline the process and do away with need for end-of-day spreadsheet work. However, the success of the technology is dependent on getting specialty trades to use it.
Construction of Station House, the first residential part of the $1.8 billion Frisco Station project in Texas, is about to get underway. The residential community with 300 units will include amenities such as a fitness area, pool and bike repair station.
Ames Construction won a $46 million contract to start the first phase of work on the $2.1 billion Red River diversion project around Moorhead, Minn., and Fargo, N.D. Work on the concrete inlet and three gates could start in the spring, but the entire project must still overcome some legal hurdles.
Private infrastructure investment in California could help the state deal with its massive infrastructure needs, according to California Policy Center's Ed Ring. He explains how the use of private funds could reduce the risk to the state and bring more value to taxpayers.
Congestion on Interstate 64 in Virginia could be alleviated with a $4 billion project to expand the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Work will include adding a third tunnel and two lanes that will likely be high-occupancy toll lanes along 12 miles of the interstate.
Patrick Jones, executive director and CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, convened the Transportation Visioning Summit last week attended by members of transportation associations. The event focused on key transportation principles that all could agree on, what an ideal transportation network would be, and the need to add freight and vehicle corridors to the nation's infrastructure.
The switch to electronic tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike has been deemed a success, and state officials say commute times have decreased by 12 minutes. The state is in the process of demolishing the toll collection plazas, and that work is ahead of schedule.
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