The Illinois Tollway predicts that almost 8 million vehicles will use its roadways over the Fourth of July weekend. The agency normally sees around 1.6 million cars daily, but it expects 2 million on Friday alone.
Construction is expected to start this year on the $1.9 billion Interstate 405 Improvement Project in California after the Orange County Transportation Authority secured a $627 million federal loan. The project adds one general-purpose lane and one tolled express lane in each direction and converts the current high-occupancy lane into an additional tolled express lane.
The Florida Department of Transportation has a $6 billion plan that includes adding dynamic tolled express lanes around Tampa, Fla., but it has met with strong opposition from the community. The agency presented seven alternatives at a meeting, many of which scaled back the project's scope.
SH 130 Concession Co. operates a 41-mile tolled section of Texas 130, but it struggled with low traffic counts and filed for bankruptcy in 2016. It restructured its debt, and Strategic Value Partners, a company that specializes in distressed debt, now owns a 51% stake in SH 130 Concession and will run the roadway.
The Road Improvement Program, or TRIP, has released a report on rural roads in the US that it says are unsafe and inadequate. Fatalities are 2.5 times more likely on noninterstate roads in rural parts of the country, and the organization is pushing for a significant investment in rural roads.
A 23-member committee will study ways to increase revenue for road and bridge work in Missouri. The group will look at raising the gasoline tax, adding tolls to interstates and other options, and it hopes to present a plan to the 2018 legislature.
The Department of Transportation plans to modify the FASTLANE grant program and will now focus on projects that use private financing or other nonfederal funds. The program, which was designed to fund freight and highway projects, will also work on rural roads and seek to find an "equitable balance in funding for geographic diversity among recipients."
The Trump administration says it will choose between four and eight firms to construct a border wall prototype later this summer, but an official with the project said the exact time is "kind of hard to nail down." The administration has requested $2.6 billion for "high-priority tactical infrastructure and border security technology."
Balfour Beatty predicts that low-skilled construction workers could be a thing of the past by 2050, as robots, autonomous equipment and other technology take over construction sites. The company said the shift would reduce the need for low-skilled labor and increase the demand for digital and technical skills.
The Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency hope to revoke the 2015 Waters of the US rule and revert to standards put in place in 2008. Business groups praised the proposal, but environmentalists said the change will increase pollution within US waterways.
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