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12/15/2017

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said their states will commit a combined $3.65 billion to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. Dubbed the Gateway Hudson Tunnel Project, the rail line is expected to cost $12.7 billion, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has already committed $1.9 billion.

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12/15/2017

Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate and attorneys for Kansas City, Mo., had negotiated a memorandum of understanding for a $1 billion upgrade to the Kansas City International Airport, but City Council has rejected that agreement. One of the council's members wants to end negations with Edgemoor and begin them with runner-up AECOM, but Edgemoor says "we're happy to sit down and discuss" outstanding issues with the city.

12/15/2017

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12/15/2017

For many when thinking of roofing, they may not think of high tech. But in today's age, technology is everywhere including the roof. For excellent maintenance and service of the roof, technology has become one of the most important tools for roofing contractors. From smartphones to tablets, the men and women who are maintaining the integrity of roofing systems across the country rely on effective communication and information.

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12/15/2017

The Trump administration's infrastructure plan could be released early next year and is likely to rely heavily on private investment. Democrats and even some Republicans appear less than enthusiastic about that reliance, but the support of several Democrats will be needed, as legislation will need 60 votes to pass.

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12/15/2017

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12/15/2017

A $70 billion, decadelong transportation plan in Texas will move ahead -- minus projects involving tolls -- after the state's governor pressured the Texas Transportation Commission. Some local political leaders argued for keeping a toll project on Interstate 35 in the plan, but the commission said any move to add tolling projects in the future will be a move by the Legislature.

12/15/2017

Free Market Institute Director Benjamin Powell contends that congestion on America's roadways means a "shortage at the legal price," and he argues that dynamic tolling can help solve the problem. He suggests that variable pricing on all interstates would lead to less crowded roads.

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12/15/2017

The Independence and Liberty bridges in Michigan need millions of dollars in repairs, and the Bay City Commission is considering a construct-own-operate-maintain contract with United Bridge Partners. The commission will vote on the idea next week, and the privatization would add tolls to the bridges.

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MLive (Michigan)
12/15/2017

Tolls on the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge in Chesapeake, Va., will increase at the start of the new year. Passenger vehicles with E-ZPasses will pay an extra 10 cents, and larger vehicles with E-ZPasses will pay $8 during peak times and $5 during off-peak times.