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10/20/2017

The Port of Charleston has seen a 10.6% increase in revenue since larger ships began using the port after the widening of the Panama Canal, and economists says the port's decision to expand to accommodate the ships has been a huge economic driver. Michelin, BMW and other companies have announced expansion plans since the port's improvements, and a recent study says 1 in 11 jobs in South Carolina is linked to the port.

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Baltimore promised the US Environmental Protection Agency in a 2002 consent decree that it would reduce sewage discharge in the Chesapeake Bay and the Inner Harbor, but it never completed the work. A federal judge has signed off on a new decree that requires the city to invest $1.6 billion to improve sewerage facilities at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant by 2021 to reduce the discharge.

10/20/2017

Kiewit says much more excavation work and concrete will be needed than originally estimated to rebuild the spillway at the Oroville Dam in California, and the state has altered plans and now requires twice as much concrete, all of which is driving up the project's cost from $275 million to over $500 million, excluding initial emergency response work. The collapse of the spillway nearly caused the dam to fail, and the state hopes the federal government will pick up the bulk of bill for the repairs.

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10/20/2017

The Colorado Transportation Commission has unanimously approved the allocation of $250 million to widen Interstate 25 and add toll lanes in each direction -- if the federal government comes up with the $100 million more the project will cost.

10/20/2017

R. Richard Geddes, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, believes public officials in the US need to better understand how public-private partnerships work so they can discover the benefits of the infrastructure projects. He contends that private companies in a P3 usually assume cost overrun risks, which gives them an incentive to keep things under control.

10/20/2017

Five firms are under consideration for a $30 billion contract to operate the first section of high-speed rail in California, and the state's High-Speed Rail Authority was expected to choose DB Engineering & Consulting USA on Thursday because of its "experience and technical acumen." However, the authority made no award after Spanish rail operator Renfe raised objections, saying it had a lower bid and scored the best on the technical section of the RFP.

10/20/2017

A $1.2 billion loan for private companies involved in building private toll lanes on Interstate 66 in Virginia has been approved by the federal government. The final design will be the focal point of public hearings next month, and construction could begin by year's end.

10/20/2017

The Indiana Department of Transportation is looking to hire a firm to prepare a strategic plan and determine what environmental impact studies would be needed if the state decided to toll five interstates. HDR is already conducting a study on revenue projections and the economic impact.

10/20/2017

Bulgaria wants to charge tolls for trucks over a certain weight and has awarded a contract to Kapsch TrafficCom to assist in the process. The company will install a satellite-based system, which allows for greater flexibility in determining toll charges by calculating miles traveled, vehicle weight and type of road being used.

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10/20/2017

Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming have signed a memo of understanding to draft a plan for electric vehicles in their region. The goal is to create the infrastructure for electric vehicles traveling along the major corridors among the states, and that includes creating enough charging stations along the way.