The interchange at interstates 294, 290 and 88 on the Illinois Tollway in Chicago is a bottleneck and could be rebuilt with a simpler design to alleviate congestion. The proposal is undergoing an environmental review, and if it gets the go-ahead, construction could start in 2022.
With over $1 trillion needed to help to get US roads and transportation systems back on track, the government is turning to public-private partnerships to help fund and maintain projects. This option has proved successful with many projects, it helps alleviate some of the taxpayer burden, and it allows us to "accomplish much more than with tax dollars alone," writes John Parkinson, executive director of the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure.
Alabama officials and the private owners of the tolled Foley Bridge on Alabama's coast didn't get off to a good start when they tried to reach a solution to summer congestion. However, that changed, the bridge will be widened with no increase in tolls or taxpayer funds, and that is just one example of how private ownership of infrastructure can be a good thing, writes Baruch Feigenbaum.
Omaha, Neb., Mayor Jean Stothert's proposed $903 million budget doesn't include tax cuts for residents but instead focuses on improving the city's roads and adding staff to police and fire departments. City Council President Ben Gray generally supports the budget, but also pushed for funds for job training and demolition of condemned properties.
Technology for autonomous vehicles continues to evolve, but the societal impact of driverless vehicles remains uncertain and could lead to an estimated 4 million job losses over time. In addition, while most believe autonomous vehicles will ultimately save lives, tech companies are still working out the morality of the machines as they may decide differently than a human driver in certain situations.
Sweden's Volvo Cars plans to share technology with China's Geely, which controls Geely Auto and Lynk. "We will unlock significant benefits across our portfolio by sharing both technologies and next-generation vehicle architectures," said Zhejiang Geely Chairman Li Shufu.
The East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile bike path through 15 states that would connect Key West, Fla., to Calais, Maine, could take another 25 years to complete at a cost of $1 million per mile. The project, which is funded by private donors and state governments, is one-third of the way in construction toward completion.
Legislation approved in a US House subcommittee raises questions about the federal government's role in regulating safety in autonomous cars. "It comes down to a question of who is going to be watching the manufacturers?" attorney Sharon Klein said of the subcommittee legislation that calls for companies to certify the safety of their systems.
A crew working on the roof of the Hamburg Fairgrounds grandstand in New York was forced to take cover from an approaching tornado. The workers took shelter in a van as the tornado with winds of more than 100 miles per hour tore through the area.
Sentry Roofing donated a new roof and siding to Cpl. Jim Hill, an Army veteran in Dunbarton, N.H. Sentry, a family-owned business, helped the disabled vet as a way to take care of its customers and the community.