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The estimated cost to build the Delta tunnels project in California has gone up 22% from $16.3 billion to $19.9 billion after inflation, but Brian Thomas, interim executive director of the Delta Conveyance Finance Authority, says the inflation figure "doesn't really affect the financial feasibility" of the project. In addition to sorting out financing, the project also has to overcome permitting and legal obstacles from opponents.
When delaying the Clean Water Rule, the Trump administration didn't seek input properly, a federal judge in South Carolina has determined -- although the ruling is expected to be appealed and will not apply in states where legal action is still pending. Bob Irvin, president and CEO of American Rivers, called it a "huge win" for the rule that redefines which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act.
Employees are more apt to stay when leaders take the time to seek input about projects, culture and goals, writes Justin Bell, president of Credera. "The only way to help someone reach their full potential is to seek to understand where they want to go and what drives them," he writes.
The Florida Department of Transportation is to begin taking bids for a design-build contract for a new Howard Frankland Bridge in Tampa, Fla., and the bids will be required to stay below $814 million. The bridge is expected to contain four express toll lanes, and a bid could be awarded in 2019.
The Oregon Transportation Commission voted to authorize the state's transportation department to study tolling five additional roads at a meeting at which it also unanimously agreed to seek federal approval for tolling interstates 5 and 205 in Portland. "Tolling can help us both manage demand and finance bottleneck relief projects that will provide people a better commute and help us keep commerce moving," said commission Chair Tammy Baney.
Atlantia unit Autostrade has eliminated all tolls for ambulances throughout Italy. Before the change, ambulances were exempt only when responding to emergencies.
Roads with solar panels bring the potential to reduce the amount of land needed to produce electricity, but the technology is in the early stages of development. The US, China and France are testing roadway solar panels, but the technology will most likely be used initially on driveways, patios and other small spaces before roads.
Blueridge Transportation Group is building toll lanes on Texas 288, and the company will soon begin reworking the Texas 288 and Loop 610 interchange. The Texas Department of Transportation and Blueridge have a 50-year comprehensive development agreement that covers maintenance and operations.
Shares of Atlantia, owner of toll operator Autostrade, fell more than 20% after its bridge in Genoa, Italy, collapsed. Shares of other toll road operators fell as well.