Anticipating as much as $30 million in federal funding earmarked for infrastructure, Oregon plans to spend $9 million on replacing the Interstate Bridge over the Columbia River. The unexpected funding comes as the state has only until Sept. 30 to demonstrate to the federal government its commitment to resuming bridge talks.
Infrastructure improvements and safety are the focus of more than $244 million in newly available funds from the Federal Railroad Administration. The FRA is looking for projects that address congestion, grade crossings, improvements to intercity passenger rail and similar issues.
Birmingham, Ala., and nearby cities are looking to mitigate the pollution and erosion problems caused by stormwater runoff from hard urban surfaces. Green infrastructure and low-impact forms of development could allow for greater absorption of water and slow the flow into waterways, says Randy Haddock, field director of the Cahaba River Society.
The Federal Highway Administration has granted environmental clearance for the Alabama's Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project, completing a process that has been underway for 20 years. The Alabama Department of Transportation says it is moving to the next phase of the project, requesting proposals from the three interested teams.
The North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority is proposing an extension of Toll 49, currently a loop around Tyler, that would bring the road into Harrison County. The project has a 15-year plan and requires approval from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said the planned Oct. 7 meeting of the Alabama State Toll Road, Bridge and Tunnel Authority will be held at the State Capitol in Montgomery, despite calls for it to be moved to Daphne or Mobile. Ivey said the proposed project under discussion impacts all Alabamians and the meeting will be held in the State Capitol's Auditorium.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation has hired a temporary tolling agency to handle toll collection on the Pune-Mumbai expressway for three months until a long-term contract is signed. New passes will have to be issued after a new contract is agreed upon, say MSRDC officials.
The Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited has started work on four toll roads to India Kempegowda International Airport. The project is budgeted at $293 billion and will expand some stretches from two lanes to four or four lanes to six, as well as adding strategic elevated corridors and over-rail bridges.
The editorial board of The Advocate writes that Louisiana has underfunded infrastructure for years and is now facing financing projects with tolls, which are unpopular among those who would have to pay them. A new, four-lane bridge at Belle Chasse in Plaquemines Parish will be the state's first major transportation project developed by a public-private partnership.