Elon Musk wants to build a 35.3-mile loop that would transport passengers at up to 150 miles per hour -- taking them from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore in as little as 15 minutes. The Transportation Department on Wednesday issued a draft environmental assessment for the loop, addressing surface-level noise and vibration effects.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has 11 projects to reduce congestion into parts of Atlanta, and one adds 16 miles of tolled express lanes on Ga. Highway 400. The lanes would connect with other tolled express lanes at the SR 400/Interstate 285 interchange, and planners hope to begin construction in 2021 on the $1.8 billion project.
Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, R-District 21, is promoting a bill to study and fund the construction of three toll roads, but the bill's sponsor in the House is having to negotiate with Democrats and environmental groups over land-use issues connected with the proposed roads. The Senate is expected to take up the bill Tuesday.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, is pushing to legalize tolling in the state, and he hopes to use the anticipated tolling revenue to borrow $800 million a year for infrastructure projects. Lamont said the move would allow the Connecticut Department of Transportation to quickly begin work on key projects, but Ohio ran into problems with a similar plan.
Construction has begun on Phase 2B of the FM 1093 expansion project in Texas, and work is expected to be completed in 2020. A study will be conducted to determine whether traffic volume warrants a further extension of the toll road.
New York City is pushing forward with a plan to implement tolling in Manhattan, and experts says current tolling-collection technology can be used to implement the system. London uses a video license plate reader to collect tolls, and soon Singapore will place GPS devices in every vehicle to collect congestion-pricing tolls.
An environmental assessment has been completed for The Boring Company's proposed futuristic tunnel between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, according to the US Department of Transportation. The agency is taking public comment on the environmental assessment, which would transport autonomous vehicles underground at up to 150 miles per hour.
The Florida Department of Transportation is planning two landscaping projects on the First Coast Expressway, and it provided residents with renderings of the projects. They are estimated to cost $1.5 million each and could contain walls, trees and decorative shrubs.
BelToll, which operates toll roads in Belarus, will not collect tolls from June 10 to July 10 on light vehicles. Drivers are advised to remove toll-collection equipment from the vehicle's window.
The Federal Highway Administration granted the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority permission to move forward with construction of the tolled Mid-Currituck Bridge, between Currituck County and the Outer Banks, but the $490 million bridge still faces opposition from environmental groups. Supporters of the bridge says it is needed to relieve tourist traffic during the summer season.
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