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  • EDITORIAL: Down the road to a priority road project

    05/25/2021 3:00:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Columbia Times and Democrat Adware Farm ^ | May 19, 2021 | Times and Democrat Editorial Board
    The entire $1.7 billion Carolina Crossroads project is broken down into five phases. The plan is to provide a safer, more modern interchange design for the state’s top interstate “pinch point,” commonly known as “Malfunction Junction” in the Midlands of South Carolina. More than 134,000 vehicles including commuters, freight carriers and other travelers pass through this area on a daily basis. Phase I of the Carolina Crossroads project will center on the reconfiguration of the Colonial Life Boulevard interchange on I-126. Some improvements will be made to improve traffic flow along I-26 heading in the direction U.S. 378. This project...
  • Report: How to Fix Surface Transportation Funding

    01/04/2021 1:23:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | December 9, 2020 | Jessica Lombardo
    The surface transportation construction industry has long had to rely on Washington for its prosperity. We spend most years holding our breath and hoping we will receive more Federal funding to fix our crumbling roads, bridges and highway systems. Currently in the United States, 7 percent of bridges are structurally deficient, and 19 percent of major highway pavements have deteriorated. Yet, our existing financing structure has few tools to address the looming reconstruction challenges facing existing infrastructure. In 2020, Congress passed a one-year extension of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. While the one-year extension of the FAST Act...
  • PennDOT P3 Project Will Address I-81 Improvements

    12/15/2019 7:53:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | December 10, 2019 | Transport Topics
    Leaders within the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have approved a public-private partnership to reconstruct a portion of Interstate 81. PennDOT’s P3 Board approved the project, which will involve the reconstruction of a 4.5-mile section of the route near Wilkes-Barre, on Dec. 4. Wilkes-Barre, the seat of Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania, is 20 miles southwest of Scranton. The project will involve widening a portion of I-81 to three lanes in both directions, realigning 2.5 miles of southbound interstate and replacing eight bridges. Other safety measures include eliminating a left-hand exit and improving a substandard weave distance between two routes that...
  • P3s can add significant costs to Canadian highway projects, study finds

    11/27/2019 2:55:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Construction DIVE ^ | November 13, 2019 | Jenn Goodman
    A study of the public-private partnership project delivery method has some cautionary advice for governments and contractors considering them. Entitled "Highway Robbery: Public Private Partnerships and Nova Scotia Highways" by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the study urges jurisdictions to stop using the model to build highways. The report concludes that governments should instead employ traditional public procurement, based on its findings that contracting out services through a P3 is more expensive than public procurement, has the potential to compromise highway safety, needlessly duplicates government services and lacks mechanisms for public accountability. “Public infrastructure and services should remain fully...
  • HRBT expansion: How officials are avoiding disrupting the shipping industry, national security

    07/28/2019 9:32:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily ^ | June 25, 2019 | Sarah Fearing
    In the next year or two, the seabed between Hampton and Norfolk will start to change. Mud and sand will slowly move as a custom-built boring machine tunnels alongside the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Travelers funneling through the existing HRBT may not notice the adjacent construction just on the other side of the tunnel wall. Cargo ships and Navy vessels, carrying thousands of containers and sailors, may pass over the project’s construction completely undisturbed. And that’s the way Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization officials want it to stay. “It’s something we’re really proud of,” said Robert Crum, executive director for the...
  • Where New York stands on 5 big transportation projects

    05/09/2018 7:55:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    City & State ^ | April 29, 2018 | Rebecca C. Lewis
    Getting from point A to point B should, theoretically, be a relatively simple task. But in order to travel, the transportation infrastructure needs to be in place and up to par. Across the state, major projects are underway to repair and update that infrastructure so that New Yorkers can get where they need to go – whether that’s through the air, over land or over water. Though some may be on track to be completed while others wallow in planning, here are five major projects underway that should make it easier for New Yorkers to get around.Gov. Mario M. Cuomo...
  • TxDOT getting the word out on public-private partnership program

    05/18/2006 8:11:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 229+ views
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | May 17, 2006 | Dallas Business Journal
    The Texas Department of Transportation will hold its second workshop in June on its public-private partnership programing and upcoming project development and financing opportunities. The June 5 workshop in New York City will feature Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams and Transportation Commissioner Ted Houghton, who will talk about Texas' priority for a strong transportation program and the need for partnerships with the private sector. Texas already has selected its first long-term partner -- Cintra-Zachry for the Trans-Texas Corridor 35 project, which widens and expands Interstate 35 into a mega-trade corridor. Cintra-Zachry represents a coalition of companies. Zachry Construction Corp....
  • CA: Better bonds

    02/18/2006 10:55:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 227+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 2/18/06 | Editorial
    California taxpayers, perhaps poised to spend billions of dollars on new public works projects, deserve to get the most for their money. But that won't happen without changes in state law to speed up construction and hold down costs. Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposed $222 billion Strategic Growth Plan has focused the state on the need for highway, school, water, prison and court projects. But the debate about what should be included and how much the state can afford should also involve changes in how projects are delivered. AB 2025, by Assemblyman Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks, would allow the use of the...
  • CA: Republicans propose bills they say will improve public works

    02/15/2006 6:27:21 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 10 replies · 176+ views
    AP - Contra Costa Tiems ^ | Feb. 15, 2006 | STEVE LAWRENCE
    SACRAMENTO - Assembly Republicans proposed legislation Wednesday that they said would streamline public works projects, but Democrats quickly criticized the bills as unnecessary obstacles to a series of bond measures being debated in the Legislature. The infighting raised doubts about whether lawmakers can agree this year on a major spending package to build and strengthen highways, levees, dams, schools, prisons and government buildings. Passing such a program is the centerpiece of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's re-election year policy goals. The GOP legislation includes a bill by Assemblyman Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks, that would allow the Department of Transportation to use so-called...
  • CA: Built for speed, not for savings ("design-build" method)

    01/16/2006 2:01:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 326+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 1/16/06 | Phil Pitchford
    Gov. Schwarzenegger, eager to see his proposed transportation plan carried out quickly, is turning to an approach to construction that proved disastrous for Riverside County. The governor is pushing for the state to embrace the "design-build" method that typically enables contractors to finish projects quicker by handling both design and construction. The traditional construction model calls for an architect to design the project and a contractor to build it, which takes longer. Riverside County used design-build to construct a complex of courthouses, jail cells and a juvenile hall near Murrieta. The Southwest Justice Center was expected to cost about $50...
  • California Powers Up With Private Financing [Path 15]

    10/08/2004 4:28:24 AM PDT · by snopercod · 31 replies · 428+ views
    Engineering News Record ^ | October issue | Paul Rosta
    Design-build delivery rightfully has earned credit for unclogging many congested highways. But in a remote, rugged stretch of central California, design-build now is about to clear a different sort of traffic jam. In an innovative partnership teaming the U.S. Dept. of Energy, a private developer and an investor-owned utility, a contractor is completing an 84-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line in the San Joaquin Valley that will relieve a longtime bottleneck on a grid segment called Path 15. The line’s 1,500 megawatts of additional transmission capacity will provide flexibility "to move generation up and down the state to meet the load demands,"...