Austin, Texas Three months after Texas voters approved Proposition 1, adding $1.74 billion to the state highway fund, the Texas Transportation Commission approved construction of 201 road projects. Among the projects slated to begin work are more than 800 miles of rehabilitated highways; nearly 500 miles of new highway lanes; 64 bridge replacements; and 18 lane-widening enhancements that will add 159 miles of passing lanes to rural highways.
U.S. Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx issued a call to action during his keynote address at the AASHTO Washington Briefing Feb. 25. Foxx urged State transportation officials in Washington to attend the conference and visit their congressional delegations to urge for passage of a robust, long-term transportation bill.
Denver The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Transportation Commission decided to move forward with a Design Build Finance Operate Maintain (DBFOM) method for the finance and delivery of the I-70 East project from I-25 to Denver International Airport.
Hanover, Md. Working to ensure motorist safety and alleviate concerns regarding the structural integrity of Maryland bridges, Acting Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn ordered the State Highway Administration (SHA) and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) to immediately inspect all state-owned bridges of similar age and condition to the I-495/I-95 (Capital Beltway) bridge that is being repaired after a piece of concrete fell onto a car below driving along Suitland Road on Feb. 10. The statewide directive applies to 27 state-owned bridges all built prior to 1969, have traffic underneath and are in similar condition to the Capital Beltway bridge.
Washington, D.C. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx highlighted $3.2 billion recommended in President Obamas Fiscal Year 2016 budget to advance the construction or completion of 25 rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and streetcar projects in 13 states. These projects, competitively funded through the Federal Transit Administrations (FTA) Capital Investment Grant Program (CIG), would create thousands of construction and operations-related jobs and help communities expand transportation choices that offer new ladders of opportunity for residents.