Road Construction

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State Transportation Leaders Call for Maintenance Over New Projects

Experts suggest departments facing budget gaps should prioritize basic repairs and maintenance over road-building and highway expansion projects.

January 5, 2024 - Stateline

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The Nation’s Most Wasteful Highway Projects

The 2023 Highway Boondoggles report is here.

November 10, 2023 - PIRG

Highway Widening

Maryland Toll Road Project Loses Key Operator Amid Lawsuits, Shifting Political Landscape

The loss of toll operator Transurban could be a death knell for the controversial I-495/I-270 Managed Lanes Project in Maryland.

March 12, 2023 - The Washington Post

Highway Construction

FHWA Rescinds Guidance Discouraging Road Expansions

A decision from the Government Accountability Office spurred by Republican pushback led the agency to issue a new memo abandoning its previous stance, which ‘gently’ promoted maintenance work over new road construction.

February 28, 2023 - Politico

Asphalt road with yellow and black turn warning signs winding through green Welsh mountain landscape

Wales Cancels Major Road Building Projects

All road building and expansion projects are halted until they can pass strict new environmental requirements.

February 15, 2023 - BBC

A police officer directs traffic as fire trucks arrive on scene along a street with green painted bike lanes.

Washington State Moving Ahead With Complete Streets

Move Ahead Washington, a law approved by the Washington State Legislature earlier this year, is expected to have a huge effect on transportation planning and engineering on state-controlled roads.

September 5, 2022 - The Urbanist

Road with one green electric vehicle charging lane

The Marriage of Technology and Road Infrastructure

The future of road infrastructure likely includes wireless electric charging, innovative construction materials, and more data collection. Will cities remember to prioritize pedestrian safety, too?

July 26, 2022 - Governing

Allston Interchange

$1.2 Billion in Federal Funding Sought for Boston-Area Road Project

The city of Boston and Massachusetts Department of Transportation have applied to a $5 billion federal grant program aimed at ‘unusually large and complex projects.’

May 31, 2022 - Streetsblog Mass

Miami Traffic Jam

When Will We Believe in Induced Demand?

The well-documented concept has yet to catch on in state departments of transportation, but acknowledging it could dramatically transform U.S. transportation policy.

March 3, 2022 - Governing

El Paso

Report Criticizes El Paso Interstate Expansion Plan

An independent review of TxDOT's proposed expansion of I-10 through downtown El Paso highlights several flaws and a price tag close to $800 million.

February 18, 2022 - CBS 4 El Paso

Freeway Interchange Construction

Infrastructure Funding Could Lead to Higher Carbon Emissions

Billions in federal infrastructure funding slated to go to states with few strings attached could fund roadway construction and widening projects that will raise greenhouse gas emissions and worsen climate change.

February 13, 2022 - The New York Times

Larimer Square

Colorado To Prioritize Climate Impacts in Transportation Projects

Under new state regulations, Colorado transportation projects will be required to reduce GHG emissions and promote more sustainable transportation modes.

December 22, 2021 - Denver Post

A aerical view of primm, Nevada, where I-15 bisects large casinos and parking lots on a sunny day.

California, Nevada Agree on Makeshift I-15 Widening Near Las Vegas

A $12 million repaving and restriping project is intended to alleviate congestion at the state line between California and Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas.

December 8, 2021 - The Sun

CN Tower rises above Gardiner Expressway on Toronto Waterfront

Proposed Toronto Highways Raise Environmental Concerns

Opponents of two new planned highways in greater Toronto argue the construction of new roads is 'short-sighted at best' and would threaten the region's greenbelt areas.

November 14, 2021 - blogTO

 View south along Interstate 95 (Pennsylvania Turnpike Delaware River Extension) at Exit 40 (Interstate 276 WEST/Pennsylvania Turnpike, Harrisburg) in Bristol Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

New Interchange Planned Along Pennsylvania Turnpike

Local leaders hope the new interchange will invigorate economic development in the area by providing easier access to the turnpike.

November 4, 2021 - The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

San Diego Trolley

San Diego Continues to Widen Roads Despite Pledge to Reduce Car Dependence

Transit advocates say that outdated road widening plans contradict the city's Climate Action Plan.

September 14, 2021 - KPBS

Wide shot of bridge overpasses under construction at the intersection of GA 400 and I-285 on July 22, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.

Highway Widening and Interchange Improvements a Headache for Atlanta Drivers

A road widening and interchange improvement project in Atlanta will have a dramatic impact on congestion for as much as a year.

August 26, 2021 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Road Construction

Proposed Colorado Rule Calls for Mitigating Climate Effects of Road Projects

State and local agencies would be tasked with evaluating and offsetting the carbon emissions caused by new transportation projects.

August 20, 2021 - Colorado Public Radio

Road Construction

Wales to Cease Road Construction Projects in Bid to Achieve Net Zero Emissions

The Welsh government is taking a bold stand for climate action.

June 24, 2021 - The Guardian

SR-99 in Edmonds, Washington

Pedestrian Improvements Planned for Washington State Highway

New medians, dedicated turn lanes, and signalized crosswalks are aimed at improving pedestrian safety along the busy corridor.

March 2, 2021 - The Urbanist

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