California Mayors Sam Liccardo, Mark Farrell and Libby Schaaf on Monday encouraged voters to approve Regional Measure 3, which proposes raising tolls on seven state-owned bridges in the Bay Area, during June 5 voting. "RM3 is about saving the planet and saving our sanity," said Oakland Mayor Schaaf.
The New Jersey Turnpike's 14A toll plaza reopened Monday after a $286 million makeover project was completed. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy joined Bayonne, N.J., Mayor Jimmy Davis at an opening-day event.
The Greater Washington Partnership says a regional approach to tolling between Baltimore and Richmond, Va., could generate revenue and decrease congestion while making area roads more reliable. "We have done tolling separately in Virginia and Maryland, but we really need to do this as a region," said Joe McAndrew, the group's director of transportation policy.
Savannah, Ga., City Manager Rob Hernandez wrote in a letter to County Manager Lee Smith that tolls should be one option considered to maintain the Truman Parkway. The roadway could come under the management of the State Road & Tollway Authority or a new tolling authority could be created, he wrote.
Officials will increase tolls on the Interstate 25 express lanes in Colorado. The new tolls will go into effect July 1.
The 2019 fiscal year Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill has cleared the House Appropriations Committee. The bill provides funding for airports, roads, bridges and rail construction, and it recommends allocating $71.8 billion for discretionary spending.
Washington state Rep. Mark Harmsworth, R-Mill Creek, is participating in a pay-per-mile pilot project. Harmsworth said the transportation commission encouraged participants to discover "holes in the system," and he found he could trick the tracking device into registering fewer miles than he had driven.
Daimler plans to invest $589 million in a French manufacturing plant to start producing at least 10 compact electric Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The company already produces electric cars under the Smart brand at the plant.
Responses to the Infrastructure Week theme of #TimeToBuild varied, including concerns about funding shortfalls and regulations, along with the positive view that US infrastructure still has strengths. AECOM CEO Michael Burke said public-private partnerships and regional authorities could be essential to infrastructure construction in the US.
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