Hampton Roads Connector Partners, helmed by a unit of Spain-based Dragados, has been chosen to build the $3.3 billion expansion to Virginia's Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Tolls, sales taxes and gas taxes will be among funding sources for two new tunnels and additional lanes.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont campaigned on the issue of highway tolls for semitrucks only, but he writes in an op-ed that tolling cars as well is necessary to fund infrastructure improvements. Truck-only tolls would garner $45 million to $200 million a year, while tolls on trucks and cars would generate $800 million annually, Lamont's chief of staff said.
Construction on a new Indonesian toll road is 86% complete. Work on the 61.7-mile toll road started in 2010, and the first section is poised for completion in April.
Missouri should make another attempt to get voter approval for a gas tax increase, but it will need to pursue tolling if that effort fails, state Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said. Voters rejected a gas tax ballot measure in November; since then, the state's governor has proposed borrowing $351 million to improve bridges.
University of Michigan researchers are developing an algorithm intended to help self-driving vehicles better calculate pedestrians' likely movements. The effort involves lidar and stereo cameras to evaluate pedestrians' trajectory, gait and pose.
The New Jersey's Garden State Parkway $79.3 million bridge expansion project is 93% complete, state Turnpike officials said. The scheduled completion date is in May.
New Jersey is looking to monetize state assets, and one option suggested by a bipartisan working group is to add high-occupancy toll lanes with congestion pricing on the New Jersey Turnpike.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and ranking member Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., are among those scheduled to provide an update to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials next week. They will discuss progress toward an infrastructure bill, which DeFazio has said might emerge by the summer.
City Council members in Los Angeles approved an ordinance requiring contractors working with the city to disclose any affiliation they have with the National Rifle Association, with Councilman Mitch O'Farrell calling the organization "a roadblock to gun-safety reform at every level of government." Attorneys for the NRA say the rule is unconstitutional and that they will file a lawsuit against the city to have it undone.
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