Infrastructure Spending

Government, Business

ASCE Issues Three State Infrastructure Report Cards

Atlanta's infamous Spaghetti Junction Atlanta's infamous Spaghetti Junction, which according to one study ranks as the nation's worst freight bottleneck, though Georgia's new ASCE grade improved slightly. (Richard Chambers/Wikimedia Commons)

The American Society of Civil Engineers released infrastructure report cards in January for Washington, Georgia and North Dakota.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 31, 2019
Government, Business

Rep. DeFazio on Earmarks Ban: ‘Don’t Think We Need That Rule’

Rep. Peter DeFazio DeFazio says the ban on earmarks is no longer necessary. (Zach Gibson/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — The next chairman of the transportation policy panel in the U.S. House of Representatives said the ban on earmarks the GOP imposed nearly a decade ago is no longer needed.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2018
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Capitol Agenda for the Week of Oct. 1: T&I Chairmanship and the Elephants in the Room

Reps. Sam Graves (left) and Jeff Denham Republican Reps. Sam Graves of Missouri (left) and Jeff Denham of California. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

The two Republicans vying for the chairmanship of the transportation panel in the House say they will make it a priority to craft legislation aimed at rebuilding the country’s roads and bridges. Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 1, 2018
Government, Business

Officials Approve Plan to Widen Maine Turnpike Outside Portland

Toll booth along the Maine Turnpike A toll booth along the Maine Turnpike. (Maine Turnpike Administration)

The Maine Turnpike Authority has approved a multimillion-dollar plan to increase capacity and replace three bridges along a portion of the turnpike outside Portland.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 11, 2018
Government, Business

Trucks Targeted for Toll Increase in Indiana’s Infrastructure Plan

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s recently announced $1 billion infrastructure plan will rely on a 35% increase to the rates that pertain to trucks on the Indiana Toll Road.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018

Opinion: Restore Nonpartisan Support for Infrastructure

Support for infrastructure historically has been a nonpartisan issue, both in the halls of Congress and in cities, towns and counties across the nation. It’s time for Congress to challenge itself to once again make infrastructure a nonpartisan issue.

John Brown Miller | Founder, Barchan Foundation
July 27, 2018
Government, Business

Gribbin Departure, Delayed Trump Agenda Don’t Deter Infrastructure Advocates

Gribbin and Trump at an infrastructure event The recently departed DJ Gribbin (left), with President Trump and Reed Cordish (right), assistant to Trump for intragovernmental and technology initiatives, at an event last year. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

President Donald Trump’s acknowledgment that his infrastructure proposal would likely be legislated after the midterm elections, coupled with the recent departure of the administration’s top infrastructure adviser, has slowed momentum on efforts to boost funding for transportation systems.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 5, 2018

Illinois’ Tepid Infrastructure Grade a Product of Funding Neglect, ASCE Leader Says

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Illinois’ recent score of a C- on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ infrastructure scorecard signals underinvestment from elected officials, according to Darren Olson, chairman of the report card study.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 27, 2018

Infrastructure Should Top Congress’ List of Priorities This Year, Gov. Snyder Says

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Snyder at the event hosted by Politico. (Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Crafting an infrastructure funding measure aimed at boosting the country’s economy should lead Congress’ legislative agenda this year, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Feb. 23.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 23, 2018
Government, Business

Gov. Dannel Malloy Releases Revenue Plan for Connecticut

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (Jessica Hill/Associated Press)

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy released a revenue package Jan. 31 that is expected to stabilize the state’s Special Transportation Fund and restore previously canceled projects through various tax increases and a tolling system.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 31, 2018