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National Push for Speed Limit Increase a Bad Idea

Lawmakers who are pushing for speed limit increases nationwide aren’t listening to the research about how dangerous this is — as the combination of speed and distracted driving means more deaths on the road....more

Embark Richmond Highway Advisory Group Discusses Public Facility Needs Along Richmond Highway Corridor

The Embark Richmond Highway Advisory Group held its 15th meeting March 20th. The Advisory Group heard presentations on projected public facility and affordable housing needs within the plan area as a result of proposed...more

Have We Seen the Last Dance for Quantitative Before Condition Goodwill Valuations?

When a business is taken as a result of a public improvement, the business is entitled to seek compensation for, among other things, loss of business goodwill. Typically, this loss is calculated by measuring the business’...more

Embark Richmond Highway Moves Forward

The Embark Richmond Highway Advisory Group met Monday morning (02/27) for its 14th meeting and continued its discussion of staff’s transportation impacts analysis for the proposed bus rapid transit system along US Highway 1....more

OCTA Signs DB Contract for $1.9 Billion Managed Lanes Project in California

Last week the Orange County Transportation Authority executed the design/build contract for the I-405 Improvement Project with OC405 Partners, a joint venture consisting of OHL USA and Astaldi Construction Corporation. With a...more

Embark Richmond Highway Planning Initiative Moves Forward

Embark Richmond Highway is an ongoing Fairfax County effort to plan greater transit oriented development along the Richmond Highway Corridor. The Embark Richmond Highway planning initiative began in May of 2015. We anticipate...more

President Trump’s Inauguration Signals a Potential Increase in Infrastructure Projects

When then-candidate Donald J. Trump first began making public statements about what would become his infrastructure plan back in August of 2016, observers were uncertain as to what exactly they could expect. Just before that...more

On Track: Infrastructure Elements of Ontario’s 2016 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review

On November 14, 2016, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, titled “Building Ontario Up for Everyone” (Update). This bulletin focuses on those elements of...more

Wait, How Many Trucks? Ash Pond Closure by Removal

Utilities around the country have developed preliminary closure plans for surface impoundments storing coal ash, gypsum, and other coal combustion residuals (CCR). Some ash ponds are already in the process of closing. To...more

What A Trump Card Means In The Game of Construction and Development

Like many of you, I stayed up late on Tuesday night / Wednesday morning to watch the 2016 election returns. I dragged myself into the office after only a few hours of sleep and my phone was immediately ringing. Some clients....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. UPCOMING REFERENDUM QUESTIONS – This week, we report on Maine ballot Question 5 regarding...more

US designates alternative fuel corridors for transportation

U.S. federal highway administrators have announced the designation of 55 routes as "alternative fuel" corridors, capable of accommodating electric vehicles or those powered by hydrogen, propane, or natural gas. The...more

Status of Public Private Partnerships in Texas

In recent years, the state of Texas jumped headlong into public-private partnerships in a variety of different arenas. Often called PPP, 3P or P3, this delivery method has rapidly become the go-to avenue for delivering...more

Colorado High Court Holds Highway Condemnations Unauthorized Since 1994, Dismisses Taking Suit Against U-Haul Under Nondelegation...

On September 26, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court, in a 7-0 opinion on an original proceeding, held the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has no condemnation authority under a 1994 resolution that unlawfully...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2016 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown signs into law two landmark climate bills - San Francisco Chronicle - Sep 8 - Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed SB32, the nation’s toughest climate law,...more

Court Rejects NEPA, Section 4(f) Challenges to Arizona South Mountain Freeway Project

In a decision of national importance to the transportation community, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona rejected National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenges and Section 4(f) challenges to the 22-mile...more

New Alternative for Widening 55 Freeway Reduces Right-of-Way Impacts

For years, we’ve been working with our public agency clients during the environmental and design-phase to minimize right-of-way impacts with new infrastructure projects. Yet for many agencies, property acquisitions are an...more

Louisiana Amends P3 Legislation Granting Authority to DOTD

The State of Louisiana has passed a public-private partnership (P3) law to help alleviate a $12.7 billion backlog in highway and bridge maintenance and construction needs across the state. The law authorizes the Louisiana...more

10 Items of Note From the 2016 South Carolina Legislative Session

The South Carolina General Assembly completed its 2016 regular session on June 2. The following are highlights from that session. 1. Highway Funding and SCDOT Restructuring - Legislation (S.1258) addressing road...more

Defeated North Carolina Class Action Ultimately Results in Victory for Landowners – NCDOT Loses Map Act Fight

What began several years ago as a defeated attempt at a class action against the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) ultimately resulted in a win this month for plaintiff landowners in Kirby v. NCDOT (No....more

FHWA Proposes Bold Transportation Performance Measures to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Perhaps only by coincidence, on April 22—“Earth Day”—the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that, for the first time, would set performance measures for greenhouse gas...more

Go Big Red-y for Design-Build! Nebraska Enables and Funds Innovative Highway and Bridge Procurements

Governor Pete Rickets followed through on a promise to rethink infrastructure delivery in Nebraska. Signing LB 960, the “Transportation Innovation Act,” into law, Nebraska is poised to clear its backlog of highway...more

California Gets Serious About Pilot Program to Replace State Gas Tax

For years, policymakers and economists around the country have been well aware that the federal gas tax is dying. In its report to Congress, the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, on...more

Why less means more for PPPs & data – Keys to collecting the right information in Canada

PPP projects have the potential to generate huge amounts of data. In the context of a tolled highway project, for instance, a PPP contract may require the private operator to collect, in real time, information regarding...more

Opening Up the Doors (Roads) for Design-Build Contracts on Highway Projects

The Department of Transportation in my home state of New Mexico is the latest to allow the design-build delivery method for highway projects. Although design-build had been approved in New Mexico on limited public projects,...more

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