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From IDOT to School Gardens: Providing Sanctuary for Monarch Butterflies

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recently joined a national campaign to protect endangered monarch butterflies. As of May 2017, IDOT is mowing only 15 feet from the edge of roadways, reducing the total amount...more

Germany Permits Automated Vehicles

by White & Case LLP on

On 21 June 2017, Germany enacted a bill legalizing automated vehicles ("AV Bill"). The AV Bill modifies the current Road Traffic Act and defines the requirements for highly and fully automated vehicles to use public roads. It...more

California Supreme Court Hands Victory to Private Property Owners Over Public Use

by Snell & Wilmer on

In 1970 the California Supreme Court held that, under certain circumstances, private property owners impliedly dedicate their property to the public if they permit the public to use it. Gion v. City of Santa Cruz (1970) 2...more

2017 Minnesota Legislature Adjourns But After Special Session

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Minnesota lawmakers used every last minute available to them to try and complete their work prior to the deadline for the 2017 legislative session, but it was not enough time. At 12:01 a.m. early last Tuesday morning,...more

Redevelopment of Route 110 in East Farmingdale

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Town of Babylon’s plan to revitalize the Route 110 corridor in East Farmingdale, NY keeps moving forward. The Town began targeting this area for transformation in 2005. It now looks like the Town may be closer than ever...more

Próximo anunciamiento del nuevo plan federal de infraestructuras

by Bilzin Sumberg on

La secretaria de transportes, Elaine Chao, ha informado recientemente al Senado de los EE. UU. que el plan de infraestructuras de 1 billón de dólares se anunciará a finales de mes. Se prevé que el nuevo plan dependerá de las...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Forest Service’s Construction of New Roads in Grizzly Bear Habitat

by Nossaman LLP on

On May 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana and upheld the U.S. Forest Service’s (Forest Service) decision to construct 4.7 miles...more

The New South Carolina Gas Tax

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

South Carolina’s gas tax is one of the lowest in the country. The result is the deplorable condition of the state’s highway system and roads. South Carolina is a conservative state, politically, and any tax increase, gas or...more

Australian Infrastructure Investment and Privatisation Update: Federal Taxation on the Agenda

by Jones Day on

At the end of January 2017, the Australian Taxation Office ("ATO") updated its draft of the Privatisation and Infrastructure—Australian Federal Tax Framework ("Framework") and issued a Taxpayer Alert TA 2017/1 on stapled...more

Trump’s Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Promise

by Burr & Forman on

A Trillion Dollar infrastructure investment is a good start, even though it’s highly unlikely that Congress would pass a bill requiring such a large expenditure. No one studying the issue doubts that the nation could probably...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

Road Commission for Oakland County Files On Baldwin Road Project

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Road Commission for Oakland County has filed two new condemnations for its Baldwin Road Project north of I-75. The Road Commission for Oakland County (“RCOC”) is proceeding with right-of-way acquisitions along...more

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

by Burr & Forman on

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

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

Massachusetts DOT Seeks to Retain Driver Data from the State Turnpike

The Massachusetts’ State Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has proposed a policy by which they would retain drivers’ speed data for 30 days after it is collected on the Massachusetts Turnpike through its new...more

California Ballot 2016: Los Angeles County Measures A & M

by Lewitt Hackman on

This is the fourth and final blog in our 2016 California Election Guide Series – the first three providing brief synopses of the 17 state-wide ballot initiatives residents will see in November. In this final segment, we will...more

Federal Government Releases Policy on Autonomous Vehicles

On September 21, 2016, the federal government, through the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), released “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy: Accelerating the Next Revolution in Roadway Safety,”...more

Constitutional Use of Toll Revenue the Subject of Recent Federal Court Decision

by Nossaman LLP on

Public agencies with toll-setting authority should take note of a recent federal court decision relating to the uses of user fees and toll revenue, as well as the stated goals of the plaintiff in that case. The U.S....more

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

by Nossaman LLP on

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

Thousands Of Californians Sign Up For VMT Trial

by Nossaman LLP on

In response to a request from the California Department of Transportation, 5,000 California drivers signed up for the state’s nine month pilot program to replace the state’s gas tax with a charge based on vehicle miles...more

North Carolina Legislative Newsletter

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Legislative Activity - Budget - The Senate and House are expected to reach a deal on the budget later today or over the weekend, with House and Senate votes on the budget conference report possible next week. ...more

North Carolina Legislative Newsletter

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

I-77 Managed Lanes - On June 2, the House voted 81-27 to approve HB 954, which would terminate the contract between NCDOT and I-77 Mobility Partners for the I-77 managed lanes project north of Charlotte. The bill has...more

TAKEN! Historic Eminent Domain Decision: NCDOT Must Pay When it Files a Transportation Corridor Protection Map

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On June 10, 2016 the North Carolina Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals in the case of Kirby v. North Carolina Department of Transportation....more

SC Public Policy Update - June 2016 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - Pursuant to the sine die resolution, legislators will return to Columbia June 15 through 22 to take up various items including vetoes and conference reports. House and Senate conferees likely meet next week...more

North Carolina Legislative Newsletter

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Budget - On Wednesday, June 8, the House voted not to concur with the Senate budget, as expected. Both chambers appointed conferees (44 House members and 21 Senate members) to begin resolving differences and work out a...more

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