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Proposed CEQA Guideline for Highway Projects Promises Flexibility In the Measurement of Traffic Impacts, But Delivers Ambiguity

by Nossaman LLP on

In response to material opposition from many of the transportation agencies in the State, the California Natural Resources Agency has proposed to provide transportation agencies with the discretion to determine the metric...more

White House Releases Roadmap for Nation’s Infrastructure; Congress Takes the Wheel

by Nossaman LLP on

The White House released its long-awaited infrastructure proposal to Congress this morning, along with the President’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal. While elements have been hinted at and leaked before, the 55-page...more

Maintain Your Lanes

by Harris Beach PLLC on

An increase in bike paths and lanes could lead to an increase in claims against municipalities. Bike riding may have many benefits for the rider and for the environment. However, as recently reported in The Los Angeles...more

Tennessee Father Produces Video for Trump – To Change Dangerous Guardrail Ends

In 1995, I recall being given the opportunity to help Billy Hungerford; who was horrifically and tragically injured as a result of a defective guardrail. Since that time my law firm has handled injuries from defective guard...more

Private funds key to Trump's infrastructure plans

by Hogan Lovells on

In his first State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald J. Trump made investing in infrastructure a cornerstone of his vision for America....more

Infrastructure Policy Developments in Year One of the Trump Administration

Despite campaign promises of a $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan during the first 100 days of the Trump administration, no infrastructure bill materialized in 2017. While President Donald Trump continues to state...more

Why Mapping Apps Keep Traffic Engineers Up at Night

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

By now, we've all used a mapping app -- like Apple Maps, Google Maps and Waze – to find the best way from point A to point B. A primary attraction of the apps is that they can filter traffic conditions in real time and...more

Developer-Buyer Beware: Calling Assumed Improvement Bonds In North Carolina Can Be Complex

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In 2007, Developer Clarion-Reames, LLC (“Clarion”) sought to construct a residential housing development in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clarion received final approval from the City to record plats for Phase I section of the...more

MDOT Planning To Remove I-375 In Detroit. If History Were Different, Could A Proposal To Build It Be Challenged?

by Clark Hill PLC on

I take a run at historical fiction in light of MDOT’s plans to remove I-375 and in the process discuss necessity and public use concepts. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently announced that it is...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenges to Arizona Highway Project

by Nossaman LLP on

On December 8, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected two challenges to the 20-mile South Mountain Freeway Project in Phoenix, Arizona. The decision is the latest in a series of court decisions...more

Roadside Workers at Risk

by Howard Ankin on

U.S. roadside workers are exposed to hazardous workplace conditions that put them at high risk of serious injury and death. Each year, thousands of roadside workers are injured or killed while performing their jobs....more

Major Revisions to CEQA Guidelines Proposed - Measuring Transportation Impacts Under CEQA: The Paradigm Shift to Vehicle Miles...

by Nossaman LLP on

The paradigm shift in the evaluation of the transportation impacts of road and development projects has arrived. The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) announced the most comprehensive and far-reaching...more

Podcast Episode 10 - Negotiating for Project Change and the National Environmental Policy Act

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 10, I share some thoughts around negotiating for a change in a project to benefit the utility of the remainder property. I also discuss the...more

Worth Another Look: Transportation Infrastructure

In January of 2017, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. While we’re just over a quarter of the way...more

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

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