Daily News Briefs, April 14, 2020

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States Urge the Federal Government to Replenish Depleted Transportation Budgets

Associated Press takes a comprehensive look at the COVID-19 epidemic’s expected impact on state revenues from fuel taxes, tolls and user fees, and the consequent potential for deferral of thousands of transportation infrastructure projects, “unless the federal government intervenes.” AASHTO president and Missouri DOT chief Patrick McKenna tells AP there is a “critical need” for federal funding assistance. “Leaders of state transportation agencies have asked Congress for an immediate $50 billion to prevent major cuts to road and bridge projects over the next year and a half. As an economic stimulus, they also want Congress to authorize a long-term plan that doubles the amount of regular funding going to state transportation agencies.” AP notes that the recent federal stimulus bill routed several billions of dollars to public transit agencies, but “earmarked nothing for state highways and bridges.”

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Highway and Bridge Maintenance Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) US Gov't Transportation Funding

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Work on VDOT's New I-66 Express Lanes Progresses

Potomac Local reports that this week’s major traffic pattern changes at Route 28 near Centreville signal the progress of Virginia DOT’s Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway Project. Working with its private partner, I-66 Express Mobility Partners, the department expects to deliver $3.7 billion of I-66 corridor improvements by December 2022.

Cintra US Express Lanes I-66 Express Mobility Partners John Laing Group Meridiam Infrastructure Virginia Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Washington (DC) Metro Region

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