Daily News Briefs, April 2, 2024

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Virginia DOT Renegotiates Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Completion Dates

The Virginian-Pilot reports, “The completion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion project has been delayed by 18 months and isn’t expected until 2027, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced [on March 28].” Although work was initially to be finished in 2025, VDOT said new target dates of February 26 and August 27, 2027, have been established for substantial completion and final completion, respectively. “VDOT said the modifications to [its comprehensive agreement with design-build contractor Hampton Roads Connector Partners] are intended to provide construction schedule certainty, enhance contractor schedule accountability and reduce the potential for litigation.” Despite the completion delay, department representatives say substantial work has already been completed and the $3.9 billion project is expected to remain “nearly within the original budget.” (TRN inserted a link in quoted text.)

Last year, ConstructionDive.com published a project update that addressed some of the causes of delay.

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Georgia DOT Awards AtkinsRéalis $35 Million Contract For Construction, Engineering, Inspection Services

AtkinsRéalis announced that Georgia DOT has awarded the firm a third consecutive construction engineering and inspection (CE&I) services contract. The Indefinite Delivery/ Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract is valued at $35 million. The company’s scope of work will include project construction management, inspection, materials sampling and testing, and contract administration services across 17 northwestern counties in GDOT’s District 6.

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Indonesia Offers Substantial Toll Discounts Hoping To Alleviate Eid Holiday Traffic Congestion

Jakarta Globe reports, the government of Indonesia will offer toll discounts of up to 35 percent on select roads to incentivize travel during specific periods before and after Eid al-Fitr, the religious holiday observed next week at the close of Ramadan. The initiative reportedly was proposed by the Indonesian Toll Road Association (ATI). The transportation ministry predicts that 193.6 million people will travel on Indonesian roads over the holiday period, a 50 percent spike over last year’s numbers. With peak travel typically occurring four days ahead of Eid, President Joko Widodo is encouraging people to make their journeys five to ten days in advance. Hence the specifically timed discounts, details of which are laid out in the article. Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono also notes, “The toll tariff discounts apply for non-cash transactions with sufficient electronic card balances. Therefore, we urge the public to ensure that their electronic card balances are sufficient during their journey.”

In anticipation of the Eid exodus and homecoming, Antara News Service reports on the readiness of the nation’s roads to handle all the traffic. “Our national (non-toll) roads are 47,603 kilometers long, with 94.2 percent stability,” Minister Basuki notes.

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These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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