Daily News Briefs, July 23, 2020

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Pennsylvania Puts Infrastructure Projects On Ice Amidst Funding Uncertainties

Philadelphia Business Journal (subscription required) reports that PennDOT and Delaware River Port Authority capital projects will be delayed because of the revenue drought brought on by  COVID-19. A PennDOT spokesperson confirmed for the newspaper that “advertisements for bids on 19 projects have been pulled, and seven that went to bid but are not yet under contract will be delayed.” Pennsylvania transportation secretary Yassmin Gramian said the postponements can be reversed only if the state receives federal government financial aid. Gramian and DRPA chief executive John Hanson reportedly discussed their agencies’ funding shortages and uncertainties during a chamber of commerce event in Philadelphia earlier this week.

Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) Highway and Bridge Maintenance Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

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Tesla Will Build A Billion-Dollar Plant Along SH 130 Near Austin

Austin American-Statesman reports that automaker Tesla confirmed yesterday that it will build a $1.1 billion “gigafactory” on a 2,100 acre site adjacent to SH 130 outside Austin.

CBS News also covers the company’s announcement, which includes a promise of thousands of new jobs.

Austin (TX) Metro Area Tesla, Inc. Texas TX State Highway 130

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Transurban Treats DC Express Lanes Lovers To Half-Off Gelato

ARLNow.com reports, Transurban US has come up with an idea “to support local businesses and boost whatever support for toll roads gelato-hungry customers can muster.” It’s partnered with a Pentagon City, Virginia, business, Amore Congelato, to give gelato buyers a 50-percent discount when they say, “I love the Express Lanes,” at checkout. “Like an E-Z Pass, the gelato fund is stocked with a set amount of funds and the promotion will end when those funds expire.” A Transurban press release explained that the promotion supports “a loved local business during these difficult times and make[s] it easier for Northern Virginians to get relief from the summer heat.”

95/395/495 Express Lanes (Washington, DC, Metro Area) Transurban Virginia Washington (DC) Metro Region

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

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