Daily News Briefs, March 10, 2023

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Transurban, Maryland’s Partner In I-495, I-270 Toll Lanes Plan, Withdraws From Project

The Washington Post reports, “Maryland’s vision to use one of the nation’s biggest public-private partnerships to relieve D.C.-area traffic congestion faces serious jeopardy, as the private team picked to develop it quit the project on Thursday.” In an interview, Amanda Baxter, a senior vice president for Transurban North America, said, “We are making a tough decision, but the right decision.”

Maryland Matters adds, “In a statement, the company said the project faced challenges including delayed environmental approvals, ‘a changing political landscape,’ and unresolved lawsuits. ‘Transurban is disappointed that we were unable to reach agreement with Maryland to deliver the critical congestion relief that travelers across the region need and want. We respect Maryland’s decision to pursue alternatives – whether that is in project scope, delivery, or partnership,’ said Tanya Sheres, a spokesperson for Transurban North America.”

DCist and NBC News Washington cover the news as well, with NBC adding, “Transurban’s decision does not kill the project but is another setback.”

Maryland Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) P3 & Privatization Transurban Washington (DC) Metro Region


OK Turnpike Will Install 32 Miles Of Cable Barriers On Cherokee Turnpike

According to KOKI, “The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) approved a construction contract on March 7 for cable barriers to be installed along the Cherokee Turnpike.” The report adds, “’I’ve seen a couple of examples lately where we have had tractor trailers get into cable barriers and they have saved lives,’” said Secretary of Transportation and Executive Director of OTA Tim Gatz.”

Highway and Bridge Maintenance Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA)


Boston Receives Reconnecting Communities Grant For Turnpike Cover Project

StreetsblogMASS reports that Boston will use $1.8 million in federal funding to design a park to cover an open-cut section of the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) that has created “longstanding physical division in Boston’s historic Chinatown.” The article looks at the city’s grant application for insight into the proposed design and the city’s intended use of the new space. The federal funding came through USDOT’s new Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program, an initiative to repair damage and burdens caused by past transportation infrastructure decisions. Last week, USDOT announced the program’s first round of grant awards. A total of $185 million — six Capital Construction Grants and 39 Planning Grants (Boston’s included) — will be distributed this fiscal year in 45 communities.

Boston Metro Area Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives Infrastructure Investment Trends Massachusetts Massachusetts Turnpike US Department of Transportation (USDOT) US Gov't Transportation Funding US Infrastructure Funding And Financing Initiatives


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

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