Daily News Briefs, May 18, 2020

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States Face New Struggles Funding Bridge Restoration Work

Transportation Today reports, although more than a third of US bridges require replacement or major repair, the lack of toll revenue and the drop in gas tax receipts (made worse by the COVID-19 epidemic) leaves states struggling to find construction funds. “The cost to make the identified repairs for all 231,000 bridges is nearly $164 billion, according to ARTBA, which analyzed the database of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2019 National Bridge Inventory of 600,000 bridges across America.” The status of bridge improvement work in several states, including Tennessee, Iowa and Pennsylvania, gets particular attention in the article.

American Road & Transportation Builders Assoc. (ARTBA) Company and Agency Financials Highway and Bridge Maintenance Highway and Bridge Safety Iowa Iowa Department of Transportation Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) Tennessee

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Construction Work Is Reportedly Picking Up In Parts Of New York And New Jersey

“Engineering News-Record” reports, transportation projects, considered essential construction, have continued in New York State and New Jersey during the epidemic emergency. However, both states are now allowing some non-essential construction to resume. Metro New York is one of the regions where restrictions have not been lifted because safety benchmarks imposed by both states’ governors remain unmet.

Highway and Bridge Safety New Jersey New York New York City

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

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