Daily News Briefs, October 18, 2021

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E-470 Expansion Project Team Wins ENR Award

“Engineering News-Record” recognized an E-470 expansion project (Quincy Avenue to I-70) with its Colorado “Best Project Highway/Bridge” award for 2021. According to ENR, “The improvements were delivered on time, under budget and with minimal impacts to the traveling public and with no increase in tolls.” It also singled out the joint venture contracting team — SEMA Construction and Kraemer — and the design and engineering firm — Felsburg Holt & Ullevig (FHU) — for collaborating “to develop innovative designs that limited the need for temporary construction easements or property acquisition,” and for an overall approach to construction that streamlined the work schedule and saved costs.

Colorado Denver CO Metro Region E-470 Public Highway Authority Industry Awards & Recognitions Kraemer North America


Op-Ed: Tolling Is The Best And Cheapest Solution For A Utah DOT Congestion Problem

In The Salt Lake Tribune, op-ed contributor Adam Looney argues that Utah DOT should drop expensive proposed solutions (such as construction of an aerial gondola system)  for the traffic congestion problem in the Little Cottonwood Canyon recreational area. “[T]he right approach,” according to Looney, “is to impose user fees — tolls or congestion charges — during peak periods,” which is the only effective means of preventing overcrowding, he maintains. Professor Looney directs a University of Utah institute on economics and quantitative analysis.

Congestion Pricing Utah Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT)


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

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