The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has produced a six-year transportation plan that identifies more than 1,400 projects totaling $8.5 billion. Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas says the plan will "improve safety, repair bridges and pavement and support job growth."
The US Army Corps of Engineers will spend up to $78 million on improving the Chickamauga Lock in Tennessee this year and may use $99.5 million in fiscal year 2019. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says Congress has increased a user fee on barges to help with funding for inland waterways, including the area of the Chickamauga Lock.
Hurricane Harvey dumped mud into the Houston Ship Channel, and Port Houston officials recently requested $923 million in federal funds, partially for dredging it. The US Army Corps of Engineers used emergency funds to dredge the channel after the hurricane, but dredging is an ongoing necessity.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are proposing a $2.5 billion mixed-use entertainment development near its stadium along the banks of the St. Johns River. The team says the Hart Bridge ramps would need to be modified, and it is negotiating with city officials on specific aspects of the project.
The Bureau of Land Management is beginning the environmental review process for drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and will accept public comments over the next 60 days as well as hold four public meetings in Alaska.
Toll lanes using variable pricing, built without taxpayer funding, are one of the best tools Southern California can use to reduce traffic congestion, write Baruch Feigenbaum and Rebecca Castaneda of the Reason Foundation. The authors note a 2017 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority recommendation that a 621-lane-mile Express Lane network be built.
The Georgia Department of Transportation expects to complete construction of 30 miles of reversible express lanes this summer. The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes will require drivers to use Peach Passes.