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USACE Leads Effort to Clear Fort McHenry Channel Following Key Bridge Collapse

BALTIMORE, MD — Shortly after the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District activated its Emergency Operations Center, clearing the way for engineering, construction, contracting, and operations specialists to begin the complex process of clearing the damage and debris along the Fort McHenry Channel …

Maryland Governor Announces Initial $60M Request to Biden Administration for Francis Scott Key Bridge Response

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Wes Moore announces the Maryland Department of Transportation has requested an initial emergency relief funding of $60 million from the Biden Administration to pay for initial mobilization, operations, and debris recovery from the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore.

“President Biden and all …

FHWA Announces $60M for Emergency Work in Wake of the Collapse of Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD — Within hours of receiving the request, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces the immediate availability of $60 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief funds for the Maryland Department of Transportation to rebuild the Francis Scott Key Bridge after a cargo container ship …

South Carolina DOT Announces Next Phases of the Carolina Crossroads Project

COLUMBIA, SC — South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) officials announce the next phases of construction on the Carolina Crossroads project.

SCDOT announced in October of 2023 that the project would be restructured to improve project delivery and accelerate the widening of I-20 in the Midlands. The next phases of …

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South Carolina DOT Commission Appoints Powell as Next Secretary of Transportation

COLUMBIA, SC — At a recent meeting of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission, the commission appointed Justin P. Powell to serve as the next Secretary of Transportation. Powell's appointment will be submitted to the South Carolina Senate for confirmation.

This action follows the retirement announcement from current …

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Superior Paving Tests Dynapac’s New Asphalt Roller with SEISMIC Technology on Interstate 95 in Virginia

The new Dynapac CC2200 VI Asphalt Roller with SEISMIC technology recently completed a rigorous set of tests throughout Europe and the United States, including a major highway project for Superior Paving Corp. of Gainesville, Virginia.

Michael Washington, a roller operator at Superior Paving, highlighted the roller’s impact on the …

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Hampton Roads Express Lanes Project Accelerates Virginia DOT's Vision for Safer, Smoother Travel

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Hampton Roads Express Lanes (HREL) network project aims to improve safety and provide more reliable travel in the region. Construction of Segment 4C, the $313.9 million design-build Hampton Segment, has begun and involves a significant amount of work.

“This project is addressing a …

USDOT Announces $417M Loan to Improve Traffic Around Raleigh

RALEIGH, NC — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces that its Build America Bureau has approved a loan for up to $417.2 million for the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) for Phase 2 of the Complete 540 Project around the greater Raleigh area. The project extends the Triangle Expressway …

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Balfour Beatty, North Carolina DOT Celebrate Opening of New Harkers Island Bridge Ahead of Schedule

BEAUFORT, NC — Balfour Beatty recently celebrated the grand opening of North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Harkers Island Bridge during a ribbon cutting ceremony. Balfour Beatty teammates joined NCDOT staff, community members, and state and local officials to celebrate the bridge’s official opening, which was completed about a …

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Widening Project on I-85 Takes Shape, Preparing Northwest South Carolina for Projected Growth

In an effort to alleviate traffic congestion and improve connectivity, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is progressing on the back half of the I-85 Widening Project, which extends across 29 miles of Interstate 85 from the North Carolina border to Spartanburg County in northwest South Carolina.

Construction began …

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Maryland DOT’s MD 97 Project Relocates Busy Corridor, Improving Traffic Operations and Preserving Historic Town

A much-anticipated Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) road project is now complete and has been formally dedicated to two of its strongest champions. The $47 million MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) Relocation Construction Project is poised to reduce continually increasing traffic volumes and congestion along the old …

USDOT Announces Loan of up to $141M for the I-64 Hampton Roads Express Lanes Project in Virginia

HAMPTON ROADS, VA — The U.S. Department of Transportation announces that its Build America Bureau has provided a $141 million low-interest loan to the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) on behalf of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to improve regional mobility and safety on I-64 in Hampton Roads. …

Virginia Governor Breaks Ground on the I-64 Widening Project

RICHMOND, VA — Governor Glenn Youngkin recently broke ground on the I-64 Gap Widening Project, which will increase capacity and mobility, alleviate congestion, improve safety, and enhance connectivity along the I-64 corridor.

“Transportation drives commerce, economic growth, and connects Virginians across the Commonwealth,” Youngkin said. “Through continued investments in our …

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Virginia DOT Names Cuttler Northern Virginia District Engineer

FAIRFAX, VA — Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Chief Deputy Commissioner Cathy McGhee, P.E. announces that Bill Cuttler, P.E. has been selected as the agency’s new Northern Virginia District Engineer.

“Bill's 36 years of experience in transportation, public works, and parks demonstrates his commitment to infrastructure that improves the quality …

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Bizzack Construction Expands Virginia Portion of the Appalachian Highway

The Corridor Q highway, currently designated as U.S. Route 460, runs through Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia and is part of the National Highway System. It’s also part of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), which is the centerpiece of the Appalachian Regional Commission’s effort to foster economic and social …

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Federal Railroad Administration Invests $16B in America’s Busiest Corridor

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announces it has awarded $16.4 billion for 25 passenger rail projects along the Northeast Corridor (NEC), a railroad line running between Boston and Washington, D.C. This particular line is one of the highest volume passenger rail corridors …

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Powell Named Chief Operating Officer for South Carolina DOT

COLUMBIA, SC — Secretary Christy A. Hall, P.E. announces that Justin Powell, previously the Chief of Staff for the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), will become the Chief Operating Officer for the agency, effective immediately.

As the COO, Powell will be responsible for managing the day to day …

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West Virginia Governor Celebrates Grand Opening of the Wellsburg Bridge

WELLSBURG, WV — Gov. Jim Justice, West Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Jimmy Wriston, P.E., and federal, state, and local officials took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the 1,875-foot Wellsburg Bridge connecting the communities of Wellsburg, West Virginia, and Brilliant, Ohio. Hundreds of …

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Wagman Heavy Civil Rehabs 10 Bridges Within the I-95 and I-695 Interchange Near Baltimore

Aiming to address needed maintenance on 10 bridges within the Interstate 95 and Interstate 695 interchange south of Baltimore, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) embarked on a $39.8 million rehabilitation project.

“The main project goals are to improve the rideability of the bridge decks, update …

First of Two Contracts Awarded for Final Phase of Complete 540

RALEIGH, NC — The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) have awarded and signed the first of two contracts for the second phase of the Complete 540 Project in southern Wake County.

NCDOT and NCTA awarded the nearly $450 million contract to Flatiron- …

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Governor Cooper Names Hopkins as New Secretary for North Carolina DOT

RALEIGH, NC — Governor Roy Cooper announces that North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Secretary Eric Boyette is retiring from state government after 27 years of service. Cooper appoints Joseph R. “Joey” Hopkins, current NCDOT Chief Operating Officer, to succeed him.

"Secretary Boyette has served North Carolina with distinction …

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North Carolina DOT Expands Network of Multimodal Options with Rockingham Bypass

The United States interstate system is, among other things, an economic driver. To efficiently facilitate the movement of goods, the interstate system needs to keep up with changing needs. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Rockingham Bypass project focuses on two economically impactful corridors in the state and region. …

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Secretary Buttigieg Names HNTB’s Mendes to USDOT’s Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity

ARLINGTON, VA — HNTB’s Diana Mendes, AICP, has been appointed by Secretary Pete Buttigieg to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity (ACTE) under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Buttigieg re-established the ACTE to provide independent advice and recommendations about issues of civil …

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Route 7 Corridor Improvements Help Commute in Northern Virginia

One of the key east-west roadways through bustling Northern Virginia is Route 7. The route passes through Fairfax County, which borders Maryland and is close to Washington, D.C. Much, but not all, of Route 7 in the area is six lanes. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is nearing completion …

New Leadership Named at State Highway Administration and Maryland Transportation Authority

HANOVER, MD — The Maryland Department of Transportation announces new transportation leadership for the State Highway Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority. Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld announces William Pines PE, PMP, CCM, will serve as the Administrator for the State Highway Administration after serving 11 years at the …

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Governor Glenn Youngkin Celebrates Opening of 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension

RICHMOND, VA — Governor Glenn Youngkin recently celebrated the new, 10-mile extension of the 95 Express Lanes to Fredericksburg opening to mainline traffic at a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

“Our robust economy is getting another boost today as the 95 Express Lanes provide faster, more reliable transportation along one of the …

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $8.8M in Grants to Accelerate Innovation in Highway Projects as Part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces $8.8 million in grants for 10 projects in eight states and the District of Columbia to encourage the use of tools that can improve safety on bridges and in work zones. The grants, which can …

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Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project Wins Innovation of the Year Award from ARTBA

MANASSAS, VA — The Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project was named the 2023 Public-Private Partnership (P3) Project of the Year in the Innovation of the Year category by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The nation’s oldest transportation-related construction group recognized the innovative partnership between I-66 Express …

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Balfour Beatty Awarded $36M Highway Project in Columbus County, North Carolina

WILMINGTON, NC — Balfour Beatty is awarded an approximately $36 million contract on behalf of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to reconstruct the junction of state highways N.C. 87 and N.C. 11 near Sandyfield, which is northwest of Wilmington, North Carolina. Once complete, the project will improve safety …

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Projects in North Carolina and Virginia Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Four state department of transportation (DOT) projects in North Carolina and Virginia won regional awards in the 2023 America’s Transportation Awards competition, created by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes DOTs for making a difference in …

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Maryland DOT SHA Preserves US 301 Bridge Over Chester River

Major bridges in Maryland are inspected every two years by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA). The focus on system preservation has enabled the state to have one of the lowest number of poorly related bridges in the nation. Recently, the northbound U.S. 301 bridge over …

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Archer-United Joint Venture Makes Significant Progress on Wide-Ranging I-26 Midlands Connection Project

Significant progress has taken place toward the completion of the $421 million Midlands Connection project on Interstate 26 in South Carolina, with multiple bridges and one new interchange open to traffic.

“Getting the bridges open was a big deal to the public,” says Ginny Jones, Spokesperson for the South …

Lane Construction Wins $96M Bridge Replacement Project in South Carolina

CHESHIRE, CT — The Lane Construction Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Webuild Group, has been awarded a $96 million contract for a bridge replacement job in Kershaw County, South Carolina.

Commissioned by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), the contract is for replacing the east and westbound …

South Carolina DOT Commission Approves 2024 Pavement Improvement Plan

COLUMBIA, SC — The South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission approved the agency’s 2024 Pavement Improvement Program by adding another $775 million to the previously invested $2.8 billion in pavement improvements across the state of South Carolina since the Strategic 10-Year plan was implemented. This is the seventh year of …

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USACE Awards Contract to Dredge Baltimore Harbor and Channels

BALTIMORE, MD — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, has awarded a $23.9 million contract to Cashman Dredging & Marine Contracting Co. LLC, out of Quincy, Massachusetts, for Baltimore Harbor and channels maintenance dredging for Fiscal Year 2023.

In coordination with the Maryland Department of Transportation …

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I-64 Improvements Under Way in West Virginia

Aiming to improve capacity on Interstate 64 between Nitro and St. Albans, the West Virginia Department of Transportation also expects the $240 million, multiyear project will enhance safety and support economic growth in the region.

“It’s a big project with a lot going on and a lot of coordination,” says …

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FHWA Announces $51.2M Grant for Six Bridge Projects in South Carolina, $72M Grant for Arland D. Williams Jr. Memorial Bridge Project in DC

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently revealed plans to allocate nearly $300 million for nine small- and medium-sized bridge projects in both urban and rural areas. The grants, awarded in eight states and the District of Columbia, are part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Bridge …

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Students Shine During West Virginia DOT Bridge Design and Build Contest

CHARLESTON, WV — Students in West Virginia middle and high schools recently competed in the 2023 West Virginia Bridge Design and Build Contest. The event, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) for over 20 years, was hosted at WVU Institute of Technology Campus in Beckley. There were …

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Construction Underway on Route 29 Improvements in Fairfax, Virginia

FAIRFAX, VA — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Fairfax County broke ground on multimodal improvements along Route 29 (Lee Highway) between Union Mill Road and Buckleys Gate Drive to improve safety, traffic flow, and bicyclist and pedestrian accessibility and connectivity.

The project will reconstruct and widen 1.5 miles …

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The I-440 and Blue Ridge Road Improvements Will Bring Relief to Raleigh Beltline

The population of Raleigh, North Carolina has been growing steadily with the metro area at nearly 1.6 million. Interstate 440, known locally as the Beltline, nearly encircles the center of Raleigh. Just like when a person’s midsection grows, their belt needs to be taken to the next notch over, so …

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Charleston Harbor Becomes Deepest Port on the East Coast with Completion of the Post 45 Harbor Deepening Project

CHARLESTON, SC — Charleston Harbor is now the deepest port on the East Coast at 52 feet. Gov. Henry McMaster, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Tim Scott, Rep. Nancy Mace, state leaders, representatives from the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), and other partner agencies who helped the U.S. Army Corps of …

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Virginia DOT Gives Commuters a Solution for Washington D.C., Congestion with 95 Express Lanes

The area in and around Washington, D.C., is famous for its congestion, including along I-95, the primary north-south economic corridor. There are no reasonable alternatives for users to avoid the severe traffic conditions. Contributing to a solution that provides travelers reliability and choice are the 95 Express Lanes, currently being …

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New Programs for Funding Assistance at the Local Levels of Government

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau has a new funding and resource program designed to help communities launch large projects. It is called Thriving Communities, and it was created by passage of the Appropriations Act. The program will provide an abundance of funding, assistance, and other resources …

Balfour Beatty Awarded $242.35M Design-Build Contract by North Carolina Department of Transportation

HAVELOCK, NC — The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awards Balfour Beatty a $242.35 million design-build contract to deliver improvements to Interstate U.S. 70 between the Havelock Bypass and east of Thurman Road in Craven County. The project will upgrade the 6.4-mile section of U.S. 70 to improve mobility …

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Maryland Governor Announces Appointment of Wiedefeld as Secretary of Transportation

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Governor Wes Moore announces the appointment of Paul J. Wiedefeld as the Maryland Department of Transportation's next Secretary of Transportation.

“Paul is an experienced leader whom I'm proud to have join my team," Moore said. “Maryland deserves transportation options that will make us more competitive and …

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Cox Named Chairman of the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission

COLUMBIA, SC — Tony K. Cox, of Horry County, was named Chairman of the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission at the commission's recent meeting in Columbia, South Carolina.

“I’m honored to serve again as the Chairman of the Commission,” Cox said. “We’re making tremendous progress on our Strategic …

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West Virginia Governor Celebrates Completion of I-70 Bridge Project in Wheeling

WHEELING, WV — Gov. Jim Justice and leaders from the West Virginia Department of Transportation held an event to officially commemorate the completion of the I-70 Bridge Project in Wheeling.

The project, which rehabilitated or replaced 26 bridges and ramps along a seven-mile stretch of I-70 in Wheeling, was the …

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Concrete General Inc., Reconstructs I-70 Bridges Over MD 65 for Safer Truck Travel

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is currently at work on a project in Washington County, which borders Pennsylvania. The project is part of an initiative by former Governor Larry Hogan to address poorly rated structures across Maryland. Nearly 70 bridges across the state are getting upgraded due to the …

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Army Corps, Prince George’s County Sign Partnership Agreement, Moving Anacostia Watershed Restoration into Construction Phase

UPPER MARLBORO, MD — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, and Prince George’s County Department of the Environment (DoE) signed a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) for the Anacostia Watershed Restoration project during a ceremony at the county’s DoE headquarters in Largo, Maryland. The PPA will usher in …

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Alligator River Bridge Replacement Receives $110M Mega Grant from USDOT

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded nearly $1.2 billion to nine projects across the country through the National Infrastructure Project Assistance (Mega) discretionary grant program, made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Mega grant program funds projects that are too large or complex for …

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Carolina Crossroads Program Reconfigures Fast Growing I-20/26/126 Corridor

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is in the middle of a massive project known as the Carolina Crossroads. Located northwest of the state capital, Columbia, the project focuses on an area that has been a sore spot for years. When complete it will make commuting around the capital …

Virginia DOT Announces First Segment of I-64 Widening Project Advances

RICHMOND, VA — Secretary of Transportation Shep Miller announces that the Commonwealth is advancing a long-awaited project to begin widening the 64 Gap — the 29-mile section of Interstate 64 between Richmond and Williamsburg where the highway narrows from three to two lanes in each direction.

“This notoriously congested stretch …

USDOT Announces Nearly $98M in Loans for Safety Improvements on Virginia’s I-81

ROANOKE, VA — The U.S. Department of Transportation announces that its Build America Bureau has provided two low-interest loans totaling $97.6 million to the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CBT), the governing body of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), for improvements to Interstate 81. The Bureau helps communities of all …

Biden-Harris Administration, USDOT Make Available Nearly $9B to Modernize Busiest Passenger Rail Corridor in America

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) making available nearly $9 billion in funding to upgrade and expand passenger rail services along the Northeast Corridor (NEC). These funds will be issued through the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Grant Program …

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North Carolina Project Earns USACE Savannah District Military Construction Team Top-Level Award

FORT BRAGG, NC — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, Military Construction team took home the Gold for the American Concrete Pavement Association’s Military Airports award category during a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, for the Pope Army Airfield runway reconstruction project that was completed within 120 …

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Barnhill Contracting Joins Growing Communities

Infrastructure needs to expand to keep up with a growing population. The need drives many infrastructure projects, including one in North Carolina. By undertaking the Nashville-Rocky Mount projects, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is readying the area for the expected population growth.

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Michael Baker International Selected by CSX Transportation to Lead Program and Construction Management for the Transforming Rail in Virginia Initiative

RICHMOND, VA — Michael Baker International, an engineering, planning, and consulting services company, announces that the firm has been selected by CSX Transportation (CSXT) to lead program and construction management for significant rail enhancement projects as part the Transforming Rail in Virginia (TRV) initiative.

The TRV program represents an …

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I-66 Mega-Project Transforms Mobility in Northern Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the I-66 Express Mobility Partners consortium is nearing the completion of a massive project in Northern Virginia. The years-long ‘Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project’ is sure to have a significant impact on travelers in the area.

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Powell Named Chief of Staff for South Carolina DOT

COLUMBIA, SC — Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall, P.E. announces that Justin Powell, previously the Deputy Secretary for Finance and Administration, will become the Chief of Staff for the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), effective immediately. In this role, Powell will be charged with the oversight and …

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West Virginia Governor Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Wheeling Streetscape Project

WHEELING, WV — Gov. Jim Justice recently joined West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) officials for a ceremony to celebrate the start of a major project to improve safety and beautify downtown Wheeling’s streets.

Work is scheduled to begin the second week of October on the nearly $32-million Wheeling Streetscape …

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West Virginia DOT Refreshes I-70 Corridor With Extensive Bridge Reconstruction Program

Interstate 70, a major east-west highway, runs from Maryland to Utah. It goes through or near multiple major cities, including Wheeling, West Virginia. The city is in the northern part of the state that separates Ohio and Pennsylvania. The West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) is in the middle of …

Michael Baker International Selected by North Carolina DOT for Interstate 95 Widening

ROBESON COUNTY, NC — Michael Baker International announces that the firm has been selected by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to provide construction management and construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services for the widening of Interstate 95 (I-95) in Robeson County, North Carolina. The five-year project will widen …

Six State-Level Departments of Transportation Join Equity in Infrastructure Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At an Equity in Infrastructure Project (EIP) event, the leaders of the departments of transportation of California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, and Michigan signed the EIP Pledge, which is aimed at leveraging infrastructure spending to build wealth in underserved communities. The event was hosted …

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Army Corps, Maryland DOT Sign Agreement to Commence $4B Chesapeake Bay Restoration Project

BALTIMORE, MD — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently signed a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) for the $4-billion Mid-Chesapeake Bay ecosystem restoration project at MDOT Headquarters.

The PPA — signed by Col. Estee Pinchasin, Baltimore District Commander, and …

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Biden-Harris Administration Sending States Nearly $60B from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for America’s Roads and Bridges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces that it has released $59.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2023 apportionments for 12 formula programs to support investment in critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and tunnels, carbon emission reduction, and safety improvements utilizing funding from President …

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Local, State Leaders Break Ground on U.S. 17 Widening Project

WILLIAMSTON, NC — An $86-million project to widen 10.6 miles of U.S. 17 in Martin and Beaufort counties is officially underway today after a groundbreaking event in Williamston.

Local leaders from Martin and Beaufort counties joined representatives from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in the ceremony at the …

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Four Projects in Virginia, West Virginia, and South Carolina Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Four state department of transportation projects in Virginia, West Virginia, and South Carolina won regional awards in the 2022 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The competition recognizes state DOTs for making a …

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Lane Construction Addresses Congestion Issues on I-40/I-77 With New Interchange Configuration

Growing traffic along aging infrastructure is a common occurrence and the genesis of many construction projects. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is working on the I-40/77 Interchange due to increases in traffic.

Interstates I-40 and I-77 intersect in Statesville, which is west-central North Carolina. A critical component of …

Maryland DOT Releases Record $19.9B Draft Six-Year Capital Budget Plan

HANOVER, MD — The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) releases its Draft Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) for fiscal years 2023 to 2028, outlining a record $19.9-billion six-year investment to replace and repair aging infrastructure, expand transit opportunities, assist Maryland's economic recovery, and preserve and expand the state's transportation network.

The …

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Webber Awarded $283M Contract to Widen I-95 in North Carolina

Construction is set to begin in early October for Section B of the Interstate 95 widening, a project that was recently awarded to Webber LLC of The Woodlands, Texas. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded the contract, which will widen the interstate from its present four lanes to …

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Reconstructed MD 273 Bridge Over Big Elk Creek Creates Safer Pedestrian Crossing in Fair Hill

When thinking about infrastructure, most people envision roads, bridges, and tunnels that enable traffic to flow. Infrastructure, however, is also for the benefit of pedestrians. A Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) project – the MD 273 (Telegraph Road) Bridge over Big Elk Creek – will help …

Baltimore City DPW Director Announces Luna as New Deputy Director

BALTIMORE, MD — Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Jason W. Mitchell announces the selection of Richard J. Luna as DPW’s new Deputy Director. As Deputy Director, Luna will manage DPW’s administrative operations.

Luna began his municipal government career in 2013 and brings nearly a decade of municipal …

North Carolina Announces Record $789.4M for Drinking Water and Wastewater Project Funding Statewide

RALEIGH, NC — Governor Roy Cooper announces that communities statewide will receive a record $789.4 million in water and wastewater infrastructure funding to help pay for 385 projects statewide, including 140 construction projects.

“Clean drinking water is necessary for healthy families and thriving communities and businesses," Cooper said. "The historic …

Woolpert-RS&H Joint Venture Selected by USACE Norfolk for $240M Architecture, Engineering Contract

NORFOLK, VA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District has selected the joint venture of Woolpert and RS&H to provide full architecture and engineering services in a five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. The Woolpert-RS&H JV will provide design support to vertical and horizontal construction requirements within …

New Division 11 Engineer Returns to North Carolina DOT Roots

NORTH WILKESBORO, NC — An engineer who began his career in Division 11, and Caldwell County native, is returning to lead the eight-county region for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Michael Poe, P.E., recently accepted a promotion to Division 11 Engineer following the retirement of Mike Pettyjohn …

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North Carolina DOT Awards Final Segment of Fayetteville Outer Loop Project, Construction is Set to Begin this Month

After a three-year delay, construction for the final segment of the long-awaited Fayetteville Outer Loop will begin this month following the recent awarding of the $151.8-million contract. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded the contract to Branch Civil Inc. of Roanoke, Virginia.

The five-mile segment will be constructed …

Biden Signs Inflation Reduction Act into Law, $5B in Funding to Drive Low-Carbon Procurement in Buildings and Construction

The largest federal climate investment in U.S. history was made on August 16, after President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. The act aims to fight climate change and address record inflation.

The IRA includes policies that will invest in U.S. energy production, reduce carbon emissions, …

More than 40 Industry Organizations Support Extending Buy America, Build America Act Waiver

When the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was passed back in November 2021, it expanded Buy America, Build America Act (BABAA) coverage to include certain construction materials used on federal-aid highway and transit projects. This was intended to strengthen Made in America requirements by ensuring projects use American-made iron, …

I-77 Panther Interchange Brings Economic and Transportation Benefits to Growing Area of Northeastern South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is in the middle of the I-77 Panther Interchange Design-Build Project. Located in York County, the Northeastern part of the state, near the border of North Carolina, the project offers both transportation and economic benefits.

I-77, a north-south highway, runs from the center …

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Additional Transportation Funding Provided by the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act Allows for Needed Improvements to US Roads, Bridges, and Transit

WASHINGTON, DC — Despite the increase in transportation funding provided by the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in November 2021, the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems remain significantly underfunded and will require increased investment for needed improvements and repairs. Fees on highway users continue …

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President Biden and USDOT Announce $1.2B for Highways in Rural Appalachia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Biden and the U.S. Department of Transportation announce more than $1.2 billion for the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) toward the timely completion of designated corridors in 11 states in the Appalachian region.

Under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, annual funding for the ADHS will increase …

Army Corps to Receive $62M for Infrastructure, Disaster Relief Projects in Chesapeake Bay Region

BALTIMORE, MD — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, will receive approximately $62 million in supplemental funding to support critical missions over several years across the Chesapeake Bay region, including local dredging projects; completion of the District of Columbia flood risk management project; mitigation work associated with …

U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Announces Over $241M in Grants for America’s Ports

PORTSMOUTH, VA — The U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary announces the award of more than $241 million in discretionary grant funding for 25 projects to improve port facilities in 19 states and one territory through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).

These grants demonstrate rapid action on …

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg Announces Nearly $1B in Grant Awards for America's Infrastructure

CHARLOTTE, NC — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announces that the Biden Administration will invest nearly $1 billion in American infrastructure through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grants program. The funding has been awarded to 90 projects in 47 states and the District of …

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Crowder Named New District Engineer for Virginia DOT's Bristol District

RICHMOND, VA — Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Chief Deputy Commissioner Robert Cary, P.E., L.S., announces that Tabitha Crowder, P.E., has been selected as the agency’s new Bristol District Engineer.

“Tabitha’s expansive range in engineering and government experience, paired with her strong ties to the Bristol District, will …

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West Virginia DOT Improves I-64 Over Kanawha River

Completing an infrastructure project involves coordinating multiple moving parts. For the Nitro-St. Albans I-64 Improvement project, which is taking place just outside of Charleston, West Virginia, the team has an excessive number of entities to coordinate. The West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) and the team assembled for the five-phase …

$50M Investment in Transportation Enhancements Announced for Baltimore's East-West Corridor

BALTIMORE, MD — The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) announce a partnership to facilitate faster and more reliable transit trips and strengthen multimodal connections along an east-west corridor that runs from the Fox Ridge community in eastern Baltimore …

USDOT Announces up to $338.6M TIFIA Loan for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel - Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project

NORFOLK, VA — The U.S. Department of Transportation announces that its Build America Bureau (the Bureau) has provided a direct Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan in the amount of up to $338.6 million to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel District for the construction of the Parallel Thimble …

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Virginia DOT and Shirley Contracting Company Expand Route 7 Near Washington DC to Accommodate Growing Traffic

Located in Northern Virginia and part of the suburban ring of Washington DC, Fairfax County has experienced dynamic growth. The county, which is the economic powerhouse of the state, has seen an expansion of buildings and businesses. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is in the midst of a project …

USDOT Announces up to $1.66B TIFIA Loan for the New Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Project

HAMPTON ROADS, VA — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces that its Build America Bureau has provided a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) direct loan in the amount of up to $1.66 billion to Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) for the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (HRBT) …

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Maryland DOT Releases Draft Six-Year Capital Budget for FY 2022 - FY 2027

HANOVER, MD — The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently released its Draft FY 2022 – FY 2027 Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), which details MDOT's $16.4-billion six-year capital budget. The Draft CTP outlines investments in each of MDOT's transportation business units funded by the Transportation Trust Fund, including: Maryland Aviation …

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SCDOT Moves Forward with Phase 2 of Carolina Crossroads

COLUMBIA, SC — The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces that it is moving forward with a $127-million contract to build Phase 2 of the Carolina Crossroads project. This contract comes just three months after a $210-million contract for Phase 1 was awarded and brings the total amount currently …

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Virginia DOT Undertakes Largest Highway Construction Project in its History with $3.3B Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion

To ease a daily commuter backup averaging six miles – and even greater congestion during the peak summer season – the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) undertook the largest highway construction project in the history of the Commonwealth. The $3.3 billion Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion project between Norfolk and …

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South Carolina DOT Moves Forward with Carolina Crossroads Phase 1

COLUMBIA, SC — Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall has signed the contract for the Carolina Crossroads Phase I project in Columbia. The signing formalizes the partnership between the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and the Archer-United joint venture (Archer Western and United Infrastructure) for the Phase …

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Fitts-Woolard Hall at North Carolina State University Brings Engineering All Together

The new $137 million Fitts-Woolard Hall at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, built by Skanska USA Building, brings the majority of engineering students and faculty to the college’s Centennial Campus.

“Future engineering students are going to have this amazing resource,” says V. Cameron Smith, Senior Director of Capital …

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UMA to Break North Carolina DOT Record for Largest Square Footage of Soil Nail Wall

COLFAX, NC — UMA Geotechnical Construction, a North Carolina-based geotechnical contractor serving the Mid-Atlantic Region, is working on a project that will become the largest square footage of soil nail walls done under a single contract in North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) history. The contractor is on track …

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Bizzack Construction Partners with Virginia DOT for Multiphase Corridor Q Program

When the economy is going through a downturn, politicians often look to infrastructure projects to stimulate it. The goal is to get people working and money flowing through the system – while striving to improve the country’s poorly rated infrastructure. Beyond the near immediate economic impact infrastructure has, there are …

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Biden Nominates Pete Buttigieg as U.S. DOT Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). The former two-term South Bend, Indiana, mayor (2012 to January 2020) was a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year. He withdrew from the race and endorsed Biden …

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North Carolina DOT Aids Interconnectivity With Macy Grove Road Improvements

Keep the traffic moving. That’s the goal that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has for the Macy Grove Road Improvements project. The project is taking place in and around the town of Kernersville (population of approximately 25,000), which is in the north central part of the state and …

North Carolina DOT Completes Major Mountain Highway Project

SPRUCE PINE, NC — North Carolina Department of Transportation officials announced the completion of a major project to widen eight miles of U.S. 19E from its intersection with N.C. 80 in Yancey County to the multi-lane section of highway just west of Spruce Pine in Mitchell County.

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Whitworth and Christopher Join the South Carolina DOT Commission

COLUMBIA, SC — Nancy Whitworth, of Greenville, has been sworn in as the new South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commissioner as a Governor's At-Large Appointee. She replaces Kristen Blanchard who resigned from the commission in February 2020.

Whitworth was the Deputy City Manager and Director of Economic Development …

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Three North Carolina Transportation Projects Among Best in Southeast

RALEIGH, NC — Three transportation projects in North Carolina are among the best in the Southeast, according to a regional transportation organization.

The Surf City Bridge Replacement, the Marc Basnight Bridge/Herbert C. Bonner Bridge Replacement, and a project to use drones to deliver health care supplies were recognized with America’s …

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District DOT and Virginia Mark Milestone of Long Bridge Project to Expand Regional Rail Transportation Network

WASHINGTON, D.C. — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam, through their respective transportation agencies, announce a major milestone for the Long Bridge Project to expand passenger and commercial rail capacity along the east coast. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail …

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North Carolina DOT Widens I-26 for a Better Route Near Asheville Passage

The Blue Ridge Mountains, which are part of the Appalachian Trail, extend over 600 miles. They run north to Pennsylvania and south to Georgia. Near the mountains is Asheville, North Carolina, and I-26. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is widening the highly traveled interstate to free up congestion …

Virginia DOT's I-81 Operational Improvements Receive National Recognition for Operations Excellence

RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has been named a Top 12 national finalist in the America’s Transportation Awards competition sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. VDOT’s I-81 Corridor Operations Expansion Program won in …

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Gov. Justice Announces $20M in Paving Projects Across West Virginia

HARRISON COUNTY, WV — Gov. Jim Justice recently joined leaders with the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) for an event at North Central West Virginia Airport, where he announced that more than $20 million will be spent on paving projects, all across the state, as part of the Governor's …

Transportation Projects Honored in 2020 North Carolina DOT Mobi Awards

RALEIGH, NC — The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently honored communities that developed the state’s best multimodal projects, including a public transportation service in Shelby and a bridge with a multi-use path connecting Surf City to Topsail Island.

The NCDOT Mobi Awards, which started last year, honor transportation …

Virginia DOT Awarded More Than $4.5M in Federal Grants

RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) was recently awarded two federal grants totaling more than $4.5 million to enhance safety, improve congestion and incident management, and predict parking availability.

“With these grant awards, the federal government recognizes the Commonwealth’s commitment to developing innovative solutions to transportation challenges,” …

U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao Announces Over $273M in Grants to 184 Airports in 41 States, Six Territories

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announces that the Trump Administration will award more than $273 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 41 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall …

City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department Selects Dewberry for 2020 Contract

RALEIGH, NC — Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, announces that it has been selected to provide on-call engineering design services by the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources (PRCR) department. The firm has held the contract for the last four years.

Under the contract, the …

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South Carolina DOT Provides Update on Strategic 10-Year Plan

COLUMBIA, SC — The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has increased its work program with $3.2 billion in construction projects statewide, according to Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall, who recently updated the South Carolina Senate Transportation Committee on the agency's strategic 10-year plan to improve South Carolina's roads …

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Virginia DOT Celebrates Opening of Jones Branch Connector

TYSONS, VA — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Fairfax County recently celebrated a joint effort to construct a crucial new link for drivers, transit users, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Scotts Crossing Road, a half-mile of new roadway and bridges over the Capital Beltway from Jones Branch Drive to Route …

Maryland DOT Projects Win Awards at Annual Maryland Quality Initiative Conference

BALTIMORE, MD — Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) projects received 17 awards at the recent Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) conference at the Baltimore Convention Center. The MdQI Awards of Excellence recognized project teams and private sector partners for exceptional projects in 2019.

MdQI, a consortium of agencies and associations representing …

Cox Named Chairman of South Carolina DOT Commission, Fishburne Named Vice Chairman

COLUMBIA, SC — Tony K. Cox was named Chairman of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission at the commission's recent meeting in Columbia. J. Barnwell Fishburne, Commissioner representing the 6th Congressional District, was named Vice Chairman of the Commission.

Cox, representing the 7th Congressional District, has been …

USDOT Announces up to $501.5M Loan for the Complete 540 Project in Raleigh

RALEIGH, NC — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau will provide up to a $501.5-million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) to help finance the Complete 540 Project in the …

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South Carolina DOT Opens Final Ramp of 85/385 Gateway Project

GREENVILLE, SC — South Carolina Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall recently announced the opening of the final, new ramp of the 85/385 Gateway Project during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Greenville, South Carolina.

"We are excited to deliver the final configuration of this new, modern interchange to the more than …

USDOT Announces up to $502.9M Loan for Infrastructure Projects in Hampton Roads, Virginia

HAMPTON ROADS, VA — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Build America Bureau will provide up to a $502.9-million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC) in Virginia to help finance several …

Gov. Justice Approves Award of I-64 Nitro/St. Albans Bridge Project

PUTNAM COUNTY, WV — While overlooking the Interstate 64 Nitro/St. Albans Bridge, Gov. Jim Justice and leaders from the West Virginia Department of Transportation announced that the contract for the major project to expand and revamp the I-64 Nitro/St. Albans Bridge has been awarded to the joint venture of Brayman …

North Carolina DOT Secures BUILD Grant to Reconstruct Part of I-95

RALEIGH, NC — Because of a $22.5-million federal grant recently awarded, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to widen and improve 27 miles of Interstate 95 in Robeson and Cumberland counties. It is the second major federal grant the NCDOT has received since the summer of 2018 to …

North Carolina DOT Awards Contract for Rockingham Bypass

RALEIGH, NC — State transportation officials have awarded a contract to begin constructing an interstate bypass of Rockingham in Richmond County. Vecellio & Grogan Inc. of Beckley, West Virginia, was awarded the contract at $146.1 million.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) proposes to construct a 7.2-mile bypass on …

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Announces $900M Historic Investment in American Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. The funding has been awarded to 55 projects in 35 states.

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Collette, North Carolina DOT’s First Female Division Engineer, to Retire

WILMINGTON, NC — When Karen Collette retires this month from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), it will mark the end of a milestone career for the agency’s first and, so far, only female Division Engineer.

But Collette said she is prouder of the work to improve North Carolina’s …

Gov. Justice Celebrates Progress of Roads to Prosperity Program as Bridge Project Nears Completion

BRIDGEPORT, WV — From a grassy hill, overlooking construction on the U.S. Navy PO 1st Class Kevin S. Rux Memorial Bridge in Bridgeport, Gov. Jim Justice and leaders with the West Virginia Department of Transportation held an event to celebrate the amount of road work that has been completed in …

Maryland DOT and Business Units Have Won Nearly 300 Awards Since January 2015

HANOVER, MD — From a project that replaced an antiquated Eastern Shore bridge to another that established a one-stop shop for payment of vehicle insurance fees, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues to win acclaim for its initiatives and innovations. Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn announces that MDOT has …

USDOT Announces $157M in Infrastructure Grants to 34 Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) will award $157 million in airport infrastructure grants to 34 airports in 19 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the sixth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation …

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Balfour Beatty Awarded $203M Contract by North Carolina DOT for U.S. 70 Improvement Project

WILMINGTON, NC — Balfour Beatty has been awarded a $203-million design-build contract by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to improve traffic on a 5.1-mile stretch of U.S. 70 in James City in Craven County. The project will upgrade the section of U.S. 70, which is one of the …

USDOT Announces $321.4M for Federal Lands and Tribal Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration announces recipients of $321.4 million in Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP) grants. These are the first grants awarded under the program and will help build and repair roads and bridges that serve tribal or …

USDOT Announces $705.7M in Emergency Relief for Road and Bridge Repairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces more than $705.7 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 34 states, as well as American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and …