Congressional inaction blamed for languishing Spokane highway project

The North Spokane Corridor (NSC), a multi-billion-dollar project to extend a highway north, around Spokane, Washington, is at a stand-still, half-built, and U.S. Department of Transportation officials blame Congress. The 10.5-mile section of road is meant to connect the US-395 highway with Interstate 90, providing an alternate route through north Spokane and relieving traffic in the area. Read More »

Infrastructure builders group targets EPA's Waters of the U.S. Rule

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) added another angry voice on Wednesday to the chorus of industry interests decrying the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the U.S. Rule, which aims to protect key watersheds in the U.S. and outlines which rivers, streams, lakes and marshes fall under the jurisdiction of the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers. Read More »

Consumer group laments transportation-funding quick fixes

The most recent extension on funding for federal transportation projects is the 33rd measure of its kind passed by Congress in the past six years, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) said on Wednesday.The PIRG said Congress has been using these extensions since the original 2009 expiration of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). Read More »

Senators unveil federal grant for Maine highway projects

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), chairwoman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King (I-ME) said on Thursday that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has approved funds for the Maine Department of Transportation to build the Interstate 95 Trafton Road Interchange located in Waterville, Maine. Read More »