Yellow Vest protests and attacks on photo enforcement ebb in France while photo radar attacks pick up in England, Italy and Saudi Arabia.
Senate leaders expect this week to begin considering the first part of the governor’s state highway maintenance and construction plan. Sen. Terry Rice, R-Waldron, on Thursday introduced Senate Bill 336, which would raise about $95 million annually for the Arkansas Department of Transportation with a new wholesale fuel tax; increased license fees on hybrid and electric cars; and an infusion of other state revenue, including casino gambling receipts.
Corpus Christi’s Harbor Bridge Project is showing good progress, even though it isn’t scheduled to be completed until 2020, mySA reports. Street bridges, ramps, and pedestrian bridges being constructed near downtown are all part of the $1 billion project. When completed, the new Harbor Bridge, which connects Corpus Christi to North Shore communities, will be taller than the old bridge built in 1959. This will allow larger ships into the Port of Corpus Christi, which is expected to have a positive economic impact on the city.
The Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) plans to invest $160 million in revenue to kickstart delayed projects and move ahead with a fistful of initiatives to help its ailing infrastructure. On February 13, Gov. Laura Kelly joined Kansas Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz in announcing the plans, which are included in the governor’s fiscal year 2020 budget for transportation. The $160 million comes from reducing the amount of money transferred out of the State Highway Fund, the governor’s office says in a press release. Since 2011, more than $2 billion has been transferred out of the State Highway Fund, causing costly project delays, reduced highway preservation work, a decline in the health of the Kansas highway system and an inability to plan for future projects, the governor says. “With this $160 million in revenue, we will strengthen our highway system, take steps towards completing T-WORKS, and provide resources to communities across the state,” says Kelly.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine got a Valentine’s Day request from 36 Ohio transportation groups. The ask: $150 million in the next budget cycle. The groups sent a letter to DeWine, who has made transportation infrastructure funding one of his top priorities. Signees include Cincinnati’s Better Bus Coalition, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627, which represents Cincinnati bus drivers, and MOVE Ohio – all groups fed up by a push for more infrastructure funding that seems to exclude public transit, bicyclists and pedestrians. “While your priorities must include funding to maintain safe roads and bridges, Ohio needs more,” the letter states.