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Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

PBS Newshour: Should the private sector help rebuild American infrastructure?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

As the U.S. grapples with a growing list of transportation infrastructure needs and limited public funds, more states are looking to public-private partnerships as a means of fixing and replacing aging bridges, tunnels and roads. But is there a downside for taxpayers? NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker reports.

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Richmond, VA: Bicycle Infrastructure Report

Friday, March 25th, 2016
Total Bikeway Miles By Year

THE FUTURE OF BICYCLING IN THE RICHMOND REGION LOOKS BRIGHT. New plans for building a network of bikeways in the region provide a strong foundation for connecting people of all ages and abilities who want or need to ride a bike.

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Outstanding Engineering: Virginia’s I-95 Express Lanes

Monday, March 21st, 2016
Outstanding Engineering: Virginia's I-95 Express Lanes

The 14-mile I-95 Express Lanes project is the nation’s first retrofit of an existing reversible two-lane HOV system into a high-occupancy toll (HOT) roadway. The project team designed operational improvements to the existing six-mile HOV segment from Dumfries to the Prince William Parkway, along with an additional eight-mile extension into Stafford County.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Johan Henriksson, Executive Vice President, Skanska Infrastructure Development

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Johan Henriksson was recently appointed Executive Vice President of Skanska Infrastructure Development…In May 2015, Skanska and its LaGuardia Gateway Partners team were selected as the preferred bidder to work with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to redevelop LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal Building. The company is also working on the I-4 Ultimate Project in Orlando, which is currently the largest transportation project underway in Florida, and theElizabeth River Tunnels project underneath the Elizabeth River in Virginia.

“The PPP Structure I think is a very good solution for many projects…it’s about, I think, daring to look outside the box here and trying to look at new potential solutions to solve old problems, and not always using the same old tools that have always been used, the public financing.”

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Virginia DOT: Shirley Highway After 65 Years

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Take a walk with VDOT down Memory Lane to see what Shirley Highway, now Interstate 395, in northern Virginia used to be like.

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Virginia: Local Government Funding and Financing of Roads

Monday, November 17th, 2014
Figure 2. Local Funding Sources for Highway Projects Nationally, 2003-2012. The data used for this figure were compiled from the data in Table LGF-1 in the 2003-2012 editions of Highway Statistics (Federal Highway Administration, n.d.).

…the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has historically funded, constructed, and maintained all public roads. With the exceptions of Alaska, Delaware, North Carolina, and West Virginia, this is in contrast to other states, which have state oversight of primary roads but local control of and funding responsibility for secondary (or county) roads…This has spurred some localities to seek ways to obtain local funding to continue their priority projects.

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Virginia DOT: Introducing the Flashing Yellow Arrow

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Virginia DOT describes the purpose and operation of the flashing yellow arrow, now being installed in various locations in Virginia.

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Virginia DOT: Profile of a Pothole Hunter

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

VDOT’s resident pothole hunter Phil Itkwik looks to the past – “Leave no hole unfilled” is his motto as another pothole season is upon the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Goshen, VA: Story of the Goshen Bridge

Monday, February 10th, 2014

In the 1890s, the tiny Rockbridge County community of Goshen was being transformed into the Iron Center of the South. At the heart of town an elaborate steel bridge was constructed to be a symbol of the wealth that awaited investors. Within three years the boom went bust. Over time, icons of Goshen’s heyday disappeared—except for the steel bridge. But more than a century of use had left the structure a rusting relic. This 2004 video traces the unique history of the Goshen Bridge, its importance to the community, and VDOT’s work to preserve and restore this important landmark.

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Implementing Public Private Partnerships During Challenging Economic Times

Monday, January 6th, 2014
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How has the 2008 Economic Crisis impacted the design, financing, and construction of highway public–private partnership (PPP or P3) projects in the United States? In December 2007, on the eve of the economic crisis, the Virginia legislature approved a P3 to construct a 14-mile (22.5 km) high occupancy toll (HOT) road (the 495 Express Lanes) to alleviate heavy traffic on the Capital Beltway around Washington, DC. This case study looks at the impact the 2008 Economic Crisis and associated economic challenges between 2008 and 2012 had on this project and considers what governments and other stakeholders should be aware of when implementing P3s during adverse economic times.

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