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Governor Gianforte Announces Dorrington as Director of Montana DOT

HELENA, MT — Governor Greg Gianforte announces the appointment of Chris Dorrington as Director of the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT).

“Chris Dorrington is a changemaker,” Gianforte said. “Bringing his previous experience at the agency and exceptional ability to lead, I have total confidence in him as he takes the …

$25M Federal RAISE Grant Awarded for Project on the Alaska Highway

ANCHORAGE, AK — Alaskans traveling the Alaska Highway through the Canadian Yukon will see an improved highway after the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) secured a $25 million RAISE grant, resulting in full federal funding for the Shakwak Project along the northern section of the Alaska Highway. …

AECOM Selected as Lead Designer for Portage Bay Bridge Replacement in Seattle, Washington

SEATTLE, WA — AECOM, an infrastructure consulting firm, announces it will serve as Lead Designer for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) SR 520 Portage Bay Bridge and Roanoke Lid Project, as part of a design-build team led by Skanska. The project calls for replacing the …

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US Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Tours Infrastructure Projects in Western Montana

MISSOULA, MT — As part of the Biden-Harris Administration's ongoing Investing in America Tour, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg traveled to Western Montana to see progress on transportation and infrastructure projects that are underway thanks to President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. During his time in Montana, Buttigieg …

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Skanska, Washington State DOT Break Ground on I-405/Brickyard to SR 527 Improvement Project

SEATTLE, WA — Skanska, together with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Sound Transit, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the I-405/Brickyard to SR 527 Improvement Project. This project will expand and make operational improvements to 4.5 miles of the I-405 corridor in Bothell, Washington, with construction slated …

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Sundt Selected to Build ITD's Heyburn Interchange

HEYBURN, ID — Sundt Construction was recently selected by the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to build the Heyburn Interchange in Heyburn, Idaho.

“We are happy to continue our partnership with the Idaho Transportation Department,” said Jasen Bennie, Sundt Vice President and Intermountain Regional Manager. “Once complete, the project will …

Jacobs Selected to Design Critical Freight Corridor in Washington State

SEATTLE, WA — Jacobs was selected by the Washington State Department of Transportation as lead designer for the SR 509 Stage 2 Completion Project. This project, part of the Puget Sound Gateway Program, will complete a crucial part of the state's transportation network between I-5 and SR 509, creating vital …

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ARROW Program Initiates Drone Operations in Yukon Kuskokwim to Boost Community Infrastructure and Safety

BETHEL, AK — The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF), under the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grant Program, announces the deployment of the Alaska Rural Remote Operations Work Plan (ARROW) in Bethel, Alaska. This week, ARROW has begun utilizing advanced …

Alaska and Yukon Collaborate to Improve the Alaska Highway

ANCHORAGE, AK — In a display of cross-border cooperation and shared commitment to regional connectivity, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) announces a collaboration with the Yukon Territory to improve the northern portion of the Alaska Highway. Bolstered by $31 million in funding from the Statewide Transportation …

USDOT Announces Closing of First Loan to Support Transit-Oriented Development in Washington

MT. VERNON, WA — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces that its Build America Bureau has approved its first Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) TIFIA loan for up to $26.8 million for the Mt. Vernon Library Commons Project in Washington state. The project includes a multi-use building with a public library, …

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Mayor Harrell Proposes $1.35B Transportation Levy for Safe, Reliable, and Connected Seattle

SEATTLE, WA — Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell recently unveiled an eight-year, $1.35 billion transportation levy proposal draft for public input. The proposal recommends more funding to repair bridges, repave streets, connect neighborhoods to light rail, build sidewalks, and make getting around Seattle safer. The Mayor will share his final proposal …

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Skanska Selected to Rebuild Portage Bay Bridge in Seattle

SEATTLE, WA — Skanska, a global construction and development firm, announces it has signed a contract with the Washington State Department of Transportation to replace the Portage Bay Bridge and create a lidded segment in the city of Seattle’s North Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The $1.4 billion design-build project will …

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Montana Department of Transportation’s MT 83 Reconstruction Promises Safer Travel Along Salmon Lake

Montana Highway 83 (MT 83), snaking between the east side of Salmon Lake and a mountain in the Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area, provides access to recreation areas and serves as a popular bicycle route. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is rebuilding MT 83 to enhance roadway safety.

The …

Alaska DOT&PF Announces 2022-2025 CTP and TAP Community Project Awards

ANCHORAGE, AK — The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) announces the 2022-2025 Community Transportation Program (CTP) and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) awards.

“The CTP and TAP programs enhance transportation infrastructure, promote safety, and improve connectivity across Alaska,” DOT&PF Commissioner Ryan Anderson said.

The CTP focuses on the …

Federal Highway Administration Approves Alaska DOT&PF STIP

ANCHORAGE, AK — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration issued an approval of the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) four-year spending plan. FHWA identified six out of the 234 projects and programs submitted, to be addressed in subsequent amendments.

The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program …

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The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Receives $450M in Federal Grant Funding

PORTLAND, OR — The U.S. Department of Transportation announces that the Oregon Department of Transportation's (ODOT) I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project is the recipient of its Reconnecting Neighborhoods and Communities Grant in the amount of $450 million.

“We are grateful for the support of the Biden Administration. Receiving the …

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Idaho Transportation Department to Improve Safety and Capacity with US 95 Expansion Project

Focused on increasing capacity and enhancing safety, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has launched a project to expand U.S. 95 to four lanes from Thorn Creek Road to Moscow.

“It will improve safety, and it also will be a faster route for the public and improve efficiency,” said Howard Cooley …

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $10M in Grants to Improve Four Airports in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, AK — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $9.9 million from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to four airports in Alaska. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will make this announcement as part of the administration’s Investing in America tour. Last summer, Buttigieg was in Alaska …

Idaho Transportation Department Names Johnson New Division Administrator of Engineering Services

BOISE, ID — Michael Johnson has been appointed as the Idaho Transportation Department's (ITD) new Division Administrator of Engineering Services by Director Scott Stokes. Johnson has been part of the ITD management team as an Engineering Manager for the bridge delivery program since 2018. As Division Administrator, Johnson …

Governor Gianforte Announces Director Transition at the Montana Department of Transportation

HELENA, MT — Governor Greg Gianforte announces Mack Long, who led the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), has retired. MDT Deputy Director Larry Flynn will serve as MDT's Interim Director. "I'm grateful to Mack for his leadership at MDT and his service to the people of Montana," Gianforte said. …

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USACE, City of Nome Sign Partnership Agreement for Port Modification Project

NOME, AK — Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Alaska District and City of Nome conducted a signing ceremony in Nome for an agreement between the two stakeholders that advances the construction of the Port of Nome Modification Project. Officially known as a "project partnership agreement," the …

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Oregon DOT Revamps Route 99E with Roadway Improvements in Downtown Halsey

Nestled midway between Eugene and Salem, Oregon, is the town of Halsey, where Route 99E runs through the Willamette Valley. The small town and route are slightly west of I-5 (parallels 99E). To update the portion of 99E going through Halsey, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is currently working …

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $64.2M Grant for a New Bus Rapid Transit Line in Seattle

SEATTLE, WA — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces a $64.2 million construction grant award to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to support a bus rapid transit line that will provide service between downtown Seattle, the University of Washington (UW), and other destinations in …

Construction at System Interchange Halfway Complete in Pocatello, Idaho

POCATELLO, ID — The historic rebuild of the System Interchange in Pocatello is nearing the halfway point, and motorists will continue to see progress in the coming year. Major milestones for the upcoming season include building five new bridges and demolishing one bridge. Bridges will be constructed to carry southbound …

Oregon Ranks Fourth in US for Climate-Focused Transportation Policies and Funding

SALEM, OR — Oregon is ranked fourth in the nation for transportation policies and funding that improve equity, public health, and climate change outcomes, according to a report published by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report assessed states on several metrics to create a final scorecard ranking out of …

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Gibson Appointed to Lead Division of Facilities Services for Alaska DOT&PF

FAIRBANKS, AK — State of Alaska facilities will be led by Daniel “Danny” Gibson, who recently accepted the position of Director, Division of Facility Services (DFS) for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF). Gibson most recently served as DFS Division Operations Manager. Gibson attended the University …

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Alaska DOT&PF Nears Completion on Richardson Highway Resurfacing Project

To ensure the state’s critical infrastructure remains in good condition, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is nearing completion of the Richardson Highway MP 40-51 Resurfacing project.

Running 366 miles from Valdez to Fairbanks, Richardson Highway was Alaska’s first major long-distance road and is still regularly used …

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Washington State DOT Expands I-90 Through Cascade Range

Interstate 90 traverses the entire United States. The 3,000-plus mile road runs between Seattle and Boston. The Snoqualmie Pass, which is a little over 50 miles from Seattle via I-90 and situated by the Keechelus Lake, is a mountain pass through which I-90 goes through the Cascade Range. The Washington …

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Partnership Agreement Launches Erosion Protection Project Along Kenai River

KENAI, AK — Witnessed by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Michael Connor, and Gov. Mike Dunleavy, the Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) – Alaska District endorsed an agreement that advances construction of the Kenai Bluffs Bank Stabilization Project during a ceremony …

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SH 16 Expansion Gives Idaho’s Treasure Valley Improved Access to the North and South

Idaho’s Treasure Valley is in the western area of the state. It includes four of the state’s six largest cities, including the capital, Boise. Approximately 40 percent of the state population lives in the Treasure Valley, and three of its cities were among the 15 fastest growing in the U.S. …

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Alaska DOT&PF Announces Holland as New Central Region Director

ANCHORAGE, AK — Sean Holland, P.E. has accepted the Central Region position at the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF). Holland steps into his new role November 7, replacing Acting Director and Deputy Commissioner John Binder.

As the Central Region Director, Holland will be responsible for leading …

Alaska DOT&PF Takes Steps to Enhance Safety Along Steese, Richardson, and Alaska Highways

FAIRBANKS, AK — Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is taking immediate steps to enhance highway safety along the Alaska, Steese, and Richardson Highways in preparation for the planned Tetlin to Ft. Knox ore haul, scheduled to start in January 2024.

Safety improvements include short and long-term actions …

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Secretary Buttigieg Visits Alaska, Highlights Biden Administration's Investments in Rural and Tribal Transportation and Supply Chain Infrastructure

ANCHORAGE, AK — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg recently traveled to Alaska on a three-day infrastructure investment tour where he learned about the state’s unique transportation needs, including in its rural and Tribal areas, where airports, ports, roads, ferries, and more play a critical role in the movement of …

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Utqiagvik Coastal Erosion Project Achieves Major Federal Milestone

UTQIAGVIK, AK — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Alaska District conducted a ceremonial signing event recognizing the official agreement between stakeholders for the planned construction of the Barrow Coastal Erosion Project near Utqiagvik. Sen. Dan Sullivan and North Slope Borough representatives attended the event and provided remarks at …

Skanska Selected by Washington State DOT as Contractor for the I-405, Brickyard to SR 527 Improvement Project in Bothell, Washington

SEATTLE, WA — Skanska, a global construction and development firm, announces it has signed a contract with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to expand and make operational improvements to 4.5 miles of the I-405 corridor in Bothell, Washington.

The purpose of the I-405, Brickyard to SR 527 …

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USACE Alaska District Welcomes Sauceda as New Chief of Engineering Division

ANCHORAGE, AK — James Sauceda assumes duties as the Chief of the Engineering, Construction, and Operations Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District.

In his new position, Sauceda leads a team of more than 200 personnel responsible for the execution of engineering, construction, and operations …

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Washington State DOT Opens Colman Dock Entry Building and Elevated Walkway

SEATTLE , WA — Washington State Ferries (WSF) recently opened its new Colman Dock entry building and elevated walkway, connecting walk-on passengers to the ferry from Alaskan Way. Throughout six years of construction on the $489 million Colman Dock Project, WSF has maintained ferry service on two of its busiest …

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RS&H Manages Construction of West Seattle Bridge Repairs

The West Seattle Bridge is one of the most-used pieces of infrastructure in the entire State of Washington. It connects a large portion of Seattle’s population to the downtown area, serving as the connector of bedroom communities to business centers.

The concrete segmental bridge’s future became in doubt in early …

Contract Awarded for I-405 Corridor Improvements Including Multimodal Mobility, Bus Rapid Transit

BOTHELL, WA — The Washington State Department of Transportation and Sound Transit recently awarded a design-build contract for a multiyear project along a segment of Interstate 405 that will extend the dual express toll lane (ETL) system and improve the flow of traffic on the Eastside.

Design-build contracts combine a …

Aleut Awarded Multi-Disciplinary Maintenance and Repair Contract for U.S. Army Garrison Alaska Facilities

FORT WAINWRIGHT, AK — Aleut Building Company, LLC (Aleut), a U.S. Small Business Administration certified 8(a) program participant and Small Disadvantaged Business, announces that it has been awarded a Single Award Task Order Contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville to serve U.S. Army Garrison Alaska (USAG-Alaska). This …

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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Washington State DOT’s Colman Dock Project Wins Regional America’s Transportation Award

A Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) project won a regional award 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 state departments of transportation (DOTs) for making a difference …

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SR 167 Completion Project Expands Critical Infrastructure Around the Port of Tacoma

The Port of Tacoma, which is just south of Seattle and part of Pierce County, is a major economic driver for the region, state, and country. A 2019 study found that the port supported over 42,000 jobs, generated almost $3 billion in labor income, and produced over $100 million in …

US-95 Granite North Project Wins National Recognition Award

BOISE, ID — The US-95 Granite North project recently won a National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) in their 2023 Engineering Excellence Awards. The award recognized both design and construction achievements.

The award was presented to Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Project Manager Steven Bakker in …

Asphalt Pavement Alliance Announces Winners of 2022 Perpetual Pavement Awards

KING COUNTY, WA — The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) announces the winners of the Perpetual Pavement Awards (PPAs), which celebrate long-life asphalt pavements. For 2022, 11 PPAs: By Performance were earned. Engineers at the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University evaluated the nominations and validated the results.

Since …

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Oregon DOT Repairs Scenic Columbia River Highway and Toothrock Tunnel

The Columbia River Highway, located in Oregon, is a 75-mile highway that offers views of the Columbia River and Gorge. The gorge, which is 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, is 30 miles east of Portland. According to Travel Portland, it “… offers amazing views, hiking, mountain …

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Construction is Underway to Widen I-84 Between South Jerome and Twin Falls Interchanges in Idaho

JEROME, ID — As part of Governor Brad Little’s Leading Idaho Transportation initiative, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has begun a project to widen I-84 between the South Jerome Interchange (Exit 168) and the Twin Falls Interchange (Exit 173). Construction recently began on this 2.5-year project.

I-84 serves as a …

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Two-Year Idaho Transportation Department Project to Reconstruct I-90 Near Osburn and Wallace Begins

OSBURN, ID — Construction has begun on a project to rebuild nearly eight miles of I-90 from the Big Creek Exit to the West Wallace Exit. The project includes replacing concrete sections, most of which dates back to the 1970s when I-90 was first built.

“The concrete is old and …

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Another Section of the I-405 Master Plan Comes to Life in Washington

The Interstate 405/NE 132nd Street interchange project aims to improve motorists’ ability to access the highway in the Kirkland urban center.

“It will provide travelers with better access to jobs and recreation,” says Marisa Chong, Project Engineer with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

The interchange project is …

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FHWA Announces $300M Investment in Bridge Projects Across the United States, $13.9M to Fund the Burgard Bridge Project in Oregon

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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Alaska DOT&PF Kicks Off 2023 Construction Season

ANCHORAGE, AK — Alaskans will see over 140 transportation improvement projects this summer, upgrading trails, airports, docks, roads and highways, sidewalks, and bike lanes in 64 communities. Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is also unveiling several new public information tools that travelers can use to learn more …

Construction Begins on New US 101 Elwha River Bridge Near Port Angeles, Washington

PORT ANGELES, WA — The Elwha River will soon have a new bridge spanning its banks. Work recently began on a brand new bridge, which will carry US 101 across the river and keep communities connected. The new replacement bridge will be built near the existing 97-year-old span and — …

USDOT Announces Loans of Up to $327M for Improvements to the Sound Transit System in Washington State

SEATTLE, WA — The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announces that its Build America Bureau has provided low-interest loans totaling $327 million to the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) for improvements to the transit system. By providing Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) and Railroad Rehabilitation …

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USACE - Alaska District Welcomes Longan as New Chief of Regulatory Division

ANCHORAGE, AK — Sara Longan assumes duties as the chief of the Regulatory Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Alaska District.

In her new position, she is responsible for administering and enforcing the USACE regional regulatory program within the Alaska and Honolulu District’s areas of responsibilities. …

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Idaho’s Transportation Department Aims to Enhance Resident’s Lives with Efficient Transportation Solutions

Quickly delivering quality transportation projects to enhance the lives of Idaho residents and to facilitate the efficient movement of freight, remains a top priority for Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Director Scott Stokes.

“We’ve coined the term ‘invest with purpose’,” Stokes says. “We are oriented to make the citizens and …

Goins Appointed as Alaska DOT&PF Southcoast Regional Director

JUNEAU, AK — Christopher Goins, P.E., C.M. has accepted the Southcoast Regional Director position for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF).

“Mr. Goins will do a great job leading our transportation programs in Southeast and Southwest Alaska,” said Commissioner Ryan Anderson. “He has a proven record …

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Bid Awarded for Interchange Construction at Aht’Wy Plaza

LEWISTON, ID — Knife River Corporation recently received the bid for a project that will construct an interchange on U.S. Highway 95/U.S. Highway 12 at the east entrance to Aht’Wy Plaza for $24.77 million.

With a contractor now on board, work is expected to take less than two years. The …

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Corps of Engineers to Begin Two-Year Safety, Seismic Repair Project at Willamette Falls Locks

WEST LINN, OR — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Portland District (Corps) has awarded a construction contract for completing safety and seismic repairs at Willamette Falls Locks before the agency’s official transfer of the historic navigation lock system to the Willamette Falls Locks Authority, expected to take place …

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Idaho I-90 Overpass Replacements Progressing Smoothly Near Kellogg

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is replacing the Division and Elizabeth Park overpasses on Interstate 90 in the northern part of the state, near Kellogg, to improve safety.

“The aging bridges were past their service life and were scheduled for replacement,” says Joey Sprague, Project Manager for ITD. “We …

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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 …

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Capital Funding Proposed to Replace Four Bridges on the Alaska, Richardson, and Steese Highways

FAIRBANKS, AK — Interior Alaskans will start to see significant improvements along the Alaska, Richardson, and Steese Highways with the replacement of four additional bridges under the Governor’s Amended FY24 Capital Budget.

“We have bridge infrastructure on our National Highway System routes in the interior that date back to the …

Alaska DOT&PF, Northwest Arctic Borough Partner in Regional Planning Organization

KOTZEBUE, AK — Residents of the Northwest Arctic Borough have a new partnership with Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) supporting the development of transportation projects in their region. In a signing ceremony, DOT&PF’s Judy Chapman, Deputy Director of Planning, and the Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor Dickie …

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Horner Named Oregon DOT Assistant Director of Operations

SALEM, OR — Leah Horner, who has worked in several high-profile transportation roles and has a long track record of public service, will join the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) as the next Assistant Director of Operations.

“Leah brings an incredible breadth of experience,” said ODOT Director Kris Strickler …

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Kerr Contractors Builds Auxiliary Lanes in OR 217 to Eliminate Bottlenecks

Aiming to improve safety and eliminate long-standing bottlenecks on Oregon 217 between Beaverton and Tigard, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has embarked on a $158 million improvement project.

“We are creating auxiliary lanes to ease congestion on OR 217,” says David Finnigan, Project Manager with Kerr Contractors Oregon …

Rehabilitation Planned for Seven Miles of I-15 Near Wolf Creek

WOLF CREEK, MT — The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) and Riverside Contracting will begin a project to rehabilitate approximately seven miles of Interstate 15 (I-15) near Wolf Creek. The project area begins approximately five miles south of Wolf Creek and extends north to the Augusta Interchange (Exit 228). This …

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Walsh-Stantec Design-Build Team to Assist WSDOT with Removing Fish-Migration Barriers in Western Washington

SEATTLE, WA — The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) recently selected The Walsh Group and Stantec design-build team to help the state remove barriers to fish migration at six locations in western Washington. The projects in Mason and Thurston counties will integrate science and engineering to maximize the potential for …

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Design-Build Enables Guy F. Atkinson Construction to Embrace Innovation on SR 509 Completion Project

Progress is taking place toward finishing the $2.38 billion Puget Sound Gateway Program in Washington with the SR 509 Completion Project, as the state adds a new four-lane expressway and more improvements.

“We have marine ports on the north and south sides at Seattle and Tacoma, and this will benefit …

Keith Named Deputy Commissioner for Alaska DOT&PF

JUNEAU, AK — Katherine Keith was named Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), replacing Rob Carpenter, who left in December.

Keith will oversee a wide variety of multimodal transportation programs focusing on safety, economic vitality, resiliency, and sustainability. She will lead the department’s …

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After 70 Years, Mitchell Point Tunnel Prepares to Reopen

Seven decades after the Mitchell Point Tunnel closed to traffic, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has undertaken a $25.4 million project to open the iconic tunnel again to pedestrians, bicycles and those driving vehicles for special events.

“When the tunnel opens in 2024, it will have been the first …

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Cushing Terrell Awarded IDIQ Contracts to Support Interior Department Projects

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell and Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture partner Hollingsworth Pack have been awarded an IDIQ (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity) contract for architecture and engineering (A/E) services with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) in support of projects funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). …

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Utilizing CMGC Contract, Great Northwest Meets Aggressive Schedule

Improvements to a primary north-south corridor in Fairbanks, Alaska, University Avenue, aims to reduce congestion, improve access for pedestrians and bicyclists, and increase safety and mobility.

“Over the years, the four-lane, undivided facility had become congested with heavy turning traffic competing with through traffic,” says Northern Region Group Chief Lauren …

Alaska DOT&PF, Skagway Partner to Develop New AMHS Ferry Facility at Ore Peninsula

JUNEAU, AK — Skagway will have the state as a partner in its pursuit to develop new marine facilities for both the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) and commercial and private marine businesses. The partnership was outlined in an agreement signed by the Municipality of Skagway (MOS) and the Alaska …

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Construction is in Full Swing for Idaho Transportation Department's I-86/I-15 System Interchange Project

POCATELLO, ID — The Idaho Transportation Department’s rebuild of the System Interchange at I-86 and I-15 in Pocatello is in full swing with crews working multiple areas throughout the worksite. As part of Governor Little’s Leading Idaho initiative, the project is changing how the heart of the Interstate in …

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North Spokane Corridor Improvements Create Better Mobility for All Travelers From I-90 to US 395

Progress is happening on the latest segment of the 10.5-mile-long North Spokane Corridor (NSC), including construction of a new interchange with roundabouts.

“This project is for safety and will get a lot of the freight traffic off the local streets of Spokane,” says Project Engineer Jody Qualley, with the …

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Active Transportation Plan – 2020 and Beyond Wins People’s Choice Award in America’s Transportation Awards Competition

The Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) Active Transportation Plan – 2020 and Beyond was voted the People’s Choice Award winner 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 Active …

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Alaska DOT&PF Awarded $87M in Federal Highway Redistribution Funding

JUNEAU, AK — Over $87 million was pumped into Alaska’s economy when Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) received redistribution funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Redistribution is a mechanism to redistribute funding authority to states that demonstrated they have met 100 percent of their federal allocation …

EPA Announces $67M in Funding to Washington, $26M to Montana for Water Infrastructure Improvements

SEATTLE, WA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awards $67 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to Washington and $26 million to Montana for water infrastructure improvements.

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) allocates more than $50 billion to EPA toward repairing the nation’s essential water infrastructure, which helps …

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Inslee and Local Leaders Launch Diverging Diamond Interchange Work to Get I-90/SR 18 Traffic Moving

SNOQUALMIE, WA — Gov. Jay Inslee joined other state and local representatives to turn the first shovels of dirt, breaking ground on the Interstate 90/State Route 18 Interchange Improvements and Widening project. This interchange is one of the busiest in Washington.

To keep traffic flowing and improve safety for freight …

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Washington State DOT Announces the Opening of Northbound and Southbound I-5 HOV Lanes

TACOMA, WA — Guy F. Atkinson Construction crews recently opened the long-awaited new northbound I-5 HOV lane in Tacoma and the southbound I-5 HOV lanes in Pierce County.

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People using the eastbound State Route 16 HOV lane can now enter the northbound Interstate 5 HOV lane …
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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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Kerr Constructors Upgrades Oregon 212 to Create Safer Passage for Drivers, Pedestrians, and Animals

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s $17 million in improvements to Oregon 212 from Interstate 205 to U.S. 26 through Damascus and Boring provided a new fish-friendly bridge as well as paving, road repairs and sidewalk upgrades.

“This was an operations project,” says Jamie Miller, Project Manager and Resident …

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USDOT Awards $25M INFRA Grant to Salmon Bay Rail Bridge, a Critical Link for Washington’s Rail and Maritime Industries

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded $1.5 billion in Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grants to highway, multimodal freight, and rail projects across the country. In the Pacific Builder & Engineer area, a $25-million INFRA grant was awarded to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for the Salmon …

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Oregon DOT’s I-205 Abernethy Bridge Project is First in US to Participate in Pilot Program to Increase Workforce Development Opportunities

Oregon’s largest interstate investment in nearly 45 years, the I-205 Abernethy Bridge Project, is breaking down barriers by providing workforce development opportunities to individuals from economically distressed zip codes. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) project is the first in the United States to participate in a four-year Federal Highway …

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Oregon DOT Reduces Bottlenecks Near Portland With I-205 Improvements

Many infrastructure projects are in reaction to an issue such as excessive traffic or safety concerns. Some infrastructure projects take place in anticipation of the future. The I-205 Improvements Project – a few miles south of Portland, Oregon – is both in reaction to and in anticipation of actual events …

New Spending Plan for Transportation Spreads Benefits Throughout Alaska

ANCHORAGE, AK — The long-awaited spending plan modifications outlining new federal funding for Alaska transportation are now available for public review. Projects that improve transportation safety, fix existing infrastructure, support economic vitality, and provide resiliency, sustainability, and mobility are included in the spending plan.

“Alaskans from Kotzebue to Ketchikan will …

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Improvements Coming to the North End of Bend this Fall

BEND, OR — The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin work this fall on the long-awaited Bend North Corridor project. This project aims to improve safety, mobility, and accessibility while relieving congestion on the north end of town from Empire Avenue to just beyond Cooley Road on both U.S. …

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $41M in Funding for Four Projects in Montana

COLUMBIA FALLS, MT — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announces that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded $41 million to support four projects in Montana from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program to help move forward on projects that modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and …

Alaska Governor Announces Cape Blossom Road Fully Funded

FAIRBANKS, AK — Governor Mike Dunleavy announces that funding will be secured to complete the road to Cape Blossom. The additional funding will expedite the completion of the road, which will link Kotzebue to a viable arctic port at Cape Blossom.

“Kotzebue is the shipping hub for the entire Northwest …

Community Leaders Celebrate Groundbreaking of I-205 Abernethy Bridge Project to Increase Safety and Seismic Resiliency

PORTLAND, OR — The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), alongside community leaders and residents, hosted a groundbreaking celebration to share details of the I-205 Improvements Project and how it will benefit the region and Oregon’s economy. The project is kicking off with seismic upgrades to the Abernethy Bridge that spans …

Construction Begins on the I-90/SH-41 Interchange

POST FALLS, ID — The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is beginning work to replace and upgrade the interchange at Interstate 90 and State Highway 41 in Post Falls. Construction will be underway until the summer of 2025. Over the next four seasons work will generally shift from I-90 to SH-41 …

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Governor Inslee Visits Montesano Wastewater Treatment Plant

PUYALLUP, WA — Washington State Governor Jay Inslee recently visited the City of Montesano’s Wastewater Treatment Plant as part of a tour of clean energy and habitat restoration projects in Grays Harbor County, Washington. The visit included presentations by Montesano Mayor Vini Samuel and representatives from the Chehalis River Basin …

Knik Goose Bay Reconstruction Project Awarded to Granite Construction

ANCHORAGE, AK — Travelers living and working along the Knik Goose Bay (KGB) Road will see safety and capacity improvements start later this summer. The long-awaited reconstruction project was awarded by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) to Granite Construction for $54.5 million.

“Rebuilding KGB Road has …

Historic Rebuild of System Interchange at Pocatello Begins

POCATELLO, ID — Preliminary work on the Idaho Transportation Department’s (ITD) project to rebuild the I-86/I-15 System Interchange has begun. Originally built 60 years ago, the design needs to be updated to handle greater traffic volumes and to replace aging bridges that are reaching the end of their life. …

Sundt Adds Pittson and Kiener to Idaho Transportation Department Project

POCATELLO, ID — Sundt Construction recently hired Ryan Pittson and Blake Kiener in its Transportation Group. Both will be working on the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) Interstate 86 and Interstate 15 System Interchange project.

“We are excited to welcome Ryan and Blake to our team,” said Thiago Bezerra, Sundt’s …

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Reaches Significant Milestone with Approval from City of Portland

PORTLAND, OR — The Portland City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to re-engage as a partner in the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. An intergovernmental agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) moves the project forward and outlines the terms of the city staff’s planning and engineering involvement.

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Scarsella Brothers Partners with Idaho Transportation Department to Upgrade SH 41 Corridor from Post Falls to Rathdrum

To meet growing traffic needs, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is expanding and upgrading the State Highway 41 Corridor from Post Falls to Rathdrum to increase capacity and improve safety.

“There is a lot of new development in the area,” says Randy Durland, Project Manager for the south section …

Five Projects in Washington, Idaho, and Alaska Win Regional America’s Transportation Awards

Five state department of transportation projects in Washington, Idaho, and Alaska 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 difference in …

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, …

USACE, USBR Celebrate Completion of Lower Yellowstone Fish Bypass Channel with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) recently cut the ribbon on the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project, completing construction on the $44-million, 2.1-mile-long channel. The intake diversion dam supplies irrigation water to the area, providing a natural source to the …

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, …

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$111.9M Contract Awarded for Pocatello System Interchange

POCATELLO, ID — The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) has accepted a $111.9-million winning bid by Sundt-Cannon, a joint venture, to rebuild the I-86/I-15 system interchange at Pocatello. Work is scheduled to begin mid-July and will continue for approximately three years as the interchange undergoes modernization.

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US 97 Project North of Bend Receives a $15M Boost; Sisters Intersection to Improve

BEND, OR — A new roundabout in Sisters will help traffic flow smoother; a roundabout as part of U.S 97 realignment north of Bend will do the same. These two projects have been selected to receive a total of $20 million from the "Enhance" portion of the 2024-2027 Statewide Transportation …

US-95 Project in North Idaho Named Regional Winner in America’s Transportation Awards

BOISE, ID — A project on U.S. Highway 95 in North Idaho was recently named the western regional winner of the America’s Transportation Awards. Sponsored by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the America's Transportation Awards competition was created to …

Tolman Named ITD's New Chief Administrative Officer

BOISE, ID — Longtime Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) financial Controller Dave Tolman will become the department’s new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), replacing retiring CAO Char McArthur. Tolman has worked in state government for 32 years, including the last 20 years with ITD as Controller. He will oversee the department’s …

Kivalina Evacuation and School Site Access Road Project Wins National Award

FAIRBANKS, AK — Residents of Kivalina, Alaska, have a new evacuation route in case they need to leave their island home during a winter storm, and it recently became a nationally award-winning evacuation route. The Kivalina Evacuation Route and School Access Site project, completed in 2021, was recognized by the …

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Idaho I-15/US-20 Connector PEL Project Wins FHWA Environmental Excellence Award

IDAHO FALLS, ID — The I-15/US-20 Connector PEL project has been selected as a recipient of a Federal Highway Administration 2022 Environmental Excellence Award. The FHWA’s EEAs recognize outstanding contributions to environmental stewardship and partnerships above and beyond traditional transportation project outcomes.

The Planning and Environment Linkages study was an …

Oregon Governor Helps ODOT Celebrate West Coast Electric Highway Milestone

WOODBURN, OR — Governor Kate Brown helped the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) celebrate completion of the Phase 1 upgrades to the West Coast Electric Highway in Oregon with a news conference at an electric vehicle charging station near Interstate 5.

The governor was joined at the Woodburn Transit Facility …

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OTC Prioritizes Main Streets, Accessibility, Repair, and Air Quality in Decision on Allocating Federal Infrastructure Dollars

SALEM, OR — The Oregon Transportation Commission has directed flexible dollars from the federal infrastructure bill enacted last year to be spent in ways that will make Oregon’s roads, streets, and walkways safer and easier to use.

The 2021 federal infrastructure package allocated $1.2 billion in additional transportation funding for …

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Army Engineers Promote STEM Education, Careers During Engineers Week in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, AK — Armed with toothpicks and marshmallows, members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Alaska District conducted outreach events at four Anchorage schools to mark National Engineers Week. The annual observance is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and …

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King County’s Sunset and Heathfield Pump Stations Earn Envision Silver Award

SEATTLE, WA — King County’s Sunset and Heathfield Pump Stations and Force Main Upgrade project was recently named an Envision Silver Award winner. The award, presented by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, highlights projects that encourage sustainable, equitable, and resilient design, construction, operations, and maintenance processes and practices.

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Oregon Receives a Combined $362M to Address Transportation System Resiliency and Bridges

SALEM, OR — With Oregon's coastal access, mountain ranges, and high desert canyons and ravines, comes the need for many large bridges, tailored to the area they serve. With the recently passed federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is evaluating possible projects which qualify …

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Idaho Transportation Board Approves Projects to Modernize Roads Across Idaho

BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Board voted to accelerate the improvement of several major roadways during its regular monthly meeting in Boise. The projects selected for construction starting this summer will modernize aging infrastructure, improve safety, and reduce congestion:

  • I-86/I-15 System Interchange in Pocatello/Chubbuck
  • I-90 and State Highway 41 (SH-41) …
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Oregon Corps Projects Receive $146M for Aging Infrastructure

PORTLAND, OR — Army Engineers and planners will receive $146 million for various infrastructure projects at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) sites around Oregon. This funding came from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

Projects receiving funding include:

  • Columbia River Fish …

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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 …

Congressional Appropriations Provide Nearly $1B for Civil Works Projects in Alaska

JUNEAU, AK — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District received authorization and funding for an array of critical construction projects and activities that will contribute to the development of the state’s water resources and help boost the economy. Following the recent enactment of the Infrastructure Investment and …

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USDOT Announces Refinancing of the $99.6M of Credit Assistance to City of Bellevue, Washington, for the BelRed Street Network

BELLEVUE, WA — The U.S. Department of Transportation announces that its Build America Bureau has refinanced a $99.6-million TIFIA loan for the City of Bellevue’s BelRed Street Network Project. The bureau provides Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loans and other surface transportation infrastructure financing to reduce the costs …

Idaho Transportation Board Approves Bonding Plan for Statewide Safety and Expansion Projects

BOISE, ID — The Idaho Transportation Board recently approved a plan to issue bonds as a part of Governor Brad Little’s $1.6-billion “Leading Idaho” initiative that passed in House Bill 362 in 2021. The initiative focuses on major safety and expansion projects across the state in the next eight years. …

Federal $1.2B Transportation Funding will Help Save Oregon Lives, Reduce Severity of Injuries

SALEM, OR — Safety is vital to every transportation program and project — and a key part of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Strategic Action Plan. Much of the estimated $1.2 billion in additional transportation funding on its way to Oregon from the recently passed federal Infrastructure Investment …

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

TACOMA, WA — 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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Alaska DOT&PF’s Schacher Honored with Dr. L.I. Hewes Award

FAIRBANKS, AK — Sarah Schacher, P.E., was presented with the Dr. L.I. Hewes Award at the annual meeting of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The Hewes Award is presented to one individual each year, selected from nominations of the 18 member states, for outstanding …

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Walsh-Stantec Design-Build Team Selected to Assist King County Metro Begin Transition to Zero-Emission Bus Fleet

SEATTLE, WA — King County Metro Transit recently selected the Walsh-Stantec design-build team to help the county with their first large scale project to transition to a zero-emission bus (ZEB) fleet. As part of Metro’s goal for a 100 percent ZEB fleet by 2035, The Walsh Group and …

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

SEATTLE, WA — 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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Washington State DOT Clears Up Railroad Congestion with Barker Road/BNSF Grade Separation Project

Safety improvements, better traffic flow, and improved economic opportunities are a recipe for a successful construction project. The Barker Road/BNSF Grade Separation Project, which is taking place in Spokane Valley, Washington, offers each of these benefits.

Spokane Valley is in northeastern Washington, just a few miles from the Idaho border. …

USDOT Announces its Largest Package of Loans Ever, up to $3.84B, for Sound Transit to Carry Out Six Projects in Washington

SEATTLE, WA — The U.S. Department of Transportation announces it has provided a package of Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loans of up to $3.84 billion for the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) for the financing of the Downtown Redmond Link Extension and refinancing of …

Anderson Named Alaska’s New DOT Commissioner

ANCHORAGE, AK — Governor Mike Dunleavy names Ryan Anderson as the new Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Anderson most recently served as Northern Region Director for the department. He replaces John MacKinnon, who served as Commissioner since December 2018.

“Commissioner Anderson built an …

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Oregon Transportation Commission Advances I-5 Rose Quarter Hybrid 3 Highway Cover Option

PORTLAND, OR — The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) recently advanced the highway cover option for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project known as the Hybrid 3 option, with conditions. The decision by the OTC advances the project that was part of House Bill 2017, passed in 2017, a major transportation …

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Washington State DOT Adds Lanes to I-405 to Improve Safety and Reduce Congestion

The Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) $705 million I-405 Renton to Bellevue Widening and Express Toll Lanes project aims to relieve congestion, increase trip reliability and improve safety on one of the busiest corridors in the state. More than 200,000 vehicles drive on the corridor daily.

“The purpose …

New I-5 Bridge Opening Marks the Start of a Travel Transformation in South Puget Sound

FIFE, WA — A bridge over Interstate 5 recently made its debut in Fife, opening to traffic with a promise to improve travel in the busy freight corridor. The four-lane Wapato Way East Bridge and new State Route 99 roundabout replace the nearby 70th Avenue East Bridge, which is now …

USDOT Announces $905M in Proposed Awards for the FY 2021 INFRA Grant Program

SEATTLE, WA — U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg announces that the Biden-Harris Administration intends to award $905.25 million to 24 projects in 18 states under the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. These grants advance the administration’s priorities of rebuilding America’s infrastructure and creating jobs …

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Stantec/Hensel Phelps Team Completes Construction for Sound Transit’s New Light Rail Base in Seattle Area

SEATTLE, WA — Sound Transit recently completed construction of its new Operations and Maintenance Facility: East (OMF East), which will service, maintain, store, and deploy Link light rail vehicles for its growing fleet in the Puget Sound area. As Sound Transit’s light rail service area grows through 2024, the vehicle …

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Oregon DOT Prepares for the Future with Seismic Triage and Resiliency Project

Most infrastructure projects are standard – build a new road or bridge, add lanes to an existing roadway, repair a road or bridge, etc. Such projects are important and can be a boon to an area while allowing traffic to flow smoothly. A project taking place in Oregon – the …

Oregon Transportation Commission Approves Funding for $233M in Transportation Projects

SALEM, OR — The Oregon Transportation Commission recently approved funding for more than $233 million in projects from several different programs — all aimed at supporting multimodal transportation options across the state. All the programs are housed in the Oregon Department of Transportation's Public Transportation Division.

“These awards represent …

Washington DOT Awards Walsh Construction a $68M Contract for New Reversible Transit Connection

SEATTLE, WA — People who use transit between South Lake Union and the Eastside can look forward to a dedicated lane connecting State Route 520 and the Interstate 5 express lanes in a few years. The Washington State Department of Transportation announces that Walsh Construction submitted the lowest bid for …

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Idaho Transportation Department Opens New Railroad Overpass on ID-41

COEUR D’ALENE, ID — The first of two bridges over the railroad on Idaho Highway 41 north of Hayden Avenue has opened. Work on the overpass began in June of 2020 and completing this structure is a major milestone in the effort to expand the highway to four lanes between …

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Montana DOT Constructs Yellowstone River Bridge as Part of the Billings Bypass

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is in the midst of a six-phase, multi-road construction project dubbed the Billings Bypass. Currently, MDT is working on phase two – the construction of the Yellowstone River Bridge.

The new arterial roadway will connect the city of Lockwood to the Highway 312/Highway 87 …

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Pietz to Serve as New Administrator for Policy, Data, & Analysis Division at Oregon DOT

SALEM, OR — Amanda Pietz, who currently leads the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Climate Office, will be the new Policy, Data, & Analysis Division Administrator, an area focused on shaping the future of transportation.

“The Policy, Data, & Analysis Division is known for its innovation, so Amanda …

Idaho Governor Signs Bill Investing in Clean, Plentiful Water

BOISE, ID — Governor Brad Little signed Senate Bill 1121 into law, the fourth of his “Building Idaho’s Future” bills that make strategic investments in critical state priorities. Senate Bill 1121 directs $50 million to projects that promote clean, plentiful supplies of water for generations to come.

“Water is truly …

US Transportation Secretary Announces Federal Funding Allocations for Bus Rapid Transit Projects in Washington

SEATTLE, WA — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces federal funding will be allocated to two Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure projects in Washington state. Funding is provided through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Small Starts Program.

“Millions of Americans rely on public transit to …

Alaska DOT&PF Central Region Expects Busy 2021 Construction Season

ANCHORAGE, AK — Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Central Region is expecting a busy construction year, awarding up to $420 million dollars’ worth of construction contracts, including airport, trail, and highway improvements. Highway projects expected to go to construction in 2021 include projects in Anchorage, Mat-Su Valley, …

Oregon Transportation Commission Approves $124M in COVID-19 Relief Funding

SALEM, OR — The Oregon Transportation Commission approves spending $124 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding provided by Congress at the end of 2020 for Oregon roads. The federal money can be used for both construction projects and operations and maintenance activities, such as plowing snow, patching potholes, and carrying …

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STIP Funding Allocation Work Wraps Up with Major Investments in Public & Active Transportation

SALEM, OR — The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) have finished distributing more than $2.1 billion across different programs in the 2024-2027 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

The OTC recently approved $255 million in non-highway funding for bicycle, pedestrian, and transit programs — a …

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Oregon DOT Upgrades the I-84 Graham Road Bridges to Create an Economic Boost Near the Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge along Oregon’s border with Washington is a renowned scenic area that draws hikers, bikers, campers, and tourists from around the world. The small town of Troutdale that sits along the Sandy River at the easternmost edge of the Portland area marks the western edge of the …

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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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Washington State DOT Partners with North Olympic Salmon Coalition to Remove Fish Barrier Under SR 116

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and a nonprofit organization dedicated to habitat restoration teamed up to remove a fish barrier created about 80 years ago, allowing salmon to freely swim between Oak Bay and southern Kilisut Harbor under State Route 116 on Marrowstone Island.

“This fish barrier correction …

Retiring Deputy Secretary Metcalf Sets Off Series of Transitions at Washington State DOT

OLYMPIA, WA — Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar announces the appointments of several key positions in his agency’s executive leadership team. The upcoming retirement of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) second in command, Deputy Secretary Keith Metcalf, set these changes in motion, which include new appointments …

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Oregon Transportation Commission Approves 43 Projects for Safe Routes to School Funding

SALEM, OR — Students all across Oregon will soon have safer ways to get to and from school, with the approval of $28.3 million in Safe Routes to School investments. Projects range from adding sidewalks around two elementary schools in Ontario to improving an intersection near Eastwood Elementary in Hillsboro, …

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Oregon DOT Completes Major Improvements to I-105 Bridges in Eugene

The Interstate 105 Bridge Preservation Project, recently completed by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), has rehabilitated several I-105 bridges and associated ramps between the Delta Highway Exchange and downtown Eugene, bringing the structures up to current standards. The bridges, built in the late 1960s and early 1970s, were in …

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Seattle DOT Passes Federal Milestone to Move Forward with Madison Bus Rapid Transit – RapidRide G Line Project

SEATTLE, WA — The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) passed an important milestone with the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) moving the Madison Bus Rapid Transit (Madison BRT) project, also known as the RapidRide G Line, forward in the Small Starts Grant review process. A draft report released by the FTA …

USDOT Announces $5M in Emergency Relief for Roads and Bridges Damaged by Wildfires in Oregon

PORTLAND, OR — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces the immediate availability of $5 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help the Oregon Department of Transportation repair infrastructure damage caused by wildfires.

“We hope this federal support will help Oregon communities …

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Idaho Transportation Department Crews Successfully Slide New I-84 Bridge into Place

BOISE, ID — Normally, bridges moving is not something an engineer wants to see, but construction crews recently slid the first of two new bridges at the Interstate 84 Blacks Creek Interchange 60 feet into place — where it will stay for decades to come.

The slide-in-place maneuver was designed …

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Oregon DOT Works with Communities to Find Innovative Solutions in Challenging Times

SALEM, OR — A little extra space can make all the difference for businesses and their customers these days.

Beth Forshay, Owner of Twisted Cork in Grants Pass, added two outdoor tables on a sidewalk expansion under an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) program helping businesses repurpose public spaces on …

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 …

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Idaho Transportation Department Partners with Concrete Placing Co. on I-84 Expansion

During the past decade, Idaho has experienced rapid growth, so the state’s Transportation Department has embarked on a $300 million upgrade to Interstate 84, the most traveled highway in the state, with 31 million annual trips.

“This section of I-84 has seen a significant increase in traffic and crashes in …

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Oregon DOT and Washington State DOT Appoint Johnson to Head the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program

PORTLAND, OR — The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announce the appointment of Greg Johnson as the Program Administrator to lead the bi-state Interstate Bridge Replacement Program office. In this role, Johnson will jointly represent both ODOT and WSDOT to lead program development …

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Oregon DOT Widens Minam Curve for Safer Drive to Wallowa Lake State Park

Wallowa Lake State Park, located in Northeast Oregon, is a popular tourist destination. The area is at a high elevation (approximately 5,000 feet) and is home to mountains as high as 9,000 feet. Many tourists, as well as locals, use the Wallowa Lake Highway to get to the picturesque area. …

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Alaska DOT&PF Begins Sterling Highway MP 45-60 Clearing and Geotechnical Drilling

ANCHORAGE, AK — The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is clearing the new alignment for the Sterling Highway MP 45-60 reconstruction project, informally known as the Cooper Landing Bypass Project.

The Sterling Highway was constructed as a gravel road in the 1940s and 1950s. The section through …

Michael Baker International Joins Project Team for Washington State DOT's I-405 Widening and Express Toll Lane

SEATTLE, WA — Michael Baker International joins the team that will complete the widening and express toll lane project between Renton and Bellevue, Washington, for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The project will utilize innovative design-build project delivery and includes constructing one new lane in each direction of …

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Criswell Joins Oregon DOT as Division Administrator

SALEM, OR — The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has a new leader for the newly-formed Public Transportation Division. Karyn Criswell recently stepped into the role of Division Administrator.

"We are excited to tap into Karyn’s experience bringing diverse interests together to forge partnerships that improve the public and active …

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao Announces $790M Grant Agreement, $629.5M Loan for Federal Way Link Extension Project

SEATAC, WA — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces a $790-million Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) for the Federal Way Link Extension Project in King County, Washington, through FTA’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program. …

Transportation Commission Awards $13.5M in Contracts in January

CHEYENNE, WY — The Wyoming Department of Transportation will make improvements to 12 miles of WYO 12 northwest of Laramie in Albany County.

The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded a $3-million contract to Simon Contractors for the pavement work. The commission awarded that and six other projects totaling $13.5 million at …

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Oregon DOT Names Three Leaders to New Office of Urban Mobility and Mega Project Delivery

SALEM, OR — The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is developing a new focus on comprehensive solutions to congestion, access and mobility issues, which affect quality of life and economic health far beyond the Portland metro area. This new focus responds to public and stakeholder feedback and aligns with the …

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Alaska DOT&PF Deputy Commissioner Binder Appointed Chair of NASAO

ANCHORAGE, AK — The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) announces the 2019-2020 board at NASAO’s 88th Annual Convention & Trade Show in St. Paul, Minnesota. The NASAO board, comprised of state aviation directors will be led by Chair John Binder, A.A.E., Alaska Department of Transportation & Public …

Oregon Transportation Commission, Oregon DOT Announces New Leadership

SALEM, OR — A new month signals a new era for the Oregon Transportation Commission and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The commission, which oversees the state’s transportation system and ODOT, has a new Chair.

Robert Van Brocklin, a lawyer with Oregon’s largest law firm, Stoel Rives LLP, …

Oregon Transportation Commission to Make $62M in Improvements to Public Transportation

SALEM, OR — Expanded hours of service, new low- and no-emission buses, new shelters, more routes: these improvements and more — totaling $62 million — were recently approved by the Oregon Transportation Commission. This is the second round of applications for the new Oregon Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund, or …

Washington DOT Celebrates Major Milestone for the Puget Sound Gateway Program

TACOMA, WA — Gov. Jay Inslee joined state and local officials at the Port of Tacoma recently to help The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) kickoff the construction phase on the Puget Sound Gateway Program.

The Gateway Program includes two projects — State Route 167 completion in Pierce County and …

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Washington DOT Awards Contract for I-405 Widening and Express Toll Lanes Project

BELLEVUE, WA — The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announces the award of a design-build contract to start construction on the I-405, Renton to Bellevue Widening and Express Toll Lanes project. The contractor Flatiron West, Inc.-The Lane Construction Corporation Joint Venture (Flatiron/Lane) submitted the apparent best value …

Oregon Transportation Commission Offers Oregon DOT Director Position to Strickler

SALEM, OR — The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) recently offered the position of Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director to Kris Strickler, who is currently Oregon’s Highway Division Administrator.

If Strickler accepts the OTC’s offer and is confirmed by the Oregon Senate, he will become ODOT’s 12th Director. The commission …

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Alaska DOT & PF Refines Design for Knik-Goose Bay: Centaur Avenue to Vine Road Project

ANCHORAGE, AK — The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) unveiled an updated design concept for the Knik-Goose Bay (KGB) Road Reconstruction Project: Centaur Avenue to Vine Road. The design refinement was based on input from the public and stakeholders to address issues, challenges, safety and future needs. …

U.S. DOT Awards $53M in Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation'sFederal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grants valued at $53.2 million to 10 projects to fund advanced technologies that will improve mobility and safety for drivers and enhance the performance of the nation’s highway …

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 …

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