The US Army Corps of Engineers has committed an additional $1.8 billion to flood control, water navigation and some other water projects in fiscal year 2018. The money provided in a recent bill passed by Congress will fund "39 feasibility studies, four projects in the preconstruction engineering and design phase, and 13 construction projects or elements of projects."
A former power station in California is being redeveloped to serve as a science education center. The $50 million project has broken ground, and work is set to be completed in 2020.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission upheld approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia. Construction already has started on the pipeline, but opponents have filed legal challenges in court.
Enbridge is considering replacing a 4.5-mile section of pipeline between the US and Canada through the Great Lakes, and a report says the addition of a tunnel for the pipeline would significantly reduce the chance of leakage. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder ordered the study in response to environmental concerns about the 65-year-old pipe, and the work could cost up to $500 million.
The Texas Department of Transportation has started a project to add toll lanes to 10.3 miles of Texas 288 in Houston. The work is expected to be completed next summer.
The Maryland Transportation Authority has expanded the scope of a project to add toll lanes to Interstate 95 north of Baltimore into Harford County. The project originally would have added a single toll lane to the interstate, but the expanded version will add two northbound lanes at a cost of $1.1 billion.
The Greenfield Chennai-Salem Express Highway in India, which is intended to increase commercial traffic and improve the economy, is viable, a report states. The 172-mile road is expected to contain eight toll plazas.
A resolution supporting the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority's plans for two projects valued at more than $800 million was on the agenda of the Cedar Park, Texas, City Council on Thursday. One project would expand the tolled section of US 183 by six miles, and the other would widen part of the highway to six lanes and would incorporate variable tolling.
The Alabama Department of Transportation was not awarded a $250 million grant from the federal government for the $2 billion Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project. The department hopes to succeed with future applications and does not anticipate raising tolls.
The widening of Highway 101 in California and improvements to Highway 37 are among the projects that will be funded after Bay Area voters approved a toll increase on area bridges. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is working on construction and funding timelines.