New York Thruway head Bill Finch was not entirely supportive of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to move to all-electronic tolling on the Thruway, and as a result, he is out and Matt Driscoll will head the agency. On Tuesday, Cuomo announced that the Grand Island bridges would be the second section of the Thruway to be converted to AET, saying, "The toll booths are an obstacle."
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority has delayed until next year the deadline for detailed bids for construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, pushing back completion of the toll bridge until 2023. Three consortia are competing to build the bridge, and the authority changed the specifications.
The North Carolina Turnpike Authority will no longer charge drivers for transponders on the Triangle Expressway because the cost of the technology has decreased in recent years. The agency had sold more than 300,000 transponders since the expressway opened in 2011.
Revenue from a proposed four-lane, $365 million toll road in Monterey County, Calif., would fall short of paying for the road, per a report from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County. The agency found that the shortfall would be about $75 million if a public-private partnership were used and about $107 million under a public delivery option.
Officials in Charlottesville, Va., have agreed to initiate the removal of a local statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson and have an outside party review the city's planning and reaction to the white supremacist rally that left one woman dead this month. The decisions came at a city council meeting Monday after angry residents gave more than four hours of testimony about how the city mishandled the rally.
Officials in the city of Bowling Green and in Wood County, Ohio, are working on a plan to bring glass recycling back to residents after financial concerns halted the program in July. A series of proposals are under consideration, including one where the city would store glass for recycling and the county would pay for shipping to a recycling facility.
The City Council of Edmonton, Canada, is considering extending parental leave to 6 months for sitting council members. Under the proposal, council members would receive their full salary for the first 10 weeks, after which compensation would be negotiated based on how much work they will perform from home.
Building on a "complete streets" concept, the Florida city of Casselberry is beginning to transform its roadways to be more friendly toward bike riders and pedestrians. The city recently completed a 1-mile recreational trail that allows residents to travel on bikes and on foot from neighborhoods to shops and restaurants.
IT Asset Partners owner Eric Lundgren and Jehu Garcia have developed The Phoenix, an electric car made for $13,800 from recycled parts that they hope can break the distance record for hypermiling. "If we treated electric vehicles like we treat our phones, which if a single part breaks we throw it away, we'd have so much waste," Lundgren said.
The use of drones in the construction industry is in the early stages, but one report says that market will grow to 126,000 in use by 2020. Some companies use drones for topographical mapping, and experts says they could become fully autonomous in the future and be part of daily operations at job sites.