A record 24.4% of US construction workers were immigrants in 2016, according to the National Association of Home Builders. The association said the record was set in large part because native residents are not willing to work in the industry.
HoloBuilder has developed technology that creates 3D models out of 2D plans. About 4,000 US projects are using it now, and the company hopes to gain international clients this year.
Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland, believes that members of Congress understand the need for infrastructure legislation but says adoption will be difficult. Tax reform took away much of the potential revenue for infrastructure projects, and the country has had mixed results with private infrastructure investments.
The Daily Press' editorial board supports the recently installed managed toll lanes on Interstate 64 in Virginia. The lanes give people a choice when driving on the interstate and will help reduce congestion in the region, the board contends.
Robert Dean, head of technology for Transurban, said the tolled express lanes on Interstate 95 in Virginia are a "guaranteed time to delivery" for commuters. The company recently signed a deal with the state to extend the toll lanes, and it is testing several new technologies, such as autonomous vehicles and connected infrastructure, to improve the driving experience.
Construction on the 13-mile, $134.6 million Suncoast Parkway extension in Citrus County, Fla., is expected to begin Feb. 12. County officials and the Florida Turnpike Enterprise are planning a groundbreaking ceremony, and work on the extension is to be complete in 2022.
The Road Infrastructure Agency in Bulgaria has signed a $90.2 million deal with a consortium led by Kapsch to install an electronic tolling system in the country. The tolling equipment will be installed on 10,138 miles of roadway, and tolls will vary depending on the type of vehicle and the distance traveled.
Autonomous vehicle development is happening more quickly than predicted, and US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, speaking at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, urged the media and the industry to educate the public on the technology. A recent study found that 47% of US consumers believe autonomous vehicles would be unsafe, down from 74% last year.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corp. wants to expand the Vashi creek bridge in India from six to 12 lanes and has extended the deadline for proposals. The deadline for bids is now Jan. 29.