US Infrastructure News

09 Jul 2014
Less than five miles from the U.S. Capitol, southwest Washington, D.C., residents are waging a fierce fight against CSX Transportation’s plans to rebuild and expand a tunnel to allow the double stacking of containers.
06 Mar 2014
The Obama administration has said Georgia can’t use its own money to begin deepening Savannah’s harbor until a new Water Resources Development Act is passed. Port and state officials say they still hope to start dredging this year.
A foggy Minnesota highway
26 Feb 2014
WASHINGTON — Is President Obama’s proposal to increase surface transportation funding through corporate tax reform the new “peace” dividend?
Ro-ro ship at the Port of Brunswick
05 Feb 2014
Although its channel depth is supposed to be 38 feet at the harbor entrance, Brunswick, Ga., currently has only 31 feet at low tide due to shoaling and inadequate funding for dredging, constraining shipping at one of the nation’s largest auto gateways.
Container ship entering Savannah River.
04 Feb 2014
SEA ISLAND, Ga. — The port of Savannah is drawing closer to a moment deemed critical to the future of the United States’ fastest-growing port over the past decade and a half: commencement of construction of its 47-foot deepening project.
From left: Bjorn Vang Jensen, Mark D. Schweitzer, Richard Smith
21 Jan 2014
Three shippers discuss what they expect in 2014.
Corbin Street, Newark, N.J.
05 Dec 2013
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey authorized $105 million for design, construction and realignment of parts of five main access roads to marine terminals in the Newark-Elizabeth port complex.
MSC Fabiola at the Port of Long Beach, Calif.
24 Oct 2013
West Coast ports today are capable of handling the water and landside demands that the current generation of big ships are making on their infrastructure, but they must spend billions of additional dollars to accommodate even bigger container ships that will call there in the next few years.
U.S. Capitol
14 Oct 2013
There’s little good news coming out of Washington these days. The federal government partially shut down at the beginning of the month after a stalemate in Congress over funding President Obama’s health care reform law. Congress and the Obama administration failed to address long-term fiscal issues, allowing the federal budget sequestration — the proverbial gun pointed to its own head — to fire.
14 Oct 2013
Inland waterways shippers and barge companies welcome the prospect of freeing up Inland Waterways Trust Fund dollars for projects other than the problem-plagued, over-budget Olmsted Lock and Dam project. But they’re also keen to pay more in fuel taxes so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can better maintain and modernize the nation’s lock and dam system.
26 Sep 2013
Partisan bickering, fueled by the intransigence of conservative members of Congress, is preventing the U.S. from maintaining and expanding its world-class infrastructure, according to a national transportation industry executive.
The Harbor Maintenance Tax helps pay for dredging.
11 Sep 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., has spent the last months bringing his colleagues up to speed on a less-than-sexy major port and inland waterway bill, pushing a media blitz involving Twitter and a quirky YouTube video.