2013-01-16: A bill just introduced in the Maryland state Senate requires the Maryland (Toll) Transportation Authority (MdTA) to start the EIS process of studies, outreach, planning and permits needed for a new Chesapeake Bay bridge. The bill SB0093 is introduced by the Minority (Republican) Leader of the state Senate E J PIpkin and other eastern shore delegates.
The Ambassador Bridge company's plans for construction of a new parallel span next to their 82 year old suspension span took a hit last week. Avern Cohn a US District Court judge rejected the bridge company (DIBC) challenge to the federal permitting of the downriver bridge (known as DRIC or NITC) proposed by the state of Michigan and the Canadian government.
Illinois DOT is advertising two consultant projects to conduct planning and permitting studies to build the Illiana Expressway, planned as a new east-west route in both Illinois and Indiana on the southern and southeast fringe of the Chicago metro area. The first job is described as a Prime Consultant and the second as a Project Manager Consultant, both to work on what they call a "Tiered Environmental Impact Statement" for the 60 mile, 100km long, approx