The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is continuing construction plans for nearly $400 million in projects across the state, despite the pandemic. In addition, the state will grant $158 million from a January fuel tax increase to local safety projects. Prior to this tax, ODOT required local governments to cover 10 percent of safety project costs. Road work continues in Ohio despite the current emergency. Gov. Mike DeWine (R) has declared construction an essential activity to the state’s economic welfare. Read more>>

 

Maine voters June 9 will decide a $90 million bond to support highway and bridge work. If approved, it would draw an estimated $275 million in matching federal and funds. Critics say relying on borrowing is inefficient and instead recommend increasing fuel tax rates to fund needed work. Read more>>

 

In California, LA Metro signed a federal full funding grant agreement for $1.3 billion to construct the Westside Purple Line Extension Section 3, adding nine miles the D Line. Metro CEO Washington Phil Washington stated that “construction is not impacted by COVID-19 at this time.” Read more>>

 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) vetoed a proposal to double the current – 1 percent shift of state sales tax revenues to roads in the coming year, amounting to about $36 million annually. Little said he vetoed HB 325a because it impacts Idaho’s general fund at a time of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 crisis. Little also encouraged the state legislature to pursue a comprehensive package “when the state is facing a more positive economic outlook.” Read more>>