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Gov. Phil Murphy's approval in late June of toll hikes for three major New Jersey highways are good for road infrastructure and a boost to the state's economy, according to top construction experts. Murphy announced tolls would rise by 36 percent on the New Jersey Turnpike and 37 percent on the Garden State Parkway, according to news reports.

On the southwest side of Huntsville, Ala., Interstate 565 is a daily bottleneck during rush hour between the city of Madison and I-65. To help alleviate the problem, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey last year announced plans to widen the highway to three lanes in each direction.

The Sept. 26 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) repeal of a 103-year-old federal procurement rule is a major victory for motorists that should spur deployment of new technologies to help save lives, minimize congestion and improve the performance of the nation's highways, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Aug. 2 $206 million in new state and federal funding to strategically enhance the safety and optimization of freight goods movement across New York. This funding, provided in support of the 1,200 highway miles in New York state designated as part of the National Highway Freight Network, is targeted toward infrastructure and operational improvements that strengthen economic competitiveness, reduce congestion, decrease the cost of freight transportation, improve reliability and increase productivity.

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has awarded a $105 million contract to expand the interchange between interstates 235 and 44 in Oklahoma City, which transportation officials say will help end bottlenecking on the two highways that each serve nearly 100,000 motorists daily.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Transportation has rejected bids for a major road construction project along I-70 in Ohio County. The Intelligencer reported West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said the state could not afford to award the contract because all of the bids were too expensive.

After investing more than half a billion dollars over the past 20 years to turn the primary route between Phoenix and Las Vegas into a modern four-lane divided highway, the Arizona Department of Transportation has committed another $155 million for improvements to U.S.

Roughly $1.2 million in grants are being made available by the District Department of Transportation through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program or TAP, which provides funding to projects considered to be “alternatives” to traditional highway construction.

Construction has begun on a portion of I-95 near Fredericksburg, Va. The $132 million project will help alleviate traffic jams with three new southbound lanes over the Rappahannock River, WTOP reported. The new lanes will be designed as through lanes for drivers going past Route 3 and U.S.

A major freight corridor in southern Arizona that moves trucks to and from Mexico for produce and other goods will undergo a full build-out of improvements over the next few years now that the State Transportation Board formally approved the funding for the project.

On June 8, the U.S. Department of Transportation released more than $1.5 billion in grants to fund what it calls "critical freight, highway, and bridge improvements" via the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America or "INFRA" program created by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015.