Interstate

Bill Gates' investment group, Cascade Investment LLC, recently bought a piece of land in Arizona to build a “city of the future,” UPI reported. The group paid around $80 million for a piece of Belmont, a 24,800-acre development in the desert, about 45 minutes outside of Phoenix.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced a contract to widen I-10 has been signed, and the notice to proceed has been issued, Aug. 16. The $72 million project, which has been contracted to James Construction Group LLC, will widen the road from four lanes to six east of Highland Road to the LA 73 interchange and will replace the LA 42 overpass structures.

This year the nation's interstate highway system turns 60 years old. With the holiday season being one of the busiest travel time of the year, a New England state looked back at some of the history of its Interstate highway system. In 1956, a 61-year-old Swedish-born businessman, Joseph Johnson, was re-elected to a second term as governor of the state of Vermont.

Dayton, Ohio, is known as the birthplace of aviation. It’s here where the Wright brothers studied and tested different wing designs for stability, lift, and control before creating the design that would place Orville and Wilbur in the history books.

All of Interstate 84, which connects Northeast Pennsylvania to New York State and New England, needs to be replaced, caused by the use of a then-new mixture of concrete in the 1960s. According to a report by the News Eagle, an unforeseen alkali-silica chemical reaction occurred with the rock underlayment, forming a gel inside the concrete.

Sometimes all it takes is an eye for innovation and the courage to risk it all. For Duke Long, owner of Interstate Sawing Company in West Bend, Wis., it’s the secret to his success. And it has led his company to approach demolition work from a unique perspective.

As the project to expand Interstate 40 in central Arkansas was announced, it was a pretty good bet that some of the grading work for the highway would be handled by A&B Dirt Movers Inc. Since 1954, the company has done site preparation, grading and storm drainage work on hundreds of projects throughout the Conway region.

When the interchange of Interstate 40 and Interstate 77 in Statesville, N.C., was constructed in the late 1960s, traffic projections through the junction were set at about 5,000 cars and trucks per day. At that time, the Statesville area was a sleepy little town 40 mi.

As the project to expand Interstate 40 in central Arkansas was announced, it was a pretty good bet that some of the grading work for the highway would be handled by A&B Dirt Movers Inc. After all, since 1954, the company had done site preparation, grading and storm drainage work on hundreds of projects throughout the Conway region.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Work on the next phase of Interstate 69, a 27-mi. (43 km) stretch between Bloomington and Crane, Ind., is in full swing — but that doesn’t mean any asphalt is being laid. Instead, workers are doing “dirt work’’ — the kind of dirty work necessary when you build what the Indiana Department of Transportation calls a new-terrain interstate.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) Drivers on Maine’s interstates could be charged tolls under a pair of proposals that lawmakers are considering, but transportation officials counter that federal law prohibits such a move. It would take an act of Congress to impose fares on highways that have been built or repaired with federal money, the Transportation Committee was told at a hearing on the bills March 22.