Federal ‘Corridors of the Future’ privatization plan expanded

| 9/10/2007

The U.S. DOT promised to approve up to five multi-state projects known as “Corridors of the Future” to reduce congestion, but officials have announced that six proposed corridors will advance with federal funding.

On Monday, Sept. 10, Deputy Transportation Secretary Thomas J. Barrett announced that six proposals will receive a total of $65.9 million to develop and attract public-private partnerships to manage congestion and add capacity. Suggested methods include the construction of new lanes, new roads and bypasses, lane management including truck-only toll lanes, and real-time traffic monitoring and technology.

Barrett announced that the following proposed corridors will receive federal funding:

$21.8 million for Interstate 95 from Florida to the Canadian border;
$15 million for Interstate 15 in Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California;
$15 million for Interstate 5 in California, Oregon and Washington;
$8.6 million for Interstate 10 from California to Florida;
$5 million for Interstate 70 in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio; and
$800,000 for Interstate 69 from Texas to Michigan.

DOT officials first called for corridor proposals in October 2006, receiving 38 proposals. Officials narrowed the field to 14 proposed corridors in February 2007.