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Obama fast tracks 14 infrastructure projects

The Obama Administration announced this week it would expedite what termed 14 “high priority” U.S. infrastructure projects by fast-tracking permitting and environmental review processes.

According to a statement issued by the White House, the President the 14 projects were selected for their ability to “create a significant number of jobs,” and can be completed within 18 months.

The 14 projects are:

Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York to replace the bridge.

Crenshaw/LAX project to extend the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation existing Green Line light rail nearer to the Los Angeles International Airport and connect it to the Expo Line light rail.

Whittier Bridge project on I-95 in Massachusetts to replace the existing bridge over the Merrimack River with a multi-modal bridge that will add lanes as well as bicycle and pedestrian lanes.

Provo Westside Connector highway project in Utah to build a new arterial roadway between Provo Airport and Interstate 15 to improve roadway system linkage in southwest Provo, Utah.

Baltimore Red Line in Maryland is a 14-mile rail transit line connecting the suburban areas west of Baltimore to downtown, the Inner Harbor and Fells Point areas, and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Campus.

Next Generation Air Transportation System Infrastructure Project in Texas is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot project to create new aviation procedures, including the implementation of new routes, for the two airports in Houston, Texas.

Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project in New Mexico to build two water treatment plants and deliver water through approximately 280 miles of pipeline, 24 pumping plants, and several water regulation and storage facilities for the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico.

Denver Mariposa Housing Project in Colorado to revitalize a “distressed” housing project located in South Denver.

Arroyo Sequit Watershed and Qwuloolt Estuary Coastal Habitat Restoration Project in California to remove existing physical barriers, including two dry weather crossings and one check dam, along the Arroyo Sequit watershed in northern Los Angeles County the restoration of 350 acres of floodplain in Washington State.

Cleghorn Ridge Wind Project in California to consist of up to 52 wind turbine generators aligned in a general east-west direction along the ridgeline at Cleghorn Ridge, in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Deerfield Wind Power Project in Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest to consist of 15 two-megawatt turbines.

Dakota Prairie and Little Missouri National Grasslands projects to perform an expedited review of oil and gas applications for wells and ancillary facilities such as pipelines and power lines in the Dakota Prairie and Little Missouri National Grasslands.

The White House said the public can track the progress of these and other projects at



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