A deal with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that freed a stalled stopgap highway-aviation bill is changing another bill. A two-year highway measure that Environment and Public Works panel leaders are drafting now will give states new flexibility in the transportation enhancements program. Under current law, states must spend 10% of their Surface Transportation Program aid on bike paths and other enhancements. Coburn said that diverts funds from other uses, such as bridge upgrades.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan