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  • Experts see few reasons to proceed with Interstate 81 tunnel option

    12/11/2017 4:43:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | December 8, 2017 | Mark Weiner
    A $2 million study on replacing part of Interstate 81 in Syracuse with a tunnel supports what national transportation experts say they have known for years: Tunnels usually are a bad idea.While an I-81 tunnel would be technically feasible, it would be difficult to justify the cost of up to $4.5 billion at a time when few publicly-financed tunnel projects are moving forward, according to four transportation policy experts interviewed by syracuse.com.The few highway tunnel projects approved in recent years have been expensive mega projects, often plagued by delays and cost overruns that have drawn public criticism, the experts said.New York...
  • Tolls would be required for Larson’s ‘big dig’

    10/16/2017 12:11:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Manchester Journal Inquirer ^ | September 21, 2017 | Kym Soper
    Connecticut abolished tollbooths more than 30 years ago, and every attempt to reinstate them since has been blown out of the water. But that would have to change, says U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, D-1st District, should his proposed underground highway system in Hartford become reality. For the last eight months Larson has talked to nearly every civic group, news editorial board, local business, municipal government, state agency, and federal office, trying to drum up support for his proposed $10 billion “big dig” project. So far, support has been hit or miss for the plan that would sink interstates 84...
  • Larson’s tunnels: Big plan, even bigger challenge

    11/27/2016 8:28:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Connecticut Mirror ^ | November 15, 2016 | Tom Condon
    Not everyone is thrilled with U.S. Rep. John Larson’s proposal to build massive highway tunnels under Hartford, but Daniel Burnham might be, were he still with us. It was Burnham, the great Chicago architect and planner, who said, “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.”Larson’s is anything but a little plan; it is breathtaking in scope. It has stirred the blood of some public officials and business leaders. But the concept is so vast, complex and potentially expensive – it would be longer than Boston’s “Big Dig” tunnels...
  • Maryland board approves $5.6 billion Purple Line contract (16 miles @ $350M/mile)

    04/06/2016 6:26:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 6, 2016 at 8:05 PM | Katherine Shaver
    A Maryland board approved a $5.6 billion contract Wednesday for a team of companies to build and operate a light-rail Purple Line that state officials say will rejuvenate older communities and transform a 16-mile swath of the Washington suburbs. The 876-page agreement — believed to be the most expensive government contract ever in Maryland — forms one of the largest public-private partnerships on a U.S. transportation project and will result in the first major light-rail line in the nation’s capital in years. […] Compared with Metro trains, Purple Line light-rail trains will be shorter, carry a maximum of 300 passengers...
  • New bullet train plan delays opening of the first leg by three years ( California )

    03/05/2016 7:13:16 AM PST · by george76 · 80 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 4, 2016 | Ralph Vartabedian
    California will need to double down on support of the bullet train by digging deeper into the state's wallet and accepting a three-year delay in completing the project's initial leg, a new business plan for the 220-mph system shows. Rail planners have turned their construction plans upside down, attempting to fit the mega-project within the state's limited budget. The 2016 business plan, released last month, shows that the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco rail link has proved to be politically and technically more complicated to build than foreseen in 2008, when voters agreed to help finance the project with a $9-billion bond....
  • Overtightening eyed as cause for flaws in Big Dig tunnel nuts

    10/24/2015 7:58:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 22, 2015 | Nicole Dungca
    <p>Flaws in nuts that hold up lights throughout the Big Dig’s tunnels may be the result of workers overtightening the fasteners when they were first installed, a top highway official said Thursday.</p> <p>Highway officials revealed this week that an inspector had discovered a cracked nut on a light fixture in the Ted Williams Tunnel in September. After further inspection of the Williams Tunnel and the Interstate 90 Connector and Interstate 93 tunnels, officials said they believe hundreds of fasteners throughout the Big Dig tunnels are flawed and must be replaced.</p>
  • Big Dig into our wallets fuels Boston 2024 fears

    05/22/2015 5:42:45 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 4 replies
    lowell sun ^ | may 21 | Peter Lucas
    You can hardly blame the public for its lack of enthusiasm in bringing the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston. People have memories, short and long. Still fresh in their minds is the breakdown of mass transportation in Greater Boston when the MBTA and its commuter rail network shut down during the series of snowstorms that paralyzed the city. Yes, there was a failure of equipment that had not been properly maintained, but there was also a failure of management leadership
  • Boston's Big Dig expert to speak about future of Interstate 81

    03/14/2014 8:00:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    CNYCentral.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | CNYCentral.com
    SYRACUSE -- A series of public lectures on the future of Interstate 81 will be held this summer and spring. The speaker series bring renowned planning professionals, municipal leaders and community development experts to share their experiences and expertise. The first guest speaker will be Virginia Greiman, a veteran of Boston's Big Dig project and a leader in the field of project management. "Our community can learn a great deal from simply listening to others who have struggled with and overcome similar challenges that we now face," said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. "I look forward to welcoming Professor Greiman...
  • Massachusetts faces $1 billion annual transportation funding gap, state report shows

    01/14/2013 5:30:11 PM PST · by matt04 · 17 replies
    Massachusetts needs an additional $1.02 billion a year over the next 10 years to maintain and upgrade its transportation system, according to a plan released Monday by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Transportation Secretary Richard Davey unveiled the 10-year plan for the state’s transportation system at an event at UMass Boston. “It is clear to us that what our customers are asking for is more,” Davey said. “What they want is more reliability, they want more services. We have to find a way to do this.” The plan would require $13 billion in additional revenue over the next decade, more...
  • Big Dig-Springfield?(MA) I-91 in city needs major rehab that could turn into a reimagining

    10/10/2012 2:18:23 PM PDT · by matt04 · 14 replies
    The elevated section of Interstate 91 downtown needs $360 million to $400 million worth of reconstruction within the next few years, but local, state and federal transportation planners are only now starting to figure out how to pay for the project and what Springfield’s city center might look like when it's done. Options on the table include demolishing the viaduct and making I-91 a surface road or burying the interstate in the style of Boston’s notorious Big Dig. Springfield’s elevated stretch of Interstate 91 has long been blamed for smothering downtown development by cutting the city off from the Connecticut...
  • Mitt Romney’s Unfavorable Ratings Have Been Rising Since Iowa

    02/03/2012 7:50:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 1, 2012 | Andrew Romano
    Sure, Mitt Romney just had a huge win in Florida—but his favorability ratings have been sinking miserably since the New Year. Andrew Romano on why the GOP’s long primary race in 2012 won’t mirror the Dems’ in 2008. Plus read more Daily Beast contributors on what Romney’s Florida victory means. On stage last night in Ballroom C of the Tampa Convention Center, Mitt Romney, the winner of the 2012 Florida Republican primary, tried his darndest to simulate the emotional state that Homo sapiens refer to as “happiness.” “Our opponents in the other party ... like to comfort themselves with the...
  • Washington's big dig aims to clean up "nation's river" (Potomac River and the ailing Chesapeake Bay)

    12/28/2011 2:16:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/28/11 | Ian Simpson - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington is starting to dig deep in a $2.6 billion underground solution aimed at helping clean up the polluted Potomac River and the ailing Chesapeake Bay, the biggest U.S. estuary. In the U.S. capital's biggest public works project in more than 40 years, work started this fall to cut about 16 miles of tunnels to keep overflow sewage and stormwater from running into the Potomac. The project, designed to be finished in 2025, is seen by environmentalists as part of resolving the next great water pollution challenge facing the United States -- keeping fouled runoff out of...
  • <B>Romney staff wiped records Ex-governor’s aides say they did nothing wrong<B>

    11/17/2011 9:20:11 AM PST · by marty60 · 55 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | November 17, 2011 | By Michael Levenson and Matt Viser | Globe Staff
    Just before Mitt Romney left the Massachusetts governor’s office and first ran for president, 11 of his top aides purchased their state-issued computer hard drives, and the Romney administration’s e-mails were all wiped from a server, according to interviews and records obtained by the Globe. Romney administration officials had the remaining computers in the governor’s office replaced just before Governor Deval Patrick staff showed up to take power in January 2007, according to Mark Reilly, Patrick’s chief legal counsel. Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, said the governor’s aides did nothing wrong.
  • What's Wrong With Romney?

    10/07/2011 4:32:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 7, 2011 | Mona Charen
    Two new sets of Republicans are feeling deflated today -- the Chris Christie hopefuls and the Sarah Palin stalwarts. The Christie decision didn't surprise me, perhaps because I grew up in Jersey. In fact, Christie and I attended the same high school! Anyway, Jerseyans are many things (not all of them nice), but slick dissemblers we are not. When Christie said, repeatedly, and in ever more colorful terms, that he wasn't running, I believed him. And, while I understand the boomlet for him, I'm also a little relieved to see that he is indeed a truthful guy. Sarah Palin, by...
  • Westfield's (MA) 'Big Dig': Now-$80 million Great River Bridge project adds $500,000 clock tower

    04/26/2011 5:54:14 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    WESTFIELD – How much does it cost for a 60-foot-tall clock tower erected as one of the capstones of a now nearly $80 million project to build a new bridge across the Westfield River here? The price tag for the new clock that’s debuted along Routes 10 and 202 on Elm Street is $500,000. Whether it was federal, state or city money which paid for it isn’t exactly clear; the buyer apparently remains a mystery. No matter what public funding source paid the bill, though, it’s among the expenditures for a project that’s been four years in construction, four decades...
  • Inspection was ‘deficient’: Teams failed to detect corrosion on Dig light

    03/19/2011 6:54:26 AM PDT · by massmike · 7 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 03/19/2011 | Hillary Chabot
    State officials gave a clean bill of health to a 110-pound overhead light fixture just 10 months before it crashed onto a Big Dig tunnel roadway — but they failed to notice its aluminum casing was rusting away, the Herald has learned. Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan yesterday defended the April 2010 report on the corroded light fixture that fell during a Feb. 8 morning commute — as well as the 23,000 other 2010 tunnel lights inspections — as “exhaustive,” but in the same breath he admitted the visual checks that he called for were “deficient.”
  • State: Corrosion discovery prompts review of Big Dig lights

    03/16/2011 2:27:38 PM PDT · by massmike · 28 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 03/16/2011 | AP
    State transportation officials say they have discovered some corrosion in the lighting for the Big Dig tunnels in Boston. Secretary of Transportation Jeffrey Mullan said Wednesday one of the 110-pound fixtures fell but did not hit any cars. Mullan said there are about 23,000 light fixtures in the tunnels, and corrosion has been found in fewer than two percent. He said there’s no danger to the public.
  • Mitt Romney delays run, but experts say he’s a sure bet

    11/20/2010 5:49:16 AM PST · by BuzzKillington · 85 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/20/2010 | By Hillary Chabot
    Former Gov. Mitt Romney, a likely GOP presidential candidate for 2012, told supporters he won’t announce his candidacy before the end of the year — but political analysts said yesterday the discussion is the strongest indicator yet that he’ll run. “We know who is running, they’re just doing everything but coming out and saying so,” said Andy Smith, director of the Political Center at the University of New Hampshire. Romney held a conference call with 245 of his top supporters Thursday and told them that unlike his failed 2008 run, he won’t be announcing until later in the cycle, according...
  • Amorello, who missed court appearance, was 'out of it' when arrested, police say

    08/09/2010 12:00:27 PM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 16 replies
    HAVERHILL -- Former Massachusetts Turnpike chairman Matthew Amorello failed to appear in court today to face drunken driving charges, leading a Haverhill District Court judge to issue a default warrant for the man who once oversaw one of the largest public works projects in the state's history. A court official told Haverhill District Court Judge Stephen Abany this morning that Amorello is currently hospitalized at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. The reason for his hospitalization was not specified in court. However, a spokeswoman said in a telephone interview that Amorello is not listed in the hospital's patient database....
  • North Shore Connector No. 3 on wasteful spending list (Tunnel to Nowhere)

    08/04/2010 4:14:46 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 20 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Wednesday, August 4, 2010 | Mike Cronin
    The North Shore Connector is No. 3 in the nation among stimulus-funded projects that waste taxpayer money, two Republican senators say. In a report released Tuesday, Oklahoma's Tom Coburn and Arizona's John McCain said the $528.8 million light-rail extension beneath the Allegheny River to bring T riders to destinations such as PNC Park and Heinz Field is an example of stimulus dollars spent to fund projects with "questionable goals," or those that "are being mismanaged or were poorly planned." The "Summertime Blues" report, their third in a series, identifies 100 projects throughout the country that received money from the $787...