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  • Offer infrastructure investors a share of the tax take

    04/17/2018 12:08:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | April 17, 2018 | Naoyuki Yoshino
    Asia needs more transport infrastructure. More than the state, which finances the lion's share, can fund. So what more can be done to bring in increased private capital, when investors have so far been mostly disappointed by the returns? Is there a way of breathing new life into the public private partnership (PPP), the most common vehicle for private infrastructure investment? We think so. Governments need to offer private sector investors more than they can hope to earn from ticket sales on railways or motorway tolls. They should consider sharing the extra tax revenues generated from the increased economic activity...
  • Fallout over tolls divides local, state leaders

    04/16/2018 11:04:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The political tide has turned against toll roads in Texas, imperiling a Tomball interchange project and hamstringing frustrated local officials, while setting an ominous tone for projects to come. For years, state officials relied on tolls to tackle some of TexasÂ’ biggest traffic messes as a way to build without adding taxes. Since 2016, however, Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have taken hard-line stances against the mixing of Texas Department of Transportation money and toll revenues. Most Popular More men accuse former Texas judge, Baptist leader of sexual misconduct Breaking down 2018 Texas A&M football: Quarterback With...
  • How California Car Culture Killed The Promise Of A 20-Minute Commute

    04/16/2018 8:33:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    KPBS News ^ | April 16, 2018 | Meghan McCarty Carino/KPCC
    As an innovator and early adopter of freeways, California became the symbolic capital of car culture. But the ease of movement conferred by the massive postwar freeway building boom was short-lived, turning the dream of car travel into a nightmare of congestion and long commutes. The story of how Californians went from getting around to getting stuck behind the wheel is deeply entwined with the history of the urban freeway, an enterprise that advanced earlier and on a larger scale here than anywhere else in the country. Half a century ago, there was reason for optimism about cars. Los Angeles...
  • No more cash: Maryland explores changing tolls to electronic only

    04/14/2018 8:17:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    The Capital Gazette ^ | April 13, 2018 | Katherine Brzozowski
    The Maryland Transportation Authority is exploring phasing out all cash toll booths across the state. Today, tolls are collected three ways: by cash, or electronically, by either an E-ZPass transponder or by video tolling — when the state uses a license-plate photo and mails drivers their bill. Transportation officials say that the transition to all-electronic, high-speed toll collection will: save drivers time on their commute, save the state money, reduce accidents at toll plazas, and reduce CO2 emissions as less fuel is being burned, according to a national study by the University of Central Florida. Drivers in Maryland could start...
  • Texas 130 expansion stalls as Texas toll roads go out of style

    04/10/2018 8:04:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | January 26, 2018 | Ben Wear
    The Texas Department of Transportation has a contractor lined up to add a lane to each side of Texas 130 through Pflugerville, a popular commuter route that often backs up during rush hour.But the $36.7 million contract with OHL Construction is now caught up in the freeze on toll road projects — even though the project would be an expansion of an existing toll road, funded with toll road revenue. It would not use money from the gas, sales and energy taxes that have been the target of grass-roots anti-toll groups.“The planning and (bidding) has been done. The contractor is ready...
  • Cashless tolling on Grand Island begins March 29

    04/10/2018 7:37:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    WGRZ 2 On Your Side ^ | March 15, 2018 | Jeff Preval
    GRAND ISLAND, NY - The New York State Thruway Authority announced Wednesday that cashless tolling on Grand Island will be operational the night of Thursday, March 29. For months, there has been construction near the North Grand Island Bridge on the 190 southbound and on the 190 northbound near the South Grand Island Bridge. The actual gantries, which drivers will go under to pay their toll, are being built. Once the system becomes operational, according to the Thruway Authority, drivers for a brief period of time will go through the old toll plazas, which will not be operational and then...
  • Why P3s can be a project delivery method worth the risk

    04/09/2018 12:45:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | March 26, 2018 | Mary Tyler March
    Design-bid-build may still be the No. 1 project delivery method for U.S. construction, but other processes are rising that could challenge DBB’s stake in how some projects are carried out.One such arrangement, public-private partnerships (P3), is gaining steam with talks from Washington, D.C., about employing the method for President Donald Trump’s $1.3 trillion infrastructure spend. While more states and local entities are successfully turning to P3s to tackle major infrastructure overhauls and new projects, the method still runs up against a perception problem. Some elected officials are hesitant to employ P3s because they don’t want to let a private firm...
  • Wear: Money-making tollways a good thing in Austin, not for state leaders

    04/09/2018 11:13:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | April 1, 2018 | Ben Wear
    All you toll road haters, limber up your fingers for the flaming responses to this column.Because the toll road story here in Central Texas that I’m about to tell you, based on usage and revenue, is a good news story. The simple fact is that the nine toll roads here, other than the privately run section of Texas 130 south of Mustang Ridge, are being heavily used and are financially healthy.This is certainly not the uniform case around the country, where a number of toll roads in the past decade have gone bankrupt. In Central Texas, well over 1 million TxTags...
  • Giant Crane Collapses In Florida, Nearly Hitting Construction Workers

    04/06/2018 9:42:12 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 31 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | April 5, 2018 | Anon - Staff Reporter
    A massive crane at a Florida construction site toppled Thursday, nearly crushing workers below. Surveillance footage provided by the St. Petersburg Police Department shows the moment the crane tips over, sending two workers below sprinting away. The crane narrowly missed one of at least eight workers running for their lives. St. Petersburg police tweeted that no one was injured and that the construction site, at the department’s new headquarters, didn’t suffer major damage, although the crane itself did. The Tampa Bay Times reports the crane was carrying a scissor lift weighing about 1,000 pounds. A worker told the Times that...
  • State senator says tollway officials need to listen to concerns on Tri-State widening

    04/04/2018 8:03:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 16, 2018 | Kimberly Fornek
    The Illinois Tollway invited about 20 Hinsdale property owners to meetings Thursday, but at least 50 people showed up, including state Sen. Chris Nybo. The Elmhurst Republican asked tollway officials why they are not reconstructing Interstate 290/Interstate 88 interchange first, and then reassess whether the proposed widening farther south with two lanes in each direction is still needed to relieve congestion. "The tollway has not clearly explained why they need to expand this stretch to six lanes, instead of five, in each direction. That additional lane in each direction is a big deal for Hinsdale and Western Springs," Nybo said...
  • With Lumber in Short Supply, Record Costs Set to Juice Home Prices

    03/31/2018 9:27:57 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 64 replies
    msn.com ^ | 3/1/2018 | Benjamin Parkin
    A lumber shortage has pushed prices to record highs as builders stock up for what is expected to be one of the busiest construction seasons in years. Builders say the higher lumber costs are making homes more expensive. Lumber prices started rising last year after fires destroyed prime forests and a trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada restricted supplies. Now a shortage of railcars and trucks is forcing builders to pay even more. “We are in a lumber supply crisis,” said Stinson Dean, a broker in Kansas City, Mo., who ships wood from sawmills to lumber yards, in a...
  • Let’s really open the roads in Montgomery County

    03/23/2018 11:06:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 8, 2017 | Jason Neuringer
    They say there are two constants in life: death and taxes. However, if you live in Montgomery County, there’s a third: traffic congestion . Unfortunately, some Montgomery County politicians seem almost to scoff at any real solution to that last constant. Take Montgomery County Council candidate Ben Shnider’s recent critique of Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) proposal for Interstate 270. Shnider, a Democrat, is correct to point out that Hogan’s proposal does not go far enough. But Shnider argues for policies that would, ironically, make traffic only worse. Meanwhile, his Democratic primary opponent, incumbent council member Sidney Katz (Gaithersburg-Rockville), has shown...
  • Appeals court allows Bayou Bridge Pipeline construction to proceed

    03/16/2018 2:50:56 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 3/15/18 | Tristan Baurick
    A federal court of appeals on Thursday (March 15) put construction of the controversial Bayou Bridge oil pipeline back on track. By a two-to-one vote, judges in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans struck down a ruling by a federal judge in Baton Rouge that had halted the pipeline's construction through the environmentally-sensitive Atchafalaya Basin. In Thursday's appeals court decision, Judge Edith Brown Clement wrote that the district court "abused its discretion in granting a preliminary injunction" halting the pipeline's construction. The district court should have allowed the case to proceed with the Army Corps of...
  • Will: Infrastructure spending won’t transform America

    03/16/2018 1:02:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | February 16, 2018 | George F. Will
    “MASON CITY: To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new.” — Robert Penn Warren, “All the King’s Men” (1946) WASHINGTON — Appropriately, Warren began the best book about American populism, his novel based on Huey Long’s Louisiana career, with a rolling sentence about a road. Time was, infrastructure — roads, especially — was a preoccupation of populists, who were mostly rural and needed roads to get products to market, and for travel to neighbors and towns, which assuaged loneliness. Today, there is no comparably sympathetic constituency clamoring...
  • Infrastructure: Fed money comes in low

    03/16/2018 10:56:12 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    News Review ^ | February 22, 2018 | Dennis Myers
    Donald Trump’s first budget recommendations help pay for a bigger military with lower expenditures for other promised programs. His recommendations for infrastructure disappointed local officials across the nation, and his plan to revive Nevada’s Yucca Mountain also received limited funds. Trump’s plan calls for $1.5 trillion in infrastructure projects, with just $200 billion supplied by the federal government. It was widely assumed, including in conservative circles, that the program would force local governments to raise taxes. In the Unification Church publication Washington Times, economist Peter Morici wrote, President Trump’s infrastructure plan puts a heavy burden on the states and will...
  • Whistleblower Says Illegal Aliens Have ‘Taken Over Every Trade’ in CA Construction (T)

    03/15/2018 6:09:14 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 143 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 March 2018 | John Binder
    A whistleblower in the southern California construction industry says illegal alien workers have “taken over every trade” in the business while driving down wages by an estimated 40 percent. ... Blaine Taylor, the whistleblower, said the construction industry in California once offered a starting wage of about $45 an hour in the late 1980s. Fast-forward to 2018 — nearly two decades into when illegal aliens began flooding the industry — he now says that wages have fallen by more than half, standing at just $11 an hour.
  • Why are the 15 Freeway rest stops closed on the route to Las Vegas?

    03/14/2018 10:51:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | March 14, 2018 | Amy Bentley
    Q: On recent trips to Las Vegas traveling on Interstate 15, Riverside resident Janet Field said she noticed that the rest stops along the interstate were closed in both directions. She wondered why the rest stops are not being used, and said they appear to be in good condition. A: Water and electrical problems are to blame for the closures of rest stops on 1-15 between Riverside and Las Vegas, said Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga. The rest stops outside of Barstow and Baker are just old and need major repairs or rehabilitation work, which is why they are closed. Kasinga...
  • Gov. Walker open to gas tax increase for road construction if offset by cuts

    03/10/2018 10:53:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    FOX 6 Now ^ | February 4, 2018 | Theo Keith
    MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee drivers will deal with orange barrels on the freeways for the next 10 years even if Congress passes a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan, the head of the a Wisconsin transportation group said. Pat Goss, executive director of the Transportation Builders Association, says the state hasn't put itself in a position to use the federal money for two Milwaukee County freeway projects eliminated in 2017. That year, Gov. Scott Walker delayed construction on Interstate 41 north of the Zoo Interchange and abandoned plans to rebuild Interstate 94 past Miller Park because of a funding shortfall. Don't expect a $1.5...
  • Grim anniversary a reminder for drivers

    03/10/2018 10:07:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    NBC 26 News ^ | March 7, 2018 | Matt Jarchow
    NEENAH, Wis. - At the Winnebago County Highway Department, a memorial for two men is a reminder of two employees and two family members who are gone too soon. "Today it's been 12 years since he's been gone," Susan Tiffany said. Tiffany lost her brother, Dan Melhorn, on March 7, 2006. Melhorn, along with his partner and friend, Marc Neumeyer, got killed working along Interstate-41. "My sister told me and I just went, 'no, no'," Tiffany said. Tiffany said that after her brother's death, she drives extra slow through work zones. She's not alone in hoping others will follow. Local...
  • Exclusive: I-66 toll construction to take down 2-year old high-tech traffic management system

    03/05/2018 8:24:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 31, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — The two-year-old high-tech system that allows the Interstate 66 “red X” lanes to be opened outside of rush hour will be taken down within the next 12 months, WTOP has learned.The active traffic management system, which includes digital signs over each lane on a stretch of about 12 miles of I-66 just outside the Capital Beltway, cost $39 million. Work began in 2013; the system was first activated in September 2015.Construction on two HOV or toll lanes in each direction between the Beltway and Gainesville is set to ramp up this spring, and that will disrupt the system....