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  • SR 99 tunnel slated for fall opening: What to know about tolling, viaduct closure & more

    04/21/2018 8:37:01 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Q13 FOX ^ | March 27, 2018 | Tyler Slauson
    SEATTLE -- Bertha finished boring the path for a new tunnel under Seattle nearly one year ago. Since then, construction crews have finished installing a double-deck highway end-to-end inside the tunnel. That leaves crews to finish installing and testing the $3.2 billion tunnel's advanced operational and safety systems. So when will the tunnel open? How much will tolls cost? And what happens to the Alaskan Way Viaduct? When will the tunnel open and what happens to the viaduct? After the tunnel is finished, crews will close the Alaskan Way Viaduct for several weeks to realign the highway to the tunnel....
  • Opening of Sarah Long Bridge delayed 8 months

    02/09/2018 10:31:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Keene Sentinel ^ | February 8, 2018 | Peter McGuire, Portland Press Herald
    It seems weary commuters will have to wait four more months before they can start using the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine. The lift-span bridge will now be open to traffic in mid-May, eight months after cars were supposed to start using it to cross the Piscataqua River, according to an updated construction schedule from Cianbro, the Pittsfield-based construction company hired by the state of Maine to build the bridge. Cianbro spokesman Alan Grover did not return a interview request Tuesday to explain why bridge construction has been delayed. Cianbro started construction on the $160 million...
  • As Trimmier construction ends, nearby business employees skeptical

    01/09/2018 7:04:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Killeen Daily Herald ^ | December 25, 2017 | Josh Sullivan
    The Starbucks on Killeen’s Trimmier Road, near U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14, was as busy as ever at 4 p.m. Saturday — the day before Christmas Eve. Perhaps it was customers buying gift cards and 12-ounce bags of ground coffee as last-minute gifts for family and friends, or maybe it was shoppers fueling up on caffeine to endure the final stretch of Christmas chores. Either way, Store Manager Jamal Smith hardly had time to talk, as the line of cars in the drive-thru wrapped around the building. Smith is used to the heavy traffic around his store. Being along Trimmier Road,...
  • The terminal cancer of bias in Mueller’s investigation

    12/04/2017 3:15:45 PM PST · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-03-17 | DrJohn
    It has been revealed that the lead FBI agent supervising the Hillary Clinton email scandal and the alleged Trump-Russia connection has been removed from the Mueller team for sending anti-Trump messages: A top FBI agent at the center of both the Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team for exchanging derogatory text messages about the president with a colleague. Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI investigator, was shuffled off to the FBI’s human resources department by Mueller after the Justice Department’s inspector general opened an investigation into the texts, The New York Times reported on Saturday. And according...
  • Are Delays in Prosecuting Mueller, Hillary, and Podesta by Sessions the Greatest Legal Travesty?

    11/14/2017 7:15:36 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    GP ^ | 11/14/17 | Jim Hoft
    It’s outrageous that after nearly a year in office AG Sessions is now considering an investigation into the Clinton Foundation and the approval of the sale of US uranium to Russia by Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration. The fact that Congress asked the Justice Department to look into the many corrupt and criminal actions of the Clintons and the Obama Administration and that we are just finding out now that Sessions is looking into these issues is appalling. What took Sessions so long? Is he even serious about looking into these crimes? Americans have known for years that the...
  • Interstate 70 closures at exit 205 in Silverthorne a ‘highly dangerous ballet’

    11/05/2017 1:11:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Vail Daily ^ | November 1, 2017 | Ben Trollinger
    In the winter, when Interstate 70 shuts down at exit 205 due to car crashes or a deluge of snow, Silverthorne police chief John Minor gives his officers the same piece of advice: “You better have your head on a swivel and your head in the game, because it’s about to get a little sporty.” For the officers and state patrollers who ride herd over the chaotic cattle drive of cars and semis during an interstate evacuation, being on high alert means the difference between life and death. “If you’re actually on the interstate staffing that closure just before the...
  • Nice weekend weather? Let's close the Bayonne Bridge (commentary)

    10/21/2017 12:44:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Staten Island Advance ^ | October 21, 2017 | Tom Wrobleski
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Maybe one day they'll finish the renovation project on the Bayonne Bridge. Until then, we're going to have to keep enduring these total closures of the span, including on the weekends, which is a mind-numbingly bad time to shutter the bridge. Not that the Port Authority sees it that way, no matter how much we bang on their cage. We're supposed to have some nice weather this weekend. Mid-70s. Sunny. Lots of folks are going to be out driving. A lot of them are going to be going to New Jersey, either to shop, visit friends...
  • Who will pay for MoPac cost overruns? Agency, contractor deal in sight

    10/09/2017 2:13:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | September 24, 2017 | Ben Wear
    They’ve butted heads and talked of lawsuits as the MoPac Boulevard toll lane construction project has dragged on two years beyond its target completion date. Now the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and its toll project contractor appear to be near a financial settlement. The mobility authority board, in a specially called meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning, will consider an agreement with CH2M, the Denver-based engineering and construction firm that in April 2013 agreed to design and build the 11-mile project. The contractor agreed then to a fixed price of $137 million. But in a March 2017 memo, written when...
  • Trump's Infrastructure Plan Is Actually Pence's—And It's All About Privatization

    09/28/2017 4:28:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 4, 2017 | Lydia O'Neal and David Sirota
    President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure may be unprecedented in size and ambition, but it mimics a controversial scheme championed by Vice President Mike Pence when he was the governor of Indiana. That’s why Pence is the public face of the Trump initiative, and executives from financial firms that helped privatize Indiana’s toll road are in the White House, busily sculpting Trump’s national plan. Pence and his allies like to boast about how Indiana sold control of major roads to private firms, claiming the move prompted corporations to invest money in infrastructure that would otherwise have...
  • It's official: State takes over I-69 Section 5 project

    08/21/2017 1:10:38 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Bloomington Herald-Times ^ | August 15, 2017 | Michael Reschke
    The state has officially taken over the Interstate 69 Section 5 project from I-69 Development Partners.The Indiana Finance Authority announced it had reached an agreement with the private developer in June to take over construction, operation and maintenance of the project after several delays in the completion schedule. To officially take control of the project, the Indiana State Budget Committee had to approve the plans. Additionally, all parties had to endorse a settlement agreement and bondholders had to be paid in full.The finance authority announced Monday it had completed the settlement transaction to terminate the contract with I-69 Development Partners...
  • Time to show rape victims matter

    08/13/2017 4:35:33 PM PDT · by Mark · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 8/13/2017 | Helena Lazaro
    LAW-ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY Time to show rape victims matter By Helena Lazaro I’d just turned 17 when I was abducted from a car wash by a stranger near my Los Angeles home and repeatedly raped at knife-point. I begged the attacker to spare my life and release me, and he did — but not before he took my driver’s license swearing to kill everyone in my home if I ever told police what happened. That cold night in 1996, I risked my life and the safety of my family by reporting what happened. I underwent the deeply traumatic evidence collection process...
  • Proposed budget cuts could interrupt Oklahoma's highway projects

    05/01/2017 11:56:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | April 29, 2017 | Randy Ellis
    State transportation officials may be forced to suspend construction on some partially completed highway projects if the Legislature follows through with a proposal to cut its off-the-top funding from income tax revenues to $320 million, says Mike Patterson, executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The transportation department was scheduled to receive $571 million in off-the-top funding from income tax revenues next fiscal year, but a joint legislative committee passed a revenue measure Thursday evening that calls for reducing that amount to $320 million. Patterson said such a drastic cut would force his department to suspend several construction projects...
  • MoPac delays push government agency to dip into savings for debt payments

    04/16/2017 10:13:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Austin Business Journal ^ | March 30, 2017 | Staff Report
    More than a year behind schedule, the massive project to add toll lanes to 11 miles of MoPac Expressway is now costing the government agency overseeing construction some of its savings. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is dipping into its cash reserves to repay some of the $230 million it owes to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The agency said once the rest of the toll lanes open — which is now projected to happen June 15, per the Statesman — the revenue collected will solve such cash flow problems. The tolls are expected...
  • Commuter alert: Legislators risk killing IDOT's plan to add I-55 toll lanes

    04/16/2017 7:13:21 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 24, 2017 | Randy Blankenhorn
    In a matter of days, time will run out on a plan that could cut down on commuting times, pave the way for even less traffic congestion, and potentially give taxpayers a break. For reasons that remain unclear, the General Assembly has ignored the Illinois Department of Transportation's I-55 managed lanes project, and the cost of doing nothing has the potential to harm the state's ability to do business for years to come. The I-55 managed lanes proposal would add an express toll lane between the Veterans Memorial Tollway in the southwest suburbs and the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago....
  • Chuck Schumer says a President ‘deserves his choices’ for cabinet positions ...in 2009, that is

    02/10/2017 9:45:41 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/10/17 | Robert Laurie
    Laments alleged 'new tactic' of delays and obstruction Chuck Schumer is now the official king of obstruction. He’s vowed to fight, delay, withhold, and complicate every single Trump nomination and confirmation for the entirety of the President’s four-year term. So far, he hasn’t actually stopped any of Trump’s picks, but he and his ilk sure do enjoy gumming up the system.
  • Two sections of First Coast Expressway construction behind schedule

    12/07/2016 11:00:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | December 6, 2016 | Teresa Stepzinski
    Construction of two of the three sections of the multi-lane First Coast Expressway running through Clay County and neighboring Northeast Florida communities is behind schedule, according to Florida Department of Transportation officials, who cited a variety of factors for the delays. The expressway is a limited access toll facility is touted by elected officials and economic development authorities in Clay as being a gateway to new residential and commercial economic growth, which translates into an increased tax base. When completed, the expressway will span 46.5 miles. It be a connecting road outside of the existing Interstate 295 Loop between Interstate...
  • Will next governor pave the way for more public-private partnerships?

    10/11/2016 7:05:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Indiana Lawyer ^ | October 11, 2016 | Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
    The controversial 2006 lease of the Indiana Toll Road paved the way for highway projects funded by public-private partnerships in Indiana — including the relatively smooth and nearly finished building of a bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville and the beleaguered construction of a 21-mile stretch of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville. Indiana’s next governor — whose road-funding agenda will likely shape discussions at next year’s budget session of the Indiana General Assembly — will have a major role in crafting future deals to fund projects and maintain the state’s infrastructure. The question is whether the state will...
  • I-69 construction woes lead to another bond downgrade

    10/11/2016 1:03:45 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Indiana Business Journal ^ | September 20, 2016 | Susan Orr
    Continuing delays on the construction of Interstate 69 between Bloomington and Martinsville have led to another ratings downgrade on the bonds issued to help finance the project. Standard & Poor’s has lowered its rating from BB+ to BB- on $244 million in bonds issued by the Indiana Finance Authority in 2014 for the interstate project. “The rating action reflects our view of increased construction risk at the project, which is eight months behind schedule and about 56 percent complete,” S&P Global Ratings credit analyst Tony Bettinelli said in the ratings agency’s statement on the downgrade last week. The 21-mile project,...
  • KDOT sweeps: Kansas is going backward with more projects stalled

    09/16/2016 1:11:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Garden City Telegram ^ | September 15, 2016 | Dena Sattler / Topeka Capital-Journal
    Kansas has more than 140,000 miles of public roads — the fourth most in the U.S. Such a massive network requires substantial public investment in maintenance and new projects, and some transportation advocates are worried that the state’s revenue crisis will prevent much of this necessary work from getting done. For example, the Brownback administration has transferred more than $1 billion from the Kansas Department of Transportation to the state general fund over the past few years. … Earlier this year, $185 million was removed from the highway fund to counteract meager state revenue collections. This sweep was announced alongside...
  • NJ county threatening to sue state DOT over highway project shutdown

    09/16/2016 5:32:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | September 15, 2016 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: Passaic County, NJ, has announced its intention to sue the state's Department of Transportation for costs resulting from Gov. Chris Christie's order to shut down all projects funded through the near-empty Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), according to The Record.Citing safety issues, Passaic County officials said they used their own funds to continue with certain state projects after the shutdown, such as a $330,000 repaving project that left raised manhole covers exposed. The county has a multimillion-dollar lineup of infrastructure projects now on hold.Passaic County Counsel William Pascrell, who notified the state DOT of Passaic's intention to sue over...