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  • Will: Infrastructure spending won’t transform America

    03/16/2018 1:02:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 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...
  • Proposed sales tax increase could boost funding for transportation projects

    02/27/2018 1:12:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Colorado Independent ^ | February 22, 2018 | John Herrick
    A coalition of local leaders backed by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce wants voters to approve a sales tax increase on the November ballot to pay for projects like the widening of Interstate 25 and the buildout of bike lanes. The group filed four ballot measures with the Secretary of State on Thursday that would raise between $500 million and $1 billion for transportation projects, according to the chamber, and allow that money to be used to pay for bonds, which would generate even more upfront cash. A booming population across the Front Range has created traffic snarls on...
  • After 61 Years, America’s Busiest Highway Is Almost Complete

    02/09/2018 8:09:01 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 20, 2018 | Robinson Meyer
    PENNINGTON, N.J.—The past few years have been thick with promises of shiny new infrastructure and the revival of American greatness. Funny, then, that so little has been made of a quiet victory for U.S. infrastructure due later this year. By September 2018, one of the country’s most famous civil-engineering projects will finally complete construction, six decades after work on it began. Interstate 95, the country’s most used highway, will finally run as one continuous road between Miami and Maine by the late summer. The interstate’s infamous “gap” on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border will be closed, turning I-95 into...
  • Watch Traffic Camera Footage of Fatal I-35 Pileup

    02/07/2018 6:21:14 AM PST · by Pappy Smear · 45 replies
    Iowa DOT ^ | 2-6-18 | WHO-TV
    Here is the video--6 minutes long of a 50-70 car pileup on I-35 near Ames, Iowa. First minute is a little slow. At about 4:30 in, it starts getting "wow".
  • Turf war in govt over highway funds (India)

    02/07/2018 10:09:37 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | February 6, 2018 | Dipak K Dash | TNN
    NEW DELHI: A turf battle for national highways has erupted with the department of economic affairs (DEA) seeking to take control of the funding for the highway construction programme. After unsuccessfully pushing for corporatisation of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the DEA has proposed changes in the Central Road Fund (CRF) Act to take control of the allotment of fuel cess for infrastructure projects and to decide the priority of expenditure. So far, the road transport and highways ministry is entitled to get the largest share of the CRF, estimated at 41%. The proposal to use 2.5% of...
  • After 61 Years, America’s Busiest Highway Is Almost Complete

    01/22/2018 7:00:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 20, 2018 | Robinson Meyer
    The past few years have been thick with promises of shiny new infrastructure and the revival of American greatness. Funny, then, that so little has been made of a quiet victory for U.S. infrastructure due later this year. By September 2018, one of the country’s most famous civil-engineering projects will finally complete construction, six decades after work on it began.
  • W.Va. Legislators Debate Tolls for Interstate 70 Use

    12/29/2017 9:52:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Wheeling News-Register ^ | July 22, 2017 | Joselyn King
    WHEELING — Motorists know age and excessive use are taking a toll on Interstate 70 through Ohio County, but some state lawmakers are concerned drivers may be paying tolls after a proposed $172.5 million rehabilitation on the stretch of highway is completed. Delegates Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, and Patrick McGeehan, R-Hancock, both said they voted against a bill — which ultimately passed — giving the West Virginia Parkways Authority the ability to charge tolls after construction of new roads and major improvements to existing highways because of their concerns about future tolling on Interstate 70. State Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns,...
  • State's pushback on toll roads rankles Houston-area leaders

    12/29/2017 7:41:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | December 22, 2017 | Dug Begley
    Texas lawmakers have gone from championing to criticizing toll roads, a shift that some Houston-area leaders worry has gone too far and could limit coming projects. "Without toll roads and that funding, I don't know what we are going to do," said Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, citing the need for new roadways in rapidly growing parts of the Houston area. The concern, voiced at a Dec. 15 meeting of the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Transportation Policy Council - the region's transportation planning group - was shared in response to decisions by the Texas Transportation Commission. A day earlier, the commission...
  • 2017 Year in Review: Colorado transportation on the move with Hyperloop project . . .

    12/28/2017 7:49:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Summit Daily ^ | December 25, 2017 | Summit Daily Staff Report
    It sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, but Colorado has been named one of 10 finalists for the Hyperloop One competition, which could end with a vacuum-sealed tunnel shooting people from Cheyenne to Pueblo and Vail to Denver at speeds up to 700 miles per hour. The futuristic, pod-based transportation system for Colorado could cost as much as $24 billion, but it's only one of a number of major developments in the realm of transportation throughout 2017. The proposed route for a Colorado Hyperloop accounts for roughly 360 miles total, and the Los Angeles firm that's sponsoring...
  • Plans coming to ease Baltimore congestion on main highways

    12/28/2017 1:02:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    WBAL TV 11 ^ | December 19, 2017 | Kate Amara
    BALTIMORE — In September, Governor Larry Hogan announced a massive plan to ease congestion on the D.C. Beltway. Tuesday, it was Baltimore's turn. Hogan and his transportation team unveiled a multipronged approach that could cut commute times for millions of Marylanders. Maryland has the second longest commuting times in the nation. Six of the 15 most congested spots in our state are on the Baltimore Beltway. Hogan announced a $461 million traffic-relief plan for Interstates 695 and 95 north. The plan "will benefit the lives of millions of drivers throughout the Baltimore region," Hogan said. There are four components to...
  • Hogan’s idea to widen Washington-area highways to add toll lanes has hit barriers before

    11/15/2017 10:34:02 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 21, 2017 | Katherine Shaver
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposal to add toll lanes to three of the most congested highways in the Washington suburbs reaches beyond similar proposals that stalled over the years after being deemed too expensive or disruptive to adjacent communities. Hogan’s $9 billion plan would add four toll lanes each to Maryland’s portion of the Capital Beltway (I-495) and to I-270 from the Beltway to Frederick. It would also widen the Baltimore-Washington Parkway by four toll lanes. The project would be built using a public-private partnership in what Hogan (R) has said would be the largest such deal for highways in...
  • Centre approves 83,000-km highway projects worth Rs 7-lakh crore ($108 billion)

    10/26/2017 5:17:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | October 24, 2017 | Moushumi Das Gupta
    In a fillip to India’s highway development programme, the Union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday approved a plan to build thousands of kilometres of roads and highways over the next five years at a cost of about Rs 7 lakh crore, a spending push that could help generate jobs and lift the economy. Announcing the Cabinet decision, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley called this public expenditure on infrastructure projects as “unprecedented” and “something which has not happened in the country till date.” The plan involves constructing 83,677 km of roads, highways, green-field expressways and bridges in...
  • How to Make Private Investment in Infrastructure Really Work

    10/15/2017 10:58:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Citylab ^ | October 9, 2017 | William Murray
    During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump—like his opponent Hillary Clinton—spoke glowingly about infrastructure spending, alluding to Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and Dwight Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System as examples of how spending on roads, bridges and airports helped unite the country. For 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers has given America’s infrastructure an overall grade of D+, estimating it would cost more than $4 trillion to upgrade properly. But President Trump’s $1 trillion dollar, 10-year infrastructure plan has so far moved along at a halting pace. This tortoise-like process may offer an opportunity to think more strategically about...
  • $4.4 Billion Bay Area Transportation Plan — to Be Paid for by Higher Bridge Tolls — Sent to Governor

    10/15/2017 8:12:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    KQED ^ | September 15, 2017 | Dan Brekke
    If you live in the Bay Area, you’ll be hearing a lot about Senate Bill 595 over the next year or so. If you’re a regular user of any of the region’s seven state-owned toll bridges — that’s all of them, except the Golden Gate Bridge — you’ll want to pay close attention. SB 595, which won final passage Thursday and now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, provides for a vote in the nine Bay Area counties next year to raise bridge tolls by as much as $3. If the Bay Area Toll Authority, the agency that oversees the bridges,...
  • Texas' Toll Roads: A Big Step Towards Open Markets For Transportation

    10/10/2017 8:10:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 30, 2017 | Scott Beyer
    No city in America runs on anything resembling a free-market model. But Texas' major cities are probably the closest thing, with vast improvements to their economies and living standards to show for it. Their looser land-use laws mean that housing supply grows quickly, stabilizing prices. Their lighter tax and regulatory structure helps businesses locate there and grow. And—shenanigans from the governor's office notwithstanding—their openness to immigrants means they have cheap and robust labor forces.But one market-oriented aspect little discussed is Texas' approach to transportation. The state has 25 toll roads, more than any other state. They are particularly common in Houston and Dallas,...
  • White House meets with lawmakers on infrastructure plan

    10/05/2017 1:41:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 5, 2017 | Melanie Zanona
    President Trump’s legislative affairs team met with a small group of House lawmakers at the White House on Thursday morning to discuss the administration’s plan for rebuilding U.S. infrastructure. Two Democrats and three Republicans attended the meeting, including two members who sit on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The panel is expected to be a key player in Trump’s $1 trillion rebuilding proposal, which has yet to be released. The administration is also hosting an infrastructure briefing Thursday evening with state transportation officials, industry groups, union representative and other stakeholders. The event will be lead by Transportation Deputy Secretary Jeffrey...
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan proposes widening the Beltway and I-270 to include 4 toll lanes

    09/21/2017 8:13:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | Robert McCartney, Faiz Siddiqui and Ovetta Wiggins
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Thursday proposed a $9 billion plan to widen three of the state’s most congested highways — the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway — in what he said would include the largest public-private partnership for highways in North America. The projects would add four toll lanes each to Maryland’s portion of the Capital Beltway (I-495) and to I-270 from the Beltway to Frederick. It would also widen the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD 295) by four toll lanes after taking over ownership from the federal government. Because of private-sector involvement, Hogan said, the plan would...
  • The health of our infrastructure: How Nevada ranks and what improvements are on the horizon

    09/04/2017 12:59:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | August 21, 2017 | Daniel Rothberg
    “We have bridges that are falling down,” then-candidate Donald Trump told Fox last August, pledging to double the amount Hillary Clinton wanted to spend on infrastructure as president of the United States. “We’ll get a fund, we’ll make a phenomenal deal with the low interest rates and rebuild our infrastructure.” One year later and eight months into his presidency, Trump has continued to double down on his lofty promises — during “Infrastructure Week” in June, he told his supporters in Cincinnati that the U.S. “deserves the best infrastructure in the world.” But the administration has been slow to move its...
  • World Offers Cautionary Tale for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

    06/26/2017 11:14:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 16, 2017 | Peter S. Goodman
    LONDON — The rest of the planet bears a warning for President Trump’s plan to lean heavily on private business in conjuring a trillion dollars’ worth of American infrastructure: Handing profit-making companies responsibility for public works can produce trouble. In India, politically connected firms have captured contracts on the strength of relationships with officialdom, yielding defective engineering at bloated prices. When Britain handed control to private companies to upgrade London’s subway system more than a decade ago, the result was substandard, budget-busting work, prompting the government to step back in. Canada has suffered a string of excessive costs on public...