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  • Costly mistake by contractor will extend construction time on Highway 30 bridge

    07/20/2018 1:11:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | July 12, 2018 | Pat Curtis
    One of the largest and most expensive road construction projects in Iowa is being delayed because of a big mistake. A flyover bridge is being built to serve as a new exit ramp to U.S. Highway 30 for motorists heading northbound on Interstate 35 at Ames. Iowa Department of Transportation engineer Scott Dockstader says the contractor, Minnesota-based Minnowa Construction, messed up. “The bridge is being built right now and we have piers in the middle. Our contractor that’s constructing the bridge made a few mistakes with the elevation of the piers and more importantly, the anchor bolts that go 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".
  • U.S. 183, I-35 projects waver after Abbott, Patrick trash tolls

    12/04/2017 1:13:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | November 20, 2017 | Ben Wear
    Several key Central Texas highway projects — including expansions of U.S. 183 in North Austin, U.S. 290 in Southwest Austin and Interstate 35 through the heart of the area — are once again in limbo after Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick last week staked out firm anti-toll positions. “Right now there’s a billion dollars worth of projects on hold, between 183 and Oak Hill,” said Mike Heiligenstein, executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. The I-35 project, estimated to cost $8 billion to add toll lanes and other improvements from Round Rock to Buda, was...
  • I-35 closed in Salado after bridge beams fall on vehicles below (TX)

    03/26/2015 2:28:20 PM PDT · by bgill · 32 replies
    kxan ^ | March 26, 2015 | kxan
    An oversized tractor-trailer hit a beam of an overpass under construction on Interstate 35 in Salado, causing several beams to fall onto the roadway, according to Texas Department of Transportation officials. One person was killed and three others were taken to Baylor Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple with injuries that were not life threatening, Bell County authorities said.
  • Some detained by police as protest escalates on Interstate 35 near downtown Dallas

    11/25/2014 9:33:32 PM PST · by re_nortex · 35 replies
    The Dallas [Commie] Morning Snooze ^ | UPDATE 11 P.M. (11-25-2014) | Staff Reports
    Protesters are winding through downtown Dallas streets after briefly blocking Interstate 35. Police cars continue to accompany the group, which appears to be working its way back to Dallas Police headquarters where the march started earlier after peaceful and prayerful rallies. Fewer than 50 people remain from a group that was once more than 200-people strong.
  • Lawmakers advance bill to remove Trans-Texas Corridor wording from state statutes

    05/25/2011 10:07:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 24, 2011 | Ben Wear
    Will the governor sign the death certificate for his brainchild? The House unanimously voted late Monday to accept Senate changes to House Bill 1201, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst's legislation that would remove all references to the Trans-Texas Corridor from state statutes. And, oh yes, allow an 85 mph speed limit on certain roads completed after June. The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature, or his veto. For now, the only road likely to qualify for the 85 mph limit will be the southern 40 miles of the Texas 130 tollway, now under construction between the southeast outskirts...
  • Senate votes to drive final stake through Trans Texas Corridor

    05/22/2011 7:35:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 21, 2011 | Christy Hoppe
    AUSTIN — The ceremony was brief and drew few mourners, but the Trans Texas Corridor is finally dead. The Senate unanimously passed a bill that strikes from state law any language, reference and authority once connected to the massive highway envisioned to slice a swath through Texas. The same measure already has passed the House. There are some minor differences that still need to be reconciled, but the bill is expected to go to Gov. Rick Perry, who will have to decide whether to join in the final rites for his once-prized project. Legislators did keep a provision that was...
  • Awesome video of a Huge Water Geyser on I-35 in Minneapolis Minnesota

    01/04/2011 6:09:18 PM PST · by Amos McCoy · 2 replies
    norcalblogs Gate ^ | 1/4/10 | ?????
    This video was filmed by the Minnesota Dept of transportation on I-35 in Minneapolis. I guess it's two separate incidents that were filmed like 5 years apart at almost the exact same time. It begins like just any other normal wet rainy day, until all of a sudden the water bubbles up and begins to spew from a manhole in the middle of the Freeway. Then the water just begins to shoot about 15 to 30 feet into the air like Old Faithful does in Yellowstone. I'm really surprised that no one was killed. Especially the way the the...
  • Manhole Blowhole (Stunning Video)

    01/04/2011 9:11:56 AM PST · by OneVike · 27 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 1/4/10 | Chuck Wolk
    We have all seen those manhole covers in the road or even on the sidewalks.  Usually we just walk or drive over them without giving them a second thought.  About the only time we may actually put any extended amount of thought into them is when we see a utility or sewage worker climbing in or out of the hole they cover.  During heavy rain storms when the sewage tunnels are flooded you may even see water bubbling out of them. Depending where the manhole is located, sometimes the water in the sewage will build up with so much...
  • 35W bridge lawsuit: Engineering company predicted bridge collapse

    06/28/2010 4:31:13 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 3 replies
    KARE11.COM ^ | 28 JUNE 2010 | KARE11.COM
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Explosive documents about the Interstate 35W bridge suggest the engineering company the state hired to make sure the bridge was safe actually predicted it would collapse months before it fell apart. The documents are part of a lawsuit victims are bringing against California based URS Corporation. They accuse the firm of predicting a catastrophic event, but allegedly not telling anyone about it. The thought has been tough to swallow for the victims of that day in August 2007, when 13 people lost their lives and well over 100 were injured. "I remember until probably about 5:15 that day,"...
  • Texas lawmakers to focus on transportation politics

    01/02/2009 7:00:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 639+ views
    TheTrucker.com ^ | December 31, 2008 | Kelley Shannon (Associated Press)
    AUSTIN, Texas — If anyone wondered whether Texas toll road rage had subsided or lawmakers' irritation at the Texas Department of Transportation had eased, those questions got answered a few days before Christmas: Not so much. Denouncing the massive transportation agency as dysfunctional and out of control, a group of lawmakers reviewing the department said it will be intensely debated in the legislative session that begins Jan. 13. "This is a big agency that is a mess," said Rep. Carl Isett, a Lubbock Republican and one of the leaders of the Sunset Advisory Commission that periodically examines state agencies. He...
  • Texas Farm Bureau praises TTC report

    12/03/2008 3:43:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 329+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | December 1, 2008 | Southwest Farm Press
    A citizens’ advisory committee appointed to advise the Texas Transportation Commission agrees with Texas Farm Bureau that the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) concept needs to be scrapped and new avenues explored to meet the Lone Star State's transportation needs, according to TFB President Kenneth Dierschke. “This advisory committee does not support the TTC concept,” A Citizens’ Report on the Current and Future Needs of the I-35 Corridor, issued Nov. 12, stated. “Instead we recommend a more inclusive solution that respects local communities and private property rights while addressing statewide and local transportation needs.” Dierschke said the state’s largest farm organization agrees...
  • Citizens Committee: Abolish Trans Texas Corridor Idea

    11/14/2008 7:22:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies · 1,020+ views
    WOAI ^ | November 14, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    A citizens committee appointed by the Texas Department of Transportation has issued a series of recommendations on what should be done to deal with increasing congestion on Interstate 35, 1200 WOAI news reports. The committee said stretches of Interstate 35, which runs from Laredo to Gainesville and is the most heavily traveled Interstate highway in the country, have 'pushed the limit of the road's design capacity.' Gabby Garcia of TxDOT says the committee reacted strongly against Governor Perry's 'Trans Texas Corridor' toll road plan, saying the TTC 'has come to represent what Texans do not want in transportation project delivery....
  • Federal investigators say design error, too much weight doomed I-35W bridge [Minnesota]

    11/13/2008 11:00:05 PM PST · by Enchante · 20 replies · 865+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11/14/08 | Jason Hoppin
    WASHINGTON — The Interstate 35W bridge collapsed because of forces so great a massive piece of steel was stretched as if it were latex, eventually ripping apart and causing one of the biggest transportation disasters in U.S. history. Holding the first of a two-day hearing before it releases final findings and recommendations, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday the collapse in Minneapolis was caused by a fatal design error. The error allowed an accumulation of weight added to the bridge over its 40-year lifespan — plus the weight associated with a new construction project — to finally topple it,...
  • Local historian to speak on railroad’s relationship to planned TTC

    11/12/2008 7:09:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 399+ views
    The Wichita Falls Times Record News ^ | November 11, 2008 | Amanda Warner
    History tends to repeat itself in more ways than one. Wichita Falls historian and author Steve Goen has again been asked to give a presentation at George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at the Texas A&M campus at College Station Nov. 22. This will be his second appearance at the library. Goen’s presentation, “The Katy Railroad — Our State’s Original Trans-Texas Corridor,” will showcase the evolution of transportation along the Blackland Prairie in Central Texas. “Gov. Rick Perry and politicians in Austin are pushing for a superhighway with a railroad running through it,” Goen said. “There’s a lot of resistance...
  • Is Trans-Texas Corridor dead or only undead?

    11/01/2008 7:19:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 573+ views
    The Temple Daily Telegram ^ | October 31, 2008 | Fred Afflerbach
    Put a fork in it. That’s what two Texas politicians recently said about the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor. “Everybody in Austin knows it’s dead. Everybody across the state knows it’s dead. It’s just something to be talking about,” House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, said at a debate in Midland on Oct. 19, according to a published report. But folks fighting the corridor here in Central Texas call it election season bluster. “Yes, they are still planning to do it,” said Mae Smith, Holland mayor. “That’s nothing but political talk. I don’t believe anything Mr. Craddick says, or any politician says prior...
  • Editorial: Collaboration on road issues

    10/21/2008 9:06:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 370+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 21, 2008 | The Dallas Morning News
    Savor the occasional cause for optimism that top leaders can value teamwork over turf in the contentious area of transportation financing. Take the years of squabbling over how Texas can scrape up billions of dollars to catch up with road-building needs. Suddenly, there's positive movement, first from Gov. Rick Perry last week. He told this newspaper's transportation writer, Michael Lindenberger, that he would not use his veto to obstruct a move by lawmakers to index the lagging motor-fuels tax to inflation. "If it is the will of the people, and of the Legislature, I suspect I would go along with...
  • Highway plans spurs formation of group

    09/11/2008 3:32:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 341+ views
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | September 10, 2008 | Elaine Ayo
    St. Hedwig has homes on large lots and a longtime tradition of rural living. And folks there want to keep it that way. “We want to be able to maintain as best we can the reason we moved out here in the first place,” said Kathy Palmer, the city’s planning and zoning commissioner. But a new master plan and recently updated zoning maps are no match for a proposed route of Trans-Texas Corridor 35 that would slice straight through the city of about 2,000 people and create headaches for several city departments, officials said. With neighboring Wilson County, St. Hedwig...
  • TxDOT strong despite funding cuts

    08/01/2008 6:04:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 143+ views
    The Wichita Falls Times Record News ^ | August 1, 2008 | Maurel Merette
    “Regardless of losing funding, TxDOT is moving ahead,” said Larry Tegtmeyer, district engineer for the Wichita Falls District of the Texas Department of Transportation during his report Thursday morning to the Texas Transportation Commission. The Texas Transportation Commission is a five-member board appointed by the governor to oversee TxDOT. The commission met Thursday in the J.S. Bridwell Auditorium at Midwestern State University. It was the first time in 12 years that the commission had met in Wichita Falls. Tegtmeyer was enthusiastic about reporting the district’s accomplishments under a tight budget. In November, the Texas Department of Transportation announced budget cuts...
  • Commission picks developer for I-69 project

    06/27/2008 6:42:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 253+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 26, 2008 | Janet Elliott
    AUSTIN — The Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday selected San Antonio's Zachry Construction Corp. and a Spanish toll road developer to plan a superhighway from Texarkana to Brownsville. The $5 million contract calls for Zachry American Infrastructure and ACS Infrastructure to create a financial plan for the Interstate 69 segment of the Trans-Texas Corridor. "This team represents the best in the balance of local and global expertise necessary to complete a project of this scope," said David Zachry, chief operating officer of Zachry Construction Corp. The private developers' plan calls for seven new loops around Corpus Christi and other cities...