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  • Public-Private Partnerships Will Not Save U.S. Infrastructure

    05/23/2017 1:09:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    StreetsBlog USA ^ | May 17, 2017 | Stephen Miller
    This week, while Donald Trump ensnares himself in the most serious threat to his presidency to date, Congress is, to some extent, continuing with the typical business of government. A series of hearings during “Infrastructure Week” are focusing on the administration’s rumored infrastructure plan.Although the White House has been talking up private infrastructure investment as a replacement for public funding, a panel of experts told Congress that, even with perfectly executed public-private partnerships, the federal government still needs to provide its own support — especially for projects, like transit lines, that aren’t guaranteed to generate toll revenue for profit-seeking investors.This...
  • Drivers, Pay Attention

    05/21/2017 10:58:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 120 replies
    The Intelligencer (Wheeling News-Register) ^ | May 20, 2017 | Heather Ziegler
    Please stop, I silently beg the three drivers heading down the on ramp to Interstate 70 from Washington Avenue. Im driving parallel to them at 55 mph with a line of traffic behind me. I have my turn signal on signifying that Im getting off at the exit just west of that on ramp. I cannot slam on my brakes and stop on the highway to allow these drivers to merge into my lane. Yet they keep coming down the ramp toward me. Fear has crept into my throat and I cannot scream if I wanted to. Dont they understand...
  • CDOT's "Push Poll" On I-70 Expansion Draws Pushback

    05/21/2017 7:13:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Westword ^ | April 24, 2017 | Alan Prendergast
    A telephone survey seeking opinions about the expansion of I-70 through east Denver is generating irate protests from some respondents, who say the survey seems designed to elicit positive responses about the purported benefits of the $1.8 billion project."It was one of the most one-sided push polls I ever listened to," Larry Patchett, a production technician for public television, wrote in a complaint to CDOT. "The entire thing was just a series of opportunities to validate your suppositions and PR spin on the I-70 Ditch project." The project, which would replace a crumbling six-lane viaduct with a below-grade, partially covered...
  • Saudi Arabia to Invest $20 Billion in Infrastructure, Mostly in U.S.

    05/21/2017 5:48:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/20/2017 | MICHAEL J. de la MERCED
    As President Trump begins his first presidential trip abroad in Saudi Arabia, an investment company run by one of his top supporters, the billionaire Stephen A. Schwarzman, has secured an enormous investment from the Middle Eastern kingdom. The company, Blackstone, which Mr. Schwarzman helped found, said on Saturday that Saudi Arabias sovereign wealth fund had committed $20 billion to a new investment fund aimed at infrastructure projects, primarily in the United States. The commitment is about half of the capital Blackstone plans to raise for the fund. All told, including potential borrowed money, the new fund could invest more than...
  • Gubernatorial hopeful Frank Wagner pushes infrastructure investments

    05/20/2017 10:56:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | May 5, 2017 | Carmen Forman
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Frank Wagner visited Roanoke Friday to pitch his campaign message of improving transportation infrastructure in order to create more jobs across Virginia.At a Roanoke County Republican Committee luncheon, Wagner, a GOP state senator from Virginia Beach, discussed his proposal to raise the gas tax for projects like widening Interstate 81 and building Interstate 73 and the Coalfields Expressway.Yes, hes a rare Republican calling for a tax increase. He understands the irony. Building up major pathways in and out of Southwest Virginia will improve the business climate, he said.In the economically depressed Southside region , adding broadband and...
  • Blackstone, Saudi's PIF plan $40 bln infrastructure investment fund (Many US jobs involved)

    05/20/2017 3:04:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 20, 2017
    U.S. private equity firm Blackstone and Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund said on Saturday they planned to create a $40 billion vehicle to invest in infrastructure projects, mainly in the United States. Blackstone and the Public Investment Fund (PIF) signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for the project, which will depend on further negotiations. The proposed venture was announced during the visit to Riyadh of President Donald Trump, who has said he wants to rebuild crumbling U.S. infrastructure....
  • AECOM announces plan to hire 3K workers in the next 6 months (Winning!)

    05/19/2017 2:11:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Construction Dive ^ | May 18, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: International engineering and construction giant AECOM on Wednesday announced a six-month hiring initiative that will aim to add more than 3,000 workers to support its North American infrastructure operations. The open positions range from skilled labor to architects and engineers, and the new hires will work on the company's transportation, building, environment, water, defense and energy projects. AECOM said the massive hiring spree is in response to the country's renewed focus on repairing its highways, bridges and other public assets. Dive Insight: This announcement comes on the heels of the company's decision to form a federal contracting division,...
  • Problems with Whittier Bridge project

    05/12/2017 10:39:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Newburyport Daily News ^ | May 4, 2017 | Jim Sullivan
    AMESBURY A recent quality inspection of the $300 million John Greenleaf Whittier Bridge replacement project turned up evidence of substandard work for the second time that could push back the projects estimated late summer/early fall completion date. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation began work to demolish the 62-year-old Interstate 95 bridge over the Merrimack River and replace it with separate northbound and southbound bridges in 2013. While the northbound bridge was completed in 2015, quality inspectors for MassDOT recently found that concrete poured for a pier cap on the southbound bridge by an unnamed contractor did not...
  • Bovo: Governor should sign bill reducing tolls and raise our quality of life in Miami-Dade

    05/12/2017 9:46:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | May 12, 2017 | Esteban Bovo, Jr.
    In 1994, the Florida Legislature and the Miami-Dade County Commission adopted legislation creating the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, also known as MDX, in an effort to maintain toll dollars in Miami-Dade to improve the quality of life of county residents. Fast forward 23 years Miami-Dades population has grown to more than 2.6 million residents and out-of-town visitation has nearly doubled; thus, increasing the use of our roadways by both residents and visitors. This combination equals only one thing ever growing traffic. The Florida Department of Transportation, Floridas Turnpike, MDX, and Miami-Dade County have spent billions on expanding the Palmetto...
  • Woman claims I-95 construction damaged her home

    05/11/2017 10:14:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    News 4 JAX ^ | May 6, 2017 | Destiny McKeiver
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A woman claims the ongoing construction along Interstate 95 in St. Nicholas is ruining her home. Christine Parker, who lives on Southampton Road within walking distance of the project, said heavy pounding, earth moving and other construction that's been going on for four years has caused her floors, walls and ceilings to crack. "My house is falling apart," Parker said. "The construction they've been doing (with) all the heavy pounding has ruined my home." The damage is so severe -- she claims the home built in 1922 has shifted two inches in the last three years --...
  • Trump plan could help our region

    05/11/2017 7:57:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Altoona Mirror ^ | April 15, 2017 | Editorial Board
    President Donald Trump says shovel-ready projects will be the priority in the estimated $1 trillion infrastructure-improvement initiative over the next decade that he hopes to unveil later this year. “If you have a job that you can’t start within 90 days, we’re not going to give you money for it,” Trump said on Feb. 4 during a White House town hall session with 52 business leaders.Meanwhile, as reported by the Wall Street Journal on March 10, the American Society of Civil Engineers, in its latest “Infrastructure Report Card” that’s issued every four years, gave this country’s infrastructure the below-standard grade...
  • Transportation officials suspend work on several Oklahoma highway projects

    05/02/2017 7:15:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | May 2, 2017 | Randy Ellis
    Citing state budgeting uncertainties, Oklahoma transportation officials announced Monday that they have suspended construction on about a dozen highway projects, including the next phase of the I-240/I-35 interchange project in south Oklahoma City. "That's going to give us a black eye," Oklahoma Transportation Commission Chairman J. David Burrage said, describing the situation as "bad." Burrage made his remark after another commissioner noted that many contractors already have bought materials for projects that are being suspended. Companies that suffer financial losses because of work suspensions likely will file claims with the agency, officials said. The dozen or so suspended contracts may...
  • Who should pick road projects? MnDOT, lawmakers clash over earmarks

    05/02/2017 11:52:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | April 10, 2017 | David Montgomery
    As Minnesota leaders debate how much new money to put toward the states roads, theyre also fighting about a related issue: who should choose which roads get attention? Ordinarily, the Legislature appropriates money for roads and bridges, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation decides how to spend the money. But bills in the Legislature this year take a different path: they order the MnDOT to do specific road projects. Its a process called earmarking, and it could spark a showdown over road funding between the Republican-controlled Legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. Behind the feud are bad feelings from some...
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus Unveils The Peoples Budget

    05/02/2017 4:30:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WASHINGTON, D.C. The Congressional Progressive Caucus, led by Co-Chairs Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Ral Grijalva (D-AZ), and First Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) along with other Members of the CPC, released the annual Peoples Budget today. The Congressional Progressive Caucus Peoples Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance reinvests in American families, prioritizing funding for education, health care, jobs, clean air, and water. The Peoples Budget puts political and economic power back in the hands of the people. The Executive Summary of The Peoples Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance can be foundhere. The full text can...
  • 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...
  • Religious Freedom, Infrastructure Among Trumps Plans for Next 100 Days

    05/01/2017 12:09:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 28, 2017 | Fred Lucas
    After wrapping up his first 100 days in the White House on Saturday, President Donald Trump plans to hit a new set of issues, including religious liberty, tax reform, and school choice, a White House official told The Daily Signal.We want to have legislation that has a profound impact on religious liberty, one that has profound impact on education, that has profound impact on health care, Helen Aguirre Ferr, White House media affairs director, said in an interview Friday.Ferr added: These are just some of the issues we are working on thats going to be absolutely critical going forward, not...
  • Trump says open to raising gasoline tax to fund infrastructure: Bloomberg

    05/01/2017 10:42:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 85 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 1, 2017 | by Timothy Ahmann
    President Donald Trump said on Monday he would consider raising the federal tax on gasoline to fund infrastructure development "earmarked toward the highways," Bloomberg News reported. "It's something that I would certainly consider, Trump told the news agency.
  • 9 U.S. highway tunnel projects: Insights into what we might get if I-81 is a tunnel

    04/29/2017 8:12:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | April 26, 2017 | Charley Hannagan
    Syracuse, N.Y. --There's not a lot tunnel building going on in the United States. Four highway tunnels have been completed over the last 10 years in the U.S. Four more tunnel projects are under construction or in design. And one long discussed project that would have tunneled underneath a national forest in California was dropped. Could be a tunnel in Syracuse's future for Interstate 81? After a tunnel was initially rejected, a tunnel or depressed highway is back on the table as an option to replace Interstate 81's 1.4 mile section of raised highway in Syracuse. The DOT at first...
  • Report: Trump's $1T infrastructure plan could create 3M jobs

    04/28/2017 7:06:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Construction Dive ^ | April 28, 2017 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The proposed $1 trillion U.S. infrastructure plan could create as many as 3 million jobs if projects are prioritized for optimal job generation, according to a Boston Consulting Group report. However, if project planners focus only on the critical nature of each project and do not factor in the potential for job growth, then the same $1 trillion investment could generate just 1.6 million new jobs. Projects that yield the most jobs are airports, seaports and hospitals because they employ temporary construction workers and offer more post-completion permanent jobs than other infrastructure projects, such as a non-tolled highway....
  • 7 things we know about the I-85 bridge collapse two weeks later

    04/27/2017 10:56:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 18, 2017 | Fiza Pirani
    Its been at least two weeks since a massive fire caused a section of I-85 to collapse, throwing metro Atlanta traffic into gridlock and leaving many wondering who exactly was to blame. The latest: Man charged with I-85 bridge fire pleads not guilty, to be released on bond Heres what we know so far: Whos at fault? Basil Eleby, 39, was charged with starting the fire. On Tuesday, April 18, Eleby pleaded not guilty to arson and criminal trespass charges and is expected to be released on a $10,000 signature bond. According to AJCs Rhonda Cook, Fulton County Superior...