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  • Texas DOT Changes Course, Will Assess Highway Project's Impacts on Threatened Salamanders, Birds

    06/24/2016 10:07:06 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Center for Biological Diversity ^ | June 21, 2016 | Jenny Loda and Kelly Davis
    AUSTIN, Texasó In response to a notice of intent to sue filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Save Our Springs Alliance in May, the Texas Department of Transportation changed course on a major highway project in Austin, withdrawing its finding that the highway would have no impact on three federally protected species (two salamanders and a bird). The stateís transportation agency said in a letter that it has initiated consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the three species.The construction of the MoPac Intersections Project across the environmentally sensitive Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, in...
  • Highway project delays rack up $700 million cost overruns

    06/24/2016 9:54:35 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 13, 2016 | Catie Edmondson
    Madisonó Faced with delays and inflation over the past five years, four major state highway projects ó including a Madison artery ó have accumulated overruns in excess of $700 million. While some of these increases come from faulty cost estimates or unavoidable inflation, the new figures underline the obvious: Delays can be costly for Wisconsin taxpayers. When projects are paused because of financial challenges in the state's road fund, the price of materials, labor and real estate can rise. The numbers compiled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel underline the urgency of a divisive issue for Wisconsin's Republican leaders: finding a...
  • What the next president's No.1 priority should be

    06/23/2016 9:42:05 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 20, 2016 | James Simons
    I recently had the privilege and the pleasure of delivering the commencement address at UC Berkeley's College of Engineering. In preparing I reflected on the sorry state of America's infrastructure and the role engineers and government can and should play in putting things back together. In my talk I pointed out that Congress is largely populated with trained lawyers, individuals who are schooled in the art of discourse, but unschooled in the art (and excitement) of creating and building. With 200 lawyers in Congress and only 8 engineers, it's clear that decisions to invest in our infrastructure are being managed...
  • ďIslamic RefugeeĒ With Gas Pipeline Plans Arrested in New Mexico Border County

    06/15/2016 10:51:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 15, 2016
    Police in a U.S. town bordering Mexico have apprehended an undocumented, Middle Eastern woman in possession of the regionís gas pipeline plans, law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch. Authorities describe the woman as an ďIslamic refugeeĒ pulled over during a traffic stop by a deputy sheriff in Luna County, New Mexico which shares a 54-mile border with Mexico. County authorities alerted the U.S. Border Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigationís (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) has been deployed to the area to investigate, sources with firsthand knowledge of the probe confirm. The gas pipeline plans in the womanís...
  • What About that Stimulus Money?

    06/09/2016 6:53:34 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 41 replies
    6/9/16 | Originalbuckeye
    When is SOMEONE in the National News Media going to ask Hillary! or Obama about infrastructure spending in the 2009 stimulus?? Every time I hear a Dem talk about 'investing in the infrastructure' I want to puke. I believe Hillary! used that phrase with Bret yesterday. I was screaming at the TV, 'ask her why didn't the infrastructure get fixed with the Stimulus money'??
  • Where's The Stimulus Funding For Infrastructure?

    06/07/2016 12:19:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown
    While traveling across the country with your kids this summer, be sure to buckle-up and do your best to overlook all the potholes and crumbling bridges out there. Even if funding was available, things will probably remain in disrepair until your kids are grown, thanks to big government regulations and red tape. Former Obama administration's U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood told CNN's Rene Marsh during a recent four-part investigative report that America is "like a Third World country" when it comes to infrastructure and said, "The reason we have 57,000 deficient bridges is because we have not made the...
  • Vice President Biden applauds RhodeWorks during visit

    05/30/2016 12:39:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Turn To 10 ^ | May 27, 2016 | Associated Press
    EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. ó Vice President Joe Biden said Rhode Island needs to invest in its transportation infrastructure after touring a dilapidated highway bridge he joked is being held up by a children's toy. "For 10 years, you've had Lincoln Logs holding the damn thing up. Go look at it," he told a crowd of local politicians and construction trade and labor leaders who gathered Friday to hear him speak.
  • Former attorney general wants investigation of multi-billion dollar highway

    05/30/2016 12:05:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Daily Observer ^ | May 30, 2016 | CMC
    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 30, CMC Ė Former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj has called on the Keith Rowley administration to set up a three-member task force to investigate the construction of a multi-billion dollar highway that has since come to a halt when the former Peopleís Partnership government was defeated in the September 7 general elections last year. Maharah, who is also advocating for a Commission of Inquiry into the matter, told a news conference on Sunday that the government had an obligation to determine how the TT$7.5 billion (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) funds were spent on the...
  • It's time for Wisconsin to seriously consider tolling

    05/29/2016 1:11:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | May 16, 2016 | Patrick Jones
    America's roads and bridges got a real workout in 2015. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers last year logged more miles on our roads than in any year in U.S. history ó more than 3.1 trillion miles ó an increase of more than 3% over 2014. Wisconsin is part of that trend with more than 60 billion of those miles traveled. But, too often, Wisconsinites find themselves idling in traffic or on slow-going, bumpy roads. I'm sure it was not a surprise when a study commissioned by the Local Government of Wisconsin Institute concluded last spring that Wisconsin...
  • South Florida drivers feel they're spending more money on tolls

    05/25/2016 7:49:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Local 10 News ^ | April 29, 2016 | Amy Viteri
    MIAMI - Drivers throughout South Florida have said no matter where their daily commute takes them, they feel they're spending more money, more often on tolls. Local 10 News spoke to several drivers who said the tolls are another expense and don't necessarily help them reach their destination any faster. "Three hundred to four hundred (dollars) a month," Maribel Masvidal estimated she spends commuting from Homestead to her job in South Miami. "A lot of money that could be used on other things for my family." Masvidal said that commute can take her up to two hours one way on...
  • World's longest railway tunnel to open after 17 years of construction: Trains in Switzerland [tr]

    05/24/2016 10:09:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 24, 2016 | John Hutchinson
    The world's longest railway tunnel is set to open in just over a week - after some 17 years of construction. Measuring 35.4-miles in length, the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) is 7,545 feet below the Gotthard massif, cutting through the Swiss Alps. The tunnel was first conceived in sketch-form in 1947 but construction began 17 years ago. It consists of two single-track tunnels connecting Erstfeld (Uri) with Bodio (Ticino) and passing below Sedrun (GraubŁnden).
  • California pension investment ticks off state engineersí union

    05/15/2016 12:47:13 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May 10, 2016 | Jon Ortiz
    Add one more investment to the list of CalPERSí controversial investments: a privately run state highway. The retirement fund recently purchased 10 percent of Indiana Toll Road Concession Co. The firm runs a 157-mile stretch of highway that runs across northern Indiana from Illinois to Ohio. Californiaís state engineersí union says itís a horrible investment that sinks government employeesí money into a project that, ironically, is hostile to government employees. The toll-road company is the first of what fund managers anticipate will be more investments in infrastructure and transportation projects as the $291 billion system broadens its reach into those...
  • ALDOT: I-22 likely to open in June

    05/08/2016 9:49:10 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Birmingham Business Journal ^ | March 31, 2016 | Tim Steere
    According to the Alabama Department of Transportation says the I-22 Corridor X project is almost complete. According to ALDOT engineers, the project is in the cleanup phase, with the I-65 tie all but complete. "We don't have an exact time," ALDOT Engineer DeJarvis Leonard told WBRC Fox 6. "But we feel that based on the progress that's been made, by June, we should have traffic on the interchange and on the paving project." Engineers also said horses are regularly wandering around the construction and an owner hasn't been identified. Georgia-based Archer Western is the contractor for the $168 million project....
  • Overpass Project in Kolkata ĎMade Our Lives Hellí for Years Before Collapse

    04/16/2016 6:58:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 3, 2016 | ELLEN BARRY and HARI KUMAR
    KOLKATA, India ó When Sonali Mehrotra realized that a hulking overpass would come within armís length of her third-floor balcony, she took refuge in black humor, telling relatives to look at the bright side: Instead of lugging suitcases up the stairs when they came to visit, they could toss them into a bedroom as they drove in from the airport. Anyway, work on the overpass occurred so sporadically ó generally, when elections were coming ó that a project originally promised in 18 months was unfinished after seven years. At this rate, she joked, the project might not be completed in...
  • DOT pushing highway projects to help revitalize urban areas

    04/15/2016 10:54:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2016 | Melanie Zanona
    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is calling for infrastructure projects he says can help revitalize urban areas and close gaps in economic inequality. The new Department of Transportation (DOT) push will place a greater emphasis on projects that connect people who live in low-income and minority neighborhoods to ďareas of opportunityĒ and prioritize projects that encourage investment in underserved communities. It's part of a fight against the tendency for highway projects to be routed through low-income and minority neighborhoods. Foxx on Wednesday said that, after the interstate highway system began, bulldozing urban areas to build roads that bypassed the communities they...
  • ĎHanging over usí: Homeowners face uncertainty as I-395 plan ramps up

    04/10/2016 11:03:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | April 10, 2016 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    BREWER, Maine ó When Ken and Jo-Ann Arbo moved into their home in Eddington 22 years ago, they thought they found the perfect place to live.ďI hunt right there. I fish out there. I snowmobile out there,Ē Ken Arbo said of the woods and fields near the coupleís home. ďThat is why we moved out there.ĒNow the Arbos face the real possibility of moving again.Their Lambert Road home is within the path of the controversial I-395/Route 9 connector, a proposed two-lane road from Brewer to Eddington meant to ease heavy truck traffic and improve safety on nearby routes 46 and...
  • Bill meant to redirect highway money to state general fund

    04/10/2016 9:06:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    KSNT ^ | April 10, 2016 | Chris Arnold
    WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) ó A statewide, month long initiative to put the clamps on a Senate bill is underway. Senate Bill 463 is aimed at redirecting highway money to the state general fund. This weekend, the Kansas Contractors Association is running ads targeting lawmakers to get them to just say no. Itís called Detour Greenlight and itís pointed to 24 legislators they believe detour, or normally vote against protecting road and bridge funding. It also names some who they say are for strong spending on roads. ďTo redirect the little bit of sales tax that goes into the pot to...
  • Transportation Secretary: Inequitable Distribution of Sidewalks Is Obstacle to American Dream

    03/31/2016 9:34:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/31/16 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told a crowd in North Carolina Tuesday that ďonly 49% of low-income neighborhoods have sidewalksĒ while more affluent areas have near 90%. In order to have a society where ďeveryone has a shot at the American Dream, than itís imperative that we acknowledge these challenges.Ē Foxx made the comments to the Charlotte Rotary Club where he discussed the ways that infrastructure should connect people to opportunity. During his speech, Foxx referenced a map of Atlanta that showed areas of pedestrian and bicycle accidents. ďThe grey areas represent communities of concentrated poverty. This is representative...
  • Hereís how to really make America great again

    03/30/2016 12:59:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 17, 2016 | Jeff Reeves
    What the heck is wrong with us? On Wednesday, Washington, D.C.ís entire Metro subway system shut down with almost no notice to perform emergency inspections, just days after a cable fire ďcrippledĒ three lines. The nationís second-busiest rail system has been plagued by safety problems in recent years, including a 2015 incident where smoke from an electrical malfunction killed one person and a deadly 2009 crash on the systemís Red Line that killed nine people. And with a new Metro chief that has been vocal about returning to a culture that puts safety first, many say that Wednesdayís move is...
  • Highway construction dollars, local police protection clash

    03/29/2016 11:09:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Carlisle Sentinel ^ | March 13, 2016 | Marc Levy (AP)
    Call it Pennsylvaniaís highway robbery. A pot of money from a huge increase in fuel taxes and motorist fees under a 2013 law designed to shore up Pennsylvaniaís highways and bridges is not so huge anymore, as a growing amount is getting diverted to the Pennsylvania State Police. Now, alarmed transportation planners, construction firms and engineers are looking at 12-year Department of Transportation projections that show a fattening state police budget consuming more dollars for construction projects. Lawmakers are taking notice, too.
  • Confusing ramps lead Fort Worth drivers onto toll lanes

    03/28/2016 9:50:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2016 | Gordon Dickson (AP)
    HALTOM CITY, Texas (AP) - Shon Newsome almost got tricked into paying a toll for a third time. But on a recent afternoon, just before she was about to drive onto a Loop 820 on-ramp that would have required her to pay a toll, the sales executive pulled off the highway in Haltom City and asked a bystander for directions. She was trying to figure out which lane on the two-lane ramp would take her to the toll-free lanes - but the answer wasnít clear.
  • Philadelphia's Iron Lady has owner with an iron will

    03/09/2016 7:07:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Philadelphia Tribune ^ | March 8, 2016 | Ayana Jones
    Dianna Montague made history when she became the first African-American woman to join the Philadelphiaís Iron Workers Union Local 405. As the chairman and CEO of Iron Lady Enterprises Inc., Montague holds the distinction of being one of the only female ironworkers in Philadelphia. She is a certified master welder, rigger and rod setter. Montague is now working on one of the nationís largest infrastructure projects, the $3.9 billion New NY Bridge. It will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge in Hudson Valley, N.Y., and is expected to be completed in 2018. Her company is responsible for land-based rebar fabrication and...
  • Lawmakers Consider Bills on Bikes, Historical Markers, and Skunks

    02/26/2016 10:27:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Memphis Flyer ^ | February 25, 2016 | Toby Sells
    Tennessee's rule factory is cranking at full tilt, and Nashville lawmakers want to tell Memphians how to pay for bike lanes, what monuments we can move, and whether or not we can own skunks (seriously). No gas tax for bike lanes A new bill would prohibit spending any gas tax revenues on bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and "other non-vehicular facilities." Portions of the state gas tax are required to go to cities and counties. Those governments sometimes use the gas tax funds for matching dollars to get federal money for bike and pedestrian projects. The new bill says all of...
  • White House steps up aid for financially ailing Puerto Rico

    02/25/2016 9:49:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2016 11:41 AM EST | Kevin Freking
    Hoping to spur economic development in financially ailing Puerto Rice, the White House said Thursday it will speed access to almost $400 million for roads and other public works projects on the island. [...] But the White House also said Congress needs to give Puerto Rico the ability to seek bankruptcy protection under a framework reserved for U.S. territories. That proposal has drawn objections in Congress, with some Republican leaders saying Puerto Rico has the tools to restructure a large portion of its debt voluntarily. ...
  • CBO: Tolls, mileage fees would better fund roads

    02/21/2016 10:56:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2016 | Keith Laing
    The federal government would get more bang for their buck if U.S. drivers were charged directly for their use of highways through tolls or mileage fees, a new study from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says.The report from Congress's budgetary scorekeepers says current "spending on highways does not correspond very well with how the roads are used and valued." The CBO said mechanisms like tolling, mileage fees or congestion pricing could be considered to fund transportation projects in lieu of relying mostly on gas tax revenue."Almost all federal spending for highways occurs through formula grants to state and local governments,...
  • Trump Goes Code Pink on George W. Bush

    02/14/2016 6:25:46 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 200 replies
    Politico ^ | February 14, 2016 | By Michael Grunwald
    It was weird that an angry Code Pink-style protester interrupted last night's Republican presidential debate with a barrage of familiar Democratic talking points about George W. Bush - that he lied the country into a disastrous war in Iraq, failed to prevent the September 11 attacks, and even whiffed on an opportunity to kill Osama bin Laden. It was especially weird that the protestor was one Donald J. Trump, who happens to be the front-runner for the Republican nomination. Trump didn't just call the Iraq war a mistake. He called it "a big fat mistake." And he didn't call it...
  • Sen. Durbin: ‚ÄėI Paid $1.51 A Gallon‚Äô ‚Äď ‚ÄėWe‚Äôre Missing An Opportunity‚Äô To Hike Gas Tax

    02/11/2016 10:32:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 9, 2016 | 11:27 AM EST | Eric Scheiner
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says, current gas prices have gone down and the government is "missing an opportunity" to increase the gas tax. At a press conference in Chicago on Friday Durbin said, "Two weeks ago I paid $1.51 a gallon for gasoline in downstate Illinois. Clearly, the price of gasoline has gone down dramatically, as has the price of a barrel of oil -- which I think is below $30." "I think we're missing an opportunity here -- a 5-cent increase in the federal gas tax can really fund an infrastructure program that can help create new jobs in...
  • Is Elgin-O'Hare extension caught in political roadblock?

    02/09/2016 12:06:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | January 14, 2016 | Marni Pyke
    A divide between the Illinois tollway and Chicago on the cost of airport land needed for the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway extension is threatening progress on the massive project, considered vital for the suburbs. An agreement to sell property on the western edge of O'Hare to the tollway at market value more than a decade ago has disintegrated, officials said, and the city's latest price tag of about $190 million is giving the tollway sticker-shock. "We've been negotiating for a long time. ... It's within the last couple of months I've realized how far apart we were," tollway Chairman Robert Schillerstrom said....
  • I-55 to see first P3 managed lane project in Illinois history

    02/08/2016 8:11:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Better Roads (Equipment World) ^ | February 8, 2016 | Chris Hill
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced with members of the state general assembly a plan allowing the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to add at least one additional lane in each direction to a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 55 near Chicago using a public-private partnership (P3) agreement. IDOT is allowed to use P3 agreements only if the general assembly adopts a resolution supporting a proposed project, a state law in place since 2011. This would be the first P3 managed lane project in the state. “By using existing resources to leverage private investment, we can build the type of infrastructure...
  • Obamaroads: The Individual Shared Transportation Responsibility Payment

    02/04/2016 2:33:53 PM PST · by kiryandil · 8 replies
    February 4, 2016 | various sources
    He's BAAAAACK! A NEW "shared payment":Obama to propose $10 per barrel fee on oil CNBC ^ | 2/4/2016 | Jacob Pramukhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3392911/postsObama proposing $10 a barrel tax on oil to pay for transportation programs MarketWatch ^ | 02/04/16 | Robert Schroeder http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3392925/posts
  • Congress Passes Long-Term Highway Bill Including Heller‚Äôs I-11 Extension

    02/02/2016 1:10:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    KOLO News Now 8 ABC ^ | December 3, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) ‚ÄĒ After years of stymied efforts to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems, Congress found the sweet spot for passage on Thursday ‚ÄĒ a 5-year, $305 billion bill laden with enough industry favors, parochial projects, safety improvements and union demands to gain overwhelming support. The bill was approved 359 to 65 in the House, and 83 to 16 in the Senate. The bill now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.
  • Will Infrastructure Sabotage Be the Next Pearl Harbor?

    01/09/2016 7:12:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 9, 2016 | R. James Woolsey & Peter Vincent Pry
    Revolutions in warfare, though they may be predicted by theorists, are often unnoticed by governments and their military establishments -- until it is too late. On November 11, 1940, during the Battle of Taranto, torpedo planes from the British aircraft carrier Illustrious sank the Italian battleship Conte di Cavour. It was the first time in history that an aircraft carrier sank a battleship....
  • State, Howard County partner to expand Route 32

    01/20/2016 10:30:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    WBAL TV ^ | January 15, 2016 | David Collins
    CLARKSVILLE, Md. ‚ÄĒ Big improvements to Maryland Route 32 will cover more than 20 miles from Clarksville to Eldersburg. Gov. Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman announced Thursday that a stretch of Route 32 will get a much-needed expansion. After nearly a decade of pleading with state officials, the traffic and safety nightmare on Route 32 is finally being addressed. Hogan is committing $152 million to widening the highway and making safety improvements. "Governor, there are citizens who have died on this roadway. There are friends of all of us who have died or have been hurt, and...
  • Vandals drain 400K gallons from drinking water supply

    01/18/2016 2:11:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    chron.com ^ | 01/18/2016 | ap
    County General Services Director Heidi Petito said in a news release Monday that someone opened 20 water lines in a largely undeveloped area known as Plantation Reserve Estates. Petito says the sudden drop in water pressure requires a precautionary boil water notice to be issued. About 1,700 people are affected. It wasn't immediately clear how long they would have to boil water.
  • Ukraine blackout is a cyberattack milestone

    01/06/2016 2:44:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    cnet ^ | 01/05/2016 | katie collins
    A massive power outage in Ukraine last month has been attributed to hackers targeting the electricity grid with malware. Security researchers say it is the first known instance of a blackout being credibly linked to the actions of malicious hackers. ... Attacks on energy sources are fairly commonplace, but have never before caused a blackout, John Hultquist, iSight's head of cyberespionage intelligence practice, told Ars. That makes it a milestone, he said. "It;s the major scenario we've all been concerned about for so long." ... As for who might be responsible for the attack, Ukraine has already pointed the finger....
  • Legislator's highway plan includes toll road interstates

    12/21/2015 12:53:47 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Lebanon Reporter ^ | Decembe 19, 2015 | Maureen Hayden
    INDIANAPOLIS ‚ÄĒ Maintaining the state‚Äôs roads and bridges is work fraught with obstacles and hazards. It doesn‚Äôt daunt Ed Soliday, a retired pilot and safety expert who loves telling stories and spinning metaphors. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm evangelist, and may 1,000 angels sing when somebody comes to see the light,‚ÄĚ said Soliday, Republican chairman of the House Roads and Transportation Committee, who aims to convince fellow lawmakers to set aside politics in search of sustainable road funding. Don‚Äôt queue the music just yet. Soliday‚Äôs ideas for raising cash for deteriorating roads and bridges include some politically unpalatable proposals, such as tax hikes and...
  • Hillary Clinton's $275 Billion 'Shovel Ready' Sequel Is Based On Two Big Lies

    12/02/2015 2:52:27 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/1/2015 | John Merline
    When Hillary Clinton announced her $275 billion infrastructure spending plan, she said what every politician says when they try to get more money spent on roads and bridges ‚ÄĒ that the nation's infrastructure is falling apart.
  • Let States Build Their Own Highways

    11/13/2015 8:09:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Reason ^ | October 6, 2015 | Veronique de Rugy
    When Congress left town for the August recess, it did so without coming to an agreement on a long-term transportation bill. Instead, the president signed a three-month extension that set the stage for another showdown this fall. More than 30 such temporary extensions have passed since the last multi-year transportation bill expired in 2011. The inability of Congress to come together to pass a transportation package has frustrated the myriad special interests whose lobbyists want assurances that the dollars will keep flowing for years, and not just months, to come. And the media, which seldom miss an opportunity to push...
  • Reevely: Tolls are coming to Ontario's HOV lanes

    11/04/2015 1:02:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | November 2, 2015 | David Reevely
    More tolls are coming to Ontario roads, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said Monday, with details on the province‚Äôs plans due in the next couple of months.Del Duca was talking about a report by a group of environmentally minded policy types calling themselves ‚Äúthe Ecofiscal Commission‚ÄĚ that says road tolls are the only way to handle worsening congestion. Particularly, the report calls for adding tolls that would allow vehicles that would not otherwise qualify to use existing high-occupancy vehicle lanes.‚ÄúRoad use has traditionally been freely available to anyone with a driver√ʬĬôs licence, and the open-access nature of roads makes them...
  • Editorial: Fixing I-30 needs to be downtownís highway priority

    10/28/2015 11:10:06 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 27, 2015 | The Dallas Morning News
    The planners, residents and developers hunched over maps Thursday had plenty of ideas for the daunting task of untangling and improving the massive web of aging highways in and around downtown Dallas. About 50 of them were gathered at the Dallas Regional Chamber for the second of three public input workshops on TxDOTís CityMAP project. The goal? To provide a blueprint and menu of options for city officials on potential costs, traffic impacts, timeline and designs for Interstate 30, I-345, I-35E and Woodall Rodgers. It would be wonderful if the city could eat the whole apple ó all the worthy...
  • Inside the Tunnel Of Death: The pitch black three-mile underground road linking Tajikistan's [tr]

    10/27/2015 6:25:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 27, 2015 | Simon Tomlinson
    With the risk of falling rocks, blind potholes and even carbon monoxide poisoning, it's easy to see where this treacherous road earned its nickname. Dubbed the Tunnel Of Death, the three-mile route is not for the faint-hearted Ė or the intrepid, for that matter. It was built to provide a safer journey for drivers travelling between Tajikistanís major cities who previously had to contend with avalanches. But the £2.6billion project, constructed by Iran, appears to have offered an even more hellish alternative instead.
  • Overtightening eyed as cause for flaws in Big Dig tunnel nuts

    10/24/2015 7:58:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 22, 2015 | Nicole Dungca
    <p>Flaws in nuts that hold up lights throughout the Big Digís tunnels may be the result of workers overtightening the fasteners when they were first installed, a top highway official said Thursday.</p> <p>Highway officials revealed this week that an inspector had discovered a cracked nut on a light fixture in the Ted Williams Tunnel in September. After further inspection of the Williams Tunnel and the Interstate 90 Connector and Interstate 93 tunnels, officials said they believe hundreds of fasteners throughout the Big Dig tunnels are flawed and must be replaced.</p>
  • Lafayette Parish President candidates field questions on coal-fired plant, traffic signals

    10/05/2015 6:15:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Advocate ^ | October 1, 2015 | Richard Burgess
    City-parish president candidates Joel Robideaux and Dee Stanley navigated questions on coal-generated power, the disruption an elevated interstate might cause in Lafayette and whether the city has too many traffic signals ó all posed at a Thursday evening forum sponsored by the local chapter of the Sierra Club. In a campaign season where the candidates have often found themselves repeatedly addressing the same issues in the string of debates and forums leading up to the Oct. 24 election, Stanley and Robideaux covered some new ground at the environmental groupís forum at the Lafayette Public Library downtown. Robideaux, a longtime state...
  • State responds to I-69 environmental concerns

    09/26/2015 8:09:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Indiana Daily Student ^ | August 27, 2015 | Annie Garau
    Years ago, the Tokarski family gathered with friends around a kitchen table in an old Indiana farmhouse. They were discussing the looming construction of Interstate 69 and how they could possibly stop it. The group suspected a project of such magnitude, an interstate route stretching across the southern half of Indiana, would cause severe environmental ‚Ä®damage. ¬ďWe really had the project almost at a standstill until Mitch Daniels came into office,¬Ē said Thomas Tokarski, now the president of Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads. ¬ďWe still have huge amounts of support from the people in Indiana.¬Ē Since that farmhouse meeting, Tokarski...
  • At I-75 and University Parkway, it's construction vs. the clock

    09/22/2015 7:02:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | September 12, 2015 | Emily Le Coz
    In a state where four out of five traffic improvement projects bust their original deadlines, Florida transportation officials expect to beat the odds with one of the largest jobs ever undertaken in the Sarasota-Manatee region. Construction of the stateís first diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 75 and University Parkway, which began Aug. 3 and is set for two years, will end before the September 2017 World Rowing Championships draw tens of thousands of visitors to nearby Nathan Benderson Park, state officials promise. But the timeline leaves Prince Contracting, the Tampa-based company that won the $74.5 million contract, just one month...
  • Power Grab: STIB Directly Paying Companies Millions

    09/20/2015 10:17:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Nerve ^ | June 1, 2015 | Rick Brundrett
    Most folks probably think of the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank as just that ‚Äď a bank that finances major highway and bridge projects. S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston and a member of the Infrastructure Bank (STIB) Board of Directors, described the bank, created by the Legislature in 1997, as a ‚Äúfunding arm‚ÄĚ in a recent (Charleston) Post & Courier story. But in addition to providing funding to the state Department of Transportation and local governments, STIB in recent years also has assumed the role of a general contractor or project manager, paying millions of dollars directly to certain companies for...
  • Ontario government hiding plans for toll lanes

    08/28/2015 12:33:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | August 22/24, 2015 | Shawn Jeffords
    TORONTO - The Ontario government has been working on plans for high occupancy toll lanes on three Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area highways since 2013, but has kept most of the details secret. When the NDP filed a Freedom of Information request in early 2014 for detailed information on the work, which includes traffic models, most of the documents were to be blacked out or not released at all, according to a report obtained by the Toronto Sun. Ministry of Transportation staff prepared the note to give senior bureaucrats and the ministerís office a heads-up about the NDPís ďcontentiousĒ request....
  • Province warming to HOT lanes: Hume

    08/28/2015 7:58:13 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | August 27, 2015 | Christopher Hume
    HOV is good; HOT is even better. As we saw during the Pan-Am Games, High Occupancy Vehicle lanes were great for cars with three or more people and other designated vehicles. The trouble was that they went largely unused. High Occupancy Toll lanes solve that problem by opening up the designated space to cars that donít have the numbers but whose drivers are willing to pay for the convenience. Premier Kathleen Wynne has hinted that sheís willing to implement HOT lanes, but has not been specific about where and when. If the U.S. experience is anything to go by, however,...
  • Digging into Northeast neglect

    08/22/2015 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 21, 2015 | The Baltimore Sun
    It may have escaped the attention of Baltimoreans but things have gotten a little testy in the New York-New Jersey area in recent weeks over the state of century-old rail tunnels running under the Hudson River. The deteriorating condition of the tunnels is threatening Amtrak and other rail service, but how to pay for a $14 billion-plus replacement has proven a challenge. Unfortunately, that's not just a problem for New York City but for Baltimore and other stops along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, the nation's most heavily traveled railway handling more than 750,000 passengers a day. The stations in Baltimore and...
  • Arizona, Mexico agreement extends I-11 to Mexico City

    08/06/2015 6:56:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Phoenix Business Journal ^ | June 15, 2015 | Eric Jay Toll
    Interstate 11 is getting another boost with execution of a memorandum of understanding between Arizona and Mexico. One of the four international cooperation agreements to be signed by Gov. Doug Ducey and the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade extends I-11 from Nogales into Mexico to Hermosillo and Mexico City. The international commerce corridor MOU grew out of a conversation between Arizona business leaders, Ducey and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim at the Phoenix Business Journalís Global Market Discovery series earlier this year. People on the Move Victor Foggie Victor Foggie Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona Brian...