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  • Hundreds of millions spent on Texas transportation projects that have little to do with traffic

    01/24/2010 1:19:26 PM PST · by Dubya · 38 replies · 1,164+ views
    STAR=TELEGRAM ^ | GORDON DICKSON
    No one disputes that the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park under construction in downtown Dallas is innovative. The 5-acre park is being built on top of an eyesore freeway. Soon, the concrete canyon of a roadway will be covered by an elevated green space where people can walk, ride bikes or play checkers.
  • AP IMPACT Breaking: Road projects don't help unemployment

    01/11/2010 7:30:09 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 46 replies · 1,558+ views
    AP ^ | 1-11-10
    WASHINGTON – Ten months into President Barack Obama's first economic stimulus plan, a surge in spending on roads and bridges has had no effect on local unemployment and only barely helped the beleaguered construction industry, an Associated Press analysis has found. Spend a lot or spend nothing at all, it didn't matter, the AP analysis showed: Local unemployment rates rose and fell regardless of how much stimulus money Washington poured out for transportation, raising questions about Obama's argument that more road money would address an "urgent need to accelerate job growth." Obama wants a second stimulus bill from Congress that...
  • U.S. cities, states plow or face residents' wrath

    01/07/2010 9:26:44 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 13 replies · 660+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 6, 2010 | Andrew Stern
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a bow to political winds that demand the streets be cleared of snow, plows were out on Wednesday across the U.S. midsection despite the strain on tight state and local government budgets. A winter storm was forecast to dump as much as a foot (0.3 meter) of snow across the Great Plains and Midwest by the weekend. The storm was expected to bring enough snow to Des Moines, Iowa, to match the city's normal snowfall total for an entire winter season. The Iowa capital expects to chew through its $3 million annual snow removal budget soon...
  • RTA saves possums from road kill

    01/03/2010 2:07:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 668+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | January 3, 2010 | Rosie Squires
    THE Roads and Traffic Authority has proudly announced the success of a road safety program - for our State's native wildlife. To reduce the number of animals killed on NSW roads each year, the RTA has installed more than 200 animal crossings on NSW highways. Rather than wait for a break in the constant flow of traffic, native animals are using specifically built tunnels and bridges to cross roads. And some of Australia's favourite native creatures have been smiling for the cameras as they scurry by. A little possum was snapped crossing over a rope bridge that hangs above the...
  • USAF to beef up spending on Montana missile roads (ROADS!)

    12/23/2009 10:39:30 PM PST · by This_far · 9 replies · 776+ views
    Helena Independent ^ | December 23, 2009 | AP
    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force is aiming to spend up to $7 million annually through 2015 to spruce up roads where it transports personnel and equipment to Montana missile sites. Cascade County Road Supervisor Dave Sutton said the typical missile road maintenance programs only include applying new gravel every few years to roads leading to Malmstrom Air Force Base missile sites, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
  • Air Force engineers help keep Afghan roads safe for travel (RED HORSE)

    11/03/2009 4:28:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 258+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Joseph Kapinos, USAF
    11/3/2009 - ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- "Roads bring people. People bring business and business improves life for everyone." These words, spoken in 2006 by Canadian Brig. Gen. Daniel Pepin, then the deputy general for reconstruction projects in Afghanistan, have proven prophetic, as, three years later, the ability to move vehicles and goods along roads here has been greatly enhanced, improving the lives of Afghans across the country. In response, Taliban insurgents routinely target the newly-built infrastructure. Air Force engineers assigned to the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team have countered, along with Army security forces, by conducting missions along Highway One,...
  • Virginian Pilot Strikes Out

    10/18/2009 1:01:48 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 7 replies · 659+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 10/18/2009 | Moneyrunner
    Virginian Pilot Strikes Out This story is a perfect example of the media’s ability to create an alternate reality universe. To read the VIRGINIAN PILOT, one would assume that the answer to Virginian’s transportation bottlenecks in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads is “more taxes.” No one disputes the fact that it costs money to build highways. But the one-note debate in the media centers on the issue of which taxes to raise to pay for roads. All of the “respectable” voices quoted by the VIRGINIAN PILOT voice their opinions, and their opinions are unanimous: Virginians must pay more taxes to...
  • Pr. William declines to join [race-baiting] anti-HOT lanes lawsuit

    10/08/2009 8:20:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 930+ views
    The Washington Business Journal ^ | October 7, 2009 | Sarah Krouse
    Prince William County decided not to join Arlington County in its lawsuit against high-occupancy toll lanes on Interstates 95 and 395, citing what it characterizes as race-baiting and class warfare in the suit. The county considered joining the suit because it shared concerns about the HOT lanes’ proceeding without a proper environmental study and their effect on traffic, but Board Chairman Corey Stewart, R-At large, said the board unanimously agreed Arlington’s suit raised too many concerns. “The board had a closer look at the suit and there are allegations in there about Pierce Homer, the secretary of transportation, and about...
  • Trans-state highway in Arunachal by 2013: PM (Chinese border incursions into India)

    10/04/2009 5:48:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 520+ views
    The Morung Express ^ | October 3, 2009 | Agencies, PTI
    Itanagar, October 3 (Agencies): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said a Rs.125 billion trans-state highway in Arunachal Pradesh would be completed by 2013, a step that would boost infrastructure in the strategic northeastern state bordering China. “The Trans-Arunachal Highway, rail and air connectivity, and construction of two small hydro projects would meet the requirement of many remote areas, especially villages located on border areas, suffering from isolation,” Manmohan Singh said, addressing an election rally at Pasighat in East Siang district. “The highway would be completed by 2013 and would go a long way in boosting infrastructure in the region....
  • Clearing Roads from Maysan to Basrah

    08/17/2009 6:03:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 241+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 2nd Lt. Juan Torres Jr., USA
    A Route Clearance Team with the 77th Armored Regiment inspects a Maysan province road for threats while on patrol, recently. The 30-foot remote controlled arm of the Buffalo Mine Resistant Clearance Vehicle provides increased safety to operators inside. Photo by 2nd Lt. Juan Torres Jr., 4th Brigade Combat Team. FOB HUNTER — Combat engineers with Task Force Saber recently performed their final route clearance mission in Maysan, then headed to Basrah to do the same. "It is our job to focus on the road and make sure it's safe for travel," said Pfc. Jeffrey Bernier, a combat engineer from Lebanon,...
  • The "forgotten" ingredient in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - Oil

    08/05/2009 6:21:42 AM PDT · by bridgemanusa · 11 replies · 585+ views
    Myself | 08/05/09 | bridgemanusa
    As I was driving home last evening on one of the many newly paved roads in MA, I began to think and formulate a few questions (this is where the uber brain power of freepers can come in) 1. Where does this massive quantity of asphalt come from? 2. Asphalt is derived from oil. Where are all the leftist environmental global warming zealots and why aren't they crying foul? 3. How much of this stuff actually gets recycled (after the roads are dug up)? 4. How much of our taxpayer $$ is going towards buying asphalt from middle-eastern oil companies?...
  • Deaths, Injuries Increase With Higher Speed Limits

    07/16/2009 7:26:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 105 replies · 1,942+ views
    MSN Health and Fitness ^ | July 16, 2009 | Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
    THURSDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths and injuries on America's interstates have increased since the repeal of the federal 55-mile-per-hour speed limit in 1995, a new study finds, and some believe it's time to slow down again. Researchers tracking fatalities attributed 12,545 deaths and 36,582 injuries in fatal crashes to higher speed limits implemented during the 1995-2005 study period. "Our study clearly shows that policy can directly result in more deaths as well as reducing deaths on our country's roads," said lead researcher Lee S. Friedman of the division of environmental and occupational health sciences in the School of...
  • New meaning for 'Road Tax'

    07/13/2009 5:00:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 1,827+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | July 13, 2009 | Henry Lamb
    Sara was late for work. The alarm clock didn't alarm, the kids were unusually slow getting ready for school, and nothing went right. She finally got to her car -- a brand new 2020 Chevy Adventure. She touched the finger-print secured start button. Nothing. It wouldn't start. She touched it again. Nothing. Furious, she banged the steering wheel with her fist. Then she noticed the paper hanging from the receipt printer on the dash. "Your designated visa account rejected your Road Use Tax in the amount of $87.32 for the month of June, 2020. You must insert a valid account...
  • Iraqis Thank ‘Dirt Devils’ for Road Project

    07/09/2009 4:43:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 304+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 1st Lt. Michael Bauman, USA
    BAGHDAD, July 9, 2009 – A San Antonio-based Army Reserve unit is getting much praise for its road improvements around Baghdad. A bulldozer operator with the 277th Engineer Company completes the ripping process for the reshaping of a roadway on Victory Base Complex in Iraq, July 5, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. George Velez  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The “Dirt Devils” of the 277th Engineer Company have wrapped up resurfacing and upgrades to the roadways north of Western Bypass Road connecting Camp Liberty and Camp Victory here. The Soldiers worked to keep the road serviceable so...
  • The 10 Most Expensive Stimulus Road Projects

    06/22/2009 12:01:36 PM PDT · by FromLori · 41 replies · 1,017+ views
    Start → You hear a lot about the government's desire to build a brand new "green" infrastructure in the United States. But really, the meat of the stimulus is all about rebuilding the old, car-based infrastructure. All those high-speed rail lines and smart power grids will have to come later. ProPublica has put together the top 10 stimulus projects from around the currenty, and what you'll see is there are a lot of highway interchanges, overpasses, on-ramps, and exit ramps. Basically, a lot of stuff that makes life easier for car drivers. Also, states are racing against time to get...
  • New Roads to Connect Iraqi Village

    06/16/2009 4:55:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 228+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Jason Douglas, USA
    Abbas Ali, from Vancouver, Canada, and a civil engineer with the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kirkuk, checks the construction status on a network of roads to connect facilities in the Iraqi village of Kardaara in Kirkuk province, June 11. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Douglas, 1st Cavalry Division. KIRKUK — In the small but growing Iraqi village of Kardaara here, residents have to move along dusty trails by foot to get around town. Thanks to the Iraqi Roads and Bridges Directorate, with help from 490th Civil Affairs Battalion (CAB), who recognized the problem, residents will soon be able to travel...
  • Rural Michigan counties turn failing roads to gravel

    06/13/2009 12:18:43 PM PDT · by magellan · 88 replies · 2,061+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 12, 2009 | Tim Martin
    As goes Michigan's crumbling economy, so go some once-paved rural roads now being turned back into gravel. About a quarter of the state's county road agencies largely left out of the federal stimulus package, which focuses on highways and other major thoroughfares, say they can't afford some costly repaving projects and have crushed up deteriorating roads. Montcalm County alone estimates it saved nearly $900,000 by converting almost 10 miles of pothole-plagued pavement into gravel this spring. Reverting to gravel on low-traffic roads has been done to some degree for years and long-term savings and maintenance costs vary widely. But it...
  • VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN ISSUES STATEMENT...

    04/25/2009 1:31:38 AM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 814+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | April 23, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President ______________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2009 VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN ISSUES STATEMENT ON ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL GENE DODARO’S TESTIMONY AT HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS HEARING Vice President Biden issued this statement following the testimony of GAO Acting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro at this morning’s Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing: "From the beginning, we committed to not only work at record speed to provide immediate economic relief under the Recovery Act, but to do so with unprecedented accountability...
  • Dierschke: Time to terminate Trans-Texas Corridor

    04/23/2009 6:49:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 568+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | April 23, 2009 | Southwest Farm Press
    The state’s largest farm organization is in favor of legislation that would terminate the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) in both name and concept. Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke expressed support for HB 11 by State Rep. David McQuade Leibowitz (D-San Antonio), which repeals the authority for the establishment and operation of the massive transportation project. “We hope you will agree with us that it is finally time to kill the Trans-Texas Corridor,” Dierschke testified before the House Transportation Committee on April 21. Although the farm organization recognizes the need to build and maintain Texas’ infrastructure, Dierschke said Texas Farm Bureau...
  • Reporter’s Notebook: Eastern Afghanistan Needs Roads, Chiropractors

    02/27/2009 4:31:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 255+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 27, 2009 – (Editor's Note: American Forces Press Service reporter Fred W. Baker III writes about his experiences in Afghanistan, where he is embeded with a provincial reconstruction team and an infantry unit.) To say that Paktia province needs better roads is a bone-rattling understatement. I took a ride north of the forward operating base here this week to the district of Sayed Karem with the civil affairs section of the provincial reconstruction team for a meeting with the sub-governor, and to deliver some food, clothes, blankets and other winter supplies to needy...
  • New Roads to Open Up Eastern Afghanistan Province (ESSAYONS)

    02/27/2009 3:42:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 226+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan, Feb. 27, 2009 – Few improved roads across the rural and mountainous Paktia province all but stop any real efforts for development here. Semitrucks hauling goods to eastern Afghanistan travel along the narrow and dangerous “K-G Pass” that works its way through steep mountains and connects the Khowst and Paktia provinces. A $100 million, 62-mile improved road, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is slated to start construction through the pass this summer. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. A 25-mile trip to a northern...
  • U.S. Soldiers Open Road, Transfer Security in Eastern Afghanistan

    02/18/2009 9:24:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 182+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. David Hopkins, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2009 – Even a short road goes a long way in Afghanistan. Villagers wait for the governor of Afghanistan’s Konar province to arrive for the official opening of a paved road in the province’s Deywagal Valley, Feb. 5, 2009. The seven-mile road was completed after two years of work, offering Afghans better access to hospitals, schools and markets. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David Hopkins  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The opening of a seven-mile road in eastern Afghanistan’s Konar province is affording critical transportation for residents and allowing coalition forces to transfer some...
  • Partnership Brings Project in on Time (ESSAYONS)

    02/06/2009 3:25:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 268+ views
    CHAMCHAMAL — Partnering is not a new concept to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but the practice is expanding in relation to projects in Iraq, and that is helping to fuel the success of reconstruction efforts. In November 2007, the Gulf Region Division's district, which operates within Iraq's seven northern provinces, initiated a partnering agreement in Sulaymaniyah for a $27.4 million project to design and renovate an existing fort into a correctional facility in Chamchamal. The project included more than 20 partners from several organizations, including, the Department of State's Regional Reconstruction Team, the office of the Iraqi prime...
  • Immigrants ravage U.S. infrastructure

    01/16/2009 2:08:23 AM PST · by Man50D · 14 replies · 1,074+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | January 15, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    The United States will need $1.6 trillion to repair damage to its infrastructure from a massive influx of immigrants, a new report reveals. In his report titled, "The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure," prominent researcher Edwin S. Rubenstein examines 15 categories of infrastructure: airports, border security, bridges, dams and levees, electricity (the power grids), hazardous waste removal , hospitals, mass transit, parks and recreation facilities, ports and navigable waterways, public schools, railroads, roads and highways, solid waste and trash, and water and sewer systems. Rubenstein, a financial analyst and former contributing editor of Forbes and economics editor of National Review,...
  • Texas lawmakers to weigh private road deals against tax increases

    01/12/2009 4:28:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 617+ views
    WFAA ^ | January 12, 2009 | Michael A. Lindenberger (Dallas Morning News)
    Two years ago, lawmakers went to war with Gov. Rick Perry over his push to privatize Texas toll roads, but their efforts to stop the idea largely failed. As they return Tuesday to launch the 2009 legislative session, lawmakers will be faced with a choice of either raising taxes – which both Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have called a bad idea – or giving private companies a greater role in paying for, and operating, a fast-expanding network of toll roads. The two-year moratorium on private road deals that passed in 2007 slowed but didn't kill Perry's plan to...
  • 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...
  • The New Year May Bring Some Changes in the Capitol

    12/29/2008 4:04:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 457+ views
    The Tribune ^ | December 29, 2008 | Dave McNeely
    The Texas Legislature is coming back Jan. 13, and change may be in the air. The Sunset Advisory Commission, by a narrow margin, recently voted to abolish the five-member commission that oversees the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoOT), and replace it with a single commissioner. This is but the latest in the continuing evolution of Texas state government. When legislators think an agency isn’t working right, the urges generally are to change the agency’s personnel; to change the agency’s structure; to combine it with some other agency; to investigate it; or to abolish it. Such it is with TxDOT. In...
  • Texas bills pursue transportation money, tackle corridor plan

    12/21/2008 6:50:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 647+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | December 19, 2008 | Keith Goble
    Confronted with a struggling transportation fund, lawmakers in Texas soon are expected to wage battle on various methods to help generate $14 billion for roads and bridges throughout the state. Another bill is intended to sideline the planned Trans-Texas Corridor. A report released this week from the Texas Department of Transportation says that the state will need to come up with $313 billion by 2030 for road and bridge maintenance and for congestion solutions. The report’s unveiling happened a couple of weeks before the Texas Legislature is set to convene its 2009 session. Lawmakers say they already were committed to...
  • Dems Whine: Spending Tons of Taxpayer Money is Harder Than It Looks

    12/03/2008 6:27:19 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 1 replies · 284+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 3, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    It is bad enough that Obama's Newer Deal program of spending piles of cash to pave roads won't stimulate the economy. It is bad enough that he will be hiring more government employees instead of cutting income and capital gains tax rates to spur entrepreneurial activity and investment. But to listen to Democrats complain about how tough it will be to find ways to waste our money is a little tough to take. More . . .
  • Lawrence Solomon: Good tolls, bad tolls

    12/01/2008 12:15:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 505+ views
    Financial Post ^ | November 28, 2008 | Lawrence Solomon
    The Greater Toronto Area needs a gazillion dollars to fund Metrolinx, a mega mega transportation system of light rail, commuter trains, subways, highways, roads, and bicycle paths designed to reach every ward in an 8,000 square kilometre operating region approaching six million people. It will cost more than governments can afford, say its government backers. The answer, the backers say, is a toll road system that extends across the GTA and finances the transit megaproject. I have a better idea. Install the GTA-wide toll road system and scrap Metrolinx. Once roads are tolled, the population growth that is now projected...
  • Manchester being 'bullied' by Government into accepting road tolls[UK]

    11/17/2008 2:03:02 PM PST · by BGHater · 1 replies · 218+ views
    Times Online ^ | 17 Nov 2008 | Ben Webster
    The Government is threatening to withhold £1.5 billion of public funding for public transport in Manchester unless the city agrees to become a guinea pig for pay-as-you-drive road pricing. Geoff Hoon, the Transport Secretary, said funding for new tram lines, extra buses and trains would be cancelled unless a majority of Greater Manchester's 1.8 million population voted “yes” in next month's road pricing referendum. Mr Hoon's comments, in an interview with The Times, angered opponents of Manchester's proposed charging scheme. They accused the Government of trying to bully the city into voting for a tax on commuting by car. Under...
  • Lawmaker files bill to repeal Texas Corridor

    11/15/2008 5:23:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies · 616+ views
    The Temple Daily Telegram ^ | November 14, 2008 | Fred Afflerbach
    A San Antonio lawmaker filed a bill that would repeal the establishment and operation of the Trans-Texas Corridor. It’s not the first time he’s done so. In the 2007 legislative session, Rep. David Leibowitz filed an identical bill, but it languished in the House Transportation Committee without a hearing. Leibowitz spokesman Rob Borja said the legislation may have a better fate the second time around. At least four of the nine committee members will change this session, including the chairman. “Probably most important is there will be a new chairman, because the old chairman Mike Krusee wouldn’t let any bills...
  • 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...
  • TxDOT buys time with borrowed funds for Dallas-area projects

    10/06/2008 9:10:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 716+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 5, 2008 | Michael A Lindenberger
    State transportation officials are poised to issue billions of dollars in debt to help speed road construction, a move that will keep Dallas-area projects on schedule for now but will do little to shore up the state's long-term road-funding crisis. The Texas Department of Transportation will likely begin issuing $1.5 billion in bonds within 60 days, pending the recovery of the nation's upended credit markets, and is taking steps to borrow another $6.4 billion over the next few years. Historic turmoil in the credit markets is already costing the department hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra interest payments each...
  • Private investors take public profits at Machang Bridge

    09/19/2008 8:00:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 295+ views
    The Hankyoreh ^ | September 19, 2008 | The Hankyoreh
    There is rising criticism that the Machang Bridge, which opened in July at the cost of millions of won, is only enriching speculative capitalists with tax money. They say that throughout the country, roads built through private investment are becoming white elephants where investors eat tax money via rough traffic predictions and contracts with excessive profit guarantees. The province of South Gyeongsang spent 380 billion won (US$337 million) in budget outlays and 190 million won in private capital to build the Machang Bridge linking Changwon and Masan. For the next 30 years, the earnings from the bridge tolls will be...
  • State Agrees to Stop Diverting Highway Construction Money

    08/22/2008 11:53:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 340+ views
    WOAI Radio ^ | August 22, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    Governor Perry and other state leaders have agreed to bring a halt to the practice which some say has led to toll roads...the diversion of money from the state's highway fund to other projects, 1200 WOAI news reports. "Implement a plan that sets a definitive course to end the practice of funding the Department of Public Safety with gas taxes that are needed for road construction, and return to funding the DPS with general revenue," is the first goal in a long term transportation funding plan released by Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Tom Craddick. 1200 WOAI...
  • Texas wants its public funds to invest in roads

    08/22/2008 10:57:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 221+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 21, 2008 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Public investment funds based in Texas could invest directly in transportation projects through a new corporation under a plan unveiled on Thursday by the state's legislative leaders and the governor. Texas has the nation's biggest road privatization plan but the legislature, reacting to criticisms that developers were enriching themselves at the expense of taxpayers, enacted a two-year moratorium. That has crimped road-building projects and led to a series of clashes between the governor and the legislature, who now have agreed on a compromise plan. Developers, including overseas companies, investment banks and private equity funds all vie...
  • LETTER: Toll road battle continues

    08/17/2008 2:10:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 385+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | August 17, 2008 | Gary L. Smith, Sr.
    Lately I have heard from some of you, asking about the Corridor. Most folks believe it is over, dead, gone from our beautiful East Texas. I have been watching our government's actions on this subject. Did you know that in TxDOT's cover letter to the federal government it states they will only use existing highways to build their corridor? Did you know that TxDOT also stated that it may need to build in non-existing paths also, some time in the future. Citizens, I write you today to make sure you understand that the corridor issue in Trinity County has not...
  • Iraqi Soldiers Train to Keep Roads Safe

    08/12/2008 4:38:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 109+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Shawn Coolman, USMC
    During a training exercise, Iraqi army Pfc. Waisam Rashash Mohammed, 22, an explosive ordnance disposal technician, locates a possible improvised explosive devise at Camp Mejid, Iraq, Aug. 5, 2008. Soldiers of Iraqi army Seventh Infantry Division have undertaken months of training and practical application by coalition forces to keep the roads of Iraq safe. Photo by Cpl. Shawn Coolman. CAMP MEJID — Protecting Coalition forces from hazards on the roads in Iraq is an enormous task that is undertaken everyday, but now it has become a little easier. Marines with Route Clearance Platoon, Company A, Third Combat Engineer Battalion and...
  • What Nobody is Saying About a National 55 MPH Limit

    07/12/2008 12:37:30 PM PDT · by The Duke · 164 replies · 198+ views
    Self | July 12, 2008 | Self
    Please pardon this "original material" vanity posting, however all the talk this Saturday morning (and previously) of re-imposing a nationwide 55 MPH speed limit has motivied me to take up the keyboard to make an important point that seems to be being missed in this debate. That point is that imposing such a limit inherently places a value on peoples' time. Let's do the math. Since both sides have been claiming that this speed limit will result in fuel savings of 2% from traveling at 70 MPH, then let's do the math using those numbers. We'll also use a vehicle...
  • Bad air could delay major freeway projects

    07/10/2008 5:46:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 229+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | July 10, 2008 | James Burger and James Geluso
    Dust storms that fouled Kern County’s air in May could mean months of delay for two major Kern County freeway projects. A project to widen Highway 46 from Holloway Road west to Highway 33 at Blackwells Corner will almost certainly be delayed for five months or more, said Ron Brummett, executive director of the Kern Council of Governments. And the Westside Parkway in Bakersfield, a freeway that’s to run west from a point near Highway 99 to Heath Road, might also be delayed if dickering over air quality standards goes on too long. The Environmental Protection Agency, Brummett said, is...
  • Scare tactics in Richmond

    07/08/2008 11:05:24 AM PDT · by JZelle · 5 replies · 155+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-8-08 | Editorial
    The Virginia General Assembly yesterday began its latest special session to deal with the state's transportation problems. Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine wants to raise $1 billion per year for transportation through an increase in the motor vehicle sales tax, higher registration fees and a 1-cent sales tax increase for purchases in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads on everything except food and medicine. Mr. Kaine's plan also includes creation of what looks like a huge boondoggle to benefit the politically well-connected. It is called a "Transportation Change Fund," and it would pay for mass transit and rail projects, telecommuting and ride-sharing,...
  • Leaders Break New Ground in Baghdad

    07/06/2008 11:39:43 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 97+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. David Hodge, USA
    An Iraqi National Police honor guard salutes the raising of his national flag at a ground breaking ceremony signifying the Airport Road revitalization project July 5 in southern Baghdad. The Iraqi NPs provided security for the ceremony. Photo by Spc. David Hodge. FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON — Leaders from Multi-National Division – Baghdad, the Iraqi security forces and the government of Iraq broke new ground July 5 in the median of a major thoroughfare in Baghdad. Prominent Iraqi leaders manned three honorary shovels each to move a small piece of Earth that signaled the start of a large revitalization effort...
  • Road Repaving Projects Cut As Gas Tax Revenue Drops And Asphalt Prices Rise

    06/17/2008 7:16:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 170+ views
    AHN ^ | June 16, 2008 | Linda Young
    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Soaring gas prices at the pump means more drivers are going to have a bumpier ride no matter where they go because economic pressure is forcing states to cut back on repaving projects. Americans drove fewer vehicle miles this year than last year, which means that states have less state and federal gasoline excise tax money to pay for the soaring cost of asphalt to repave roads. Asphalt is made from a combination of rocks and sand mixed with liquid asphalt, made of crude oil, to hold it all together. Soaring oil prices have caused asphalt...
  • Marines Participate in Operation Gravel Dump

    06/05/2008 5:30:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 79+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Chadwick deBree, USMC
    KARMA — Along the road nicknamed Chicago, vehicles lined up for miles, each vehicle getting ready to be searched. But they are not going to be searched by Marines, but by local Iraqi security forces. Marines with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, supported Iraqis with the Karma Iraqi Police and Iraqi Soldiers of 1st Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, participated in Operation Gravel Dump. “The Iraqi army had (intelligence) that insurgents were smuggling weapons and explosives by hiding them in the gravel trucks,” said 2nd Lt. Adam Steele, platoon commander, 4th...
  • Pocketbook Pileup (TxDOT and toll roads)

    06/05/2008 7:32:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 524+ views
    Fort Worth Weekly ^ | June 4, 2008 | Dan McGraw
    Gas prices topping $4 a gallon. Freeways that have become parking lots — if you can get to them through surface-street traffic jams caused by fast growth, urban sprawl, and inadequate road planning. Transportation planning in Texas in general seems to have turned into a careening Mack truck that’s just as liable to plow into a city as help it. New highways are needed to get more and more people to work and get NAFTA traffic from the Rio Grande to the Red River, but the state says it doesn’t have the money to build the roads and bridges and...
  • New Road Brings Prosperity to Afghan Province (RED HORSE PING)

    06/04/2008 6:15:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 82+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Jillian Torango, USAF
    PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, June 4, 2008 – More than 1,000 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony May 28 for a new $6 million road in Barak, a village in the Bazarak district of Afghanistan’s Panjshir province. Air Force Lt. Col. Russell T. Kaskel, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team commander, speaks to a crowd of more than 1,000 at the groundbreaking ceremony for the $6 million Barak-to-Khenj road in Barak, Bazarak district, Panjshir province, Afghanistan, May 28, 2008. The 18-kilometer, two-lane road is scheduled to be complete in March 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor draws 27,000 public comments

    06/04/2008 6:03:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 276+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | June 3, 2008 | David Tanner
    Many in the great state of Texas have a lot to say about a proposed network of toll roads and railway lines known as the Trans-Texas Corridor. The Texas Department of Transportation received more than 27,000 public comments during a three-month comment period on a proposed corridor project called the TTC-69, said TxDOT spokesman Mark Cross. Transportation officials had 47 public hearings in February and March and accepted written comments through April 18 on the environmental and social impact of the corridor. Comments ranged from flat-out opposition to the corridor to suggestions about how to lessen its impact, Cross told...
  • Panel proposes changes for TxDOT

    06/03/2008 6:22:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 737+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2008 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN — Saying big changes are needed to restore trust in the Texas Department of Transportation, the Sunset Advisory Commission staff is recommending a revamp of its governing board, project planning, and dealings with lawmakers and the public. The commission's report, to be released today, comes in the wake of controversy over planned public-private partnerships on toll roads, the route of the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor transportation network and questions concerning agency funding figures. The Houston Chronicle obtained a copy of the report. "The Sunset review of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) occurred against a backdrop of distrust and frustration...
  • TxDOT tries to bridge rifts with Texans in Congress

    05/25/2008 2:55:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 209+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | May 25, 2008 | Bennett Roth and Stewart Powell
    WASHINGTON — The Texas Department of Transportation, long viewed as hyperpartisan and arrogant by some members of the state's congressional delegation, has been trying to soften its image by reaching out to lawmakers of both parties in the nation's capital. But while state transportation officials are having some success in easing the personal animus, they still face a stiff challenge in selling their policy agenda to the state's elected officials in Washington. Many Texans on the Potomac cringe at the agency's embrace of toll roads, the controversies surrounding the Trans-Texas Corridor and TxDOT's resistance to many of the highway earmarks...