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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...