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  • Two sections of First Coast Expressway construction behind schedule

    12/07/2016 11:00:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | December 6, 2016 | Teresa Stepzinski
    Construction of two of the three sections of the multi-lane First Coast Expressway running through Clay County and neighboring Northeast Florida communities is behind schedule, according to Florida Department of Transportation officials, who cited a variety of factors for the delays. The expressway is a limited access toll facility is touted by elected officials and economic development authorities in Clay as being a gateway to new residential and commercial economic growth, which translates into an increased tax base. When completed, the expressway will span 46.5 miles. It be a connecting road outside of the existing Interstate 295 Loop between Interstate...
  • Mayor cancels red light camera program [political correctness kills]

    12/05/2016 4:59:15 PM PST · by grundle · 28 replies
    Democrat & Chronicle [link only] | December 1, 2016 | Meaghan M. McDermott
    link only: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/12/01/city-end-red-light-program/94730002/
  • Reinstituting earmarks could benefit region (BARF)

    12/03/2016 1:04:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Altonna Mirror ^ | November 27, 2016 | Altoona Mirror editorial board
    Earmarks again are a topic in Congress, and people in this part of Pennsylvania shouldn’t condemn them. Back in the 1970s, when highway construction was booming around the biggest population centers of the Keystone State, places like Altoona, Johnstown, Ebensburg and Bedford were told that once those projects were completed, work would begin on their roadway needs.But as the large-scale projects around Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Erie were completed, the promises that had been made to Blair County and other smaller-population areas, didn’t materialize because of alleged money shortages.The message seemed to be: “We’ll get to you sometime, but for...
  • The Mythology of HOT Lanes

    12/02/2016 2:11:47 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    StreetsBlog USA ^ | September 27, 2016 | Kevin Posey
    In July Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stood on the platform of a train station in Alexandria to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation had granted $165 million for the Atlantic Gateway project.While this is a multimodal project featuring rail, bus, and highway improvements, it was clearly the latter that most enthused the governor. At one point during his remarks, he declared that because of the road projects, “Today, the congestion is going to end!”The primary focus of the highway improvements will be an extension of the HOT (high occupancy toll) lanes on I-95 and I-395. The only other speaker...
  • Trump Picks Elaine Chao As Transportation Secretary

    11/29/2016 11:02:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/29/2016
    In the first of what Mike Pence called "several very important announcements," Politico reports that former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao is set to be announced later Tuesday as President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Transportation.The other contender for the position was former Democratic U.S. Representative from Tennessee Harold Ford.As Politico adds: Chao, who ran the Labor Department under President George W. Bush, met with the incoming president at Trump Tower last week and discussed labor and transportation policy, Trump’s transition team said then. The formal announcement is expected at 1 p.m., one source said. The wife of Senate...
  • Top 5 Biggest Road Construction Projects In DFW

    11/29/2016 1:03:25 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | November 1, 2016 | Brian New
    NORTH TEXAS (CBS11) It is nearly impossible these days in North Texas to avoid road construction projects. While billions of dollars are being pumped into the roadway system, TxDOT said it still cant keep up with the growth. There are a thousand people moving a day to Texas and weve (North Texas) got most of them, said TxDOT Dallas spokesperson Donna Huerta. We cant keep up with that kind of demand, but what we can do is take what we have and make it better. With a new approach allowing contractors to design and build a project simultaneously, TxDOT...
  • Larsons tunnels: Big plan, even bigger challenge

    11/27/2016 8:28:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Connecticut Mirror ^ | November 15, 2016 | Tom Condon
    Not everyone is thrilled with U.S. Rep. John Larson’s proposal to build massive highway tunnels under Hartford, but Daniel Burnham might be, were he still with us. It was Burnham, the great Chicago architect and planner, who said, “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.”Larson’s is anything but a little plan; it is breathtaking in scope. It has stirred the blood of some public officials and business leaders. But the concept is so vast, complex and potentially expensive – it would be longer than Boston’s “Big Dig” tunnels...
  • O'Hare western access fight flares up as Tollway sues

    11/24/2016 12:54:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | November 23, 2016 | Greg Hinz
    A dispute that threatens decade-old plans to build a western access road to O'Hare International Airport is headed to a federal agency, as the Illinois Toll Highway Authority sues the Canadian Pacific Railway. In a petition filed today, the tollway asked the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to allow it to force CP to sell or grant easements to the tollway for portions of railroad property immediately to the north of the railway's huge Bensenville Yards. The tollway indicated it also may eventually need access to the yard itself. The Surface Transportation Board is the federal agency that regulates railroads, and...
  • How Trump Might Try to Fix Bridges and Highways: QuickTake Q&A

    11/24/2016 7:44:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | November 14, 2016 | Laurence Arnold and Sho Chandra
    Link only - Bloomberg
  • Donald Trump's infrastructure plan wouldn't actually fix America's infrastructure problems

    11/21/2016 9:00:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Vox ^ | November 18, 2016 | Brad Plumer
    Donald Trump loves the idea of infrastructure. He brings it up all the time. He wants to make an infrastructure bill a priority in his first 100 days as president. And Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have said theyd love to work with him on this."We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals," Trump promised cheering supporters on election night. "We're going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it."The...
  • Tolls are coming to Germanys autobahns

    11/20/2016 11:52:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Politico.eu ^ | November 4, 2016 | Janosch Delcker
    BERLIN — German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt’s political future is tied to the success of imposing a toll on foreign drivers using the country’s autobahns, and despite being slapped down by the European Commission he isn’t giving up on the idea.“The tolls are coming,” Dobrindt told the Bild newspaper on Friday, following news that the EU and Germany are about to settle their dispute over introducing the payments. “I am confident that we will be able to close negotiations with the EU Commission on a positive note in November.”Dobrindt told reporters he expected tolls to come into effect after national...
  • What Chinas Highway Robbery-Style Toll Roads Say About its Economy

    11/20/2016 11:02:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | October 30, 2016 | Cai Shenkun
    Why is China’s huge toll road system running massive losses despite billions of income from toll fees? It’s another strategy devised by the communist regime to siphon wealth from the public, says Cai Shenkun, a well-known Chinese economist and blogger.The Chinese state operates the largest toll road system in the world. Toll roads across the country collect more than 400 billion yuan (US$60 billion) each year. But strangely, this profitable monopoly industry reports huge losses year after year. According to recently released data by China’s Ministry of Transportation, revenue from toll roads was 409.78 billion yuan in 2015 while operating...
  • Whos Going to Pay for Trumps Huge Infrastructure Plans?

    11/20/2016 10:02:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 71 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | November 14, 2016 | Mark Joffe
    A rare point of agreement between President-Elect Trump and Congressional Democrats is that America has an infrastructure deficit: The nations transportation, power, water and sewerage facilities are too often outdated and unable to reliably serve a growing population. But while the diagnosis crosses party lines, solutions are more controversial. Democrats may not be too worried about the recent increase in federal deficits, but Republicans who have made an issue of the national debt will be reluctant to produce more red ink. Likewise, tax increases to pay for new federal construction spending are off the table under Trump and a Republican-controlled...
  • Trump promises big on highway funding, could open door to more tolls and privatization

    11/19/2016 11:54:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    Overdrive ^ | November 14, 2016 | James Jaillet
    President-elect Donald Trump said throughout his campaign for the White House that he wants major investments in U.S. infrastructure, calling for $1 trillion on infrastructure projects during his presidency.He reiterated the point in his victory speech last Wednesday. “We’re going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals,” Mr. Trump said. “We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none.”However, major infrastructure bills are challenging pieces of legislation to pass, especially since Congress changed little in the election, says Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent...
  • From grease to specialized license plate covers, drivers try to beat tolls

    11/15/2016 8:10:49 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    MassLive ^ | October 30, 2016 | Scott J. Croteau
    Across the country people have tried all sorts of ways to trick all-electronic tolling technology from capturing their license plates in order to avoid paying a toll, but officials in Massachusetts said the tricks aren't new and the technology is ready to catch the scofflaws.Massachusetts will move to all-electronic tolling on Friday and has Raytheon's All Electronic Tolling System ready to read E-ZPass transponders as well as take pictures of the vehicles including the rear and front license plates if drivers go through without a transponder.Raytheon's system is able to take color pictures of vehicles and track the make and...
  • Gender-Equal Snow Ploughing Plunges Stockholm into Chaos

    11/14/2016 10:01:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 14, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    Politicians in Stockholm said the policy of gender-equal snow removal has failed after the weather brought Swedens capital to a standstill last week, with hospitals reporting a fourfold increase in broken bones.
  • Massachusetts Turnpike: EZ-Pass Replaces Cash, Toll Booths Now a Thing of the Past

    11/12/2016 1:03:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | October 30, 2016 | Ryan Anthony
    The Massachusetts Turnpike is in uncharted water as EZ Pass has replaced cash along the states turnpike system and many toll collectors have been laid off. In a world where many systems have gone electronic from payment for movies to parking, it was only a matter of time before the personless, electronic system eventually took over toll roads, as well. Along the Massachusetts Turnpike, it happened this weekend with toll collectors working their last shifts and the state moving quickly to tear down the booths where collections happened for decades. According to the Boston Globe, the new cashless collections system...
  • VDOT awards I-66 procurement bid: Project to be funded entirely by private sector

    11/11/2016 8:22:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Fairfax County Times ^ | November 11, 2016 | Angela Woolsey
    The Commonwealth of Virginia awarded procurement of its Transform66 Outside the Beltway project to I-66 Express Mobility Partners, a consortium of private companies, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Nov. 3. I-66 Express Mobility Partners, which consists of transportation infrastructure company Cintra, public infrastructure investment firm Meridiam, and the contractors Ferrovial Agroman US and Allan Myers VA, Inc., will be responsible for financing, designing, building, maintaining and operating the interstate expansion. The Virginia Department of Transportations (VDOT) Transform66 Outside the Beltway project will add two express lanes in each direction between I-495 and Gainesville along with three general purpose lanes...
  • Trump's highway improvement plans come with a price of maybe more Texas toll roads

    11/10/2016 9:11:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | November 10, 2016 | Dug Begley
    If recent votes are any indication, Texans dont like toll roads, but they do like Donald Trump. At some point, maybe soon, theyre going to have to make a choice between the two. President-elect Trump in late October laid out some of his plans should he win the White House, among them the American Energy & Infrastructure Act, which he plans to pass in his first 100 days. In his action plan that includes abolishing the Affordable Care Act and restraining immigration, Trump said the infrastructure plan leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives. Over a decade, Trump...
  • Are Texans paying twice for toll roads?

    11/10/2016 8:07:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Click 2 Houston ^ | November 7-9, 2016 | Joel Eisenbaum
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - The Harris County Toll Road Authority collected about $760 million in tolls the last fiscal year, yet it is improbable that any Harris County toll road will ever be “paid off,” Channel 2 Investigates has learned.   “Not with system financing, which allows us to borrow money at a favorable rate to build new projects,” said Patti Evans, the authority’s assistant director of communications.In other words, tolls collected today are not only used to pay down system-wide debt, but to construct more toll roads in the future.    “I think it is important to say —...
  • Homes Coming Down To Make Way For Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike

    11/09/2016 7:56:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    News Channel 4 (KFOR) ^ | October 28, 2016 | Sarah Stewart
    OKLAHOMA CITY--The 1600 square foot home on S.E. 15th came crashing down in a matter of minutes. It was demolished on Monday to make way for the new Eastern Oklahoma County turnpike. It happened because they were ignorant of their rights and were victimized by the state, said Steve Maguire. Maguire helped start Victims of Eminent Domain Fund, a non-profit dedicated to telling the stories of homeowners in that part of the county and stopping the turnpike from coming through. He says the owners of the home on S.E. 15th were told false things by the people acquiring the property...
  • Toll Lanes Could Get Driverless Trucks On Highways Faster

    11/06/2016 10:56:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 18, 2016 | Jason Kuehn and Bill Rennicke
    Prematurely accelerating the implementation of fully autonomous trucking (no driver in the cab) seems like an idea that could be fraught with risk. While driverless long-haul trucks have the potential to increase economic productivity by enabling more cost-effective transport of goods, the technology is not yet ready for prime time. There is growing pressure, however, to make it a reality sooner rather than later particularly as long-distance trucking faces a worsening driver shortage. At the same time, highway infrastructure in many parts of the country is clearly inadequate even for todays traffic, let alone a mixed bag of driven...
  • Infrastructure investors go big

    11/06/2016 8:16:17 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Pensions & Investments ^ | October 31, 2016 | Arleen Jacobius
    Pension funds and other asset owners increasingly are investing in U.S. infrastructure, often buying the assets from infrastructure money managers. This could be a win-win. Investor interest comes at a time when the first crop of infrastructure funds raised in the U.S. in 2004 and 2005 are coming to the end of their 10-year life span. Managers are expected to bring more transactions to market to take advantage of growing interest by direct investors. Industry insiders expect more infrastructure core projects to change to institutional investor ownership. Investors prize the core projects, even though returns generally are lower than investments...
  • Morton Marcus: Business-government partnerships hide faults

    11/06/2016 7:44:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Terre Haute Tribune Star ^ | October 29, 2016 | Morton Marcus
    It was disappointing, but not surprising, to learn from the Indianapolis Business Journal (Oct. 10-16) that both John Gregg and Eric Holcomb endorse public-private partnerships (P3s). These candidates for governor are experienced in the ways of our Indiana government. Mr. Gregg has served at the highest level of the legislature while Mr. Holcomb is our Lt. Governor. P3s are agreements between governments (national, state, or local) with private companies to assume control, but not ownership, of public assets. Hoosiers know them in the form of the new bridge over the Ohio River, connecting the east end of Louisville with Clark...
  • Where do Trump and Clinton stand on making your commute better?

    11/04/2016 1:09:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | October 25, 2016 | Marni Pyke
    They may not ride in crammed trains or carry angst over potholes but feuding presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both want to fix America's infrastructure. The focus on improving public transit and highways couldn't come soon enough for local commuters, say two experts. "There is a desperate need to invest more into mass transit in Chicagoland," Regional Transportation Authority Chairman and former state senator Kirk Dillard said. "Most states significantly assist in the mass transit arena, but that is not the case today in Illinois," Dillard added, noting New York City budgets about $196 per capita on mass...
  • Feds blame Elgin company for worker's death on I-90 bridge

    11/04/2016 10:53:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | October 17, 2016 | Marni Pyke
    Federal regulators rebuked an Elgin demolition company and fined it $152,000 for safety violations leading to a worker's death on a Jane Addams Tollway bridge in Des Plaines this spring. Vicente Santoyo of Berwyn, a father of four, was standing in a lift cutting bracing between two beams to be removed from the bridge at Touhy Avenue when one rolled off a concrete support April 5, falling on him. U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators cited Santoyo's employer and tollway subcontractor Omega Demolition Corp. for "overstressing" the 40-ton horizontal beam during demolition. That means the beam wasn't adequately supported,...
  • Tollway aims to boost minority jobs by teaching construction skills

    11/04/2016 9:46:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | October 19, 2016 | Marni Pyke
    With 10 years remaining in its $12 billion road-building program, the Illinois tollway intends to start training workers to help finish the job. The aim is to increase the number of minorities working on tollway projects through a center teaching construction-related skills, officials said at a meeting Wednesday. The program is in the early stages, with diversity department planners still figuring out logistics, including funding. About $400,000 is allocated for 2017, although several tollway board directors advised staff members to budget for more. A 2015 tollway study concluded that blacks, Hispanics and women are underrepresented compared to whites when it...
  • IL Tollway announces $951M infrastructure program for 2017

    11/04/2016 6:43:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Construction DIVE ^ | October 31, 2016 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: The Illinois Tollway announced Thursday that it had set a preliminary budget for 2017 that includes $951 million for Move Illinois projects, as well as $336 million for a maintenance and operation program, according to Equipment World.Major Move Illinois capital initiatives planned for next year include the Illinois Route 390 Tollway ($374.5 million), SmartRoad upgrades to I-90 ($163.5 million), reconstruction of I-294 ($56.5 million) and expansion and maintenance of the I-PASS system. The remaining funds will go toward development, repair and maintenance.Move Illinois is a 15-year, $12-billion capital project program financed by bonds and tolls. The Illinois Tollway,...
  • Ex-Turnpike employees charged for 'stealing time'

    10/30/2016 11:59:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Central Penn Business Journal ^ | June 15, 2016 | Roger DuPuis
    Two former employees of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission "stole" more than $8,000 by improperly inflating their work hours, the state Attorney General's Office said. Criminal charges filed today against Sharie Anne Sacco, 56, and Stephen Michael Dombek, 51, are the result of separate investigations by the Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigations.The pair also are accused of using state vehicles for their personal use.The AG's Office began its investigations after receiving a referral from the Office of Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.The charges According to criminal complaints filed in the case:• Sacco, of Lehigh County, worked for the...
  • Two dozen companies owe over $1.5M in Pa. turnpike tolls

    10/30/2016 7:05:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 25, 2016 | Ed Blazina
    More than 15 years ago, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission decided to offer free-flowing EZPass lanes, a way for motorists to use transponders to report tolls to a credit card for payment. Ohio and other states offer EZPass but motorists must pass through a gate once the system recognizes their transponder. If a motorist does not have a transponder, the gate stays closed. In Pennsylvania, to keep traffic moving, there are no gates. That means its easy to drive on the highway without paying tolls. So easy that one New Jersey firm has made more than 7,600 trips and owes more...
  • Why are contractors individually spray-painting blocks on the Pa. Turnpike? - PennLive letters

    10/30/2016 4:10:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Penn Live ^ | October 30, 2016 | Laura Martin
    Did you notice the labor that went into painting each and every block of the new sound barrier? On the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Route 83 and the Interstate 283/Harrisburg East exits, recently I have observed contractors on lifts individually spray-painting each and every block on the sound barrier/retaining wall. I was hoping what I was seeing was not what I thought, so wasteful. But the main question is why was this level and type of expense happening at all? Is natural concrete not acceptable for cars on the turnpike traveling 70 miles per hour to see? The concrete barriers in...
  • Lessons From the Highway of Death

    10/27/2016 5:06:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    California State Route 99 is the north-south highway that cuts through the great Central Valley. And it has changed little since the mid-1960s. A half-century ago, when the state population was about 18 million -- not nearly 40 million as it is today -- the 99 used to be a high-speed, four-lane marvel. It was a crown jewel in California's cutting-edge freeway system. Not now. The 99 was recently ranked by ValuePenguin (a private consumer research organization) as the deadliest major highway in the nation. Locals who live along its 400-plus miles often go to bed after seeing lurid...
  • Pennsylvania Turnpike agency to pay ex-worker $3.2M in whistleblower suit

    10/21/2016 10:03:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    WTAE ^ | October 7, 2016 | WTAE
    HARRISBURG, Pa. A judge has ordered the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to pay a former worker more than $3 million after finding he was wrongly fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on agency practices. Ralph Bailets sued the turnpike commission and two of its officials over his 2008 termination. He says he was dismissed for questioning a major computer contract, hiring practices and how large trucking firms qualify for E-ZPass discounts. Prosecutors in 2013 used his testimony to file corruption charges against several agency officials. The judge ruled in June that Bailets was wrongly terminated. PennLive.com reports the judge ruled...
  • Alabama's bypass to the beach, a 'top priority' project, revived with BP money

    10/21/2016 7:45:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    AL.com ^ | October 5, 2016 | John Sharp
    With $65 million in new money thanks to the state's BP settlement, the long-beleaguered U.S. 98 project in coastal Alabama has a new life, but officials are proceeding cautiously.It was nearly a decade ago when a previous U.S. 98 project was shut down amid lawsuits and accusations surrounding sediment from the construction site that ran off into the waterways supplying a majority of the Mobile region's drinking water."The job has been redesigned," said Vince Calametti, ALDOT's Southwest Region's chief engineer. "There was an environmental assessment, and it will have to be re-evaluated. It will be one of the first things...
  • I-10 widening priority for Babeu

    10/20/2016 6:59:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Casa Grande Dispatch ^ | October 19, 2016 | Kevin Reagan
    CASA GRANDE Republican Congressional District 1 candidate Paul Babeu says he plans to make improvements to Interstate 10 a greater priority for the federal government. Babeu, who is Pinal County sheriff, assembled a number of Republican state lawmakers on Monday to discuss his intentions as a congressman to prioritize widening a portion of I-10 that runs between Phoenix and Casa Grande. His plan is to work on expanding this section from two lanes to three in each direction. Doing so, Babeu said, improves safety and economic development. This is directly linked to a prosperous future for western Pinal County...
  • I-22 finally connects Birmingham to Memphis

    10/16/2016 11:13:05 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Alabama News Center ^ | June 20, 2016 | Tom Cosby and Barry Copeland
    Hidden among all the recent great news affecting Birminghams amazing rebirth is the story of the long-awaited opening of I-22, or Corridor X. Thats a shame, because no single success in our recent past may prove to be more important and have greater long-term favorable impact on this region than todays ribbon cutting. Since the days of the Roman Empire and the famous Appian Way, roads (and particularly crossroads) have always played a critically important role in the economic growth and prosperity of cities. In the earliest days of our country, waterway intersections were the places where communities grew into...
  • Will next governor pave the way for more public-private partnerships?

    10/11/2016 7:05:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Indiana Lawyer ^ | October 11, 2016 | Hayleigh Colombo, IBJ Staff
    The controversial 2006 lease of the Indiana Toll Road paved the way for highway projects funded by public-private partnerships in Indiana — including the relatively smooth and nearly finished building of a bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville and the beleaguered construction of a 21-mile stretch of Interstate 69 from Bloomington to Martinsville. Indiana’s next governor — whose road-funding agenda will likely shape discussions at next year’s budget session of the Indiana General Assembly — will have a major role in crafting future deals to fund projects and maintain the state’s infrastructure. The question is whether the state will...
  • I-69 construction woes lead to another bond downgrade

    10/11/2016 1:03:45 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Indiana Business Journal ^ | September 20, 2016 | Susan Orr
    Continuing delays on the construction of Interstate 69 between Bloomington and Martinsville have led to another ratings downgrade on the bonds issued to help finance the project. Standard & Poor’s has lowered its rating from BB+ to BB- on $244 million in bonds issued by the Indiana Finance Authority in 2014 for the interstate project. “The rating action reflects our view of increased construction risk at the project, which is eight months behind schedule and about 56 percent complete,” S&P Global Ratings credit analyst Tony Bettinelli said in the ratings agency’s statement on the downgrade last week. The 21-mile project,...
  • I-69 work needs more supervision

    10/11/2016 12:50:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Daily Journal ^ | October 11, 2016 | Bloomington Herald-Times
    The state of Indiana needs to do a better job of looking out for the interests of Hoosiers, especially Monroe County Hoosiers, when it comes to construction of Interstate 69. Section 5 of the project, the part that starts just south of Bloomington and goes north to Martinsville, has run into problems. Not for the first time. Again, the private development company the state picked to build the highway has fallen behind on payments for work thats been done. So major contractor Crider & Crider of Bloomington has stopped working, again, until it gets paid. State officials arent saying so,...
  • School System Pays Thousands of Dollars in Tolls So Buses Can Use Intercounty Connector

    10/10/2016 10:42:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Bethesda Magazine ^ | November 23, 2015 | Andrew Metcalf
    Montgomery County Board of Education President Patricia ONeill asked the countys state legislators Wednesday if they could help eliminate tolls for county school buses that drive on the state-operated Intercounty Connector. A Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman said in an email Friday the school system spends nearly $18,000 per year on ICC tolls. Buses that typically use the ICC include those for cross-county special education routes and sports trips, according to spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala. It would help us a great deal to make a more efficient transportation system for the 100,000 students we transport every day if we could use...
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan delays funding for transitway in upper Montgomery

    10/10/2016 1:55:39 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 4, 2016 | Katherine Shaver
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has postponed funding a busway in the heavily congested Interstate 270 corridor for at least six years, significantly delaying a transit project that Montgomery County is relying on to develop the upcounty without making traffic worse. Hogans proposed six-year transportation budget includes no money for the Corridor Cities Transitway, which has been planned since at least 2000 to connect the Shady Grove Metro station at the end of the Red Line with the upcounty. The first nine-mile segment would run between Shady Grove and the Metropolitan Branch MARC commuter rail station in Gaithersburg. Delaying the...
  • SCDOT Still Pimping Interstate 73

    10/06/2016 11:13:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    FITSNEWS ^ | July 21, 2016 | FITS
    AGENCY LOBBYING HARD FOR MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR BOONDOGGLE South Carolina’s corrupt transportation “leaders” still desperately want to foist Interstate 73 on dirt poor Palmetto State taxpayers … even as government’s embarrassing inability to do basic maintenance continues to be on display all over the state.How desperate are our powerful “roads czars” to get this Interstate built? Let’s recap …First, they’ve spent more than $100 million on an interchange for the highway (even though it’s not clear if it will ever be built).Next they’ve proposed spending millions more on wetlands mitigation related to the road (again, even though it’s not clear if...
  • I-73 is not an easy sell

    10/06/2016 10:09:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Martinsville Bulletin ^ | October 2, 2016 | Ben R. Williams
    Theres a famous old fable known as Belling the Cat. For those who havent heard it, it goes like this: A bunch of mice are threatened by a vicious cat, and they call a council to figure out how to solve the problem. One mouse proposes that they place a bell around the cats neck. That way, theyll hear the cat approaching and have plenty of time to run and hide. The mice applaud the plan. They love the plan. Its a great plan. One mouse asks whos going to volunteer to place the bell around the cats neck. Suddenly,...
  • Downtown road work, detours galore driving commuters crazy

    09/25/2016 2:16:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 24, 2016 | Colin Campbell
    <p>Tweefie Millspaugh has a relatively short commute from her home in North Baltimore's Abell neighborhood to her job at a downtown law firm. Without traffic, she says, it takes about 15 minutes.</p> <p>But lately, the 54-year-old has found herself yelling fruitlessly in the driver's seat as she sits for 45 minutes on streets jammed by road closures across the city's center. After work, she waits again in a crawling line before finally inching out of her parking garage and into the gridlock.</p>
  • Opinion: Feds Divert Yet More Motorist Money Into Trolleys

    09/22/2016 4:22:31 PM PDT · by Ken H · 29 replies
    theNewspaper ^ | Sept. 21, 2016 | n/a
    Feds spend $1 billion on trolley in San Diego, California. Washington, DC trolley costs taxpayers $9.50 per ride. The US Department of Transportation last week announced it would send $1 billion in cash raised from gasoline taxes to subsidize the construction of an old-fashioned trolley in San Diego, California. Around the country, the return of this Civil War-era technology has generated controversy over the costs involved. Federal officials have responded by giving priority to projects in the most exciting locations. "The beautiful weather and strong job market have long made San Diego one of America's most desirable and fastest-growing metro...
  • BJP plans Rs 2 lakh crore construction projects in UP ahead of polls

    09/20/2016 11:09:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | September 16, 2016 | Rajat Arora
    NEW DELHI: Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has pledged to kick off one project every week in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh as part of the central government's ambitious development agenda for the state. This will add up to new road projects worth Rs 1.3 lakh crore in the state, where elections are scheduled to be held early next year. Gadkari and Home Minister Rajnath Singh will formally announce the road plans on Friday in Lucknow. "I will lay foundation stones for highway projects across UP every week from now," Gadkari told ET. "My ministry will complete highway construction projects...
  • Obama Administrations Lawless Decision Delays a Much-needed Infrastructure project

    09/18/2016 7:40:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Freedomworks ^ | September 15, 2016 | Kenny Stein
    Seemingly every day some politician or another, usually from the left of the political spectrum, calls for more infrastructure investment. In North Dakota there is a $3.7 billion infrastructure project under construction. This project received all the necessary federal permits and is 60% complete. But now the Obama administration, bowing to radical left wing protestors, has thrown the project into doubt with its unprecedented decision last Friday to halt construction on one section of the project. Apparently infrastructure investment is not the priority we were led to believe. The project in question is known as the Dakota Access Pipeline. It...
  • KDOT sweeps: Kansas is going backward with more projects stalled

    09/16/2016 1:11:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Garden City Telegram ^ | September 15, 2016 | Dena Sattler / Topeka Capital-Journal
    Kansas has more than 140,000 miles of public roads the fourth most in the U.S. Such a massive network requires substantial public investment in maintenance and new projects, and some transportation advocates are worried that the states revenue crisis will prevent much of this necessary work from getting done. For example, the Brownback administration has transferred more than $1 billion from the Kansas Department of Transportation to the state general fund over the past few years. Earlier this year, $185 million was removed from the highway fund to counteract meager state revenue collections. This sweep was announced alongside...
  • Critics Decry Gov. Walker Plan to Delay Zoo Interchange and Other Highway Projects

    09/16/2016 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio ^ | September 16, 2016 | Ann-Elise Henzl
    Gov. Scott Walker is drawing sharp criticism for his plan to delay highway projects, including the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee. In the past, the governor has hailed the interchange as key to state businesses that transport products throughout the region. Walker mentioned MillerCoors in his 2013 State of the State address. "MillerCoors is in a hyper-competitive industry. They're looking to find a competitive advantage: who can get a cold beer on a bar in Madison or Green Bay or even Chicago, the fastest. Beer trucks are tied up in the Zoo Interchange? The MillerCoors brewery here in Wisconsin is at...
  • NJ county threatening to sue state DOT over highway project shutdown

    09/16/2016 5:32:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | September 15, 2016 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: Passaic County, NJ, has announced its intention to sue the state's Department of Transportation for costs resulting from Gov. Chris Christie's order to shut down all projects funded through the near-empty Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), according to The Record.Citing safety issues, Passaic County officials said they used their own funds to continue with certain state projects after the shutdown, such as a $330,000 repaving project that left raised manhole covers exposed. The county has a multimillion-dollar lineup of infrastructure projects now on hold.Passaic County Counsel William Pascrell, who notified the state DOT of Passaic's intention to sue over...