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  • Truck driver charged in 2017 fiery crash that killed five on I-70 Kansas Turnpike

    04/19/2019 11:09:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | April 19, 2019 | Mike Hendricks
    A Colorado truck driver has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide nearly two years after a fiery crash that killed five people on the Kansas Turnpike near Bonner Springs. Kenny B. Ford, 58, of Greeley, Colorado, appeared without an attorney Friday morning in Leavenworth County District Court. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail on each count. The charges were filed Feb. 26, but remained sealed until Friday’s court appearance. The July 11, 2017, wreck occurred on westbound Interstate 70 near 174th Street. Traffic was backed up due to road construction when, around...
  • It's Not Too Late to Kill I-70 Project, Expert Says

    04/19/2019 1:06:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Westword ^ | April 12, 2019 | Michael Roberts
    In August 2018, the Colorado Department of Transportation broke ground on Central 70, a massive five-year (at minimum) project intended to reimagine and revitalize a stretch of Interstate 70 through Denver — and construction on the I-270 flyover to eastbound I-70 will result in a large stretch of the highway being closed at 10 p.m. tonight and staying that way for the entire weekend. The timing of this temporary shutdown is noteworthy, given that it follows in the wake of a new national report that rips Central 70 and argues that rather than expanding the existing roadway, CDOT should tear...
  • ‘Deficient’ bridges in Peoria area point to substantial repair needs

    04/09/2019 1:15:39 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Chillicothe Times-Bulletin ^ | March 29, 2019 | Chris Kaergard
    An average of 26,300 vehicles per day drive across the small bridge on Main Street in East Peoria that crosses over Farm Creek. Those six lanes of traffic cross one of 166 bridges in the Tri-County Area that are “structurally deficient,” according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. A bridge is considered structurally deficient if one of its main components is in poor condition and repairs are needed. Components include the deck, the part of the bridge people drive on; the superstructure, which supports the deck; or the substructure, the foundation of the bridge. Even if a bridge is classified...
  • Bi-State should opt out of swap program

    04/08/2019 10:56:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | March 26, 2019 | Tracy Kurowski
    Quad City residents are now witnessing the creation of an architectural marvel with the construction of the new Interstate-74 bridge. Two of the world’s largest mobile cranes are employed in the project, along with hundreds of workers, and we are now seeing the concrete base of the center arch rise out from the river bottoms. This remarkable project is made possible by a federal and state government funding partnership that guarantees a dignified wage to the men and women who have been working throughout this brutally cold winter. Called "Davis-Bacon" protections, they were named after two Depression-era Republican congressmen who...
  • Will Ohio keep widening highways when it can't afford to maintain what it has already built?

    03/29/2019 1:10:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    WCPO 9 Cincinnati ^ | March 25, 2019 | Pat LaFleur
    The stretch of Interstate 75 that runs through the city of Cincinnati has been under construction for nearly a decade. Nine years ago, the Ohio Department of Transportation began the Mill Creek Expressway improvement project, at an estimated total cost of $550-650 million. The project's goal is to improve the integrity of the roadway and increase vehicle capacity. But is increasing capacity on a highway system that the state has admitted it cannot afford to maintain — under current funding levels — really the best idea? Like most things related to infrastructure in Ohio, points of view vary. It's the...
  • Should ‘Roads to Prosperity’ turn toward West Virginia pothole repair?

    03/28/2019 10:43:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | March 12, 2019 | Brad McElhinny
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia has a mountain of borrowed money on hand for “Roads to Prosperity” highways projects. Should a slice of that money be diverted to fix bumpy, bouncy secondary roads? West Virginia went to market with $800 million in bonds last May. Because of advantageous interest rates, the state actually wound up with bonds valued at $915 million. Since then, very little has been used. According to documents available through the state Auditor’s Office, only $11,133,309.19 had been spent as of earlier this week. Meanwhile, the money in reserve generated $13,666,081.46 in interest. So what’s been spent...
  • Some construction projects in Syracuse overwhelmingly white, male, report finds

    03/28/2019 10:04:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    WRVO ^ | March 18, 2019 | Tom Magnarelli
    White, suburban men are reaping the benefits of public construction projects in the Syracuse area, despite the city's demographics, according to a new report. Advocacy groups are sounding the alarm, before a decision is made regarding the future of the Interstate-81 viaduct in Syracuse. The I-81 project is expected to be a massive undertaking with the potential to create lots of jobs for local residents. Andrew Croom, staff attorney with Legal Services of Central New York, which issued the report with the Urban Jobs Task Force, said they reviewed the payroll records for five construction projects in the Syracuse area,...
  • Governor Northam announces amendments to fund $2 billion I-81 improvement plan

    03/28/2019 8:04:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    News Radio WINA ^ | March 28, 2019 | Press Release
    SALEM—Governor Ralph Northam today announced amendments to Senate Bill 1716 and House Bill 2718, legislation passed by the General Assembly providing $151 million in dedicated funding for the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan. The amendments would ensure that the $2 billion program approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) in December 2018 is implemented, while also generating critical revenue for interstates across the Commonwealth. The amendments create equity in transportation funding by bringing Virginia’s truck registration fees, and diesel and road tax rates more in line with those of the other states along the 855-mile I-81 corridor. The funding mechanisms...
  • Maryland seeks grant to widen I-81

    03/27/2019 8:27:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | March 6, 2019 | Mike Lewis
    Maryland is again seeking federal funds for the second phase of widening Interstate 81 in Washington County. Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration announced Monday that it submitted two Infrastructure for Rebuilding America, or INFRA, grant applications. One project would widen part of I-81. The other would renovate the Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore, so it could carry double-stacked rail traffic. The application is accompanied a 50-page attachment of letters of support from state officials, as well as business, civic and political leaders in the Tri-State region. A letter signed by Hogan says the grant funding “will position the I-81 Corridor as...
  • Legislators delay decision on funding I-81 improvements

    03/27/2019 8:08:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Potomac Local ^ | March 5, 2019 | Kathleen Shaw, Capital News Service
    RICHMOND — Interstate 81’s heart pumps through rural Virginia with veins that run from Tennessee to the Canadian border — a vital roadway for manufacturers, farmers and commuters. With a long track record of crashes and congestion, Virginians looked to legislators for solutions to improving the interstate. But Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, said the General Assembly passed only “a shell of a bill.” At the beginning of the session, Gov. Ralph Northam met with legislators to announce bipartisan support for finding a revenue source for improvements to Virginia’s 325-mile stretch of I-81, which accounts for 42 percent of statewide interstate...
  • Audit transportation dollars before considering tolls

    03/20/2019 7:55:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Day ^ | March 3, 2019 | Timothy M. Herbst
    I recently had the privilege of representing residents in eastern Connecticut that were opposed to the construction of the proposed state police gun range immediately adjacent to Pachaug State Forest. I personally thanked Gov. Ned Lamont for keeping his word in opposing this project. In politics, you are only as good as your word. That is why Lamont must also keep his word and not institute tolling on cars in Connecticut. Leaders in Hartford are missing the mark when it comes to tolling. They always seek to find alternate revenue sources through taxes or fees before first examining priorities, spending...
  • State police crack down on construction zone speeders with Operation Yellow Jacket

    With a flashy name and speed-tracking equipment, state police cracked down on leadfoots in PennDOT construction zones last week in western Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that state police with Troop A issued 171 citations and 70 written warnings to alleged speedsters in Indiana County as part of Operation Yellow Jacket. Under the crackdown, a trooper gauged vehicle’s speeds in a construction zone. The officer then radioed ahead to other officers, who pulled over the offending drivers. Generally speaking, speed limits are 10 mph lower in a construction zone as a safety precaution for road crews. The officers were enforcing...
  • Powerful Maryland House committee approves budget with increased school funding

    03/09/2019 12:49:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 8, 2019 | Luke Broadwater
    A powerful General Assembly committee voted Friday to revise Gov. Larry Hogan’s more than $46 billion budget proposal to provide millions more in funding for Maryland’s public schools, while cutting some of the Republican governor’s prized initiatives. Led by Baltimore Democrat Maggie McIntosh, the House Appropriations Committee approved a spending plan that provides about $320 million more for operating Maryland’s public schools. That would be the first step toward implementing recommendations from the so-called Kirwan Commission, which has proposed ambitious new programs to boost student performance. The committee’s spending plan also includes $500 million for public school construction and $46...
  • Lawsuit Launched Challenging Texas Highway Project's Threat to Endangered Salamanders

    03/03/2019 11:12:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Center for Biological Diversity ^ | February 28, 2019 | Jenny Loda and Kelly Davis
    AUSTIN, Texas— The Center for Biological Diversity and Save Our Springs Alliance today filed a notice of intent to sue the Texas Department of Transportation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over an Austin highway construction project’s threats to the federally endangered Austin blind and Barton Springs salamanders. The conservation groups recently learned that the MoPac Intersections Project has exposed at least 21 underground caves, sink holes and other karst features that provide habitat for the endangered salamanders. There is a high risk that construction will pollute the two species’ habitat by introducing silt and pollutants to the subsurface. The...
  • Advisory panel says highway-capping ‘Stitch’ project could cost $452M

    03/03/2019 1:09:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Curbed Atlanta ^ | March 1, 2019 | Sean Keenan
    After roaming around and studying downtown for a week, the Urban Land Institute’s advisory services panel provided Atlanta leaders with recommendations on how to move forward with the colossal proposed “Stitch” project. On Friday, ULI, which conducts land use research for cities around the globe, suggested the time is now to partner with local elected officials and philanthropic organizations to get the ball rolling on fundraising efforts for the potentially 14-acre project that would install a massive park and new construction above the Downtown Connector. But in order to be competitive for public and private funding—panelists expect the highway-capping project...
  • State Senate president wants $75M for highway projects

    02/26/2019 1:19:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Ocala Star Banner ^ | John Kennedy, Gatehouse Capitol Bureau
    TALLAHASSEE — In a move that evokes a bygone era in Florida — one of black-and-white TVs, cheap land and undiscovered beaches — state Senate President Bill Galvano is betting big that asphalt is the key to the state’s economic future. Environmentalists and urban planners are alarmed by the Bradenton Republican’s push for lawmakers to launch three ambitious highway projects across swaths of Florida that are now home to plenty of cattle and pine trees, but few people or jobs. Combined, the road projects amount to what could prove the biggest expansion of the state highway network since Florida’s Turnpike...
  • What caused the Genoa bridge collapse – and the end of an Italian national myth?

    02/26/2019 9:58:37 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 26, 2019 | Guglielmo Mattioli
    On 14 August last year, the city of Genoa in northwest Italy woke to a strong summer storm. By 11.30am, the rain was so heavy that visibility had fallen dramatically. Videos captured by security cameras show vehicles slowing down as they crossed Morandi Bridge, which grew progressively more enveloped in a grey mist. A few minutes later, a 200-metre section of the bridge collapsed, including one of its three supporting towers. The tragedy killed 43 people and left 600 homeless. It also dealt a hammer blow to Italy’s once-proud engineering history – and the country’s confidence in its mastery of...
  • Can Norway build the world’s first submerged floating tube bridge?

    02/25/2019 1:13:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Intelligent Transport ^ | February 19, 2019 | Arianna Minoretti
    The rugged west coast of Norway, home to thousands, is a challenge to travel along by car. It takes time. A long time. The harsh weather conditions make it an unpredictable route, with roads often closing and ferries often cancelling their departure due to snow, heavy winds or high waves. A continuous E39 highway that is accessible 24/7, with fixed links between islands and the mainland will make the western coast more accessible for people who inhabit the coast, but also for tourists and for the transportation of goods. Currently, 1,000km of road need to be improved The Norwegian parliament...
  • Cross Downtown Brooklyn Tunnel idea revived as BQE solution

    02/25/2019 11:17:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Brooklyn Daily Eagle ^ | February 25, 2019 | Mary Frost
    A proposal to build a Cross Downtown Brooklyn Tunnel, an idea studied by the state in 2010, is sparking new interest. As the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street faces a massive, $3.4 billion reconstruction, a once-in-a-lifetime window of opportunity has opened, says longtime Cobble Hill community leader and graphic designer Roy Sloane. Sloane came up with the tunnel concept at a planning session in June 2010. Sloane, former president of the Cobble Hill Association, is the first to admit he is not an engineer. He was, however, a member of the original Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Advisory Committee and...
  • A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near

    02/25/2019 7:15:25 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 7, 2019 | Michelle Baruchman
    Seattle’s transportation system will fundamentally change on Jan. 11 when the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes permanently. For more than 60 years, drivers have skirted downtown while enjoying a scenic, waterfront view of Elliott Bay. But the elevated highway is vulnerable to collapse in an earthquake, so after years of debate, planning and construction, a new Highway 99 tunnel will open in its place. We’ve reported on all the twists and turns that have led to this point. Here’s a look back on that coverage. 1911 — 1969: The viaduct gets built Seattle streets grew more crowded after the turn of...