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  • Pa. Turnpike considers public-private partnership to upgrade five tunnels

    01/20/2019 9:42:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 20, 2019 | Ed Blazina
    Call it the $350 million question. Over the next six weeks, the Pennsylvania Turnpike will try to decide whether to rehabilitate its five sets of tunnels one at a time over 10 to 15 years or enter into a public-private partnership with one firm that would do all of the work in five to six years and be responsible for maintenance for about 30 years. And the $350 million is key because a large part of that money would be the upfront cost if the agency decides to pursue a partnership, said Brad Heigel, the turnpike’s chief engineer. Mr. Heigel...
  • Vision Zero, a ‘Road Diet’ Fad, Is Proving to Be Deadly

    01/19/2019 5:23:31 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 73 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 18, 2019 | Christopher D. LeGras
    ... Los Angeles, like cities nationwide, is transforming its streets. In July 2017 the city installed a “road diet” on a 0.8-mile stretch of Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, reducing four lanes to two and adding bike lanes separated from traffic by parking buffers. The project is part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities in the city by 2025. Launched in 2015, Vision Zero is the most radical transformation of how people move through Los Angeles since the dawn of the freeway era 75 years ago. By almost any metric it’s been a...
  • Lower Salford residents, officials raise concerns with turnpike construction

    01/16/2019 11:12:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Souderton Independent ^ | November 26, 2018 | Bob Keeler
    LOWER SALFORD — There are times when Cassel Road should be closed down because of the mud on the road from the work to widen the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Lower Salford Township Board of Supervisors member Phil Heilman said at the board's Nov. 21 morning work session. He drove on the road on a recent day, he said. "It was solid mud," he said. Heilman said he was driving behind another vehicle. "His car was chocolate, just like mine," Heilman said. "We gotta keep an eye on that." Police Chief Tom Medwid said officers are checking on...
  • The New York Tappan Zee Bridge demolition: 5 things to know

    01/16/2019 11:16:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    CT Post ^ | 01/16/2019 | Jordan Fenster
    The Tappan Zee Bridge is no more. Built in 1955, the bridge was replaced after a $4 billion Gov. Mario M. Cuomo replacement bridge was opened to the public last year. For months, the husk of the old bridge remained in the water adjacent to the Cuomo Bridge. But Tuesday, explosives took the remaining structure down, leaving nothing but debris to clear in the water below. Traffic on the New York State Thruway/I-87/I-287 will be halted from exit 9 exit 11 for about 45 minutes while controlled explosion is taking place and shortly thereafter. Here are five things to know...
  • I-95 construction should end by the time your grandkids are driving

    01/14/2019 11:01:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | December 21, 2018 | Jason Laughlin
    By the time the I-95 reconstruction is complete, you’ll probably be too old to have to worry about a commute. The same goes for the planners, engineers, managers, and laborers who for more than a decade have worked to rebuild the highway’s 51 miles in Pennsylvania from the ground up. Their careers at PennDot or with contractors will almost surely end before construction does. “I don’t know that I think about too much that I’m not going to be here,” said Elaine Elbich, PennDot’s portfolio manager for the I-95 project. Elbich plans with a span of decades in mind. From...
  • PA Turnpike Reminds Travelers of 2019 Toll Increase

    01/10/2019 10:52:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    Pennsylvania Turnpike ^ | January 2, 2019 | Pennsylvania Turnpike News Release
    HARRISBURG, PA (JAN. 2, 2019) — The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) today reminded customers that, beginning 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 6, tolls will reflect a six-percent increase for cash, E-ZPass and PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE users. The increase, approved by commissioners last July, is needed to meet the PTC’s dual funding obligation to improve its toll-road system and support mass-transit improvements across the Commonwealth. As a result, the most-common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase a dime for E-ZPass customers from $1.30 to $1.40 and 20 cents for cash customers from $2.10 to $2.30. The toll increase —...
  • Baton Rouge Interstate 10 widening assessment delayed

    01/08/2019 10:57:14 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Greater Baton Rouge Business Report ^ | December 26, 2018 | Stephanie Riegel
    Though a final draft of the environmental assessment report detailing the proposed Interstate 10 widening through Baton Rouge was originally scheduled to be presented at a public hearing this month, state officials now say it will likely be February before the report is complete. There’s no particular reason why consultants preparing the report are running behind, according to Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson. “It’s just that engineering is a much slower process than the public or I, for that matter, would like it to be,” he says. “They’re gathering some additional data as they try to...
  • Archeologists help with Interstate 10 bridge preparations

    01/04/2019 10:57:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Lagniappe ^ | December 26, 2018 | Dale Liesch
    With more than a year left before construction starts, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has begun demolition work for the proposed Mobile River bridge and Bayway project. The agency is currently in the process of tearing down nine buildings throughout the project site just south of downtown near Virginia Street, where the bridge will be footed. “Because the final design is in a preliminary phase, we don’t have exact locations on where the footings are going to be … ,” ALDOT spokeswoman Allison Gregg said. Some of the buildings were vacant before ALDOT acquired them, other owners and tenants...
  • Germans happiest to pay taxes to fund infrastructure

    01/04/2019 6:18:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.03.2019 | Alexander Pearson
    People in Germany believe their fellow citizens are happier to pay taxes for public spending than people in many other countries, a United Nations-backed study has found. The news comes as lawmakers call on the German government to increase public investment or cut taxes amid a budget surplus. […] Strong economic growth and low unemployment helped Germany record a €48.1 billion budget surplus in the first six months of 2018. That favorable position has split political opinion on what the government should do with the extra cash. Lawmakers from the Greens and the Left Party want more investment, while center-right...
  • ADOT spends $155M for Phoenix-to-Vegas highway link, but what about Tucson?

    01/03/2019 11:16:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Tucson.com ^ | September 10, 2018 | Joe Ferguson, the Arizona Daily Star
    The Arizona Department of Transportation continues to make plans for the fabled Interstate 11, announcing a $155 million investment into the stretch of highway from Phoenix to Las Vegas. The plans, for what is now known as U.S. 93, have been in the making for years, with several more to go. Meanwhile, the nerve-rattling, headache-inducing, traffic-clogged two-lane stretches from Tucson to Phoenix that are much of Interstate 10 aren’t getting much thought. The issue is that touted improvements to U.S. 93 are part of a larger plan to build a dedicated trade corridor between Mexico and Canada, running right through...
  • Interstate 11 opens

    12/29/2018 8:11:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Boulder City Review ^ | August 15, 2018 | Celia Shortt Goodyear and Hali Bernstein Saylor
    A city with historic origins made history again when the first new federal interstate in almost 30 years opened in town. On Aug. 9, federal, state and local officials gathered at a scenic overlook on Interstate 11 in Boulder City to officially open the highway. “When we work (and) collaborate together, we reach great heights, like today,” said Mayor Rod Woodbury. The 15-mile stretch of I-11 runs from Henderson to the Hoover Dam and goes around Boulder City. It is expected to reduce travel times between those areas by as much as 30 minutes, according to the Nevada Department of...
  • Could A New Interstate North of Houston Help Alleviate The City’s Traffic Issues?

    12/28/2018 8:03:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Houston Public Media ^ | October 1, 2018 | Gail Delaughter
    In central Texas, a portion of U.S. 190 near Killeen has been designated as Interstate 14. But the Youth Infrastructure Coalition would like to see a complete I-14 corridor from eastern Georgia to west Texas. Under their proposal, I-14 would create an alternate east-west highway that would be located midway between I-10 and I-20.The coalition’s founder is Frank Lumpkin, a student at the University of Georgia. He said he and other students started the group to inspire young people to get involved in infrastructure projects that can benefit the area.“If you look at a map and take the demographics of...
  • Legacy Parkway’s truck ban and low speed limit will disappear without action by the Utah Legislature

    12/27/2018 10:53:01 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | December 9, 2018 | Lee Davidson
    Legacy Parkway in Davis County is a different sort of freeway. It bans trucks. The speed limit is just 55 mph. Its mere two lanes in each direction have rubberized pavement to dampen sound — all designed to help adjacent wetlands and wildlife. But that could change dramatically in a little more than a year, on Jan. 1, 2020. That is when a 15-year deal expires, initially drawn up to end lawsuits by environmental groups against the highway. The truck ban will disappear that day, and the state is then free to raise the speed limit or look at widening...
  • Cost of I-15, Bangerter Highway projects rises by $38 million

    12/26/2018 1:02:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | December 15, 2018 | Lee Davidson
    The Utah Transportation Commission on Friday approved spending an extra $38 million to cover rising costs for two major upcoming highway projects — on Interstate 15 and Bangerter Highway in Salt Lake County. The increased expenses are caused in part by rising prices to buy and demolish homes and businesses to clear new rights of way. That includes an extra $23 million for a project to convert three more intersections on Bangerter Highway into freeway-like interchanges at 6200 South, 10400 South and 12600 South. Construction on those projects is scheduled to begin in 2020, but purchasing the needed rights of...
  • Bridge beams made in West Valley City—more than 200 feet long

    12/26/2018 11:05:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | December 12, 2018 | Lee Davidson
    Most newer concrete beams that hold up Utah highway bridges are around 145 feet long. But the Utah Department of Transportation is about to place six that are 40 percent longer — 203 feet — to help widen Interstate 15 in Lehi. They are longer than the iconic Cinderella’s castle in Walt Disney World (189 feet) is high, or the leaning tower of Pisa (185 feet). They also will be the third-longest single-component beams in the United States, slightly shorter than two in Orlando, Fla., and Seattle, said Lee Wegner, with Forterra Structural Precast, the West Valley City company that...
  • Water main breaks in South Los Angeles, submerging streets and cars and spurring evacuations

    12/24/2018 3:39:08 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 40 replies
    LA Times ^ | Dec 21, 2018 | A. Reyes-Filarde, H. Fry
    A 96-year-old water main burst in a South Los Angeles neighborhood Friday, sending water bubbling up above the pavement, flooding streets and creating a void that submerged cars. It took the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power more than four hours to fully shut off the 24-inch cast iron main as water inundated the neighborhood at 55th Street and Towne Avenue. About 30 adults and 20 children were displaced from their homes; the Fred Roberts Recreation Center was set up as a temporary shelter. LADWP is covering the cost of hotel stays for some affected residents while crews do...
  • Businesses, cities laud grant approval for I-49 project

    12/22/2018 10:59:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Joplin Globe ^ | December 10, 2018 | Jordan Larimore
    PINEVILLE, Mo. — Gregg Sweeten had difficulty last week putting his reaction into words. When he learned that funding for the long-sought Bella Vista Bypass had been found, Sweeten, the Pineville mayor and McDonald County emergency manager, was stunned. Then he was elated. "That is amazing," Sweeten said. "That is going to be so great. I think it’s going to lead to all kinds of opportunities not only for Pineville but for McDonald County. I mean, it’s just — I just can’t say how happy I am. Wow. That is ... that’s wild. That’s amazing. That’s a Christmas present right...
  • New Haymarket commuter bus begins Dec. 17

    12/16/2018 11:17:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Prince William Times ^ | November 28, 2018 | James Ivancic
    Commuters who live in western Prince William and Fauquier counties can leave the driving to someone else come Dec. 17 when a new bus begins round-trip service from Haymarket to Arlington. The “OmniRide Haymarket Express” will make four trips in the morning and four return trips in the afternoon and early evening. It will run along I-66 between Haymarket and the Rosslyn Metro station. The trips will originate from the new park-and-ride lot on the northeast corner of U.S. 15 and Interstate 66. The Monday-through Friday service is meant to give workers an alternative to traveling by car. It’s the...
  • Year-old 66 Express Lanes have caused shifts in commuter behavior

    12/15/2018 1:14:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 8, 2018 | Luz Lazo and John D. Harden
    When the 66 Express Lanes opened a year ago, officials promised the tolls would mean a smoother ride on the interstate, a major east-west thoroughfare from Northern Virginia into the District that is infamous for its headache-inducing congestion. The state’s promise — less congestion and faster travel times during rush hour — has been fulfilled for many commuters able to pay or carpool, but the new toll system has had an adverse effect for many of the remaining road users. For some commuters, the rush-hour period has simply shifted later — outside the toll hours — and dumped them onto...
  • Expect years of construction: Md. Beltway, I-270 toll lanes to be built in phases from Legion Bridge

    12/15/2018 10:18:54 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    WTOP ^ | November 19, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — Toll lanes around the Capital Beltway and I-270 in Maryland could be built in several separate phases and even operated by different companies under the latest plans released to industry insiders. It indicates Beltway construction could last for years. The first phase would include fixes for the Legion Bridge.A new document sent last week ahead of the next forum for private companies that could design, build and operate the lanes said that while Maryland eventually plans more than 70 miles of toll lanes from Frederick to Bethesda and from the Legion Bridge to near Oxon Hill, building out...