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  • A year later, has a toll lane extension on I-95 helped your commute?

    11/09/2018 11:16:02 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    WTOP ^ | November 9, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — Some rush-hour commutes on Interstate 95 have been better since a 2-mile extension of the 95 Express Lanes opened to reduce backups in the regular and toll lanes at the original southern merge, but others have been slower, according to analyses by VDOT and the Express Lanes’ operator.Transurban said average afternoon rush hour tolls for trips from anywhere in the lanes that end at or south of Garrisonville dropped by 8.2 percent — from $21.52 between Nov. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017, to $19.76 in the period between Nov. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018.The one-lane extension...
  • Poll: Maryland voters narrowly oppose Hogan’s big plan for express toll lanes

    10/17/2018 7:42:33 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2018 | Robert McCartney and Emily Guskin
    Maryland voters narrowly oppose adding express toll lanes to widen three of the state’s most congested highways, a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll finds, highlighting public skepticism about one of Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature transportation plans. The centerpiece of the Republican governor’s proposal — a $9 billion project to add four lanes apiece to the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway — is even opposed by voters in the Washington suburbs, whom the plan is supposed to help. More than half of voters in the D.C. suburbs prefer to invest in public transit rather than building more roads....
  • Anti-toll movement may upend North Carolina’s first transportation P3

    10/12/2018 1:07:10 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Bond Buyer ^ | September 12, 2018 | Shelly Sigo
    North Carolina officials are trying to figure out how to unwind parts or all of a 2014 public-private partnership that is building managed toll lanes on a Charlotte-area highway.Ever since the ink dried on North Carolina’s first transportation P3 contract, the plan to relieve severe congestion in the Charlotte region has generated controversy.Public opposition remains just as fierce today to the project that will add express lanes on Interstate 77, even though more than one report says the deal with I-77 Mobility Partners LLC, a consortium led by Cintra Infraestructuras S.A., was properly authorized and permitted.The 26-mile-long project is designed...
  • Gilcrease Expressway extension cost, toll rate to be higher than initially expected

    10/10/2018 11:15:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | June 29, 2018 | Kevin Canfield
    The cost to construct the five-mile extension of the Gilcrease Expressway and the toll charged to motorists using it will be higher than initially reported, the executive director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said Thursday.Tim Gatz told a group of local officials gathered in Tulsa for an update on the project that the roadway is now estimated to cost approximately $330 million to $340 million, or about 10 percent more than originally thought.Late last year, Gatz told the same working group that motorists driving private vehicles could expect to pay a toll of $1 to $1.50. The toll is now...
  • Law enforcement bracing for more semis on U.S. 20 in LaPorte County as Toll Road fees increase

    10/09/2018 8:12:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The South Bend Tribune ^ | October 6, 2018 | Stan Maddux
    LAPORTE — Law enforcement in LaPorte County is preparing for the possibility of an already-congested and dangerous U.S. 20 being overrun with more semi-trucks as drivers avoid the 35 percent cost increase of traveling the Indiana Toll Road. Much of that stretch of highway being down to one lane in each direction for resurfacing adds to the concerns. LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd said he’s reached out to Indiana State Police to help patrol U.S. 20 if an increase in truck traffic becomes too much for his staff to handle alone. “We’re going to prepare for it,” Boyd said. “We’re...
  • As CDOT Breaks Ground On I-70 Rebuild, Opposition Vows To Continue Fight

    08/25/2018 10:49:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    Colordao Public Radio ^ | August 3, 2018 | Nathaniel Minor
    After nearly 15 years of planning, hundreds of public comments, and a handful of lawsuits, a page turned Friday morning for a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in north Denver.A slate of prominent transportation officials and politicians, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, formally broke ground on the $1.2 billion "Central 70" Project that will remake that section of freeway that officials call the lifeblood of the quickly growing Denver metro area."Without infrastructure, you can't grow. That's just a fact of life," Hickenlooper said after the event. "It's really building the foundation for the next 50 years of economic development for Colorado."Critics...
  • Maryland Commuters Are Stuck in Traffic: Which Candidates Have the Right Relief Plan?

    08/01/2018 12:14:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    MC GOP ^ | July 29, 2018 | Mark Uncapher
    Marylanders spend more time commuting to work than the residents of every other state, apart from New York. The time spent stuck in I-270 or Beltway traffic is maddeningly frustrating. Congestion results in less time spent with families and discourages workers from taking jobs involving longer commutes. Economists estimate that congestion costs run into the billions. The statewide cost of congestion based on auto delay, truck delay and wasted fuel and emissions was estimated at $2 billion in 2015. This is an increase of 22% from the $1.7 billion estimated cost for congestion in 2013. As serious a problem as...
  • Chinese 'highway to nowhere' haunts Montenegro

    07/21/2018 1:15:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 16, 2018 | Noah Barkin and Aleksandar Vasovic
    PODGORICA (Reuters) - Perched atop massive cement pillars that tower above Montenegro’s picturesque Moraca river canyon, scores of Chinese workers are building a state-of-the-art highway through some of the roughest terrain in southern Europe. The government has described the 165 km (103 mile) highway, with its imposing bridges and deep-cut tunnels, as the construction of the century and a pathway to the modern world. It is designed to link the port of Bar on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast to landlocked neighbor Serbia. But once the first, challenging 41 km stretch through mountains north of the capital is completed, the government faces...
  • As Canada forges ahead on bridge project, trade tensions near a boil

    07/09/2018 1:14:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    Crain's Detroit Business ^ | July 8, 2018 | Chad Livengood
    WINDSOR, Ontario — The Canadian government is forging ahead with construction of a new Detroit River bridge designed to enhance trade as economic relations between the longtime trading partners grow strained — and the crossing could become a bargaining chip. Major construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to begin this fall once a contract is signed with Bridging North America, the consortium of infrastructure companies chosen last week by the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority to build the bridge. The long-awaited move toward an official groundbreaking later this month comes as President Donald Trump threatens a tariff on Canadian-assembled...
  • Maryland’s proposed expansion of Beltway and I-270 ranks among top U.S. ‘boondoggles,’ group says

    07/08/2018 1:11:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 26, 2018 | Fredrick Kunkle
    Maryland’s $9 billion plan to expand the Beltway and Interstate 270 is among the nation’s biggest boondoggles, a public-interest advocacy group said Tuesday in a new report. The report — issued by U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group — highlights nine highway projects, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to widen certain roadways using public-private partnerships and tolling to pay for them. The advocates say these projects are unwise for several reasons. They say expanding or building new highways always leads to more congestion over time through the wholly predictable phenomenon of “induced demand”: When new capacity opens up,...
  • Planned Gridlock or Traffic Relief? Governor Hogan’s Traffic Relief Plan Offers Hope

    06/18/2018 9:22:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Montgomery County GOP ^ | June 18, 2018 | Mark Uncapher, MCGOP Chairman
    Any Montgomery County voter looking for traffic relief will not get much hope from the transportation manifestos of Montgomery County’s “progressive” Democrats this primary season. Collectively, they all try to outdo each other in their opposition to anything involving spending for roads. Instead of supporting projects that will reduce travel times, they propose diverting more money to public transit. They push a strategy of “planned gridlock” that is intended to drive motorists from their cars. If alleging “planned gridlock” seems harsh, consider the Montgomery County Council legislation designed to slow traffic flow by significantly narrowing travel lane widths on some...
  • It’s Time to Rethink America’s Failing Highways

    06/18/2018 8:13:18 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 80 replies
    National Review ^ | June 12, 2018 | Robert Poole
    Here are two recent events you might have missed: In March, House speaker Paul Ryan was widely quoted as saying, “The last thing we want to do is pass historic tax relief and then undo that, so we are not going to raise gas taxes.”The next month, in California, Republicans submitted 54 percent more than the required signatures to put on the November ballot a measure that would repeal the 2017 state law increasing gasoline and diesel taxes. Meanwhile, roads in Los Angeles are in such bad shape that it costs the average driver $892 a year in additional vehicle...
  • Cline Avenue Bridge project on schedule for January 2020 completion

    06/18/2018 7:46:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    nwi.com ^ | June 15, 2018 | Andrew Steele
    A new Cline Avenue Bridge is rising in East Chicago, with more than a third of 29 piers in place that will carry traffic 100 feet above the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal, and with the casting of surface segments well underway in a building erected for that purpose at the bridge's Riley Road headquarters. The privately owned toll-bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in January 2020. "The project is moving along — it's on schedule," said Terry Velligan, the bridge's general manager of operations, on Tuesday. Normally 168 workers are on-site each day, he said. Velligan works for United...
  • Hogan responds to ethics concerns over pulled transportation contract

    06/14/2018 11:01:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    WTOP ^ | April 20, 2018 | Nick Iannelli
    WASHINGTON — Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is responding to ethics concerns raised over a proposed consulting contract that is tied to a huge transportation project.The $68.5 million contract, related to Hogan’s $7.6 billion plan to widen parts of the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270, was pulled from consideration Wednesday by the Maryland Board of Public Works, which approves state contracts.“We held up the approval just to make sure that there isn’t any conflict,” Hogan told WTOP in an interview Friday. “I expressed some of the same concerns that other people have and that’s why the board of public works...
  • I-95 Bottleneck: Anderson pushes plan to add shoulder lane at Occoquan

    05/26/2018 8:16:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    InsideNoVa ^ | May 25, 2018 | Stephen Niedzwiecki
    Traffic backs up virtually every day on Interstate 95 southbound where it crosses the Occoquan River entering Prince William County because five lanes are decreased to three. Prince William Supervisor Ruth Anderson, R-Occoquan, has proposed a solution: Build a reinforced shoulder lane along I-95 south from the Route 123 interchange at Occoquan to the Prince William Parkway. This will keep four lanes available. “Not only will this improve commute time, it will prevent frustration with having one of the worst bottlenecks in the nation,” Anderson said. The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board is conducting an air quality analysis to...
  • Offer infrastructure investors a share of the tax take

    04/17/2018 12:08:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | April 17, 2018 | Naoyuki Yoshino
    Asia needs more transport infrastructure. More than the state, which finances the lion's share, can fund. So what more can be done to bring in increased private capital, when investors have so far been mostly disappointed by the returns? Is there a way of breathing new life into the public private partnership (PPP), the most common vehicle for private infrastructure investment? We think so. Governments need to offer private sector investors more than they can hope to earn from ticket sales on railways or motorway tolls. They should consider sharing the extra tax revenues generated from the increased economic activity...
  • Why P3s can be a project delivery method worth the risk

    04/09/2018 12:45:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | March 26, 2018 | Mary Tyler March
    Design-bid-build may still be the No. 1 project delivery method for U.S. construction, but other processes are rising that could challenge DBB’s stake in how some projects are carried out.One such arrangement, public-private partnerships (P3), is gaining steam with talks from Washington, D.C., about employing the method for President Donald Trump’s $1.3 trillion infrastructure spend. While more states and local entities are successfully turning to P3s to tackle major infrastructure overhauls and new projects, the method still runs up against a perception problem. Some elected officials are hesitant to employ P3s because they don’t want to let a private firm...
  • Private Financing for Public Infrastructure

    04/05/2018 1:11:45 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    The Lane Report ^ | March 16, 2018 | Greg Paeth
    Six Kentucky community banks that could be competing for business have agreed to work together as charter members of the specialty $150 million Commonwealth Infrastructure Fund to finance public-private partnerships (P3) in Kentucky.In the next few months, CIF is expected to reveal one or more inaugural deals.“We are looking at five to 10 potential projects that should start sometime in 2018. We expect to make loans to two or three projects in 2018 after the underwriting process has been completed,” said John Farris, who manages CIF. “We believe we will lend out all $150 million over three to five years...
  • State Gets 27 Initial Inquiries From Private Companies Interested in Widening I-270, Beltway

    03/24/2018 1:53:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Bethesda Magazine ^ | January 4, 2018 | Andrew Metcalf
    Maryland is moving forward on its plan to add four toll lanes to both Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway. On Thursday, the state’s transportation department announced it received 27 responses to its request for initial information from companies interested in financing, building and operating the estimated $7.6 billion project. “This is a significant and very positive step in the process,” State Highway Administrator Greg Slater said in a statement. “This level of interest indicates that industry is meeting our demand … for transformative and innovative ideas to address the congestion issue in Maryland ….” The state received responses from...
  • Exclusive: I-66 toll construction to take down 2-year old high-tech traffic management system

    03/05/2018 8:24:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 31, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — The two-year-old high-tech system that allows the Interstate 66 “red X” lanes to be opened outside of rush hour will be taken down within the next 12 months, WTOP has learned.The active traffic management system, which includes digital signs over each lane on a stretch of about 12 miles of I-66 just outside the Capital Beltway, cost $39 million. Work began in 2013; the system was first activated in September 2015.Construction on two HOV or toll lanes in each direction between the Beltway and Gainesville is set to ramp up this spring, and that will disrupt the system....