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  • 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...
  • Easier Metro access, more regional bike trails approved as Md. pushes back on free toll plan

    03/16/2019 10:51:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    WTOP ^ | December 20, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — Efforts to alleviate traffic for tens of thousands of D.C.-area commuters were approved Wednesday, but not before Maryland attempted to eliminate a provision pushing for uniform tolling practices across the region’s express lanes. The resolution adopted by the region’s Transportation Planning Board is the first concrete action toward new goals developed over the last two years to reduce traffic jams and get people from home to work or other activities faster and with more efficiency. “The first step, a concrete effort, toward the projects, programs and policies this region [will] fund and implement in the coming years,” said...
  • Virginia Toll Operator’s Losses Flash Red Light For New Toll Lanes

    03/15/2019 10:15:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    StreetsBlog USA ^ | September 13, 2018 | Ben Ross
    Washington, D.C. is the nation’s capital — and its suburbs could be moving towards becoming the nation’s capital of privately owned express toll lanes. The Virginia side of the Potomac has placed a big bet on such roadways, with 14 miles of pay lanes in the middle of the region’s famous Beltway, reversible toll lanes along 29 miles of I-95, and construction under way on three more highway segments. Last September, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced an even more ambitious plan for his side of the river, covering 77 miles of the Beltway and I-270. If these plans go forward,...
  • Maryland is focusing on adding toll lanes in plan to widen the Beltway and I-270

    03/14/2019 10:55:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2019 | Lus Lazo
    As part of its controversial plan to widen the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270, Maryland says it intends to focus on the implementation of toll lanes — as many as four on each highway — and abandon earlier considerations of more general-purpose lanes, bus rapid transit and bus-only lanes. Maryland transportation officials have narrowed the number of possible construction alternatives to seven from an original list of 15 for further study of potential toll operations in the two corridors that suffer some of the worst traffic congestion in the region. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in September 2017 proposed widening the...
  • 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...
  • New Minnesota Democrat Budget Will Cost An Average Family $300 More A Year In Gas Taxes Alone

    03/02/2019 11:06:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Alpha News ^ | February 21, 2019 | Alpha News Staff
    Since his election, Governor Walz has promised to increase the gas tax in Minnesota. Walz delivered on that promise in his just-released budget proposal. In the budget proposal released this week, Walz is proposing to increase the gas tax by 70% which will collect an estimated $1.3 Billion from taxpayers. The average family which drives two cards can expect to pay up to an additional $300 at the gas pump annually. This tax increase will now give Minnesota the 4th highest gas tax in the nation. The budget will have to get passed by the Minnesota Senate which is currently...
  • Why can’t we build anything anymore?

    03/01/2019 9:29:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 02/28/2019 | Danny Crichton, Arman Tabatabai
    Last week, California governor Gavin Newsom announced that he was intending to aggressively scale back plans for the state’s high-speed rail system, which in its most ambitious routing would have connected Sacramento to San Diego. The immediate cause was ballooning costs, which have risen from $33 billion to $77 billion and looked likely to exceed 1.6 Zuckerbergs within a couple of years (the local CA currency, otherwise known as $100 billion).Unlike other megaprojects, Newsom — and California — were fortunate on the timing. The costs of the project skyrocketed so much and so early that Newsom still had the...
  • 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...
  • Seattle tunnel construction avoided costly mistakes of Boston's Big Dig

    02/24/2019 1:15:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    King 5 News ^ | January 17, 2019 | Amanda Grace
    Seattle and Boston have a lot in common: they are both cities on the water, homes to higher learning institutions and hubs for tech companies. They are connected by Interstate 90 and memories of a Superbowl both cities can’t forget. Now Seattle and Boston are both home to big tunnels that run under the downtown core. Seattle’s tunnel will now face a new challenge: avoiding the problems that plagued Boston’s Big Dig long after it opened. The Big Dig Backstory The Big Dig began as a project to replace the Central Artery, an elevated 6-lane highway that was structurally unsound...
  • “It’s nightmarish”: Colorado faces meager budget in fight against I-70 ski traffic

    02/24/2019 8:17:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Colorado Sun ^ | February 23, 2019 | Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press
    “Friends don’t let friends drive I-70.” The tongue-in-cheek mantra is often uttered by Colorado skiers and snowboarders who frequent resorts far from the crowded mountain corridor, which funnels thousands of vehicles onto two lanes west of Denver every winter weekend. “It’s nightmarish. Hours and hours in the car. I think the last time I went to Keystone (typically a 90-minute drive from Denver), I spent four hours getting there and five hours getting home,” said Cole Capsalis of Denver. “There was more time in the car than skiing.”
  • Northam announces selection of firms to build $3.3 billion tunnel project

    02/24/2019 7:31:27 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2019 | Michael Laris
    Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that Virginia has selected a contractor to build two new tunnels and widen a major highway in Hampton Roads. The $3.3 billion price tag — funded by regional gas and sales taxes, tolls and other sources — makes it one of the two biggest transportation projects in commonwealth history. Northam (D) touted the deal, saying he is “proud of the hard work and negotiations that have taken place over this past year,” and state Sen. Frank W. Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) in return offered praise for the embattled governor. “I want to personally thank Governor Northam...
  • DeWine proposing 18-cent increase in state gas tax, generating $1.2 billion

    02/20/2019 10:19:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | February 20, 2019 | Randy Ludlow and Jim Siegel
    Gov. Mike DeWine will propose an 18-cents a gallon increase in the gasoline tax to maintain and upgrade Ohio’s roads and bridges in the transportation budget he submits to lawmakers Thursday. That would amount to a 64 percent increase in the state’s current 28-cent gas tax, which the state transportation director has said is insufficient for the state and local governments to maintain current roads or finish major new construction projects. DeWine revealed the number Wednesday on WTAM in Cleveland. He did not disclose if the amount would be phased in over multiple years. He also did not discuss if...
  • Commissioners: No to proposed regional bridge district

    02/20/2019 8:12:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Albany Democrat-Herald ^ | February 20, 2019 | Alex Paul
    Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, John Lindsey and Will Tucker were unanimous Tuesday morning in their opposition to a proposal by Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth, to create a multi-county taxing district supporting construction of a bridge over the Willamette River in Salem. Evans introduced House Bill 2974 on Friday. It would create a Capital Region Special Bridge District and would exact taxes from residents from Polk, Marion, Linn and Yamhill and possibly Benton counties. The proposal is aimed at spreading the cost of bridges regionally since residents of several counties work in Salem. Nyquist was traveling and participated by telephone....