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  • I-35 nearly done, but years of work ahead for I-14 in Bell County

    02/13/2020 8:41:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Killeen Daily Herald ^ | February 5, 2020 | Jacob Brooks
    After years of work, the Interstate 35 reconstruction project in Bell County is pretty much done, while a similar project to widen Interstate 14 still has years of work ahead. “Overall, the I-35 Reconstruction Project ... particularly in Waco, is continuing at an aggressive pace, well on track for a 2023 completion. Bell County work remains substantially complete with minor ‘punch list’ items such as completion of the Temple Welcome Monument and the standard establishment of vegetation along the corridor within the Temple/Troy area remaining, prior to final acceptance of the project,” Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Ken Roberts said...
  • Funds expected to speed up I-95 widening south of Fayetteville

    01/31/2020 8:34:03 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Blue Ridge Now ^ | November 8, 2019 | John Henderson, Staff Writer
    Widening and improvements to a 27-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Robeson and Cumberland counties are being sped up due to a grant. The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to accelerate the improvements because of a $22.5 million federal grant awarded this week. It is the second major federal grant the NCDOT has received since the summer of 2018 to help fund major improvements along I-95 corridor. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant through its “Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development,” or BUILD, program, which helps states and cities build and repair critical pieces of the transportation network....
  • Maryland board approves 'monumental' multi-billion dollar Traffic Relief Plan

    01/22/2020 8:54:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Construction DIVE ^ | January 9, 2020 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: In what Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is calling "a monumental and historic achievement," the three-member state Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to approve amendments to the public-private partnership (P3) that will deliver Hogan's $9 billion Traffic Relief Plan. The plan includes implementation of Maryland and Virginia's Capital Beltway Accord, which allows for a new American Legion Bridge between the two states near Washington, D.C., and the approval will allow the state to solicit bids. In order to win a majority vote for the plan, Hogan agreed to eliminate from the first phase of the project the widening...
  • Environmental groups concerned about I-94 project through north Minneapolis

    12/21/2019 11:45:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    MPR News ^ | November 20, 2019 | Elizabeth Shockman
    State transportation officials want to do something about traffic and safety on Interstate 94 between downtown Minneapolis and Interstate 694, as well as state Highway 252 between I-694 and Highway 610. Minnesota Department of Transportation is considering converting a stretch of highway into a freeway and putting MnPASS lanes on I-94 and 252. But some are raising concerns about what the proposed changes might mean for residents of north Minneapolis who live along the I-94 corridor. Alex Burns is chair of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter's land use and transportation team. He said that more traffic on I-94 will...
  • PennDOT P3 Project Will Address I-81 Improvements

    12/15/2019 7:53:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | December 10, 2019 | Transport Topics
    Leaders within the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have approved a public-private partnership to reconstruct a portion of Interstate 81. PennDOT’s P3 Board approved the project, which will involve the reconstruction of a 4.5-mile section of the route near Wilkes-Barre, on Dec. 4. Wilkes-Barre, the seat of Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania, is 20 miles southwest of Scranton. The project will involve widening a portion of I-81 to three lanes in both directions, realigning 2.5 miles of southbound interstate and replacing eight bridges. Other safety measures include eliminating a left-hand exit and improving a substandard weave distance between two routes that...
  • Gila River community wary of ADOT I-10 widening plan

    10/07/2019 6:25:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The SanTan Sun News ^ | October 4, 2019 | Kevin Reagan
    Severio Kyyitan was awoken one recent morning by a thunderous thumping that reverberated through the walls of his home. It might be an earthquake, he thought, until he looked outside and discovered a pack of wild horses running by his property on the Gila River Indian Community. Animals have free reign on the reservation, he said, and that’s the way Kyyitan likes it. He’s hopeful state officials will keep wildlife in mind as they plan a possible widening of Interstate 10 through the reservation. “We know it’s a need,” Kyyitan said, adding that he doesn’t want the project to interfere...
  • HRBT expansion: How officials are avoiding disrupting the shipping industry, national security

    07/28/2019 9:32:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily ^ | June 25, 2019 | Sarah Fearing
    In the next year or two, the seabed between Hampton and Norfolk will start to change. Mud and sand will slowly move as a custom-built boring machine tunnels alongside the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Travelers funneling through the existing HRBT may not notice the adjacent construction just on the other side of the tunnel wall. Cargo ships and Navy vessels, carrying thousands of containers and sailors, may pass over the project’s construction completely undisturbed. And that’s the way Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization officials want it to stay. “It’s something we’re really proud of,” said Robert Crum, executive director for the...
  • Maryland Gov. Hogan wins key approval for toll lanes project in D.C. suburbs

    06/14/2019 3:51:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 5, 2019 | Pamela Wood
    Maryland’s Board of Public Works approved the state’s use of private companies to widen highways in the Washington suburbs, but agreed to delay work on the Capital Beltway after running into opposition. The vote came during a lengthy and tense meeting Wednesday on Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to enlist the private sector to widen the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. The private contractors would recoup their investment through tolls charged on drivers who use the new lanes. The Hogan administration has sold the plan — known as a “public-private partnership” or P3 — as a way to alleviate traffic congestion...
  • Gov. Holcomb promises no new interstate tolls in Indiana during his administration

    01/28/2019 10:16:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Northwest Indiana Times ^ | November 29, 2018 | Dan Carden
    INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb will not take action to toll Indiana's interstate highways during his tenure in office, a decision that a key Region lawmaker believes betrays the goals of the state road funding plan Holcomb enacted last spring. The Republican chief executive on Thursday transmitted to the State Budget Committee an interstate tolling plan crafted by the Indiana Department of Transportation, as required by House Enrolled Act 1002 sponsored by state Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso. The plan details how the state could collect approximately $15 billion for road improvements between 2024 and 2045 by imposing tolls of up...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Frederick [County, Virginia] concerned it may not get I-81 fixes it needs

    11/21/2018 10:44:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Winchester Star ^ | October 23, 2018 | Josh Janney
    WINCHESTER — The Frederick County Transportation Committee on Monday expressed concerns that the county may not get the Interstate 81 improvements it needs to reduce traffic congestion and accidents. The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation are studying the entire length of the I-81 corridor in the Virginia, as directed by the General Assembly, to identify changes that will reduce traffic backups and crashes as well as find the funding to make those changes. The I-81 study team identified 105 projects — valued at $4.25 billion —...
  • An electric Tri-State? Illinois Tollway looks at embedding charging equipment in parts of I-294

    10/04/2018 10:56:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 26, 2018 | Mary Wisniewski
    The Illinois Tollway is examining the possibility of embedding equipment into I-294 that would charge electric vehicles as they drive along the road. The agency is at the start of a $4 billion project to rebuild and widen a 22-mile stretch of I-294, also known as the Tri-State. As part of the project, the Tollway wants to add infrastructure to charge electric vehicles. Off the highway, that could include both conventional charging stations and “super-charger” stations that power up electric cars and trucks more quickly. The agency also is studying “smart-powered lanes,” a type of technology being tried in Sweden...
  • $17 tolls? VDOT says 1st day on I-66 averaged $14.50 round trip

    12/29/2017 10:38:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    WTOP ^ | December 8, 2017 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — About two years ago, during the last big debate over Interstate 66 rush-hour tolls for solo drivers, there was a lot of talk about $17 round-trip tolls. Virginia’s transportation secretary said this week that the tolls drivers have seen inside the Beltway so far remain in line with those projections. New data the Virginia Department of Transportation provided Thursday from the first day of tolls on Monday morning show the average morning toll for drivers who paid with an E-ZPass, or who will get automated violation notices in the mail, was $10.70, while the average afternoon toll paid...
  • Tollway board OKs Tri-State widening over objections from some suburbs

    09/27/2017 2:06:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | April 28, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    Amid a chorus of support from gridlock-weary drivers and the construction industry, Illinois tollway directors approved widening the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Thursday. Officials promised no toll increases but about $120 million for the $4 billion project will come from new fees to be imposed on I-PASS holders when they don't use transponders. A concept plan includes extra lanes, a "Flex Lane" for express buses, and highway interchange improvements at bottlenecks between Rosemont and Oak Lawn. "This is a first step," Chairman Robert Schilerstrom said. "We'll be reaching out to the communities. We're very interested in listening to their input...
  • Proposed Tri-State makeover could be tricky

    04/10/2017 7:43:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | April 10, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    Rebuilding and widening the mammoth Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) is complicated enough given it's the system's most-used road, with up to 185,000 cars and trucks clogging it daily.Throw in a tangle of towns where officials either hate or love the project, plus churn on the tollway board, and the planned redo gets even gnarlier. The Illinois tollway intends to fix the road between 95th Street in the South Suburbs and Balmoral Avenue in Rosemont. There's no final design or budget yet, but a decision is expected soon.Improvements likely could include extra lanes and new interchanges -- exciting news for anyone...
  • Hogan announces start of $105 million I-81 widening

    12/29/2016 11:49:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | December 24, 2016 | CJ Lovelace
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan came to Hagerstown Thursday bearing gifts, announcing the start of a $105 million project to widen Interstate 81. In partnership with West Virginia, the first phase of construction of the long-sought project, which recently got under way, will expand the heavily traveled interstate to six lanes from U.S. 11 in West Virginia to Md. 63 near Williamsport. "These improvements to I-81 are critical infrastructure investments that will help citizens here in Washington County, across Western Maryland and all across our state go about their daily lives in a faster, more efficient and safer manner," Hogan said...
  • Senate Panel Is Widening Its Review on Nominee to U.N.

    04/26/2005 8:26:40 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 283+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4/26/05 | Douglas Jehl
    WASHINGTON, April 26 - In a widening of the inquiry into John R. Bolton's nomination to be ambassador to the United Nations, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee intends to conduct formal interviews in the next 10 days with as many as two dozen people, Congressional officials said Tuesday. Those to be interviewed include a former deputy director of central intelligence and a former assistant secretary of state. The two officials, John E. McLaughlin and John S. Wolf respectively, have not spoken publicly about Mr. Bolton's nomination, but both have been described by others as having clashed with him on personnel...
  • CA: Panel widening Shelley probe (ShmelleyGate)

    01/29/2005 9:52:19 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 434+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/29/05 | Christian Berthelsen
    Sacramento -- California campaign-finance regulators are investigating whether Secretary of State Kevin Shelley illegally accepted a political donation in his government office from a contributor seeking help with a tax problem, The Chronicle has learned. Investigators from the state Fair Political Practices Commission have met with at least one potential witness in the case, seeking details about a meeting in June 2003 between Shelley and the donor, and about how the campaign check was delivered, according to a person who was questioned. "They were clearly trying to dot their i's and cross their t's," said the person, who spoke on...
  • Poll: Kerry margin widening in California presidential race

    08/17/2004 6:13:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1,055+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 8/17/04 | Michael R. Blood - AP
    LOS ANGELES - Democrat John Kerry has opened up a 16 percentage-point lead over President Bush in California, his candidacy boosted by strong support from independents, Hispanics and women, a poll found Monday. Kerry's commanding 54-to-38 percent margin in the poll by the Public Policy Institute of California represented a 5-point jump from July, when he held an 11 percentage-point lead over the president. Pollster Mark Baldassare said the Democratic ticket is benefiting from Ralph Nader's failure to collect enough signatures to make the ballot in California this year as an independent candidate. In 2000, Nader won about 4 percent...