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  • Evergreen State College president George Bridges is leaving…next year

    03/01/2020 9:41:30 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 26 February | John Sexton
    t’s finally happening! Nearly three years after the student revolt which became national news, Evergreen State College president George Bridges has announced his intention to return to teaching and hand the office of president to his successor. But true to form, Evergreen’s announcement of the decision said nothing about the reasons he is leaving. In fact, the Board of Trustees had nothing but praise for Bridges: Bridges, who came to Evergreen after serving as president of Whitman College in Eastern Washington, recently informed the board of his decision to retire as president and return to teaching, according to the news...
  • DEA Agent Sentenced for Extortion, Money Laundering and Obstruction in Silk Road Investigation

    10/23/2015 4:28:21 PM PDT · by ExyZ · 5 replies
    US Department of Justice ^ | October 13, 2015 | US Department of Justice
    A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice, which crimes he committed while working as an undercover agent investigating Silk Road, an online marketplace used to facilitate the sale and purchase of illegal drugs and other contraband.
  • How billboards warning motorists of I-80 bridge safety concerns created one of 2019′s biggest stories

    12/30/2019 5:22:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 29, 2019 | Ted Slowik
    Will County billboards that warned motorists about bridges stoked public-safety fears and helped convince state lawmakers of the need to approve a $45 billion infrastructure plan. The billboards and their impact arguably deserve to rank among the top political stories of the year, if not the decade. Construction unions paid to display the messages “Cross bridge at your own risk” and “Bridge ahead in critical condition” on electronic billboards near Interstate 80 bridges over the Des Plaines River in Joliet. The billboards heightened motorists’ fears about crumbling infrastructure and generated bipartisan support for the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois program. Marc...
  • 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...
  • Industry Stakeholders React Positively to Biden's Infrastructure Plan

    11/20/2019 10:32:25 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | November 19, 2019 | Eleanor Lamb
    Presidential candidate Joe Biden has released an infrastructure plan that calls for $1.3 trillion in investment over 10 years. The plan, released Nov. 14, makes a pledge to update the nation’s freight infrastructure, from highways and canals to railroads and tunnels. Biden plans to spend $50 billion over the first year of his presidency to repair roads, highways and bridges. He proposes a new $40 billion, 10-year Transformational Projects Fund, which will provide substantial grants for projects that are too large to be funded through existing programs, such as a major port upgrade or new tunnel. Biden also plans to...
  • 2019 Bridge Inventory: States struggle to keep up with deteriorating bridges

    11/16/2019 6:49:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Equipment World's Better Roads ^ | November 11, 2019 | Don McLoud
    With few exceptions, states are losing the battle with aging bridges in need of repair or replacement. Even states with low percentages of bridges rated poor are finding it difficult to keep up with bridge and road systems that in many cases are 50 years old or older. Utah, which ranks fourth for the lowest percentage of poor bridges, programs a bridge for repair or replacement in the year after it drops to a poor rating, completing the project within four or five years. The Utah Department of Transportation notes, though, that the number of bridges falling from good to...
  • Illinois senator resigns from transportation role amid fed's construction fraud investigation

    10/18/2019 12:30:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Construction DIVE ^ | October 14, 2019 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval has resigned from his position as chair of the State Senate's Transportation Committee amid a federal fraud and corruption investigation related to state construction work, the Associated Press reported. The Democratic senator is still listed as a member of the committee, however, as of Oct. 15. The move came after the details of a federal search warrant revealed that the FBI last month combed Sandoval's offices and home for information related to architect Cesar Santoy; Santoy's architecture firm, Studio ARQ; red-light camera program company SafeSpeed; lobbyists; construction companies; and employees of the Illinois...
  • Instead of raising the gas tax, stop wasting money on frivolous projects

    09/28/2019 6:37:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20, 2019 | Alison Acosta Winters
    A cardinal rule of government ought to be: stop wasting money before demanding taxpayers hand over more. When it comes to the Highway Trust Fund and the gas tax, Congress has failed to learn this simple lesson. The federal highway program is set to expire a year from now, but lawmakers looking to fund their pet projects are eager to get started. So the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has already approved a bill that would authorize billions more in projects than the federal gas tax will bring in. The thing is though, they don’t know how to pay...
  • Policy Tip Sheet: Gas Taxes are not the Long-Term Solution to Funding Transportation

    07/14/2019 12:23:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | July 11, 2019 | Matthew Glans
    In this Policy Tip Sheet, Matthew Glans examines gasoline taxes, how they have become less effective over time, and why states can no longer rely on them to fund state transportation projects. Problem Gasoline taxes are an unreliable funding source for state transportation projects, road construction, and maintenance due to declining gasoline prices and more fuel-efficient vehicles. In 2015, Daniel Vock, writing for Governing, analyzed state gas tax data reported to the U.S. Census Bureau and found two-thirds of state fuel taxes failed to keep up with inflation. Moreover, gasoline taxes are regressive and produce widespread economic consequences. Increasing fuel...
  • How to do infrastructure right

    07/07/2019 6:32:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 06, 019 | Nicole Gelinas
    In late April, President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders finally found something they agreed on: infrastructure. Outside the White House after a meeting with the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat, issued the pronouncement, “Big and bold.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the Democrat from New York, echoed the takeaway: “We agreed on a number, which was very, very good, $2 trillion.” Trump himself has been publicly quiet but didn’t dispute that he told the Democrats he “like[s] the number.” By May, this renewed spirit of cooperation had fallen apart, at least temporarily, with a second meeting collapsing...
  • Connecticut Governor Pushes to Bring Back Highway Tolls

    06/25/2019 1:11:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 23, 2019 | Joseph De Avila and Paul Berger
    Cash-strapped Connecticut is grappling with how to pay for transportation investments to prevent more than half of its roads and highways from falling into disrepair in the next decade. The answer, according to Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration, is highway tolls. Like most states in the Northeast, Connecticut previously used highway tolls to raise revenue. The state removed all tolls in the 1980s following a crash at a toll plaza that killed seven people. Now Mr. Lamont, a Democrat, is attempting to persuade a skeptical state Legislature to bring them back. Lawmakers declined to vote on tolls during this year’s legislative...
  • The Interstate Is Crumbling. Try Fixing the Section Used by 200,000 Vehicles a Day.

    06/22/2019 3:43:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 28, 2019 | Arian Campo-Flores and Paul Overberg
    ORLANDO, Fla.—The state dubbed it the I-4 Ultimate for its grand scope. For some here, it’s more like the ultimate headache. A reconstruction of 21 miles of congested interstate highway through the heart of Orlando will build or rebuild 140 bridges, redesign 15 interchanges, move exits and add new toll lanes, in a $2.3 billion project to smooth traffic through one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities. Dense cities have grown up around the aging freeways, hemming them in so that expensive engineering feats are needed to do work on them. Yet work is often unavoidable. I-4, for instance, was built...
  • Crumbling roads and spotty internet trouble small U.S. businesses

    06/01/2019 6:08:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | May 30, 2019 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK - Every hour that one of The Advance Group’s trucks is stuck in highway or bridge traffic, it costs the moving company around $200. And with 40 trucks trying to get into Manhattan daily and contending with the New York metro area’s deteriorating infrastructure, the price of lost time runs up quickly. “Getting to and from a job site is not really billable to a client,” says Anthony Parziale, president of The Advance Group, based in the suburb of Farmingdale.
  • Another rocky road facing gas tax bill in Louisiana Legislature

    05/02/2019 1:25:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Greater Baton Rouge Business Report ^ | April 10, 2019 | Stephanie Riegel
    A gas tax bill crafted by a statewide industry group, Louisiana Coalition to Fix Our Roads, and sponsored by Republican Baton Rouge Rep. Steve Carter is the latest proposed solution to the state’s aging, chronically gridlocked transportation infrastructure. It’s also the most ambitious. Not only would the bill gradually increase the state’s gasoline tax, but it would levy fees on electric and hybrid vehicles and redirect a temporary, half-cent sales tax to highway and bridge construction projects. It would also dedicate a portion of the funds to specific, badly needed projects around the state, including a new Mississippi River bridge...
  • Auditor General: PennDOT audit finds over $4B diverted from repairing roads, bridges

    04/28/2019 6:51:03 AM PDT · by Twotone · 34 replies
    WJACTV.com ^ | April 25, 2019 | Travis Gary
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (WJAC) — A state audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has found that billions of dollars have been diverted over the years that could have been spent repairing roads and bridges. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the findings of his new audit Thursday, saying that PennDOT could be further along in repairing rough highways and fixing 2,829 structurally deficient bridges had it not been forced to pay state police. DePasquale said that the transfers from the Motor License Fund to state police totaled more than $4.2 billion since the 2012-2013 fiscal year. “More than 2,800 state-maintained bridges...
  • ‘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...
  • Todd Spencer: Highway system deserves gas tax revenue

    01/27/2019 11:14:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Indianapolis Business Journal ^ | January 25, 2019 | Todd Spencer
    More than 60 years ago, the interstate highway system was envisioned to connect the country from coast to coast. Initially, a modest 3-cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline and diesel fuel was established and wholly dedicated to the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges. The vision became reality and exceeded expectations, connecting communities, making travel easier, and improving the flow of commerce. A short time later, the gasoline and diesel tax was increased to 4 cents per gallon—where it stayed until 1983, when it was doubled. Unfortunately, this also marked the point in which highway taxes began to be diverted to...
  • See the Moment the Old Tappan Zee Bridge Crashed Into the Hudson River (NY)

    01/17/2019 4:40:12 PM PST · by Trump_the_Evil_Left · 16 replies
    NewJersey 101.5 ^ | January 15, 2019 | Staff
    The old Tappan Zee Bridge in New York's Hudson Valley went crashing into the Hudson River late Tuesday morning. Traffic was backed up in both directions about 10:50 a.m. as explosives were used to tear down the eastern portion of the bridge. Video clips posted to Instagram show the bridge, first built in 1952, plummet into the water, sending up massive clouds of gray smoke.
  • China Opens Giant Sea Bridge Linking Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland

    10/23/2018 10:05:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 23, 2018 | Austin Ramzy
    HONG KONG — China officially opened the world’s longest sea bridge on Tuesday after China’s leader, Xi Jinping, and local officials inaugurated the 34-mile structure, which crosses the Pearl River Delta to link Hong Kong with Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai. The project, which includes sections of bridge and artificial islands linked by a four-mile tunnel west of Hong Kong’s airport, went billions of dollars over budget and was delayed by two years. Chinese officials expect the bridge to significantly cut driving time between the two sides of the Pearl River, helping to achieve their vision of...
  • Fix Our Damn Roads measure on the November ballot ( Colorado )

    08/23/2018 7:59:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | August 22, 2018 | Jon Caldara
    For too long the state has held our roads and bridges hostage while increasing spending on other priorities like Medicaid expansion, hoping we taxpayers get so frustrated by traffic we’ll agree to a tax increase. Well, this fall voters will have a choice. As the Denver Chamber of Commerce pimps a 21% state sales tax increase for transit, roads and a slush fund for cities, there will be an alternative as our Fix Our Damn Roads initiative will also be on the ballot. It will force the state to use its large surplus funds and re-prioritize less than 2 percent...