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  • Colorado Is Sure It Can Expand Highways While Also Meeting Climate Goals. History Suggests That’ll Be A Tough Climb

    06/15/2021 2:58:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Colorado Public Radio News ^ | May 19, 2021 | Nathaniel Minor
    Jesus Torres can see a lot from his perch in the cab of a tanker truck. Cars with blown tires on the side of the pothole-scarred roads. Overturned tankers on exit ramps curved too sharply for large modern trucks to handle. And more often than not, red tail lights snaking into the distance. “They need to add more lanes to all the highways,” he said on a recent morning on Interstate 270 just after leaving the Phillips 66 terminal in Commerce City. Far too often, Torres said, accidents on this highway through Colorado’s industrial center will cause long delays that...
  • Bettendorf pair held as suspects in theft of welder from I-74 Bridge construction site

    06/04/2021 6:49:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Our Quad Cities ^ | May 26, 2021 | Linda Cook
    A Bettendorf couple faces felony charges after police say they stole a 500-pound welder from a construction site at the Interstate 74 Bridge. Bill Fifer, 64, and his girlfriend Emma Stephenson, 24, were in Fifer’s silver Ford F-150 flatbed truck looking for scrap metal to collect when the found a large blue Miller Bobcat 250 welder shortly before 1:30 a.m. March 7, police say in an arrest affidavit. The welder, valued at $6,000, belonged to the Helm Group construction company in the new Interstate 74 Bridge construction zone on the 1300 block of Gilbert Street in Bettendorf. The two tried...
  • Gillibrand bill would steer I-81 jobs to Syracuse residents, veterans, chronically unemployed

    05/31/2021 11:41:12 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | May 27, 2021 | Mark Weiner
    Washington – U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is making a new push to ensure that the transformation of Interstate 81 in Syracuse doesn’t leave behind some of the city’s most disadvantaged residents. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., introduced a bill today in Congress that would require at least 50% of the workers on the $2 billion construction project to be hired locally from Syracuse. The chronically unemployed, ex-offenders, veterans, and others who face barriers to employment would be given priority when it comes to filling hundreds of jobs for the five-year project, one of the largest in Syracuse’s history. At least a third of...
  • Temporary Sitterly Road Bridge opens in Clifton Park

    05/30/2021 5:40:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    ABC News 10 ^ | May 10, 2021 | ABC News 10
    CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Sitterly Road Bridge has reopened after the Department of Transportation finished installing a temporary bridge. The bridge, which crosses the Adirondack Northway between Exit 9 and Exit 8A, was closed on April 14 after it was struck and damaged by a truck traveling southbound on Interstate 87. Department of Transportation officials say the temporary bridge is restricted for overweight/oversized loads and has a temporary speed limit of 30 mph.
  • Transportation Officials Ask Travelers To Watch For Work Zones Ahead Of Summer Season

    05/29/2021 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    WAMC ^ | May 26, 2021 | Lucas Willard
    New York State transportation officials gathered at an Adirondack Northway rest area this morning to remind motorists of the dangers of highway work zones ahead of the busy travel holiday weekend. The site of the press conference was the Clifton Park rest area near Exit 9 on the Northway, not far from where a southbound truck last month struck a bridge on Sitterly Road. With a busy summer travel season predicted as the pandemic winds down, officials want to get the word out about work zone safety. You might guess that during the pandemic, with fewer commuters on the roads,...
  • EDITORIAL: Down the road to a priority road project

    05/25/2021 3:00:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Columbia Times and Democrat Adware Farm ^ | May 19, 2021 | Times and Democrat Editorial Board
    The entire $1.7 billion Carolina Crossroads project is broken down into five phases. The plan is to provide a safer, more modern interchange design for the state’s top interstate “pinch point,” commonly known as “Malfunction Junction” in the Midlands of South Carolina. More than 134,000 vehicles including commuters, freight carriers and other travelers pass through this area on a daily basis. Phase I of the Carolina Crossroads project will center on the reconfiguration of the Colonial Life Boulevard interchange on I-126. Some improvements will be made to improve traffic flow along I-26 heading in the direction U.S. 378. This project...
  • Maryland Lawmakers Seek to Reconnect Communities Divided by Highways

    05/25/2021 2:47:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Maryland Matters ^ | April 28, 2021 | Bruce DePuyt
    Baltimore has its Highway to Nowhere, a road that gobbled up communities before the project was abandoned. Wilmington, Del., had neighborhoods wiped out by Interstate 95. Thousands of Detroit residents lost their homes — and surviving communities were scarred — by the construction of Interstate 375. The Overtown neighborhood in Miami, a majority-Black community, was “flattened,” also by I-95, forcing 10,000 people to leave their homes. In Nashville, bulldozers demolished 620 houses, 27 apartment buildings and six Black churches to make way for the I-40 expressway. All across the nation, American communities bear the scars of the headlong rush to...
  • Father killed on I-95 remembered during Work Zone Awareness Week: 'Pay attention'

    05/24/2021 10:38:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    6 News Richmond ^ | April 30, 2021 | Brendan King
    PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. -- A mother is warning motorists against distracted driving after her son's father was killed along a construction site on I-95. Dustin Warden, 25, was hit and killed by a car in a worksite on Interstate 95 in Prince George County on February 3, 2018. The VDOT contractor was working to provide for his young family when he was killed by a distracted driver. Virginia State Police said a driver looked down, took her eyes off the road and fatally struck Warden. Each year, Warden's girlfriend Jaimie Ray wears orange in honor of him. "Pay attention...
  • Variable speed limits coming to I-95 south of Fredericksburg

    05/24/2021 10:22:10 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Inside NoVa ^ | May 5, 2021 | Inside NoVa
    The Virginia Department of Transportation is set to begin construction this spring for variable speed limits on Interstate 95 northbound between Caroline and Spotsylvania counties. Crashes have occurred when northbound vehicles traveling at speed unexpectedly encounter stopped or slowing traffic flow due to congestion or lane closures for incidents and highway work zones, VDOT said. New signs displaying variable speed limits between 35 mph and 65-70 mph will be paired with dynamic message boards along I-95 north between the 115 and 130 mile markers. "Drivers will adjust their speed based on real-time information about delays and conditions on the road...
  • Get ready for at least 10 more years of I-95 construction in Palm Beach County

    05/24/2021 9:59:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    WPTV 5 ^ | May 17, 2021 | Miranda Christian
    BOCA RATON, Fla. — Drivers on Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County will have an easier and faster way to get around. Express lanes are being built in the southern part of the county, but that means years of construction are ahead. The Florida Department of Transportation is investing $1 billion in building express lanes from Broward County to Delray Beach. The tolled lanes would connect with the current lanes already built in Miami. "Driving on 95 right now, it is a zoo," said Christopher Tapia when asked how he'd describe driving on I-95. The express lanes project started in...
  • MoDOT working to hold line on bridge conditions

    05/11/2021 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Joplin Globe ^ | May 7, 2021 | John Hacker
    Across Missouri, about 900 state road and highway bridges are rated in “poor” condition by Missouri Department of Transportation inspectors. In Southwest Missouri alone, that number is a little more than 200. MoDOT officials say the problem — money, or the lack there of — is not anything new. Without a big infusion of new money coming into the state’s road budget, the number of bridges with a “poor” designation likely won’t improve much. and while sources for new revenue are on state and federal tables, they still have obstacles that would have to be overcome. MoDOT officials say being...
  • Utah DOT to work on 185 transportation construction projects in 2021

    05/11/2021 12:04:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Roads & Bridges ^ | April 19, 2021 | Utah DOT
    The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) recently released a list of some of the agency's most impactful road and bridge construction projects to drivers for 2021. UDOT will be working on 185 projects across the state in 2021, with a value of $3.45 billion over the life of the projects, many of which span multiple years. Planned improvements range from repaving rural highways and building freeway-style interchanges to widening and repaving interstates and demolishing and rebuilding bridges. The traffic delays from these projects range from overnight lane restrictions to full road closures with major detours. “These projects are an essential...
  • What the “Infrastructure” Fight Is Really About

    05/07/2021 10:54:32 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | May 1, 2021 | Joshua Zeitz
    President Joe Biden’s proposed infrastructure legislation has the political class seemingly locked in a debate about what “infrastructure” means. Biden and Democratic leaders—backed by a majority of the U.S. population—believe that “infrastructure” is more than just roads and bridges and encompasses all the structures that help modern society function. Their new bill reflects that understanding, including improvements to water pipes and the electrical grid, universal broadband access, charging stations for electric vehicles, physical upgrades to schools and universities, and—perhaps most innovatively—home care for the elderly and disabled, support for families with children, and expanded access to health care. Republican elected...
  • Gas taxes, food delivery fees and more: Washington lawmakers eye 33 fees, taxes to pay for transportation

    05/07/2021 10:46:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 12, 2021 | Mike Lindblom
    Nowadays, the government needs more than gasoline taxes to fund its vast mission to expand, replace and preserve transportation routes in Washington state. Legislators have drawn up a menu of 33 tax and fee increases under the proposed 16-year Forward Washington plan, updated last week by Senate Transportation Committee Chair Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens. That way, perhaps no single cost will provoke enough public fury to torpedo the plan. “Nobody likes to be taxed, but we also want to make this fair as we spread it across different sectors,” Hobbs said Friday. His approach holds direct gas-tax hikes to 9.8...
  • N.C. Highway Maintenance Is Behind and Won't Catch Up Any Time Soon

    05/07/2021 10:39:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Indy Week ^ | May 04, 2021 | Brian Keyes
    $3.4 billion. That’s how much bad roads and congestion in North Carolina costs its drivers in higher vehicle ownership costs, according to a report commissioned by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Fixing those roads—as well as repairing and replacing bridges, building new highways and any other large projects the N.C. DOT has on its schedule—takes money, and lots of it. Steve Abbott, a spokesperson for the N.C. DOT, said that to bring every bridge in the state to “good” condition would cost $3.8 billion, roughly 71 percent of the department’s $5.3 billion budget for the year. “As of now,...
  • FDOT: We Still Expect To Open The Pensacola Bridge The Week Of May 31

    05/06/2021 3:05:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies ^ | April 16, 2021 |
    The Florida Department of Transportation said Thursday that repairs on the Pensacola Bay Bridge are still on track to be completed by the week of May 31. As FDOT contractors install and repair the final five trophy pieces on the Pensacola Bay Bridge, considerable efforts have shifted to the construction and completion of the remaining bridge decks on the structure. Deck constructions consists of several key phases including: Placement of concrete beams. During this process, precast beams are transported to the bridge site, and erected onto the abutments and piers. Installation of stay-in-place forms and rebar (reinforced steel). The stay-in-place...
  • Tired Of Paying Toll Tax, Angry Villagers In Karnataka Use Bulldozer To Construct Road Of Their Own

    05/06/2021 3:13:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The India Times ^ | April 8, 2021 | Basit Aijaz
    While FASTag was seen as a transformative step to overcome various toll hurdles, the initiative doesn't have everyone's blessings. Ever since, FASTag was made mandatory for vehicles, there have been frequent commotions between locals and toll companies over concession. There has also been a growing demands of locals wanting a toll-free service as another option. However, as such a drastic rule change seems far from simple, it has led to people taking matters into their own hands. Tired of paying toll tax, villagers in coastal Karnataka, used a bulldozer to construct a 'parallel' road to bypass the booth. The residents...
  • The smart tax we can’t have

    05/05/2021 3:41:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | April 28, 2021 | Rick Newman
    The battle is on, as President Biden pushes a raft of tax hikes to pay for roads, bridges, green energy, and expansive new social programs. His plans are generally popular—but nobody wants to be the one footing the bill. Business groups argue that instead of raising corporate taxes to pay for infrastructure, as Biden wants to do, the government should rely on user fees such as tolls and dedicated taxes, so that people getting the benefit of the new asset bear the cost. Higher corporate taxes can depress investing, send US companies overseas and trigger aggressive tax avoidance. Douglas Holtz-Eakin,...
  • Mobile MPO holds public meeting on I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project

    05/05/2021 3:35:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    News 5 WKRG Adware Farm ^ | May 2, 2021 | Dana Winter
    MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — On Wednesday, May 12, The Mobile Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold a public meeting to amend the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan to include Phase 1 of the I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project. In March 2021, local leaders on both sides of Mobile Bay held a news conference discussing a new concept to relieve traffic on Interstate 10 and the Bayway. The proposal includes a toll bridge meant for just 18-wheelers, and truck drivers previously told WKRG they’re opposed to this idea. The plan not only includes the construction of a new, truck-only bridge...
  • Gov. DeSantis to decide fate of controversial toll road projects through sensitive lands in Florida

    05/05/2021 3:28:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Florida Phoenix ^ | April 28, 2021 | Laura Cassels
    The state’s plan to build three massive toll roads through rural swaths of Florida were scrapped Tuesday, when the House of Representatives cast the last vote needed to repeal the controversial projects and send the legislation to the governor for final review. But the repeal isn’t exactly a total repeal: The legislation still authorizes new toll roads and highways, including expansion and “road upgrades” along 130 miles of scenic U.S. 19 between Citrus County and I-10 in north Florida, which could impact sensitive parts of Florida. It’s now in Gov. Ron DeSantis’ hands, following the Legislature’s action on 330 miles...