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  • Grand Parkway debate comes east with construction three new segments

    01/14/2020 7:42:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | December 26, 2019 | Dug Begley
    Houston is a faraway place on FM 1413 in southern Liberty County, where a driver is more likely to see a pony munching on grass than a shop on the corner. If not for the trees and an electrical transmission line, the sky would be unbroken, horizon to horizon. It soon could look a lot more like other parts of suburban Houston where the Grand Parkway has gone, with cul-de-sacs replacing horse pastures and retail centers sprouting at major intersections.
  • Warren Says She's Willing To Ban Construction of New Homes in America

    01/12/2020 6:39:22 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 166 replies
    Western Journal ^ | January 12,2020 | By C. Douglas Golden
    If your home isn’t carbon neutral, Elizabeth Warren might not let you build it. And if that means no new homes get built, she’s OK with that. In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday, the Massachusetts senator and fading presidential candidate talked about her Thunberg-lite plan to help end climate change. (Climate crisis? Catastrophe? What are we going with these days?) She promised “to do everything a president can do all by herself, that is, the things you don’t have to do by going to Congress.” This includes putting an end to energy mining and drilling on federal...
  • Contractor Warns I-74 Bridge ‘Not Buildable’

    01/02/2020 1:49:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Waterways Journal ^ | December 6, 2019 | Waterways Journal
    The lead contractor for a Mississippi River bridge is involved in a now-public feud with the state of Iowa over whether the bridge is buildable. The I-74 bridge is meant to replace a bridge on the same location connecting Moline, Ill, and Bettendorf, Iowa. Known as the Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge, the bridge is a pair of suspension bridges located near the geographic center of the Quad Cities. The original bridge was designed by engineer Ralph Modjeski. The first span opened in 1935 as a toll bridge. In 1961, an identical twin span, built from the same blueprint, opened to facilitate...
  • The 2010s Were a Terrible Decade for Housing Construction

    01/01/2020 5:50:15 PM PST · by grundle · 23 replies
    Reason ^ | December 23, 2019 | Christian Britschgi
    NIMBYism has dominated housing policy for the last ten years. Will the 2020s be any better? A lot of things happened in the past 10 years. A boom in housing construction was not one of them. The 2010s will go down as a decade of historically low housing starts, resulting in higher home prices and rents for some and longer commutes for others. Last week, Freddie Mae Deputy Chief Economist Len Keifer tweeted out a graph comparing new housing starts over the past six decades. The results are startling. In the past 10 years, construction started for 9.8 million new...
  • Jeep Cherokee watching: Pa. to start automated speed enforcement in work zones

    01/01/2020 6:13:07 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 28, 2019 | Ed Blazina
    After years of concern about the number of traffic accidents that occur in road construction zones, Pennsylvania is doing something about it. Beginning Jan. 4, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike will begin a 60-day pilot program to formally test what’s called the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program. The program is designed to cause drivers to slow down in construction areas by setting up speed monitoring equipment in work areas. After the pilot program is finished, the two state agencies expect to deploy private contractors in white Jeep Cherokee SUVs at various sites throughout the state to...
  • PA Turnpike tolls go up 6% in 2020, but smaller increases expected beginning in 2023

    12/31/2019 4:45:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 29, 2019 | Ed Blazina
    Pennsylvania Turnpike users can expect 6% toll increases in 2020 and 2021 but then — if the state Legislature follows through with plans to change how the state funds public transit — the rate of annual increases gradually will go down to 3% in 2028. Nikolaus Grieshaber, the turnpike’s chief financial officer, outlined the agency’s financial future recently in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the 6% toll hike that begins Jan. 5. The increase marks the 12th year in a row that rates have gone up and will increase the fee for a car traveling the length of...
  • 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...
  • FRUITS OF COOPERATION: Officials laud partnership that led to new I-15 interchange

    12/24/2019 12:14:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Idaho State Journal ^ | December 8, 2019 | John O'Connell
    Leaders who spoke during a Friday morning ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a new Interstate 15 interchange touted the $31 million project as a prime example of what can be accomplished when entities cooperate. The Northgate interchange opened to the public a few hours after the ceremony concluded, with Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad, Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England and members of the Bannock County Commission all driving their cars across the bridge as the official first users. The interchange is located north of both the Pocatello Creek Road exit and I-15’s “flying Y” with Interstate 86. The interchange was first added to...
  • Smyth County Sheriff's Office arrest man wanted in Pennsylvania

    12/21/2019 11:53:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    WCYB 5 News ^ | December 15, 2019 | Christy Calcagno
    A man wanted out of Pennsylvania was arrested Sunday morning in Smyth County, Virginia. Officials say a deputy was working radar in the construction zone near the 53-mile marker on Interstate 81 just after midnight, when a Ford pickup was traveling at a high rate of speed. The deputy attempted a traffic stop, but the truck accelerated and fled to exit 47, north on Highway 11, and eventually into a field at the end of Tranquility Lane. Officials say, after a brief standoff, in which the driver made multiple threats that he had a firearm, he was taken into custody....
  • 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...
  • Study: Proposed Pittsburgh-Cleveland-Chicago hyperloop would be highly profitable

    12/20/2019 5:39:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 17, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Development of a proposed hyperloop transportation system linking Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago would not only be a boon to communities along the travel corridors but also would be a strong business investment. That’s the conclusion of a 157-page feasibility study released Monday in Cleveland by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., a California-based company developing the technology to move passengers and freight at more than 500 mph through low-pressure tubes. Consultant Transportation Economics and Management Systems performed the $1.3 million study of the proposed Great Lakes Hyperloop System. For the first time, the study estimated...
  • The FASTag fiasco (India)

    12/15/2019 8:15:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Frontline (The Hindu) ^ | November 30, 2019 | V. Sridhar
    Three years after the colossal failure of demonetisation the Narendra Modi government has embarked on a similar venture, the FASTag programme, this time targeting road users across the country. But just a day before the November 30 deadline, by which date all vehicles plying the highways would have been mandatorily required to affix an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag on their vehicles, the government blinked. And, like demonetisation, the design of this scheme also reflects a simpleton’s naivete. The announcement that those without the tag would be charged double the tariff at the toll gates set off a firestorm of...
  • RCCAO report cites heightened need for road pricing

    12/15/2019 8:06:19 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Daily Commercial News (ConstructConnect) ^ | December 6, 2019 | Don Wall
    New analysis of projected provincial gas tax revenues in Ontario has revealed that that source of provincial funding will fall much more dramatically than predicted just five years ago due to increased use of electric vehicles and other factors. And so, concludes Trent University professor emeritus Harry Kitchen in a new report titled Ontario’s Downward Trend for Fuel Revenue: Will Road Pricing Fill the Gap?, the provincial government must look for other sources of revenues to build transportation infrastructure. Kitchen recommends road pricing, such as tolls and HOT lanes, with funds raised earmarked for future transportation improvements, and dynamic parking...
  • 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...
  • Artificial Pyramid Casing Stones: Ancient Geopolymer High Technology ???

    12/09/2019 5:43:12 PM PST · by wildbill · 33 replies
    Ancient Architects ^ | 12/20/2017 | Brian Forester
    This video continues our study of ancient construction techniques. It presents the argument that the base casing stones of the most familiar pyramids may have been molded by some technology which used geopolymers (stone slurry?) This is similar to the speculation that the Incan stone walls were constructed using a similar process.
  • A New Hyposthesis: How did they build the Peruvian stone walls

    12/09/2019 5:07:55 PM PST · by wildbill · 38 replies
    Ancient Architects ^ | Brien Forrester
    A video on a hypothesis that the Inca stone walls in Peru were actually constructed by using a stone slurry packed into containers and hardened by fire/ This is a follow up to the previous thread about technology needed to cut precision stonework for the Egyptian pyramids and monuments. It hypothesizes a new theory of building neolithic stoneworks with techniques that are still used today, albeit in much smaller adobe structures.
  • Worker who became witness in collapse of hotel deported

    11/30/2019 5:55:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | November 29, 2019 | The New York Times
    A construction worker who became a witness in a federal workplace safety investigation after he was injured during the collapse of a new Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans was deported by immigration authorities Friday, his lawyers said. The worker, Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma, had to scramble to stay alive while metal and debris rained down and parts of the 18-story structure pancaked around him and killed three of his colleagues on Oct. 12. Mr. Ramirez Palma had raised concerns about problems with the construction with supervisors multiple times, according to his lawyers. After the building crumbled around him, he...
  • Mexico Unveils First Highway Paved With Recycled Plastic

    11/28/2019 8:38:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | November 25, 2019 | FreightWaves, Benzinga
    The first-ever highway partially made of reclaimed plastic was inaugurated in Mexico on Nov. 13. The 2.5-mile stretch of highway in the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico used 1.7 tons of recycled plastic, or the equivalent of 425,000 plastic packaging units, according to Dow Plastics Technology Mexico. "The advantage of using recycled plastic products is that they can be used on all types of highways, not only in high-performance products, which can extend the life span of any paved road," Paula Sans, Dow Mexico's director of packaging and specialty plastics, said in a release. The newly paved stretch of...
  • Duluth interchange project soars $100M over budget

    11/28/2019 8:29:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Duluth News Tribune ^ | November 25, 2019 | Brady Slater
    The Twin Ports Interchange reconstruction project through Lincoln Park soared $100 million over budget this month, forcing planners to defer indefinitely portions of the work scheduled for 2020-23. The $343 million project is scheduled to begin in May. Minnesota Department of Transportation figures released Monday at a regular public meeting about the project showed a $443 million price tag. "This is what happens with every big project," Duane Hill, district engineer based in Duluth, said Monday. "You have to manage it as you go along. We thought we did a good job initially coming up with a budget for this...
  • P3s can add significant costs to Canadian highway projects, study finds

    11/27/2019 2:55:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Construction DIVE ^ | November 13, 2019 | Jenn Goodman
    A study of the public-private partnership project delivery method has some cautionary advice for governments and contractors considering them. Entitled "Highway Robbery: Public Private Partnerships and Nova Scotia Highways" by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the study urges jurisdictions to stop using the model to build highways. The report concludes that governments should instead employ traditional public procurement, based on its findings that contracting out services through a P3 is more expensive than public procurement, has the potential to compromise highway safety, needlessly duplicates government services and lacks mechanisms for public accountability. “Public infrastructure and services should remain fully...