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  • Inflation could put severe limits on the benefits of infrastructure funding increase, PennDOT officials say

    05/31/2022 11:25:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | May 31, 2022 | Ed Blazina
    Six months ago, state officials couldn’t have been happier as the U.S. Department of Transportation regularly announced billions of additional dollars that would be available for road and bridge projects. Now, with rampant inflation and problems getting basic materials like concrete and asphalt, especially for overnight work, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials say they are concerned that the federal windfall may not have nearly the benefit they expected. Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, PennDOT’s district executive for Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties, said last week that low bids for contracts have been coming in 10% to 20% higher than the department anticipated. Among...
  • Hundreds of environmental, consumer groups request investigation of electric utility industry

    05/19/2022 7:38:57 AM PDT · by Churchjack · 48 replies
    Solar Power World Online ^ | May 18 2022 | Kelsey Misbrener
    More than 230 consumer, environmental and public interest groups urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the electric utility industry for widespread abuses. These include bribery, fake dark-money campaigns and denying customers access to renewable energy.…
  • Biden wants to sell infrastructure. His problem: Few buyers.

    05/08/2022 3:13:38 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 12 replies
    Nbcne ^ | 05/08/2022 | Shannon Pettypiece, Sahil Kapur and Scott Wong
    WASHINGTON — As President Joe Biden ramps up his efforts to help Democrats in the midterm elections, he’s focused on a selling point that, so far, voters aren’t: his plan to rebuild the country’s infrastructure. Standing in an industrial building near the Port of New Hampshire last month, flanked by construction and boating equipment, Biden talked dredging, bridges and lead pipes.
  • Pennsylvania taking baby steps away from gas tax, toward fee for miles driven

    05/08/2022 12:51:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | May 7, 2022 | Ed Blazina
    Following a slowly growing national movement, Pennsylvania may be ready to try the idea of charging drivers a mileage-based fee to make up millions in transportation revenue lost to more fuel-efficient hybrid and electric cars. Melissa J. Batula, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s acting executive deputy secretary, said the department is working with the General Assembly to draft legislation establishing fees for those who pay little or nothing toward road maintenance. That’s because the state gets about 75% of its road money from the gasoline tax. A commission appointed last year by Gov. Tom Wolf recommended a series of steps...
  • PennDOT blocks public from seeing online inspection notes of damaged bridges: report

    05/01/2022 3:47:21 PM PDT · by lightman · 19 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 1 May A.D. 2022 | Zach Hoopes
    PennDOT scrubbed bridge inspectors’ notes from its website, reducing the ability of residents to access safety data of bridges they regularly use, according to a recent report by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The revelation by the Post Gazette comes after the Fern Hollow Creek bridge in Pittsburgh collapsed in January injuring 10 people. PennLive reported at the time that Pennsylvania has the second-highest number of bridges in the nation that fall within the “poor” condition category as defined by federal standards. According to the Post Gazette, PennDOT’s public online map of bridge reports contained, up until this past February, direct...
  • PennDOT will negotiate with group led by Australian firm for tolling project to replace nine bridges

    04/06/2022 7:48:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 9, 2022 | Ed Blazina
    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will negotiate with a nine-member group of contractors headed by an Australian firm to replace nine bridges proposed for tolling at an estimated cost of $2.5 billion. The group — which calls itself Bridging Pennsylvania Partners — lists Macquarie Infrastructure Developments LLC of Sydney as the lead contractor and includes FCC Construccion, S.A., of Spain, as well as six Pennsylvania companies. They include Joseph B. Fay Co. and Shikun & Binui America Inc., of Pittsburgh. The contract will require that 65% of the work be done by Pennsylvania firms. State Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Johnstown...
  • Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls to drop 75 cents

    04/06/2022 4:09:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Gig Harbor Now ^ | March 10, 2022 | Ed Friedrich
    Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls will be reduced by 75 cents beginning in September, with the intent that they remain at that rate until the span is paid off in 10 years. The decrease is the result of Substitute Senate Bill 5488, which requires transfers of $3.25 million from the general fund to the toll bridge account each quarter until June 2032, for a total of $130 million. After the House changed the bill on Saturday, the Senate had to concur on Thursday, which sponsor Sen. Emily Randall, D-Bremerton, said it would. Rates — currently set at $5.25 with a Good...
  • Appeals court won’t revisit panel ruling on pipeline project

    04/03/2022 11:54:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 3, 2022
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to revisit a ruling that struck down a key permit for a proposed natural gas pipeline running through Virginia and West Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday that it would not revisit a February ruling by a three-judge panel that invalidated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s opinion that the Mountain Valley Pipeline would not jeopardize two endangered fish species. The panel found “serious errors” with the agency’s conclusion that construction of the pipeline wouldn’t pose a threat to the Roanoke logperch or the candy darter....
  • The I-4 Ultimate: Florida’s Biggest Road Project Now Open

    04/01/2022 12:05:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Equipment World ^ | March 7, 2022 | Don McLoud
    The toll lanes for Florida’s I-4 Ultimate, a seven-year, $2.4 billion project, are now open, with 21 miles of rebuilt highway and new express lanes between Orange and Seminole counties. It is the largest road project in state history. Highlights of the project: Reconstruction of I-4 lanes and adding four new tolled I-4 Express lanes – two in each direction; Reconstruction of 15 major interchanges; Replacement of 74 bridges, widening of 13 bridges, and adding 53 new bridges. The I-4 Express lanes, the centerpiece of the project, are now open on the interstate’s center lanes and separated by concrete barriers....
  • Construction on this stretch of I-35W in north Tarrant County is more than halfway done

    03/26/2022 12:33:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | March 25, 2022 | Jess Hardin
    Construction on Interstate 35W between North Tarrant Parkway and Eagle Parkway has officially crossed the half-way mark. The project, from public-private partnership North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners, is improving existing toll-free lanes and building two toll managed lanes in each direction. North Tarrant Infrastructure is the general contractor on the project. “This latest project on 35W is on track and will produce extra capacity and congestion relief north into Denton County by late 2023,” said Francisco Galdeano, COO of North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners Segment 3.
  • Toll road authority explains $300 million 'fix' for Ship Channel Bridge project

    03/25/2022 11:53:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    FOX 26 News ^ | December 7, 2021 | Tom Zizka
    HOUSTON - The Harris County Toll Road Authority now has an expensive plan to fix design flaws in its billion-dollar replacement of the Ship Channel Bridge. The original structure was finished in 1982. But, with just two lanes in each direction and no shoulder for emergencies, construction on a replacement was started in 2018. HCTRA’s Executive Director Roberto Trevino was hired after flaws were discovered in the design, and he says the danger could have been catastrophic. "It could have collapsed," he says. Trevino says the county wanted the new bridge to be sleek and iconic, resembling the Fred Hartman...
  • Can Elon Musk really build an underground tunnel in San Antonio?

    03/25/2022 5:08:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    KENS 5 News ^ | March 18, 2022 | Teresa Velasco
    SAN ANTONIO — Bexar County leaders will study whether Elon Musk's Boring Co. can drill a 9-mile tunnel where automated Teslas would ferry people between the airport and downtown. Alamo Regional Mobility Authority (RMA) board members voted Wednesday to negotiate a project plan with the billionaire's company. "The board has continually sought innovative ways to finance transportation projects to ensure a bright future for the community in a way that bridges technology and accelerates the delivery of needed projects," chairman Mike Lynd said in a statement. "Today's board action is the first of many discussions," he added. Musk's company already...
  • Opposition mounts to $4.7B plan to widen the highway to the Holland Tunnel

    03/08/2022 7:51:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies ^ | January 16, 2022 | Larry Higgs
    Jersey City officials and a coalition of Hudson County bike groups have opposed the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s plans to widen the Hudson County extension through Bayonne and Jersey City to the Holland Tunnel and replace the aging Newark Bay bridge. The opposition is based on concerns the project won’t alleviate congestion and would create more traffic and air pollution from vehicles cutting through Bayonne and Jersey City neighborhoods when traffic backs up on the extension. Bike advocates have a powerful ally, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who had a letter sent on the city’s behalf, asking the Turnpike Authority...
  • Pair of Parkway service areas to be rebuilt under $10M contract that includes Chick-fil-A (Bloomfield mayor wants to ban the Chick-fil-A)

    03/07/2022 12:11:43 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies ^ | February 22, 2022 | Larry Higgs
    New Jersey Turnpike Authority officials approved a $10 million agreement to rebuild two Garden State Parkway service areas, including one that has been criticized by Bloomfield officials for including a Chick-fil-A restaurant. The agreement, approved by a unanimous vote by the board of commissioners Tuesday, would reimburse Applegreen Ltd. and Sunoco for $10 million the companies would spend to build new facilities at the Vauxhall service area on the Parkway north in Union and at the Brookdale Service area on the Parkway south in Bloomfield. The Turnpike authority runs the Garden State Parkway. A Shake Shack, Popeyes, Dunkin’, and a...
  • Buttigieg curbs funds for widening roads, citing safety

    03/02/2022 5:29:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | March 2, 2022 | By HOPE YEN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has a fresh warning to states seeking billions of dollars from President Joe Biden’s infrastructure law to widen roads: Protect the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists or risk losing funds. In a new report submitted to Congress and obtained by The Associated Press, the Department of Transportation says it will aim to prioritize the safety and health of the multiple users of a typical 21st century roadway, from riders of public transit and electric scooters to Uber rideshare pickups and people delivering goods. Projects such as bike paths and traffic roundabouts, enhanced sidewalks, pedestrian...
  • Pittsburgh's broken bridges and the pols that neglect them: Get a load of what the Pittsburgh City Council has been up to

    02/22/2022 7:24:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/22/2022 | Paul Binotto
    If you think risking public safety for political gain is a bridge too far, even for a Democrat politician, you need look no further than Pittsburgh’s City Democrat Councilman Ricky Burgess to dispel any notion of it. It’s only been less than a month since the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood Jan. 28 collapse, coincidently coinciding with Biden’s already scheduled trip to the city to tout his infrastructure plan. For Joe Biden, and a beleaguered White House staff, waking up to news of bridge’s falling must’ve seemed like a providential gift for an administration desperate for a...
  • 'Nobody is ready:' Many U.S. cities lack resources to chase $1 trln infrastructure windfall

    02/10/2022 10:30:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | February 10, 2022 | By Andy Sullivan
    Reuters) - Erie, Pennsylvania could use a facelift. The lakefront city of 100,000 has been adding jobs and businesses downtown, but it remains saddled with vestiges of its industrial past: abandoned factories, ugly concrete buildings, decaying houses. Leaders have written a stack of development plans, but lack the money needed to turn them into reality. Now their dreams seem possible. Congress last year passed President Joe Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure law, which provides $550 billion in new funding for bridge repair, environmental cleanup and other projects that could transform places like Erie. To win the money, local governments will have...
  • Russia threatens power grids if Biden moves in Ukraine

    02/03/2022 6:03:30 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 95 replies
    The nation’s leading expert on protecting the electric grid from attack urges governors to take the lead because the Biden administration won’t. In a new alert, Peter Vincent Pry, the executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security, said concerns are growing that Russia, North Korea, and Iran are inching closer to testing an electromagnetic attack on the U.S. grid, or parts of it. He noted the current crisis in Ukraine could spark a Russian attack, and he cited state media making the threat in the past. “In April 2021, during the previous big crisis between...
  • Infrastructure does not mean roads and bridges, apparently

    02/02/2022 12:38:58 PM PST · by karpov · 17 replies
    The Grumpy Economist (blog) ^ | January 31, 2022 | John Cochrane
    Congress passed a much-ballyhooed "infrastructure" bill. "Roads and bridges." Well, not much of it went to roads and bridges in the first place, only $110 billion out of $1.2 Trillion went to roads, bridges "and investments in other major transportation programs." But the The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) decides where to spend the money. The The Wall Street Journal reports "...Deputy Administrator Stephanie Pollack advised staff on the types of projects they should give the red light. According to the memo, proposals should be sent to the bottom of the pile if they “add new general purpose travel lanes serving...
  • Biden-Buttigieg DOT to tap infrastructure spending to promote speed cameras nationwide

    01/31/2022 7:06:28 AM PST · by Red Badger · 195 replies ^ | January 29, 2022 - 10:51pm | By Nicholas Ballasy
    DOT received $6 billion to issue grants to "help cities and towns" with road safety as part of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that Congress passed. The U.S. Department of Transportation's "National Roadway Safety Strategy" includes promoting the use of speed cameras in cities and towns as a "proven safety countermeasure." DOT received $6 billion to issue grants to "help cities and towns" with road safety, which was part of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that Congress passed. "That law creates a new Safe Streets and Roads for All program, providing $6 billion to help cities and towns deliver new,...