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  • Transportation Secretary Buttigieg: Roads designed to kill Black people

    04/17/2023 9:04:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/17/2023 | David Strom
    Pete Buttigieg, our Transportation Secretary, hates roads.He has a point, though: roads are racist. They hate Black and Indigenous people. They hate Black people so much that they kill them at higher rates than White people.I think Ku Klux Krashsites would have worked better but alas, no edit button. 😢— Gordon "Soros-Backed" Kushner (@Gordon_Kushner) April 17, 2023Racism. Is there nothing it can’t do?Some wag on Twitter noted that the rambling discourse from Mayor Pete was so absurd that even Al Sharpton appeared not to buy it.Perhaps, but Sharpton always looks sour and I won’t pretend to be able to read...
  • Landowners sue Lac du Flambeau tribal leaders to reopen roads blocked for a month

    03/08/2023 11:03:31 AM PST · by Bonemaker · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Public Radio ^ | 03/01/2023 | Danielle Kaeding
    Around 40 landowners are suing tribal leaders with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to reopen four roads that have been blocked by barricades for a month. The landowners filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. They're asking the court to require the roads be immediately reopened and that they remain open for public use. "(T)he Defendants took the law into their own hands and illegally barricaded public roadways, despite the fact that they must be 'open and available to public use' under federal law," the complaint states....
  • U.S. States With the Worst Roads [2023 Edition]

    02/17/2023 11:55:09 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 51 replies
    Contruction coverage ^ | 2/13/2023 | Contruction coverage
    1. Rhode Island Share of major roadways in poor condition: 38.8% Share of major roadways in fair condition: 37.1% Share of major roadways in good condition: 24.0% Daily vehicle-miles traveled per capita: 17.8 2. New Jersey Share of major roadways in poor condition: 36.4% Share of major roadways in fair condition: 31.1% Share of major roadways in good condition: 32.5% Daily vehicle-miles traveled per capita: 20.5 3. California Share of major roadways in poor condition: 30.8% Share of major roadways in fair condition: 32.9% Share of major roadways in good condition: 36.3% Daily vehicle-miles traveled per capita: 20.9
  • Fern Hollow Bridge remake nears completion, with reopening expected within a week

    12/21/2022 6:13:11 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 21, 2022 | Kris B. Mamula
    Line painting and other finishing touches continued Tuesday at the new Fern Hollow Bridge in the city’s East End, with a dedication ceremony planned Wednesday and completion of bridge reconstruction work anticipated Thursday, officials said. A date for reopening the bridge to traffic has not been set, according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Cowan, but it was anticipated it would be within a week. The busy, 500-foot Forbes Avenue bridge, which connected Squirrel Hill to Point Breeze and Park Place, collapsed onto a popular hiking trail about 100 feet below the road in Frick Park in January. Ten...
  • Biden administration announces first major step to fight America's racist roads

    09/20/2022 12:17:15 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 53 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9/20/22 | Ja'han Jones
    Jackson's water crisis is latest in history o Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a large grant that'll be used to dismantle a highway built to destroy a Black community. And there's more. The Biden administration is capping off the president’s recent trip to Michigan, focused largely on worker rights and transportation innovation, by handing out its first federal grant to dismantle a highway built to perpetuate racial discrimination. The move is part of the Biden administration’s broader effort to remake America’s infrastructure to be more equitable, including addressing racist roads that were designed to facilitate white flight and deprive Black...
  • Buttigieg responds to criticism over racist roads comment: ‘The point is not to make America feel guilty’

    11/28/2021 2:20:21 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 46 replies
    Fox news ^ | 11/28/2021 | Jessica Chasmar
    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday responded to criticism over his recent comments about racist bridges and highways, saying "the point is not to make America feel guilty" but to fix what he believes are injustices in the country’s infrastructure. During an appearance on MSNBC’s "The Sunday Show," Buttigieg was asked to respond to critics who don’t believe his argument that some bridges and highways were built with racist intentions.
  • Scoop: Biden appointing infrastructure chief (an attempt to prevent fraud)

    11/12/2021 2:12:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Axios ^ | 11/11/21 | Hans Nichols, Jonathan Swan
    resident Biden plans to install a point-person in charge of infrastructure to ensure his administration properly implements its trillion-dollar legislation, two sources familiar with the plans tell Axios. Why it matters: Biden and his top aides know they need to flawlessly execute on their mammoth plan. It may be Biden's best - and, perhaps, only remaining - opportunity to show voters Democrats can deliver major changes to improve people's lives. The White House press office did not have an immediate comment. **SNIP** The goal is to streamline the grant-and-spending process and prevent fraud as the $1.2 trillion in funding is...
  • Pennsylvania could see billions in federal aid for infrastructure

    09/27/2021 3:36:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | September 22, 2021 | Editorial Board
    Pennsylvania may have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make significant progress on a long list of needed infrastructure projects if the House passes the $1 trillion plan approved by the Senate and makes billions in federal dollars available to the state. Officials can’t squander this chance to upgrade roads, bridges, dams and other infrastructure areas statewide. In state-by-state estimates released by the White House, Pennsylvania stands to gain — over a five-year period — $11.3 billion in federal highway funding, $2.8 billion for public transit and $1.6 billion for bridge replacement. There’s also $171 million to add charging stations for electric...
  • Lightfoot on Crime Increase: ‘All Roads Lead to COVID’

    07/27/2021 6:30:11 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/26/2021 | Ian Hanchett
    During an interview with The New York Times‘ “Sway” podcast released on Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) stated that with the recent crime surge in Chicago, “all roads lead to COVID.” Lightfoot stated, [relevant remarks begin around 16:00] “Why do I think that this is happening in this moment here in Chicago and perhaps also across the country? To me, all roads lead to COVID. When you think about public safety, public safety is really an ecosystem. Public safety isn’t just cops on dots, meaning police officers occupying spaces in high crime areas across the city. Every part of...
  • Top 10 Worst Things Biden’s Expensive, Partisan Infrastructure Bill Will Do

    06/29/2021 9:12:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 29, 2029 | Jordan Davidson
    Republicans are hesitant to endorse Biden's plan — and for good reason.Congress is expected to take action on President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan any day now, but Republicans are hesitant to endorse the expensive plan, which is filled with Democrat agenda goals and progressive talking points.Biden originally said last week he would not sign the infrastructure plan that garnered GOP support unless the legislative body also passed a reconciliation bill littered with leftist agenda items. When Republicans promised to jeopardize Biden’s plan by pulling out of the “bipartisan” part of the deal in response, Biden walked back his statement and...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Gov. Tom Wolf Proposes Phasing Out Pennsylvania's Gasoline Tax

    04/17/2021 2:13:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | March 16, 2021 | Associated Press
    Amid a deepening stalemate over financing highways and public transit, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on March 12 proposed phasing out his state's gasoline tax, the second highest in the nation, and appointed a commission to recommend alternative ways to pay for the state's needs. Wolf ordered a panel of several dozen lawmakers, transportation industry representatives, transportation planners, government officials and others to deliver recommendations by Aug. 1 of funding alternatives to foot the extra billions of dollars deemed to be necessary. "Our economy, our communities and our future rely on a strong transportation system that supports our safety and growth,"...
  • Maryland selects Transurban, Macquarie to develop toll lanes for Beltway, I-270

    03/23/2021 6:16:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    MSN News ^ | February 18, 2021 | Katherine Shaver, Washington Post
    Maryland transportation officials announced Thursday that they have selected Australian toll road operator Transurban to develop high-occupancy toll lanes for the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270, potentially cementing the company’s dominance in the Washington region. If Transurban and its partner, Australian investment bank Macquarie Capital, ultimately reach a 50-year deal with the state to build and operate the lanes, Transurban eventually would control 102 miles of express toll lanes around the nation’s capital — 37 in Maryland and 65 in Northern Virginia. Connecting high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in the two states would mark the beginnings of a regional network of...
  • Deadly weekend on Southern Nevada roads

    03/15/2021 8:14:25 AM PDT · by Signalman · 8 replies
    8News Now ^ | 3/15/2021 | Caroline Bleakley
    LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It was a deadly weekend on Southern Nevada roads involving wrong-way drivers and hit-and-run crashes. A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a car near Lake Mead and Lamb boulevards around 9 p.m. Sunday night. Police say the car was driving west on Lake Mead when it hit the pedestrian and drove away. The victim was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. A man was hit and killed on Sahara Avenue near Sixth Street earlier Sunday evening. Police say he was hit by a white Ford pickup and that driver took off after the...
  • Infrastructure Projects Worth $306B Will Help NY's Economic Recovery: Cuomo

    02/19/2021 10:18:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Engineering News-Record ^ | January 19, 2021 | Eydie Cubarrubia
    In his State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted the $306 billion in current and proposed infrastructure projects around New York that he said would revitalize the economy after COVID-19 shut down businesses and non-essential construction. In his Jan. 14 speech, the governor said a total $51 billion was being spent for projects to revive Manhattan's Midtown West neighborhoods, citing potential new projects as well as those well into planning. That figure includes the $1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall, which opened Jan. 1; the $1.5 billion Jacob K. Javits Center expansion, expected to be completed this year; and...