Obama Plans $50 Billion for Transport
from Journal of Commerce
President Obama's multi-layered jobs plan includes spending around $50 billion in additional funds on transportation infrastructure programs, with the goal of obligating that money to specific projects within the next year.
Repairing an Economic Hole
from The Baltimore Sun
With unemployment in double-digit territory and the nation still facing a crisis of failing roads, bridges and transit systems, the need for a second federal stimulus program is clear. But in typical Washington fashion, we just can't call it something so politically unpalatable.
Highway Money on States' Radar
States are hoping that a job-creating initiative to be outlined by President Obama on Dec. 8 will include billions of dollars for infrastructure projects. Meanwhile, recession-worn Michigan may be ineligible for $475 million in federal highway money next year because it canít find $84 million in matching state funds.
States Produce List of "Ready to Go" Projects Worth More Than $69 Billion
from AASHTO Journal
State transportation departments have identified more than 9,500 highway, bridge, transit, rail, port, aviation, and intermodal projects worth $69.55 billion that, if funded by Congress, could be used to create hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country.
What Have We Learned from the Recovery Act?
from Tampa Bay Online
John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director, responds to the National Journal Transportation blog about what has been learned from the Recovery Act.
This Bridge Spans Smart and Practical
from Times Argus
The 143-foot span under construction on Route 12 in Middlesex, Vt., is smarter than the average bridge. It can tell the temperature, detect its own movement, and even sense the amount of pressure pushing against its concrete abutments. Most impressively, though, the $2.5 million structure, under construction since early spring, will actually tell state engineers how to design better bridges in the future.
Obama Skeptical About 'Shovel-ready' Projects' Long-term Impact
from The Washington Post
Obama said the administration has all year been grappling with the tension between doing stimulus initiatives that deliver a fast jolt to the economy and those that take longer to get underway but are more transformative in the long term. And right now, he said, the economy needed a quicker hit than what big infrastructure projects could provide - coming closer to an admission than he has before that the current $787 billion stimulus may be moving slow.
'Diverging Diamond' Traffic Flow: Way Of The Future?
It's not often that you can make traffic flow more smoothly and safely without spending significant time and money. But drivers in Springfield, Mo., are the first in the United States to use a new interchange design that transportation officials say is quick, cheap, and safe.