Infrastructure in the News: June 12, 2012
National Journal: Cutting Highways Is Not So Popular
It was a pretty poor showing last Friday for an idea touted by House Republican leaders just a year and a half ago. On Friday, only about one-third of the House Republicans cast their votes in favor of a nonbinding, message to legislators that they should keep infrastructure spending within the limits of the highway trust fund, which would have the practical effect of cutting highway funding by about one-third.
Miami Herald: Editorial: A dead end on transportation
If you think our roads and bridges are in terrible shape, along with mass transit, you’re right. And it’s altogether possible you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. A critical renewal of federal support for transportation is going nowhere fast, with the clock ticking down toward a June 30 expiration date while House and Senate leaders fight over who’s to blame for the partisan gridlock. For decades, federal legislation has supported the nation’s transportation infrastructure, although at a level that increasingly falls short of the need.
Daytona Beach News-Journal: SunRail commuter line has cities hoping for economic growth
Hardhats and boots are on the ground, moving in between heavy machinery and trucks to transform a vacant field into a commuter-rail stop. The $1.3 billion SunRail project has left the station and is set to arrive in 2014. In DeBary, the northernmost stop of the 31-mile first phase, the sights and sounds of construction are building hopes the train is pulling development and jobs right behind it.
Chicago Sun-Times: Bridge along CTA’s Purple Line replaced in Evanston — in just 55 hours
The bridge you crossed Friday afternoon — the crumbling 103-year-old span with rusty rebar poking out of its stained concrete — is indeed gone, replaced by a spanking new through-girder steel bridge designed to last a century. Installing it, incredibly, was a long weekend’s work — scheduled to take 55½ hours, between the time the Purple Line shuts down at 8:30 p.m. Friday, until it reopens 4 a.m. Monday, if all goes according to plan.
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