Entries by Nadine Westcott

Report: Key design flaws in bridge that had deadly collapse — Designers overestimated the strength of a critical section of a Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed, killing six people, and they underestimated the load on that same section, federal investigators reported Thursday.  Cracks that were observed in the bridge before it collapsed were consistent […]

With Election Over, Transportation Advocates Eye 2019 Battles — Last week’s elections had enough good news to keep up the spirits of transportation advocates — an effort to roll back a California gas tax hike failed, candidates promising to fix roads were elected as governors and dozens of local transportation ballot measures passed.  But there are still […]

Colorado transportation funding faces winding road ahead — Colorado’s dance over dollars for transportation didn’t end on Election Day, when voters crushed two ballot questions that could have put billions into roads. — Joey bunch for The Journal — November 13, 2018

Bridging The Partisan Divide: Can Infrastructure Unite Democrats And Republicans? — The I-word is popping up again in Washington D.C.: infrastructure.  It’s one of the few issues on which President Trump and Democrats in Congress might be able to agree. Both sides say they’re willing to work together on a plan to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges, […]

Democrats eye push for infrastructure plan if they retake House — Democrats are planning to pursue a major U.S. transportation and infrastructure measure if they retake control of the U.S. House in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, but the same question that helped stall Donald Trump’s trillion-dollar initiative remains: How would it be funded? — The Daily World — […]

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments In ‘Landmark’ Yakama Nation Gas Tax Case — Whether a Northwest Native tribe can legally transport goods and services across state lines is at the heart of arguments that will be presented to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. In 1855, the Yakama Nation signed a treaty with the United States that […]

Rhetoric fuels debate over prospect of tolls’ return to Connecticut — It seems as if Connecticut’s been debating the reinstatement of highway tolls since soon after their removal in the 1980s. The current election season has been no exception, with Democratic and Republican candidates for the state legislature voicing positions adopted by their respective camps, the […]

Annual Study Updates Impact Of Traffic Congestion On Job Access Within Major U.S. Cities — The latest research updates for an annual study overseen by the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota estimates the impact of traffic congestion on access to jobs indicates that Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco are now the top […]

County experts talk more money for roads and bridges — Driving in traffic, running over a pothole or facing road closures.  “Our infrastructure has really gotten to the critical stage. We’re actually looking at some 60 year old roads that we are thinking of cutting back to dirt or gravel,” said Henry County Probate Judge David […]

How Would a Split Congress Deal with Infrastructure Bills? — Midterm election predictions at ENR press time give Democrats a decent chance of taking a House majority and Republicans retaining their Senate hold. That forecast isn’t a sure thing. But if it proves true on Nov. 6, construction views are split about whether a big […]