Highway Construction

Blog post
January 20, 2014, 10am PST

Besides wasting billions of taxpayer dollars, road-building may actually be holding back economic growth overall.

Shane Phillips
October 24, 2013, 1pm PDT
As the first segment of the new $2-3 billion freeway called I-69 linking Evansville and Indianapolis nears completion, Southwest Indiana leaders are already agitating to build the state's next "massive boondoggle," writes Aaron Renn.
Urbanophile
October 21, 2013, 5am PDT
Stretching through suburban Maryland, the Intercounty Connector was sold on promises of boosting development and relieving congestion. Two years after it opened, users are few, while its drain on state transportation finances continues to grow.
Bethesda Magazine
April 3, 2013, 5am PDT
For architecture critic Inga Saffron, a $900 million project to improve a South Jersey interchange illustrates the madness of transportation funding priorities.
philly.com
October 1, 2012, 7am PDT
After a weekend in which Los Angeles successfully navigated the closure of one of its most clogged freeways once again, we look back at the disastrous effect that freeway construction had on L.A.'s communities during the middle of the last century.
KCET Departures
August 30, 2010, 12pm PDT
The recent 11-day traffic jam in China was no fluke. As <em>The Economist</em> explains, the crushing congestion is little more than a real-world example of imbalances in supply and demand.
The Economist
April 12, 2010, 9am PDT
Bureaucratic snafus between the Nebraska Department of Roads and the Federal Highway Administration have caused numerous highway, bridge and road projects to be delayed. FHA head Victor Mendez met with local officials to sort out the mess.
The Omaha World-Herald
April 25, 2009, 11am PDT
How the "road tribes" — the impenetrable scrum of bureaucrats, politicians and industry that benefit from an ever-expanding program of road construction — are literally paving the road to national ruin in Japan.
Japan Times
March 10, 2009, 2pm PDT
Roads and bridges are crumbling in America. The Highway Trust Fund is broke and new revenue other than stimulus funds are unlikely, so some state transportation officials are applying innovative methods to spread the road funding they have secured.
Parade
January 23, 2009, 5am PST
As the Federal government prepares to pour massive amounts of funding into road infrastructure, James Russell sends up a warning that the 'shovel-ready' projects may just be more bridges to nowhere.
Bloomberg.com
January 13, 2009, 8am PST
Environmentalists reject CA Gov. Schwarzenegger's attempt to waive new highway construction projects from environmental review to qualify for Obama's stimulus package, offering 'fix-it-first' construction and public transit projects as alternatives.
Los Angeles Times
January 8, 2009, 7am PST
In the first of two guest posts, UCLA researcher Eric A. Morris blogs on the logic behind congestion pricing.
The New York Times
December 31, 2008, 8am PST
Obama has compared the size of the stimulus package he wants to the 1956 National Highway Act. If the states have their way, it may be just that -- a new highway bill with little left for transit.
Bloomberg
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