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Highway Construction

June 8, 2015, 12pm PDT
The Virginia Department of Transportation is underway with public outreach on a proposed project to add HOT lanes on 1-66 inside the Beltway.
The Washington Post
June 3, 2015, 9am PDT
The state of North Carolina joins the roster of states working with the private sector to invest in highway infrastructure around growing urban areas.
Infra Insight
May 26, 2015, 10am PDT
The Portsmouth Bypass will provide Ohio's first test case of public-private partnership on a major transportation project. As such, the news about the project's ballooning costs could have been better.
The Columbus Dispatch
May 5, 2015, 1pm PDT
Inside the push to speed up the project known as I-4 Ultimate in Central Florida—the $2.3 billion would tear down and rebuild 40 miles of the interstate.
Orlando Business Journal
December 6, 2014, 7am PST
Aaron Renn provides a dissenting argument on the implications of peak car, namely, "if we’ve really reached peak car, maybe we really can build our way out of congestion after all."
New Geography
November 23, 2014, 7am PST
Melbourne has topped numerous global lists for its quality of life, but it certainly has room to improve. Former Vancouver Planning Director Brent Toderian sees lessons from his hometown for the world class city down under.
3AW
September 18, 2014, 2pm PDT
The "Eastern Corridor" project along State Route 32 outside of Cincinnati is causing no small amount of controversy between outer and inner suburbs. At stake: open space, commute times, taxes, and lifestyle choices.
Cincinnati.com
June 18, 2014, 12pm PDT
In case you need an easy link to reference when encountering arguments in favor of widening roads and freeways as a solution for traffic, Adam Mann provides an accessible and clear explainer article that sums up the limitations of such strategies.
Wired
April 19, 2014, 7am PDT
The price tag for massive project to bridge the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky complete with dual approach tunnels, has long been a source of controversy. Another sudden cost increase has one commenter wondering how this keeps happening.
Urbanophile
March 6, 2014, 2pm PST
The planners of the 1950s didn’t foresee the growth of the Southwest’s two largest cities. Upgrading the freeway connection between the cities, however, remains a tough task.
AP via ABC News
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