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Share examples of failing infrastructure for a new TV series
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The producers of a new series for The History Channel are looking for examples of visibly failing infrastructure. The projects they are interested in are of large, medium and small scale. They are primarily looking in the New York; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Pittsburgh; Boston; Chicago; Minneapolis-Saint Paul; St. Louis; Dallas; Austin, Texas; New Orleans; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; San Francisco; and Sacramento, Calif., metropolitan areas. If you know of interesting projects in any of these areas, please send an e-mail at, and we will pass them along to the producers. This is for the Infrastructure Vigilantly TV series.


Oberstar points to road problem: A shortage of federal gas-tax revenue
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The problem is simple, says Rep. Jim Oberstar, who chairs the House Transportation Committee: There simply isn't enough money coming in through the federal gas tax right now to meet the nation's current needs for road and bridge repairs. And as fuel efficiency increases, drivers will invariably take fewer trips to the gas station and the amount of revenues generated by the gas tax will drastically shrink. More

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Obama says 10,000th road project a 'big deal'
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President Barack Obama is marking what he says is a milestone in the country's road to economic recovery: the 10,000th road building project paid for by federal stimulus dollars. Echoing his often effusive vice president, Obama called the project in Columbus, Ohio, a "big deal." More

Highways and Transit Subcommittee hearing on solutions in developing surface transportation projects
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The Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit recently heard testimony on how surface transportation projects can compliment their communities and environment through better design and sensitivity to the project's location. Following are prepared opening statements by Rep. James L. Oberstar, Minn., Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, Ore., Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. More

Deputy transportation Sec. Porcari talks policy & priorities in new video
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Is the 'fix it first' approach the correct transportation policy for America? Or should there be greater investment made to expand highway capacity? What role should 'Livability' play in transportation planning? And why should America invest billions of dollars in high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects? More

Cutting Americans' driving key to reducing emissions, study asserts
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The Urban Land Institute released a report concluding that compact development is a key component in efforts to mitigate climate change. Land use will continue to be critical to lowering overall greenhouse-gas emissions by reducing driving and energy consumption as the United States' population increases an estimated 130 million people by 2050, according to the report, "Land Use & Driving: The Role Compact Development Can Play in Reducing Greenhouse-Gas Emissions." More

Bypass extension tests 3D model and machine-control technology
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Bypass highways may not be the most glamorous of engineering projects, but they do have a profound effect on communities. Since divided highways control foot and vehicular traffic, planners use them to expand or limit access as needed to enliven centers of interest or protect them from excess flow. This requires more components than most observers realize, as multiple sections must work together to achieve project goals. 3D modeling not only previews how the highway infrastructure will come together, but it also guides construction of the many parts. More


Flipper bridge could sort out Hong Kong traffic switch
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A Dutch architectural firm has proposed a bridge shaped like a figure '8' to switch the sides of the road driven on by cars traveling between Hong Kong and mainland China. In Hong Kong – a former British colony – people drive on the left hand side of the road, as in the UK and Australia. In mainland China, however, people drive on the right hand side of the road, like in the United States. More
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