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Old January 30th, 2013, 09:11 PM   #8701
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Atlanta paper's story:

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/t...georgia/nT9xH/

Presumably they'll keep updating it - the title in the link's already obsolete....
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Old January 30th, 2013, 09:15 PM   #8702
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Old January 31st, 2013, 02:56 PM   #8703
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Is that a lorry on its side?
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Old January 31st, 2013, 03:05 PM   #8704
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Old January 31st, 2013, 03:22 PM   #8705
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Such signs do not tell you anything about the exit configuration in advance. Especially whether there are 1 or 2 exit lanes or a taper configuration.
Of course they do:

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Old January 31st, 2013, 05:47 PM   #8706
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Is that supposed to be road signage?
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Old January 31st, 2013, 05:50 PM   #8707
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LOL.

It is ugly. And I find the sort of stacking effect (The M23(S) panel appearing on a different level than the others) confusing, although, as is often the case with signage issues, it probably comes down to what you're used to. And it's a matter of opinion and taste.
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Weather-related trouble on 75 again, several states north of yesterday's: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_2590610.html
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Old February 1st, 2013, 07:15 PM   #8709
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I-35W Fort Worth, Texas

Cool updated video of the I-35W upgrade in Fort Worth.

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Old February 1st, 2013, 11:03 PM   #8710
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Virginia transportation plan

Virginia DOT launched a new website:

http://www.varoadtothefuture.virginia.gov/

The plan is to radically change the way transportation in Virginia is funded. The governor has proposed to scrap the state gas tax entirely and replace it by raising the sales tax from 5 to 5.8%, with a portion dedicated to transportation funding. The list of projects to be funded is rather unimpressive though, with no projects within the next 5 years funded greater than $ 100 million. Most revenue goes to maintenance, repaving and some interchange projects.

The idea is that indexing the state gas tax for inflation, or even raise it, is so unpopular it will eventually lead to a near-drying up of funding. This is already visible because very few large projects are viable with tax funding (not only in Virginia). The governor pointed out that the sales tax is a more stable source of funding, while not jeopardizing Virginias status as a low-tax state (gas tax and sales tax are apparently already lower than most neighboring states).

What do you think of this plan to replace the gas tax with a higher sales tax dedicated to transportation?
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 12:13 AM   #8711
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Cool updated video of the I-35W upgrade in Fort Worth.

Another awesome Texas highway, drove that section too last month. I'll come back someday when its all completed lol.
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 12:30 AM   #8712
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Virginia DOT launched a new website:

http://www.varoadtothefuture.virginia.gov/

The plan is to radically change the way transportation in Virginia is funded. The governor has proposed to scrap the state gas tax entirely and replace it by raising the sales tax from 5 to 5.8%, with a portion dedicated to transportation funding. The list of projects to be funded is rather unimpressive though, with no projects within the next 5 years funded greater than $ 100 million. Most revenue goes to maintenance, repaving and some interchange projects.

The idea is that indexing the state gas tax for inflation, or even raise it, is so unpopular it will eventually lead to a near-drying up of funding. This is already visible because very few large projects are viable with tax funding (not only in Virginia). The governor pointed out that the sales tax is a more stable source of funding, while not jeopardizing Virginias status as a low-tax state (gas tax and sales tax are apparently already lower than most neighboring states).

What do you think of this plan to replace the gas tax with a higher sales tax dedicated to transportation?
Hmmm. I'll point out two political oddities about Virginia: (1) they elect their governors the year after the Presidential election. (New Jersey's the only other state that does that.) (2) their governors can't run for re-election. Put these two facts together and you'll realize that the current governor's leaving office at the end of this year. Which means that whatever he's thinking, his motive is not winning re-election.

Someone else can address the policy implications of relying on the sales tax vs. the gas tax....

EDIT: Another thought, or two:
1) How much is the gas tax now? Scrapping it entirely would do what to Virginia gas prices?
2) Does this mean they're no longer thinking of tolling 95?
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 12:41 AM   #8713
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1) How much is the gas tax now? Scrapping it entirely would do what to Virginia gas prices?
2) Does this mean they're no longer thinking of tolling 95?
The current state gas tax is about 17 or 18 cents, so the gas price would be lowered by that.

I think the I-95 tolling plan is still on the table, the main reason is that even the sales tax dedicated to transportation cannot fund large-scale projects. It takes more than 0.8% of sales tax to fund the transportation needs of Virginia.
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 12:27 PM   #8714
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What do you think of this plan to replace the gas tax with a higher sales tax dedicated to transportation?
I think it's about the most moronic idea I've heard of in quite some time. Overdependence upon imported petroleum is one of the US's biggest and most intractable problems, and using general taxes to further subsidize petroleum consumption will only make the situation worse.

These are the same people, by and large, who have suggested that the allocation of votes in the presidential electoral college should be changed in such a way that the Republican could win the presidency with only 47% of the vote.
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 02:59 PM   #8715
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Interstate 10, San Bernardino Freeway, Los Angeles

The I-10 Express Lanes east of Downtown Los Angeles will open to traffic on February 23. The original El Monte Busway has been widened to 4 express lanes, providing additional capacity along I-10 from I-605 to Downtown. They have the same concept as the I-110 Harbor Freeway Express Lanes which opened a few months ago.

Capacity is now 14 lanes between I-5 and I-710.

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Old February 2nd, 2013, 06:03 PM   #8716
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I think it's about the most moronic idea I've heard of in quite some time. Overdependence upon imported petroleum is one of the US's biggest and most intractable problems, and using general taxes to further subsidize petroleum consumption will only make the situation worse.

These are the same people, by and large, who have suggested that the allocation of votes in the presidential electoral college should be changed in such a way that the Republican could win the presidency with only 47% of the vote.
Heck, they won a majority in the House with about 47% of the vote. Although, to some degree that's hard to avoid (If you have urban districts that are 90% Democratic, some Democratic votes are going to be "wasted" unless you deliberately gerrymander the districts to avoid it.)

I wasn't going to mention McDonnell's (sp?) right-wingishness. (Google "Governor Ultrasound" or "government so small a woman can fit it in...")

Ahem. I'll be good now.
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I think it's about the most moronic idea I've heard of in quite some time. Overdependence upon imported petroleum is one of the US's biggest and most intractable problems, and using general taxes to further subsidize petroleum consumption will only make the situation worse.

These are the same people, by and large, who have suggested that the allocation of votes in the presidential electoral college should be changed in such a way that the Republican could win the presidency with only 47% of the vote.
And you would propose to fund large road infrastructure project how? I'm sure just repaving won't be sufficient in a long term given the still rapidly growing population of most states in US.
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 06:36 PM   #8718
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Presumably he'd favor keeping, or increasing, the gas tax?
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Presumably he'd favor keeping, or increasing, the gas tax?
He'd be a part of a really tiny minority then. The other option of course would be to build just toll roads. Perhaps that's the way to go. Works just fine in many West European countries.
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I'm not sure paying French-level tolls is "working just fine." $70.00 for Paris to Bordeaux?

Actually, Virginia has what may have been the first privately-owned toll road in the country since the early-20th-century Long Island Motor Parkway: the Dulles Greenway. But I do have a problem with a state's slapping tolls on existing roads that were built with Federal funds, i.e., the bulk of the Interstate system.
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