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Bill to raise $3.5 billion for highways coming to Colorado Legislature

Click here for complete article > Denver Business Journal

April 17, 2015

This bill includes an estimated $100 million allocated to the Heartland Expressway north of Limon.

Evening rush hour traffic builds on C470 near Yosemite, one of many congested roads throughout Colorado |Kathleen Lavine | Denver Business Journal Business leaders and legislators are working on a plan to renew the state's transportation bonds first sold in 1999 and generate $3.5 billion to be spent on expanding Colorado highways over the next 20 years.

State Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, is expected to introduce a bill Monday that would authorize a November ballot initiative asking statewide voters to approve the extended TRANS bonds (Transportation Revenue Anticipation Notes).

The measure will have a list of 50 priority projects identified by Colorado Department of Transportation — from Interstate 70 widening to Interstate 25 expansion between Denver and Fort Collins to work on more rural roadways like U.S. Highway 50 — and will seek to bond against 50 percent of the anticipated gas-tax revenue coming in from the federal government…


Canadian National plans to move more heavy barrels from Western Canada

Click here for complete article > Platts

April 9, 2015

Canadian National Railway will target to ship over the short term more heavy than lighter barrels from Western Canada to refineries in North America, driven mainly by safety issues, the railroad's vice president for petroleum and chemicals, James Cairns, said Thursday.

Oil sands crude produced in Alberta is less volatile and flammable compared with the lighter conventional crude produced in the Bakken area in Saskatchewan and North Dakota, he said at the CAPP Scotiabank Investment Symposium in Toronto...


Mexico joins rankings of top e-commerce markets: Fast growth promises big business for North American supply chains

Click here for complete article > DCVelocity

April 13, 2015

Mexico has vaulted into the top 20 list of the world's retail e-commerce markets, lending a burst of support to North American supply chain professionals as they look to benefit from the global shift to online markets.

The country jumped onto a list of the world's top 30 global retail e-commerce marketplaces, finishing 17th after not even making the list last year, according to the 2015 Global Retail E-Commerce Index compiled by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney.

The ranking is more than just an honor; Mexico's rising economic heft could help the U.S. logistics industry tap into a global torrent of e-commerce trade that saw sales swell by 20 percent in 2014, to almost $840 billion, the firm said…


Expansion Project from Lamesa in Dawson County: Major work begins on State Highway 349

Click here for complete article > Lamesa Press-Reporter

April 11, 2015

Work has begun on a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) project that will make major improvements to State Highway 349 in Dawson County.

The $18.3 million project will completely rebuild the existing roadway from a two-lane paved highway to a four-lane undivided thoroughfare, stretching from the junction with State Highway 137 just south of Lamesa to the Martin County line.

Construction work on the project was scheduled to begin this past week with the contractor, Jones Brothers Dirt Paving of Odessa, setting traffic barriers along the projects limits, said James Combes, P.E., TxDOT Brownfield Area engineer…


Texas Transportation Funding: Rep. Joe Pickett proposes $3.5 billion in sales taxes for highways

According to the Texas comptroller, sales tax collections for fiscal year 2014 were $27.4 billion. So if the measure were in place then, it would have generated $3.488 billion. The amounts are projected to increase to $3.7 billion by 2018, Pickett said.

Click here for complete article > El Paso Times

March 26, 2015

State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, upped the ante Thursday while the Legislature looks for more funding for highways.

The chairman of the House Transportation Committee introduced two bills intended to earmark $3.5 billion a year in sales-tax revenue for transportation and to bring more transparency to the process by which the Texas Transportation Commission chooses projects to fund…

…The measure introduced by Pickett would take the first $3 billion in sales taxes that are collected each year and 2 cents of every dollar collected after that….


Save $50...Last Day to Register for Energy Summit

Today is the final day to register for the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Energy Summit at the regular rate.  Co-hosted by Lubbock Economic Development Alliance, the Summit will be held March 31 and April 1 at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock, TX.  Register today for only $75... tomorrow it will be $125!

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Ports-to-Plains Alliance Letter to Colorado Governor Re: Local Authority on Oil and Gas

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance expresses its support for the resolution of Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI). The Ports-to-Plains Alliance supports the existing statutory and regulatory framework applicable to oil and gas operations.

Click here for complete letter.


Theodore Roosevelt Expressway: Highway 85 leads deadly statistics

It is a major mover of people and equipment, said Cal Klewin, director of an organization aimed at improving U.S. Highway 85 as part of a regional Theodore Roosevelt Expressway concept.

Klewin said a real eye-popper was the number of oversize truck permits issued for U.S. Highway 85, which averaged 200 a day every day last year. Those numbers were compiled by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Click here for complete article > Bismarck Tribune

February 23, 2015

The 2014 crash report for major North Dakota highways comes as no surprise for people living in the oil patch.

U.S. Highway 85 — the main drag through the state’s prolific oil production zone — leads in all categories of fatal accidents, injury accidents and property damage accidents…

…By traffic volume, portions of U.S. Highway 85 are also the most heavily used in the state, with the exception of Interstate 94 east of Valley City and Interstate 29 from Grand Forks through Fargo….