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Friday
Oct312014

Boom times take new Highway 85 bypass

Three additional reliever routes were opened on the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway on Tuesday, October 28th.  These investment are on top of projects expanding U.S. Highway 85 from Williston to Watford City to four-lane divided.

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Bismarck Tribune

October 28, 2014

ALEXANDER, N.D. — Lisa Lucas, a California girl in a stocking cap with a little boy in hand and a baby on board, is the reason for the bypass around Alexander.

It is for her and others trying to live out these rambunctious boom times that the state of North Dakota invested $160 million to take state highways around Alexander and Watford City instead of through them.

On Tuesday, after chilly but boisterous ribbon cuttings out on the pavement of both projects, the signal lights at Watford City went into operation. Back in town, it was like someone threw a shutoff switch. Gone was the noise of thousands of trucks, and a pedestrian could walk across the old U.S. Highway 85 intersection without feeling like it was a suicide mission.

It felt the same in Alexander, where the Main Street that used to be the main highway was quiet, just like the good old days. The noisy traffic on U.S. Highway 85 can no longer be heard, much less seen.

Lucas, who had pulled up to the Alexander Post Office to pick up the new baby crib shipped to her, said she likes the little town she and her husband settled into a year ago a lot more now that the traffic is gone.

“It feels like the country is supposed to feel,” Lucas said. “Even the locals are coming outside more.” 

Continue Reading…

Saturday
Oct252014

Ports to Plains expansion construction headed to the Panhandle

NewsChannel10.com

October 23, 2014

Amarillo, TX - More transportation construction is coming to the panhandle, and Amarillo has plans to bring more business to the area with it.

The Ports to Plains Corridor is a trade route running from Mexico all the way up to Canada. Expanding the corridor to meet the demand of traffic passing through it has been a project in the making for nearly twenty years and now there is finally funding to make some progress.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is investing more than $900 million into 59 projects along the Texas portion of the Ports to Plains Corridor. Almost half of those projects are right here in the Panhandle… Continue Reading

Thursday
Oct232014

The Heart of The Bakken

Watford City is located on U.S. Highway 85 on the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway, part of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance.  Great story about the role of community leadership needed for successful economic development.  The impact of these leaders is certainly present in their community but it extends beyond their community. 

The last paragraph of the article sums up the message… no matter how impossible a situation may seem, leaders address today’s problems with a view to the future.   The leadership today in Watford City was not reliant on an oil boom for success… they lead the way they led before the oil boom started… with creativity… with vision and with a love for their community!

“For an oil and gas industry looking to plant firmer roots and a state unsure about funding for oil-impacted regions, all the team cares about is that you consider the real story of Watford City. The one that involves Franzen’s son or Veeder’s youngest daughter moving to town for a lifelong career; a leadership team capable of collaborating on projects and making them happen in a financially-impossible situation, and a town that has proven, if given the chance, it can turn modern-day homesteaders into first-generation Watford City residents capable of serving the Bakken for generations to come.”

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The Bakken Magazine

October 22, 2014

Watford City leadership is succeeding in an impossible situation. Through collaboration and innovation with the community and the oil and gas companies that call it home, the city is helping the development of the Williston Basin continue.

A white top tent set up in the parking lot of Whiting Petroleum Corp.’s Watford City headquarters is ready for a busload of visitors coming from every part of North Dakota. For many on that bus, this will be their first time in the heart of the Bakken shale play. Beneath the tent are round tables with place cards and information packets. A refreshment bar is situated near the edge of the lot in a way that forces any patron of the bar to view the landscape below surrounding the city to the south. The view is unforgettable… Continue Reading

Tuesday
Sep232014

Consider This...Mayor looking to the future with I-27 project

Texas continues to recognize the value of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor.  Lubbock continues to recognize the value of a north-south trade corridor.

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Click here for complete article> KCBD, Lubbock

September, 2014

I am glad to see Mayor Glen Robertson recognizing the need to extend Interstate 27 south of Lubbock.

The mayor is conducting meetings with state and regional officials to begin studying the expansion. He also wants to include the possibility of extending the interstate north out of Amarillo, the idea being to tie into the ports-to-plains project and create a trade corridor that would position Lubbock as a distribution community.

Consider this:

I think the mayor is right on in his thinking. This is a project that he also understands could take up to 50 years. Knowing that, I appreciate him looking to the future and planning past his time in office…

Monday
Sep222014

Guest Commentary: Why Governments Should Recruit Trucking and Logistics Companies

Click here for complete article > Trucking Info by Greg Fulton, president of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association

September 15, 2014

One almost can't open a news web site or newspaper without reading about a public official indicating a need to attract "green industries" and high-tech companies to their state.

In general, the green industry tends to be those in the renewable energy area or those developing products which benefit the environment. The high-tech companies tend to be software or computer hardware businesses, service companies, bio-tech businesses and the like. There is a glamour and attractiveness associated with these industries because they are new, innovative and futuristic. In addition to the media, our schools, colleges, and general society espouse the benefits and importance of these industries…

Wednesday
Sep172014

Texas road debt: $23 billion

Click here for complete article > Star-Telegram

September 15, 2014

Texas has racked up $23 billion in road debt and will spend an estimated $31 billion retiring it over two decades, lawmakers said.

That financial burden is a big reason why elected leaders and transportation advocates are pushing for Proposition 1, an amendment to the Texas Constitution that would allow part of Texas’ oil and gas revenue to be spent on road and bridge projects. If Texas voters approve the amendment Nov. 4, roughly $1.7 billion will be available for road work in the first year, transportation officials said.

After that, the amount will vary annually depending on oil and gas production. Typically, $1.2 billion in revenue can be expected annually.

Without passage of Proposition 1, the state will likely have to postpone new road projects, possibly for several years, official said. Texas cannot borrow any more bond money for transportation…

Tuesday
Sep162014

States take different approaches to funding infrastructure needs

Click here for complete article > The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

September 15, 2014

America has an infrastructure problem. The American Society of Civil Engineers graded the nation's bridges a C-plus, roads a D and transit a D.

Louisiana is not unique as it has a $12 billion backlog of projects and not nearly enough money to tackle all of them.

Louisiana funds its roads with money generated from a gas tax, various vehicle fees and federal funds. It still isn't enough to fix the infrastructure problems as the Department of Transportation and Development has a total budget of $1.8 billion.

As state lawmakers consider how to generate more funding for infrastructure, here's a look at what other Southern Legislative Conference states have done or are trying to do…

Monday
Sep152014

8 Disruptive Facts About Canadian Energy

Click here for complete article > Resource Works

The Canadian oil industry has released its 2014 forecasts for the next 16 years up to 2030. The analysis contains a number of infographics that in some instances are quite surprising.

  • By 2030, Oil Sands Forecasts Huge Growth
  • The Forecast for Conventional Western Canadian Oil Production Just Got Bigger
  • Those Big Dirty Oil Sands Pits That Desmond Tutu Hates Were Already Becoming a Thing of The Past
  • The Growth Forecast for Canadian Oil Sands Just Got Smaller
  • Quebec Cars Run Mostly on Foreign Oil
  • We Hear Only About Canadian Pipeline Proposals, But In Fact Many Pipelines Are Being Built In North America
  • Without New Oil Pipelines, It's Very Hard to See How Canadian Oil Will Get to Market
  • Yes We Are On Track to Eliminate Fossil Fuels - But It May Come As A Surprise To See How Long It Will Take