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Tuesday
Nov082011

ND and MT: Can Highway Improvements Wait 35 Years?

Both the state and federal DOT’s and often elected officials look to the past to determine highway expansion.  This opinion piece shows the importance of vision.  Looking to future and the opportunities that are on the horizon is the point of the article.  It was vision and persistence that got Highway 2 in North Dakota constructed. Now, North Dakota and Montana are faced with similar situations, only this time the future is already proceeding on Highway 85 to the south and Highway 2 to the west.  These are important decisions to the economy, the safety of travelers and the energy security of our nation.  It cannot wait for 35 years!


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OUR OPINION: Thank heaven for U.S. 2

Click here for complete article > Grand Forks Herald

November 7, 2011

It took five governors, 35 years and a number of acts of Congress. But the widening of U.S. Highway 2 to Williston, N.D., has to rank among the best-timed public works projects in the history of the state…

Tuesday
Nov082011

Mexican Trucks Stay Home After 17-Year Push to Open U.S. Border

Click here for complete article > Bloomberg Businessweek

November 8, 2011

It took 17 years and $2.4 billion in trade tariffs to get the U.S. Transportation Department to let a Mexican long-haul truck cross the border last month. It’s unlikely that many more will line up, the head of Mexico’s biggest trucking organization said…

Saturday
Nov052011

Remember Rural Transportation: Draft Senate Transportation Bill Released

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance will be evaluating this bill with an eye toward rural connectivity and freight movements.  Rural highways are the primary movers of the nation’s economy.  They connect the urban areas!

EPW Summary of Draft Senate Bill

 

 

 

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) reauthorizes the Federal-aid highway program at the Congressional Budget Office’s baseline level—equal to current funding levels plus inflation—for two fiscal years.

Text of Draft Bill

 

 

 

To reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes.

Friday
Nov042011

Boehner: House Will Move Multiyear Bill by Year's End  

Click here for complete article > AASTHO Journal

November 4, 2011

House Republicans will introduce a multiyear surface transportation reauthorization bill "in the coming weeks" and "hope to move the legislation through the House before the end of the year," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Thursday. The bill would expand domestic energy production to pay for transportation infrastructure, with funding levels likely to be at or above current levels.

Friday
Nov042011

Nebraska LB84 Priorities include Heartland Expressway

The Heartland Expressway Association strongly supported the passage of LB84 by the Nebraska Unicameral.  This week the ten year priority list, with input from Governor Heineman, was made public by the Nebraska Department of Roads.  Heartland Expressway was prioritized to receive $30 million to finish the U.S. 385, Alliance to Junction 62A over the period FY 2016-2019.  This funding, with the current allocation of federal funds from SAFETEA-LU should be able to finish that section of the corridor in Nebraska.  This is a significant announcement that is certainly in line with Governor Heineman’s statement at the recent opening of the Kimball Reliever Route that the “Development of the Heartland Expressway is good for Nebraska.”

See the article and the complete ten year priority list below

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Click here for complete article > Funds to enable new road projects

Omaha World Herald

November 3, 2011

Turning a dangerous stretch of Nebraska Highway 133 into a wider, safer expressway between Omaha and Blair.

Completing a four-lane beltway to ease travel around the south side of Lincoln.

Building another segment of an expressway that supporters hope will carry traffic from Colorado to South Dakota across the Panhandle.

Earmarking state sales tax dollars will allow Nebraska to tackle these and other long-sought highway projects during the next decade, the state's top roads official said Wednesday.

LB84 Priorities 110211

 

 

Thursday
Nov032011

New Legislation Keeps Hope Alive For Wind Energy PTC Extension

Click here for complete article > North American Windpower

November 3, 2011

U.S. Reps. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., members of the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, have introduced the American Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit Extension Act (H.R.3307), which would extend the tax incentive for the production of wind power, geothermal power, hydropower and some other forms of renewable energy through 2016...

Wednesday
Nov022011

Blueprint for Western Energy Prosperity

Western Energy Alliance

Western independent oil and natural gas producers are able to help solve some of our nation's most pressing economic and energy security challenges, but bureaucratic red tape, redundant and burdensome government regulations, and the unending specter of litigation are standing in the way. There is a pressing need to reform the management and regulation of energy development in the West if the United States is serious about increasing its own domestic energy supplies and rebuilding the economy. As quickly as technological advancement has opened the door to a century's worth of new oil and natural gas in the West, misguided government action is preventing achievement of the region's full energy potential.


 

Tuesday
Nov012011

Boomtown: High-paying jobs, no experience required (Video)

Rock Center: MSNBC.COM

October 31, 2011

Rock Center's Harry Smith traveled to Williston, N.D., where jobs are aplenty and workers are in high demand.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy