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Should the proposed Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and Texas be built?

Click here to vote > Wall Street Journal

December 12, 2011

Please vote in the The Wall Street Journal's poll.


The Structural Costs of Manufacturing in the United States, 2011 

Click here for complete study > The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) and The Manufacturing Institute

December 8, 2011

The trade-weighted average structural cost burden (which includes corporate tax burden, employee benefits, tort costs, pollution abatement compliance, and energy costs) of U.S. manufacturers relative to their counterparts in the nine largest trading partners rose to 20 percent, up from 17.6 percent in the 2008 cost study…


Senate Republicans Outline How to Pay for Transportation Bill

Click here for complete article > Transportation Issues Daily

December 8, 2011

The Senate’s proposed highways/transit bill is about $12 billion short of being fully funded, due to declining gas tax revenue.  Some combination of spending cuts, funds transfer, or tax/fee increases would be required.  Finance Committee members and staff have been working behind the scenes to identify a bipartisan solution.   Now several prominent Republican Senators, have revealed their preferences…





Experts struggle to express direness of infrastructure problem to a wary public

Click here for complete article > Washington Post

December 6, 2011

Alaska’s bridge to nowhere is so seared in the minds of voters as the epitome of wasteful federal spending that experts say hardly anyone is willing to pay more to revitalize the nation’s aging highways, bridges and transit systems.

Despite dire warnings that a cancer is eating away the networks that carry people from place to place and goods to market, there is little urgency among the American people or political will in tight times on Capitol Hill to address the issue…


U.S. and Canadian Chambers Applaud New Vision for Border, Regulatory Cooperation

Click here for complete article > U.S. Chamber of Commerce

December 7, 2011

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomed today’s long-awaited announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama titled “Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.”  The business communities in both countries agreed that enhanced border and regulatory cooperation has the potential to benefit the more than 11 million workers in the United States and Canada whose jobs depend on bilateral commerce.

“Neither the United States nor Canada will prosper if we take our relationship for granted,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We don’t just share a border – our shared values are the foundation of our economic partnership at the border and beyond. Making sure goods, services, and people can move smoothly and safely between our countries and addressing behind-the-border regulatory barriers will create jobs throughout North America and make our economies more globally competitive.”…


Expansion of Ports-to-Plains: U.S. 287: Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas Projects Continue

It was a great encouragement to see the progress of expanding the Ports-to-Plains Corridor continues as I traveled from Limon, CO to Amarillo, TX along U.S. Highway 287.  In Colorado the Hugo Phase II project was nearing completion as was the portion of U.S. 287 just north of Kit Carson.  Both sections are concrete Super 2 and currently carry over 50% of its traffic as trucks with an increasing amount of energy related freight.  When the in-town project at Kit Carson, Colorado is complete next spring, the entire U.S. 287 corridor in Colorado from Limon to the Colorado/Oklahoma border will have been reconstructed in concrete.

U.S. Highway 287 in Colorado is used by between 2,500 and 3,000 vehicles a day including 1,350 trucks a day resulting on more than 50% trucks on much of the corridor.

Once into Oklahoma, the expansion of U.S. Highway 287 continued north of Boise City.  Oklahoma DOT is also reconstructing in concrete, but it is also acquiring the right-of-way and moving utilities for the ultimate four-lane divided section.

From the Oklahoma/Texas border to Stratford, TX work is reconstruction and widening of U.S. Highway 287 is nearing completion.


Expansion of Ports-to-Plains: TxDOT lays out plans for local work next year

Click here for complete article > San Angelo Standard Times

December 6, 2011

The Texas Department of Transportation is set to spend tens of millions of dollars on road projects in the Concho Valley, including a section of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor, TxDOT planners told commissioners this week.

The projects planned for the coming year encompass everything from adding passing lanes to U.S. 277 to rehabilitating railroad tracks.

"It looks like we're going in the right direction," Donald Peterson, an area engineer with TxDOT, told commissioners during their weekly Tuesday meeting.

The projects total $48,165,649, according to documents presented to commissioners…


Expansion of Ports-to-Plains: TxDOT announces 349 widening project

Click here for complete article > MyWestTexas.com

November 30, 2011

State Highway 349 will become a four-lane road between Midland and Lamesa by 2015, the executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

"We're excited to be partnering with you all to get this thing done," said Phil Wilson, executive director at TxDOT…