A close political race for state governor in New Jersey, and accusations that incumbent Gov Jon Corzine was reviving his 2006 plan for monetization of the Turnpike produced a commitment to freeze tolls during his next term. "No toll increases, no leasing of the turnpike...Off the table. Not happening, period." That's how Gov Corzine spoke today after tolls became a furore that he judged threatened his re-election.
We were accused of "irresponsible journalism" Thursday morning for the report (see http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/4418) we'd run of the FBI raid at the Pennsylvania Turnpike HQ Thursday and Friday Oct 23 - 24 in pursuit of a corruption investigation.
Of course our report inconvenienced both parties. Both went into flat denial mode. It never happened. The FBI weren't there. There was no corruption investigation. We should retract the story immediately.
Pretty much the same line from the Pike and the FBI.
Macquarie are proposing to split their portfolio of pikes into the gems (called Mature MIG) and the duds called (called Active MIG). For the MMIG gems investors will pay a premium but will see the returns roll in steadily.
Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is planning several third laning projects in their mainly 2x2 lane network of pikes. Director Phil Tomlinson said this at a state legislative "roads task force" meeting this week.
Subjects for third laning are:
San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge was closed Tuesday evening and remained closed today after steel girders and plates collapsed onto the upper deck of the two level span. The debris was part of patchwork repairs made September 5 through 7 after cracks had been discovered in the truss structure of the old span.
This old span is in process of being replaced with a new cable stayed bridge going up alongside.
Bob Dietz, 55 of Lancaster PA, construction supervisor for a Turnpike widening project near Valley Forge says we can quote him as saying the FBI were at the Turnpike's head offices in Harrisburg Thursday afternoon and that they went away with computers and other materials.
A number of Pennsylvania Turnpike officers have lost computer hard drives to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Landscape architect Lawrence Halprin died last weekend. His life and career was a triumph of creativity and enterprise. We write this because in an earlier, intermittent career of ours, designing and building gardens, Halprin was a hero. Brooklyn born, and a settler in San Francisco he was a genius in designing great liveable landscapes.
Halprin was the esthetic force and the initial inspiration for:
ATI has issued a formal Request for Information (RFI) seeking a comprehensive solution for using license plate images (video) as the basis for inter-authority toll charges across North America.
The Turnpike division of TxDOT is doing something unusual in the US at least - classifying vehicles entirely with overhead equipment using volumetric laser profilers. No loops.