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Posts Tagged ‘St. Louis’

The New Mississippi River Bridge Is a Boon to the Region

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
New Mississippi River Bridge Construction

Next year will be better for St. Louis drivers, thanks to the soon-to-be-completed new Mississippi River Bridge. The bridge will make a difference to congestion, safety, and commuting times. The new bridge will be about a mile north of the existing Poplar Street Bridge.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Joseph E. Shacter, Director of Public and Intermodal Transportation, Illinois DOT

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Joseph E. Shacter discusses the Illinois Department of Transportation’s work to improve rail service both in and around Illinois, as well as the challenges ahead in fostering public awareness of HSR benefits and overcoming cost barriers. Shacter also explains the significance of IDOT’s recently released “220-MPH High-Speed Rail Feasibility Study” that suggests that true high-speed rail could be on the horizon for the Midwest.

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St. Louis, MO: New Mississippi River Bridge

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Take a tour of the new Mississippi River Bridge from the man basket. See views from over 400 feet above the river and from the top of the Missouri tower of the project. The project is expected to be ready for traffic in 2014. The two sides are expected to connect around July of 2013. […]

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St. Louis, MO: Blanchette Bridge Explosion and Demolition

Friday, December 7th, 2012

A bit of civil engineering fun here in the STL!+++Say hello!http://youngfreestlouis.com – youngfreestlouis on YouTube

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St. Louis, MO: I-70 at Blanchette Missouri River Bridge Demolition

Monday, November 19th, 2012

I-70 at Blanchette Missouri River Bridge St Charles/St Louis Counties. The $63 million rehabilitation of the westbound Interstate 70 Missouri River Bridge (Blanchette Bridge) will keep the westbound bridge closed from November 2012 until Fall 2013. In this video is one section demolished with explosives to help speed up in the renovations -modotvideo on YouTube.

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From Checkbook Campaigns to Civic Coalitions: Lessons from the Passage of Prop A

Monday, April 4th, 2011

On April 6, 2010 the voters of St. Louis County approved a tax increase for transit with a surprising 63 percent majority. The 1⁄2 cent sales tax now raises about $75 million a year to maintain the bus system and expand light rail. Seventeen months earlier a similar initiative had lost with 48 percent of the vote. With the economy in a recession in 2010, unemployment high, and the anti- tax Tea Party movement rising around the nation, the huge majority for Prop A was startling. In this paper we try to explain the success of Prop A and tease out the lessons for future tax initiative campaigns and civic coalitions.

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The Uncertain Future of the High-Speed Rail Program

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

The Illinois Department of Transportation has reached a cooperative agreement with Union Pacific and Amtrak that will permit the release of a $1.1 billion federal high-speed rail grant to the state of Illinois to fund passenger rail improvements between Chicago and St. Louis. The agreement was proclaimed by state and federal officials as “historic” and hailed as “one giant step closer to achieving high-speed passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis.” But stripped of its rhetoric, the announcement only reveals how inadequate and cost-ineffective the Administration’s “high–speed” program is turning out to be.

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Chicago-St. Louis 220-mph trains would create more than 40,000 jobs, reduce harmful CO2 emissions by nearly 200 million pounds: new study

Monday, March 8th, 2010

CHICAGO, Ill. – Proposed 220-mph high speed rail to cut the Chicago-St. Louis trip to less than two hours would also provide a major boost to the economy and efforts to reduce harmful emissions

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