Highway fund in standoff

Highway fund in standoff

There are 6 comments on the The Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 29, 2011, titled Highway fund in standoff. In it, The Columbus Dispatch reports that:

When it became law in 2009, the massive $787 billion economic stimulus promised to help pull the economy out of its slump by injecting a flood of federal dollars into states struggling to stay afloat.

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Since: Aug 09

Columbus, OH

#1 Aug 29, 2011
Great, Congress is going to let the highway tax expire right when the central interchange construction project is getting underway.

That will udoubtedly cause even greater delays.

Kosmik

Since: Sep 10

Columbus, OH

#2 Aug 30, 2011
As the rest of the world is upgrading and improving their infrastructure, we're letting our aged highways fall apart.

Brilliant.
Gangsterizing for America

Powell, OH

#3 Aug 30, 2011
Sheeeeeeyit, the economy be Crippin it.
Spooktackular

United States

#4 Aug 30, 2011
They need to restrict gas tax to hiway projects only. No bike paths no decorative plantings at interchanges, no studying to see if a new bridge will kill a few frogs etc.

And no sound walls near the hood for the rats to paint either.

Since: Aug 09

Columbus, OH

#5 Aug 31, 2011
This is just a new form of pork. Instead of handing out corporate welfare subsidies, Congess lets taxes expire for a month so their contributors at the airlines and oil companies can rake in a windfall.

Since: Aug 09

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 31, 2011
Spooktackular wrote:
They need to restrict gas tax to hiway projects only. No bike paths no decorative plantings at interchanges, no studying to see if a new bridge will kill a few frogs etc.
And no sound walls near the hood for the rats to paint either.
I disagree to some extent. Some transportation projects can reduce loads on roads and actually save money in avoided costs. It gets more and more expensive to expand highways highly populated areas and at some point it becomes more cost effective to add alternatives.

As for the sound walls you're right. At $4 million per mile, we could have operated the 3C train for a century for what we spent on sound walls around here.

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