The Dire States Tour, Dan McNichol

THE LARRY MEILLER SHOW Thursday, October 31, 2013, 11:00am By Judith Siers-Poisson America's infrastructure is crumbling. Larry Meiller visits with someone traveling across the country in a 1949 Hudson to emphasize the antiquated state of our roads. Posted from:

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Stuck in Seattle

    Stuck in Seattle  “STUCK,” read the headline of the Seattle Times on December 10, 2013. The world’s largest tunnel boring machine came to a standstill about 50 feet beneath Seattle’s downtown. The giant rig, known as Big Bertha, ground to a halt 1,019 feet into her chartered course of 10,289 feet. What is [...]

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Interstate Highways – River Roads – Logging Trails

IMG_2310 Leaving Seattle I headed south in the fog and rain. I spent the late afternoon driving while contemplating a manageable morning in Portland, Oregon. I'd have a cup of the town's famous coffee in hand. But driving into a dark December rush hour I was tired. Portland looked too big to be fun, cheap [...]

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India & China

A nation’s successful coordination of investments in infrastructure produce powerful results. In the early 1980s China and India were on equal economic footing notes the World Bank. Deng Xiao Ping, the leader of Communist China at the time, launched a peaceful revolution towards prosperity. His efforts mirrored those of Dwight Eisenhower, a contemporary of Ping's, [...]

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Build Bridges Not Bombs

President Eisenhower, early in his presidency preached, "The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals."

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Driverless Cars vs. Horseless Carriages

Crescent City, California: 12:14:13: Cannot help but to think of cars when in California. People here worship them new and old. The road here: magnificent. The future of the American road depends on innovating firms like Tesla in order to reinvent the road and how we use it. America's road infrastructure is unmatched in the world. For roads to [...]

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Headline news here in Seattle this morning. Dire States tour arrived in Seattle to news that the dream machine called Big Bertha is stuck 60 feet below Seattle's downtown. Tunneling is mysterious. Geotechnical challenges lurk in the unseen. Drilling boring samples is expensive. On The Big Dig in Boston (Seattle citizens are calling [...]

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Farmer’s Broken Chain

School bus turning around unable to cross Bridge No. 1950102 in Dekalb, IL. The collapse of bridge 1950102, a bridge without a name, in Dekalb, Illinois happened suddenly. "A guy in a small pick-up truck, one of the Donnelley's from local, had just crossed it, and he felt like it was trembling or something," [...]

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Infrastructure Sister

I like Rachel Maddow. Perhaps because she looks like my sister Meg. But, it is her tenacious stand on infrastructure that draws me. Clearly she gives a dam about infrastructure. Rachel has a PhD in politics from Oxford. She has realistic take on how difficult a political pivot is for the United States to make on [...]

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