Three months before proposing in his Jan. 24 State of the Union speech to speed up construction projects, President Barack Obama designated replacement of New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge for “fast-track” approvals, saying he wanted to cut red tape and create jobs.
Before dawn on Feb. 23, Darius Williams ran his Nissan Sentra off a North Carolina interstate at 80 miles per hour. A length of guardrail pierced his door, according to the police report, driving the 24-year-old’s body into the opposite back seat.
Smaller, rural states with the least traffic congestion felt the impact of about $27 billion in U.S. highway economic-stimulus funds more than those with large urban areas and the biggest budgets for roads and bridges, a national study said.
Senators in both parties said they are close to an agreement to authorize U.S. highway and mass transit projects for as many as six years, seeking to prevent funds from running out during the mid-year construction season.