Nov 23, 2011
I agree. Rep Mica, Head of the US House Transportation committee will be marking u the follow-on Surface Transportation Act bill in the next few months. He believes in cutting the red tape and has a plan to do it. The bottom line is that if a project is being bilt within the existing right-of-way, then most of the environmental studies would not be required, thus trimming the timeline substantially. He uses the bridge replacement in Minneapolis of the collapsed interstae bridge as an example. They rebuilt that bridge in less than two years by cutting the BS red tape. If it can be done there, it can be done nearly everywhere. I jsut started working on a project here in the Tampa area, that will probably not be completed before I retire in five years. In fact, Ill bet that the final design phase won't be complete in that amount of time becuse we will be working on the environmental studies for the next three years.