Botched bridges, bungled Big Dig highlight

| Friday, August 10, 2007

Ever worried about who’s watching you from a camera while you’re on the road or out in public?

Have you questioned why the former head of Boston’s problematic Big Dig is now in charge of the Federal Highway Administration? Or maybe you’re confused as to why lawmakers would tout privatization after the I-35W disaster, when better public road funding might’ve prevented it in the first place?

If so, you’re not alone. These are just a few of the topics explored this week on the Land Line Media Blog.

On Monday, Staff Writer David Tanner took a swipe at critics of the Minneapolis bridge collapse who’ve said the incident demonstrates the need for privatization. In reality, Tanner said, the opposite is true – it shows why better use of the funds that are already there could’ve been put to good use, rather than being redistributed into non-transportation-related projects.

On the same day – her first back from a vacation to Arkansas with her kids – Senior Editor Jami Jones talks about her “road trip” experience, and how she saw out on the road some of the best people the trucking industry had to offer. Unfortunately, she also met a few of the worst.

On Wednesday, Jones took aim at a man who’s made cutouts of his children and placed them near the streets in his neighborhood in an effort to slow down traffic. While it might work in the short term, she said, it could end up being a very dangerous version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”

Managing Editor Sandi Soendker unleashed a little Thursday afternoon paranoia with her take on cameras and security versus a person’s right to privacy. Here’s a little hint: she’s not a big fan of the “say cheese” mentality.

Also on Thursday, Jones gave a recap of former Big Dig head Richard Capka, and explained why his current influential position leading the Federal Highway Administration could be a risky one, especially in light of the Minneapolis bridge debacle.

This is just a sampling of what you’ll find on the blog. To read it for yourself, click here. You can also get there by clicking the “Blogs” button in the left-hand menu on the Land Line homepage.

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