PBS redux

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Updated Dec 14, 2009

All week long, the folks at the News Hour With Jim Lehrer have been airing their “America in Gridlock” series on infrastructure issues in America, offering a good look at what your elected officials see as the road toward renewal of battered The “>Price of Decay” segment focuses in part on the elevated section of I-95 in Pennsylvania that in recent years has experienced emergency repairs, tying up traffic for good cause (but tying up traffic nonetheless), and an interview with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is part of the extras available online.

For more background: I blogged about the Rendell administration’s ongoing efforts to toll I-80 and/or lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike to a private, for-profit operator in this hall a few weeks back, when the I-80 tolling application was denied by the Feds. And Pennsylvania, of course, has been a longtime leader in Overdrive’s Worst Roads poll of owner-operators — “>first worst” for years, and second the last two years only to hurricane-battered Louisiana. The 2008 report is upcoming (results are coming in as we speak), but for the 2007 report, “Keystone Drama,” follow this link.

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