According to a GAO report it now takes between nine and 19 years to plan, gain approval of, and construct a new major federally funded highway project.
Victor Mendez, administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, testified before the Highways and Transit Subcommittee recently, where I serve as chairman, that the average federal highway project takes 13 years from conception to completion.
Several years ago when I chaired the Aviation Subcommittee, we held a hearing in which officials said construction of the main runway at Atlanta’s airport at the time took 14 years from conception to completion because of all of the environmental rulings, regulations and red tape. But construction took only 99 workdays.
In fact, they were so happy to get all the final approvals, workers finished the project in 33 actual days working 24-hour shifts.
In a hearing in the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, officials testified that a nine-mile highway project in Southern California took 17 years from conception to completion, from 1990 until 2007.
We now take on average three times as long and incur three times the cost of any other developed nation to complete transportation infrastructure projects.
Excessive rules and regulations hurt the poor, lower-income, and working people of this country most by destroying jobs and driving up prices.
When you delay for years the widening and improving of highways in order to make them safer, excessive regulation also costs lives.
Limiting excessive regulations is a critical step in our nation’s Transportation policy, and it has long been high on my priority list for working Americans.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John J. Duncan. Jr. (R-TN) announced today that the Department of Transportation has awarded the National Park Service $10 million of Federal Lands Transportation Program funds that will aid in the completion of the 16 mile section of the Foothills Parkway between Wears Valley and Walland Tenn.
A couple of months ago, in interviews both by National Public Radio and CBS News, I described the air marshal program as possibly the most needless, useless, wasteful program in the entire Federal Government. Shortly thereafter, the Los Angeles Times published an editorial entitled ``It's Time to Ground America's Air Marshals'' and said, ``Duncan has a point.''
WASHINGTON– In response to recent aviation tragedies, Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Congressman David E. Price (D-NC) introduced two bills Thursday to prevent lengthy searches for missing airliners by improving flight tracking and the recovery of in-flight data.
The Safe Aviation Flight Enhancement (SAFE) Act, sponsored by Rep. Duncan, would require the installation of floating “Black Box” data recorders on domestic commercial aircraft.