for those people who complain that the transportation industry is filled with too much jargon (see thread in following link):This article from the September 7 Shreveport Times
I didn't know for sure what any of those acronyms (except FHWA) stood for. about 45 seconds of googling, I know exactly what Grzrd is saying.
reports on essentially the same topic that I discussed in my acronym-laden post used by agentsteel53 to make his point:
But the segment connecting U.S. Highway 71 near Stonewall to Interstate 20 near Haughton as part of the project to link Indianapolis to the lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas is closer to fruition than people may think, said Kent Rogers, director of the North Louisiana Council of Governments.
The final environmental impact study, which outlines the project's impact on the area, was submitted July 26 to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and tentatively is set to be released publicly in October, at which time a 30-day comment period will begin.
Once the environmental process is complete, the Federal Highway Administration requires a formal cost estimate review for all projects totaling more than $500 million. Preliminary estimates put this project at more than $860 million.
The first construction priority is the Red River crossing. A study of that crossing is under way because the U.S. Geological Survey issued new navigational vertical clearance requirements earlier this year.
Above, the writer "spells out" NLCOG, avoids the use of "SIU 15" altogether, and "spells out" FEIS, LaDOTD, FHWA and USGS (I did not refer to the last agency in my post
). Also, the article has an illustration of "the segment connecting U.S. Highway 71 near Stonewall to Interstate 20 near Haughton":
The article also describes SIU 14 and SIU 16 without using the jargon:
Similarly, Rogers estimates $20 million has been set aside over the past 15 years for three I-69 segments in Louisiana. In addition to the Stonewall-to-Haughton stretch, those segments include an extension from Haughton to El Dorado, Ark., and a small portion between Stonewall and Tenaha, Texas.
Finally, the author clearly defines ROD:
Upon completion of the reports and incorporation of any comments received, the final environmental impact study will be submitted to Louisiana's highway department and the Federal Highway Administration for final approval and a record of decision (ROD) for the final route. That record will outline what's necessary for the I-69 project to move forward. That should happen mid-2013, Rogers said.
All in all, the author did a good job of avoiding the jargon. I'll stick to posting and let others write newspaper articles. That said, in the past, I have
tried identifying an acronym:
approval from the Texas Transportation Commission will still be necessary .... It's interesting that TxDOT submitted its requests to AASHTO and FHWA before having final approval from the TTC
Toronto Transit Commission? Trident Technical College? The Tetris Company?
Or maybe this thing Wikipedia call the Trans-Texas Corridor?
(above quotes from I-69 in TX
No methodology is foolproof.
This article suggests that, although the Jimmie Davis Bridge is a current regional priority, a second bridge parallel to it might not be built in the foreseeable future because the I-69 Red River bridge could provide a useful crossing for years before I-69 SIU 15 is completed
The September 7 article also briefly discusses a potential monetary conflict between a second bridge next to the Jimmie Davis bridge and the I-69 Red River Bridge:
State Sen. Barrow Peacock has been pushing for another Red River crossing, looking mainly at a second bridge parallel to the Jimmie Davis Bridge. If that were constructed, however, selling a fifth bridge for I-69 to the Louisiana Legislature could prove difficult, he said.
"The idea is if you could get I-69 funded, there's a possibility we would build a bridge that would cross down there," the Shreveport Republican said. "That would be a federal road with federal money paying for part of it rather than the state paying for all of it. On Jimmie Davis, this (renovation) is a first step, and we'll see how it develops in time."
The formal cost review and crossing study will be conducted while the final statement is out for public comment