Transmission troubles

By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 11, 2009

The big thing with President Obama's economic-stimulus package is that much of the money will go toward projects that are "shovel-ready," and just waiting for money —all the planning's done, approvals are granted, and the only hold-up is the money. Which means that while we fritter around trying to figure out how to share the cost among struggling private companies, penny-pinching ratepayers, and broke government agencies, that pile of money is squandered. How can we get ready? What is our plan?

Boyles has one idea: "Don't build a bridge that's big enough just for the traffic that's using it [right now]," Boyles says. "Look longer term."

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