I-495 Closure Update



WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell


Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / issues / topics grab your attention here at the end of the week? Completely stymied in its attempts to win a gasoline tax increase from Delaware legislators, the Markell Administration has unilaterally hiked weekend tolls on Route One from two to three dollars...
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Hillary Clinton vortex swamps Joe Biden in the Senate

Yet another article about the 2016 Presidential election, and how Hillary Rodham Clinton's seemingly inevitable Presidential bid is swamping Joe Biden's presumed 2016 hopes...
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Delaware Art Museum will need to sell more paintings?

I posted in a previous blog about how auctions are not necessarily living up to expectations. Whether works of art or other collectibles, such as stamps...
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In return for increasing U.S. energy independence, will exploding trains become the norm?

Iraq probably cements it. More than ever, a substantial number of Americans will seek energy independence, just so we can disengage from unpleasant places -- like much of the Middle-East...
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Could Iran "save" Hillary Rodham Clinton?

Iran's failure to release the U.S. embassy hostages was arguably the final nail which handed the 1980 Presidential election to Ronald Reagan over Jimmy Carter...
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Did wall-to-wall O.J. coverage 20 years ago lead to dumbing down of media, reality TV?

Were you glued to your TV screen 20 years ago as the news networks aired wall-to-wall coverage of O.J. Simpson's white Bronco proceeding down the expressway? Did you follow the subsequent trial like no other? With its incendiary blend of sports, celebrity, violent crime, and race, the O...
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Infuriating critique of U.S. foreign policy blunders

The nearly always infuriating "Spengler" aka David Goldman offers a provocative critique of U.S. foreign policy in The ASIA TIMES. It'll take a few minutes to read, but tell me where you agree or disagree...
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Was President Obama wrong to try disengagement?

With the Middle-East seemingly unravelling, the hawks, interventionists, and just plain "engagers" are coming out of the woodwork to indict President Obama's foreign policy vision, which was to extricate the United States from conflicts around the Middle-East and southwestern Asia; use drones to do the "dirty work" in such countries as Afghanistan, Pakistan, & Yemen; and pivot the focus of U...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So which stories / topics / issues grab your attention here at the end of the week? DelDOT found vehicles and materials underneath or near some of the bridges it inspected, but found no threats to safety...
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Watching Iraq from afar (helplessly)

This has to be an emotionally wrenching time for America's Iraq vets. Bad enough that Iraq's Shi'a dominated central government turned out to be pro-Tehran...
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G.O.P. political earthquake - the ouster of Eric Cantor - likely to impact 2016 Presidential race

Most of us didn't see this coming. Indeed, the establishment G.O.P. seemed to have found the formula to thwart Tea Party challengers this year, UNTIL Mississippi's Senate primary (which also had an age component), and now, much more dramatically and convincingly, the first primary ouster of a sitting House Minority Leader in U...
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Afghanistan is not behind us; Bergdahl episode, textbook example of political tone deafness

For a lot of Americans, U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is in the past tense: Been there, done that. Tell that to the families of five U.S. service members (and one Afghan) killed in a possible "friendly-fire" incident...
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An Italian journalist looks at the U.S.'s deteriorating infrastructure from Beijing

Perhaps Delaware's I-495 bridge woes - with the resulting gridlock on I-95 & even Route 141 during rush hours and beach traffic - will produce perhaps one benefit: An appreciation for the need to repair and replace America's infrastructure and understand how some other countries have left the U...
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Open Friday / Weekend Forum

So what's on your mind this weekend? Just as I originally feared, looks like I-495 will be closed from "weeks to months". I'd be surprised if I-495 reopens before the traditional end of the summer driving season...
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Hillary's book deals with Taliban negotiations, Sgt. Bergdahl; Vladimir Putin & the "reset"; & rapport with Joe Biden

CBS News has obtained the complete Hillary Clinton book, and the former First Lady / U.S. Senator / Secretary of State touches on negotiating with the Taliban; Sgt...
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Teaching good handwriting: Lost cause or hidden benefits?

It may seem teaching good penmanship is a lost cause. With keyboards invading earlier and earlier grades; Common Core standards; social media and all the rest, the handwriting era appears to be coming to a close...
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Did Congressional Republicans pull a switcheroo on winning Bergdahl release?

A HUFFINGTON POST article provides a different context for the circumstances leading to that Afghan prisoner swap. Incredibly, that some of the very same G...
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Mayor Williams' son-in-law promoted in Wilmington P.D.: New political problem, or inevitable in a small city?

As WDEL's Tom Lehman first reported Tuesday, newly installed Police Chief Bobby Cummings is elevating Mayor Dennis Williams' son-in-law, Sgt. Jonathan Hall, to the rank of Lieutenant...
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DelDOT's abrupt closure of I-495 for faulty bridge columns: Evidence of America's declining infrastructure

When it comes to highways and traffic congestion in Delaware, it seems we can't win. Not long after DelDOT opened that I-95 to Route One "fly-by" alongside Christiana Mall - in hopes of relieving some of the traffic gridlock, particularly Friday afternoons and weekends during the beach season (although I still see back-ups) - DelDOT closed I-495 until further notice following the discovery of four support columns out of alignment under the Christina River bridge...
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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners: Justifiable?

To hear Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tell it, it was both defensible and humanitarian: The very life of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was in jeopardy. To hear the critics tell it, the Obama Administration conceded a lot - giving up "the hardest of the hard-core", as Senator John McCain put it - for the freedom of a probable deserter...
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