July 15, 2009 |
Truckers with empty tanks or bellies stop here in this hamlet between Moscow and St. Petersburg, climb to the ground, stretch their legs and poke a cigarette between their lips. The drivers are worn out from grinding over the potholed, shoulder-less, often two-lane ribbon that is, improbably, Russia's main commercial thoroughfare. They haul the parts and pieces of a vast economy -- chicken legs, coils of rope, dinner plates -- over roads so jarring the cargo is often damaged before it arrives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1997
Judges: Forget the prostitutes. Let's get the "don't care" drunk drivers, who kill whole families, off the road. CAROLYN BRAKE Simi Valley
July 28, 2004
Re "Winding Paths for Roadless Lands," July 26: This story and Stewart Udall's "Bush's Dark Pages in Conservation History" (Commentary, July 26) simply illustrate that President Bush and cronies are no more or less than America's version of Saddam Hussein and sons enriching themselves when they ruled Iraq. The implications of the "Winding Paths" article made me both angry and sick to my stomach. Besides negating more and more wild lands -- an irreplaceable resource -- these roads will consequently contribute to more forest fires and the spectacle and hazard of more and more oversized SUVs driven by cellphone-addicted drivers in places no one should ever have to see or fear them.
July 8, 2010 |
In 1923, famed British climber George Mallory was asked by a reporter why he wanted to climb the yet-to-be-conquered Mt. Everest. His answer went on to live in the pantheon of exploring quotations: "Because it's there." One could be forgiven for thinking this was Lexus' reasoning in producing its 2010 GX 460 sport utility vehicle. See, the GX is a body-on-frame SUV. That's an old-school way of producing a vehicle; the body of the vehicle is a separate component that is mounted to the chassis, which is the frame, drivetrain and suspension.
August 26, 2000 |
The congested roads of the Northeast are the safest when it comes to car travel, while the wide-open highways of Western states are among the most dangerous, according to a national report to be released next month. Massachusetts, deemed the safest state for drivers, averaged 0.8 deaths per 100 million miles traveled last year, compared with a national average of 1.5 deaths, the National Safety Council found.
July 15, 2004
Re "The Road More Heavily Traveled," July 5: Dan Weikel provided an excellent overview of the deepening transportation crisis along the Interstate 5 corridor, particularly with regard to how Interstate 5's safety and efficiency shortcomings affect the economy and critical services such as healthcare. Reader Hanno Kirk's suggestion (July 9) that we create a decent north-south rail system is a well-meaning but untimely solution to a rapidly escalating problem. Planning efforts, cooperation and broad solutions are all good and should continue.
February 9, 1991 |
A killer storm blowing out of Siberia sent temperatures plunging below freezing Friday across Europe and blanketed roads with snow, snarling traffic, stranding thousands of travelers and causing at least four deaths. The snow, falling from Yugoslavia to Britain and piling up more than three feet in places, shut schools and airports, caused traffic accidents and warmed the hearts of Austrian ski resort operators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1998 |
A stretch of Santiago Boulevard that takes motorists into Anaheim Hills will be closed for nine months while Caltrans works to stabilize a slipping hillside. The $784,000 project calls for excavating the hillside between Nohl Canyon and Nohl Ranch roads to create a secure new slope, said Pam Gorniak, a Caltrans spokeswoman. A retaining wall will be built to buttress the hillside. A deteriorated portion of Santiago will also be realigned and upgraded.
February 14, 2010 |
The Routes of Man How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today Ted Conover Alfred A. Knopf, 334 pp., $26.95 An editor with whom I once worked dismissed undercooked ideas by saying, "That's a notion, not a story." Ted Conover's new book "The Routes of Man: How Roads Are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today" has notion written all over it. It's about highways and streets and pathways and what they tell us about progress and war and trade and humanity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1997 |
The city will exercise its power of eminent domain to acquire land to widen the intersection at Cerritos Avenue and Los Alamitos Boulevard, the city attorney said. The city wants to construct a right-hand turn lane on westbound Cerritos Avenue so motorists can turn safely onto northbound Los Alamitos Boulevard. To build the turn lane, the city needs 1,300 square feet of land next to the intersection. The land is owned by Unocal Corp.