Star-Telegram article, we need that money our politicians earmarked (such a conservative thing to do, right?) to fix our crumbling infrastructure. By the end of the story, it's a different story. According to the City (M&C below), we need it to relocate infrastructure. Pesky stuff, is expensive and in their way.
"There are a lot of crumbling roads, crumbling bridges, crumbling transit projects. We're ready to put the money to work now," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said during a news conference call. "There is pent up demand to fix infrastructure."
Mendez also said he spent part of Friday morning talking with officials in the office of U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, about transportation needs related to the Trinity River Vision project.
(Earmarks are a strategy often used by members of Congress to push pet projects forward. Often, it involves inserting a sentence or two of language into a bill that may or may not have anything to do with the bill's main purpose.)
9. M&C C-25554 - Authorize Execution of Change Order No. 1 to City
Secretary Contract No. 42360 with Conatser Construction
TX, LP, in the Amount of $115,630.00 for a Total Contract
Amount of $1,365,227.00 for Water and Sanitary Sewer
Main Relocations for the Trinity River Vision - Central City
Project and the Trinity Uptown Service Area Phase 1 -
Bridge and Channel Relocations, Part 1 Henderson Street
Bridge Water and Sanitary Sewer Relocations (COUNCIL