Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When we test a car, we examine numerous factors including performance, in-car tech, comfort, and value, but we normally leave looks alone. We’re conscious lines we go head-over-feet for could easily be considered offensive by someone else, and vice versa. Case in point – enough people like the Pontiac Aztek to warrant the creation of a fan club. We don’t hate it ourselves. The Acura ZDX, however – that’s ugly and a half.
America has had an incredible, dynamic, and often quite innovative automotive industry for well over a century, but that rich automotive history also includes many missteps and some outright failures. There’s one engineering failure, though, that makes the Pinto gas tank placement and the Vega’s engine woes seem like mere blips: the persistent and depressing problem of terminal headliner sag.
Central Montana notched a win against an “arrogant” state agency on Thursday. At least that’s how some see it. Department of Transportation Director Mike Tooley announced Thursday the department would scrap plans to build a roundabout at the intersection of State Highway 200 and U.S. Highway 87 North at Grass Range, according to a press release sent by Bob Sivertsen. Sivertsen, a former state legislator from Havre, led a group opposed to the project. Rep. Dan Bartel, R-Lewistown, also said he’d received correspondence that the project was canceled, but declined to say which state officials wrote the letter or to provide a copy to The Billings Gazette. MDT has not publicly announced a decision to cancel the project. Grass Range, a town of 108 residents, sits on the primary route between the eastern half of the Hi-Line and Billings.
In an attempt to manage the growing congestion on Texas highways, and corresponding rates of frustration for drivers, the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, has been implementing what could be called a market-driven approach to driving. Rather than spend more state dollars on highway-building, Texas has turned to the private sector, which has built toll roads whose cost to drivers fluctuates with traffic demand.
An advocacy group troubled by scarce funding to ease traffic congestion in Texas’ metro regions is taking on tea party activists who oppose toll roads.