The Circ revived again, but not really

first_imgThe Circumferential Highway experienced a small victory recently when it came to light that the Federal Highway Administration had issued an ROD or Record of Decision, giving the good-to-go on the current design and location of the proposed highway. This thumbs-up to the Vermont Agency of Transportation, however, is far from a green light on the actual construction of the highway, which still faces an “end of road, turn back” sign from the Environmental Protection Agency.The giant undertaking of connecting Interstate-89 in Williston with 117 and 289 in Essex has been riddled with problems since planning began in the early 1980s and the original layout for the road was declared dead by Governor Shumlin at a press conference in May of this year. The new proposal, known as Alternative 17 or what was previously referred to as the Circumferential A/B Boulevard, is not expected to be any less divisive.Sue Minter, the Deputy Secretary Agency of Transportation, told Vermont Business Magazine that the Circumferential A/B Boulevard is still ‘a long way off’ and that there are ‘many permitting battles ahead.’A letter to Governor Shumlin and Colonel Philip T Feir of the US Army Corps of Engineers in May from H Curtis Spalding, the regional administrator of the EPA, stated the EPA’s position quite clearly on the A/B Boulevard. Spalding wrote, ‘The Circ A/B alternatives, including VTrans’ preferred (Alternative 17) do not satisfy the Clean Water Act 404(b)(1) guidelines and that the Corps should deny VTrans’ permit application. Ending this project would enable all of us to turn our collective energies toward developing an environmentally sound solution to the regional transportation needs of Chittenden County, an objective my Agency is ready to help address.’The letter went on to state numerous problems with the proposed alternative including ‘increased phosphorus loadings to Lake Champlain… the loss or alteration of an entire network of headwaters streams that is an essential source of clean cold water for Allen Brook,’ which already has been designated an ‘impaired water,’ and ‘likely violations of water quality criteria in affected streams during construction.’According to the letter, dated May 9, at least one more permit battle has been guaranteed. It concluded, ‘â ¦if the Corps notifies the EPA of its intent to issue a permit for Alternative 17/Circ A/B based upon the existing record, I intend to initiate the 404(c) process under the Clean Water Act. In light of the significant ecological damage that Alternative 17/Circ A/B would cause, I encourage the state to reconsider its support for the alternative, and I renew the recommendation I have made previously to the Corps that it deny the permit application.’Minter said that the Shumlin administration wants to move forward, but without getting swamped down in legal battles. She said that this less contentious path is being sought out in numerous ways including meetings with the Metropolitan Planning Organization and bringing together the ‘Circ’ communities (Essex town, Williston, Colchester) to better examine integral parts of the plan such as the reduction of traffic and mitigation in key areas, environmental impact, etc.Although contingent on legal proceedings, the A/B Boulevard is planned to be constructed in two parts: Part ‘A’ will consist of a route connecting I-89 to Mountain View Road in Williston; and part ‘B’ will connect Mountain View Road to VT-289, going over the Winooski River into Essex. The road will consist of at-grade, signaled crossing at US 2 and Mountain View Road, two lanes in each direction (four total), and a 16-foot median separating them.Many Williston resident have expressed concern that the approved plan, particularly part A, will bring about more congestion and traffic problems in the future, one of the problems that the highway is supposed to alleviate. It has also been suggested that the B Boulevard should be built first, rather than A to more quickly reduce traffic at the five corners intersection in Essex Junction.Some believe that the construction schedule has been arranged accordingly to give priority to IBM, which is located off Redmond Road at Mountain View Road in Williston, in gaining more control of their transportation needs. The Chittenden Solid Waste District or CSWD, also located off of Redmond Road, would also be significantly impacted by the installation. The extent of this impact, under the current plan, hasn’t been fully determined.When the construction of either part of Alternative 17 is set to begin, if ever, is still up in the air. Minter concluded of the plan, ‘We know it’s going to be disputed.’Neel Tandan, Vermont Business Magazine. Circ won’t be built, alternatives sought and needed | Vermont…May 31, 2011 … Governor Peter Shumlin in May announced that the Circumferential Highway ‘is not dead.’ He then essentially threw a load of dirt on its … RELATED:center_img Circ highway plan clears major environmental hurdle | Vermont …Jul 7, 2010 … As a result of these discussions, the original Circ alternative that called for construction of a limited access highway with a 50 mph speed …last_img read more

Ironman World Record: Smashing World Records at 60

first_imgWill Turner is aiming to complete 60 Iron-distance triathlons in a single year—and smashing a world record along the way.When I catch up with WILL Turner, he’s in his car driving from his hometown in Richmond, Va. down to New Orleans to compete in a quintuple ultra-triathlon—five Ironman distance triathlons (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run) back-to-back for five consecutive days. But he isn’t stopping there.A few years ago, as Turner’s 60th birthday approached,he decided to set a big goal to celebrate the milestone: complete six Ironman distance triathlons in a single year. Excited, he shared the idea with a friend, who informed him that another Richmond athlete had just completed the same feat.“In goal setting, there is a premise called the 10 Factor,” says Turner.“You take the original goal and you multiply it by 10. By setting a huge goal, it forces you to take another look at the original goal and how you would accomplish it.” Turner began to wonder. Could he multiply his original goal times ten and complete 60 Ironman distance triathlons the year he turned 60?When Turner was training for his first Ironman back when he was turning 50, he came across a quote that became his mantra:If your dream doesn’t scare you it’s not big enough.“The idea of 60 fit my litmus test of scaring me,” he says. “I had to do some mental gymnastics to wrap my head around it.”Turner isn’t a professional athlete.At his day job, he works for the company he co-founded called RefuseOrdinary. The company specializes in delivering sales, leadership, and productivity training, helping sales and management teams improve their performance. He’s also a USAT certified coach, helping athletes train and reach their potential. In other words, he knows a thing or two about reaching for big goals.Turner began competing more, pushing his body to see if it could withstand the abuse that 60 Ironman-distance triathlons would certainly inflict. His body held up, so Turner committed to completing 60 Ironman-distance triathlons in 2018, the year he turned 60.That’s an average of 1 Ironman-distance race every 6 days.When I chat with Turner in mid-November, he’s completed 51 races out of 60. If all goes well in New Orleans, his goal will be just 4 races away and tantalizingly within reach. “I’m on track,” says Turner. “It’s gone amazingly well.”There aren’t 60 Ironman-length races in the world in a single year, so Turner participates in sanctioned races when he can and then completes on-your-own events while following the rules and regulations of official races. His first race was on January 6, 2018 in Naples, Florida and his 60th, he hopes, will be in Richmond on December 31, 2018. “I’ll finish around 9 or 10pm, shower, and then have a big New Year’s Eve party to celebrate,” says Turner.It must be noted: Turner isn’t just smashing his own goal; he’s shattering the Guinness World Record as well.The current world record is 44 Ironman-distance triathlons in a year, a number he surpassed back in October at an event at Lake Anna, Va.In between that first race in Naples and the last one in Richmond, Turner and his friend Chris Destefano, who supports Turner during his races, have traveled the country. Only once, in Telluride, Colorado, has Turner had to abandon an ultra-triathlon attempt. In that instance, Turner had completed his swim and 70 out of 112 miles on the bike when Chris broke the news that a wildfire had come over the pass and created air quality conditions too serious to continue.Turner’s dogged attempt to reach his goal has taken him to some of the most spectacular places in the country.He’s completed “triathlons along California’s Big Sur, in Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Glacier National Park. One of his favorite races was in the Grand Tetons. “The whole day I was just soaking up the beauty of the Grand Tetons, the energy of the space, and the warmth of the people that I was surrounded by that day,” says Turner.Live Your BoldTurner hopes that his year of ultra-triathlons can have a higher purpose. “I want it to be more meaningful than me just doing 60 Ironmans,” he says. Because he loves helping people set big goals and examine and identify their limiting beliefs, Turner has created Live Your Bold, a movement that helps people unlock their own potential and step out of their comfort zones via speaking engagements, workshops, and a starter kit that he gives away on his website liveyourbold.com.As for Turner, when his big year is over, he’s looking forward to inching a little closer back to his comfort zone—even if just temporarily. “I’m looking forward to doing some things I really enjoy doing like speed and tempo work and strength conditioning,” he says. “I’d love to be able to go out for a run and not run 26.2 miles,” Turner adds with a laugh. “Doing an eight-mile run would be amazing.”last_img read more

In a Year of Protest Cries, Now It’s ‘Count Every Vote!’ and ‘Stop the Steal!’

first_img– Advertisement – Dozens of flag-waving Trump supporters looked on, and trucks with Trump flags circled the block, some gunning their engines and honking their horns.Mr. Grenell refused to answer questions, telling reporters, “Listen, you are here to take in information.” As reporters shouted questions, the speakers got into a van and drove away.Simon Romero reported from Phoenix, Shaila Dewan from New York and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio from Detroit. Contributing reporting were Dave Philipps from Las Vegas, Jannat Batra from Atlanta, Neil MacFarquhar and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from New York, and Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Pranshu Verma from Washington.- Advertisement – Broadcasting on a hastily announced livestream, the former Nevada attorney general, Adam Laxalt, said Republicans had filed a lawsuit after discovering evidence of dead people and out-of-state voters illegally casting ballots in Nevada — but he did not provide any specifics to support those claims.“We’re asking the judge to, due to all of these irregularities, to stop the counting of improper votes,” he said.Mr. Laxalt was joined by Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, and Ric Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence.- Advertisement –center_img On Wednesday, dozens of marchers had gathered at Washington’s Union Station with signs saying “the people have spoken” and “you will not silence us.” The protest included calls for justice on broader issues including race, immigration and climate change.Republican leaders appeared at some protests reviving oft-used claims of irregularities that have in the past been debunked or shown to be greatly exaggerated. Outside a nondescript warehouse in North Las Vegas where most of the uncounted votes in Clark County remain, they erected a podium in the street.- Advertisement –last_img read more