(Photo: Maryland DOT.)
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Before we share the news and other interesting items that caught our eyes last week, we'd like to give a big shout out to our veterans. Happy Veterans Day. As your mind wanders during your ride today, think about how much we ask of our fellow citizens in uniform and how fortunate we are because of their service.
And now, here's the Monday Roundup...
Empty highway: "This is what a boondoggle looks like," writes Aaron Renn of the Intercounty Connector in Maryland (above right), a $2.4 billion project that was supposed to fix the country's worst congestion but is carrying shockingly small amounts of traffic due in part to an $8-a-day toll. Renn sees parallels with the Columbia River Crossing and lists seven common traits of ill-conceived highway projects.
Ancient traffic victim: Scientists have used traffic simulation software to piece together how Egyptian pharaoh "King Tut" was killed at age 19: a chariot crash that apparently crushed his heart. Update Nov. 12: As reader TOM notes below, other analysts dispute this conclusion.