Funding

California high-speed rail
News February 20, 2019
The U.S. DOT announced yesterday that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) intends to cancel $929 million in federal grant funds yet to be paid for the California High-Speed Rail project envisioned to connect the L.A. Basin to the San Francisco Bay Area.   In addition, the department announced...
tribal lands transit

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News February 18, 2019
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $5 million in grants to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments under FTA’s Tribal Transit Program.   The Fiscal Year 2018 grants will support 36 projects in 14 states. "These grants will help American Indian and Alaskan...
Congress transportation policy
News February 18, 2019
Four key transportation leaders in Congress will hold an upcoming discussion regarding recent developments for infrastructure legislation at a policy conference hosted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).   House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio (...
U.S. DOT FHWA funding
News February 13, 2019
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) yesterday announced $10.2 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to seven states to test new ways to finance highway and bridge projects.   The program’s goal is to allow states to test user-based alternatives to...
U.S. DOT
News February 06, 2019
The U.S. DOT's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) yesterday announced more than $705.7 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funding to help 34 states, as well as a few U.S. territories, make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other unexpected events.   “The Department is...
White House executive order infrastructure
News February 01, 2019
The Trump administration will implement a new executive order to extend “Buy American” requirements to infrastructure projects that receive federal funding.   According to a Roll Call news report, President Trump signed the order Thursday, a move meant to boost the use of American-made products and...
News January 30, 2019
Charging by the mile, partnering with private investment groups, a broken Highway Trust Fund. Federal Highway Administrator nominee Nicole Nason knows all about the challenges that face the road and bridge industry. On Tuesday, she told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that “all...
NCDOT transportation plans

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News January 15, 2019
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has included more than 1,600 transportation projects in the state's draft 2020-2029 transportation plan, which was released last week.   The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is NCDOT's proposed funding and construction schedule...
highway, transit projects, federal government shutdown
News January 09, 2019
Transportation construction work across the nation has been put on hold by the federal government shutdown, with state transportation officials withholding approvals for 2019 projects until federal funding is guaranteed, according to a report from The Washington Post.   The amount of federal...
U.S. Department of Transportation
News December 21, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is announcing the second round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in the Federal Register today.   The INFRA program is expected to make approximately $855-...
traffic backups Missouri
News December 14, 2018
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) director Patrick McKenna recently warned about future massive traffic backups on I-70 in the central part of the state, after voters rejected a 10-cent gas increase on the November 2018 ballot.   According to Missourinet, McKenna said in a press...
Transportation grant funding
News December 12, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) yesterday announced the nearly $1.5 billion FY 2018 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant awards, of which $195 million was awarded to public transportation-related projects.   Of the grants awarded, 13% were for 15...
State of the Industry Survey
Article December 03, 2018
Rising steel prices are indeed on the minds of road and bridge contractors, but they are not smothering craniums giving them endless noogies like a nasty big brother. Playing that role would be the never-ending skilled labor crisis, which is now starting to ignore the screams of the builder.   Of...
Oklahoma City I-235 BNSF rail bridge

The I-235 reconstruction included wheeling in preassembled sections of a rail bridge that carries the BNSF Railway over I-235/U.S. 77 in Oklahoma City. Image: Oklahoma DOT

Article December 03, 2018
OKLAHOMA: Staying vigilant “Oklahoma has a larger bridge system than Colorado or Florida. Most people don’t consider that.”   Oklahoma Department of Transportation (OKDOT) Public Relations Chief Terri Angier made this remark in her interview with Roads & Bridges almost as a throwaway statement...
Kansas considering gas tax raise and electric vehicle fees
News November 30, 2018
State officials and lawmakers in Kansas are batting around the idea of a 5 cent per gallon state gas tax increase, raising the present 24 cents per gallon up to 29. Kansas has begun crafting a new long-term transportation plan to guide future highway projects. A state task force finalized...
Oregon DOT considering tolling I-5 through Portland
News November 30, 2018
Tolling is never anyone’s first choice, and it is largely unpopular with the motoring public. (For an example of such discord, keep an eye out for our upcoming December issue’s Region Report.) But it cannot be feasibly denied that it is a source of revenue for any state’s ailing—or developing—road...
Congress transportation funding
News November 29, 2018
This week, three prominent transportation stakeholders told the members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that the country’s transportation network is desperately in need of long-term federal funding assurances.   According to a report from Transport Topics, Carlos Braceras,...
Commerce Secretary Ross cites infrastructure as key to economy's success
News November 15, 2018
This week, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross pointed to infrastructure as the primary component of a strong U.S. economy's continued success.   "Corporate earnings certainly have been very, very strong. there's no question about that. And it's also no question that market's job is to look ahead," Ross...
Missouri’s Proposition D gas tax boost fails
News November 14, 2018
Hopes for a dedicated and long-term source of transportation funding came to a seeming end in Missouri, as a public referendum to increase the state’s gas tax was voted down by a margin of 54% to 46%.   Leaders in both transportation and legislature were surprised by the vote, which saw one of the...
election results
News November 08, 2018
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association's (ARTBA) government relations, economics and Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC) teams have produced two special reports to help better understand the impacts of the Nov. 6 election results on the transportation construction...
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