Bill Wilson is the editorial director of ROADS & BRIDGES magazine and has been covering the industry since 1999. He has won seven Robert F. Boger Awards for editorial excellence, including three in 2011. He also was the creator of the Top 10, Contractor's Choice Awards and Recycling Awards platforms, as well as ROADS & BRIDGES Live.
New poll: There are over $2 billion in unused earmarked federal funds. States may be eligible for the money, but they have to be used on projects within 50 miles of the originally targeted project. Should states be limited to how they use these funds?
Blog Entry January 25, 2016
- New poll: Mass. lawmakers filled a transpo plan with earmarks in order to force the hand of the governor to spend the money on targeted local projects. MAP-21 gives states flexibility to spend where they want, so do you see the same tactic being used?
- New poll: North Carolina passed a law last week that bans transgenders from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not match their original gender. In response, U.S. DOT threatened the loss of federal highway funds. Should the U.S. DOT make this threat?
- New poll: Rockfall mitigation should be an important line item with the Colorado DOT, but limited funds are forcing the agency to prioritize and be creative when tending to these hazards. Should there be dedicated funds for rockfall mitigation?
- New poll: Several states may lose federal highway funding for not requiring interstate truckers to provide proof they are healthy to operate a truck. Do you think these states will implement the new rule by the Jan. 30 deadline?
- New poll: Due to a shortage of funds, Wisconsin announced it is putting major projects on hold, but is assuring the motoring public they will still be completed on time. Do you think these projects will hit their deadline dates?