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Transportation grant funding
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
Highway Construction 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

Road Construction 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
Funding 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
Funding 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
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
Funding 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
Funding 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
Associations 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...
road funding
Funding News November 07, 2018
California voters rejected Proposition 6 at the polls on Tuesday, a measure to repeal a recent increase in the state’s gas tax, according to a report from The Mercury News.   The fate of Prop 6 was believed to determine the fate of California’s roads, bridges and transit, as the measure would have...
FTA grants
Funding News October 29, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently awarded more than $12 million in competitive grant funds to improve bus transit service in central Illinois.   The grants will enable transit agencies to modernize bus fleets, improve service and enhance safety...
railroad crossing
Funding News October 26, 2018
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced it has committed approximately $700,000 to help Amtrak make safety improvements at the public railroad crossing at Birnie Road in Longmeadow, in the western part of the state.   This funding is expected to cover approximately 90...
RAND Corp. U.S. transportation and water infrastructure

Image: RAND Corp.

Funding News October 24, 2018
The Rand Corp. last year published a research report entitled Not Everything is Broken: The Future of U.S. Transportation and Water Infrastructure Funding and Finance.    The report identifies the policies that promote and deter investment in and maintenance of U.S. transportation and water...
road tax proposal
Funding News October 19, 2018
It’s not easy to outspend the 1%, and there is no way to buy time.   Those two factors have an anti-tax group fighting an uphill battle in an attempt to hinder a proposed 30-year transportation tax in the Tampa area that would raise around $276 million a year if it is approved on the Nov. 6 ballot...
KU research grant

Researchers hope the one-year, $100,000 project might result in the establishment of an Engineering Research Center at KU to advance basic science that will underpin next-generation transport technology. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Technology News October 16, 2018
Headquartered at the University of Kansas (KU) School of Engineering, a research team is envisioning what U.S. roads, highways, bridges and supporting infrastructure could look like in coming decades—a time when autonomous vehicles, more traffic and harsher weather driven by climate change could...
highway widening
Highway Construction News September 27, 2018
In the largest grant it has ever received, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) was rewarded with a $90.2 million Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to widen part of I-84.   The grant serves as 60% of the funding needed to expand 2.8 miles of I-84 from the Karcher Interchange...
U.S. DOT emergency funding
Funding News September 21, 2018
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the immediate availability of $14 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore access to essential roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Florence throughout North Carolina.    The $14 million payment is an...
Positive Train Control funding
Funding News September 14, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) this week announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for at least $46 million for positive train control (PTC) systems grants.   This NOFO represents the balance of the $250 million PTC Consolidated Rail...
Oklahoma DOT traffic plan
Road Construction News September 12, 2018
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s latest eight-year construction plan includes a major Tulsa project.   An $80 million project on I-44 west of the Arkansas River should go out for bid sometime in federal fiscal year 2021. The project was awarded a $45 million federal infrastructure grant...
innovative highway projects
Funding News September 11, 2018
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently announced $8.4 million in Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration awards to the state transportation agencies in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Utah.   Projects will soon be under...
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