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News January 14, 2009
An Associated Press review of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s campaign contributions from July-Nov. 2008 shows that he raised at least $80,000 from firms with state road contracts, including $10,000 the day after the governor announced a $1.8 billion tollway project mentioned in criminal charges...
News January 14, 2009
A new report released jointly Jan. 13 by AASHTO and TRIP entitled “America’s Top Five Transportation Headaches–and Their Remedies” identifies crumbling roads and bridges, growing traffic jams, crowded transit systems and rail cars, an unacceptably high rate of traffic crashes and fatalities and...
News January 13, 2009
Four national organizations have announced the formation of an all-new Roadway Infrastructure Safety Coalition (RISC). The coalition was created to contribute to the reduction of deaths on America’s roadways by improving roadway safety infrastructure through the federal legislative, regulatory and...
News January 13, 2009
3M Traffic Safety Systems is launching the 3M Sign Grant Program, a new program designed to significantly reduce road sign replacement costs to local and state governments to meet the latest federal retroreflectivity standards set by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to improve traffic...
News January 12, 2009
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters Jan. 9 announced that the federal government is making $2 million available immediately to help cover the cost of repairing flood-damaged roads in Washington state. “Opening the more than 65 state highways that were closed because of the rain will be...
News January 09, 2009
Vermont town road budgets will remain in limbo until legislators agree on how—or if—they will resume transportation aid. Withheld as a result of concerns over Transportation Fund shortfalls, the accustomed third and fourth quarterly payments for the current fiscal year could be put to good use...
Safety Apparel Article January 08, 2009
2009 marks the 10-year anniversary of National Work Zone Awareness Week. As anniversaries often do, this one calls for a reassessment: What progress has the roadway safety industry made during this time? What new products and innovations have improved work-zone safety? This question was posed to a...
Lighting Poles Article January 08, 2009
The tragic collapse of the I-35 West Bridge in Minneapolis in 2007 has heightened the concern for the safety and condition of our nation’s aging infrastructure. Since the I-35W collapse, bridge inspections have borne intense scrutiny, while other structures along the nation’s highway system...
News January 08, 2009
Eighty-one percent of Americans are prepared to pay 1% more in taxes to rebuild America’s infrastructure, according to a poll released Jan. 8 by Building America’s Future, a bipartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging infrastructure investment. Conducted by Luntz, Maslansky...
News January 08, 2009
Commentary by John Horsley, Executive Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials What is the goal of an economic recovery bill? Put people to work, put dollars into circulation, put America back on its feet, and leave a lasting investment. What is the urgency for...
Hammers Article January 08, 2009
Imagine “recycling” an 8,076-ft-long bridge that carries 50,000 cars and two dozen trains a day over the Mississippi River. That’s essentially what is happening in New Orleans with the retrofitting of the Huey P. Long Bridge. Louisianians have been making do with two 9-ft lanes in each direction on...
Bridge Construction Article January 08, 2009
Optimizing concrete mixes with supplementary cementitious materials can make a significant contribution to meeting cost, performance and sustainability goals. Today, more than 70,000 bridges across the country are rated structurally deficient, and engineers estimate repairing them all would take at...
Road Construction Article January 08, 2009
The reconstruction of 2.5 miles of the Grand River Road between Whitmore Lake and Brighton with 9-in. of high-performance concrete pavement marked the first time in more years than anyone at the Livingston County Road Commission can remember that concrete was used on a major road project. Road...
Bridges Article January 08, 2009
The emotional send-off was all one needed to see to fully understand the deep connection between a town and its 80-year-old bridge. On Sept. 20, Norridgewock, Maine—a town of roughly 3,300 people located along a bend in the Kennebec River, some 90 miles northwest of Portland—bid farewell to the...
Road Construction Article January 08, 2009
Two-lift concrete paving just might be making a comeback in the U.S. Scarcity of aggregates, advances in materials knowledge and construction equipment and increasing demands for pavement surfaces that meet specific noise, durability and safety objectives are prompting the need to reconsider two-...
Bridges Article January 08, 2009
One of the primary failure mechanisms in reinforced concrete bridge decks is corrosion of the steel reinforcing bar. When steel corrodes it expands, causing the adjacent concrete to spall, resulting in failure of the deck and limiting the useful life of the structure. The typical solutions to this...
Article January 08, 2009
The shape of the industry should be familiar to anyone paying attention to the news in recent weeks and months. The economy in general walked off a cliff this year, led by the mortgage market. Lenders gave adjustable-rate mortgages to people who could only hope the rate would never adjust up. The...
Article January 08, 2009
Since their introduction in the late 1980s, public-private partnerships (PPP) have gained in popularity and are becoming a preferred contracting method. Is the PPP approach viable for improving and rebuilding the nation’s existing infrastructure? The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)...
Article January 08, 2009
Barack Obama has been elected the 44th president of the U.S. There will be at least six new senators, 45 new members of the House and a slew of new faces at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House. The economy and two ongoing wars are obviously front and center in Washington. So,...
Bridges Article January 08, 2009
The economic engine should be the only one being prodded and poked in the shop these days. However, the state of California is proceeding with its massive overhaul order despite the threatening business conditions. The “In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulation” was passed by the California...

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