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News November 12, 2008
New Jersey State Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri said Nov. 10 that as many as 10,000 state jobs can be created quickly if a federal economic stimulus package includes money for highway projects. About $1.2 billion worth of state highway and bridge projects can be started within 90 days if...
News November 12, 2008
Due to funding uncertainties at both the state and federal levels, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is suspending most construction lettings for two months. “We are operating in a time of extreme financial uncertainty, and it would be irresponsible for us to begin work on projects...
News November 12, 2008
California's new high-speed train system will be an infrastructure project on the scale of the State Water Project, generating more than $1billion in surplus revenues a year by 2030, reducing congestion and pollution, and returning nearly three times as much in value as the system will cost over...
News November 11, 2008
The weak economy and tight credit conditions, coupled with severe job losses and the resulting decline in state government revenues, will translate into significant weakness for the construction industry through 2010, leading the Portland Cement Association (PCA) to again adjust its cement...
News November 07, 2008
Nearly half of major roads in Alaska are in poor or mediocre condition, and more than a quarter of the state's bridges are deficient. These deteriorated conditions come at a time when the state faces a transportation funding shortfall of $9 billion through 2016 for needed repairs and improvements...
News November 06, 2008
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will release their final report the week of Nov. 10 on 2007’s fatal highway bridge Collapse in Minneapolis. According to a preliminary announcement, the NTSB is expected to reveal that the collapse was due to a design flaw that left the steel bridge...
News November 06, 2008
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reacted to the presidential and Congressional election results with plans to continue its 90 year history of working in a bipartisan fashion to promote the needs of the nation's construction industry. "The construction economy supports the...
News November 06, 2008
Voters across the U.S. approved more than $71 billion in additional transportation funding during the Nov. 4 elections, according to a report by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Twenty-seven of 37 total measures, or 72%, were approved. When taking into account...
News November 05, 2008
Traffic relief in the form of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on I-985 will not make it past the voters in the state of Washington. At press time, the majority was for Sound Transit light rail (Proposition 1 on the ballot), which will extend track service by the early 2020s through a half-cent...
News November 04, 2008
The spike in the price of road salt is spiking the interest of law enforcement agencies. The Illinois’ Attorney General’s office is looking into the higher price of road salt in some areas of the state, which has caused some public works agencies to reduce their purchases of the material. The city...
News October 31, 2008
"States didn't cause this crisis and we shouldn't be left to deal with it alone...A rescue package from the federal government will help soften the blow for average Americans," New York Governor David A. Paterson told the House Ways an Means Committee Oct. 29, joining others urging immediate...
News October 31, 2008
The Federal Highway Administration has signed the final Record of Decision (ROD) for Georgia’s “411 Connector” project, giving the Georgia Department of Transportation the green light to move forward on this long-awaited link between US 411 and the Atlanta-to-Memphis highway. “By asking tough...
News October 30, 2008
A construction worker was killed and three others were injured when a portion of the new Twin Span Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain collapsed Oct. 30. Emergency officials at the scene tell WDSU that dive crews have found the body of a man missing in the collapse, but they are waiting for a crane to...
News October 29, 2008
The transportation construction industry’s chief economist Oct. 29 outlined a program of quick-start projects that, with new federal investment, could immediately help spur job creation and economic recovery across the nation. In testimony before the House Transportation & Infrastructure...
News October 27, 2008
New federal data show Americans are continuing a 10-month-long decline in driving habits, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters announced Oct. 24. The decline is putting new pressure on the way road, bridge and transit projects are funded at a time of record growth in transit ridership,...
News October 24, 2008
It was the transportation industry's equivalent to Oscar Night at the Connecticut Convention Center Oct. 19 as the prestigious America's Transportation Award Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award were presented during a special ceremony at the American Association of State Highway &...
News October 24, 2008
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) issued a number of stern promises to a packed ballroom at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) National Convention in Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 23. The focus of his speech was the...
News October 24, 2008
McGraw-Hill Construction, part of the McGraw-Hill Cos., has released its “2009 Construction Outlook,” which forecasts a drop in overall U.S. construction starts for next year, as the tough funding environment continues, construction projects are deferred and financial stress gradually eases....
News October 23, 2008
The federal government is making $679 million available immediately to states across the nation to cover costs incurred to repair roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural emergencies and catastrophic events, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced Oct. 23 during a visit...
Snow / Ice Removal Equipment Article October 23, 2008
What is a snowball’s chance in 2008-09? Many public works agencies would like to know. After a killer snow season last year, many officials found themselves tapped out of road salt before January hit. Panic is in full swing this fall, as officials brace for another thick covering of flakes and ice...

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