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News March 30, 2009
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) March 30 presented awards at the 27th annual Lifesavers conference honoring 15 individuals and groups for their exemplary achievements in promoting highway safety. "President Obama has asked Americans to get involved to make a difference...
News March 30, 2009
Propex Inc. announced that it will now operate outside of bankruptcy after spending 14 months under Chapter 11 protection. The Chattanooga-based premier global supplier of polypropylene fabrics and fibers for the geosynthetic, concrete, furnishings and industrial markets used its time in protection...
News March 30, 2009
The House and Senate Budget committees passed their respective budget resolutions providing a non-binding blueprint for FY 2010 federal spending and tax policy. The House and Senate will consider the resolutions next week, with final passage votes expected by the weekend. Both resolutions provide...
News March 27, 2009
Settlements with two more companies involved in building the Big Dig tunnel that collapsed in July 2006 have been reached, the Massachusetts attorney general’s office announced on March 26. Attorney General Martha Coakley announced the settlements with Gannett Fleming Inc. in Camp Hill, Pa., and...
News March 27, 2009
Working to boost the economy while protecting human health and the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) a $400,000 grant to help retrofit construction equipment that is leased to construction...
News March 27, 2009
North Dakota, the home of Bobcat Co., is preparing for major flooding in the eastern part of the state and battling flood conditions in the west and central areas. The Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn., area, which is home to the Bobcat’s world headquarters, is working 24 hours a day to fill more than 2...
News March 26, 2009
Drivers on two of Texas' busiest highways--the I-635 and the North Tarrant Express in Dallas/Fort Worth--are on their way to a less congested ride now that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has approved the tolling of new lanes being constructed to relieve congestion. "Investing in...
News March 23, 2009
Plans for a $900 million upgrade to New Jersey’s I-295/I-76/Route 42 interchange can move forward now that federal officials have given final environmental approval, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced March 20. “This project will help the people of New Jersey and their economy,”...
News March 23, 2009
Highway and Transportation Division Chairman Don Weaver presented AGC testimony to the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming the week of March 16 on the topic of “Constructing a Green Transportation Policy.” Weaver used the opportunity to point out that studies show that...
News March 20, 2009
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission gave approval March 19 to the final list of transportation projects to be funded by economic recovery funds. The transportation improvements are expected to directly or indirectly support 22,000 jobs. "This final list of economic stimulus...
News March 20, 2009
The approval of the federal stimulus package will provide a welcome down payment toward meeting Idaho’s funding shortfall for projects to address the deficiencies on its roads, highways and bridge. But it will not be adequate to allow the rapidly growing state to proceed with numerous projects...
News March 20, 2009
Enactment of the FY 2010 budget resolution "will be the starting point as the House considers the new surface transportation authorization bill," Kansas Secretary of Transportation Deb Miller testified March 18 before the House Budget Committee. Appearing on behalf of the American Association of...
News March 19, 2009
The Georgia State Transportation Board approved 135 separate economic stimulus projects across the state valued at more than $512 million. They are the first of hundreds of transportation projects throughout Georgia that will begin during the coming year utilizing $932 million in federal stimulus...
News March 19, 2009
New estimates released Thursday show the decline in American driving continued in January 2009 with 7 billion fewer vehicle-miles traveled (VMT), or 3.1% less, compared with the same month a year earlier. This is the first back-to-back decline for January since 1981-1982. The decline now exceeds...
News March 18, 2009
The U.S. Department of Transportation is keeping its promise to use its economic recovery funding to invest in the nation’s transportation system and create jobs, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said March 17. In remarks to the National League of Cities in Washington, LaHood told the...
Article March 17, 2009
Rockport, Ind., is a small, quiet city surrounded by beautiful foliage and gently rolling hills. To mirror that attractiveness, it is important to the city and its residents to have aesthetically pleasing roads. State Road 70 (between U.S. 231 and State Road 66 outside of town), which is about 10...
Article March 17, 2009
Every winter, we feel them on the highway. Every summer, the acrid smell of road tar reminds us of their presence: cracks in the road. When the temperatures drop, thermal contraction puts stress on paved roads. When that stress becomes too much, the pavement cracks. Low-temperature cracking is one...
Article March 17, 2009
Thin-lift asphalt mixes are making a resurgence in Ohio. A Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) emphasis on preventive maintenance, the need to use paving dollars judiciously and the drive to deliver better pavement conditions for the public have caused engineers to look to thin asphalt overlays...
Article March 17, 2009
By the time the readers of ROADS & BRIDGES magazine see this article, Congress should have enacted the largest public works bill since the 1956 legislation that established the Interstate Highway System. The bill I refer to is the Economic Recovery and Jobs Creation Act, which includes a...
Loader Backhoes Article March 16, 2009
Today’s loader backhoes are economical yet powerful, designed to provide users with optimal results. New features, from the Kubota M59’s 59-hp three-vortex combustion system diesel engine that allows increased airflow into the combustion chamber to Deere’s “creep to reposition” feature that means...

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