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Transportation Management News March 19, 2012
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the city council of Hoover, Ala., announced a plan to widen portions of US 31 near I-459 to alleviate traffic problems on the north-south route.   According to the project plan, — advanced Thursday night during a Hoover city council session —...
Funding News March 16, 2012
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on March 16 that a new report on the state of America’s transportation infrastructure, 2010 Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges and Transit: Conditions and Performance, points to a sizeable gap between current spending and projected levels of...
Bridges News March 16, 2012
Tolls are coming to the I-5 Bridge in Washington. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the measure into law on March 15, and by charging motorists to cross legislators hope they can generate about one-third of the $3.4 billion price tag to build a new bridge—the Columbia River Crossing (CRC).   The bill also...
Bridges News March 15, 2012
New Yorkers will soon begin to see the first physical manifestations of preparatory work for the future Tappan Zee Bridge.   Contractors began an extensive pile-driving project along the path of the new proposed bridge March 13 as the latest milestone for the New Tappan Zee Bridge Project.   New...
Law News March 14, 2012
The U.S. Senate today approved a two-year transportation authorization bill. Valued at $109 billion, the approval comes just 17 days before the latest extension of SAFETEA-LU expires. In that 17 days, the House needs to reassemble its stalled attempt at a transportation bill and deliver a bill to...
Transportation Management News March 14, 2012
The Georgia Department of Transportation discussed plans to put a new set of express toll lanes on Georgia State Route 400 at a public forum in Roswell, Ga., on Tuesday. The HOT lanes, as GDOT calls them, could help relieve traffic issues on one of the most congested roads in the metropolitan...
Editorial/Commentary News March 14, 2012
Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez joined District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on March 13 to unveil the Pennsylvania Avenue Great Streets project in southeast Washington, which will improve pedestrian safety, provide better access to businesses and help revitalize commerce.   "The...
Editorial/Commentary News March 13, 2012
The construction industry lost 13,000 jobs between January and February, but continued a string of year-over-year job increases, according to an analysis of new federal employment data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association officials said that short-term factors such as...
Transportation Management News March 12, 2012
The Washington State Department of Transportation recently installed seven traffic cameras and three ramp meters along an 11-mile stretch of southbound I-5. Department officials hope the devices will help regulate traffic flow between Lakewood and Lacey.   Images from the cameras will be available...
Bridges News March 12, 2012
Construction on the John James Audubon Bridge came to a close late last month when the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LaDOTD) completed the new Mississippi River crossing—the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere—on time using an innovative contract tool.  ...
Funding News March 11, 2012
The five-year transportation bill created by the House did not carry any earmarks, but over 260 amendments to the measure proved to be a deafening blow.   House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) raised the white flag last week, essentially killing any chance that his chamber would produce a highway...
Editorial/Commentary News March 08, 2012
The Texas Transportation Commission approved final rules last week that will streamline the environmental review process for transportation projects.   In addition to increasing the efficiency of the environmental review process, the new rules implement statutory requirements passed by the Texas...
Editorial/Commentary News March 07, 2012
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) announced March 6 that it will continue pursuing a potential conversion to a cashless, all-electronic toll (AET) collection system due to the numerous advantages the system could offer motorists and the agency, including enhanced safety, a cleaner...
Funding News March 06, 2012
The Senate rejected a motion to end debate on MAP-21, its two-year, $109 billion transportation reauthorization bill, by a vote of 54-44. Negotiations continue behind the scene on a list of amendments that will be allowed to be brought up for Senate consideration as part of the consideration of the...
Transportation Management News March 06, 2012
The city of Aurora, Ill., is working to spread its network of traffic signal monitoring devices that allow remote analysis of traffic patterns, according to the Aurora Beacon-News.   The system consists of high-tech traffic signals and cameras at various intersections across town. The signals send...
Funding News March 06, 2012
The nation’s mayors renewed their call for enactment of job-creating bipartisan transportation legislation now pending in Congress.   In a letter signed by 188 U.S. mayors including U.S. Conference of Mayors leaders, the mayors urged the House and Senate to enact bicameral, bipartisan surface...
Editorial/Commentary News March 05, 2012
Construction spending inched down less than 0.1% in January, following a large upward revision in December and November, according to a new analysis of federal data released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). All forms of residential construction did well for the month and year...
News March 02, 2012
The Illinois Tollway announced that it is seeking an engineering firm with nationwide experience to provide an overall review of the Tollway’s current construction practices and past construction projects to apply lessons learned and best practices to the new 15-year, $12 billion capital program...
Funding News March 01, 2012
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) has admitted to losing sleep over what has been a failed attempt at introducing a multiyear transportation bill. The House appears to have come up with a solution, but it might make industry officials a little restless...
Equipment News February 29, 2012
U.S. construction equipment exports increased 43% in 2011 compared with the previous year for a total $23.5 billion of machinery shipped to other nations, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). This follows growth of 28% in 2010 after a 2009 decline of 38% in the depths of...
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