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News February 15, 2010
Mike Kennedy, general counsel for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), issued the following statement in response to the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) decision to “delay” enforcement of its off-road diesel emissions rule and hold a March 11 public meeting: "We appreciate...
News February 12, 2010
There will be a smaller jobs bill floating around the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has proposed a measure that calls for $90 billion and includes less funding for public works construction. A procedural vote on Reid’s version is scheduled for Feb. 22. The latest extension for...
News February 11, 2010
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) was scheduled to host a public forum today to decide on a plan for easing congestion and improving safety on a narrow stretch of I-694 near Minneapolis-St. Paul. Mn/DOT’s tentative plans call for revamping entrance and exit ramps to I-694 and...
News February 10, 2010
A HOT-lane contractor in Virginia is in hot water. Make that muddy water. Flour-Lane LLC, a joint venture handling the construction of high-occupancy toll lanes through 14 miles on the Beltway, is being sued by environmental group Potomac Riverkeeper for excessive dirt running off the site and into...
News February 10, 2010
Congress should take the opportunity provided by the pending reauthorization of the federal transportation bill to consider new ways to fund the U.S. transportation system, shifting from indirect fees such as fuel taxes to fees that charge drivers directly for the miles they travel, according to a...
News February 09, 2010
As the Senate debates the merits of a jobs bill, a new report—Projects and Paychecks: a One-Year Report on State Transportation Successes under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—finds that more than 280,000 jobs were created and more than 12,250 transportation projects are under way as a...
News February 08, 2010
Still fueled by Sen. Scott Brown’s stunning victory in Massachusetts, Republicans became boisterous on Capitol Hill when it came to talking about a new six-year highway bill. During a House Appropriations Committee hearing, Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) challenged Transportation Secretary Ray...
News February 08, 2010
Overall U.S. job growth continued to be undermined by the severe downturn affecting the construction industry as another 75,000 construction workers lost their jobs in January 2010 and the industry's unemployment rate jumped to 24.7%, according to federal employment figures. Excluding construction...
News February 05, 2010
Budget analysts in Maryland are urging the state General Assembly to divert funds from transportation to the general fund, the Baltimore Sun reported. The budget officials said their recommendation would “relieve funding pressure on the general fund,” at a recent budget briefing before the state...
News February 04, 2010
Construction spending during December was estimated by the U.S. Commerce Department at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $902.5 billion, 1.2% below the revised November estimate of $913.2 billion. The December figure is 9.9% below the December 2008 estimate of $1,002.1 billion. During 2009,...
News February 04, 2010
JCB and Volvo Construction Equipment have entered into a framework agreement under which they will cooperate on the engineering and manufacturing of skid-steer loader and compact tracked loader products for distribution under their respective brands and through their respective global dealer...
News February 02, 2010
Construction employment grew in only four out of 337 metropolitan areas in 2009 as spending on construction projects dropped by $100 billion in December to a six-year low of $903 billion, according to a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of federal figures. “The...
News February 01, 2010
Beyond a possible second jobs bill, the White House does not plan on providing the road and bridge industry with a funding boost, or a long-term highway bill—at least not until mid-2011. President Barack Obama released his FY 2011 budget on Feb. 1, calling for a .6% increase, $41.363 billion, in...
News February 01, 2010
A new ferry was scheduled to begin service across Lake Champlain this morning, the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press reported. The free service is a substitute for commuters who used to cross the lake on the Lake Champlain Bridge, which was closed for safety reasons three months ago. The ferry crossing...
News January 29, 2010
Failure to increase the state gas tax could cost Michigan 243 road and bridge jobs over the next five years. Lawmakers and industry advocates are scrambling to find support for the measure, which would spike the current gas tax of 19 cents to 27 cents. Half of the increase would take affect once...
News January 28, 2010
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is awarding $8 billion to states across the country to develop America’s first nationwide program of high-speed intercity passenger rail service. Funded by the American Recovery...
News January 27, 2010
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) has announced a call for entries for the 2010 Best of ITS Awards, a program that recognizes the organizations that have produced the most innovative products and services in the intelligent transportation systems industry. ITS...
News January 27, 2010
In a bizarre twist of politics, a lawmaker in the state of Tennessee is trying to make it a crime to work on I-69. Rep. Matthew Hill has introduced House Bill 2785, which will make it a Class E felony under Tennessee’s criminal code for anyone at the Tennessee DOT to knowingly enter in any contract...
Traffic Management Article January 26, 2010
You all know the acronym. The MUTCD is the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, right? Not to me. My definition? My Unpleasant Traffic Court Day. My name was called. I crossed the courtroom and faced the assistant city attorney. “Oh, you got a ticket at the airport,” he said, “Let’s discuss...
Traffic Management Article January 26, 2010
Public agency project owners often seek innovation from the private sector to help reduce project costs and add technical enhancements. Many project owners have had success by allowing proposers to incorporate alternative technical concepts (ATCs) into their proposals. The Intercounty Connector (...

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