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Funding News August 02, 2011
A July 29 Obama administration proposal to increase fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks to an average 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) between 2017 and 2025 would result in the loss of more than $65 billion in federal funding for state and local highway, bridge and transit improvements,...
Bridges News August 02, 2011
Construction of a new shopping center is not going to open up a line for potential bidders of a new overpass. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced on Aug. 1 that the proposed Governor’s Square III Shopping Center could survive without a multi-million-dollar overpass of State...
Funding News July 29, 2011
Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) introduced legislation on July 29 to create a tax credit bond program dedicated to transportation infrastructure. Transportation and Regional Infrastructure Project bonds, or TRIPs, will be a financing tool to fund the...
Transportation Management News July 28, 2011
On July 28, the Illinois Tollway proposed a new $12 billion, 15-year capital plan designed to create jobs, stimulate the economy, provide better travel conditions and relieve congestion. The proposed capital plan, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, maps out the Illinois Tollway...
Funding News July 27, 2011
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) on July 27 released a revenue-neutral solution to rebuild and modernize America’s interstates without raising the gas tax. The proposal, advanced by AEM in an ongoing effort to reinvigorate the stalled debate on infrastructure investment financing,...
Funding News July 27, 2011
The nation’s deteriorating surface transportation infrastructure will cost the American economy more than 870,000 jobs, and suppress the growth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product by $3.1 trillion by 2020, according to a new report released July 27 by the American Society of Civil Engineers....
Funding News July 26, 2011
Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) wants to put an end to the hijacking of airline construction work. The ranking Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee called on Republicans to accept a “clean” Federal Aviation Administration bill following legislation that would fund the...
Concrete News July 25, 2011
Despite recovery momentum in late 2010, the U.S. economy is again in a slowdown. This will weaken construction activity and restrain gains in cement consumption until 2013, according to the most recent economic forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA). PCA downgraded its cement...
News July 22, 2011
The Federal Aviation Administration was headed for a partial shutdown starting at midnight on July 22 after Congress adjourned without approving the 21st extension of Airport and Airway Trust Fund taxes and spending authority. The shutdown will affect construction projects funded by FAA’s Airport...
News July 22, 2011
Federal financial instruments and initiatives like a proposed national "Infrastructure Bank" designed to attract private investment into transportation infrastructure projects should be included in the new highway/transit bill, Pete Ruane, president of the American Road & Transportation...
News July 21, 2011
The Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project, a joint effort between the Oregon and Washington State departments of transportation, may be dependent on checks clearing before it is allowed to move forward. On July 21 the Oregon Treasury said the CRC was using optimistic toll revenue projections and...
Editorial/Commentary Article July 21, 2011
I knew there was another side to Ms. Perrone, and it came blaring out from the obnoxious side of a megaphone. It was during the great teachers’ strike of my time, one that lasted about as long as it takes to suffer a splinter to the index finger from a picket sign. As a fourth-grade teacher, Ms....
News July 20, 2011
A plan for Georgia’s first public-private toll road project is set to go out for bid, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have not decided when it will happen. The path to putting the project out for bid was cleared recently when...
News July 19, 2011
The state of Pennsylvania may finally have a solution to its highway-funding shortfall, and it does not call for a tax increase. However, motorists will be paying more at the pump. An advisory commission formed by Gov. Tom Corbett has released a plan that should generate $2.5 billion annually over...
News July 18, 2011
Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez over the weekend reviewed the innovative, money-saving construction methods that will allow the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to replace 14 bridges this summer as part of the I-93 FAST 14 project. "This kind of innovation is...
Roads Report Article July 15, 2011
  Old divides run deep   Ford or Chevy? It’s one of the great debates of our modern society. Long after we’ve decided between the Beatles and the Stones or “tastes great” and “less filling,” we’ll still be arguing about who makes the best American cars.   This past May, four buddies in Georgia...
Equipment Article July 15, 2011
The Terwiliger Curves on I-5, south of Portland, Ore., is a challenging section of freeway. The curving section is squeezed between a high rock cliff to the west and the Willamette River to the east. The roadway snakes its way into Portland through a number of sharp curves and a posted speed of 50...
Equipment Article July 15, 2011
Standard features have been improved and new features are available in several current models of skid-steer loaders.   Operator comfort and ease of use is optimized with larger cabs and better visibility. Case’s models have cabs that are 25% larger than older editions. Bobcat made its loader easier...
Maintenance Article July 15, 2011
Over the past few years there have been some changes regarding roadside vegetation management with a shift focused on three things: (1) reducing maintenance costs, (2) implementing native vegetation on the right-of-way and (3) selectively removing problematic, undesirable weeds and invasive species...
Unpaved Roads Article July 15, 2011
  An estimated 80% of all roads in the world are unpaved. According to an AASTHO report, approximately 20% of pavements fail due to insufficient structural strength.   Nowadays, it is challenging to optimally manage available natural and financial resources on construction of new roads and repair,...
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