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News August 08, 2008
In 2006, Missouri transportation officials announced that 802 state bridges would be repaired or replaced within five years. Two years later, the project has not started. This June, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission requested that design work start on the project, even though a...
News August 07, 2008
Ever-increasing material costs are squeezing state transportation budgets and causing real reductions in the actual amount of construction work put in place, according to a new American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) economic report. A major spike in diesel fuel, steel and...
Road Construction Article August 06, 2008
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is preparing for the largest infrastructure improvement project the state has ever seen. Wisconsin is no stranger to construction—in the past four years WisDOT has rebuilt the $810 million Marquette Interchange in the center of downtown Milwaukee...
Bridges Article August 06, 2008
The new I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis is a modern prestressed concrete segmental bridge designed with multiple levels of redundancy to provide over 100 years of service life. Two parallel structures, with a maximum span of 504 ft, will carry 10 lanes of...
Storm Water Article August 06, 2008
Improvements to I-75 in southwest Florida have been planned for years. Originally slated for traditional design-bid-build, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) decided to instead utilize a design-build-finance public-private partnership approach for this project. At that time, the I-75...
Article August 06, 2008
Snaking its way between the winding Juniata River and the steep slope of Shade Mountain, the Lewistown Narrows, a section of Rte. 22/322 in Pennsylvania, has historically been a notorious stretch of road. As a vital artery between the Harrisburg/Hershey and Lewistown/State College regions, the...
Bridges Article August 06, 2008
By lowering a section of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, engineers have raised the level of development and cohesiveness of the neighborhood on the northern bank of the Anacostia River near the new ballpark of the Washington Nationals. Rehabilitating the bridge (also known as the South...
News August 06, 2008
The Columbia River Crossing, also known as the I-5 Bridge between Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., received national priority status from the White House Aug. 5, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters. The elite status, extended to only 20 other projects over the last five years,...
News August 04, 2008
Flatiron Construction Corp., one of the largest bridge and infrastructure contractors in the U.S., secured a Canadian $995 million (U.S. $976 million) contract to design and construct the northwest portion of a new ring road around the city of Edmonton, known as Anthony Henday Drive North. Flatiron...
News August 04, 2008
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), has released State Transportation Statistics 2007(STS)–a 140-page reference guide to transportation data by state. The fifth annual STS covers data on infrastructure, safety,...
News August 01, 2008
Another attempt to give life to the Highway Trust Fund fix has failed. The Senate attempted to take up the “extenders” legislation, which included a provision to provide the revenue necessary to fix the Highway Trust Fund and prevent a potential 34% cut in federal highway funds to states in FY 2009...
News August 01, 2008
President Bush’s nominee to take over as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration has been confirmed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Thomas J. Madison Jr. breezed through the confirmation hearing on July 30, the Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times reported. Madison said...
News July 30, 2008
Acting Federal Highway Administrator Jim Ray issued a "call to arms" on highway safety July 24, urging state Departments of Transportation to adopt more coordinated, systemwide approaches to reduce crashes. "Safety is our top priority and, while the fatality rate on our nation's roads is the lowest...
News July 29, 2008
A clean and historic break with the past is needed to encourage the future vitality of our country’s transportation network, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters, who July 29 unveiled the Bush Administration’s new plan to refocus, reform and renew the national approach to highway and...
News July 29, 2008
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its Mid-Session Estimates July 28 for various government accounts, including the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). OMB's report updates the estimates that were given in February that were included in the President's budget request. For the HTF, OMB...
News July 28, 2008
A 1,200-pound chunk of concrete tore off the underside of an overpass and rained down on motorists but caused no injuries, nearly a year after the deadly collapse of a Mississippi River bridge in neighboring Minneapolis. The 6-ft x 9-ft section fell July 26 from the Maryland Avenue bridge onto two...
News July 28, 2008
It would cost at least $140 billion to repair all the nation's bridges if work began immediately, a nationwide safety organization said in a comprehensive report July 28. The price tag will rise if the repairs are delayed, the group said. "States simply cannot keep up with bridge maintenance," the...
News July 28, 2008
New Federal data showing further steep declines in the number of miles Americans are driving is additional proof that the country needs new means–other than the gas tax–to finance the nation’s transportation infrastructure, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters said July 28. “By driving...
News July 25, 2008
This Sept. 15-16, hundreds of industry executives will gather in Washington, D.C., for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) milestone 20th Annual Public-Private Ventures in Transportation Conference. If you or your organization is involved or interested in the...
News July 25, 2008
It will cost $28 million to repair Pittsburgh’s Birmingham Bridge—money the state simply does not have. The damages to the bridge are not visibly apparent. However, in February, corroded steel supports caused a concrete pier to move, resulting in a portion of the deck shifting and dropping. No one...

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