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News November 06, 2008
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reacted to the presidential and Congressional election results with plans to continue its 90 year history of working in a bipartisan fashion to promote the needs of the nation's construction industry. "The construction economy supports the...
News November 06, 2008
Voters across the U.S. approved more than $71 billion in additional transportation funding during the Nov. 4 elections, according to a report by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Twenty-seven of 37 total measures, or 72%, were approved. When taking into account...
News November 05, 2008
Traffic relief in the form of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on I-985 will not make it past the voters in the state of Washington. At press time, the majority was for Sound Transit light rail (Proposition 1 on the ballot), which will extend track service by the early 2020s through a half-cent...
News November 04, 2008
The spike in the price of road salt is spiking the interest of law enforcement agencies. The Illinois’ Attorney General’s office is looking into the higher price of road salt in some areas of the state, which has caused some public works agencies to reduce their purchases of the material. The city...
News October 31, 2008
"States didn't cause this crisis and we shouldn't be left to deal with it alone...A rescue package from the federal government will help soften the blow for average Americans," New York Governor David A. Paterson told the House Ways an Means Committee Oct. 29, joining others urging immediate...
News October 31, 2008
The Federal Highway Administration has signed the final Record of Decision (ROD) for Georgia’s “411 Connector” project, giving the Georgia Department of Transportation the green light to move forward on this long-awaited link between US 411 and the Atlanta-to-Memphis highway. “By asking tough...
News October 30, 2008
A construction worker was killed and three others were injured when a portion of the new Twin Span Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain collapsed Oct. 30. Emergency officials at the scene tell WDSU that dive crews have found the body of a man missing in the collapse, but they are waiting for a crane to...
News October 29, 2008
The transportation construction industry’s chief economist Oct. 29 outlined a program of quick-start projects that, with new federal investment, could immediately help spur job creation and economic recovery across the nation. In testimony before the House Transportation & Infrastructure...
News October 27, 2008
New federal data show Americans are continuing a 10-month-long decline in driving habits, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters announced Oct. 24. The decline is putting new pressure on the way road, bridge and transit projects are funded at a time of record growth in transit ridership,...
News October 24, 2008
It was the transportation industry's equivalent to Oscar Night at the Connecticut Convention Center Oct. 19 as the prestigious America's Transportation Award Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award were presented during a special ceremony at the American Association of State Highway &...
News October 24, 2008
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) issued a number of stern promises to a packed ballroom at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) National Convention in Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 23. The focus of his speech was the...
News October 24, 2008
McGraw-Hill Construction, part of the McGraw-Hill Cos., has released its “2009 Construction Outlook,” which forecasts a drop in overall U.S. construction starts for next year, as the tough funding environment continues, construction projects are deferred and financial stress gradually eases....
News October 23, 2008
The federal government is making $679 million available immediately to states across the nation to cover costs incurred to repair roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural emergencies and catastrophic events, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced Oct. 23 during a visit...
Snow / Ice Removal Equipment Article October 23, 2008
What is a snowball’s chance in 2008-09? Many public works agencies would like to know. After a killer snow season last year, many officials found themselves tapped out of road salt before January hit. Panic is in full swing this fall, as officials brace for another thick covering of flakes and ice...
Excavators Article October 23, 2008
Located in north central Wisconsin, Wausau offers the convenience of city living with the beauty and recreation of the north woods just minutes away from any doorstep in town. Keeping traffic on the city streets moving, especially during the winter months, is the job of the Wausau Department of...
Bridges Article October 23, 2008
Road salts and deicing chemicals are usually used for deicing and ice removal. However, infrastructure deterioration and groundwater contamination are the main drawbacks for using deicing chemicals. Other methods, such as heating the bridge deck using embedded cables, heated fluids, infrared heat...
Software Article October 23, 2008
The mission of the Indiana Department of Transportation (InDOT) is to “plan, build, maintain and operate a superior transportation system enhancing safety, mobility and economic growth.” In an effort to improve the safety and mobility of the traveling public during snow and ice events, InDOT has...
News October 22, 2008
South Carolina can move forward with plans to build the northern leg of I-73 now that federal officials have approved the environmental review for the project, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced Oct. 22. “With this piece of I-73 approved, the people of South Carolina are much...
Road Construction Article October 21, 2008
In 1956, the all-brick Front Street in downtown Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in Louisiana and the Louisiana Purchase territory, was scheduled to be asphalted over. A group of determined women was not about to let that happen to the historic street. The group, which was probably the...
News October 21, 2008
At its Fall Board meeting the week of Oct. 20, AASHTO approved a proposal from its SAFETEA-LU reauthorization task force to recommend to Congress that next year's surface transportation legislation authorize $544.5 billion in new funding. This would almost double the $286 billion authorized over...

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