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News June 26, 2008
U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill., criticized the Bush administration June 25 for its “insufficient” and “inexplicable” response to flooding in Illinois. The previous day, the administration declared 13 counties in the state major disaster areas, freeing up food, water and other emergency provisions....
News June 25, 2008
San Francisco Bay-area commuters will have access to cutting-edge real-time traffic, transit and road-safety information as a result of a $12.4 million partnership announced today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). "America...
News June 25, 2008
The Missouri Department of Transportation now has a presence on YouTube to help the public visualize new transportation concepts, better understand potential transportation options or safety efforts and view a history of some projects. MoDOT recently posted four new videos about highway and...
News June 24, 2008
The House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 6327) June 24 providing a three-month extension of the taxes and spending authority for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs but dropped from the bill a provision that would have provided an $8 billion fix for the Highway Trust Fund's...
News June 24, 2008
Growing traffic gridlock is driving up logistics costs for businesses, and the $230 billion annual economic toll of highway crashes being paid by American companies in the form of higher health care costs and lost productivity pose an immediate and long-term threat to U.S. global competitiveness,...
News June 24, 2008
On the heels of the announcement that Modern Continental Co. is being charged with lying about the quality of its work, the firm has filed for bankruptcy. Modern Continental made a Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Boston June 23, the first business day after federal prosecutors...
News June 23, 2008
The condition of Massachusetts’ highways, bridges and transit system are likely to worsen, leading to further deterioration, increased travel delays, and increased costs to drivers, unless the state is able to increase transportation investment, according to a new report released on June 23 by...
News June 23, 2008
Federal prosecutors have charged the largest construction contractor on Boston’s $15 million Big Dig road and tunnel construction project with lying about the quality of its work on two areas of the tunnel system, including the portion where a 2006 ceiling collapse killed a woman. The U.S. attorney...
News June 19, 2008
Kentucky’s gas tax is set to increase by 1.5 cents to 21.1 cents on July 1, even though the cost of gasoline, which has been above $4 a gallon for much of the past month, has driven sales of gasoline down 2.6% in the state this year, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Kentucky's diesel tax...
News June 19, 2008
Employment in highway and bridge construction fell by 3.6% in April 2008 compared to the same month one year ago, according to a monthly economic analysis released June 9 by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Data for the month of April, the latest month available...
News June 19, 2008
At a time of record-high gas prices and a corresponding surge in transit ridership, Americans are driving less for the sixth month in a row, highlighting the need to find a more sustainable and effective way to fund highway construction and maintenance, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E....
News June 17, 2008
“We cannot continue on the path of the past,” said Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn) said June 17 in La Grange, Ill., during a discussion with local lawmakers. The discussion, which focused on transportation needs for the Chicago region, the 2009 Transportation Bill and its impact on the Chicago...
Article June 16, 2008
There’s more to the stripes on the road than you might think. An entire subculture of researchers and industry experts spend their time and energy exploring the benefits of pavement markings, human factors, new materials, application techniques, measurement methods, specification protocols and...
Article June 16, 2008
In 2005, the contractor for a highway construction project on I-90 in Albany, N.Y., requested permission from the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to try a novel technique for illuminating the 3-mile nighttime work zone: semipermanent, high-mast lighting to be installed at the...
Article June 16, 2008
Most roadwork today involves reconstruction, rehabilitation and maintenance occurring near lanes of traffic on existing roadways. More and more agencies are doing roadwork on high-volume facilities at night to reduce traffic delays and complaints by the public that would typically be caused by...
Article June 16, 2008
Last fall, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) broke ground on a project to replace a stretch of unique guardrail in a unique location. The historic significance of the 1930s log rail, and its location along a scenic byway and within a state park, meant that WSDOT had to meet...
Article June 16, 2008
While the roadway of tomorrow isn’t here just yet, the rules of the roadway of tomorrow are getting closer. Thanks to the work of scores of road safety experts around the nation, the first updates to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) since 2003 are en route. Traffic-control...
Article June 16, 2008
Often the only clue that drivers are approaching an exit in a work zone is a larger gap in a continuous stream of standard orange-and-white-striped panels or drums. These gaps are hard for drivers to detect at reasonable distances. Drivers have trouble finding freeway and arterial exits when they’...
Article June 16, 2008
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has decided to leave roadkill where it’s at this fiscal year. Many transportation agencies in the U.S., including IDOT, have left guardrail fighting for its life on the road for a lot longer. Everywhere I travel by car I see the safety device with...
News June 16, 2008
Capital Beltway drivers are one step closer to a smoother commute June 12 after $589 million in tax-exempt private activity bonds were issued for the first time ever by sponsors of the I-495 Capital Beltway High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes Project in Northern Virginia, announced Transportation...

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