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Article July 14, 2009
It’s time to brush your teeth, Ray LaHood. The fluoride command is what I give my 3-year-old son before I crawl into his mushy bed and read to him about the predicaments of a curious little monkey or the messes of an aspiring chef disguised as a duck. One story and then it’s lights out, that is the...
News July 14, 2009
The Illinois state legislature appears to be moving, even if it is at a snail’s pace. The Land of Lincoln still does not have an approved fiscal-year budget in hand, but Gov. Pat Quinn signed a $31 billion state construction program that will help improve roads, bridges and other infrastructure. It...
News July 13, 2009
The village of Schaumburg is discontinuing the red-light camera program. It seems that the cameras didn’t improve safety at the intersections where they were posted. Apparently, these intersections didn’t have a high incidence of side-impact crashes to begin with. Instead, there were simply a lot...
News July 13, 2009
Former Arizona state transportation official Victor Mendez has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). “Victor’s lengthy record of delivering major infrastructure projects on time and his enthusiasm for innovative solutions to complex...
News July 10, 2009
U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), the Republican leader of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, citing U.S. Department of Transportation data from July 3, said that the limited funds expended in high-unemployment states and federal bureaucratic red tape have failed to get jobs and...
News July 09, 2009
The first year of Missouri's five-year highway construction program approved July 9 by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will be robust, largely due to recovery-act funding, the Safe and Sound Bridge Improvement Program and the new Mississippi River Bridge in St. Louis....
News July 09, 2009
The case against a group of men who are being accused of throwing substandard concrete into the walls of Boston’s “Big Dig” project is beginning to stick. Two of the six former managers of Aggregate Industries NE Inc. that were indicted in 2006 have pleaded guilty of delivering faulty product....
News July 09, 2009
Urban areas are being shortchanged on federal stimulus funds, according to a study by the New York Times. Cities and their surrounding areas are home to two-thirds of the country’s population, three-quarters of the nation’s economic activity and the worst traffic congestion, but they are receiving...
News July 08, 2009
World cement consumption is expected to decline 1.7% in 2009, a modest drop that is cushioned by a roughly 4% growth in utilization by China and India. According to a recent report by the Portland Cement Association (PCA), gains in China and India, which together account for 58% of the world’s...
News July 08, 2009
As goes the American economy, so goes the traffic. Though it might have been hard to notice, traffic congestion took a break from its worsening trend even before the current recession, with high gas prices in the last half of 2007 bringing about a slight reduction in traffic, according to the...
News July 07, 2009
Construction again had the highest industry unemployment rate at 17.4%, not seasonally adjusted, up from 8.2% a year earlier, according to the Data DIGest report. Construction job losses totaled 79,000 (-1.3%) in June, seasonally adjusted, and 992,000 (-14%) over 12 months. All construction job...
News July 06, 2009
It appears the state of Texas is closing the book on public-private partnerships, but it is not removing the bookmark. Despite pleas from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, state lawmakers are refusing to extend the authority to enter long-term contracts with private investors after the summer. Perry, however...
News July 06, 2009
The Obama administration has released details of a mini-authorization proposal that would extend current federal highway and public transportation programs and funding levels for 18 months and incorporates several new administration policy priorities. The plan would transfer $18 billion from the...
News July 06, 2009
The U.S. DOT said contractors working on federally assisted contracts for projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are not required to meet executive compensation reporting requirements. Provisions in the ARRA law require direct recipients and their sub-recipients...
News July 06, 2009
Gregory G. Nadeau will join the Federal Highway Administration as deputy administrator on July 8, The FHWA announced. “Greg’s background is ideal for the Federal Highway Administration,” said FHWA’s Executive Director Jeffrey F. Paniati. “He brings a unique combination of transportation and...
Article July 04, 2009
At ATSSA’s 39th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, held in February in San Jose, Calif., products received Innovation Awards. First place was awarded to Mobile Barriers LLC for their MBT1 trailer. Second place was a tie between Plastic Safety Systems Inc.’s RoadQuake rumble strip and Nucor Steel...
News July 02, 2009
The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that the number of overall traffic fatalities reported in 2008 hit their lowest level since 1961 and that fatalities in the first three months of 2009 continue to decrease. The fatality rate, which accounts for variables like fewer miles...
News July 01, 2009
More than half of U.S. highway fatalities are related to deficient roadway conditions--a substantially more lethal factor than drunken driving, speeding or failing to use safety belts--according to a landmark study released today. Ten roadway-related crashes occur every minute (5.3 million a year)...
News July 01, 2009
P. Flanigan & Sons Inc. received the Diamond Achievement Commendation (DAC) for their Monroe Street Plant from the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA). The DAC recognizes companies with responsible hot-mix asphalt (HMA) operation practices and effective community relations. “The...
News June 30, 2009
For first quarter 2009, the Carolinas AGC Construction Barometer posted a modest 3.3% gain because of growing empirical evidence of a slowing rate of economic deterioration in Carolinas commercial construction. The rate of downward change in first quarter was much less severe than the drop in...

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