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News October 02, 2008
It appears Pennsylvania’s self-help guide to road funding has been burned. After learning that the Federal Highway Administration denied its application for a grant to toll I-80, the state received word on Wednesday, Oct. 10, that the group looking to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike for $12.8...
News October 02, 2008
Public-private pacts on roads are being considered in South Carolina by state officials who have realized that the 16-cent-per-gallon gas tax is no longer bringing in enough money to keep up state roads and bridges. State revenue from the gas tax is projected to be nearly 5% less this year, which...
News October 01, 2008
More than $28 million was awarded to the family of a woman killed when the ceiling of a Big Dig tunnel collapsed back in July 2006. The settlement was announced Sep. 30 by attorneys for the husband and three adult children of Milena Del Valle, 39, a Costa Rican woman who lived in Boston, who was...
News September 26, 2008
A $130 million yearly shortfall in the money needed to maintain roads and bridges and handle new projects may be on the horizon for South Dakota, according to state Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist. Rising construction costs and declining gas tax revenues are to blame for the possible...
News September 26, 2008
Illinois Tollway Executive Director Brian McPartlin has announced that he will be leaving the agency on Oct. 24 to take a position in the private sector. McPartlin joined the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority in 2003 as chief of administration and was named executive director in 2006. In 2003...
News September 25, 2008
When it comes to the “Bridge to Nowhere,” Sen. Barack Obama and Joe Biden erected the same support as Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. According to a CNN report, the presidential Democratic duo voted to kill a Senate amendment that would have diverted federal funding for the bridge to repair a Louisiana...
News September 24, 2008
By a vote of 372-56, the House of Representatives Sep. 24 passed a continuing resolution (CR) to provide partial funds for Fiscal Year 2009 for those federal programs for which a free standing appropriations bill had not been passed, including the Department of Transportation. Fiscal Year 2009...
News September 22, 2008
Drivers and freight shippers will experience less delay at U.S. border crossings in California, Texas and Washington thanks to a U.S. Department of Transportation effort to prioritize and accelerate projects that ease border congestion, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced Sep. 19...
News September 22, 2008
Virginia governor Timothy M. Kaine announced Sep. 18 that the American Road and Transportation Builders Association has honored the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Secretary of Transportation Pierce R. Homer and Deputy Secretary of Transportation Barbara W. Reese for their outstanding...
News September 19, 2008
"If additional federal transportation funding is provided to the states through a stimulus bill, it will accelerate the creation of construction jobs within 30 to 90 days, because we have projects that are ready to go now and awaiting funding," said Pete K. Rahn, President of the American...
News September 19, 2008
The Delaware Department of Transportation has begun planning which road projects it will begin in the next six years, but a lack of funding could delay some projects. Delaware had hoped to consider new projects in 2015, but the lack of funds and increasing costs could mean more projects are delayed...
News September 19, 2008
3M has been selected as one of the suppliers of corrosion protection for rebar in the new I-35W bridge, which opened Sep. 18 in Minneapolis. 3M’s Scotchkote 413 Fusion Bonded Epoxy Coating was applied to the concrete reinforcing steel to extend the life of the bridge deck by protecting the rebar...
News September 19, 2008
The federal government is making $5 million available immediately to begin funding work to repair roads, bridges and airports damaged by Hurricane Ike, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced Sep. 17 during a visit to the Houston region. She added that more funds will be made...
News September 16, 2008
U.S. Department of Transportation chief economist Jack Wells Sep. 16 blogged about transportation spending, particularly with regards to job creation and short-term economic growth. “It’s really more correct to say that the billion dollars ‘supports'…jobs because the actual number of new jobs...
Excavators Article September 16, 2008
Take a drive to Port Severn, Ontario—about 90 miles northwest of Toronto—and you’ll come across a recently constructed road and bridge adjacent to Dam G. Most people drive over it without paying any mind to what it took to make the concrete, asphalt and steel piece of infrastructure that helps them...
News September 16, 2008
A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Federal Highway Administration’s Highway Bridge Program needs clearer goals and performance measures to make it more focused and sustainable. The study found that bridge conditions in the country, as measured by the number...
News September 11, 2008
The House of Representatives Sep. 11 approved H.R. 6532 transferring $8 billion from the general fund of the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund. The vote was 376 in favor and 29 Republicans voting against. House action was necessary because the original version of H.R. 6532 transferred the funds on...
News September 11, 2008
The Federal Highway Administration announced Sep. 11 that it did not approve an application from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to place tolls on I-80. The agency said the planned use of toll revenues does not meet federal requirements as there is...
News September 11, 2008
Breaking through a deadlock that had stalled action for months, the Senate Wednesday night by voice vote approved the immediate transfer of $8.017 billion from the federal government's General Fund to the Highway Trust Fund to restore its solvency. "State departments of transportation are...
News September 09, 2008
Vermont state transportation officials shut down the Bridge Street Bridge, Richmond's main bridge, Sep. 4 after discovering that steel under the structure had deteriorated so much that it was unsafe for vehicles. The 80-year-old steel truss Bridge Street Bridge, which connects the town to nearby I-...

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