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Smart & Resilient Cities News December 08, 2015
Bicycles are gaining ground in the state of Iowa after six complete street projects were awarded a combined $75,000 in grants. The complete street projects and the amount of funding received by each, administered through the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, breaks down as follows...
Article December 07, 2015
Tom Foss is starting to hear the threats just when the teasing appears to be coming to an end.   For years, Congress has played with the minds of those in the road and bridge industry regarding the passage of a multiyear highway bill. Hope would build and then be snuffed out in the form of another...
DOT in Crisis Article December 07, 2015

Rhode Island ranks dead last in the U.S. in percentage of structurally deficient and/or functionally obsolete bridges at 56%; no other state is even within 10% of this figure.

The first state to declare its independence, on May 4, 1776, and the last to ratify the U.S. Constitution, on May 29, 1790, Rhode Island has, it seems, always existed in a state of extremis.    And while it is the smallest state in total area—clocking in at only just over 1,200 sq miles—Rhode...
Article December 07, 2015
The streets and neighborhoods of Scranton, Pa., nestle along rugged hills surrounding the valleys of the Lackawanna River and Roaring Brook.   Scranton grew rapidly during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when the mining of coal and iron ore fueled economic growth in northeastern...
Article December 07, 2015
Missouri is the “Show-Me” state. Indeed, that is exactly what transportation consultants needed to do when presenting that state’s department of transportation (MoDOT) with an innovative plan to convert a 3-mile stretch of U.S. 60, a major expressway linking Rogersville and Springfield, into...
Funding News December 07, 2015
President Obama signed into law a five-year, $305 billion highway bill, the same day that U.S road and transportation funding was scheduled to expire.   The newly passed law is funded by gas tax revenue and a package of $70 billion in offsets from other areas of the federal budget. The bill calls...
Asphalt Videos December 07, 2015
Crafco hot-applied mastic sealants—PolyPatch and Mastic One—are ideal for filling potholes and other pavement cracks and distresses over 2 in. wide.
Transportation Management News December 07, 2015
The New Haven-to-Springfield commuter rail line system, it was announced, will now take about a year longer that scheduled to reach operability, and cost $135 million more than expected. State officials, however, maintain that they have secured a crucial commitment from Amtrak that will keep work...
Funding News December 04, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a $211 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to finance construction of the new U.S. 301 mainline toll project in Delaware to relieve area congestion.   The US...
Safety Case Studies December 04, 2015

End-of-Queue Warning System reduces crashes, saves lives.

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At left, Rumble Strip arrays alert drivers to changing road conditions. PMS displays message from ITS warning system. 

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) End-of-Queue Warning System was first covered in Plastic Safety Systems’ March 2013 Case Study. An update was provided in a May 2015 Case Study. The following update combines the previously published information with newer information.      A concern...
Funding News December 04, 2015
The U.S. Senate approved a five-year, $305 billion highway bill late yesterday, sending it to President Obama with just one day to spare before the scheduled expiration of the nation's road and transit funding.   The FAST Act will be paid for via gas tax revenue and a package of $70 billion in...
Funding News December 03, 2015
The House approved the five-year, $305 billion the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act, today, advancing the first long-term national transportation spending package in a decade.   The 359 – 65 vote comes one day before federal infrastructure funding runs out, and sets up a...
Equipment Videos December 03, 2015
Even if a piping system is stainless steel, the reality is that the issues and hidden costs that will be present by not using an approved electrical conduit system can be detrimental to the entire process. Learn more in this brief whiteboard video.
Funding News December 03, 2015
In 2016, the U.S. transportation construction market is expected to hit $208.3 billion, up from $200.5 billion in 2015, according to the American Road & Transportation Association’s (ARTBA) chief economist.   The likely passage of a five-year federal surface transportation bill, increased...
Asphalt Products December 03, 2015
Magnum spray injection patchers repair a variety of pavement distresses. Their integrated operation cleans the area, applies tack coat and mixes and then applies the aggregate and asphalt in one, easy continuous operation. These patchers compact the material during the high-pressure application,...
Bridges News December 02, 2015
A provision to make railroad bridge inspection reports public will make its way to the White House for the president's signature. The provision follows an investigation into the condition of the Canadian Pacific railroad bridge in Milwaukee, Wis.   The investigation exposed corroded support columns...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News December 02, 2015
Online retail giant Amazon recently filed two patent applications that indicate the company’s intention to introduce aspects of its operations into the world of intelligent transportation systems and automated vehicle development.    U.S. Patent Application No. 20150269521, titled Route Scheduling...
Funding News December 01, 2015
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have announced that they have finally come to terms on a 5-year highway spending bill, known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.   The bill would extend federal transportation spending to approximately $205 billion on...
Bridges News December 01, 2015
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) could have avoided excessive, multi-year delays and saved as much as $2.6 million on the rehabilitation of the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge in Gloucester, according to an audit released today by the Office of the State Auditor.   “Our audit found...
Bridges News December 01, 2015
Stay up to date with construction of the Kentucky Lake Bridge project with EarthCam's live video feed.    Construction started less than three years ago on the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges project between Indiana and Kentucky, and come Saturday, the first of the two bridges, the Abraham Lincoln...

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