DOT in Crisis

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News April 07, 2017
Trouble is brewing in Wisconsin, as GOP lawmakers removed a slew of provisions from the budget proposed by Governor Scott Walker—also a Republican—including the entire transportation planning portion.   The co-chairs of the Legislature's budget committee, Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and...

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News March 31, 2017
Gov. Nathan Deal (R) has declared a state of emergency for Fulton County, Ga., after a huge fire caused a bridge on I-85 to collapse in Atlanta on Thursday night.   With the heavily used road closed in both directions, Georgia transportation officials are telling drivers to find other options—from...

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News December 02, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has identified $9 billion worth of unfunded priority project, including the widening of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock, but is faced with a $1.41 billion budget for 2017, a budget which is at present over-burdened with maintenance requests.  ...
News September 26, 2016
Nearly a year after unprecedented flooding struck South Carolina last October, the state still has 22 roads closed because dams failed in their areas and another seven closed because bridges on them need to be replaced.   That was the assessment in the Sept. 15 monthly recovery report from the...
News August 22, 2016
Heavy rains and historic flooding of swollen rivers and creeks closed hundreds of roads in southern Louisiana over the past week—including sections of interstate highways—leading to on-road rescues and many drivers abandoning their vehicles.   Several days after the floods began, a reported 30,000...
News August 04, 2016
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), in response to state lawmakers’ scuttling of a controversial gas tax proposal, has ceased work and planning on dozens of highway development and improvement projects.   According to State Highways Division Deputy Director Ed Sniffen, the state lacks...
News July 11, 2016
A new analysis finds that a week-long shutdown of New Jersey transportation improvement projects that began July 8 will cost the transportation construction industry and New Jersey taxpayers at least $41 million and displace as many as 1,700 construction workers.    As the shutdown continues, the...
News July 05, 2016
Late Thursday night, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and ordered New Jersey officials to plan for a shutdown of state road projects amid a stalemate over transportation funding.   The governor directed the state transportation commissioner and the executive director of New...
News June 29, 2016
The North Carolina House Transportation Committee approved a bill yesterday that would keep the state’s Department of Transportation (NCDOT) from creating new corridor maps and eliminating current maps, an action that would essentially end any new major highway construction plans on the books, if...
News June 14, 2016
Expanding Interstate 77 and canceling the private contract to build toll lanes would cost $800 million—including a $300 million cancellation fee, according to figures disclosed in a letter from North Carolina’s state transportation department to lawmakers. The figure, if accurate, is higher than...
News May 13, 2016
The American Society of Civil Engineers has concluded that over the next decade, it will cost more than $3.3 trillion to keep up with repairs and replacements to U.S. roads, bridges, airports, power grid and other critical infrastructure, but based on current funding levels, the nation will come up...
News May 12, 2016
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) recently found itself at the center of debates over the state budget. Since 2010, KDOT officials say the department has transferred $1.8 billion to the state general fund. Most have been to help balance the Kansas budget. The money transfers have led...
News May 09, 2016
A late April agreement between the Indiana and Illinois Departments of Transportation aims to keep the Illiana Expressway project alive, though Illinois has yet to put it back on the state’s agenda.   The agreement between the two transportation agencies has Indiana paying to make changes to the...
News April 21, 2016
The Iowa House Appropriations Committee voted Wednesday night to slash proposed state transportation funding by $9.7 million, which would result in the elimination of more than 400 employees from the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT).   IDOT officials told lawmakers the cuts would likely...
News April 14, 2016
New Jersey transportation officials this week faced the Assembly Budget Committee, whose members grilled them on the looming standoff surrounding the Transportation Trust Fund, set to run dry in early August, according to acting transportation commissioner Richard Hammer.   Despite legislators’...
Article April 08, 2016
The transportation systems for highways and arterials in the U.S. have advanced from a collection of independently operating devices to highly interconnected, far-reaching and integrated systems.   These integrated systems require a reliable communication network that spans a broad geographical...
Article April 08, 2016
If you are caught in the middle of this sandstorm, don’t even think about blinking your eyes. One second is all a hacker needs to penetrate a firewall and drop a load of Armageddon on a department of transportation (DOT).   “At any given moment there are about 20,000 attacks [happening] on the...
News March 07, 2016
The California Metropolitan Transportation Commission decided last month to trim the state’s transportation improvement plan by $754 million, in advance of the expectation that lower gas taxes and lower oil prices would have a severe effect on state tax-derived revenue. The loss was estimated to be...
News February 16, 2016
Rhode Island has adopted RhodeWorks, a new initiative to repair 650 bridges and roads in the state by investing more money in transportation infrastructure.   "We have the worst bridges, roads and overpasses in America and this plan will fix hundreds of them before an emergency occurs," said Gov....
News February 02, 2016
According to the Tribune Review, Secretary Leslie Richards is prepared to inform the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee when she testifies today that the state will be approximately $6 billion short of being able to fund all the projects that legislators promised their constituents during...
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