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Image: Puerto Rico DTOP via AASHTO Journal

News November 20, 2017
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is asking the Trump administration and Congress to provide Puerto Rico with more than $5.84 billion in disaster aid just to cover repairs to the island territory's hurricane-damaged roads, bridges, seaports and airports.   That is part of a total $94.4 billion aid request he...
Iowa gas tax hike already benefiting road and bridge projects
News November 15, 2017
Iowa drivers are presently paying 10 cents more per gallon than they did just a few years ago, and while tax increases are no friend to most political leaderships, in Iowa benefits are already being realized.   The state’s gas tax hike has produced an extra $515 million for state and local...
Arkansas road project letting halts due to miswording
News November 10, 2017
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) has put a halt on contract letting for its 30 Crossing project due to a complication in the verbiage describing the purpose and aim of the project, one that AKDOT says will preclude federal funding of projects in the region.   According to the...
gas tax
News November 02, 2017
As of this week, drivers across California can expect to pay an extra 12 cents per gallon for gasoline at the pump, and an extra 20 cents per gallon for diesel as a result of the new gas tax.   The tax, approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor in April, is expected to raise roughly $5...
Trump administration may back the first hike in the federal gasoline tax in decades in order to pay for the president’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure package.
News October 26, 2017
According to political monitoring site The Hill, the Trump administration may back the first hike in the federal gasoline tax in decades in order to pay for the president’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure package.   It is reported that Trump’s economic adviser Gary Cohn told moderate House...
U.S. DOT
News October 12, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) last week announced $15.5 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to six states that are exploring new ways to fund highway and bridge projects.   Alternatives to conventional financing are seen as imperative, FHWA...
U.S. DOT
News October 03, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Thursday announced the immediate availability of $40 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore essential service on roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Maria throughout Puerto Rico.  ...
interstate expansion
News September 25, 2017
Michigan transportation officials plan to announce that the $1 billion I-75 widening project in Oakland County, the first major road plan in the state to use a private investment model instead of state and federal money, could be completed up to 10 years sooner than planned.   The Michigan...
South Carolina roads to improve with gas tax funds
News September 19, 2017
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) officials met with local leaders in the Charleston area to discuss, in specific, how much money is expected to be generated for the region by the state’s new gas tax, and where that money is going to be spent   Following a “fix-it-first” approach...
News September 18, 2017
State DOTs come to the aid of Florida's DOT in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Va.'s I-66 project needs more money from the state, environmental streamlining building steam, and more. To hear our latest podcast, click here.
U.S. DOT FHWA
News September 15, 2017
State transportation agencies are sharing a $3.1-billion “bonus” through the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) latest annual summer redistribution of unused highway funding.   The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (U.S. DOT), which oversees FHWA, also has announced it is taking applications for a...
Damaged I-4 Florida after Hurricane Irma

Image source: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP

News September 14, 2017
Gov. Rick Scott announced yesterday that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved a $25 million Emergency Relief (ER) Quick Release Grant to support response and recovery efforts for Florida’s roadways and transportation system.   This federal funding will be used to conduct emergency...
News September 11, 2017
Sixteen years ago today, America changed forever . . . and I first found out about it in an elevator. Plus, an interview with Dale Keller of the Nevada DOT on the progress of Project Neon in Las Vegas, federal highway funding levels will remain flat, the Highway Trust Fund continues to stumble...
road and bridge work
News September 11, 2017
Nearly three-quarters of Americans are willing to pay increased taxes or tolls to fund roads and other transportation infrastructure, according to a survey from HNTB Corp. to be released today.   The number rises to 84% if those tax and toll hikes are mandated by law to be spent only on the...
I-610 in Houston post-Hurricane Harvey

Image source: Alyssa Schukar/The New York Times

News August 30, 2017
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao directed the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Tuesday to immediately release $25 million in emergency relief funds to Texas so the state can start to restore roads, bridges and highways that have been critically damaged by Hurricane Harvey.   The...
News August 21, 2017
It's time for the big event--the solar eclipse! Also, Trump's grand infrastructure plan is being pushed back and his infrastructure council has been scratched. Pennsylvania celebrates it's latest diverging diamond interchange, there will be no new protected bike lanes in San Francisco's Golden Gate...
I-205 traffic congestion
News August 18, 2017
State officials took steps this week to help give some Portland-area commuters in Oregon a quicker, safer trip by fast-tracking a project to cut congestion on I-205.   The $30 million project will repave and widen portions of I-205 between Johnson Creek Boulevard near Happy Valley and the Glenn...
News August 14, 2017
The tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., plus Trump's hesitation about working with Democrats on his infrastructure bill, I-84 redesign plans in Hartford and I-77 toll opposition in N.C. To hear the latest podcast, click here.
road usage
News August 14, 2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has teamed up with the I-95 Corridor Coalition and the Delaware Department of Transportation to test how to administer a road usage tax or fee based on the amount of miles a motorist drives.   Enacting a road usage tax was discussed by state...
News August 07, 2017
Have you ever seen President Trump play volleyball? He needs a major score with the American people right now, and focusing on an infrastructure bill is the ticket. Also, the Alaskan Way Viaduct is set to be demolished in 2019 and there is a bicycle vigilante on the loose. To hear the latest...
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