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News July 20, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today released its latest National Highway Construction Cost Index (NHCCI 2.0), a quarterly estimate of the rising cost of domestic highway construction and maintenance over time.   NHCCI 2.0 is the first major revision...
News July 14, 2017
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $226.5 million in competitive grant funding for transit bus projects nationwide.   The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program is authorized by Congress to improve the...
News July 12, 2017
A House panel approved legislation on Tuesday evening that would cut funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) by over half a billion dollars.   The House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development advanced a spending bill to provide $17.8...
News July 10, 2017
Illinois road construction projects that were shut down by the budget impasse will get started again sometime next week, now that the legislature has passed a major income tax increase and spending plan.   Illinois had gone 736 days without a budget, and the state told road contractors it would not...

A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.

Article July 05, 2017
MAINE: Up in salmon countryby Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   “Engineering used to be about mobility, but now it’s more about reliability and safety. Speed is not a primary concern for us.”   “Us” being the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), as exemplified by Chief Engineer Joyce...
News July 03, 2017
Three states are going into varying levels of remission this holiday weekend, as disputes between Republican governors and Democratic-led state legislatures have forced the state governments of Maine and New Jersey into partial shut-downs and a long-standing budgetary impasse in Illinois is closing...
News July 03, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) informed state departments of transportation how much each is losing as of June 30 in certain categories of highway program contract authority, as Congress required in the fiscal 2017 government funding bill that it sent to President Trump on May 4.   The...

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News June 19, 2017
The state of Indiana announced an agreement Friday to take control of construction of the 21-mile stretch of I-69 from Bloomington to Martinsville, a project that was originally a public-private partnership (P3).   The agreement terminates a contract with I-69 Development Partners, the private...
News June 16, 2017
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will shut down roadwork statewide if lawmakers fail to pass a budget by the end of the month, officials announced Wednesday.   IDOT will notify contractors that all construction work is to shut down on June 30 if a budget does not pass by then. The...
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News June 15, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau will provide a $106.95 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) to finance the completion of the C-470 Express Lanes Project.   The C-...
News June 14, 2017
Summer is in full swing and President Trump was out trying to gain support for his trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. To listen to the podcast, click here.
News June 12, 2017
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses funding rural transportation construction projects through public-private partnerships.
News May 30, 2017
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses lifting tolling restrictions on interstates to bring in funding for infrastructure.
News May 15, 2017
In the second Roads & Bridges podcast of the year, Infrastructure Insider discusses President Trump's trillion-dollar infrastructure plan and the latest news in the road and bridge industry, including this week's reopening of the Atlanta I-85 bridge that collapsed in March.   Click here to...
News May 10, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced the immediate availability of $3 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help begin repairs on flood-damaged roads and bridges in Missouri as well as federal roads in the Mark Twain National Forest and...
News May 08, 2017
In Roads & Bridges first podcast of the year, Editorial Director Bill Wilson talks about raising the federal gas tax, self-driving cars at Disney World and the reconstruction of the Piscataqua River Bridge. To listen to the podcast, click here.

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News May 04, 2017
An Alabama State Senate committee this week approved a $1.8 billion 2018 General Fund budget—which for one northern Alabama lawmaker was an opportunity to a demand a change in favor of transportation infrastructure funding. The rub is that the change represents a cut of more than 3% to state...
News April 27, 2017
Transit advocates are sounding the alarm over the impact of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts, saying they would jeopardize $38 billion worth of planned public transportation projects.   The administration, which is working on a $1 trillion infrastructure package, has floated a $2.4 billion...

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News April 14, 2017
Seventy-four tribes across the U.S. were part of a $9 million award this week that will support 77 road-safety projects in 22 states.   The funds, which come from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) are dedicated to improving transportation...
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