Bill Wilson is the editorial director of ROADS & BRIDGES magazine and has been covering the industry since 1999. He has won seven Robert F. Boger Awards for editorial excellence, including three in 2011. He also was the creator of the Top 10, Contractor's Choice Awards and Recycling Awards platforms, as well as ROADS & BRIDGES Live.
NEW POLL: FHWA is determining how to reallocate repurposed “dead” earmarks for new infrastructure projects. Many states will benefit. Where should states invest?
Blog Entry December 28, 2015
- New poll: Mass. lawmakers filled a transpo plan with earmarks in order to force the hand of the governor to spend the money on targeted local projects. MAP-21 gives states flexibility to spend where they want, so do you see the same tactic being used?
- New poll: There are over $2 billion in unused earmarked federal funds. States may be eligible for the money, but they have to be used on projects within 50 miles of the originally targeted project. Should states be limited to how they use these funds?
- New poll: Iowa and Michigan may be close to raising their state gas tax in the near future. How many more states will jump on the bandwagon?
- New poll: John Baxter at FHWA said MAP-21 will contain metrics for states to follow regarding road and bridge conditions on the interstate and NHS. However, there is no penalty for non-compliance. Should there be?
- New poll: A U.S. DOT pilot program will allow state and local transportation agencies to utilize local hiring preferences on federal-aid highway and transit projects. Is this a good idea?