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Flex route gantry over U.S. 23 lanes in Michigan
Highway Construction News July 25, 2017
Earlier this year, the Michigan Department of Transportation started constructing what will be Michigan's first flex route. This new smart road traffic system will manage traffic congestion and promote safety on U.S. 23 just north of Ann Arbor, from M-14 to M-36 (9 Mile Road).   Orange barrels and...
Truck on highway
Safety News July 25, 2017
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is now using infrared technology to try to stop truck drivers with dangerously large loads from hitting freeway bridges and overpasses.   When trucks that are too tall slam into these structures, it can cause traffic tie-ups and congestion that impacts...
I-15 Express Lanes in Riverside County, Calif.

Image source: Caltrans / I-15 Express Lanes

Funding News July 21, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) yesterday announced that the Build America Bureau will provide a $152.2 million TIFIA loan to the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), at 2.84% with a term of 35 years after substantial completion for the I-15 Express Lanes Corridor...
Light-rail commuter transit
Light Rail Transit (LRT) News July 20, 2017
The Purple Line in Washington, D.C., is closer to getting back on track, after a significant ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court.   A three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit blocked a lower court’s ruling that effectively kept the Purple Line from moving forward. The emergency stay will...
Seal-US-DOT
Highway Construction 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...
Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway
Highway Construction News July 19, 2017
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and its public-private partner, the Portsmouth Gateway Group (PGG), are constructing a 16-mile, four-lane, $429-million bypass of Portsmouth.   Now known as the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway/S.R. 823, the effort is ODOT’s first major public-...
Winter Maintenance Products July 18, 2017
The new QuickCube system from BOSS Snowplow utilizes weather-proof, poly cubes (hoppers) that can be filled with solid deicing materials and staged at jobsites in advance of wintry weather. The filled cubes will replace the need for remote salt piles, tarps and temporary salt shelters. The cubes...
Cranes Case Studies July 18, 2017
The I-465/I-65 highway interchange project is a major undertaking in Indianapolis that includes $19.6 million in bridge replacements. With jobs this big, having the right-size, right-price equipment is vital to keeping budgets on track without sacrificing quality and safety. This is precisely why...
Road Construction News July 18, 2017
What is going on in Washington, D.C.? Trump's trillion has turned into Trump's $200 billion, U.S. DOT may be the victim of significant cuts, and more. To hear the podcast, click here.
Automated Vehicles News July 18, 2017
Connected and autonomous cars are set to run through the 95 and 495 Express Lanes in northern Virginia for the next three years, including while regular toll-paying drivers and carpoolers are in the lanes.   Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board is set to approve a three-year agreement...
Safety Videos July 17, 2017
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Highway Construction News July 17, 2017
The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) approved the construction of toll lanes on the I-10 Freeway last week.   The SBCTA voted to build a 33-mile toll lane project at an estimated cost of $1.8 billion, which would run from the Los Angeles County line to Redlands. This marks the...
Bridge Construction Videos July 17, 2017
Roads & Bridges visited the site of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge back in June, and at the time crews were working on putting together the piers for the vehicular segments. The states of Maine and New Hampshire entered into a Three Bridge Agreement years ago to fix the crossings over the...
Funding 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...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News July 13, 2017
The  Intelligent  Transportation  Society  of  America  (ITS  America)  Board  of Directors  has  accepted  the  resignation  of  ITS  America  President  and  CEO  Regina  Hopper,  effective  July  31,  2017. David  St. Amant,  affiliate  principal  of  CAVita,  will  assume  responsibilities  on...
Law News July 13, 2017
U.S. House Republicans expect to introduce bills later this week that would bar states from setting their own rules for self-driving cars and take other steps to remove obstacles to putting such vehicles on the road.   Last month, a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee...
Funding 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...
Road Construction News July 11, 2017
Federal and state highway officials have released an environmental analysis identifying the route for a proposed 19-mile West Davis Corridor designed to serve commuters in the Salt Lake City area.   The Federal Highway Administration and the Utah Department of Transportation have been working on...
Transit News July 11, 2017
The American Action Forum (AAF) released research late last week that found “Buy America” rules for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants could be raising procurement costs in some areas.   By way of example, political site The Hill said that Washington D.C.’s beleaguered Metrorail system...
Highway Construction News July 10, 2017
Who knew hemp had so many uses? We also toured the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange project and you can hear the interview with Project Manager Mark Klipstein. Industry news covers MoDOT's preservation strategy, Oregon's bike tax and a man's bucket list wish. To hear the podcast, click here.  
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