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As part of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Low or No Emission program, the Michigan DOT (MDOT) will receive over $6 million distributed to six transit agencies, located in both the upper and lower peninsulas, to replace aging diesel buses with zero-emission battery electric buses. New…
November 16, 2020
Michigan research into carbon fiber bridge components gains national recognition
Image: Michigan DOT
The Michigan DOT (MDOT) and Lawrence Technological University in Southfield are receiving recognition for research using carbon fiber components in critical bridge applications. The study was recently chosen as one of the highest value transportation research projects in the nation. The Research…
September 11, 2020
A new report released by the Reason Foundation has found that 25 of the 50 U.S. states divert gas tax revenue away from roads, bridges, and highways, which the taxes are designed to fund. New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Michigan, and Maryland are among the most egregious of the pack, each of…
July 01, 2020
Pa. Turnpike layoffs, Iowa looking at project delays, Ohio crews struck roadside, and more
Photo source: Dylan Miller via wallpaperflare
The Pennsylvania Turnpike is laying off 500 fare collectors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, turning to a cashless, all-electronic tolling system permanently. This decision was unanimously approved by Turnpike commissioners. “I deeply regret that we have reached this point, but the world…
June 05, 2020
Volvo Penta, a global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for marine and industrial applications, is taking action in response to the prevalent need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). At two of its North American facilities, the company is producing and distributing this vital…
April 27, 2020
New York City Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is among the notable "structurally deficient" bridges in the country. Image by laretalo from Pixabay.
Nearly 231,000 U.S. bridges need major repair work or should be replaced, according to an American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) analysis of the just-released 2019 National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database from the U.S. DOT. That figure represents 37%, or more than one-third…
April 14, 2020
The Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association officially asked Governor Whitmer to deem all construction field operations as non-essential to protect the health and safety of industry employees and to allow for all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be focused on the front lines…
April 01, 2020
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) recently released a memo documenting a state-by-state compilation on the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the transportation construction industry.  ARTBA says it is closely monitoring the status of transportation…
March 30, 2020
Michigan DOT crews remove collapsed I-94 pedestrian bridge struck by truck
Michigan DOT crews begin removal of collapsed I-94 pedestrian bridge struck by truck. Image: @MDOT_MetroDet on Twitter
A pedestrian bridge crossing over the westbound side of I-94 in Detroit collapsed this morning after a truck that was too tall struck the bridge while attempting to pass beneath the structure. The structure known as the Townsend Street Pedestrian Bridge reportedly collapsed around 5:20 a.m. Friday…
March 27, 2020
Dispatchers for Arizona's Traffic Operations Center are still on duty 24/7 to monitor the freeways and highways across the state.
Dispatchers for Arizona's Traffic Operations Center are still on duty 24/7 to monitor the freeways and highways across the state. Image: Arizona DOT
Several state DOTs are continuing operations, including road and bridge construction work, while much of the nation has limited movement and in-person social interaction in various aspects of life in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Michigan DOT crews are reportedly…
March 26, 2020
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will award $653.2 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 37 states—as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, mudslides, and other unexpected events. “These funds…
March 02, 2020
Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York; 2020 Prize Bridge Awards
The Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York was one of the major spans recognized in the 2020 Prize Bridge Awards. Image: New York State Thruway Authority
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) recently announced the winners of the 2020 Prize Bridge Awards. Nineteen bridges were recognized for this year's Prize Bridge Awards. Both AISC and NSBA said that all the winners have made an enormous…
February 21, 2020
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