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road flooding maintenance
Funding News April 18, 2019
The U.S. DOT recently announced the immediate availability of $9 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help repair roads damaged by flooding in Iowa.    “These emergency relief funds will help Iowa expedite the repair process and...
road collapse mudslide Tennessee SH 70N

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Highway Maintenance News February 25, 2019
A section of SH 70N in Hawkins County, Tenn., has been closed indefinitely after a mudslide occurred early Thursday morning, claiming the life of one motorist and injuring another.   Local reports indicate that the man killed was traveling south on the highway when the slide swept his vehicle 200...
Utah DOT offers to plow roads in National Parks amidst federal shutdown
Maintenance News January 11, 2019
Officials with the Utah Department of Transportation are meeting with rangers from the National Park Service to discuss plowing roads in three of Utah’s national parks during the federal government shutdown.   The shutdown, which is now approaching the end of its third week, has halted funding to...
Mamalahoa Highway repairs in Hawaii

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Highway Maintenance News December 17, 2018
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is continuing emergency repairs to Mamalahoa Highway (Rte. 11) in the Volcano area of Hawaii County following the seismic activity associated with the volcanic activity at the lower East Rift Zone of the Kilauea Volcano.   A 24-hour single-lane...
Anchorage earthquake repairs

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Maintenance News December 06, 2018
Repair crews have already made substantial progress fixing the damaged roadways in Anchorage, Alaska, only a few days after a severe earthquake struck the area.   The 7.0-magnitude event shook the region on Nov. 30, leaving roadways in the area significantly cracked and impassible in many spots....
Iowa DOT set to hire 600 snowfighters
Maintenance News October 03, 2018
The topic of winter maintenance is a hair's breadth from being perhaps the apex topic for transportation agencies, notably in the Midwest. In an effort to be ready for whatever Mother Nature hurls at them this winter, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced it intends on hiring...
U.S. DOT emergency funding
Funding News September 21, 2018
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the immediate availability of $14 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore access to essential roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Florence throughout North Carolina.    The $14 million payment is an...
Hurricane impacts to traffic, roadways
Highway Maintenance News September 11, 2018
States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Florence's arrival, a Category 4 hurricane expected to hit the Atlantic Coast later this week, including evacuation plans and transit cancellations for some.   An evacuation of South...
S.R. 30 Pennsylvania recovery
Highway Construction News June 26, 2018
On April 7, a significant landslide resulted in the closure of Pennsylvania S.R. 30 in Allegheny County. The route is a principal artery to Pittsburgh and supports more than 22,000 vehicles per day. The slide demolished one apartment building, severely damaged another, and impacted a single-family...
flood repairs
Highway Maintenance News June 25, 2018
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) issued an emergency contract on June 19 for additional flood repair work on the Kuhio Highway aimed at stabilizing the slope above the highway, which is also known as Rte. 560, between Waikoko and Wainiha and various other downslope sites.   The agency...
TTI LiDAR vehicle

A TTI vehicle equipped with LiDAR technology to collect roadway data.

Highway Maintenance Article June 05, 2018
When we think of a roadway, most of us think of the asphalt or concrete that we are riding on.   Little thought is given to the ditches that line our roads or how water flows off our roadways. A Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) researcher has come up with an automated way of determining...
PR bridge

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Funding 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...
U.S. DOT
Funding 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.  ...
South Carolina roads to improve with gas tax funds
Road Construction 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...
Hurricane Irma heading towards Florida
Highway Maintenance News September 07, 2017
Every stretch of South Florida's highways is being closely monitored, as the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is making sure any accidents get cleared up as quickly as possible and all lanes on I-95 stay open in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.   There's a steady traffic flow on South...
I-610 in Houston post-Hurricane Harvey

Image source: Alyssa Schukar/The New York Times

Funding 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...
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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...
Georgia DOT launches first U.S. statewide highway assistance and maintenance program

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Maintenance News February 07, 2017
The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) new Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP) begins its phased launch today in Northeast Georgia, with plans to roll out the service to five other districts in the state by this May.   CHAMP will serve most interstates across...
Michigan DOT leverages plow data for better snow and ice removal

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Maintenance News December 19, 2016
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is banking on connected vehicle technology to help clear snow and ice from roadways faster. GPS-based automatic vehicle location devices, which the agency began installing on its winter road maintenance equipment in 2013, report where each truck is,...
Colorado DOT

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Asphalt Maintenance News December 02, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has identified $9 billion worth of unfunded priority project, including the widening of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock, but is faced with a $1.41 billion budget for 2017, a budget which is at present over-burdened with maintenance requests.  ...
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