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This month, the Florida DOT (FDOT) is celebrating Florida Bicycle Month to encourage bicycling and recognize its role in providing transportation and recreation to millions of Florida’s residents and visitors annually. Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed an official proclamation recognizing March as…
March 02, 2021
The Louisiana DOTD (LaDOTD) recently announced it has received notice that the extensive environmental assessment of the I-10 reconstruction and widening project in Baton Rouge received federal approval. LaDOTD said a Finding of No Significant Impact was issued by Federal Highway Administration. …
March 02, 2021
Several U.S. lawmakers recently introduced the Complete Streets Act in Congress, legislation that would promote safer and more accessible transportation routes across the U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts), and Congressmen Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) and…
March 01, 2021
North Carolina DOT conducts first bridge inspection using drone
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The North Carolina DOT (NCDOT) recently used a drone for bridge inspection for the first time in the state. The Marc Basnight Bridge over Oregon Inlet became the first bridge in the state inspected using a drone as part of the regular biennial inspection process. Inspection crews monitored live…
March 01, 2021
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) this week released new year-end estimates showing total U.S. driving fell by 13.2%—from 3.3 trillion vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) in 2019 to 2.83 trillion in 2020. This decrease comes after six consecutive years of gradual increases in VMT, and equates to…
February 26, 2021
PennDOT announces next steps for Major Bridge P3 Initiative
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The Pennsylvania DOT (PennDOT) recently announced the bridges being considered for its PennDOT Pathways Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership (P3) Initiative, and the coming industry opportunities to participate. "Our reliance on funding models from the last century leaves us especially…
February 26, 2021
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) today expressed that the association strongly supports H.R. 1319—the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The bill—which the House Budget Committee this week advanced to the House floor—provides $30.5 billion in critical COVID-19 emergency funding…
February 26, 2021
State governments moved forward with nearly 111,000 new federal-aid highway and bridge projects during the past five years under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act law, new research from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) shows. “Our research…
February 25, 2021
First autonomous vehicles tested in Las Vegas without safety driver
Image: Motional
Motional—a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv—this week announced it is operating driverless vehicles on public roads, becoming one of the world’s first companies to do so. The inaugural testing took place in Las Vegas this month and consisted of multiple driverless autonomous…
February 25, 2021
Report says Illinois transportation planning lags in project evaluation metrics
Image: Illinois Economic Policy Institute
While Illinois passed a historic plan to address its $4.6 billion transportation infrastructure backlog in 2019, it continues to lag other Midwestern states’ implementation of systems to evaluate and prioritize projects, according to a new report by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI). …
February 24, 2021
Glassboro-Camden Line in New Jersey completes environmental impact study
Image: Delaware River Port Authority / South Jersey Transportation Authority
This week, the Glassboro-Camden Line (GCL) in South New Jersey the light-rail project achieved a significant project milestone with the completion of a comprehensive Environmental Impact Study (EIS). The EIS was a critical phase that carefully reviewed the project’s environmental impacts.…
February 24, 2021
The Indiana DOT (INDOT) announced this week that $100.8 million in federal transportation funding is being awarded to 54 cities, towns, and counties in rural portions of Indiana to invest in local road and bridge improvements as well as sidewalk and trail projects. Combined with local funds,…
February 23, 2021
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