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The Biden-Harris administration is releasing a new Permitting Action Plan to strengthen and accelerate Federal permitting and environmental reviews by leveraging existing permitting authorities as well as new provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The Action Plan outlines the…
May 11, 2022
PennDOT begins construction on Fern Hollow Bridge replacement
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Work on the Fern Hollow Bridge's replacement will progress this week when concrete is poured for the bridge pier's underground support.  The old bridge, which connected Squirrel Hill to Point Breeze along Forbes Avenue, collapsed Jan. 28, injuring nine people. Crews have spent the last few weeks…
May 10, 2022
On Thursday, United States Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg traveled to Cleveland in order to highlight the importance and impact of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for northeastern Ohio. Secretary Buttigieg was joined by Ohio Representative Shontel Brown in the…
May 06, 2022
Fern Hollow Bridge collapse
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On Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released an update on its investigation into the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse. The bridge experienced a structural failure when the 447-foot span fell 100 feet into Frick Park on Jan. 28, injuring nine people.  Video images from two…
May 06, 2022
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is emphasizing the need for safe driving in work zones. Nine people have died in work zone car crashes in the first five months of this year, which is a slight increase from this time last year. By the end of 2021, a total of 29 people died in…
May 05, 2022
Researchers from the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Internet Technologies CCIT recently created a smart self-powered screw that automatically sends out alerts when it detects that it has loosened. Structures like bridges are subject to subtle movements and repeated temperature…
May 05, 2022
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta dies at age 90
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Norman Mineta, federal commerce secretary for Bill Clinton and transportation secretary for George W. Bush, died Tuesday at the age of 90. Mineta was the first Asian American to become a federal Cabinet secretary. John Flaherty, Mineta’s former chief of staff, said Mineta died peacefully at his…
May 04, 2022
The city of Houston, Texas is investing in bike infrastructure. The bike plan for Houston includes 1,800 miles of safe trails and protected lanes, although less than 400 miles have been completed. This is still an improvement for a city largely focused on car infrastructure. According to The…
May 04, 2022
Seeking additional oversight, the White House released new guidance on how agencies can ensure “accountability, effectiveness and transparency” in the implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.  “The initial guidance will ensure that there is minimal fraud, waste and abuse in the…
May 03, 2022
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has announced a new initiative to develop a Customer Experience (CX) Action Plan for public transportation customers in the state. The CX Action Plan will be developed using customer feedback and input, and will outline future programs, policies…
May 03, 2022
Several state departments of transportation across the country have recently issued funds or opened grant opportunities to support a variety of local safety, transit, mobility and “transportation alternatives” (TA) projects. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently approved the state Department of…
May 02, 2022
The House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) held a hearing on April 27 to examine construction workforce issues within the surface transportation sector. Held by the House T&I Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, the hearing featured testimony from…
May 02, 2022
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