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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.  
Road Construction News July 10, 2017
Illinois road construction projects that were shut down by the budget impasse will get started again sometime next week, now that the legislature has passed a major income tax increase and spending plan.   Illinois had gone 736 days without a budget, and the state told road contractors it would not...
Tunnels News July 07, 2017
Building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and fixing the existing one could cost nearly $13 billion—a steep increase over an earlier estimate of $7.7 billion, according to a report released on Thursday.   Transit officials are proceeding with planning for the project, which would improve a...

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Highway Construction News July 07, 2017
The private contractor hired by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for the $1.2 billion expansion of I-70 through north Denver also will be required to hire locally.   CDOT’s contract will include a clause that 20% of the project’s work force, the equivalent of about 350 people, must...
Manhole Risers Case Studies July 06, 2017
Fairhope is a small city, just 15,000 residents, situated on the cliffs and shoreline of Mobile Bay in Alabama’s Gulf Coast. It can seem like Fairhope is a long way from anywhere, but people seem to like it—the city has been named one of the best small towns in the South by Southern Living magazine...
Transit News July 06, 2017
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order last week declaring a state of emergency for the New York City subway system, pledged $1 billion for improvements and moved to make it easier for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to buy badly needed equipment.   Mr. Cuomo ordered Joseph J....
Pavement Marking News July 06, 2017
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is looking to add their red transit-only lanes to at least 50 new streets in the region, as newly granted federal approval will now allow the agency’s red lanes to spread to more areas across the city.   A list of “Potential Future Red Lanes...
Editorial/Commentary Article July 05, 2017
A 360° camera is not going to help me dunk a basketball.   It did, however, give me about seven more inches while I toured the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge project in Portsmouth, N.H., back in May. I needed more assistance getting up after being down on all fours; seriously, forget the help that would...

A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.

Highway Construction Article July 05, 2017
MAINE: Up in salmon countryby Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   “Engineering used to be about mobility, but now it’s more about reliability and safety. Speed is not a primary concern for us.”   “Us” being the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), as exemplified by Chief Engineer Joyce...
Demolition Article July 05, 2017
In the principal transit corridor between New York and Boston, the interchange of I-95, I-91 and S.R. 34 in New Haven, Conn., is heavily travelled, to say the least.   I-95 N/S in particular traverses a densely developed urban area and borders environmentally sensitive New Haven Harbor. Built in...
Asphalt Paving Article July 05, 2017
Unforeseen subgrade conditions, work-hour and construction-zone restrictions, heavy truck traffic and working in part of a floodplain—all these issues were encountered during the reconstruction of 30 miles of U.S. Rte. 85 (Ault to Wyoming) in northern Colorado.   Each of the issues had the...
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