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Missouri officials call for a raise in the state gas tax

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 05, 2015

Missouri officials call for a raise in the state gas tax

The Missouri Senate passed a bill Thursday to raise the state’s gas tax 1.5 cents a gallon in order to raise money to fix the declining infrastructure. According to a report ...

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Crews building a “bridge within a bridge,” as part of $1B Bayonne Bridge clearance expansion

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 04, 2015

Crews building a “bridge within a bridge,” as part of $1B Bayonne Bridge clearance expansion

The world’s fourth largest arch bridge is undergoing upgrades to raise it to new levels. The $1.3 billion ongoing project to renovate the Bayonne Bridge connecting Bayonne, New Jersey, to Staten ...

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Gov. Hutchinson creates Arkansas working group to develop highway funding system

Posted by Chris Hill on May 04, 2015

Gov. Hutchinson creates Arkansas working group to develop highway funding system

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson used his executive order powers to create a working group on highway funding to develop recommendations to “create a more reliable, modern, and effective system of highway ...

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DOE, New Mexico agree to $73 million settlement for road, infrastructure fixes needed after radiation leak

Posted by Chris Hill on May 04, 2015

DOE, New Mexico agree to $73 million settlement for road, infrastructure fixes needed after radiation leak

The U.S. Department of Energy has settled with the state of New Mexico over nuclear leak incidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, resulting in $73 million ...

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Poor road and bridge conditions cost Missouri motorists $4.5 billion a year

Posted by Chris Hill on May 04, 2015

Poor road and bridge conditions cost Missouri motorists $4.5 billion a year

Missouri motorists are being hit with $4.5 billion a year in costs related to poor road and bridge conditions as well congestion and poor safety features, according to a recent ...

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Ryan: $10 billion stopgap in the works as a “Plan B” for Highway Trust Fund

Posted by Chris Hill on May 01, 2015

Ryan: $10 billion stopgap in the works as a “Plan B” for Highway Trust Fund

Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) says a $10 billion stopgap measure is being planned to provide temporary transportation project funding for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for the remainder of 2015, if ...

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Poll shows most voters would support gas tax hike for roadwork

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 01, 2015

Poll shows most voters would support gas tax hike for roadwork

Well more than two-thirds of voters would be willing to more at the pump if it meant the money was going to pay for road construction, according to a poll from ...

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South Carolina Senate panel packages gas tax boost with several other fee increases for transportation funding

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 01, 2015

South Carolina Senate panel packages gas tax boost with several other fee increases for transportation funding

A Senate panel in South Carolina passed a bill to raise the state’s gas tax 12 cents in an effort to raise money for road repairs, The State reported. The Senate ...

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Peters retires as Nebraska Department of Roads director-state engineer

Posted by Chris Hill on May 01, 2015

Peters retires as Nebraska Department of Roads director-state engineer

Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) Director-State Engineer Randy Peters is retiring from the position he has held since 2012. His retirement is effective May 1. “It has been my privilege and ...

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Audi just created a new diesel made of water and carbon dioxide

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on April 30, 2015

Audi just created a new diesel made of water and carbon dioxide

While a future of electric charging stations dotting our highways inches closer to reality, Audi believes it may have created the “fuel of the future." Audi announced that the first batch of ...

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New stopgap House bill would cut transportation funding by $1 billion

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on April 30, 2015

New stopgap House bill would cut transportation funding by $1 billion

The House Appropriations Committee introduced a new bill on Tuesday to fund the Transportation Department and provide funding to the soon-to-be expiring Highway Trust Fund for fiscal year 2016, according ...

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FHWA gives $5 million in emergency funds to West Virginia DOT for flood-damaged roads and bridges

Posted by Chris Hill on April 30, 2015

FHWA gives $5 million in emergency funds to West Virginia DOT for flood-damaged roads and bridges

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has given the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) $5 million in Emergency Relief Funds for repair work on federal-aid roads and bridges damaged by ...

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Michigan bridge quality will continue to decline at current funding level reports state transportation council

Posted by Chris Hill on April 30, 2015

Michigan bridge quality will continue to decline at current funding level reports state transportation council

If funding levels remain at current amounts, Michigan bridge conditions will steadily decline, according to the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council’s (TAMC) 2014 annual report. The TAMC was created in 2002 ...

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Giant “Left Coast Lifter” crane’s first lift at new Tappan Zee bridge site more than a year in the making

Posted by Equipment World Staff on April 29, 2015

Giant “Left Coast Lifter” crane’s first lift at new Tappan Zee bridge site more than a year in the making

One of the largest cranes in the world was finally put to use in the Hudson River on Friday as it made its first lift in the construction of the ...

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FHWA to begin collecting bridge condition data by the square foot

Posted by Chris Hill on April 29, 2015

FHWA to begin collecting bridge condition data by the square foot

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will begin gathering new data on bridges that will report conditions down to the square foot surface area, rather than simply the overall condition. The “Moving ...

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Minnesota gas tax would increase 16 cents a gallon under Senate bill

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 29, 2015

Minnesota gas tax would increase 16 cents a gallon under Senate bill

The Minnesota Senate has approved a bill that would increase the state’s gas tax by 16 cents per gallon and raise vehicle registration fees to provide an estimated $11 billion ...

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3M contributes to scholarships for children of roadway workers

Posted by Equipment World Staff on April 29, 2015

3M contributes to scholarships for children of roadway workers

3M donated $20,000 to fund scholarships for the children of roadway workers killed or permanently injured on the job. The company donated the money through its 3M Visibly Safer Work Zones ...

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“The 325 Report” launched by Missouri DOT to provide updates on 34,000 miles of maintenance

Posted by Chris Hill on April 28, 2015

“The 325 Report” launched by Missouri DOT to provide updates on 34,000 miles of maintenance

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has created one website to provide updates on the state’s 325 System including road and bridge conditions, and project funding. The site is dubbed ...

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Wisconsin DOT using social media to update drivers on WIS 441, I-41 construction

Posted by Chris Hill on April 28, 2015

Wisconsin DOT using social media to update drivers on WIS 441, I-41 construction

Through updates from the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will be posting construction updates for Wisconsin 441 (WIS 441) and Interstate 41 on dedicated Twitter and ...

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OReGO partners with three businesses to manage accounts, collect road user fees

Posted by Chris Hill on April 28, 2015

OReGO partners with three businesses to manage accounts, collect road user fees

Three private businesses—Azuga, Sanef and Verizon Telematics—are now “technically certified” to manage Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) OReGO accounts, collect road user fees and deposit them into the State Highway Fund. Created ...

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Ditch Witch’s new FXT60 truck vacuum excavator handles potholing and other soft excavation tasks (PHOTOS)

Posted by Amy Materson on April 27, 2015

Ditch Witch’s new FXT60 truck vacuum excavator handles potholing and other soft excavation tasks (PHOTOS)

Safely identify buried utilities with Ditch Witch’s FXT60 truck vacuum excavator, which handles heavy-duty cleanup jobs and soft excavation tasks such as potholing. Equipped with a 74-horsepower Deutz diesel engine, ...

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Transportation chief Foxx expects Congress to pass another highway stopgap despite urgent infrastructure needs

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 27, 2015

Transportation chief Foxx expects Congress to pass another highway stopgap despite urgent infrastructure needs

During a visit to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to see next-gernation transportation technology the school is working on, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx remarked on all the progress the ...

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Oregon DOT starts second year of U.S. 26 Mount Hood Safety Project with blasting (VIDEO)

Posted by Chris Hill on April 27, 2015

Oregon DOT starts second year of U.S. 26 Mount Hood Safety Project with blasting (VIDEO)

A blasting near Government Camp, Ore., April 21 began the second year of work on the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Mount Hood Safety Project, an effort designed to limit ...

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TRB webinar to focus on protecting transportation infrastructure from hackers, data loss

Posted by Chris Hill on April 27, 2015

TRB webinar to focus on protecting transportation infrastructure from hackers, data loss

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is hosting a webinar to review ways to protect transportation infrastructure from cyber “incidents” May 13, 2-4 p.m. eastern. The program will review materials recently developed ...

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Hendrickson named Indiana DOT commissioner after Browning abruptly resigns

Posted by Chris Hill on April 24, 2015

Hendrickson named Indiana DOT commissioner after Browning abruptly resigns

Brandye Hendrickson has been named the new commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). Gov. Mike Pence placed her in the position almost immediately after Karl Browning resigned from ...

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Washington state will have $1.8 billion backlog of pavement preservation projects by 2025, report finds

Posted by Chris Hill on April 24, 2015

Washington state will have $1.8 billion backlog of pavement preservation projects by 2025, report finds

In its recent report on Washington's transportation challenges, The Road Improvement Program says the state needs $2.8 billion for pavement preservation from now until 2025, but that only $1 billion will be ...

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Illinois DOT launches month-long infrastructure needs listening tour

Posted by Chris Hill on April 24, 2015

Illinois DOT launches month-long infrastructure needs listening tour

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has teamed up with the Illinois Capital Development Board (ICDB) to tour the state with a series of listening sessions to gather a list ...

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Did Seattle’s SR 99 tunnel really require Big Bertha? Indeco argues breakers are the answer

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on April 23, 2015

Did Seattle’s SR 99 tunnel really require Big Bertha? Indeco argues breakers are the answer

  Tunnel boring machines such as Big Bertha, the 7,000-ton machine sidelined after a massive fail under the streets of Seattle, shouldn’t always be considered the most efficient option for creating ...

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Michigan TAMC releases road condition dashboards with historical data

Posted by Chris Hill on April 23, 2015

Michigan TAMC releases road condition dashboards with historical data

The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) has created a series of online “dashboards” that provide road condition comparisons across the state. The 2014 Pavement and Pavement Comparison Dashboards provide overall views ...

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APA announces 7 state DOTs as winners for 2014 Perpetual Pavement Awards

Posted by Chris Hill on April 23, 2015

APA announces 7 state DOTs as winners for 2014 Perpetual Pavement Awards

The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA), in coordination with the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) have selected seven transportation agencies to receive the 2014 Perpetual Pavement Awards, honoring these departments ...

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Hamm unveils improved Easy Drive operation panel for rollers; will roll out to all models

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 22, 2015

Hamm unveils improved Easy Drive operation panel for rollers; will roll out to all models

At Intermat, Hamm has introduced a new operator's interface for its rollers which greatly improves over the current instrumentation while establishing a consistent panel the company will use across the ...

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TRIP report ties Michigan economic health to road and bridge conditions

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 22, 2015

TRIP report ties Michigan economic health to road and bridge conditions

The Road Improvement Program’s latest report examining the conditions of Michigan’s transportation system identifies issues with “long-term economic growth” if roads and bridges within the state are not improved within ...

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Web tool analyzes impact of long-term pavement treatments across states, highways

Posted by Chris Hill on April 22, 2015

Web tool analyzes impact of long-term pavement treatments across states, highways

Web-based IRI Explorer (www.iriexplorer.com) uses data from the Federal Highway Administration’s Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) database to study the long-term impact of various pavement treatments on road smoothness. Life Cycle ...

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PHOTOS: Is Chevrolet’s wild self-driving FNR electric concept car a glimpse of autonomous highways of the future?

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 21, 2015

PHOTOS: Is Chevrolet’s wild self-driving FNR electric concept car a glimpse of autonomous highways of the future?

At the Shanghai auto show this week, Chevrolet has unveiled a driverless car that should excite anyone who ever loved Hot Wheels as a kid. This electric, self-driving car concept looks straight ...

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Troopers go undercover from construction vehicles in speeding crackdown on Pennsylvania work zones

Posted by Chris Hill on April 21, 2015

Troopers go undercover from construction vehicles in speeding crackdown on Pennsylvania work zones

Troopers with the Pennsylvania State Police will take an embedded approach in protecting construction workers in highway work zones this summer. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s (PTC) campaign “Operation ...

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Iowa DOT planning $700 million in state, interstate highway projects for 2015

Posted by Chris Hill on April 21, 2015

Iowa DOT planning $700 million in state, interstate highway projects for 2015

The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) is planning $700 million in state and interstate highway projects this year, representing a record amount spent by the department, which is made possible ...

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