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TIGER grant applications reach $9.8 billion, nearly 20x available for transportation projects

Posted by Chris Hill on July 31, 2015

TIGER grant applications reach $9.8 billion, nearly 20x available for transportation projects

Applications for the seventh round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants amounted to $9.8 billion, a figure many times the $500 million ...

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Worker jumps for his life as train crashes into boom lift during Michigan bridge repairs

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 30, 2015

Worker jumps for his life as train crashes into boom lift during Michigan bridge repairs

A construction worker in Michigan was recently forced to jump for his life from the boom lift he was working on moments before an Amtrak train collided with the machine. According ...

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North Carolina DOT chief resigns to focus on writing books

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 30, 2015

North Carolina DOT chief resigns to focus on writing books

North Carolina's transportation chief unexpectedly stepped down from his post Tuesday. According to the News Tribune, Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata decided to resign this week in order to spend ...

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Senate on deck for approving House’s 3-month extension for transportation funding

Posted by Chris Hill on July 30, 2015

Senate on deck for approving House’s 3-month extension for transportation funding

The House has passed H.R. 3236, a new 3-month extension that provides financing for the Highway Trust Fund and other transportation expenses. Current transportation funding will expire July 31. The bill now ...

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Maryland makes highway construction engineering plans free online

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 30, 2015

Maryland makes highway construction engineering plans free online

Maryland has made it quite a bit cheaper for contractors to access plans for highway jobs. In fact, the state's made it free. According to the Washington Post, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ...

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Connecticut bond commission approves $24.9 million in first round of “Let’s Go CT” infrastructure projects

Posted by Chris Hill on July 30, 2015

Connecticut bond commission approves $24.9 million in first round of “Let’s Go CT” infrastructure projects

The Connecticut State Bond Commission has approved $24.9 million in the first round of infrastructure projects under the “Let’s Go CT” program approved earlier this year. The plan will provide ...

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Ram pickups recalled as part of Chrysler’s vulnerability to wireless hacking

Posted by Jason Cannon on July 29, 2015

Ram pickups recalled as part of Chrysler’s vulnerability to wireless hacking

Ram says it is recalling certain vehicles equipped with 8.4-inch touchscreens in a sweep that updates software to prevent connected vehicles from being hacked. Model year 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 ...

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House to ignore long-term transportation funding bill and vote on 3-month extension to force Senate’s hand

Posted by Chris Hill on July 29, 2015

House to ignore long-term transportation funding bill and vote on 3-month extension to force Senate’s hand

The House plans to vote today on a new short-term extension for transportation funding, extending solvency for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) to October 29, and will leave on their August ...

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Funding for Missouri transportation projects jumps 4.5% over projections

Posted by Chris Hill on July 29, 2015

Funding for Missouri transportation projects jumps 4.5% over projections

Fiscal year 2015 revenue from state taxes and fees used for funding transportation projects in Missouri increased by 4.5 percent compared to projections, resulting in a bonus $47 million to ...

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Construction worker protects woman during escape from abductor in Virginia work zone

Posted by Chris Hill on July 28, 2015

Construction worker protects woman during escape from abductor in Virginia work zone

Kevin Huntington, a construction crewmember who does work along Interstate 95 in Virginia, offered temporary sanctuary to a young woman allegedly being harassed and pursued by a man, according to ...

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Senators continue policy games with transportation funding bill as July 31 deadline looms

Posted by Chris Hill on July 28, 2015

Senators continue policy games with transportation funding bill as July 31 deadline looms

While the Senate’s DRIVE Act, H.R. 22, is being lauded for the potential it brings for the first long-term transportation funding option in years, it is now being used as ...

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Cigarettes are causing roadside fires in Washington almost daily

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 28, 2015

Cigarettes are causing roadside fires in Washington almost daily

Cigarette-sparked fires are becoming a daily occurrence in Washington, and the problem has worsened to the point that the state's Department of Transportation has issued a warning. According to the Seattle Times, the latest ...

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Illinois awards $106 million in contracts related to Tri-State Tollway rebuilding project

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 28, 2015

Illinois awards $106 million in contracts related to Tri-State Tollway rebuilding project

The Illinois Tollway awarded $106 million in contracts last week in order to get planning underway for a project to rebuild the central portion of the Tri-State Tollway. The project, which ...

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Two dump trucks rear ended in same Kansas DOT work zone 2 days in a row (PHOTOS)

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 27, 2015

Two dump trucks rear ended in same Kansas DOT work zone 2 days in a row (PHOTOS)

A construction zone on Interstate 470 has been unlucky for Kansas Department of Transportation dump trucks this week. Two KDOT dump trucks were crashed into two days in a row. The latest ...

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VIDEO: ‘Knee-high’ swarm of mayflies causes bridge in Iowa to close

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 27, 2015

VIDEO: ‘Knee-high’ swarm of mayflies causes bridge in Iowa to close

It took snow plows to clear an Iowa bridge of the unending swarm of mayflies that covered and eventually closed the bridge on July 18. Sabula Police Reserve Officer Stephen Thayer ...

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FHWA provides $2 million in emergency relief funds for I-10 bridge repair

Posted by Chris Hill on July 27, 2015

FHWA provides $2 million in emergency relief funds for I-10 bridge repair

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has provided immediately $2 million in emergency relief funds for repairs to the Interstate 10 Tex Wash Bridge near Desert Center, California, that collapsed July ...

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Indian reservation files lawsuit against FHWA, Arizona DOT over $1.9 billion highway extension (VIDEO)

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 27, 2015

Indian reservation files lawsuit against FHWA, Arizona DOT over $1.9 billion highway extension (VIDEO)

An Indian reservation in Arizona has dropped a lawsuit on the Federal Highway Administration and the state's Department of Transportation over a massive highway extension project through what the reservation ...

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Georgia DOT awards two bridge projects from new $100 million bridge bond program

Posted by Chris Hill on July 27, 2015

Georgia DOT awards two bridge projects from new $100 million bridge bond program

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has awarded two bridge and approach construction contracts that will be funded from a bridge bond program instituted this year by the state. The two ...

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Photographer documents the art of American highway interchanges

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 24, 2015

Photographer documents the art of American highway interchanges

Photographer Peter Andrew has travelled the globe taking aerial pictures of the highway interchanges transporting people all over the world, and the resulting photo essay was recently featured by Politico Magazine. The photographs ...

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TRIP report shows 28% of U.S. major urban roads are in substandard or poor condition

Posted by Chris Hill on July 24, 2015

TRIP report shows 28% of U.S. major urban roads are in substandard or poor condition

The Road Improvement Program’s (TRIP) recent report on major urban roads finds that 28 percent, including Interstates and freeways, are in substandard or poor condition providing “an unacceptably rough ride ...

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U.S. drivers log 1.26 trillion miles through May, breaking record set 8 years ago

Posted by Chris Hill on July 24, 2015

U.S. drivers log 1.26 trillion miles through May, breaking record set 8 years ago

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reports an estimated 1.26 trillion miles were traveled on U.S. roadways through May of this year, breaking the record of 1.23 trillion miles set through ...

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Senate votes to carry on with 6-year transportation funding bill

Posted by Chris Hill on July 23, 2015

Senate votes to carry on with 6-year transportation funding bill

The Senate DRIVE Act is out of limbo after a 62-36 vote late Wednesday evening that will allow the bill to move forward. The DRIVE Act would guarantee the solvency of the ...

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Wyoming Transportation Commission awards $14.6 million in highway project contracts

Posted by Chris Hill on July 23, 2015

Wyoming Transportation Commission awards $14.6 million in highway project contracts

The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded contracts for six highway projects totaling $14.6 million at its July meeting. The six projects range in values from $207,000 to $5.3 million. These include: Concrete barrier repair ...

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Portion of I-10 in California will reopen Friday while crews continue to work on bridge collapse

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 23, 2015

Portion of I-10 in California will reopen Friday while crews continue to work on bridge collapse

Traffic will resume on Interstate 10 on Friday, less than a week after the heavy rain caused serious damage to the highway and collapsed a bridge. The California Department of Transportation ...

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FHWA announces winners of the 2015 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 23, 2015

FHWA announces winners of the 2015 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards

The Federal Highway Administration recently honored eight transportation projects from across the country with the 2015 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards. The award, created by the FHWA and the Federal Transit Administration, is handed ...

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Senate DRIVE Act is a 6-year transportation bill with 3-year Highway Trust Fund financing guarantee

Posted by Chris Hill on July 22, 2015

Senate DRIVE Act is a 6-year transportation bill with 3-year Highway Trust Fund financing guarantee

The future of a long-term transportation bill became a bit brighter after Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Barbara Boxer (D-California) announced they had agreed in principle to a bipartisan a ...

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Is plastic the new pavement? Roads made of recycled ocean trash could be built in just weeks

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 22, 2015

Is plastic the new pavement? Roads made of recycled ocean trash could be built in just weeks

Plastic roads may seem more well suited for Hot Wheels, but a Dutch company is aiming to bring the toy track to the test track. VolkerWessels announced last week that it was working ...

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Riding high: Colorado town using marijuana tax funds to fix roads

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 22, 2015

Riding high: Colorado town using marijuana tax funds to fix roads

While it was a Michigan lawmaker that advocated "pot for potholes" earlier this year, a town in Colorado is actually putting that slogan into action. Fox  21 News in Colorado Springs reported that Pueblo County ...

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OSHA fines Kokosing Construction for violations related to worker’s death from I-75 bridge collapse in Ohio

Posted by Chris Hill on July 22, 2015

Beams rest atop an excavator following a pancake collapse of an overpass being prepared for demolition in Cincinnati. Credit: Liz Dufour/Cincinnati Enquirer

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Kokosing Construction $14,000 for two safety violations related to its investigation following the death of Brandon Carl Jan. 19 after the ...

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Big Bertha is set to start drilling again in November after extensive repairs, testing

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 21, 2015

Big Bertha is set to start drilling again in November after extensive repairs, testing

The world's largest tunnel-boring machine is now scheduled to get back to work on November 23, nearly two years after it overheated and stalled while digging beneath Seattle. The Seattle Times reported that ...

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Flooding causes portion of I-10 to collapse in California (PHOTOS)

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 21, 2015

Flooding causes portion of I-10 to collapse in California (PHOTOS)

Heavy rainfall in Southern California caused a section of Interstate 10 to collapse on Sunday, about 50 miles west of the Arizona border. An elevated portion of the highway collapsed after ...

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FHWA creates new National Tunnel Inspection program

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 21, 2015

FHWA creates new National Tunnel Inspection program

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration has created a new tunnel inspection program modeled after the decades old bridge inspection program. According to a release from the FHWA, the ...

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SHRP2 Education Connection presents 10 universities with cooperative agreements worth $100,000

Posted by Chris Hill on July 21, 2015

SHRP2 Education Connection presents 10 universities with cooperative agreements worth $100,000

Ten universities are receiving roughly $100,000 worth of cooperative agreements from the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Education Connection initiative. The program is designed for universities to incorporate SHRP2 ...

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Transportation innovators: Nominees sought for White House, USDOT Champions of Change

Posted by Chris Hill on July 21, 2015

Transportation innovators: Nominees sought for White House, USDOT Champions of Change

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House Office of Public Engagement are looking for nominees for a Champions of Change event highlighting “Beyond Traffic: Innovators in Transportation for ...

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Stolen van causes up to $1 million in damage after crashing through Kansas work zone

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 20, 2015

Stolen van causes up to $1 million in damage after crashing through Kansas work zone

Construction workers in Kansas were surprised to find a wrecked van abandoned in their road work site July 2. But the havoc the van brought with it to the 1.5-mile work zone likely provided ...

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National Work Zone Memorial travels through Pennsylvania, honoring lives lost in work zones

Posted by Chris Hill on July 20, 2015

Video still from Fox 43 www.fox43.com

The National Work Zone Memorial, the traveling tribute to those who lost their lives in work zones, made three stops in Pennsylvania last week. The memorial was established by the American Traffic Safety ...

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