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Federal grant to provide $2 million to repair roads damaged by Joplin tornado reconstruction

Posted by Chris Hill on May 29, 2015

Federal grant to provide $2 million to repair roads damaged by Joplin tornado reconstruction

A grant of $2 million from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) will be used to repair roads in Duquesne, a small Missouri community that was struck by the EF-5 ...

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Top FHWA official says unfinished Spokane project proves need for long-term highway bill

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 28, 2015

Top FHWA official says unfinished Spokane project proves need for long-term highway bill

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s acting administrator toured the incomplete North Spokane Corridor last week and said the half-built project shows why the federal government needs to act on long-term ...

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Crews make final concrete pour on Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in Connecticut

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 28, 2015

Crews make final concrete pour on Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in Connecticut

Construction crews working on the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge celebrated the final concrete pour to connect the second half of the new bridge in New Haven, Connecticut. The New Haven Register ...

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Cedar Rapids launches 10-year, $180 million paving improvement program

Posted by Chris Hill on May 28, 2015

Cedar Rapids launches 10-year, $180 million paving improvement program

In yet another example of how transportation project funding is becoming more localized, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, recently released a 10-year plan for road improvements. The plan will cost $180 million ...

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South Carolina eyes using $400 million budget surplus for transportation projects

Posted by Chris Hill on May 28, 2015

South Carolina eyes using $400 million budget surplus for transportation projects

An expected $400 million budget surplus in South Carolina coffers, set to be certified later this week, presents an opportunity to fund other drained programs, such as transportation projects, rather ...

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Michigan DOT considers using drones for road condition monitoring

Posted by Chris Hill on May 27, 2015

Michigan DOT considers using drones for road condition monitoring

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been researching the use of drones for investigating road conditions in an effort to speed up such inspections and keep workers out of ...

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Bill would support Highway Trust Fund by adjusting Obamacare Medicaid match rates

Posted by Chris Hill on May 27, 2015

Bill would support Highway Trust Fund by adjusting Obamacare Medicaid match rates

A bill filed by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Arkansas), would apply an estimated $15 billion each year to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) by adjusting the percentage of Medicaid match funds required ...

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Highway worker dies after being struck by minivan in Wisconsin

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 27, 2015

Highway worker dies after being struck by minivan in Wisconsin

A worker was killed Tuesday inside a Wisconsin work zone after being hit by a minivan. According to a report from the Wausau Daily Herald, Derek Stempa, 30, was working as a ...

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Texas lawmakers cross the aisle on plan to raise the state’s road budget by $3 billion

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 27, 2015

Texas lawmakers cross the aisle on plan to raise the state’s road budget by $3 billion

The Texas House of Representatives Transportation chairman and his counterpart in the state’s Senate have reached a deal to inject the transportation budget with $3 billion more each year. The Dallas ...

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North Carolina DOT reaches deal on $648 million I-77 project

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 27, 2015

North Carolina DOT reaches deal on $648 million I-77 project

The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed on a deal with Cintra Infraestructuras for a $648 million project on Interstate 77. The project is set to create toll lanes for 26 ...

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Damage to Big Bertha worse than previously thought

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 26, 2015

Damage to Big Bertha worse than previously thought

Now that crews are well into the process of dismantling her front-end for necessary repairs, it's clear that damage to Big Bertha, the world's largest tunnel-boring machine, is worse than ...

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Senate passes transportation funding patch

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 26, 2015

Senate passes transportation funding patch

Over the weekend, the Senate passed a patch to extend transportation funding through July. In a Saturday voice vote just before the Senate broke for the Memorial Day holiday, Senators approved ...

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TRB webinar to cover roundabout design and effectiveness

Posted by Chris Hill on May 26, 2015

TRB webinar to cover roundabout design and effectiveness

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has scheduled a webinar to cover roundabout construction and illumination, in addition to a review of 20 years of roundabout design research and practice. The ...

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Michigan DOT opens new welcome center at U.S.-Canada border

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 26, 2015

Michigan DOT opens new welcome center at U.S.-Canada border

The Michigan Department of Transportation just opened the Port Huron Welcome Center off of Interstate 94 to welcome visitors to the state. The center will be on the westbound side of ...

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Grass tax instead of gas tax for road funding? Michigan lawmaker calls to legalize “pot for potholes”

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 25, 2015

Grass tax instead of gas tax for road funding? Michigan lawmaker calls to legalize “pot for potholes”

A lawmaker in Michigan thinks that marijuana could provide some relief for the state’s ailing roads. Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) wrote in an op-ed on MLive.com that Michigan voters have ...

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Process Heating’s storage tank immersion heater provides efficient asphalt heating

Posted by Chris Hill on May 25, 2015

Process Heating’s storage tank immersion heater provides efficient asphalt heating

Process Heating’s Lo-Density Unitized Storage Tank Heater provides highly efficient electric heating for asphalt tanks, a feature the company says can help plants achieve sustainability goals, such as those required by the ...

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Nearly 450 bridges in Connecticut are structurally deficient

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 25, 2015

Nearly 450 bridges in Connecticut are structurally deficient

Connecticut’s 12 million daily drivers probably find themselves on a bridge that’s not exactly on par with construction standards. The state has 446 bridges considered to be structurally deficient, one out ...

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Missouri DOT sets date for Youth Transportation Conference

Posted by Chris Hill on May 25, 2015

Missouri DOT sets date for Youth Transportation Conference

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has scheduled its 2015 Youth Transportation Conference, an event that provides students with aspirations for engineering or transportation-related jobs access to college campus visits ...

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Nearly half of road contractors have seen a work zone vehicle crash in the last year

Posted by Chris Hill on May 22, 2015

Nearly half of road contractors have seen a work zone vehicle crash in the last year

A recent survey by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) finds that 46 percent of road contractors have had a vehicle crash in one of their work zones, with 30 ...

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This Dutch bike path could be the precursor to solar energy-capturing roads everywhere

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 22, 2015

This Dutch bike path could be the precursor to solar energy-capturing roads everywhere

A bike path in the Netherlands that’s shorter than a football field could be the future of energy and travel. Engineers built the 229-foot test track with a solar road surface. ...

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Lafarge announces rural road solution as a low-cost alternative to asphalt

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 22, 2015

Lafarge announces rural road solution as a low-cost alternative to asphalt

Lafarge announced recently a new concrete solution to reduce the costs of rural roads up to 55 percent over a 20-year life cycle. Lafarge Malaysia announced the new rural roads solution ...

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APWA names Top 10 Public Works Leaders for 2015

Posted by Chris Hill on May 22, 2015

APWA names Top 10 Public Works Leaders for 2015

The American Public Works Association chose a broad variety of winners for its 2015 Top Ten Public Works Leaders award, representing several cities from across the U.S. and Canada. This ...

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Without long-term road funding, a Minnesota group has resorted to duct tape

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 21, 2015

Without long-term road funding, a Minnesota group has resorted to duct tape

Duct tape is a go-to problem solver in many situations. But it’s usually a temporary fix. No one is going to keep fishing out of a boat patched up with ...

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National Public Works Week kicks off with “low and slow” infrastructure tour

Posted by Chris Hill on May 21, 2015

National Public Works Week kicks off with “low and slow” infrastructure tour

Author Dan McNichol, who has driven a 1949 Hudson across the country to bring attention to road and bridge conditions, helped the American Public Works Association (APWA) kick off National ...

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Iowa DOT launches website offering location of major road projects

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 21, 2015

Iowa DOT launches website offering location of major road projects

The Iowa Department of Transportation has made finding and avoiding major roadwork a little easier for drivers in the state. The DOT launched a website that provides drivers with information about ...

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Oregon DOT develops work zone awareness infographic to educate motorists

Posted by Chris Hill on May 21, 2015

Oregon DOT develops work zone awareness infographic to educate motorists

The Oregon Department of Transportation has developed an infographic designed to educate and bring awareness of work zone dangers for motorists. “Each and every day, no matter the time of year, ...

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This bridge is made of thousands of sheets of paper, took 3 years to design (PHOTOS)

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 20, 2015

This bridge is made of thousands of sheets of paper, took 3 years to design (PHOTOS)

An artist from the United Kingdom completed a project that proves once and for all that paper beats rock. Well, it proves that paper is at least equal to rock ...

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House passes transportation funding patch

Posted by Chris Hill on May 20, 2015

House passes transportation funding patch

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved HR 2353, the Highway Transportation Funding Act of 2015 in a 387-35 vote. The bill, introduced by Congressmen Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), Transportation and Infrastructure ...

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$750 million allocated to keep Tappan Zee Bridge project afloat

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 20, 2015

$750 million allocated to keep Tappan Zee Bridge project afloat

The New York State Thruway Authority voted Monday to send $750 million to the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. The allocation of funds prevented the Tappan Zee project from needing to ...

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Report finds current road, bridge conditions are impairing economic growth in rural areas

Posted by Chris Hill on May 20, 2015

Report finds current road, bridge conditions are impairing economic growth in rural areas

Research by The Road Improvement Program (TRIP) finds that 15 percent of major rural roads in the U.S. are in poor condition, and 1 in 10 rural bridges are functionally obsolete, ...

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Nebraska legislature overrides governor’s veto of gas tax increase

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 19, 2015

Nebraska legislature overrides governor’s veto of gas tax increase

Almost immediately after the Nebraska Legislature passed a bill to raise the state’s gas tax, it appeared the newly-approved road funding was at risk as Gov. Pete Ricketts shot down the ...

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Semi causes 4-vehicle crash into work zone, killing Colorado DOT worker

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 19, 2015

Semi causes 4-vehicle crash into work zone, killing Colorado DOT worker

A Colorado Department of Transportation worker was killed last week after a four-vehicle crash in a construction zone. David Morris, 61, was driving a CDOT dump truck when a semi-truck failed to ...

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FHWA announces 2015 Environmental Excellence Award recipients

Posted by Chris Hill on May 19, 2015

FHWA announces 2015 Environmental Excellence Award recipients

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has named 15 recipients of its 2015 Environmental Excellence Award, a program that recognizes “innovative efforts to preserve the environment while enhancing America’s highways.” Winners will ...

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ACI releases multi-format 2015 Manual of Concrete Practice

Posted by Chris Hill on May 19, 2015

ACI releases multi-format 2015 Manual of Concrete Practice

The American Concrete Institute has released its 2015 Manual of Concrete Practice that includes more than 240 “standards and reports,” and made it available in two digital formats in additional ...

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Work on short-term transportation funding patches heats up as deadline nears

Posted by Chris Hill on May 18, 2015

Work on short-term transportation funding patches heats up as deadline nears

Efforts to create at least a short-term patch for transportation funding are in the works this week, with one bill, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015 (HR 2353), ...

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Illinois releases 6-year, $8.4 billion highway improvement plan

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 18, 2015

Illinois releases 6-year, $8.4 billion highway improvement plan

The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to spend $8.4 billion on roads in the next six years, but it’s not enough to prevent what IDOT expects to be a “rapid ...

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