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USDOT $98.1 billion fiscal year 2017 budget includes clean transportation, autonomous vehicle pilot funds

Posted by Chris Hill on February 11, 2016

USDOT $98.1 billion fiscal year 2017 budget includes clean transportation, autonomous vehicle pilot funds

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced President Obama’s $98.1 billion fiscal year 2017 budget for the U.S. Department of Transportation, a plan that includes clean transportation and autonomous vehicle pilot ...

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VIDEO: Why CDOT uses Howitzer artillery to trigger avalanches

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 10, 2016

VIDEO: Why CDOT uses Howitzer artillery to trigger avalanches

It's a constant challenge for the Colorado Department of Transportation to keep roads and mountain passes clear from the torrent of snowfall the state sees each year. But CDOT has ...

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NAPA names Walsh & Kelly President Kevin Kelly as 2016 chairman

Posted by Chris Hill on February 10, 2016

NAPA names Walsh & Kelly President Kevin Kelly as 2016 chairman

Kevin Kelly, president and CEO of Indiana-based paving contractor Walsh & Kelly, took over as chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) at the group’s 61st annual meeting in ...

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Michigan road worker killed after being struck by semi while placing signs

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 10, 2016

Michigan road worker killed after being struck by semi while placing signs

A Michigan road worker was killed and another was injured this week after they were struck and killed by a semi-truck in Wexford County. WPBN/WGTU reported that Sean Jordan was outside of his ...

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Missouri DOT makes historic bridges available for free

Posted by Chris Hill on February 09, 2016

Champ Clark Bridge, Pike County, Missouri and Pike County, Illinois

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has several bridges available for donation to a state, locality or “responsible private entity.” This is a result of the federal requirement that requires ...

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With oil prices plummeting, Obama says now is time to raise gas tax

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 09, 2016

With oil prices plummeting, Obama says now is time to raise gas tax

Gas prices are continuing to drop to historic lows, and there's really no sign the trend will reverse any time soon. With that in mind, President Barack Obama thinks now ...

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Majority of Americans believe driverless cars are unsafe, survey finds

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 09, 2016

Majority of Americans believe driverless cars are unsafe, survey finds

The thought of being driven down a highway by a computer inside your car still worries most Americans. Autonomous vehicles are coming in the next few decades, but the majority of folks ...

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Louisiana DOTD Sec. Wilson adds 4 executive staff members

Posted by Chris Hill on February 09, 2016

Louisiana DOTD Sec. Wilson adds 4 executive staff members

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD) Secretary Shawn Wilson has added four members to his executive staff, with three being part of the previous administration. “I have worked with these ...

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I-55 to see first P3 managed lane project in Illinois history

Posted by Chris Hill on February 08, 2016

I-55 to see first P3 managed lane project in Illinois history

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced with members of the state general assembly a plan allowing the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to add at least one additional lane in ...

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Kansas City applies for Smart City grant to test transportation innovations

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 08, 2016

Kansas City applies for Smart City grant to test transportation innovations

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Beyond Traffic, Smart City Challenge is a chance for one city to win $50 million to modernize and innovate infrastructure. And Kansas City thinks it's up ...

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Connecticut DOT worker qualifies for Olympic Marathon Trials

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 08, 2016

Connecticut DOT worker qualifies for Olympic Marathon Trials

A Connecticut Department of Transportation engineer is proving he can do more than just design roads. He can dominate them as well. Jonas Hampton was already qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials ...

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ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation seeks nominations for “Helping Hand” Awards

Posted by Chris Hill on February 08, 2016

ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation seeks nominations for “Helping Hand” Awards

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Transportation Development Foundation is seeking nominations for its second annual “Helping Hand” Award program. The program was established in 2014 “to recognize extraordinary ...

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Gomaco debuts new intelligent GP3 slipform paver at World of Concrete

Posted by Chris Hill on February 05, 2016

Gomaco debuts new intelligent GP3 slipform paver at World of Concrete

Gomaco introduced is new GP3 slipform paver featuring a series of “smart” technologies to adjust to multiple width changes controlled by the machine's G+ digital control system. It has dubbed the ...

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U.S. Department of Transportation celebrates 50 years (VIDEO)

Posted by Chris Hill on February 05, 2016

U.S. Department of Transportation celebrates 50 years (VIDEO)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) was formed 50 years ago under the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration and Alan Boyd served as the first Secretary of Transportation, the 12th cabinet ...

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Now facing murder charge, woman recalls suicidal thoughts in moments before crash that killed road worker

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 05, 2016

Now facing murder charge, woman recalls suicidal thoughts in moments before crash that killed road worker

A Minnesota woman was reportedly suicidal when she slammed her SUV into a parked public works truck at 80 miles per hour last week. KARE 11 reported that 24-year-old Marie Jessica Hall is ...

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New Mexico TRIP report finds poor road and bridge conditions cost motorists $1.9 billion a year

Posted by Chris Hill on February 05, 2016

New Mexico TRIP report finds poor road and bridge conditions cost motorists $1.9 billion a year

A quarter of New Mexico’s major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor condition and 16 percent of the bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, conditions that are ...

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Indiana House passes plan to raise taxes on cigarettes and gas to pay for roads

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 04, 2016

Indiana House passes plan to raise taxes on cigarettes and gas to pay for roads

The Indiana House of Representatives has passed a bill that would raise the tax on gas and cigarettes in order to bring in $500 million a year for transportation funding. According ...

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WABCO acquires MICO to become only off-highway supplier of pneumatic and hydraulic brake systems

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 04, 2016

WABCO acquires MICO to become only off-highway supplier of pneumatic and hydraulic brake systems

WABCO announced this week that it would purchase MICO Incorporated to become the world's first and only supplier of complete pneumatic and hydraulic brake control systems for off-highway vehicles. According to ...

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Wyoming DOT’s new travel app helps drivers plan a trip with spoken road conditions, mile marker location and more

Posted by Chris Hill on February 04, 2016

Wyoming DOT’s new travel app helps drivers plan a trip with spoken road conditions, mile marker location and more

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has released Wyoming 511, an app that provides pre-trip and en route travel information as well as a motorist’s location for emergency responders. The latter ...

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Obama proposes $10-per-barrel tax on oil production to fund green infrastructure

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 04, 2016

Obama proposes $10-per-barrel tax on oil production to fund green infrastructure

President Barack Obama is aiming to implement more measures to combat climate change, and this time he's eyeing oil companies to foot the bill. The Hill reported that the White House announced Obama will propose with ...

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Stockpile Reports launches bin and bunker measurement for stockpiled materials via iPhone, drone

Posted by Chris Hill on February 03, 2016

Stockpile Reports launches bin and bunker measurement for stockpiled materials via iPhone, drone

Stockpile Reports announced at World of Concrete it now supports measurement capabilities for stockpiled materials, such as salt, gravel and sand, in bins and bunkers using an iPhone, drone or ...

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VIDEO: Imposter pranks TV anchors by saying he’s with VDOT, referring to prostitutes, drug deals

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 03, 2016

VIDEO: Imposter pranks TV anchors by saying he’s with VDOT, referring to prostitutes, drug deals

The recent winter storm that hit the East Coast disrupted everything in the region, but one prankster was more of a disruption for NBC Washington's coverage of the weather. According to ...

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AZDOT worker rescues puppy from highway

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 03, 2016

AZDOT worker rescues puppy from highway

A small puppy is safe thanks to Phoenix traffic cameras and an Arizona Department of Transportation worker.  According to NBC News, AZDOT worker Gil Estrada was monitoring the traffic cameras last ...

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Gomaco launches world’s first 3D-controlled bridge deck finisher

Posted by Chris Hill on February 02, 2016

Gomaco launches world’s first 3D-controlled bridge deck finisher

Gomaco has launched the world’s first bridge deck finisher with a 3D guidance at the Word of Concrete show in Las Vegas, an update to its C-450 cylinder finisher. With this ...

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Caltrans ordered to pay $12 million for construction crews’ exposure to fungus

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 02, 2016

Caltrans ordered to pay $12 million for construction crews’ exposure to fungus

The California Department of Transportation has been ordered to pay close to $12 million to five contracted construction employees for exposing them to a dangerous fungus. According to the Los Angeles Times, a jury ...

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Christy Hall confirmed as secretary of South Carolina DOT

Posted by Chris Hill on February 02, 2016

Christy Hall confirmed as secretary of South Carolina DOT

South Carolina’s Senate confirmed Christy Hall as the state’s new secretary of transportation. Hall had been serving as acting secretary since July of last year and was appointed by Gov. ...

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Colorado DOT launches near real-time snowplow tracking system

Posted by Chris Hill on February 02, 2016

Colorado DOT launches near real-time snowplow tracking system

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has launched a system that will track and monitor snowplows in “near real-time” that will also allow the public to view vehicle location via ...

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Minnesota road worker killed after being struck by SUV while clearing snow from road

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 02, 2016

Minnesota road worker killed after being struck by SUV while clearing snow from road

A Minnesota worker died days after being struck by a vehicle while he was clearing snow from a road in Bloomington. According to KMSP, Bloomington Public Works Dept. employee Tyler Lenort was ...

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VIDEO: Caltrans workers clear Highway 299 after a landslide

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 01, 2016

VIDEO: Caltrans workers clear Highway 299 after a landslide

A minor landslide earlier this month turned into a much larger problem in California after El Nino pounded northern California. The California Department of Transportation spent two days digging Highway 299 ...

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Texas DOT announces $1.3 billion plan for projects to improve traffic congestion

Posted by Chris Hill on February 01, 2016

Texas DOT announces $1.3 billion plan for projects to improve traffic congestion

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has released a $1.3 billion plan for accelerated transportation project completion aimed at improving traffic congestion across the state. The Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) ...

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Ohio TRAC approves 7 new projects totaling $58.6 million

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on February 01, 2016

Ohio TRAC approves 7 new projects totaling $58.6 million

The Ohio Transportation Review Advisory Council has approved seven construction projects across the state. According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio TRAC voted to approve additional funding totaling $58.6 million. The ...

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NAPA releases books on RAP and RAS best practices, high RAP Japanese pavements

Posted by Chris Hill on February 01, 2016

NAPA releases books on RAP and RAS best practices, high RAP Japanese pavements

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has released two books aimed at provided best management practices for using reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). Best Practices for RAP and RAS Management (Quality Improvement ...

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Bridge work the focus of Kentucky’s $6 billion proposed highway plan

Posted by Chris Hill on January 29, 2016

Bridge work the focus of Kentucky’s $6 billion proposed highway plan

Kentucky Gov. Matthew Bevin this week released his administration’s 2016 Recommended Highway Plan that details transportation projects and funding for fiscal years 2016-2022, representing $6 billion in “traditional revenues.” But one ...

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Project engineer struck and killed by dump truck after just 2 days on the job

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on January 29, 2016

Project engineer struck and killed by dump truck after just 2 days on the job

A 26-year-old project engineer in Texas was only on the job for two days before he was hit and killed by a dump truck Tuesday. KHOU reported that the man had recently started ...

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Pink paver helps VT LeeBoy and Stephenson Equipment raise $100,000 for American Cancer Society

Posted by Chris Hill on January 29, 2016

Pink paver helps VT LeeBoy and Stephenson Equipment raise $100,000 for American Cancer Society

VT LeeBoy and equipment dealer Stephenson Equipment recently presented a $100,000 check to the American Cancer Society for it’s Relay for Life, an amount raised in part by the use ...

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South Carolina proposes $725 million plan to widen Interstate 27

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on January 29, 2016

South Carolina proposes $725 million plan to widen Interstate 27

The South Carolina Department of Transportation wants to upgrade sections of Interstate 26, but it's not going to be cheap. The department announced proposals for two new widening projects for the interstate—one located ...

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