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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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North Carolina, Missouri DOTs ask for public input on services/work zones

Posted by Chris Hill on May 18, 2015

North Carolina, Missouri DOTs ask for public input on services/work zones

We’re used to taking customer service surveys for retail outlets, but it’s a rare instance when a public service institution actively seeks out such feedback. Such are the recent efforts ...

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USDOT, NHTSA plan to require all future vehicles to talk to each other to prevent crashes

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 15, 2015

USDOT, NHTSA plan to require all future vehicles to talk to each other to prevent crashes

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology has the potential to revolutionize road safety and driving in general, and it could become the norm in just a few years. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on ...

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In move to infrared asphalt repair, Maryland’s Prince George’s County creates quality guidelines for pothole patching

Posted by Chris Hill on May 15, 2015

In move to infrared asphalt repair, Maryland’s Prince George’s County creates quality guidelines for pothole patching

Prince George’s County in Maryland can now repair potholes any time of year using Pavement Corp.’s infrared asphalt repair technology. The two entities have agreed to a two-year pilot program. Infrared ...

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Ayotte forwards tax reform bill to create Strengthening America’s Bridges Fund

Posted by Chris Hill on May 15, 2015

Ayotte forwards tax reform bill to create Strengthening America’s Bridges Fund

Amidst the seemingly flurry of bills being introduced ahead of the looming May 31 end to the revenue stream for the Highway Trust Fund, yet another senator has proposed a ...

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New U.S.-Canada bridge will be named for a hockey legend

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 15, 2015

New U.S.-Canada bridge will be named for a hockey legend

  The new bridge connecting Canada to America in Detroit will borrow its name from an icon in both countries. According to a report from Crain’s Detroit Business, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced ...

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First concrete pour made for deck of Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Crossing

Posted by Chris Hill on May 14, 2015

First concrete pour made for deck of Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Crossing

Walsh Construction crews have made the first concrete pour on the bridge deck of the Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Crossing on the Indiana approach side of the river. The ...

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Senate to begin work on long-term highway bill, but not until current funding has expired

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 14, 2015

Senate to begin work on long-term highway bill, but not until current funding has expired

The Senate will hold a hearing on a new long-term transportation bill, but it’s not going to be on the agenda until after the impending expiration of the Highway Trust ...

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Lack of federal highway funding solution puts 131 Arkansas projects in jeopardy

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 14, 2015

Lack of federal highway funding solution puts 131 Arkansas projects in jeopardy

More than 100 Arkansas road and bridge construction projects could be in jeopardy if Congress doesn’t extend federal transportation funding. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported 131 federally funded projects totaling $1.5 billion would be ...

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Iowa DOT plans $3.2 billion in highway projects through FY 2020

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 14, 2015

Iowa DOT plans $3.2 billion in highway projects through FY 2020

The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) proposes $3.2 billion in highway right of way and construction projects in its draft fiscal Year 2016-2020 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program presented to the ...

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Build USA Act would create American Infrastructure Bank for transportation funding

Posted by Chris Hill on May 13, 2015

Build USA Act would create American Infrastructure Bank for transportation funding

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) has introduced the Build USA Act, a bill aimed at creating an American Infrastructure Bank (AIB) to provide methods for funding transportation projects for states. Fischer, who ...

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Foxx: USDOT will need its own LeBron James to secure a fix for highway funding

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 13, 2015

Foxx: USDOT will need its own LeBron James to secure a fix for highway funding

America may have cast aside monarchy long ago, but maybe only a king would be able to take on transportation funding. Well, a king on the court, that is. Transportation Secretary Anthony ...

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California DOT: State needs $5.7 billion more each year to maintain roads

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 13, 2015

California DOT: State needs $5.7 billion more each year to maintain roads

California’s budget falls short on road funding to the tune of about $5.7 billion each year, according to the state’s Department of Transportation. A Caltrans report said the department needs $8 ...

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How Granite Construction meets tight tolerances on Tucson International Airport terminal apron project

Posted by Chris Hill on May 13, 2015

How Granite Construction meets tight tolerances on Tucson International Airport terminal apron project

Granite Construction and Metal Forms Corp. (MFC) are working together to on a multi-year terminal apron rehabilitation project at Tucson International Airport. Granite Construction is using MFC’s metal paving forms with ...

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Report finds voting for, or against, gas tax increases has little impact on state legislator re-election

Posted by Chris Hill on May 13, 2015

Report finds voting for, or against, gas tax increases has little impact on state legislator re-election

An analysis by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) shows members of neither the Republican or Democratic parties have been negatively impacted politically after voting for a gas ...

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Board rules WSDOT should have given contractor more warning about pipe struck by Big Bertha before stall

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 12, 2015

Board rules WSDOT should have given contractor more warning about pipe struck by Big Bertha before stall

In regard to the drilling of the new State Route 99 tunnel below Seattle, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has few friends left. There remains disagreement between the department ...

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Nadeau nominated for administrator of Federal Highway Administration

Posted by Chris Hill on May 12, 2015

Nadeau nominated for administrator of Federal Highway Administration

President Barack Obama has nominated transportation veteran Greg G. Nadeau for the administrator position of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Nadeau would replace Victor Mendez, who has been ...

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Texas DOT blames AT&T line changes for 58 road project delays

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 12, 2015

Texas DOT blames AT&T line changes for 58 road project delays

It’s not the type of traffic AT&T is used to, but the Texas Department of Transportation said the company has delayed 58 road projects across the state. It’s not only costing ...

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Obama administration kicks off Infrastructure Week funding push

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 12, 2015

Obama administration kicks off Infrastructure Week funding push

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill scramble to extend transportation funding before the end of the month, a week of events is set to advocate for roadwork during Infrastructure Week. Vice President ...

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Michigan legislators propose 2 transportation funding bills after Proposal 1 defeat

Posted by Chris Hill on May 12, 2015

Michigan legislators propose 2 transportation funding bills after Proposal 1 defeat

The major defeat of Proposal 1 in Michigan last week, which would have provided funding for transportation projects via a sales tax increase, prompted lawmakers to propose two bills in ...

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Three students awarded Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarships

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 12, 2015

Three students awarded Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarships

The American Traffic Safety Services Foundation awarded its Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship to three students who each lost a father during work zone accidents. The foundation awarded Lyndsay Morgan of Cape Coral, ...

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Louisiana panel approves bill to cancel $400 million in road funding

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 11, 2015

Louisiana panel approves bill to cancel $400 million in road funding

About $400 million in annual funding for Louisiana roads and bridges is in jeopardy after the state’s Senate Finance Committee approved a new bill on Thursday. The Advocate reports the committee approved ...

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