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NSSGA’s “Driving It Home 2015″ push urging people to talk to lawmakers about passing a transportation bill

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 02, 2015

NSSGA’s “Driving It Home 2015″ push urging people to talk to lawmakers about passing a transportation bill

The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association wants people to take advantage of the Fourth of July break in Congress to talk to their representatives or senators about passing a long-term ...

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Roadway Reinforcement: Geosynthetics require attention to project design and installation

Posted by Chris Hill on July 02, 2015

Roadway Reinforcement: Geosynthetics require attention to project design and installation

A failed pavement isn’t a welcome sight, particularly during our current uncertain transportation funding. So it’s increasingly important that road builders use methods that can allow roads to be built ...

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Semi truck plows into I-95 work zone, equipment, killing one worker

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 01, 2015

Semi truck plows into I-95 work zone, equipment, killing one worker

A construction worker was killed in Maryland last week when a semi-truck crashed into a work zone along Interstate 95. According to a report from WTOP radio, a tractor trailer in ...

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Connecticut passes $2.8 billion transportation projects funding program

Posted by Chris Hill on July 01, 2015

Connecticut passes $2.8 billion transportation projects funding program

The Connecticut general assembly in a special session approved SB 1501, a bill that provides $2.8 billion in funding for transportation projects through state bonds for the next five years. The ...

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Gas tax increases for transportation funding underway in 6 states

Posted by Chris Hill on July 01, 2015

Gas tax increases for transportation funding underway in 6 states

The flurry of state gas tax legislation enacted earlier this year now goes into effect for a handful of states across the country, providing an increase in funding for much-needed ...

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Ohio to begin displaying traffic fatality stats on highway message boards

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 01, 2015

Ohio to begin displaying traffic fatality stats on highway message boards

A drive down a road in Ohio might be a bit more grim due to the new message on electronic traffic signs: the total number of traffic deaths during 2015. The ...

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Oregon’s $343.5 million transportation funding legislation effort stalls

Posted by Chris Hill on June 30, 2015

Oregon’s $343.5 million transportation funding legislation effort stalls

Transportation funding legislation that would have raised gas taxes and motor vehicle fees to generate roughly $200 million for road and bridge projects failed to even arrive on the Oregon ...

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Illinois DOT chief meets with group to discuss lack of minority contractors hired

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 30, 2015

Illinois DOT chief meets with group to discuss lack of minority contractors hired

An Illinois group recently met with Illinois Transportation Secretary Randall Blankenhorn to discuss the lack of minorities hired for construction contracts. KWQC reported that the group, led by the Rev. Dwight Ford ...

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Next round of Texas Prop 1 transportation projects approved for $239 million

Posted by Chris Hill on June 30, 2015

Interstate 35 through East Austin.

The Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) has approved 15 projects reaching $239 million as part of the fourth round of the Proposition 1 program, bringing the total to 75 projects projected ...

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Wisconsin DOT has a new app to keep drivers informed on road conditions

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 30, 2015

Wisconsin DOT has a new app to keep drivers informed on road conditions

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation just launched a new smart phone application to let drivers know about the road conditions across the state. The app, called 511 Wisconsin, is free and ...

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Delaware approves bare minimum road funding after highway bill fails in legislature

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 29, 2015

Delaware approves bare minimum road funding after highway bill fails in legislature

Delaware's road funding system might have a six-year deficit of $780 million, but it won't be getting a reprieve from state lawmakers this year. The state's Bond Bill Committee passed a ...

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New Jersey DOT projects first regional winners of the 2015 America’s Transportation Awards competition (PHOTOS)

Posted by Chris Hill on June 29, 2015

New Jersey Department of Transportation’s bridge project at Route 46 over the Musconetcong River

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has been awarded the first regional awards for the 2015 America’s Transportation Awards competition for two projects in the Best Use of Innovation ...

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NAPA Sustainability Conference set for Oct. 13-14 in Portland, Oregon

Posted by Chris Hill on June 29, 2015

A 1-inch layer of warm-mix asphalt bond breaker being is set down for a Federal Highway Administration Highways for LIFE project in Texas.

The National Asphalt Pavement Association’s (NAPA) 2015 Asphalt Sustainability Conference, scheduled for Oct. 13-14 in Portland, Oregon, will provide discussions on both applications and effective measurements for sustainability of asphalt. Measuring ...

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$55 million in Arkansas transportation construction projects on hold due to HTF uncertainty

Posted by Chris Hill on June 26, 2015

$55 million in Arkansas transportation construction projects on hold due to HTF uncertainty

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has pulled six projects valued at $55 million from its opening bid for July 21 because the department has doubts it will ...

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Full Senate Appropriations Committee approves transportation, HUD bill making it available for full Senate consideration

Posted by Chris Hill on June 26, 2015

Full Senate Appropriations Committee approves transportation, HUD bill making it available for full Senate consideration

The Senate Committee on Appropriations in a 20-10 vote approved the FY 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill that had been given the nod by subcommittee earlier ...

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Combining design, build contracts saved $1.7 billion on Tappan Zee Bridge project

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 26, 2015

Combining design, build contracts saved $1.7 billion on Tappan Zee Bridge project

A New York University report on the Tappan Zee Bridge has found the project saved $1.7 billion by combining the contracts to design and build the bridge. The report found the design-build method for ...

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Construction worker drowns after boat tips on New York bridge project

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 26, 2015

Construction worker drowns after boat tips on New York bridge project

A New York construction worker drowned Monday after the boat he was doing bridge work in tipped over. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, a 35-year-old man was working for the Pike Company ...

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Maryland governor announces $1.97 billion for highways and bridges

Posted by Chris Hill on June 26, 2015

HOV 2+ lane on I-270, Maryland, US

Maryland will see $1.97 billion provided for 84 highway and bridge projects across the state, with the majority of the total being used for new projects. Gov. Larry Hogan announced June ...

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Electronic sign hacked to display ‘Bush did 9/11′ in Minnesota work zone

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 25, 2015

Electronic sign hacked to display ‘Bush did 9/11′ in Minnesota work zone

A portable electronic sign at a construction site in Minnesota briefly detoured from it's normal job displaying safety warnings at the hands of apparent hackers. The sign displayed "Bush Did 9/11" in ...

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Virginia transportation board awards $48.5 million for bridge projects

Posted by Chris Hill on June 25, 2015

Virginia transportation board awards $48.5 million for bridge projects

The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has approved $48.5 million for two bridge rehabilitation and widening projects in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Northern Virginia and Richmond districts. The larger ...

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Colorado DOT receives 5 statements of qualification for I-70 East Project

Posted by Chris Hill on June 25, 2015

Colorado DOT receives 5 statements of qualification for I-70 East Project

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) and the Colorado Bridge Enterprise (CBE) have received statements of qualification (SOQ) from five entities for work on the ...

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Flagger killed by semi truck in Wyoming DOT work zone

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 25, 2015

Flagger killed by semi truck in Wyoming DOT work zone

A flagger was struck and killed last week when a semi truck drifted into a Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) work zone along Interstate 80. According to a WYDOT press release, ...

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APWA to host Sustainability in Public Works track at annual expo

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 25, 2015

APWA to host Sustainability in Public Works track at annual expo

The American Public Works Association announced it would feature a Sustainability in Public Works track at it's annual APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition August 20 through September 2 in ...

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Senate appropriations approves $55.65 billion bill for transportation and housing

Posted by Chris Hill on June 24, 2015

Senate appropriations approves $55.65 billion bill for transportation and housing

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development has approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill, which will now be turned over ...

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Bipartisan Senate group introduces 6-year, $257 billion highway bill

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 24, 2015

Bipartisan Senate group introduces 6-year, $257 billion highway bill

Another Highway Trust Fund deadline is fast approaching, and the looming loss of funds has some U.S. Senators reaching across the isle to get a deal done. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), ...

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PennDOT public-private partnership with PWKP to replace 58 bridges in 2015

Posted by Chris Hill on June 24, 2015

PennDOT public-private partnership with PWKP to replace 58 bridges in 2015

Through a public-private partnership (P3) with Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will have 58 bridges replaced in 2015 as part of the Rapid Bridge ...

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VIDEO: Bridge collapses beneath excavator, 2 workers, injuring one more on Pennsylvania repair project

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 23, 2015

VIDEO: Bridge collapses beneath excavator, 2 workers, injuring one more on Pennsylvania repair project

Three workers caught in the epicenter of a bridge collapse in Pennsylvania all survived the ordeal. According to a report from WJAC TV, crews have been at work repairing a bridge ...

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Virginia’s 6-year transportation program provides $9.9 billion for highway projects

Posted by Chris Hill on June 23, 2015

Virginia’s 6-year transportation program provides $9.9 billion for highway projects

The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has approved the most recent Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP) for $13.3 billion in highway, rail and public transportation projects. The SYIP spans the next six ...

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VIDEO: Missouri DOT workers discuss work zone crash, offer warnings

Posted by Chris Hill on June 23, 2015

VIDEO: Missouri DOT workers discuss work zone crash, offer warnings

This time of year headlines are full of highway work zone accidents, mainly because of the perfect storm of transportation construction and summer travel coinciding. In this video, four workers ...

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House Majority Leader on gas tax increase: ‘Let’s think of something else’

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 23, 2015

House Majority Leader on gas tax increase: ‘Let’s think of something else’

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) thinks lawmakers in the capitol should come up with alternative funding for transportation because a gas tax increase isn't politically feasible. In an interview with the ...

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Contractors face charges for defrauding PennDOT’s female/minority-owned business program

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 22, 2015

Contractors face charges for defrauding PennDOT’s female/minority-owned business program

The top executives at a Pennsylvania highway construction company are facing charges they defrauded the U.S. Department of Transportation to the tune of about $18.7 million. A federal court levied conspiracy to ...

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Senate Finance Committee hears opposing views on gas tax, emphasis on long-term transportation funding

Posted by Chris Hill on June 22, 2015

Senate Finance Committee hears opposing views on gas tax, emphasis on long-term transportation funding

Members of the Senate Finance Committee were presented with testimony stressing the need for long-term funding for transportation projects, but much like what was heard earlier in the week by ...

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Crews, Left Coast Lifter, place first horizontal pieces for new Tappan Zee Bridge

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on June 22, 2015

Crews, Left Coast Lifter, place first horizontal pieces for new Tappan Zee Bridge

It took three and a half hours and one of the largest cranes in the world, but by the time the work was done, the new Tappan Zee Bridge started ...

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Caltrans completes San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span cantilever demolition

Posted by Chris Hill on June 22, 2015

Caltrans completes San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span cantilever demolition

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has completed the demolition of the cantilever portion of the East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The work is the first phase ...

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Construction underway on first stretch of California’s high-speed rail network

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 19, 2015

Construction underway on first stretch of California’s high-speed rail network

Five months after ground was broken in Fresno, construction on California's first high-speed rail line began earlier this week. According to a report from the Fresno Bee, crews began work Tuesday in Madera ...

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Virginia transportation board approves scoring process to prioritize transportation projects

Posted by Chris Hill on June 19, 2015

Virginia transportation board approves scoring process to prioritize transportation projects

Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has approved a transportation project scoring process that will rank and prioritize work to be done and determine which projects merit funding. The process comes out ...

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