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Iowa DOT budget finalized at $4.85 below request; may impact staffing

Posted by Chris Hill on May 05, 2016

Iowa DOT budget finalized at $4.85 below request; may impact staffing

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s budget was finalized by state legislators, providing only half ($4.85 million) of an extra $9.7 million the agency requested. The increase was requested in order ...

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Heavy rain washes out roads in Miller County, Arkansas

Posted by Kerry Clines on May 05, 2016

Heavy rain washes out roads in Miller County, Arkansas

Six rural roads in the southeastern end of Miller County, Arkansas, were closed down Friday night and Saturday, April 29-30, as the county worked to mend washed out culverts and roadways, ...

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ARTBA seeks clarification on movable safety barrier purchases; provides fall protection fact sheets

Posted by Chris Hill on May 04, 2016

ARTBA seeks clarification on movable safety barrier purchases; provides fall protection fact sheets

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is seeking clarification from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regarding state DOTs being allowed to use federal-aid highway money to buy movable ...

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FHWA’s $357 million TIFIA loan to add 4 toll lanes to SH 288 in Houston

Posted by Chris Hill on May 04, 2016

FHWA’s $357 million TIFIA loan to add 4 toll lanes to SH 288 in Houston

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is providing a $357 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to Blueridge Transportation Group to add four toll lanes to SH 288 ...

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Rhode Island DOT releases first quarterly report for RhodeWorks

Posted by Chris Hill on May 04, 2016

Rhode Island DOT releases first quarterly report for RhodeWorks

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has released the first quarterly report for the agency’s RhodeWorks program, which includes strict project oversight, reporting requirements and timelines. It was first ...

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Road workers in southwestern North Dakota gather for gravel roads workshop

Posted by Kerry Clines on May 04, 2016

Road workers in southwestern North Dakota gather for gravel roads workshop

On April 28, road workers from across southwestern North Dakota gathered in Dickinson for an workshop geared toward building and maintaining gravel roads more effectively. The Dickinson Press reports that ...

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Illinois Tollway awards $3.8 million in construction contracts in April

Posted by Chris Hill on May 03, 2016

Illinois Tollway awards $3.8 million in construction contracts in April

The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors approved construction contracts valued at $3.8 million at its April meeting, bringing the yearly total for construction and engineering contracts to $132.9 million. Total construction ...

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Wisconsin governor announces additional funding to complete street improvement projects in the state

Posted by Kerry Clines on May 03, 2016

Wisconsin governor announces additional funding to complete street improvement projects in the state

Wisconsin residents should prepare for more road work ahead. On April 27, Gov. Scott Walker announced the availability of additional funding to complete street improvement projects throughout the state. The Daily Cardinal reports ...

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USDOT gets A+ rating on Small Business Procurement Scorecard

Posted by Chris Hill on May 03, 2016

USDOT gets A+ rating on Small Business Procurement Scorecard

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) gave the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) an “A+” rating on the annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard for fiscal year 2015. Only three agencies received ...

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Caltrans seeks more volunteers before July launch of Road Charge Pilot

Posted by Chris Hill on May 03, 2016

Caltrans seeks more volunteers before July launch of Road Charge Pilot

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is seeking more volunteers for its Road Charge Pilot program, even though it already reached is goal of 5,000. The agency would like more ...

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DBIA names Virginia DOT as 2016 Transportation Owner of the Year

Posted by Chris Hill on May 02, 2016

DBIA names Virginia DOT as 2016 Transportation Owner of the Year

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) named the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) as 2016 Transportation Owner of the Year during the association’s recent Design-Build in Transportation Conference in Charlotte, ...

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New survey says majority of Americans support usage fees to fix crumbling roads

Posted by Kerry Clines on May 02, 2016

New survey says majority of Americans support usage fees to fix crumbling roads

A newly published survey reports that nearly two-thirds of Americans would support roadway user fees to help fix the country's crumbling transportation infrastructure, according to a report in Reuters. One of ...

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FHWA provides $8 million to 35 tribes for transportation safety improvement projects

Posted by Chris Hill on May 02, 2016

FHWA provides $8 million to 35 tribes for transportation safety improvement projects

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is providing roughly $8 million to 35 Native American tribes to complete 54 transportation safety improvement projects on tribal lands. The move is part of ...

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Montana governor proposes $200 million funding for infrastructure projects

Posted by Chris Hill on May 02, 2016

Montana governor proposes $200 million funding for infrastructure projects

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has proposed a $200 million plan for 2017 aimed at improving infrastructure projects across the state and creating additional construction jobs. Bullock, who announced the proposal at ...

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FHWA proposes emissions measurements to gauge success of transportation projects

Posted by Kerry Clines on April 29, 2016

FHWA proposes emissions measurements to gauge success of transportation projects

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would measure the success of transportation projects based upon greenhouse gas and other air emissions. According to an announcement from ...

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Safety management plans available for 2 USDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot sites

Posted by Chris Hill on April 29, 2016

Safety management plans available for 2 USDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot sites

The safety management plans for the Wyoming and Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot deployment sites under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) are ...

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American Concrete Institute names new officers, board members at Concrete Convention

Posted by Chris Hill on April 29, 2016

American Concrete Institute names new officers, board members at Concrete Convention

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) introduced two new officers and four board members for 2016-2017 during the recent Concrete Convention and Exposition in Milwaukee. The new president is Michael J. Schneider, ...

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Nebraska DOR adds members to County Bridge Match program working group

Posted by Chris Hill on April 29, 2016

Nebraska DOR adds members to County Bridge Match program working group

The Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) recently announced members of the County Bridge Match Program (CBMP) working group. The recently signed Transportation Innovation Act (TIA) created the group, which is ...

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Licking County, Ohio, pledges $4.3 million to repairing 35 bridges in 2016

Posted by Kerry Clines on April 29, 2016

Licking County, Ohio, pledges $4.3 million to repairing 35 bridges in 2016

Deteriorating bridges and culverts have forced the closure of five county roads in Licking County, Ohio, the Newark Advocate reports. Licking County Engineer Bill Lozier has a goal to fix 35 bridges ...

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Rhode Island DOT will replace structurally deficient bridges with slide-in construction

Posted by Kerry Clines on April 28, 2016

Rhode Island DOT will replace structurally deficient bridges with slide-in construction

In 2014, data from the Federal Highway Administration ranked Rhode Island as the worst of the 50 states for structurally deficient bridges. With so many of its bridges needing to be rebuilt, the ...

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BTS provides quarterly update to National Transportation Statistics reference guide

Posted by Chris Hill on April 28, 2016

BTS provides quarterly update to National Transportation Statistics reference guide

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released the second quarterly update of 2016 for the web-only National Transportation Statics report. The update provides new information on more ...

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Ky. Transportation Cabinet names Patty Dunaway as state highway engineer

Posted by Chris Hill on April 28, 2016

Ky. Transportation Cabinet names Patty Dunaway as state highway engineer

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has named Patty Dunaway as the new state highway engineer, marking the second time a woman has served in this capacity. The state highway engineer oversees ...

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Illinois Tollway partners with Morton Arboretum to create ‘Urban Forest’

Posted by Chris Hill on April 28, 2016

Illinois Tollway partners with Morton Arboretum to create ‘Urban Forest’

The Illinois Tollway is partnering with the Morton Arboretum in an effort to expand tree canopy coverage by the tollway system. To recognize this, the agency will give away 15,000 ...

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Bertha will soon begin digging below the viaduct its path will replace

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 27, 2016

Bertha will soon begin digging below the viaduct its path will replace

The world's largest tunneling machine will soon begin its dig beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, its first activity since mid-March. In January tunnel-boring machine Bertha broke through its repair wall ...

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S. Carolina DOT receives construction awards for recycled materials, perpetual pavement

Posted by Chris Hill on April 27, 2016

S. Carolina DOT receives construction awards for recycled materials, perpetual pavement

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has received two construction awards, which include one for using recycled materials and another for long-lasting pavement work. Both were presented during the ...

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FEMA approves grant to rebuild flood-damaged roads in the Rio Grande Valley

Posted by Kerry Clines on April 27, 2016

FEMA approves grant to rebuild flood-damaged roads in the Rio Grande Valley

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a $3.3 million grant to help rebuild roads in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas that were damaged by flooding in May 2015. Roy ...

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Colorado DOT Engineering Applications Group launches website for contractor software support

Posted by Chris Hill on April 27, 2016

Colorado DOT Engineering Applications Group launches website for contractor software support

The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Engineering Applications Group recently launched a website for contractors to serve as a clearinghouse for software support. The site includes training schedules, documents, SiteManager access, ...

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North Carolina students honored for winning state Model Bridge Building Competition

Posted by Chris Hill on April 27, 2016

North Carolina students honored for winning state Model Bridge Building Competition

Students from a middle school and high school in Wake County won their divisions of the annual North Carolina Model Bridge Building Competition. The Carolinas Associated General Contractors and the North ...

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Clever crosswalk’s 3D paint job appears as a road block to stop drivers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 26, 2016

Clever crosswalk’s 3D paint job appears as a road block to stop drivers

A new crosswalk design is being implemented in the state of Ahmedabad in India that brings drivers to a halt using an optical illusion. According to reports from Wired and The Architect's ...

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Kansas DOT to delay FY2017-2019 large projects due to low highway fund revenues

Posted by Chris Hill on April 26, 2016

Kansas DOT to delay FY2017-2019 large projects due to low highway fund revenues

The Kansas Department of Transportation is delaying for fiscal years 2017-2019 two categories of road projects, modernization and expansion, due to low State Highway Fund revenues. KDOT says these types of ...

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Work begins on Idaho’s surplus-funded critical-need transportation projects

Posted by Chris Hill on April 26, 2016

Work begins on Idaho’s surplus-funded critical-need transportation projects

Work has begun on critical-need projects identified by the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and is being funded by a surplus from the state’s general fund. There are 17 projects in all ...

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Minnesota DOT bathes I-35W bridge in purple light to commemorate life of Prince

Posted by Chris Hill on April 26, 2016

Minnesota DOT bathes I-35W bridge in purple light to commemorate life of Prince

The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently bathed the Interstate 35 West bridge in purple light to honor the life of musician Prince, a native of the state, who died April ...

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Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY2017 THUD bill

Posted by Chris Hill on April 25, 2016

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY2017 THUD bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the fiscal year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Bill that includes $16.9 billion in discretionary spending for the ...

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Russia looks to the Netherlands’ plastic roads project

Posted by Kerry Clines on April 25, 2016

Russia looks to the Netherlands’ plastic roads project

Russia is looking to learn from the Netherlands' experience in building plastic roads. According to a report in Pravda.ru, Alexander Starovoytov, Russia's State Duma deputy from the LDPR faction, has appealed to the ...

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AASHTO highlights sustainability and environmental stewardship among state DOTs

Posted by Chris Hill on April 25, 2016

AASHTO highlights sustainability and environmental stewardship among state DOTs

In recognition of Earth Day last week, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) released a video detailing the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s efforts to make its ...

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Georgia DOT begins celebration of 100-year anniversary

Posted by Chris Hill on April 25, 2016

Georgia DOT begins celebration of 100-year anniversary

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has begun celebrations marking its 100-year anniversary. April 20-22 the public was allowed to visit a “Centennial exhibit” at the agency’s headquarters. “While a centennial ...

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