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Astec’s Ben Brock: “Best shot we’ve had in 10 years” to get out of highway funding dead end

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on January 30, 2015

Astec’s Ben Brock: “Best shot we’ve had in 10 years” to get out of highway funding dead end

All the talk about the upcoming highway bill reauthorization—now in an extension until May—had a familiar ring to Ben Brock, president and CEO, Astec Industries. “I’ve been around this industry ...

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Report shows sharp decline in commuting across America

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 28, 2015

Report shows sharp decline in commuting across America

America has always been a nation on the move - especially during the daily commute to work, which comprises approximately 28 percent of all daily trips on roads and transit systems throughout the ...

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NAPA announces winners of national paving awards

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 28, 2015

NAPA announces winners of national paving awards

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has announced the winners of several awards honoring companies for excellence in construction of an asphalt pavement . The winning companies received their awards at ...

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Arkansas businessman to chair TRIP in 2015

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 28, 2015

Arkansas businessman to chair TRIP in 2015

Don Weaver,  Executive Vice President of Weaver Bailey Contractors in El Paso, Arkansas, has been elected 2015 chairman of the Board of Directors of TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Weaver-Baily Contractors was ...

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Ohio worker’s death creates urgency on inspecting NJ bridges

Posted by Contributed on January 26, 2015

Ohio worker’s death creates urgency on inspecting NJ bridges

Aging infrastructure issues are well-known topics across the political landscape, as President Obama alluded to in his recent State of the Union address. Unfortunately, it takes a tragic incident such as ...

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Fingers crossed: Senate highway bill could be unveiled soon

Posted by James Jaillet on January 23, 2015

Fingers crossed: Senate highway bill could be unveiled soon

Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) may soon unveil a highway funding bill that would direct money to the struggling Highway Trust Fund from taxes on companies’ overseas ...

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ARTBA announces new assignments for key senior staff

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 23, 2015

ARTBA announces new assignments for key senior staff

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has announced new assignments for some of its key staff. Read the changes below: Allison Klein, who has been with ARTBA since 2008, has ...

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ARTBA seeks students for 2015-16 Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 22, 2015

ARTBA seeks students for 2015-16 Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) is seeking qualified students for its 2015-16 “Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program.” The scholarship, which is in its ...

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Polls show states do not support gas tax increase

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 22, 2015

Polls show states do not support gas tax increase

A trio of state polls show voters in states such as Georgia, New Jersey and Utah do not support gas tax hike to pay for transportation infrastructure, according to The ...

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New Jersey roads cost $11.8 billion statewide, $2,000 per person

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 22, 2015

New Jersey roads cost $11.8 billion statewide, $2,000 per person

Deficient roads and bridges currently cost New Jersey drivers a total of $11.8 billion statewide annually, and nearly $2,000 per driver according to the newest TRIP report. The TRIP report, “New Jersey Transportation ...

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Don’t Let America Dead End: Astec launches Highway Trust Fund campaign

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 21, 2015

Don’t Let America Dead End: Astec launches Highway Trust Fund campaign

Astec Industries is putting pressure on Congress to figure out a long-term Highway Trust Fund plan by launching a campaign titled "Don't Let America Dead End." “Time is running out. America’s ...

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ARTBA and Building America’s Future respond to Obama’s State of the Union address

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 21, 2015

ARTBA and Building America’s Future respond to Obama’s State of the Union address

President Obama called for Congress to pass a “bipartisan infrastructure plan” during his Sate of the Union address on Tuesday night which has led to reaction from the American Road ...

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Obama calls for ‘bipartisan infrastructure plan,’ doesn’t mention gas tax increase

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 21, 2015

Obama calls for ‘bipartisan infrastructure plan,’ doesn’t mention gas tax increase

During his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama called for Congress to pass a “bipartisan infrastructure plan.” However, Obama never mentioned the possibility of raising the ...

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Cincinnati bridge collapse kills construction worker, injures truck driver

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 20, 2015

Cincinnati bridge collapse kills construction worker, injures truck driver

  A construction worker has been killed and a truck driver was injured following the collapse of an overpass in Cincinnati, Ohio, according to NBC News. The cause of the accident is still ...

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Road worker crushed and killed by concrete lane barrier

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 20, 2015

Road worker crushed and killed by concrete lane barrier

  A construction worker was killed in an odd and tragic accident last week in Maryland when he was killed by a concrete lane barrier. The unidentified worker was on a crew ...

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ARA expects heavy equipment rental market to grow 8.5 percent

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on January 20, 2015

ARA expects heavy equipment rental market to grow 8.5 percent

The American Rental Association said it expects the 2015 U.S. construction/industrial equipment rental market to grow 8.5 percent this year, reaching $26 billion.General tool rentals will grow 8.8 percent to ...

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Budget crunch forces MoDOT to neglect some roads

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 19, 2015

Budget crunch forces MoDOT to neglect some roads

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced its plan for dealing with budget cuts. The “Missouri’s 325 System” calls for MoDOT to focus its limited resources approximately only 8,000 miles of ...

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VP Biden announces new steps to Build America Investment Initiative

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 19, 2015

VP Biden announces new steps to Build America Investment Initiative

Vice President Joe Biden, along with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, have announced new steps the Obama administration plans to take as ...

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ARTBA honors Texas A&M University Professor

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 19, 2015

ARTBA honors Texas A&M University Professor

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) has honored Dr. Jon Epps, senior research fellow and executive associate director of Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) at Texas A&M University, with ...

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Top 20 transportation challenges in Montana

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 16, 2015

Top 20 transportation challenges in Montana

It's no surprise that Montana residents are suffering from the state's deficient roads, highways and bridges due to congested roadways and vehicle operating costs. A new report released by TRIP ...

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CUTC honors 9 individuals for advancing transportation research

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 16, 2015

CUTC honors 9 individuals for advancing transportation research

The Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC)  has honored nine individuals for their outstanding contributions to transportation research and education. Out of the nine individuals, three are leaders in transportation ...

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CDOT launches I-70 radio

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 16, 2015

CDOT launches I-70 radio

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has launched a radio station dedicated to I-70 road and traffic information, according to the Reporter-Herald. The station will be part of the Change Your Peak Drive ...

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Bad roads in South Carolina cost drivers $3 billion annually

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 15, 2015

Bad roads in South Carolina cost drivers $3 billion annually

Bad roads and bridges in South Carolina cost area drivers $3 billion a year, and as much as $1,300 per motorist. According to the latest Trip report, the expenses are ...

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Gov. Bruce Rauner puts Illiana Expressway on hold

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 15, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner puts Illiana Expressway on hold

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's first move as the state's top executive official was to delay the planned expressway between Illinois and Indiana. The Republican has issued an executive order in hopes ...

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Wacker Nueson and Wirtgen enter roller alliance

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 15, 2015

Wacker Nueson and Wirtgen enter roller alliance

Wacker Neuson SE and the Wirtgen Group have agreed to enter a strategic alliance for soil and asphalt compaction rollers. Starting in February 2015, Wacker Neuson will source rollers from ...

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Parents file $10M lawsuit against construction company over son’s death

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 14, 2015

Two parents in Florida have filed a $10 million lawsuit against a Miami-based construction company following the death of their 18-year-old son. As reported by the Tallahassee Democrat, Drew Kimberl, a ...

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Atlas Copco upgrades Dynapac road construction equipment

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 14, 2015

Atlas Copco has upgraded and reintroduced its Dynapac road construction equipment line. Dynapac has been a pioneer in paving products since its inception in 1934, and now that it's a ...

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TranSystems announces new Principal

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 14, 2015

TranSystems announces new Principal

TranSystems, an engineering and consulting firm that provides integrated solutions for transportation infrastructure challenges, has announced the promotion of Anthony Albert to Principal. Albert has 22 years of engineering experience in ...

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Maine’s LePage unveils $2 billion transportation plan

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 13, 2015

Maine’s LePage unveils $2 billion transportation plan

Maine travelers should prepare to see $470 million worth of improvements and maintenance on the state's transportation infrastructure this year which is part of a three-year plan unveiled by Gov. Paul LePage ...

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Gov. Rick Snyder signs $1.3 billion plan for Michigan roads

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 13, 2015

Gov. Rick Snyder signs $1.3 billion plan for Michigan roads

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a transportation infrastructure bill to spend $1.3 billion more per year to help fix Michigan's deteriorating roads and other transportation infrastructure. The bill is contingent on voters increasing ...

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Atlanta Bridgescape Competition has begun

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 13, 2015

Atlanta Bridgescape Competition has begun

The Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Midtown Alliance have announced the Atlanta Bridgescape Competition. The design competition hopes to receive a broad range of proposals for conceptual designs to reconceive and ...

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Highway fatalities in Maine reach 70-year low

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 12, 2015

Highway fatalities in Maine reach 70-year low

The number of people who lost their lives on Maine's highways was the lowest in 70 years. According to statistics released by state police, 128 highway deaths were reported in ...

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Texas sees more traffic deaths in construction work zones than any other state

Posted by Amy Materson on January 12, 2015

Texas sees more traffic deaths in construction work zones than any other state

The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse has released the latest data tally of deaths in motor vehicle traffic crashes in construction work zones, broken down by state. Of 32,719 traffic fatalities in ...

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John Deere’s 244K and 324K compact wheel loaders

Posted by Amy Materson on January 12, 2015

John Deere’s newest compact machines, the 244K and 324K compact wheel loaders, deliver features specifically requested by the company’s customers, says Doug Laufenberg, product marketing manager for compact wheel loaders. The ...

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New state data revealed on infrastructure report card latest tablet app update

Posted by Tina Grady Barbaccia on January 12, 2015

New state data revealed on infrastructure report card latest tablet app update

We already know that our nation’s infrastructure isn’t scoring top marks on its report card. They’re the kind of grades that would have put me in trouble with my folks ...

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Nancy Pelosi says it’s time to raise the gas tax

Posted by Brian Ethridge on January 09, 2015

Nancy Pelosi says it’s time to raise the gas tax

More and more members of Congress are starting to support an increase to the gasoline tax which pays for the America's transportation infrastructure. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also ...

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