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INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS

GAO: State DOTs Raise Concerns About Funding Levels to Improve Bridge Conditions

The U.S. Government Accountability Office said officials from a number of state departments of transportation and local agencies have told GAO staff they are challenged by "inadequate funding" as they try to maintain or improve conditions of their roadway bridges.

September 23, 2016

AASHTO

PROGRAM ACTIVITY

Association’s Census Data Program Gets Thumbs Up on Latest Information Request

When AASHTO's CTPP Oversight Board held its annual meeting in Providence, R.I., last month, it had a special reason to celebrate. The Census Bureau had just accepted the board's voluminous, customized data request for a new five-year look at how people in the nation travel to and from work.

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September 23, 2016

POSITION OPENING

AASHTO Seeks Accounts Payable Specialist

The association is taking applications through Oct. 7 for an accounts payable specialist, a position to be located in the Washington, D.C., offices.

September 23, 2016

Nation

NEW-ERA TECHNOLOGY

Obama Touts Safety Potential as NHTSA Unveils Policies on Self-Driving Vehicles

Saying that self-driving cars could "save tens of thousands of lives each year," President Obama announced that his administration was introducing a 15-point safety assessment as part of new guidance for manufacturers that are developing and deploying automated vehicle technologies.

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September 23, 2016

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

Congress Keeps Maneuvering on Legislation to Avoid Oct. 1 Government Shutdown

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue working to develop a continuing resolution, or CR, that could clear both chambers, keep government agencies funded through Dec. 9 and avoid a potential government shutdown after the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.

September 23, 2016

REGULATORY POLICY

FHWA, FTA to Take One More Month of Targeted Comments on Proposed MPO Rule

The Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration said they will take one extra month of comments – from Sept. 23 through Oct. 24 – on certain aspects of a controversial regulatory proposal to make major changes in how most metropolitan planning organizations operate.

September 23, 2016

States

FUNDING INFRASTRUCTURE

Hawaii DOT Details Plans for Largest U.S. Test of Mileage-Based Road User Charge

The Hawaii Department of Transportation's Highways Division detailed how it plans to test a statewide mileage-based user fee concept as a potential revenue source to replace fuel taxes and local fees, in what it says would be "by far" the largest such demonstration project in the nation.

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September 23, 2016

MILES-TRAVELED FEE

Oregon Task Force Recommends Expanding ODOT’s Road User Charge Program

The Oregon Department of Transportation said a task force has recommended a model to expand the agency's Road Usage Charge Program, called OReGo, by implementing a per-mile user fee for all new vehicles rated at 20 miles per gallon or higher starting in 2025.

September 23, 2016

BUDGET CRUNCH

Governor Cuts Missouri DOT, Port, School Funds After Legislature OKs Tax Breaks

Gov. Jay Nixon imposed a series of budget cuts that affect roads, port assistance and school transportation, after the General Assembly overrode his vetoes to restore tax breaks lawmakers first approved in May.

September 23, 2016

BUDGET REQUEST

2-Year Wisconsin Plan Would Focus on Road Maintenance, Delay $447M in Projects

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced a transportation budget request for the fiscal 2017-2019 period that includes no tax or fee hikes but would seek to add $500 million in new bond debt and cut $447 million in spending by delaying some major projects.

September 23, 2016

RECOVERY PROJECT

Idaho Agency Finishes Paving Rebuilt Road That Was Obliterated by February Landslide

It's taken seven months but the Idaho Transportation Department is now putting the finished touches on a paved new road where a huge Feb. 18 landslide obliterated a section of Idaho 14 west of Elk City.

September 23, 2016

NATURAL DISASTER

SCDOT: 29 Roads Still Closed by Dam Failures, Bridge Damage From 2015 Floods

Nearly a year after unprecedented flooding struck South Carolina last October, the state still has 22 roads closed because dams failed in their areas and another seven closed because bridges on them need to be replaced.

September 23, 2016

NON-MOTORIZED MOBILITY

Arkansas Disburses Grants to Dozens of 'Transportation Alternatives' Projects

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department announced the recipients of awards to aid pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects with $16.5 million in 2016 Transportation Alternatives Program grants and $1.373 million in Recreational Trails Program awards.

September 23, 2016

BUD WRIGHT, Executive Director

LLOYD D. BROWN, Director of Communications

JOHN BOYD, Senior Editor

MARIO OLIVERO, Staff Photographer

AASHTO Journal is published every Friday by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The Journal's weekly email newsletter is available for subscription free of charge.

Contact us at editor@aashtojournal.org or 202-624-5800.