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CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The U.S. Interstate Highway System at 60 Showing Signs of Decline, Lack of Attention

As transportation groups prepare to observe the 60th anniversary of interstate highway system, many also say it has gone in a few decades from an economy-lifting network to a system that is increasingly clogged and decaying from lack of sufficient investment.

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June 24, 2016

INCENTIVIZING INNOVATION

Columbus, Ohio, Wins $50M Smart City Challenge; Other Finalists to Share Benefits

The U.S. Department of Transportation named Columbus, Ohio, the winner of its "Smart City Challenge" competition, as that state capital won out over six other finalists to receive $40 million in federal funds, $10 million from the Vulcan company and millions more in high-technology ...

June 24, 2016

WATERWAY INFRASTRCUTURE

Industry Groups Press Senate to Pass Water Projects Bill Before Long Summer Recess

​The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has joined with scores of other transportation and business groups to urge the Senate to pass its version of the Water Resources Development Act to authorize new river lock, harbor dredging and flood control projects.

June 24, 2016

AASHTO

RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE

Association Accepting Nominations for McMinimee Vanguard Award for Innovation

AASHTO is accepting nominations through July 25 for its McMinimee "Transportation Vanguard Award," which it confers to someone employed by a member agency who exemplifies a "commitment to excellence and implementation of innovative technologies and processes," the nominations ...

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June 24, 2016

ASSOCIATION ACTIVITY

President Names UDOT’s Park to Chair Highways Right-of-Way Subcommittee

AASHTO President Paul Trombino has appointed Randall Park of the Utah Department of Transportation to chair the association's Highways Subcommittee on Right-of-Way, Utilities and Outdoor Advertising Control.

June 24, 2016

Nation

PROJECT INNOVATIONS

SHRP2 Awards $8M to 79 Projects Using Program's Innovative Research Products

The Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials said the second Strategic Highway Research Program, or SHRP2, has awarded $8.015 million to help state departments of transportation and other agencies implement 79 new infrastructure ...

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June 24, 2016

UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS

FAA Finalizes Regulation for Business, Government to Routinely Use Aerial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration said June 21 it has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use by business and government agencies of small unmanned aircraft systems – or drones – which it said will open paths toward fully integrating those machines into the nation's ...

June 24, 2016

TRANSPORTATION EMISSIONS

EPA Makes $1 Million Available for Tribal Agencies to Clean Up Diesel Engines

The Environmental Protection Agency said $1 million in grant funding is available for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects, and is taking proposals through Aug. 23.

June 24, 2016

HONORING ACHIEVEMENTS

ARTBA Picks AASHTO’s Gee, Ennis-Flint Chairman Anderson for Safety Awards

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association named AASHTO Engineering and Technical Services Director King Gee and Ennis-Flint Chairman Bryce Anderson to receive the latest John Landen Memorial Safety Award for "significant, life-time contributions to the improvement of roadway ...

June 24, 2016

States

INFRASTRUCTURE CONDITION

Engineers Highlight Needs of NJ Roads, Bridges as Lawmakers Weigh Trust Fund Fix

With a deadline fast approaching for New Jersey lawmakers to replenish a state Transportation Trust Fund to pay for new projects, the American Society of Civil Engineers has given state roads and bridges a "D" rating for poor condition and highlighted the investment need, in a new ...

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June 24, 2016

FUNDING INVESTMENTS

Illinois Governor, DOT Chief Warn of Halt to Projects Unless Legislature Passes Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn warned that IDOT will suspend many road projects July 1 unless the Democratic-controlled General Assembly ends a yearlong budget impasse and passes a "stopgap" budget proposed by the Republican governor ...

June 24, 2016

HIGHWAY SAFETY

Maryland Police, Highway Agency Deploy Speed Cameras in I-70 Work Zone

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration said it and the state police are deploying the "Safezones" automated speed enforcement system with cameras along a work zone on eastbound Interstate 70 where it connects with I-68 (National Freeway) at Hancock in ...

June 24, 2016

SAFETY / MOBILITY

Newly Opened Road-Rail Separation Part of a Series of Southern California Projects

Federal, state and local officials in southern California celebrated the opening June 17 of a six-lane roadway underpass beneath train tracks in Rowland Heights, which is part of a major set of projects to separate road traffic from freight trains along a major trade route called the Alameda ...

June 24, 2016

FREIGHT MOVEMENT

Texas DOT Says Roads Can Benefit From New Marine Highway Designation

​The Texas Department of Transportation said its application was recently approved by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to designate a portion of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, from Brownsville to Port Arthur, as Marine Highway 69.

June 24, 2016

MAJOR PROJECT

Alabama Ceremony Completes I-22 Project

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley joined other state and local officials June 20 in Birmingham to mark the completion of the final section of Interstate 22, a 213-mile highway linking that city with Memphis, Tenn., along the US 78 corridor.

June 24, 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.