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HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

Senate Works to Pass 6-Year/3-Year Bill, House Response Uncertain Before August

With the July 31 expiration of the Highway Trust Fund fast approaching, the Senate quickly unveiled and began debating a 6-year authorization of highway, transit, freight and rail programs that contains revenues to support only three years of funding.

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July 24, 2015

LONG-TERM FUNDING

Infrastructure Groups Press Congress to Pass Long-Term Funding Bill This Year

A group of 68 infrastructure advocacy groups, including state transportation agencies, sent Congress a letter calling for passage this year of a six-year reauthorization of Highway Trust Fund road and transit programs.

July 24, 2015

AASHTO

ATA AWARDS

Seven State DOTs Awarded for Projects on Savings, Innovation, Community Focus

Seven western-U.S. state departments of transportation collected eight awards for stand-out construction projects in this year's second regional contest in the America's Transportation Awards competition.

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July 24, 2015

REGIONAL ASSOCIATION

Idaho’s Ness Named President of 18-State Western Transportation Coalition

Brian Ness, director of the Idaho Transportation Department, was named president for the coming year of the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials during the 18-state regional organization's annual conference July 22 in Boise. ​

July 24, 2015

Nation

HIGHWAY SYSTEM DEMAND

U.S. Vehicle Miles Highest Ever for Month of May, for Record January-May Volume

The Federal Highway Administration said new estimates on traffic volume show U.S. drivers tallied more miles in May 2015 than any other May. That also pushed this year's January-May miles traveled above 1.26 trillion miles, a new record for the first five months of any year.

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July 24, 2015

ROAD CONDITIONS / INVESTMENT

TRIP Eyes Urban Road Woes; Industry Leaders Call for Well-Funded Investment Bill

A new report by the transportation research organization TRIP – formerly The Road Information Program – identifies the U.S. urban areas with roughest roads and says using them imposes added costs on drivers of up to $1,044 annually.

July 24, 2015

MOTOR FUEL COSTS

Diesel Prices Continue Declining Trend

The average U.S. pump price for diesel fuel fell 3 cents a gallon on July 20, the Energy Information Administration said, for the eight consecutive weekly decline.

July 24, 2015

COMPUTER-VEHICLE RESEARCH

Michigan Univ., DOT Partner on Simulated City to Test Connected/Driverless Cars

The University of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation opened a 32-acre test facility called "Mcity," which the university called "the world's first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle ...

July 24, 2015

RESEARCH PROGRAM

SHRP2 Names Universities Participating in Its ‘Education Connection’ Outreach

​The Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials jointly announced the 10 universities that will share in cooperative agreements with an estimated value of $100,000.  

July 24, 2015

Job Postings

FEDERAL AGENCY OPENING

FHWA Seeks Director of Operations R&D

The Federal Highway Administration is seeking a director for its Office of Operations Research and Development in McLean, Va., and is taking applications through Aug. 10.

July 24, 2015

States

EMERGENCY STORM REPAIR

I-10 Bridge Collapse Threatens California-Arizona Commerce, Triggers Fast Repair

When fast-moving storm waters undermined a desert bridge in California and led to its July 19 collapse, the disruption to traffic on Interstate 10 quickly rose in concern both for that state and Arizona and became a rallying point on the U.S. Senate floor for a new highway bill.

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July 24, 2015

MAJOR TUNNEL PROJECT

‘Bertha’ Seen Getting Back to Seattle Tunnel Work in November for 2018 Project Finish

The contractor for Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program now expects to open the SR 99 tunnel for traffic in the spring of 2018, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced.

July 24, 2015

LARGE-SCALE PROJECTS

Alaska Clears Way for Two Major Bridge, Highway Projects to Advance in Planning

Two major roadway projects in Alaska were cleared to advance their planning this month, after the administration of Gov. Bill Walker lifted an order that had stopped spending on the development work, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported.

July 24, 2015

ARCHEOLOGICAL REVIEW

TxDOT Crews Find Possible Native American Sites Along Highway Expansion

​The Texas Department of Transportation's Tyler office announced the discovery of archeological sites that appear to be a temporary Native American settlement, along the agency's US 175 Expansion program in Anderson and Henderson counties.

July 24, 2015

REUSE OF MATERIALS

‘Foaming’ Technique for Road Base Lets Maryland Use Tons of Recycled Asphalt

​The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration is using a "foamed asphalt" road base to recycle old pavement and reduce its use of new materials.

July 24, 2015

BUD WRIGHT, Executive Director

LLOYD D. BROWN, Director of Communications

JOHN BOYD, Senior Editor

ZACH O'CONNOR, Staff Writer

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.

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