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.
July 24, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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