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HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

Lawmakers Weigh Federal Program Issues; Some Begin Exploring Short Extension

Congress considered a range of issues related to extending the Highway Trust Fund in the past week, including performance management rules for state departments of transportation, and the uncertainty costs to states when they can't count on long-term funding.

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March 27, 2015

SAFETY CAMPAIGN

States Hold Solemn Events, Campaign to Spur Public to Drive Safely in Work Zones

Agencies across the country observed National Work Zone Awareness Week, March 23-27, with press conferences, observances at monuments to state department of transportation workers killed on duty and with attention-getting efforts to prompt drivers to slow down and improve safety in those ...

March 27, 2015

AASHTO

EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Deadline Looms for State DOTs to Compete for America's Transportation Awards

State departments of transportation interested in nominating their projects or programs for the 2015 America's Transportation Awards have just a few days left to do so. The nomination period opened Feb. 20 and all applications must be submitted online by 9 p.m. eastern time on March 31.

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March 27, 2015

TRANSPORTATION TV

TTV Reports on Kickoff Event in Virginia for National Work Zone Awareness Week

This week, Transportation TV's highlighted news video focuses on National Work Zone Awareness Week and a kickoff event in Virginia for that nationwide safety campaign.

March 27, 2015

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Association Seeks Meeting Planner

AASHTO is currently hiring a meeting planner, to be located in the association's Washington, D.C., offices and responsible for the overall logistics of committee meetings, workshops, training sessions and coordination of meetings held in conjunction with affiliate organizations.

March 27, 2015

Nation

COSTS OF INACTION

Value of Delayed US Highway Projects Tops $1.3 billion as Arkansas Adds More

More than $1.3 billion worth of highway projects in four states have already been pulled from 2015 bidding for design, construction or rights-of-way acquisition, as state departments of transportation tally up the economic cost of an uncertain flow of federal money from the Highway Trust Fund.

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March 27, 2015

ROAD SYSTEM NEEDS

AGC Campaign Urges Public to Prod Congress on Trust Fund, ‘Better Roads’

The Associated General Contractors of America, trade association of the construction industry and a major backer of reports on state transportation infrastructure needs, has launched a social media and digital messaging campaign aimed at boosting federal investment in road improvements.

March 27, 2015

INCREASING TRAFFIC

USDOT Points to January Driving Spike as Sign of Rising Demand on Highway System

The U.S. Department of Transportation said a January spike in roadway traffic estimates from the Federal Highway Administration highlights the need for more investment in transportation infrastructure.

March 27, 2015

FEDERAL PROGRAM

IG Auditing FHWA’s Oversight of State Improvement Plans, Project Agreements

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General said March 24 it has begun two audits of how the Federal Highway Administration oversees both multiyear state improvement plans and individual project agreements.

March 27, 2015

SAFETY THREAT

NTSB To Host First-Ever Multimodal Roundtable on Transportation Distractions

Citing "new urgency" from the increasing use of personal electronics and in-vehicle systems, the National Transportation Safety Board is hosting its first multimodal roundtable to discuss the dangers of distractions in transportation.

March 27, 2015

PROJECT INNOVATION

SHRP2 Awards $5.85 Million in New Financial, Technical Aid to 21 Agencies

A diverse collection of 21 transportation agencies has been selected to receive financial and technical assistance of up to $5.85 million in the fifth round of implementation assistance for using innovative products under the second Strategic Highway Research Program, or SHRP2.

March 27, 2015

States

MOTOR FUEL USER CHARGE

Kentucky Lawmakers Act to Prevent Further Declines in Motor Fuel User Charge Levels

The Kentucky Legislature voted on the last day of its session to halt a "free fall" in the state's per-gallon motor fuel excise charge, in a measure that would effectively freeze it near current levels to prevent more automatic declines in the tax that funds highway improvements.

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March 27, 2015

REVENUE SHORTFALL

Colorado Plan Projects Nearly $9 Billion Highway Funding Gap in Next 10 Years

The Colorado Department of Transportation adopted a long-term plan for statewide highway systems that projects an $8.8 billion funding gap over the next 10 years and says CDOT will not be able to maintain current system conditions after that decade. 

March 27, 2015

FUNDING - STATE SHARE

McCaskill Uses Senate Hearing to Prod Home-State Lawmakers to Boost Funding

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., took advantage of a March 24 Senate hearing on reauthorizing the Highway Trust Fund to prod legislators back home to boost Missouri's own funding for transportation.

March 27, 2015

TOLL ROAD FINANCING

Florida Receives $194 Million TIFIA Loan From USDOT for Orlando’s Wekiva Parkway

A 25-mile toll road in Orlando, Fla., that is being jointly built by the Florida Department of Transportation and Central Florida Expressway Authority was awarded a long-term, low-interest loan of $194 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIFIA program.

March 27, 2015

REVENUE NEGOTIATIONS

Gov. Christie, NJDOT Chief Point Away From Quick Legislative Action to Fix Trust Fund

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Jamie Fox, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, have indicated that negotiations to put New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund on a solid long-term footing could take a while rather than be near a conclusion.

March 27, 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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