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WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Senate EPW Rolls Out Updated WRDA

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week voted 19-1 to approve S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016.

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April 29, 2016

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

AASHTO, AMPO Seek Additional Time for Proposed System Performance Rule Including GHG Measure

​The organizations representing state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations sent a joint letter to Federal Highway Administrator Greg Nadeau asking for more time to prepare comments on a new proposed rule that is part of the 2012 surface transportation law known as MAP-21.​

April 29, 2016

AASHTO

STORMWATER GUIDES

AASHTO Center Offers Handy Guides to Help States Utilize Stormwater Management Best Practices

​The Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO has released two new practitioner field guides, designed to be a handy reference of best practices. These field guides were designed to help state departments of transportation comply with federal, state and local stormwater regulations during construction and maintenance activities.​

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April 29, 2016

AWARDS

TransComm Announces Annual Communications Skills Awards Competition Call for Entries

​​TransComm, the AASHTO Subcommittee on Transportation Communications, has opened its annual communications Skills Awards call for entries.​

April 29, 2016

JOB POSTING

AASHTO Seeks Director of Center for Environmental Excellence

​The association is taking applications to fill the position of director for the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO, a position located in the Washington, D.C., headquarters.

April 29, 2016

Nation

TRUCK SIZE AND WEIGHT

FHWA Concludes MAP-21 Truck Size and Weight Limits Study with Recommendations for More Research

​The Federal Highway Administration's truck size and weight limits study was delivered to Congress April 14, concluding more than three years of work on a report that was required by the 2012 MAP-21 surface transportation bill.​

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April 29, 2016

RAILROAD CROSSINGS

FRA Identifies 15 Railroad Crossing with High Incident Rates

​The Federal Railroad Administration is keeping its focus on troublesome railroad crossings, recently releasing a list of 15 crossings with 10 or more incidents in the last 10 years.​

April 29, 2016

TRIBAL SAFETY PROJECTS

USDOT Commits $8 million to Tribal Transportation Safety Projects

​The Federal Highway Administration's Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund will provide more than $8 million to 35 tribes to support safety planning, engineering improvements, enforcement and emergency services, the FHWA announced.​

April 29, 2016

ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDANCE

Federal Guidance Now Available for FAST Act Environmental Provisions

​​The Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration, issued joint guidance on the FAST Act's project delivery provisions related to streamlining the environmental review process. A second guidance document provides information on how the FAST Act requirements apply to parks, recreation areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuges, and historic sites.​

April 29, 2016

States

INFRASTRUCTURE

All Eyes on Bertha As Massive Tunnel Machine Moves Beneath Seattle

​The Washington State Department of Transportation is warning drivers that getting around Seattle, especially during the daily commute, could be more challenging during an anticipated two-week closure of the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct, which runs north along the waterfront through the city.​

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April 29, 2016

INFRASTRUCTURE

Gov. Deal: Study Shows Georgia Projects Bring Major Transportation Benefits

​​Preliminary results of a study by Cambridge Systematics suggest that several projects funded by the state Transportation Funding Act of 2015 will reduce congestion for Georgia when completed by 2030.​

April 29, 2016

FUNDING

South Carolina Senate Approves Transportation Funding Proposa; House is Next

​​The South Carolina Senate approved a $4 billion transportation package focused on road repair and replacing nearly 400 bridges over the next 10 years. The State Newspaper reported that House leaders expect the package to pass the House.

April 29, 2016

BIKE SHARE

Caltrans Launches Employee BikeShare Program in Sacramento

​​The headquarters office of the California Department of Transportation has launched a "Bikeshare Program" in Sacramento, which it said "makes on-site bicycles available for staff as a transit option."​

April 29, 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.

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