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Negotiators Plan ‘Ambitious Schedule’ to Unveil Surface Transportation Bill Nov. 30

House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster laid out what he said was "a very ambitious schedule" for the conference committee to be able to file a final version of a long-term surface transportation bill on Nov. 30.

November 20, 2015



Director of Engineering Gee Inducted Into National Academy of Construction

The National Academy of Construction inducted King Gee, AASHTO's director of engineering and technical services, as a new member of its 2015 class.

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November 20, 2015


Association Seeks Fellowship Candidates

AASHTO is taking applications from among state departments of transportation through Dec. 16 for its 2016 transportation management fellowship, a one-year opportunity for the recipient to work on engineering and transportation policy issues in the association's Washington, D.C., office.

November 20, 2015



AAA Projects National Average Gasoline Price Falling Below $2/Gal. by Christmas

​With motor fuel prices heading further downward this month, the AAA motor club projects that the national average price could fall below $2 a gallon by Christmas, for the first time since the recession year of 2009.

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November 20, 2015


USDOT Approves $282M TIFIA Loan for Texas Project to Add Toll, Non-Toll Lanes in Austin

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said his department has approved a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan for $282 million to finance construction of toll and non-toll  highway lanes on an eight-mile stretch of US 183 in Austin, Texas.

November 20, 2015


Kentucky, Federal Officials Mark ‘Milestone’ End of First Phase of State’s I-69 Corridor

Federal and state officials gathered for a "rebranding" ceremony in Madisonville, Ky., to officially designate part of the Pennyrile Parkway in western Kentucky as a section of the Interstate 69 corridor.

November 20, 2015


USDOT Releases $1M in FHWA Aid for Repairs in Arizona, California, Nevada

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx made available $1 million in "quick release" emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to help repair roads and bridges on federal lands in Arizona, California and Nevada that were damaged by floods last month.

November 20, 2015


State DOT Projects Receive 2015 Awards From FHWA, Roadway Safety Foundation

Seven state departments of transportation were among state and local agencies receiving 2015 National Roadway Safety Awards from the Roadway Safety Foundation and Federal Highway Administration.

November 20, 2015



Malloy Touts Payoffs From Major Investment to Replace Hartford, Conn., Viaduct

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said a new economic analysis shows that spending the billions needed to replace the aging Interstate 84 Viaduct in the capital city of Hartford would generate an economic return of well more than twice the cost.

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November 20, 2015


RIDOT Switching 40 Admin Positions to Maintenance for Striping, Storm Operations

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is transferring 40 unfilled administrative positions into its Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division, and expects to save money as a result by bringing in-house more of the work it now contracts out.

November 20, 2015


Videos Draw Thousands of Viewers as Caltrans Implodes San Francisco Bridge Pier

There's nothing quite like the planned destruction of a structure to draw a large audience, as the California Department of Transportation found when one of its YouTube videos of a bridge pier implosion drew nearly 34,000 views in just a few days.

November 20, 2015


Alaska Holds Air Cargo Summit in Shanghai, Building Trans-Pacific Relationships

The Alaska International Airport System – a unit of the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities – hosted an Alaska International Air Cargo Summit on Oct. 29 in Shanghai, China, for the first such AIAS conference outside the state.

November 20, 2015


Washington, Oregon DOTs Add Passenger Trains for Holilday, Work on Expansion

Two state departments of transportation in the Pacific Northwest are expanding their jointly supported Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service during the Thanksgiving weekend. Meanwhile, a program of rail improvement projects should allow them to add more regular trains within two years.

November 20, 2015


Maryland Receives FRA Grant to Plan Baltimore-DC Maglev Passenger Rail

The Federal Railroad Administration this month awarded the state of Maryland a $27.8 million grant "for preconstruction and planning costs for the potential development" of a magnetic levitation passenger train service between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

November 20, 2015


New York Targets Repeat Toll Violators That Cost $16.5 Million a Year for Roads, Bridges

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed suspending the registrations of motorists who repeatedly evade paying tolls or fees that help pay for a new of highways and bridges, saying the repeat offenders are costing the state $16.5 million a year in lost receipts.

November 20, 2015

BUD WRIGHT, Executive Director

LLOYD D. BROWN, Director of Communications

JOHN BOYD, Senior Editor

ZACH O'CONNOR, Staff Writer

MARIO OLIVERO, Staff Photographer

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