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  • 2015 AASHTO Spring Meeting

    2015 AASHTO Spring Meeting

    With surface transportation reauthorization underway, and the Highway Trust Fund in crisis, the 2015 AASHTO Spring Meeting in Cheyenne, WY, promises to be one of the most important gatherings of state departments of transportation of the year.

    2015 AASHTO Spring Meeting

    With surface transportation reauthorization underway, and the Highway Trust Fund in crisis, the 2015 AASHTO Spring Meeting in Cheyenne, WY, promises to be one of the most important gatherings of state departments of transportation of the year.

  • AASHTO Highway Safety Manual

    AASHTO Highway Safety Manual

    Welcome to the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) web site – the source for information on quantifying and evaluating highway safety performance using the Highway Safety Manual.

    AASHTO Highway Safety Manual

    Welcome to the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) web site – the source for information on quantifying and evaluating highway safety performance using the Highway Safety Manual.

  • AASHTO Innovation Initiative

    AASHTO Innovation Initiative

    Formerly the AASHTO Technology Implementation Group, AII advances innovation from the grassroots up: by agencies, for agencies, peer-to-peer. The program actively seeks out proven advancements in transportation technology, investing time and money to accelerate their adoption by agencies nationwide.

    AASHTO Innovation Initiative

    Formerly the AASHTO Technology Implementation Group, AII advances innovation from the grassroots up: by agencies, for agencies, peer-to-peer. The program actively seeks out proven advancements in transportation technology, investing time and money to accelerate their adoption by agencies nationwide.

  • New Resources for Transportation Systems Management and Operations Community

    New Resources for Transportation Systems Management and Operations Community

    The National Operations Center of Excellence and its website at www.transportationops.org have just been launched. Designed to actively support the transportation systems management and operations (TSM&O) community, the Center’s Operations Technical Services Program and web portal provide the tools, best practices, and information needed to help transportation agencies enhance safety and reduce congestion. Dennis Motiani, former New Jersey...

    New Resources for Transportation Systems Management and Operations Community

    The National Operations Center of Excellence and its website at www.transportationops.org have just been launched. Designed to actively support the transportation systems management and operations (TSM&O) community, the Center’s Operations Technical Services Program and web portal provide the tools, best practices, and information needed to help transportation agencies enhance safety and reduce congestion. Dennis Motiani, former New Jersey...

  • Nation at a Crossroads

    Nation at a Crossroads

    The "Nation at a Crossroads" is a web-based infographic, mobile app and printed brochure that provides a national perspective on surface transportation investments. It also provides state-level information to help tell the story of how federal funding affects transportation investment priorities.​

    Nation at a Crossroads

    The "Nation at a Crossroads" is a web-based infographic, mobile app and printed brochure that provides a national perspective on surface transportation investments. It also provides state-level information to help tell the story of how federal funding affects transportation investment priorities.​

Top Stories

HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

Wright Takes States’ Case to Capitol Hill as Time Nears for Decisions on Trust Fund

The CEO of the association representing state departments of transportation took their case to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, telling a news conference "the time is now" for Congress to end states' uncertainty over the expiring Highway Trust Fund and calling for lawmakers to provide a ...

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April 17, 2015

FEDERAL FUNDING

Foxx Eyes Short Extension of Highway Trust Fund as Congress Works on Long-Term Plan

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told reporters Congress appears to be heading toward a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund before its program authority ends May 31, while lawmakers continue to work on a multiyear transportation plan.

April 17, 2015

States

REVENUE LEGISLATION

Idaho Lawmakers Vote to Hike Fuel Charges, Vehicle Fees for Transportation Upgrades

Users of Idaho's highway system will pay 7 cents a gallon more in user fees on motor fuel starting July 1, while annual vehicle registration fees will rise and owners of electric or hybrid cars and light trucks will be assessed a new levy to reflect their use of infrastructure without supporting it ...

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April 17, 2015

CRITICAL ROUTES

Alaska DOT Fights Against ‘Humbling’ Conditions on Arctic Dalton Highway

For weeks this spring, crews from the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities have battled to open the Dalton Highway north-south supply route to Deadhorse, other North Slope towns and the Prudhoe Bay oil fields near the Arctic Ocean, as the adjacent Sag River flooded parts of ...

April 17, 2015

EXTREME WEATHER

Sudden ‘Blinding’ Wyoming Snowstorm Shuts Down I-80, Triggers Major Pileups

While springtime is bringing warm temperatures to much of the nation and as far as northern Alaska, a late winter blast sent a powerful snowstorm into southeastern Wyoming on April 16. As it struck, a series of traffic crashes piled up scores of big rig trucks and cars, closing a 150-mile stretch of ...

April 17, 2015

INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIR

West Virginia Bids Out Emergency Pavement Project for I-77 Near Charleston

The West Virginia Department of Transportation opened bids April 14 for about $12 million in work to make immediate pavement repairs it had not previously planned on for Interstate 77 north of Charleston.

April 17, 2015

RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE

New York Program Begins Replacing Bridges at Risk of Flood Damages

The New York State Department of Transportation and other agencies have begun work on a $15.6 million project to replace seven bridges in the Town of Keene that are at risk from flood scouring, part of 80 bridges approved so far for replacement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

April 17, 2015

HIGHWAY DESIGNATION

Gov. Walker: Wisconsin Gets Interstate 41

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced the state has officially achieved a long-sought goal in winning Federal Highway Administration approval to designate U.S. 41 in the eastern part of the state as Interstate 41.

April 17, 2015

Job Postings

FEDERAL AGENCY

FHWA Seeks DC-Based Director for Office of Transportation Policy Studies

The Federal Highway Administration is taking applications for the position of director of the agency's Office of Transportation Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

April 17, 2015

Nation

MOTOR FUEL TRENDS

Fuel Prices Down in Latest Week

The national average retail price of gasoline edged downward half a cent in the week ending April 13, while diesel continued its fall with a 3-cent decline, the U.S. Energy Information Agency reported.

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April 17, 2015

PROJECT FINANCING

USDOT Okays $162 Million TIFIA Loan for Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the Federal Highway Administration is issuing a $162 million low-interest, long-term TIFIA loan to help finance construction of the East End Crossing section of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project.

April 17, 2015

TRANSIT/MOBILITY

Dallas Launches TIGER-Backed Streetcar

 Spurred by TIGER grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation and supported by state and regional agencies, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system began operating streetcars on a 1.6-mile route that is the start of a larger program.

April 17, 2015

TRANSPORTATION SECURITY

NOCoE/FHWA Web Briefing Targets Cybersecurity Risks to Roadways

A webinar briefing this month will target cybersecurity risks to critical roadway facilities by drawing on lessons from past deployment of intelligent transportation system.

April 17, 2015

AASHTO

SPRING MEETING

Finals Loom in TRAC Bridge Contest; Program Seen Spurring Career Choices

As the annual TRAC competition nears for middle and high school students to have their bridge designs judged by professional transportation engineers, Program Manager Linda Clifton says AASHTO's Transportation and Civil Engineering program is showing results as some of its graduates choose civil ...

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April 17, 2015

HONORING SERVICE EXCELLENCE

Association Calls for Entries Through May 5 in Competition for AASHTO 2015 Awards

AASHTO recently began accepting entries for its annual competition for awards in several categories to individuals or teams at state transportation agencies, with entries due May 5.

April 17, 2015

TRANSPORTATION TV

Caltrans’ Dougherty Tells TTV About Plans for a Pilot Test of a Direct Road User Charge

 Dougherty This week on Transportation TV, California Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Dougherty shares his views on an important new source of funding for transportation projects – a pilot test of a road user charge based on direct use of the highway system.

April 17, 2015

Two Min. State DOT Update California

​California Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Dougherty shares his views on an important new source of funding for California transportation projects. In this video Dougherty discusses California’s Road User Charge. California is set to...

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April 15, 2015

AASHTO NEWS

Technology is Changing Transportation at High Speed. How DOTs Can Adapt Now

AUTHORIZATION

House Bill Would Hike Gas Tax to Pay for Roads

FUNDING

North Carolina House Bill Would Slash Gas Tax and Raise Other Taxes and Fees

Bill to Raise Gas Tax in Missouri Stalls

Road Repair Bill Would Raise California Gas Tax, Vehicle Fees

Poll: Utahns Nearly Evenly Divided on Gas Tax Hike

STATE DOT NEWS

New Strategic Management Plan Lays Out Road Map for Caltrans’ Future

New Tensions Emerge in War Over North Carolina Billboards

ROADWAYS & VEHICLES

Five-Year Roadkill Effort Tracks California's Deadliest Roads

Drivers File Class-Action Suit Against Virginia Express Lanes Operator

SAFETY

Maine to Get More Than $138,000 for Highway Safety Initiatives

Federal Transportation Officials Look at Safety in Gary, Indiana

Colorado State Patrol, CDOT Roll Out Traffic Safety Initiatives this Weekend

SECURITY

Maritime Security Cooperation and the Coast Guard

FREIGHT

With Labor Dispute Resolved, Cargo Traffic Spikes at Los Angeles, Long Beach Ports

Fringe Benefits to Air Freight Throttle Back as US West Port Congestion Eases

TRANSIT

NYC Council Approves Creation of Citywide Bus Rapid Transit Plan

Chicago’s Metra Adopting 'Confidential Close Call Reporting System'

Gwinnett, Georgia Voters Appear to Favor Rail Expansion Into County

AVIATION

GOP Files Bill to Privatize Air Traffic Control

PEDESTRIANS/BICYCLES

Connecticut Governor's Transportation Plan Includes Trails

The Missing Link: Bike Network Quality Boosts Bike Commuting

OTHER

New Study Tracks Driving Trends in America

US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

FRA Invests $21.2 Million in Highway Grade Crossing Safety, Positive Train Control and Passenger Rail

Foxx Announces $162 Million Loan for Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing

BTS Releases January 2015 US Airline Traffic Data

TIGER Summit Offers Best Practices to Ensure Best Project Outcomes

Maritime Keeps America Secure

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD

Wheel Profile Maintenance Guidelines

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April 17, 2015