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  • State DOTs Honored for Innovative, Community-Focused, Cost Saving Projects

    State DOTs Honored for Innovative, Community-Focused, Cost Saving Projects

    State transportation department projects that are improving safety on all travel modes, expanding mobility for communities, reducing congestion on roadways, and providing additional transportation options, all while saving taxpayer dollars, were today named recipients of top honors in the northeast regional America's Transportation Awards competition at the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials 2014 conference.

    State DOTs Honored for Innovative, Community-Focused, Cost Saving Projects

    State transportation department projects that are improving safety on all travel modes, expanding mobility for communities, reducing congestion on roadways, and providing additional transportation options, all while saving taxpayer dollars, were today named recipients of top honors in the northeast regional America's Transportation Awards competition at the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials 2014 conference.

  • AASHTO Announces

    AASHTO Announces 'Faces of Transportation' Photography Contest, 2014 Competition Will Include Video Entries

    The annual Faces of Transportation photography contest is marking its 10th year by adding a video category. Sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the national contest asks State DOT employees and private citizens to send in photographs and videos of people, projects, and personal experiences that demonstrate the benefits of transportation. This year's competition, themed "Transportation in...

    AASHTO Announces 'Faces of Transportation' Photography Contest, 2014 Competition Will Include Video Entries

    The annual Faces of Transportation photography contest is marking its 10th year by adding a video category. Sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the national contest asks State DOT employees and private citizens to send in photographs and videos of people, projects, and personal experiences that demonstrate the benefits of transportation. This year's competition, themed "Transportation in...

  • Transportation TV

    Transportation TV

    Transportation TV has been created to support AASHTO’s national social media and public outreach and education effort. The goal of this nationwide effort is to inspire a national dialogue about America’s transportation needs today and into the future and the importance of passing a new Highway and Transit reauthorization bill designed to meet those needs. The news and information shared through Transportation TV will reflects America’s story,...

    Transportation TV

    Transportation TV has been created to support AASHTO’s national social media and public outreach and education effort. The goal of this nationwide effort is to inspire a national dialogue about America’s transportation needs today and into the future and the importance of passing a new Highway and Transit reauthorization bill designed to meet those needs. The news and information shared through Transportation TV will reflects America’s story,...

  • 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.​

  • AASHTO Centennial Promo Video: Gear Up!

    AASHTO Centennial Promo Video: Gear Up!

    This is AASHTO'S centennial year! Watch this video and join the celebration by gearing up. From baseball caps and polo shirts to pens and coffee mugs -- find something for yourself or purchase that perfect gift. Watch this video to see what's available and how to make your purchase today! AASHTO: A Century of Achievement for a Better Tomorrow -- 1914 to 2014.

    AASHTO Centennial Promo Video: Gear Up!

    This is AASHTO'S centennial year! Watch this video and join the celebration by gearing up. From baseball caps and polo shirts to pens and coffee mugs -- find something for yourself or purchase that perfect gift. Watch this video to see what's available and how to make your purchase today! AASHTO: A Century of Achievement for a Better Tomorrow -- 1914 to 2014.

  • AASHTO

    AASHTO's 100th Anniversary Website

    In November 1914 a small group of 14 state highway engineers met at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss the creation of an association that would address the unique concerns of the public officials responsible for "getting America out of the mud." AASHTO turns 100 years old next year, and this website allows you to see where transportation began, how far it has come, and where the future leads.

    AASHTO's 100th Anniversary Website

    In November 1914 a small group of 14 state highway engineers met at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss the creation of an association that would address the unique concerns of the public officials responsible for "getting America out of the mud." AASHTO turns 100 years old next year, and this website allows you to see where transportation began, how far it has come, and where the future leads.

Top Stories

SAFETY

National Safety Council Estimates Traffic Fatalities Down 4% in First Six Months of 2014

The returns are early but promising. According to the National Safety Council, the number of deaths from motor vehicle crashes is down 4 percent during the first six months of 2014 compared to the same months in 2013.

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August 15, 2014

TRANSIT DESIGN

New AASHTO Design Guide to Improve Planning and Integration of Transit Facilities in the Roadway Environment

Photo courtesy Sound Transit. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has created a first of its kind design guide to help transportation planners successfully integrate transit facilities into the roadway environment. The Guide for Geometric Design of Transit ...

August 15, 2014

CENTENNIAL

Happy 100th Birthday: Publications, Initiatives Commemorate the Centennial of the Panama Canal

Editor's note: As part of our ongoing celebration of AASHTO's 100th anniversary, the AASHTO Journal will periodically recognize significant events from the last century.

August 15, 2014

States

BRIDGES

U.S. Appeals Court Ruling Keeps Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridge Project Moving

Image courtesy The Ohio River Bridges.The $2.3 billion project building a new Ohio River crossing between Louisville, Kentucky and southern Indiana will continue after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to halt construction, alleging the ...

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August 15, 2014

INNOVATION

ODOT Celebrates 'Simplest Idea': John White's 1956 Innovation that Changed Roadway Safety

Original 1956 edge line machine. Photo courtesy Ohio Department of Transportation.Millions of drivers each day drive by them without paying much notice. The solid white line that follows the edge of the road might seem obvious, but the innovation that made that side line possible eventually ...

August 15, 2014

INNOVATION

Virginia Researches to Reduce Collisions, Increase Roadway Safety

Editor's note: The following item is reprinted courtesy of the Virginia Department of Transportation.

August 15, 2014

CONGESTION

New Wisconsin Travel Time Reliability and Delay Report Says Traffic Congestion Costs Drivers $226.5M Annually

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) this week released data showing that 40 percent Milwaukee area freeway segments are so congested that motorists must allow twice as much time to consistently complete their trips during peak travel times as they would under uncongested conditions.

August 15, 2014

CYCLING

Kansas Rolls Out New Statewide Bicycle Map

Photo courtesy Kansas Department of Transportation The Kansas Department of Transportation this week announced that it has updated its statewide bicycle map to assist anyone interested in touring the Sunflower State on two wheels.

August 15, 2014

PLANNING

Washington State Transportation Commission Releases Draft 2035 Plan

The Washington State Transportation Commission is taking to the road with the draft 2035 transportation plan to find out what the state's residents want to see in their transportation future.

August 15, 2014

Nation

DISASTER RESPONSE

Monthly TransComm Webinar Features WSDOT's Landslide Response

Photo courtesy Washington State Department of TransportationSometimes even the best prepared agency is faced with an unimagined situation. TransComm's monthly webinar, which will take place Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, will feature Washington State Department of Transportation staff ...

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August 15, 2014

SHRP2

TRB's SHRP 2 Tuesdays Webinar: A Framework for Collaborative Decision-Making on Additions to Highway Capacity

As part of the SHRP2 Tuesdays Webinar Series, TRB will host a webinar from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Aug. 19, that will discuss SHRP2 projects relating to the development of the Framework for Collaborative Decision-Making on Additions to Highway Capacity.

August 15, 2014

TRANSIT

Chicago Transit Authority Receives First FTA Core Capacity Grant

Photo courtesy CTA FlickrChicago's famous rail transit service received a $35 million grant from the Federal Transit Agency last week to improve service and capacity on a heavily traveled segment of the city's North Red Line and Purple Line rail transit system.

August 15, 2014

AASHTO

RESEARCH

NCHRP 20-68 Domestic Scan Seeks Proposals for Consideration

A coalition of transportation organizations is seeking proposals for the 2015 domestic scan program, which facilitates information sharing and technology exchange among state departments of transportation and other transportation agencies and identifies actionable items of common interest. The ...

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August 15, 2014

APPOINTMENTS

AASHTO's Subcommittee on Transportation Finance Policy Appoints Three

AASHTO Standing Committee on Finance and Administration Chairman and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer last week announced that Beth Nachreiner, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and Freight of the Maryland Department of Transportation, was appointed ...

August 15, 2014

TTV

On Transportation TV: Highway Safety and Reliability Being Studied on a Virginia "Smart Road"

News In Design takes a look at a 'smart road' near Blacksburg, Virginia.Everybody's heard of a smart phone, but this week, News in Design on Transportation TV is going to introduce you to a Smart Road. Dean Gustafson, State Operation Engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation details ...

August 15, 2014

News in Design: Highway Safety and Reliability Being Studied on a Virginia “Smart Road.”

​Everybody’s heard of a smart phone-- but in this segment of News in Design on Transportation TV we introduce you to a Smart Road.  Dean Gustafson, State Operation Engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation details his agency’s state...

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August 15, 2014