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  • Highway Trust Fund Insolvency

    Highway Trust Fund Insolvency

    Throughout our history, investments in transportation have led America forward. Now is the time to renew this legacy for the next generation.

    Highway Trust Fund Insolvency

    Throughout our history, investments in transportation have led America forward. Now is the time to renew this legacy for the next generation.

  • Faces of Transportation Photo/Video Contest Now Open!

    Faces of Transportation Photo/Video Contest Now Open!

    Do you like photos of transportation? Do you like to *take* photos of transportation subjects? Do you like to see people in those photos? Well, get that camera ready - AASHTO announces the 11th annual Faces of Transportation photography contest! We’re looking for your best photographs and/or videos of people, projects, and personal experiences that demonstrate the benefits of transportation in America. Check out the contest rules, guidelines,...

    Faces of Transportation Photo/Video Contest Now Open!

    Do you like photos of transportation? Do you like to *take* photos of transportation subjects? Do you like to see people in those photos? Well, get that camera ready - AASHTO announces the 11th annual Faces of Transportation photography contest! We’re looking for your best photographs and/or videos of people, projects, and personal experiences that demonstrate the benefits of transportation in America. Check out the contest rules, guidelines,...

  • Eight State DOT Projects Win Awards for Cost-Savings, Innovation and Community-Focus

    Eight State DOT Projects Win Awards for Cost-Savings, Innovation and Community-Focus

    Eight state department of transportation projects in California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, and Utah are winners in this year’s second regional contest in the America’s Transportation Awards competition. The announcement today was made at the 2015 Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials annual meeting. The projects won in each of the competition’s three categories: Best Use of Innovation, Under...

    Eight State DOT Projects Win Awards for Cost-Savings, Innovation and Community-Focus

    Eight state department of transportation projects in California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, and Utah are winners in this year’s second regional contest in the America’s Transportation Awards competition. The announcement today was made at the 2015 Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials annual meeting. The projects won in each of the competition’s three categories: Best Use of Innovation, Under...

  • America

    America's Transportation Future

    ​Throughout our history, investments in transportation have led America forward. Now is the time to renew this legacy for the next generation.

    America's Transportation Future

    ​Throughout our history, investments in transportation have led America forward. Now is the time to renew this legacy for the next generation.

  • 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...

  • 2015 AASHTO Annual Meeting

    2015 AASHTO Annual Meeting

    2015 AASHTO Annual Meeting The AASHTO Annual Meeting is a week-long event convened to address a broad range of transportation issues. Several AASHTO committees - including the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors - come together during the annual meeting, which selects a topical theme each year. Opportunities for Sponsorship and Exhibitors are available.

    2015 AASHTO Annual Meeting

    2015 AASHTO Annual Meeting The AASHTO Annual Meeting is a week-long event convened to address a broad range of transportation issues. Several AASHTO committees - including the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors - come together during the annual meeting, which selects a topical theme each year. Opportunities for Sponsorship and Exhibitors are available.

Top Stories

HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

Senate Works to Pass 6-Year/3-Year Bill, House Response Uncertain Before August

With the July 31 expiration of the Highway Trust Fund fast approaching, the Senate quickly unveiled and began debating a 6-year authorization of highway, transit, freight and rail programs that contains revenues to support only three years of funding.

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July 24, 2015

LONG-TERM FUNDING

Infrastructure Groups Press Congress to Pass Long-Term Funding Bill This Year

A group of 68 infrastructure advocacy groups, including state transportation agencies, sent Congress a letter calling for passage this year of a six-year reauthorization of Highway Trust Fund road and transit programs.

July 24, 2015

States

EMERGENCY STORM REPAIR

I-10 Bridge Collapse Threatens California-Arizona Commerce, Triggers Fast Repair

When fast-moving storm waters undermined a desert bridge in California and led to its July 19 collapse, the disruption to traffic on Interstate 10 quickly rose in concern both for that state and Arizona and became a rallying point on the U.S. Senate floor for a new highway bill.

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July 24, 2015

MAJOR TUNNEL PROJECT

‘Bertha’ Seen Getting Back to Seattle Tunnel Work in November for 2018 Project Finish

The contractor for Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program now expects to open the SR 99 tunnel for traffic in the spring of 2018, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced.

July 24, 2015

LARGE-SCALE PROJECTS

Alaska Clears Way for Two Major Bridge, Highway Projects to Advance in Planning

Two major roadway projects in Alaska were cleared to advance their planning this month, after the administration of Gov. Bill Walker lifted an order that had stopped spending on the development work, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported.

July 24, 2015

ARCHEOLOGICAL REVIEW

TxDOT Crews Find Possible Native American Sites Along Highway Expansion

​The Texas Department of Transportation's Tyler office announced the discovery of archeological sites that appear to be a temporary Native American settlement, along the agency's US 175 Expansion program in Anderson and Henderson counties.

July 24, 2015

REUSE OF MATERIALS

‘Foaming’ Technique for Road Base Lets Maryland Use Tons of Recycled Asphalt

​The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration is using a "foamed asphalt" road base to recycle old pavement and reduce its use of new materials.

July 24, 2015

Job Postings

FEDERAL AGENCY OPENING

FHWA Seeks Director of Operations R&D

The Federal Highway Administration is seeking a director for its Office of Operations Research and Development in McLean, Va., and is taking applications through Aug. 10.

July 24, 2015

Nation

HIGHWAY SYSTEM DEMAND

U.S. Vehicle Miles Highest Ever for Month of May, for Record January-May Volume

The Federal Highway Administration said new estimates on traffic volume show U.S. drivers tallied more miles in May 2015 than any other May. That also pushed this year's January-May miles traveled above 1.26 trillion miles, a new record for the first five months of any year.

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July 24, 2015

ROAD CONDITIONS / INVESTMENT

TRIP Eyes Urban Road Woes; Industry Leaders Call for Well-Funded Investment Bill

A new report by the transportation research organization TRIP – formerly The Road Information Program – identifies the U.S. urban areas with roughest roads and says using them imposes added costs on drivers of up to $1,044 annually.

July 24, 2015

MOTOR FUEL COSTS

Diesel Prices Continue Declining Trend

The average U.S. pump price for diesel fuel fell 3 cents a gallon on July 20, the Energy Information Administration said, for the eight consecutive weekly decline.

July 24, 2015

COMPUTER-VEHICLE RESEARCH

Michigan Univ., DOT Partner on Simulated City to Test Connected/Driverless Cars

The University of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation opened a 32-acre test facility called "Mcity," which the university called "the world's first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle ...

July 24, 2015

RESEARCH PROGRAM

SHRP2 Names Universities Participating in Its ‘Education Connection’ Outreach

​The Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials jointly announced the 10 universities that will share in cooperative agreements with an estimated value of $100,000.  

July 24, 2015

AASHTO

ATA AWARDS

Seven State DOTs Awarded for Projects on Savings, Innovation, Community Focus

Seven western-U.S. state departments of transportation collected eight awards for stand-out construction projects in this year's second regional contest in the America's Transportation Awards competition.

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July 24, 2015

REGIONAL ASSOCIATION

Idaho’s Ness Named President of 18-State Western Transportation Coalition

Brian Ness, director of the Idaho Transportation Department, was named president for the coming year of the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials during the 18-state regional organization's annual conference July 22 in Boise. ​

July 24, 2015

TTV News Special Report - Highway Trust Fund Crisis: Countdown to July 31

The federal Highway Trust Fund is in financial trouble and that fact has led to uncertainty among state transportation departments across the country. Legislation authorizing funding for federal highway and transit programs expired last...

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July 06, 2015

AUTHORIZATION

House Votes to Provide Money for Transportation Through October 29

White House: Obama Will Sign Short-Term Transport Bill

Speaker Boehner 'Confident' in Fall Prospects for Long Transportation Bill

Transportation Mess Spotlights D.C. Dysfunction

ROADWAYS & VEHICLES

New Hampshire DOT Awarded $355,000 Federal Grant for Sensor Network on Memorial Bridge

Arizona DOT to Extend When Travel Times Are Displayed on Phoenix-Area Freeways

INFRASTRUCTURE

Michigan DOT Construction Showcases Unique Muskegon River Bridge

SAFETY

Increase in Highway Fatalities Draws Concern in Delaware

North Carolina DOT Sets Goal of Cutting Traffic Deaths in Half by 2030

Motor Carrier Safety: Additional Research Standards and Truck Drivers' Schedule Data Could Allow More Accurate Assessments of the Hours of Service Rule

FREIGHT

Port of Houston Handling Record Amounts of Cargo

PASSENGER RAIL

Governors of New York and New Jersey Call on US to Share Cost of Hudson Rail Tunnel Project

Track Fixes to Allow 110-MPH Amtrak Travel in Michigan

MARTA Commuter Rail Possible For Clayton County

Sacramento Transit District Plans August 24 Opening of Blue Line Light-Rail Extension

TRANSIT

Where to Put a Public Transit Center in Downtown New Orleans?

AVIATION

Mississippi DOT Awards Airport Grants

Kansas DOT Selects New Aviation Director

PEDESTRIANS/BICYCLES

How Urban Designers Can Get Smaller Cities Walking

OTHER

Kentucky Joins E-ZPass for Ohio River Bridges Project

US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

NHTSA Will Finalize Long-Delayed 'Quiet Cars' Rules

FAA: Wildfires and Drones Don't Mix

USDOT Celebrates 25 Years of Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act

FTA Report: Accessible Transit Services for All

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July 30, 2015