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  •  Survey of 23 States Shows $1 billion Spent, 8 Million Work Hours Logged and Six Million Tons of Salt Used to Battle Winter Weather

    Survey of 23 States Shows $1 billion Spent, 8 Million Work Hours Logged and Six Million Tons of Salt Used to Battle Winter Weather

    According to a first of its kind "Winter Maintenance Operations Survey" conducted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 23 reporting states spent approximately $1.131 billion from October 2014 to mid-April 2015 to pre-treat, plow roads or spread chemicals and other materials on roadways to keep them open and operating safely this winter season

    Survey of 23 States Shows $1 billion Spent, 8 Million Work Hours Logged and Six Million Tons of Salt Used to Battle Winter Weather

    According to a first of its kind "Winter Maintenance Operations Survey" conducted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 23 reporting states spent approximately $1.131 billion from October 2014 to mid-April 2015 to pre-treat, plow roads or spread chemicals and other materials on roadways to keep them open and operating safely this winter season

  • 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,...

  • 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.

  • 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.​

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HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

Congress Eyes 2-Month Extension as DOT Warns Road Funding Flow Could Stop May 31

With just days left for Congress to extend the Highway Trust Fund's authority to disburse money to states and transit agencies for their infrastructure projects, legislation emerged in both chambers at mid-May to extend the programs through July.

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May 15, 2015

LONG-TERM AUTHORIZATION

Inhofe, Boxer Plan June EPW Markup of 6-Year Trust Fund Reauthorization Bill

The leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said they will mark up their portions of a six-year Highway Trust Fund reauthorization bill in June, making EPW the first of any congressional committee to begin formally drafting a long-term surface transportation measure.

May 15, 2015

States

REVENUE GAP

Caltrans Details $60 Billion, 10-Year Shortfall in Funding Highway Infrastructure Needs

The California Department of Transportation released a 10-year plan that projects it will need $80 billion to cope with current and future needs of the state highway system, but said the projected available revenue stream leaves a nearly $60 billion shortfall for that program.

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May 15, 2015

FEDERAL-STATE AGREEMENT

DOE in Settlement With New Mexico Will Spend Millions on State Infrastructure

​The U.S. Department of Energy will pay the state of New Mexico $73 million for improvements to roads and other infrastructure to settle penalties the state had sought over a February 2014 leak of radioactive material.

May 15, 2015

AUTOMATIC FEE ADJUSTMENT

Rhode Island Fuel User Charges Set to Notch Higher From Inflation Adjustment

Under a 2014 Rhode Island law that requires user charges on motor vehicle fuels to be adjusted for inflation, buyers of gasoline, diesel and other fuels will see the excise fee rise to 33 cents a gallon on July 1 from 32 cents now.

May 15, 2015

AGING INFRASTRUCTURE

Oklahoma DOT Faces Millions in Emergency Bridge Costs, Highlights Investment Need

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission authorized the state Department of Transportation to contract for emergency repairs to a major bridge in Oklahoma City that are expected to cost about $7 million.

May 15, 2015

NEW INTERSTATE ROUTE

Mississippi Commission Authorizes MDOT to Apply for Interstate 22 Designation

The Mississippi Transportation Commission authorized the Mississippi Department of Transportation to submit an application to designate U.S. Highway 78 as Interstate 22 in northern Mississippi.

May 15, 2015

UNDERWATER REPAIRS

WSDOT Dive Crews Go Deep to Protect I-90 Floating Bridges on Lake Washington

The Washington State Department of Transportation is relying on deep sea divers to replace aging cables on the Interstate 90 floating bridges across Lake Washington, connecting Seattle and Bellevue.

May 15, 2015

CRASH PREVENTION

RIDOT’s Highway Warning Systems Aim to Curb Wrong-Way Driving, Crashes

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has deployed and activated advanced wrong-way driving detection systems at 24 locations across the state. Those systems, RIDOT said, "will both alert a driver who is traveling in the wrong direction as well as notify police and other motorists ...

May 15, 2015

Nation

RAIL SYSTEM SAFETY

Deadly Amtrak Crash Draws Attention to Policies for Crash-Avoidance Technology

The National Transportation Safety Board is saying the automated crash-avoidance technologies known as positive train control could have prevented the May 12 intercity passenger train crash in Philadelphia that left at least eight dead and hundreds injured.

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May 15, 2015

MOTOR FUEL COSTS

Gasoline, Diesel Rise More Slowly in Latest Week; Still About $1 Below Year Ago

The national average pump prices of both gasoline and diesel fuel rose more than 2 cents a gallon in the week ending May 11, the Energy Information Administration said, for a slower upward momentum that still left retail motor fuel about a dollar per gallon lower than at the same time in 2014. 

May 15, 2015

AGENCY CEO

Obama Nominates Nadeau to Become Next FHWA Administrator

President Obama has nominated Federal Highway Administration Deputy Administrator Greg Nadeau to become the agency's chief executive as the next FHWA administrator.

May 15, 2015

FHWA TRANSITION

FHWA’s Paniati Heading Next Fall to Institute of Transportation Engineers

Jeff Paniati, who has been executive director of the Federal Highway Administration since April 2008, is leaving that post in October in a transition to become the next CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Transportation Engineers.

May 15, 2015

COMMUNICATIONS

Report Shows Winning Ballot Strategies Drive Home Local Benefits of Funding Hikes

A key factor in motivating people to vote for funding initiatives around the country, a new report says, is educating residents about how their transportation systems work and how they are funded.

May 15, 2015

MOBILITY OPTIONS

Bicyclists’ Group: Washington State Again Rides Away with ‘Bike-Friendly’ Honors

The state of Washington was again named the most bicycle-friendly state this month, marking the eighth consecutive year it has earned the recognition.

May 15, 2015

AASHTO

SYSTEM MOBILITY

Association Committees Gear Up for Joint Meeting on Freight, Passenger Mobility

Members from a combination of AASHTO committees are meeting jointly this summer to discuss how to move people and freight more effectively through a modern transportation system.

May 15, 2015

Two Minute State DOT Update: North Carolina

​The North Carolina Department of Transportation is truly a multimodal agency.  It  operates the second largest ferry system in the country along with dozens of airports and  thousands of miles of roadway.  This Two Minute State...

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May 22, 2015