February 17, 2019
  • 2:34 pm Committee Leadership Comes into Focus for 116th Congress
  • 2:22 pm Interstate System Report Calls for More Funding, Tolling, VMT Fees, and Cybersecurity
  • 2:15 pm In Memoriam: President George H. W. Bush, ISTEA, and Transportation
  • 1:56 pm Growth Projected for Transportation Projects, but Costs a Challenge
  • 1:35 pm FAA Reshuffles Executives, Plans Drone Identification Rulemaking in Spring 2019
  • 1:28 pm Predictive Technology Helps Reduce Crashes on I-15 Corridor in Las Vegas
  • 1:14 pm Video Report: MoDOT Produces Multi-Lingual Safety Message
  • 1:11 pm PennDOT Nears Completion of Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
  • 1:08 pm Infrastructure Grants Awarded to “Smaller” South Dakota Communities
  • 12:38 pm Transportation Funding to Flow Following Bicameral Legislative Agreement
  • 12:33 pm Senate Commerce Committee Holds Infrastructure Hearing
  • 12:27 pm USDOT to Open up its Regulatory ‘Guidance’ Documents to Review
  • 12:24 pm Trump Administration Issues Executive Order Regarding Artificial Intelligence
  • 12:16 pm Report Highlights How to Bring More Women into the Transportation Workforce

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) and Arkansas legislators issued a proposed two-part $300 million long-term highway funding plan on Feb. 11; a plan they said would represent the largest in Arkansas’s history. [Above photo via the Arkansas Office of the Governor.] The first part of the funding plan extends a half-cent sales tax imposed in 2012 […]

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A key highway project creating an 11-mile east to west four-lane freeway south of Lincoln, NE, is getting an “expedited” construction schedule that should allow it to open in 2022 versus 2028 as originally planned. [Above photo via Nebraska Governor’s Office.] The 11-mile extension of the Lincoln South Beltway – which will link Highway 77 […]

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A reported $182 million settlement between New Jersey Transit and Amtrak to cover the use and upkeep of certain rail lines is “paving the way” for future infrastructure investments aimed at improving safety and the “customer experience” of the traveling public. [Above photo via New Jersey’s Office of the Governor.] “The announcement today establishes a […]

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In his inaugural “State of the State” address on Feb. 12, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced the state was pulling back on the scale and scope of California’s high-speed train program – abandoning plans, at least for now, to build high-speed rail routes along the coast to focus instead on finishing the already-being-built line in […]

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According to news reports, Tim Gatz (seen above) –who is already slated to become Oklahoma’s secretary of transportation – will become director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation after the agency’s currency leader, Mike Patterson, retires on April 1. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission tapped Gatz to head up the Oklahoma DOT on Feb. 12. Gatz, […]

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The I-94 Modernization Advanced Bridges Project Team within the Michigan Department of Transportation recently received the 2018 MDOT-ACEC Partnership Charter Award that recognizes project managers and firms in Michigan for project partnerships based on trust, effective communication, continuous improvement, innovation and timely issue resolution. The award program, now in its sixth year, is sponsored by […]

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Drew Gilmore, administrator of the Office of Real Estate within the Ohio Department of Transportation, was recently appointed vice chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Committee on Right-of-Way, Utilities, and Outdoor Advertising Controls or CRUO. It is a committee tasked with reviewing and recommends changes to laws, rules, regulations, and […]

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Each year, the Research Advisory Committee of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials asks state departments of transportation to identify and document recently completed “high-value” research projects. The RAC then publishes an annual compilation of all these projects in a document called Research Impacts: Better – Faster – Cheaper, which helps eliminate […]

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The National Operations Center of Excellence recently held its inaugural Transportation Systems Management and Operations or TSMO awards competition to highlight how various transportation agencies across the country are using TSMO and an operations focused approach to save lives, time, and money on the nation’s roadways. The group’s first-ever TSMO competition garnered 60 submissions from […]

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The BATIC Institute: An AASHTO Center for Excellence will host an hour-long webinar on Feb. 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST regarding public engagement strategies for state departments of transportation. Three presenters – Ryan Avery of consulting firm WSP, Jay Styles from the Virginia Department of Transportation, and Peter Olson with the Minnesota Department […]

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