August 7, 2020
  • 11:46 am AASHTO’s Tymon Named a ‘Top 25 Newsmaker’ by ENR
  • 11:43 am MIT: Fully Autonomous Vehicles Remain a Decade Away
  • 11:39 am Podcast: AASHTO’s Tymon Talks National Infrastructure Needs
  • 11:36 am Study: Carpool Payments Would Reduce Traffic Congestion
  • 11:33 am FAA Awards Grants for Drone Emergency Response Research
 

A multi-organization letter sent to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on September 12 stressed that implementing a successful national autonomous vehicle or AV policy requires finding the “appropriate balance” between state, local, and federal government responsibilities – ensuring that appropriate funding and […]

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State departments of transportation are set to benefit from the formal repeal this week of a 2015 rule that aimed to expand the definition of “waters of the United States” or WOTUS under the Clean Water Act. [Above photo by the Delaware DOT.] The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army – representing […]

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A study conducted by INRIX Research indicates that 48 percent of all car trips in the most congested metropolitan areas across the United States cover less than three miles – representing a “major opportunity” for “micromobility” such as shared bicycle, e-bike, and e-scooter services to reduce traffic congestion and decrease vehicle emissions while boosting “local […]

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The Federal Highway Administration provided $871.2 million in Emergency Relief or ER funds to help 39 states – as well as American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and tribal governments – make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other unexpected events over the last three […]

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After a six-month search process, the Oregon Transportation Commission selected Kris Strickler (seen above) to be the next director of the Oregon Department of Transportation. Currently the agency’s highway division administrator, Strickler joined the Oregon DOT in 2018 after serving as the southwest region administrator for the Washington State Department of Transportation as part of […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded autonomous vehicle or AV research funds to three states this week – Ohio, Michigan, and Virginia – to boost further study of AV operation in rural areas, on city streets, and in the trucking industry. [Above photo from the Transportation Research Center.] An Ohio-based team of industry, academia, and […]

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The Nebraska Department of Transportation is planning to spend $782 million on a variety of transportation projects outlined in its 2020 Construction Program, released on September 10 for public comment. [Above photo by Jake Daniels for the Nebraska DOT.] That includes $153 million in “emergency expenses,” added Nebraska DOT Director Kyle Schneweis in a statement […]

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The Maryland Department of Transportation revealed a 299-page draft of its Fiscal Year 2020-2025 capital investment program for transportation infrastructure on September 10, with the agency noting in the report that it plans to invest $15.3 billion over the next six years in a variety of projects aimed at “improving access to jobs as well […]

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Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) (seen above, touring the newly-opened Kosciuszko Bridge) said during a Labor Day Parade press event on September 7 that he will advance legislation to make the “New York Buy American” Act permanent; a law that requires all structural steel and iron used in all state road and bridge construction projects with […]

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is providing $75 million through its Multimodal Local Supplement grant program to provide municipal and tribal governments with the “flexibility and funding” for addressing a range of local-level transportation needs. “The MLS program gives counties, towns, villages, and cities the opportunity to apply to fund multimodal projects that will provide significant economic […]

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