November 21, 2018
  • 1:20 pm NTSB Investigation Blames ‘Design Errors’ for FIU Pedestrian Bridge Collapse
  • 1:19 pm GAO Issues Reports on Railroad Grade Crossing Programs, Inland Waterway Funding
  • 1:14 pm FHWA Proposed Rulemaking Would Give States ‘Greater Flexibility’ to use Proprietary or Patented Materials
  • 1:12 pm NHTSA’s King Stresses Educational Needs of Automated Vehicle Technology in Speech
  • 1:09 pm Benefits of Traffic Incident Management Highlighted During FHWA meeting

During maintenance repairs on the Idaho Highway 45 bridge spanning the Snake River, Idaho Transportation Department contractors discovered two unexploded artillery shells on separate days. [Unrelated photo of Naval divers by U.S. Navy Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jeff Atherton.] The agency said in a statement that contracted divers inspecting the base of a bridge pier […]

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet provided an assessment of its snow fighting capabilities on Nov. 13 ahead of Winter Storm Avery, which affected portions of the eastern United States. [Above photo by the KYTC.] The KYTC noted that it has 2,000 personnel, 1,400 plow trucks, 340,000 tons of salt, one million gallons of salt brine for […]

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The Oregon Department of Transportation recently began demolishing an unneeded bridge along I-105 near Eugene that will be replaced by a “standard” dirt-filled road bed. This work marks the start of “phase one” of a two-year construction project that will address I-105 bridges and ramps between the Delta Highway interchange and downtown Eugene, the agency […]

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To make its snow plows more visible during blizzard conditions, the Iowa Department of Transportation embarked on legislatively approved pilot project three years ago to add rear facing blue and white lights to the already existing amber-colored lighting systems on about 200 of its snowplows in central Iowa. [Above photo by the Iowa DOT.] The […]

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation issued a request for proposals or RFP on Nov. 13 for a Lynn Transit Action Plan Study, which will focus on strategies to enhance the quality, capacity, and reliability of public transportation for residents and local businesses in in the city of Lynn, Massachusetts. [Above photo by the Massachusetts Office of Travel […]

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A real-time traffic signal timing adjustment system installed by the Arizona Department of Transportation is helping reduce travel times by roughly 10 percent for motorists along an 8.5-mile portion of State Route 77, the primary north-south route connecting Tucson and Oro Valley. The system, funded by the Arizona DOT and the Regional Transportation Authority, is […]

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As winter approaches, state departments of transportation across the country are preparing for highway snow removal operations – with some already having engaged in storm response. [Above photo by Colorado DOT.] The Colorado Department of Transportation dealt with what it called a “compact winter storm system” that hit the northern and eastern portions of the […]

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A new process called “value engineering” is being deployed by the Arizona Department of Transportation to help reduce project costs, shorten delivery times, or both. And a project that aims to replace the decking on Interstate 17 bridges at Willard Springs Road south of Flagstaff highlights the benefits of that philosophy. [Above photo by Arizona […]

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According to the annual seat belt usage survey conducted by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, seat belt usage in Missouri reached 87.1 percent this year; up from 60 percent back in 1998, the year in which the group conducted its first such seat belt usage poll. “We’ve seen a 5.7 percent increase in usage […]

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation released its 2019-2028 Capital Highway Investment Plan or CHIP on Oct. 31, which details the agency’s planned investments for Minnesota’s highway network during the next decade. [Above photo by Minnesota DOT.] Over the next decade, the plan targets more than 760 pavement projects and nearly 380 bridge projects, as well […]

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