June 4, 2020
  • 5:05 pm House T&I Releases Five-Year $494B Surface Transportation Bill
  • 1:06 pm COVID-19 Will Create Long-Term Impact on State DOT Revenues
  • 12:58 pm States Fine-Tune Performance Targets for Highway Safety
  • 12:54 pm TRB Looks at How Transportation May Change Due to COVID-19
  • 12:50 pm Paper Extols Virtues of ITS for Reducing Traffic Congestion

Sound barriers and snow fences along highways could possibly serve as platforms for generating low-cost solar energy, according to a new study funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. [Above photo by the Minnesota DOT.] That study – entitled Harnessing Solar Energy through Noise Barriers and Structural Snow Fencing – is investigating how solar panels […]

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The most recent research conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation indicates that motor vehicle crashes declined 34 percent overall at 19 roundabout intersections that agency constructed at 16 locations over the last 18 years, with significant drops recorded in both serious and minor injuries, though property-damage only crashes jumped by 10 percent. [Above photo […]

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Cherokee Nation recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to highlight the completion of a $678,000 seven-month long highway safety improvement project along U.S. Highway 75 near Ochelata; a project that improved a key intersection to reduce motor vehicle collisions. [Above photo via the Cherokee Nation.] Between 2012 and 2017, […]

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The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration on September 16 to conduct drone inspection test flights at Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, along with a waiver to conduct night operations at the airfield. [Above photo by the Kansas DOT.] The agency – which is working in […]

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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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