May 30, 2020
  • 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
  • 12:47 pm FHWA to Provide Short-Term FMV Exceptions

A new survey by the Associated General Contractors of America, along with data from construction technology firm Procore, indicates that demand for construction is “deteriorating” across the country – albeit unevenly – with the loss of 975,000 construction jobs from March to April this year; constituting nearly 13 percent of the industry’s employment, by far […]

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The latest episode on the Transportation TV series entitled State DOTs Respond to Coronavirus: A Video Diary highlights work by the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics to help volunteer aviators who are donating their time and aircraft to transport critical medical supplies to rural hospitals. Groups such as the Civil Air Patrol and Angel […]

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State departments of transportation, along with toll authorities and even public-private partnerships or P3s, continue to be affected by the massive decline in travel spurred by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders across the country. [Above photo by the Minnesota DOT.] According to a news story, the Maine Department of Transportation is expecting a roughly $74 million loss […]

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Preliminary estimates of 2019 highway crash data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on May 5 indicated that traffic fatalities continue to decline even as vehicle miles traveled or VMT increases. That mirrors a similar dip that occurred in 2018, though only roughly half as large. [Above photo via Wikipedia Commons.] NHTSA said […]

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In a World Economic Forum blog post, Hanns-Christian Hanebeck – the founder and CEO of Texas-based software firm Truckl – indicated that blockchain technology could eventually provide highway administration agencies with an “unprecedented set of capabilities,” from improving traffic volume flow to more efficient and faster toll collection efforts. [Above photo via the Texas DOT.] […]

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NASA has launched a new project called Scalable Traffic Management for Emergency Response Operations or STEReO that would improve the ability of drones to assist emergency responders in making natural disaster interventions even faster, more targeted, and better able to adapt to changing circumstances. [In photo above, NASA’s George Lawton discusses drone connecting capabilities.] For […]

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State governments continue to ratchet back current spending and projected budget outlays due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; reductions that are starting to include planned transportation infrastructure investments. [Above photo by the New York State DOT.] “The coronavirus outbreak has quickly upended state budgets with states now facing significant revenue declines and […]

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The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute initiated a three-year study of “dynamic scenarios” involving automated driving systems on April 24 that will examine in part at how self-driving vehicles communicate with roadway and other related physical infrastructure. [Above photo via the VTTI.] The study – funded by a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, one […]

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Steep reductions in motor vehicle travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic are adversely affecting state department of transportation budgets – to the point where some agencies are laying off workers and shelving planned transportation projects. [Above photo by the NCDOT.] The North Carolina Department of Transportation noted in an April 21 statement that as it […]

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The annual National Work Zone Awareness Week focused on several areas for 2020: that four out of five work zone fatalities are actually motorists and/or their passengers, that speeding and distracted driving are the leading causes of work zone crashes, and that highway construction crews continue to push forward on transportation projects during the COVID-19 […]

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