December 5, 2020
  • 1:02 pm AASHTO Urges Congress to Increase Transportation Funding
  • 1:00 pm FHWA Rulemaking to Offer More Highway Repair Flexibility
  • 12:58 pm Letter Voices Concern over Forthcoming Drone Rules
  • 12:54 pm USDOT Unveils Broad Pedestrian Safety Action Plan
  • 12:49 pm Fitch Refines its COVID-19 Transportation Recovery Projections
 

On June 22 the House of Representatives released the text of the Moving Forward Act that seeks to make $1.5 trillion worth of infrastructure investments across a number of U.S. economic sectors, such as transportation, energy, education, housing, and healthcare, among others. That legislation includes within it the INVEST in America Act surface transportation reauthorization […]

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Effectively managing a state transportation department is hard enough. Leading a state DOT through a crisis is tougher. But what about when two disasters hit simultaneously? [Above photo by the Louisiana DOTD.] Dr. Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, actually had four simultaneous disasters on his plate on Friday, June […]

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A “status report” issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers on June 25 outlines the COVID-19 pandemic’s “detrimental effects” on a broad swath of publicly-owned U.S. infrastructure assets – from airports and inland waterways to roads, bridges, and transit systems. [Above photo by the WVDOT.] That report – dubbed COVID-19’s Impacts on America’s Infrastructure – also […]

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Ongoing growth of e-commerce, which received a significant boost in the first half of 2020 due to COVID-19 lockdowns, is “redrawing” the “historic roles” of stores, distribution centers, and the parcel delivery sector, according to the 31st annual State of Logistics Report compiled by consulting firm Kearney and sponsored by Penske Logistics and the Council […]

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A recent survey conducted by parking application provider ParkMobile indicates that COVID-19 will have a significant impact on consumer behavior over the next two years, with those polled indicating they will commute less, travel less, and attend fewer events. [Above photo by the Missouri DOT.] “When people do go out, they will use their personal […]

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Founded in 1909 at the dawn of the automotive age, the Permanent International Association of Road Congresses or “PIARC” provides a global forum for discussing policies and trends that affect all road users. This international collaboration gives transportation agencies from around the world a platform to discover and share innovative ways to design, build, operate, […]

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The South Carolina Department of Transportation recently gained approval for $562 million in additional road pavement and resurfacing projects for fiscal year 2020-2021; roadwork that includes projects in all of the state’s 46 counties and is in addition to the $1.3 billion of road, bridge, and safety project work the agency is currently implementing. [Above […]

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The Missouri Department of Transportation and Virginia Department of Transportation are the most recent state agencies grappling with a spike in motor vehicle fatalities related to speed and lack of seat belt use – event though overall traffic volumes declined sharply due to COVID-19 stay-a-home orders. [Above photo by the Virginia DOT.] “We are alarmed […]

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The Washington State Department of Transportation proposed new overall goals for disadvantaged business enterprise or DBE participation for all of its federally funded transportation projects on June 22 and will accept written comments about them through July 24. [Photo by WSDOT.] The agency noted in a statement that the purpose of its DBE program is […]

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The Kansas Department of Transportation is officially soliciting project concepts for roughly $14 million in 2022 and 2023 Transportation Alternatives or TA program grants. [Above photo by the Kansas DOT.] The agency said in a statement that its TA program provides funding for a variety of alternative transportation projects, which includes: the construction of pedestrian […]

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