October 28, 2021
  • 1:12 am FHWA: Highway Trust Fund Should be Solvent into 2022
  • 1:09 am Panel: State DOTs Key to Improving Freight Connectivity
  • 1:04 am AASHTO’s Active Transportation Council Building “Research Roadmap”
  • 11:58 am AASHTO Survey Details Harm of Short-Term Funding Extensions
  • 11:54 am Senate Appropriations Releases FY 2022 USDOT Funding Bill

Following the release of the full legislative text of the $1.2 trillion “Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act” or IIJA in the Senate on August 1 – a bill clocking in at 2,702 pages – a large number of transportation industry organizations sent a letter to Congress calling for its passage. [Above photo by the Architect […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently sent a five-page letter providing feedback on changes proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. [Above image via the EPA] Specifically, the EPA seeks to “reconsider and revise” the Section 401 certification rule – which became active in […]

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Five southern state departments of transportation won regional awards for eight transportation projects on August 3 during the annual meeting of the Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. [Above photo of Victoria Sheehan announcing regional award winners by the Florida DOT] This is the first of four regional contests within the national America’s Transportation […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan on August 5 to mandate an 8 percent annual increase in fuel efficiency for passenger cars and light trucks between model year 2024 and 2026. [Above image via the Office of Senator Debbie Stabenow] That dovetails with an executive order issued by […]

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The Governors Highway Safety Association issued a set of 10 recommended actions State Highway Safety Offices or SHSOs and other traffic safety groups follow to improve “equitable outcomes” for Black, Indigenous and People of Color or BIPOC communities. [Above image via GHSA] Those 10 recommendations – developed by consulting firm Kimley-Horn – seeks to help eliminate racial […]

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A study led by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that “hands-free” cellphone laws are associated with fewer driver deaths. However, more targeted cellphone laws – such as calling-only and texting-only bans, among others – are not. [Above image via Wikimedia Commons] The researchers said that could […]

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The Idaho Transportation Department is working to digitally record and catalogue a statewide inventory highway “assets” that includes signs, guardrails, American’s with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps, sidewalks, among other items. [Above photo via the ITD] Dubbed the “Statewide Asset Attribute Inventory” or SWAAI, it will eventually encompass all of the assets within Idaho’s 12,000-lane-mile state highway […]

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ITR Concession Company LLC – manager of the Indiana Toll Road – and eX² Technology, LLC, recently completed a two-year $34 million project to install a fiber optic communications system as part of ITRCC’s Intelligent Transportation System expansion project that is significantly boosting motorist safety along the 157-mile tolled highway. [Above photo by ITRCC] The […]

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The Florida Department of Transportation is helping distribute $250 million to help ports statewide recover from revenue declines in 2020 – sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic – as well as fund infrastructure investments. [Image via the Florida DOT] “Not only are Florida ports a key economic driver for their surrounding communities, but also for our […]

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The California Department of Transportation has opened the public comment period for the draft of its 2021 Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan or ITSP; a policy framework to guide Caltrans and its partner agencies on developing and prioritizing transportation projects connecting California’s distinct regions. [Above photo by Caltrans] Updated every five years, the draft 2021 ITSP focuses […]

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