March 2, 2021
  • 12:18 pm USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg: “Some Sort of Road Usage Levy Necessary”
  • 12:14 pm AASHTO President Sheehan Testifies Before Senate EPW Committee
  • 12:13 pm Cedric Richmond: Infrastructure Bill is the Next Order of Business
  • 12:10 pm Congressional Members Provide Surface Transportation Reauthorization Outlook
  • 12:08 pm Federal Modal Leaders Stress Synergy, Equity as Key Transportation Priorities

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (D) signed into law a $1.87 billion Local Jobs and Projects Plan on October 21 that earmarks $627 million in funding for state transportation infrastructure projects, including local roads and bridges, along with $269 million for water infrastructure projects. [Above photo via the Minnesota Governor’s Office.] The bill also includes funds […]

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DriveOhio – an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation – along with the Michigan Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, are just some of the key agencies working within a multi-state coalition to jointly deploy and test truck-platooning technology on public highways. [Above photo by the Ohio DOT.] The Smart Belt Coalition […]

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Ashley Moody (seen above), Florida’s attorney general, along with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), is launching a campaign aimed at enlisting half a million commercial truck drivers to fight against human trafficking. The “Highway Heroes” campaign involves a multi-media campaign, outreach materials mailed directly to commercial driver license holders and […]

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The Federal Transit Administration is providing a $354.6 million grant to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District to help fund its West Lake Corridor Project: designed to improve transportation options for Indiana residents traveling to downtown Chicago and South Bend International Airport, while reducing travel time and spurring economic development. The West Lake Corridor Project […]

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The Illinois Department of Transportation expects to save $14 million by finishing its Interstate 255 rehabilitation project a month early – a project that is also improving the safety and efficiency of a major freight and personal travel corridor. [Above photo by the Illinois DOT.] The agency said the I-255 project should be finished on […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation designated the North Carolina Ferry System (NCFS) as a marine highway project on October 22: a first for the state. [Above photo by the NCDOT.] The agency’s Maritime Administration noted that marine highways are “navigable waterways” that are used as “alternate options” to traditional transportation methods – such as highways […]

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The Hawaii Department of Transportation recently awarded the contract for the Kapalama Container Terminal Phase 2 project (seen above) to Kiewit Infrastructure West – a “cornerstone project” for the agency’s effort to upgrade the maritime freight handling capability of Honolulu Harbor that is also being financed by revenue collected from harbor user fees, not traditional […]

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The Texas Department of Transportation is gearing up for its annual road safety campaign – dubbed “Be Safe, Drive Smart” – within the state’s oil and gas production regions. The agency noted that in 2019, more than 205,000 crashes occurred in counties defined as the “Texas Energy Sector” by the Texas Railroad Commission, which includes […]

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation began accepting fiscal year 2021 applications from Connecticut cities and towns for roughly $18 million in State Local Bridge Program for SLBP funds on October 26, with the application deadline set for November 30. [Above photo via the Connecticut DOT.] The agency said in a statement that its SLBP grants […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has appointed Melissa Batula (seen above), deputy secretary for highway administration for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, to a two-year term as vice chair of the organization’s Council on Active Transportation. Batula became deputy secretary for highway administration in January following a 14-year career at PennDOT […]

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