November 20, 2019
  • 2:34 pm Committee Leadership Comes into Focus for 116th Congress
  • 2:22 pm Interstate System Report Calls for More Funding, Tolling, VMT Fees, and Cybersecurity
  • 2:15 pm In Memoriam: President George H. W. Bush, ISTEA, and Transportation
  • 1:56 pm Growth Projected for Transportation Projects, but Costs a Challenge
  • 1:35 pm FAA Reshuffles Executives, Plans Drone Identification Rulemaking in Spring 2019
  • 1:28 pm Predictive Technology Helps Reduce Crashes on I-15 Corridor in Las Vegas
  • 1:14 pm Video Report: MoDOT Produces Multi-Lingual Safety Message
  • 1:11 pm PennDOT Nears Completion of Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
  • 1:08 pm Infrastructure Grants Awarded to “Smaller” South Dakota Communities
  • 12:42 pm State DOTs Reiterate Benefits of TIM Training at Safety Summit
  • 12:37 pm AASHTO Issues Second Coalition Rescission Repeal Letter
  • 12:36 pm Tariff Report Highlights Raw Material Cost Concerns
  • 12:23 pm USDOT Releases $900M in BUILD Grants
  • 12:19 pm House T&I Amtrak Hearing Airs State-Level Rail Concerns

The Federal Highway Administration plans to release a notice of proposed rulemaking on November 12 that would overhaul National Bridge Inspection Standards. Key changes for state departments of transportation within the NPRM center on the implementation of a risk-based approach to determining appropriate bridge inspection intervals and the requirement for the collection and use of […]

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The initial state-by-state calculation of the impending $7.6 billion rescission of Federal-aid highway contract authority mandated by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation or FAST Act indicates states may experience deeper funding cuts than what was called for in that 2015 law. According to Federal Highway Administration data released this week, the total unobligated balances of […]

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A National Transportation Safety Board hearing on November 5 called for more “concerted action” from federal and state agencies to improve bicyclist safety – and, by extension, that of pedestrians – via improvements to roadway infrastructure, enhanced bicyclist conspicuity, and the “mitigation of head injuries” to bicyclists through mandatory helmet laws. [Above photo by the […]

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Voters approved almost 90 percent of 305 state and local transportation funding measures placed on 19 state ballots during the November 5 election this year. However, voters in Washington State endorsed a measure that will reduce revenues from certain motor vehicles taxes and fees used mainly to fund public transit needs, while Colorado voters rejected […]

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Following nearly eight months of intense competition and thousands of online votes cast, the Missouri Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Transportation, and the Georgia Department of Transportation walked away as the winners in the 2019 America’s Transportation Awards competition. Sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. […]

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is asking AASHTO Journal readers to help evaluate the quality of AASHTO’s communications by completing the 2019 Communications Survey, which can be accessed by clicking here. [Above photo by Rentvine.] This annual poll tracks trends in AASHTO’s communication outreach efforts, examining those print and digital channels […]

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UPS Flight Forward Inc. and CVS Pharmacy successfully completed two deliveries via drone of medical prescriptions from a CVS pharmacy directly to two separate home residences in North Carolina using the M2 drone system developed by Matternet. [Above photo by UPS.] UPSFF – a subsidiary of United Parcel Service formed in July – said in […]

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Lawrence Berkeley National Lab computer scientists are working with the California Department of Transportation to combine high performance computing and machine learning with the algorithms that control traffic management systems. As a result, those algorithms will be able to generate more accurate and timely traffic predictions and to aid real-time traffic control, such as rerouting […]

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Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W. Va., introduced H.R. 4896 – known as the Advancing Infrastructure Development (AID) in Appalachia Act – on November 1, which seeks to transfer “unspent” federal transportation funds to West Virginia to help complete the Corridor H Highway Project. [Above photo by the West Virginia DOT.] Rep. Mooney’s bill is “companion legislation” […]

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao led the inaugural meeting of the agency’s new ROUTES Council this week USDOT’s headquarters in Washington D.C.; an advisory group that seeks to analyze USDOT’s discretionary funding and financing opportunities to address “disparities” in rural transportation infrastructure. Part of the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success Initiative Secretary […]

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