September 23, 2023
  • 10:49 am New Home on the Web for the AASHTO Journal
  • 12:07 pm Buttigieg Defends USDOT FY 2024 Budget at Hearing
  • 12:01 pm AASHTO Offers Robust Program for 2023 Spring Meeting
  • 11:58 am Will ‘Happiness’ Be the Next Key Transportation Metric?
  • 11:54 am FTA Plans to Beef up Transit Worker Protections

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently issued an updated version of its “Guide for Pavement Friction” publication. [Above image by AASHTO] The second edition of AASHTO’s “Guide for Pavement Friction” contains recommendations and guidelines for managing and designing highway pavements for friction. Written for highway materials, construction, pavement management, safety, design, […]

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A memo issued by the Federal Highway Administration in December 2021 ostensibly to provide “guidance” to states for allocation of federal infrastructure funds has been declared a “rule” after review by the Government Accountability Office. [Above photo by GAO] FHWA argued that its memo is not a rule because it is an internal document that […]

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The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded $273.9 million to 12 projects via its new Rural Surface Transportation Grant program. [Above photo by USDOT] That program seeks to help communities around the United States complete transportation projects that will increase connectivity, improve safety and reliability, support regional economic growth, and improve the quality of life […]

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A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highlights the “pervasiveness” of alcohol and drug use in serious and fatal crashes involving drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. [Above photo by NCDOT] The study – which included participation from seven Level 1 trauma centers across the country – examined the prevalence of alcohol and legal, […]

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The Federal Transit Administration recently issued $686 million to fund 15 grants in nine states to make it easier for people with disabilities and mobility needs to access some of the nation’s oldest and busiest rail transit systems through essential upgrades, such as elevators. [Above photo by the MBTA] That grant money represents the first round of […]

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The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a “Notice of Solicitation and Funding Opportunity” to request project proposals for intercity passenger rail corridors as part of its Corridor Identification and Development program. Formal project proposals must be submitted to FRA by March 20, 2023. [Above photo by the Amtrak] The Corridor ID Program, created by the […]

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To improve marine navigation safety, enhance system efficiency, and reduce buoys-tendering operational cost for the government, computer scientist Tung “Alex” Ly (seen above) with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center or ERDC recently developed a “digital buoy” system. [Above photo by the USACE] An ERDC researcher for 27 years with a background in […]

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Governor Tom Wolf (D), and the City of Pittsburgh hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the rebuilt Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh, which is expected to reopen to traffic by the end of December. That bridge suffered a catastrophic structural collapse in January. [Above photo by the City of Pittsburgh] […]

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In a December 22 Twitter post, Kristina Swallow (seen above) said she “will not be continuing in my role” as the director of the Nevada Department of Transportation, with her final day of service yet to be determined. [Above photo by the Nevada DOT] “I don’t know when my last day will be or what […]

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Governor Pete Ricketts (R) and the Nebraska Department of Transportation recently hosted an event celebrating the completion and opening of the $352 million 11-mile long Lincoln South Beltway project. [Above photo by Nebraska DOT] The Lincoln South Beltway is an east-west four-lane freeway that connects U.S. Highway 77 and existing Nebraska Highway 2, reducing traffic […]

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