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Archive for the ‘Highway’ Category

Phoenix, OR: Blasting the Cut for the New North Phoenix Road

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Phoenix, OR: Blasting the Cut for the New North Phoenix Road

Blasting the cut for the new North Phoenix Road, part of the $72 million, I-5 Fern Valley Interchange project in Phoenix, Oregon. When complete in September 2016, it will feature Oregon’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange.

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As the Highway Trust Fund Runs Low on Cash, States Come to the Rescue with Creative Funding Initiatives

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No. 5
With federal transportation spending outpacing tax receipts by some $1.25 billion/month, the cash balance of the Federal Highway Trust is drawing perilously close to the point where the U.S Department of Transportation will be obliged to institute cash management strategies—such as reimbursing states weekly rather than on a daily basis— to keep the Trust Fund account solvent. Based on current spending and revenue trends, this point —a cash balance of $4 billion—may be reached as early as late July according to some estimates.

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FACES OF TRANSPORTATION Photo & Video Contest

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
2013 entry: Michael Ruggerio. New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia.

AASHTO’s Faces of Transportation photo contest is now accepting entries for 2014. Entering its 10th year, the contest is going down a new road by allowing VIDEO entries as well as stills. If you’ve got a photo (or a video) that captures the truth of transportation, don’t wait any longer–submit it now to the Faces of Transportation contest!

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West Virginia DOT: The Pothole Patching Process

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
West Virginia DOT: The Pothole Patching Process

Jackie Blankenship, US 119 DOH Supervisor, explains the pothole patching process.

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Value-Added Tolling: A Better Deal for America’s Highway Users

Friday, March 28th, 2014

REASON FOUNDATION
Toll roads in America date back to colonial times. Entrepreneurs in the late 1700s and early 1800s requested and received charters from state governments, enabling them to raise money from investors to improve dirt tracks between towns into regularly maintained roads—in exchange for charging users a toll. Transportation historians have estimated that between 2,500 and 3,200 toll companies built and operated such roads in the 19th century, encompassing between 30,000 and 52,000 miles at various times. The first wave of toll roads occurred in the northeastern states in the late 1700s and early 1800s. And the same pattern was repeated in the western states, especially California, after the Civil War, as those states were settled.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike: Culvert Jacking to Minimize Traffic Effects

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Pennsylvania Turnpike: Culvert Jacking to Minimize Traffic Effects

This culvert jacking was part of Section B (Mainline Toll Plaza in Bensalem) for the Pennsylvania Turnpike / I-95 Interchange Project. The jacking occurred below I-276 as traffic flowed from the above highway, minimizing impacts to traffic. Urban Engineers (www.urbanengineers.com) is providing Construction Management for this project.

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This Infra Week

Friday, March 14th, 2014
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INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
Which Bike Lane Separator is Right For You?
Car Culture Reigns On
New Light-Rail Strategy Unveiled
And More…

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Hardhats for Highways: Tell Congress How Many Jobs Are At Risk

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Hardhats for Highways is organizing a call to action for construction workers across the nation.

Starting April 1, 2014, contractors, construction business owners, labor leaders and everyone else representing constituents in the highway industry are asked to visit their Congressional delegations to deliver a hardhat. Every hat will be affixed with a sticker detailing the number of jobs at risk in each firm. If the deluge of hardhats piling up in offices throughout the nation don’t get Congress’ attention, the numbers certainly will.

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Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Table 1 Trends in Pedestrian and All Other Motor Vehicle Fatalities, 2000-2012

GOVERNORS HIGHWAY SAFETY ASSOCIATION
Pedestrian fatalities in the United States decreased in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009,but increased in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The 15% increase in pedestrian deaths from 2009 to 2012 compares with a 3% decrease in all other motor vehicle deaths during the same time period.

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Campe Verde, AZ: What it Takes to Build a Climbing Lane

Monday, March 10th, 2014
Campe Verde, AZ: What it Takes to Build a Climbing Lane

Arizona DOT breaks it down by the numbers: the cost, time, dirt excavated and scheduled closures that go into creating a new climbing lane (for slower traffic going uphill) near Camp Verde, AZ.

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