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Archive for the ‘Highway’ Category

Chicago: Demolishing the Ontario Street Ramp

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Chicago: Demolishing the Ontario Street Ramp

Time-lapse video of the demolition of the westbound Ontario Street to southbound I-90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) ramp over the Kennedy Expressway Saturday, June 21, 2014.

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Oregon DOT: Satellite Guidance Facilitates Road Work

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
Oregon DOT: Satellite Guidance Facilitates Road Work

Oregon DOT supports and expands use of intelligent construction systems and technologies.

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Integrating Conservation and Highway Planning

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Figure ES.1. Steps of the Integrated Ecological Framework.

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
This project addresses the questions of how to (1) achieve interagency agreement on ecological solutions, (2) identify and leverage existing ways to increase predictability and assurance that credit will be allowed for addressing agency conservation and restoration priorities early in planning, (3) identify and leverage existing tools to increase resource agency confidence that mitigation commitments will be kept, and (4) make decisions last over time and across jurisdictions.

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Interactive Map: Roadwork in Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
massDOT Roadwork map

A new interactive map from massDOT pinpoints traffic incidents and scheduled road work throughout the state of Massachusetts. In addition to its useful information, another fascinating aspect of the roadwork map is the sheer volume of projects it shows taking place simultaneously. With everything from bridge inspection to highway paving on the daily docket, it’s clear why road maintenance is more than a full-time job.

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States’ Fiscal Initiatives Offer a Solution to the Impending Trust Fund Shortfall

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No. 8

While transportation stakeholders and the Washington press corps are agonizing about the impending Highway Trust Fund shortfall and its impact on the federal transportation program, they are ignoring developments outside the Beltway that go a long way toward mitigating the prospective funding shortage. For in fact, individual states, far from standing idly by, are responding to the fiscal uncertainties in Washington by stepping up and augmenting their transportation budgets.

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Washington State: Road Closures for Rock Blasting

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Washington State: Road Closures for Rock Blasting

Have you ever wondered what goes on during the rock blasting closures on I-90? This is a montage of rock blasting operations on I-90 from 2013.

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Sisters, OR: Rebuilding the Highway Before Tourist Season

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Sisters, OR: Rebuilding the Highway Before Tourist Season

An update on road work on the highway through Sisters.

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Retro Infra: Road Maintenance in the Good Old Days

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Retro Infra: Road Maintenance in the Good Old Days

Nearly a century ago, crews were fixing potholes and paving roads just like they do today. Materials may have changed, but the methods and the intentions have stayed the same.

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Hopes for a Long-Term Transportation Bill Are Fading

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No. 7
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 slowing down or delaying state reimbursements — to keep the Trust Fund account solvent. Based on current spending and revenue trends, this point —a cash balance of $4 billion in the Highway Account —will be reached in late July according to the latest U.S. DOT estimate However, CBO estimates that “both the highway account and the transit account will end the end of the fiscal year with a positive balance” according to an April 14 memo from the Congressional Budget Office (Subject: CBO’s Highway Trust Fund Runs, April Baseline)

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Oregon DOT: It Can Be a Dangerous Job

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Oregon DOT: It’s a Dangerous Job

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Photo/Video Services Unit produced a new safety training video sponsored by the Employee Safety Unit about a near miss incident. Our employees and colleagues tell their story of a very serious near miss incident from last August. Although no one was hurt and there was no serious property damage, it was a very scary near miss, as you will find when you listen to the crews’ account of that day. Please take their message to heart and be safe.

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