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Archive for the ‘Highway’ Category

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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Ten Years and $400 Billion in Federal Highway Spending Later, Are We Any Better Off?

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The federal government has spent $365 billion out of the Highway Trust Fund’s highway account since 2005, pouring money into new roads, capacity improvements, and system preservation. At the same time, fewer people are driving, and those that are are doing it less: total annual vehicle-miles traveled haven’t budged for almost a decade even as we’ve added 20 million new residents, and per-capita VMT has fallen significantly. The number of cars on the road has remained essentially unchanged, cars per 1,000 residents peaked in 2007, and young people are doing just fine without a driver’s license, thank you.

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Infographic: Infrastructure Week 2014

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK 2014

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Pennsylvania DOT: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About POTHOLES (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Friday, May 9th, 2014
Pennsylvania DOT: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About POTHOLES (But Were Afraid to Ask)

This short video aims to educate motorists on how potholes form, how the department addresses them and most importantly, how to report their location to PennDOT.

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Brigham City, UT: Taking Down a Bridge the Old-Fashioned Way

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Brigham City, UT: Taking Down a Bridge the Old-Fashioned Way

This time lapse shows the 1100 South and I-15 Bridge in Brigham City, Utah being demolished the old-fashioned way: no explosives, just lots of manpower and machines pulling it apart piece by piece.

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The End of the Road? The Looming Fiscal Disaster for Transportation

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Table 1: Federal dollars as a percentage of state (capital) transportation budgets (2001-2012)

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
Unless Congress adds new revenue to the trust fund, the federal government will be unable to commit to funding new projects, depriving states and localities of resources critical to maintaining and improving the infrastructure that makes our economy possible. At the same time, Congress has an opportunity to reform and reinvigorate one of our most important infrastructure programs in order to boost today’s economy and ensure future prosperity. The federal law that sets national transportation policy and investment levels — known as MAP-21 — expires on October 1, 2014. As Congress reconsiders this vital program, business and elected leaders across the country are calling on their representatives not only to save the transportation trust fund, but also to refocus federal transportation policy on locally-driven, innovative transportation solutions.

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