Support for InfrastructureUSA.org
has been provided by these organizations and individuals:

John Hennessy III,
P.E.

Archive for the ‘Highway’ Category

For highway innovation, 2014 was a very good year

Friday, January 2nd, 2015
Tappan Zee Work Underway

Innovation and investment in infrastructure doesn’t take a holiday. Throughout 2014, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been relentless in working with state DOTs to save time, save money and save lives, by encouraging the use of innovative technologies and methods to build roads, bridges and highways better, faster and more cost-effectively.

View this complete post...

Hidden Highways: Fog and Traffic Crashes on America’s Roads

Thursday, December 25th, 2014
Figure 2. Graph compiled from NASS GES data (1990-2008). Data weighted to reflect all police-reported crashes nationwide

AAA FOUNDATION FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY
Fog presents numerous challenges to motorists. By definition, it reduces visibility to less than 5/8-mile, and, as fog obscures details of the driving environment and reduces contrast, drivers have difficulty accurately perceiving certain things that are crucial for safe driving, such as depth and speed. Moreover, because high beams reflect off of the suspended water droplets that fog comprises and actually make it harder to see, drivers are deprived of a tool that is useful in other low-visibility situations.

View this complete post...

Riverside County, CA: Completing the I-215 Van Buren Interchange

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Riverside County, CA: Completing the I-215 Van Buren Interchange

Video detailing the planning, construction and impact of the Van Buren Interchange on California’s I-215.

View this complete post...

2015 AASHTO Transportation Bottom Line Report

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Highways and Bridges Maximum Economic Investments

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STATE HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS (AASHTO)An annual investment of $120 billion for highways and bridges between 2015 and 2020 is necessary to improve the condition and performance of the system, given a rate of travel growth of 1.0 percent per year in vehicle miles of travel, which has been AASHTO’s sustainability goal, […]

View this complete post...

The Life and Death of the Highway Trust Fund

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Eno Center for Transportation

ENO CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION
The current federal program for funding surface transportation infrastructure in the United States is broken. Since 2008, the U.S. Highway Trust Fund (HTF) has repeatedly been on the brink of insolvency, necessitating five infusions from the U.S. Treasury’s General Fund. Many solutions have been proposed to stabilize funding for the federal surface transportation program, but each has confronted substantial political barriers. This study details the circumstances that have led the U.S. transportation program to its current funding situation and explores how other nations have created sustainable mechanisms for ensuring adequate national level investment in surface transportation systems.

View this complete post...

Colorado Moving Postcard: Big Thompson Canyon Drive

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Colorado Moving Postcard: Big Thompson Canyon Drive

The 33-mile drive through the Big Thompson Canyon along Highway 34 from Loveland to Estes Park is one of the most stunning drives in Colorado – with its winding road, tall granite walls and, of course, the rough water of the Big Thompson River.

View this complete post...

Sparks, NV: Planning a New 4-Lane Highway

Friday, November 21st, 2014
Sparks, NV: Planning a New 4-Lane Highway

Currently, the USA Parkway is a privately built, six-mile-long road connecting from Interstate 80 into the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center east of Sparks. A proposed NDOT project will extend the Parkway by more than 12 miles to reach U.S. 50 near Silver Springs, creating an approximately 18-mile-long, four-lane state roadway between Interstate 80 and U.S. 50. The new roadway would further link the greater Reno/Sparks and Fernley/Fallon areas with the U.S. 50 Silver Springs corridor, enhancing regional mobility and creating an additional route for commuter, freight and other traffic.

View this complete post...

Arizona DOT: Building a Freeway, Moving a Mountain

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Arizona DOT: Building a Freeway, Moving a Mountain

In order to reconstruct the landslide-damaged roadway on US 89 between Bitter Springs and Page, ADOT contractors will move nearly one million cubic yards of rock down slope to build a stabilizing buttress.

View this complete post...

Mapping Freight: The Highly Concentrated Nature of Goods Trade in the United States

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Figure 2. Top 1 Percent of Trade Corridors Based on Value, Domestic Corridors Only, 2010

METROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAM
BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
Each year, the United States moves over $20 trillion in goods weighing over 17 billion tons between hundreds of metropolitan, non-metropolitan, and international regions. It does so using an extensive network of freight assets: over 4 million miles of highways, local roads, railways, navigable waterways, and pipelines; hundreds of seaports and airports; and thousands of intermodal facilities to tie the network together. Without this network, it would be impossible for regional economies to trade goods and reach their full economic potential.

View this complete post...

West Virginia DOT: How the Salt Shortage Affects Your Commute

Monday, November 10th, 2014
West Virginia DOT: How the Salt Shortage Affects Your Commute

Jim Moore, District 9 Maintenance Engineer, explains how the WVDOH plans to cope with the hike in salt prices.

View this complete post...

Receive Infra Update, our email newsletter.

Follow InfraUSA on Twitter Facebook YouTube Flickr
Show us your infra! Show us your infra!

Video, stills and tales. Share images of the Infra in your community that demands attention. Post your ideas about national Infra issues. Go ahead. Show Us Your Infra!  Upload and instantly share your message.

Polls Polls

Is the administration moving fast enough on Infra issues? Are Americans prepared to pay more taxes for repairs? Should job creation be the guiding determination? Vote now!

Views

What do the experts think? This is where the nation's public policy organizations, trade associations and think tanks weigh in with analysis on Infra issues. Tell them what you think.  Ask questions.  Share a different view.

Blog

The Infra Blog offers cutting edge perspective on a broad spectrum of Infra topics. Frequent updates and provocative posts highlight hot button topics -- essential ingredients of a national Infra dialogue.