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Archive for the ‘Highway’ Category

Connecticut’s Top Transportation Issues

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
Costs to drivers in the Bridgeport/Stamford, Hartford and New Haven urban areas of driving on roads that are deteriorated, congested and lack some desirable safety features.

TRIP
An efficient, safe and well-maintained transportation system provides economic and social benefits by affording individuals access to employment, housing, healthcare, education, goods and services, recreation, entertainment, family, and social activities. It also provides businesses with access to suppliers, markets and employees, all critical to a business’ level of productivity and ability to expand. Conversely, reduced accessibility and mobility – as a result of traffic congestion, a lack of adequate capacity, or deteriorated roads, highways, bridges and transit facilities – diminishes a region’s quality of life by reducing economic productivity and limiting opportunities for economic, health or social transactions and activities.

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A Requiem for the Highway Trust Fund

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 26, No. 8
The FAST Act, signed by the President on December 4, marks the beginning of the end for the Highway Trust Fund as we have known it. The $305 billion 5-year measure draws heavily on general funds (to the tune of $70 billion), and relegates to a virtual anachronism the “user pays” principle that was the philosophic foundation of the federal-aid highway program for the past 60 years.

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Unclogging America’s Arteries: Prescriptions for Healthier Highways

Friday, November 27th, 2015
The available fuel savings for both trucks and passenger cars from eliminating the 30 worst bottlenecks. 35 MILLION GALLONS A YEAR

AMERICAN HIGHWAY USERS ALLIANCE
Severe congestion continues to stymie passenger and freight movement on many of America’s critical urban Interstates and freeways. This 2015 update to Unclogging America’s Arteries identifies the 50 worst highway bottlenecks in the U.S. and demonstrates that the cost of doing nothing is too significant to ignore.

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State Transportation Statistics 2015

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
Table 1-1: Public Road Length, Miles by Functional System: 2013

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS
The State Transportation Statistics 2015 report contains comprehensive, quantitative data on the following topics: Infrastructure; Safety; Freight Transportation; Passenger Travel; Registered Vehicles and Vehicle-Miles Traveled; Economy and Finance; Energy and Environment

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Louisiana DOTD: Why Surveying Crews Are Vital to Roadwork

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
Louisiana DOTD: Why Surveying Crews Are Vital to Roadwork

This animation from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development explains what survey crews do, and why their work is vital to the preliminary aspects of highway development.

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U.S. DOT: Using GPS For Transportation Research

Friday, September 18th, 2015
U.S. DOT: Using GPS For Transportation Research

These days GPS makes a transportation planner’s research effort much easier. Until now access to the data created wasn’t so easy. Watch the video to see how FHWA’s Office of Planning, Environment and Realty’s Research Program teamed with U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to access secure travel data on the web.

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The 2015 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
Total Government Fixed Assets, in billions

AMERICAN ROAD & TRANSPORTATION BUILDERS ASSOCIATION (ARTBA)
This report examines how investments in the United States’ transportation infrastructure stimulate business activity and government revenues throughout the nation…The results spotlight the unique and synergistic nature of transportation capital investments—how they trigger immediate economic activity that creates and sustains jobs and tax revenues, yet yield long-lived capital assets that facilitate economic activity for many decades to come by providing access to jobs, services, materials and markets.

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Nevada DOT: Managing Stormwater in the Clear Creek Watershed

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
Nevada DOT: Managing Stormwater in the Clear Creek Watershed

The roadway between Carson City and Lake Tahoe was constructed in 1957 in preparation for the 1960 U.S. Olympics in Squaw Valley. Part of the Clear Creek Watershed, erosion has become a serious problem over the years, prompting NDOT to make some significant erosion control and stormwater improvements. James Murphy of NDOT’s Stormwater Management Program explains the benefits of the much needed project.

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Nevada DOT: Paving I-580 Time Lapse

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
Nevada DOT: Paving I-580 Time Lapse

This is a time lapse video on the paving of the inside two lanes on Southbound I-580 on Monday, August 17th.

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Duluth, MN: Riding North on Interstate 35

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
Duluth, MN: Riding North on Interstate 35

A drive through Duluth to the northern terminus of I-35.

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