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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

America’s Infrastructure is Key to Good Jobs, Economic Security and Quality of Life

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Richard L. Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

Written by Richard L. Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO
Previous generations built an American infrastructure that was the envy of the world. Since then, we’ve been coasting on the wise investments made decades ago. Now it’s our turn to step up and rebuild that foundation so future generations can have the same opportunities we had…The path forward is not easy or pain free. There are no silver bullets, and ignoring our problems will not make them go away. Yet, while legislators wrestle with responsibly funding the necessary investments, the cost of inaction continues to rise.

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Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Chart 1. Share of rural population in each state.

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An aging and increasingly diverse rural America plays a vital role as home to a significant share of the nation’s population, natural resources and tourist destinations. It is also the primary source of the energy, food and fiber that drive the U.S. economy. Rural Americans are more reliant on the quality of their transportation system than their urban counterparts.

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American Truckers Need Infrastructure

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
American Truckers Need Infrastructure

Pat Thomas, first vice chairman of American Trucking Associations and vice president at UPS, talks about the need for a short-term fix for the federal highway program and long-term, well-funded highway bill.

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Who Pays For Roads?

Friday, May 8th, 2015
Figure 1. Percentage of Highway Spending from Various Sources, All Levels of Government

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U.S. PIRG EDUCATION FUND
Many Americans believe that drivers pay the full cost of the roads they use through gas taxes and other user fees. That has never been true, and it is less true now than at any other point in modern times. Today, general taxes paid by all taxpayers cover nearly as much of the cost of building and maintaining highways as the gas tax and other fees paid by drivers. The purchasing power of gasoline taxes has declined as a result of inflation, improved vehicle fuel economy, and the recent stagnation in driving. As a result, so-called “user fees” cover a shrinking share of transportation costs.

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Detroit, MI: Governor Rick Snyder Takes on Potholes

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Detroit, MI: Governor Rick Snyder Takes on Potholes

With shovel in hand, Gov. Rick Snyder joined a pothole patching crew in Detroit for the day to see just what it takes to battle those pesky potholes.

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The Future of San Francisco Infrastructure

Friday, May 1st, 2015
The Future of San Francisco Infrastructure

This video is about National Infrastructure Day

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Washington’s Top Transportation Challenges

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Chart 4. Most congested commuting routes in Washington.

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Washington’s residents and businesses require a high level of personal and commercial mobility. Population increases and economic growth in the state have resulted in an increase in the demand for mobility as well as an increase in vehicle miles of travel (VMT). To foster quality of life and spur economic growth in Washington, it will be critical that the state provide a safe and modern transportation system that can accommodate future growth in population, tourism, recreation and vehicle travel.

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Arizona DOT: U.S. 89 Repair Time Lapse

Monday, April 27th, 2015
Arizona DOT: U.S. 89 Repair Time Lapse

Watch as crews move nearly a million cubic yards of dirt and rocks from above the damaged roadway to build a buttress below, and then realign and pave a new roadway.

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Bountiful, UT: 400 N Bridge Demolition in 45 Seconds

Monday, April 20th, 2015
Bountiful, UT: 400 N Bridge Demolition in 45 Seconds

Watch UDOT crews completely demolish the bridge over I-15 at 400 North in 45 seconds. The freeway was shut down in both directions overnight on the South Davis Improvements Project to complete the work.

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North Carolina: Active Routes to School

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
North Carolina: Active Routes to School

In a joint partnership with North Carolina’s Division of Public Health, NCDOT is proud to support North Carolina’s Active Routes to School Program. Sponsoring events at schools around the state, the Active Routes to School Program is making a positive impact on the lives of many of our younger citizens.

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