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Archive for the ‘Highway’ Category

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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ASCE: Highway Trust Fund 101

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
ASCE: Highway Trust Fund 101

The Highway Trust fund, paid for by the federal gas tax, provides federal funding for America’s roads, bridges, and transit systems. But the gas tax hasn’t been raised in over 20 years, and the Highway Trust Fund will soon be insolvent. Watch the video to learn about the importance of the Highway Trust Fund and the negative consequences of the looming insolvency.

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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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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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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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Oregon DOT: Keeping Local Businesses Local

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Oregon DOT: Keeping Local Businesses Local

Oregon Department of Transportation built an on-ramp to the Redmond Reroute to help keep Central Oregon Truck Company in Central Oregon.

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Gwinnett County, GA: Extending Express Lanes on I-85

Friday, April 10th, 2015
Gwinnett County, GA: Extending Express Lanes on I-85

Overview of the I-85 Express Lanes Extension project in Gwinnett County. The project begin north of the existing express lanes on I-85 at Old Peachtree Road and would extend to Hamilton Mill Road.

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Conditions and Safety of New York’s Roads and Bridges

Friday, April 10th, 2015

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The life cycle of New York’s roads is greatly affected by the state and local government’s ability to perform timely maintenance and upgrades to ensure that road and highway surfaces last as long as possible…More than a third – 37 percent – of New York’s major locally and state-maintained urban roads and highways have pavements in poor condition. An additional 43 percent of the state’s major urban roads have pavements in mediocre or fair condition, and the remaining 20 percent are in good condition.

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