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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

Minnesota DOT: Fighting Winter with the “Ice Breaker”

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Minnesota DOT: Fighting Winter with the “Ice Breaker”

This video describes the Ice Breaker machine that MnDOT is using to break up the ice on Minnesota roadways. The video was produced by Rich Kemp and Sue Roe.

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New York State’s Top Transportation Issues

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
New York State: Cost to Motorists of Deficient Roads

TRIP Executive Summary Eight years after the nation suffered a significant economic downturn, New York’s economy continues to rebound. The rate of economic growth in New York, which will be greatly impacted by the reliability and condition of the state’s transportation system, continues to have a significant impact on quality of life in the Empire […]

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Highway Boondoggles 2: More Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Figure ES-1. Federal Highway Trust Fund Highway Excise Tax and User Fee Revenues and Highway Expenditures, 2000-2013 (actual) and 2014-2025 (projected)

U.S. PIRG EDUCATION FUND
FRONTIER GROUP
America is in a long-term transportation funding crisis. Our roads, bridges and transit systems are falling into disrepair. Demand for public transportation, as well as safe bicycle and pedestrian routes, is growing. Traditional sources of transportation revenue, especially the gas tax, are not keeping pace with the needs. Even with the recent passage of a five-year federal transportation bill, the future of transportation funding remains uncertain.

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Utah DOT: Talking Orange – 2016 Outlook

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Utah DOT: Talking Orange – 2016 Outlook

Executive Director Carlos Braceras shares important points in UDOT’s 2016 Strategic Direction, and what it means to employees.

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Tennessee DOT: Safety Message Contest 2016

Thursday, January 21st, 2016
Tennessee DOT: Safety Message Contest 2016

It’s back! TDOT is once again holding a contest to see who can come up with the best safety message for the Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) on the interstates. – See more at: http://www.tn.gov/tdot/article/dms #WhatsYourSign

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Washington State DOT: Aerial Views of a Washed-Out SR 12

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
Washington State DOT: Aerial Views of a Washed-Out SR 12

UAV video footage of SR 12 Washout at MP 142.

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Report Card for D.C.’s Infrastructure

Monday, January 18th, 2016
Report Card for D.C.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE)
NATIONAL CAPITAL SECTION
The District of Columbia has 265 bridge structures; 226 of the bridges are owned by the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the remaining 39 are owned by the National Park Service (NPS). The average age of a bridge in D.C. is 58 years, and 80% of the bridges will need to be replaced or rehabilitated in the next 10 years. However, the District made significant strides to reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges from 8% to 3% in just three years. Despite this progress, more than 220,000 trips are taken over a structurally deficient bridge every day and a quarter of bridges have at least one major component in fair condition.

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Arizona DOT: U.S. 60 Oak Flat Project Update

Monday, January 18th, 2016
Arizona DOT: U.S. 60 Oak Flat Project Update

Arizona Department of Transportation Employees give an update on the ongoing project east of Superior, AZ.

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Automated Vehicle Crash Rates

Friday, January 15th, 2016
Table 1. SHRP 2 NDS Crash Severity Classifications

VIRGINIA TECH TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
Self-driving cars are quickly moving from prototype to everyday reality. During this transition, the question that is first and foremost on the mind of the public and policy makers is whether or not self-driving cars are more prone to crashes. This would seem to be an easy question to answer: simply compare current published crash rates with the data on self-driving cars. A deeper look at the available data and collection methodologies, however, reveals that such a simple comparison is problematic.

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Michigan DOT: 2015 Year End Wrap-Up

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Michigan DOT: 2015 Year End Wrap-Up

State and community leaders talk about the success of several MDOT projects in 2015.

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