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Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

Tennessee’s Long-Range Transportation Plan

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Tennessee’s Long-Range Transportation Plan

TDOT is working on a new 25-Year Long-Range Plan. We’d like your input. http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/transportationplan/

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Utah DOT: Cleaning Culverts with Remote-Control Machines

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Utah DOT: Cleaning Culverts with Remote-Control Machines

Region 2 crews cleaning culverts via remote control.

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Oregon DOT: Fighting Forest Fires Along U.S. 30

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Oregon DOT: Fighting Forest Fires Along U.S. 30

Firefighters deploy along US30 in the Columbia River Gorge to protect life and property.

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When to Use Existing Pavement in Highway Maintenance

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Photo of 35-year-old unbonded PCC overlay on I-90.

THE SECOND STRATEGIC HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM (SHRP 2)
This report documents the findings from the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) R23 project, Using Existing Pavement in Place and Achieving Long Life. This project falls within the SHRP 2 Renewal area, which focuses on improving the ability of highway agencies to design and construct long-lasting highway projects with minimal disruption to the traveling public. The project found that construction costs and time can be greatly reduced if the existing pavement can be used in place for part of the rehabilitation solution.

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The Changing Nature of State-Federal Relations in Transportation

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No. 11
With the Republicans likely to control the Senate next year and the presidential elections casting a shadow over any new proposal to raise taxes, there will be a huge temptation for Congress to kick the can down the road once again — beyond the presidential election and into the next Congress. Remember, it took three years and eight short-term extensions to pass the last reauthorization, MAP-21!

Fortunately, many individual states are trying to compensate for the lack of congressional action on long term funding by raising additional revenue of their own. Our survey has identified more than 30 states that have launched transportation-related fiscal initiatives in the past two years.

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NYC: Six Months of Vision Zero Traffic Enforcement

Friday, August 1st, 2014
Image 1: Map of the most improved and least improved precincts in each Borough Command for speeding summonses, January to June 2013 versus 2014.

TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES
Despite two decades of steady declines,traffic fatalities remain an epidemic in New York City. More people are killed in traffic than are murdered by guns;traffic crashes are the foremost cause of preventable death for New York City children and, after falls,the primary cause of injury-related death for older New Yorkers.

In February 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a Vision Zero initiative –with the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries in New York City by 2024 –which the New York Police Department embraced wholeheartedly, instructing all precinct commanders to increase enforcement of the most dangerous traffic violations.Increased enforcement remains a central element to achieving Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero goal.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Frank Moretti, Director of Policy and Research, TRIP

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Frank Moretti, Director of Policy and Research, TRIP

Frank Moretti is the director of policy and research for TRIP – a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that prepares reports on a variety of transportation issues, including traffic congestion, traffic safety, road and bridge conditions, transportation planning and air quality.

“The nation is increasingly reliant on its rural economy…and as that dynamic is changing we wanted to take a look at the nation’s transportation system and see if we have in place a rural transportation system that can support not only the rural economy, but the nation’s economy moving forward.”

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Oregon: The Beauty of Mt. Hood and the Safety of U.S. 26

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Oregon: The Beauty of Mt. Hood and the Safety of U.S. 26

Our safety project on Mt. Hood will affect your travel in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Learn what we are doing and how you will be affected.

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Washoe County, NV: Constructing I-580′s Galena Bridge

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Washoe County, NV: Constructing I-580′s Galena Bridge

The I-580 freeway extension between Reno and Carson City opened in late August 2012. This time lapse video shows construction of the freeway’s showcase bridge, the Galena Creek Bridge.

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Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Chart 1. Rural Population Change 2010-2012 by County

TRIP
America’s rural heartland plays a vital role as home to a significant share of the nation’s population, many of its natural resources and popular tourist destinations, and as the primary source of the energy, food and fiber that supports America’s economy and way of life. The strength of the nation’s rural economy relies greatly on the quality of its transportation system, particularly its roadways, which link rural America with the rest of the U.S. and to markets in other countries. The economy of rural America, which supports the quality of life for the approximately 46 million Americans living in rural areas, rides on the quality and connectivity of the rural transportation system.

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