Delaying Transport Act Hurts Recovery
Over the past three years, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit have held a long series of hearings exploring emerging themes in transportation policy and practice, the needs of our national surface transportation system and the authorization of our surface transportation laws. As a result of this multiyear effort to prepare for the Sept. 30 expiration of existing surface transportation law, the Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009 was created.
Infrastructure Stimulus Funds Intended to Provide Jobs and Boost Economy in Canada
from The Chronicle Herald
The federal and provincial governments promised almost $100 million for Nova Scotia highway and bridge construction. Bill Estabrooks, the provincial transportation and infrastructure renewal minister, and Peter MacKay, the MP for Central Nova, announced in Antigonish, Canada, that $98.7 million would be spent on 40 provincial highway and bridge projects.
Bad Concrete Means Hydraulic, Bridge in Kansas Must be Redone
from The Wichita Eagle
About half of the eastbound Kellogg bridge that spans hydraulic and channels traffic onto I-135 will soon be torn down. That's because the concrete used by construction crews to rebuild the bridge failed strength tests, according to Benny Tarverdi, a metro engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Cutting Through the Infrastructure Investment Fog
from Asphalt Contractor
At this point, everyone is seeking clarity on what the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the pending highway bill reauthorization will mean in terms of future projects in the pipeline. While no one can predict the future with any degree of certainty, industry experts can help shed light on what has happened up to this point, and where there could be rays of hope in the future.
Pace of DOT Stimulus Spending Draws Criticism
from The Providence Journal
Seven months after the federal stimulus package became law, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has spent $11.2 million –– about 8 percent of its federal allocation –– on what had been deemed "shovel-ready" highway infrastructure projects in the early spring.
Proven European Technology to be Used in Canada
from The Gov Monitor
The Department of Highways and Public Works is pleased that a new highway paving product called bituclair has been delivered and will be used in the Front Street paving project in Dawson. Bituclair produces a lighter coloured pavement that will minimize solar absorption and help minimize melting of the underlying permafrost.
DOT and EPA Officials Propose National Program to Improve Fuel Economy and Reduce Greenhouse Gases
from Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson jointly proposed a rule establishing an historic national program that would improve vehicle fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gases. Their proposal builds upon core principles President Obama announced with automakers, the United Auto Workers, leaders in the environmental community, governors and state officials in May, and would provide coordinated national vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions standards.
Competing Visions of Cities
from Tri-City News
Cities and transportation planning are two areas that have seen paradigm shifts in the last half a century. Fifty years ago, the car was king and the highway was basis of thinking about getting people around — to work and to recreation. Urban decay was attacked by massive redevelopment projects, replacing the original housing stock with highrises, and frequently developed in conjunction with the growth of highways. The seminal figure changing these attitudes was Jane Jacobs, who argued for low density, mixed use and public transit.
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