States Rush to Avoid Losing $9 Billion in Highway Funds
from The Wall Street Journal
States are urging Congress and the White House to act fast to change a law that may soon deprive them of nearly $9 billion in federal highway funds, the equivalent of roughly one-third of the amount in the economic-stimulus package.
No Smooth Road Ahead for Transportation Bill
from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It is supposed to be the biggest overhaul in recent history to the nationís transportation system, a $500 billion package that would add new lanes to the most congested highways, launch new mass-transit projects and totally reorganize how America manages how it moves around. But like any major highway at rush hour, a comprehensive transportation bill Congress began working on years ago remains bogged down in legislative gridlock and sputtering as the government's funding sources are running on empty.
DOT Stimulus Spending Tops $3 Billion
from The Journal of Commerce
Federal transportation construction programs spent $3.145 billion through Sept. 18 on highways, bridges and other repairs ranging from transit systems to airports to inland ports and railroads.
The Department of Transportation, in the latest weekly report on the Recovery.gov Web site, said the total for amounts it has disbursed was up from $2.882 billion as of Sept. 11.
Stimulus Funds Lend Hand to Construction, Projects in North Carolina
from ENC Today
A lifelong Kinston, North Carolina resident works at a subs and pizza restaurant on U.S. 258, just down the highway from where a major highway construction project is getting under way, courtesy of $42.9 million in federal stimulus funds. Business' are hopeful that the construction of the Harvey Parkway extension will end up helping the nearby Global TransPark grow and be a boost to the area's economy.
Changing Gears on Transportation
from Detroit Free Press
Nearly a decade into the 21st Century, the United States still lacks a comprehensive national plan to drive hundreds of billions of dollars of transportation investments that connect communities, fuel the economy, and shape patterns of growth and development. Given the energy, environmental and national security needs of the new century, continuing to put the nation's transportation system on cruise control is wasteful, shortsighted and reckless.
In a Parched Los Angeles, the Streets Suddenly Run Wet
from The New York Times
This arid city is always looking for water. Lately, a lot of it can be found cascading down the streets. To the threat of quakes, wildfire and mudslides that give Los Angeles an air of impending collapse, add a multitude of recent damaging water main breaks that have buckled streets, flooded businesses, exasperated residents, blocked traffic and perplexed engineers.
Bridge Spills Blocked from Water Supply
from The Plain Dealer
An innovative dirt and clay basin along I-80 in Mahoning County. Ohio, will keep hazardous spills out of a reservoir that supplies drinking water to more than 300,000 people. Containment systems, one at each end of the two newly built I-80 bridges that span the Meander Creek Reservoir in the county, are a first for the Ohio Department of Transportation. And they represent a victory for a fire chief who battled with the state agency to have the systems included in the bridge project.
'Green' Research Results in New Geopolymer Concrete Technology
from Science Daily
Dr. Erez Allouche, assistant professor of civil engineering at Louisiana Tech University and associate director of the Trenchless Technology Center, is conducting innovative research on geopolymer concrete and providing ways to use a waste byproduct from coal fired power plants and help curb carbon dioxide emissions.
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