Democrats Discuss Stimulus Ideas Including Infrastructure Spending
from AASHTO Journal
House Democrats convened a group of economists last week to talk about new ways the government could stimulate the economy. The discussion included the idea of more money for transportation infrastructure, according to media reports.
Six-Month Highway Bill Extension Now Likely in Senate
from CQ Politics
The Senate is scrapping plans for an 18-month extension of surface transportation law and is now working instead on a six-month extension, a Democratic aide and industry officials confirmed recently.
Private Money to Help Foot Highway Bills
from South Washington County Bulletin
Minnesota transportation officials want more private companies to pay part of the construction bill for highway projects. Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel Tuesday said his department is working on a formal method for the state and private companies to work together to fund projects such as interstate exchanges.
Automated Monitoring System for Seismic Activity
from Seattle PI
An automated system will be installed on the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle that will close the structure at the first sign of seismic activity. The warning system will be installed by the end of 2010. Gov. Chris Gregoire made this announcement at a ceremony in which she and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels signed an agreement to replace the earthquake-damaged waterfront bridge with a deep-bored tunnel.
BRT Has Had Fewer Fatal Accidents
from Thainidan News
According to officials in the road transport and highways ministry, India has surpassed other countries in the number of road accidents and fatalities. The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor is ďa model road design that should be adopted elsewhere to bring down the high rate of road accidents in India," said Dinesh Mohan, coordinator of the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programmeat. "One of the most important and often ignored reasons for road accidents is road design," Mohan added.
Smart Solutions from AASHTO: "The Top Ten Transportation Projects in 2009"
These ten transportation success stories were the highest rated by a panel of independent judges among 50 nominees from 33 states in the 2009 Americaís Transportation Awards, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. These projects provide the best examples of creativity, accountability, efficiency, and cost effectiveness in keeping America moving.
Smart Solutions from AASHTO: "Making a Difference through Transportation Innovation"
Innovation is the hallmark of these transportation success stories. Transportation agencies are constantly seeking new ways to solve problems to ensure that the publicís money is always spent wisely. Innovations in contracting help DOTs get the best price, find the most qualified contractors, and identify creative and cost-effective project enhancements. Best value contracting that includes both cost and innovation as selection criteria and design-build that uses the same contractor to design and construct the project have contributed to transportation project successes.
TechBrief: Improved Corrosion-Resistant Steel for Highway Bridge Construction Knowledge-Based Design
from Transportation Research Board
The Federal Highway Administration has released a report that examines the development of low-cost steels with improved weathering characteristics as compared to those of currently used weathering steels.