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Nov. 19, 2009
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Eyebar Failures Call into Question Bridge Construction
from ABC
We've all seen the problems caused by a critical design flaw on the Bay Bridge - days of closures because of a cracked eyebar. So what about other bridges of similar design? Federal law mandates inspections just every couple of years, however, based on what has happened on the Bay Bridge, is that sufficient? More
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Earmarks Favor Highway Building Over Bridge Repair
from The New York Times
U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that 74 of the 704 earmarks in the fiscal 2008 appropriations bill, or roughly 11 percent, targeted bridge repair and maintenance. The vast majority of the remaining earmarks - a common but controversial practice by lawmakers of tagging federal cash for specific projects - went to build highways and other construction projects. More
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Transit, Road Contractors Expect Less Business in 2010
from Progressive Railroading
About 80 percent of road and transit contractors expect a construction market decline next year despite the effects of stimulus dollars because the multi-year transportation reauthorization bill remains stalled in Congress, according to a survey recently conducted by the Transportation Construction Coalition. More
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Stimulus Supports 10,000 Transport Projects
from The Journal of Commerce
The economic stimulus law has now racked up more than 10,000 transportation construction projects that it is backing, according to Vice President Joseph Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. They said state agencies this week reported they had approved 10,041 projects for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More
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Stimulus Has Saved Thousands of Arizona Jobs, Will Boost IT and High Tech
from Az Capitol Times
Federal stimulus money has saved more than 12,000 jobs in Arizona and laid the groundwork for a economic recovery built on information services and technology, Vice President Joe Biden said Nov. 16. "We'll come out of this stronger than when we went in it," Biden said during a roundtable discussion at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. "But we can't have it built on a bubble. We can't have it built on a dot-com bubble. We can't have it built on a housing bubble." More
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Extension of Federal Road Dollars Beat Stimulus, Rahall Insists
from Register Herald
A six-year extension of the federal highway account trumps any second stimulus package that is making the rumor mill on Capitol Hill these days, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., maintained Tuesday during a transportation conference in Beckley. More
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Road to Brighter Future
from Bluefield Daily Telegraph
U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd is urging the Obama administration to move forward on a new long-term transportation bill that could include funding for several key highway projects across southern West Virginia. More
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US Industry Groups Urge Multi-Year Highway-Spending Bill
from NASDAQ
A consortium of asphalt and concrete industry groups are urging Congress to pass a new transportation bill soon because states won't commit to highway construction without a long-term federal spending plan. More
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International News

National Highways Must Have Efficiency Boost
from Equity Bulls
Transport Corporation of India Limited (TCIL), India's leading integrated logistics solutions provider, in association with IIM-Calcutta, unveiled a study report on ‘Operational Efficiency of National Highways for Freight Transportation in India.' The report was unveiled by Mr. Brahm Dutt, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, in the presence of Mr. D.P. Agarwal, VCMD, TCI, Mr. Vineet Agarwal, Executive Director, TCI, and Professor Subrata Mitra from IIM-C, who is the author of the report. More
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