Delays in FAST Act funding distribution

March 31, 2017

It is time for new infrastructure projects to get under way across the nation as the spring of 2017 commences and winter’s storms and frozen ground fade into memory. But state departments of transportation are still waiting to access hefty amounts of funds left frozen by Congress. As reported by the AASHTO Journal of the …

IGS-NA offers geo educational opportunities

March 30, 2017

IGS North America (IGS–NA) is actively training future users of geosynthetics, teaching geosynthetic educators, and promoting geosynthetics as part of engineering curricula through two educational programs: Educate the Educators and Educate the Students. Educate the Educators, a geosynthetics training program for university professors, is a two-day, funded training course at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., …

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie signs $400 million transportation bill

March 29, 2017

On Mar. 27, 2017, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill allocating an additional $400 million for state transportation projects, to be spent in the next three months. The law specifies $260 million for road and bridge projects. The spending is in addition to the $1.6 billion the state has already dedicated to …

IFAI’s 2017 Smart Fabrics Program

Channeling exciting ideas into new product development. At the 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference, four educational tracks—military, medical, smart fabrics and testing—will give attendees the latest news on the processes, products and profit potential in working with high-tech fabrics and fabrication techniques. The Advanced Textiles Conference, part of IFAI Expo 2017, will be held in New …

Western Excelsior acquires NA Green from Tensar

March 27, 2017

Evansville, Ind.–based Western Excelsior Corporation signed an agreement to acquire North American Green Of Poseyville, Ind., from Tensar International Corporation, effective Mar. 31, 2017. The two companies are major manufacturers of diverse products used to control soil erosion and sedimentation, and to assist with the establishment and reinforcement of vegetation on a wide range of …

Raven Industries Pleasanton, Texas, facility to open

March 23, 2017

Raven Industries announced that its Engineered Films division will open its newest facility on April 3, 2017, in Pleasanton, Texas. Raven purchased this facility through an asset liquidation sale. “This facility purchase was a sound strategic move for Raven to further expand our support of existing and future oilfield business in the southern regions of …

IECA issues Call for Papers for 2018 Annual Conference

March 22, 2017

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) issued its Call for Papers for the IECA 2018 Annual Conference in Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 11–14, 2018. The organization is particularly interested in papers on erosion and sediment control; storm-water management; wetland, stream bank, and shoreline restoration; MS4 management; and industry events and trends. The deadline for submission …

CTC allocates $217 million to infrastructure

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $217 million to 72 projects, to support needed upkeep on California’s aging roads and bridges, make upgrades to transit and rail systems, and encourage use of alternative forms of transportation, including biking and walking. “Caltrans is working to ensure every dollar counts when it comes to California’s …

Pavement Life-Cycle Assessment Symposium registration opens

March 21, 2017

The Illinois Center for Transportation opened registration for the Pavement Life-Cycle Assessment Symposium 2017 in Urbana-Champaign, Apr. 11–13. Hosted by the University of Illinois, the symposium will focus on the implementation of life-cycle assessment in North America and around the world. For more information or to register, visit http://lcasymposium.ict.illinois.edu.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection issues RFP for border wall

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency of the federal Department of Homeland Security, issued two Requests for Proposal (RFP) for a Solid Concrete Wall Prototype Construction Design-Build and an Other Border Wall Prototype Construction Design-Build. The RFPs are part of the border wall with Mexico proposed by the Trump administration. The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, …