Researchers develop better method to remove toxic dyes from wastewater using nanofiber webs

August 28, 2019

From health care to fracking and beyond, the ability to clean wastewater is vital in many fields. A team of Texas Tech University researchers working in advanced textiles has found a new way to remove toxic dye pollutants from wastewater, and their approach is safer, cheaper and easier than traditional methods. Their results are described …

Dickson sworn in as FAA administrator

August 12, 2019

Stephen M. Dickson was sworn in Aug. 12, 2019, by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An aviation industry professional with nearly 40 years of experience, Dickson is widely respected and assumes the role of administrator of the agency during a critical moment for aviation …

Walker to head new MN Office of Research & Innovation

July 26, 2019

Katie Walker, formerly of Hennepin County, has been named director of the new Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Office of Research & Innovation (formerly the Research Services & Library section), a role in which Walker will lean on her experience leading organizational change at Hennepin County, Minn. During her 20-year tenure with Hennepin County, Walker held …

ARTBA chair Alger calls for permanent Highway Trust Fund revenue solution at House hearing

July 17, 2019

American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chair Bob Alger today called on Congress to increase investment in the transit Capital Investment Program (CIG) but said it is best achieved in the broader context of legislation that provides a permanent revenue solution for the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Alger, chairman of Connecticut-based Lane Construction …

EPA proposes approval of Georgia’s coal ash permit program, encourages other states to follow suit

June 25, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Georgia’s permit program for the disposal of coal combustion residuals—commonly known as coal ash—from certain coal-fired power plants. “EPA encourages other states to follow Georgia’s lead and assume oversight of coal ash management within their borders,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “EPA is committed to working with …

EPA signs MOU with FEMA to support restoring water infrastructure after disasters

June 5, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to streamline coordination between FEMA and the EPA-funded State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs. Now, the funding used to restore vital water infrastructure can be provided quicker in times of disaster. “This first-of-its-kind MOU with FEMA will …

Lydall divests geosynthetic installation business

May 23, 2019

Lydall Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Texel Technical Materials Inc. (“Lydall”), announced today that it completed the sale of Texel Geosol Inc. (“Geosol”) on May 9, 2019, to FC Géosynthétiques Inc. (“FC”). Geosol installs geosynthetic products in the civil engineering and environmental protection sectors, principally within the province of Quebec, Canada. “The divestiture of Geosol …

Kentucky plans more than 100 new bridges as part of the Bridging Kentucky Program

May 22, 2019

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced plans this week for a major design-build project that will advance construction of more than 100 bridges in eastern and southeastern Kentucky. The project is part of the state’s Bridging Kentucky Program, a statewide initiative that represents an unprecedented commitment by Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky General Assembly …

Nason sworn in as new federal highway administrator

May 8, 2019

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao swore in Nicole R. Nason as the 20th administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on May 2. The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Nason by a vote of 95-1 on March 28. “We welcome Nicole back to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Her record …

Americans cross deficient bridges 178 million times per day

May 6, 2019

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) released it’s 2019 Bridge Report, and it rates 47,052 bridges as structurally deficient, 7.6% of all bridges. The structurally deficient bridges carry 178 million travelers per day. Thirty-eight percent of all bridges, some 235,020 spans, have identified repair needs. This includes structurally deficient bridges and one in …