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 …

DFI forms new risk and contracts technical committee

May 1, 2019

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) formed its 26th technical committee—the DFI Risk and Contracts Committee. The goal of the committee is to raise awareness of risk management through programs and promotion. Key objectives for the committee are to: Establish the fundamental requirements for geotechnical risk management for all entities involved in the geotechnical project’s life …

GSI releases request-for-proposals for graduate student fellowships

April 30, 2019

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) announces a worldwide request-for-proposals (RFPs) focusing on innovative geosynthetics research and development projects. There will be several awards given, each for $5,000. Emphasis will be placed on relevant topics of interest and/or concern to the geosynthetics community.  The proposals must be submitted in the following four-page format: Page 1: Letter of …

IECA releases call for abstracts for 2020 conference

April 18, 2019

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) released it’s call for abstracts for the 2020 IECA Annual Conference, to be held Feb. 23–26, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C. The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 31, 2019. Session types include case studies, technical papers, workshops, industry roundtables, fireside chats, posters, product case studies and 30-minute sessions. …