U.S. Department of Transportation overhauls century-old rule

September 27, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published an updated federal rule to give states more flexibility and choice in which products or services can be used on federally funded highway projects. The change is intended to improve safety and increase efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars. “This much-needed update of a century-old, …

McGough elected ARTBA chair

September 26, 2019

Steve McGough, president and chief financial officer of Sugar Land, Texas-based HCSS, has been elected 2019–2020 American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) chair. The announcement was made during the association’s national convention held Sept. 22–25 in Savannah, Ga. A 35-year construction industry veteran, McGough joined HCSS in 2005 as chief operating officer. He added president …

ASTM International releases new standard for electrical leak location in geomembranes

September 25, 2019

ASTM International has released a new standard, ASTM D8265-19 Standard Practices for Electrical Methods for Mapping Leaks in Installed Geomembranes. These practices describe standard procedures for using electrical methods to locate leaks in geomembranes covered with liquid or earthen materials, which can be watered to cause leakage through the geomembrane. For more information or to …

Chao announces nearly one billion dollars in FAA infrastructure grants

September 24, 2019

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the department will award $986 million in airport infrastructure grants to 354 airports in 44 states and Puerto Rico and Micronesia. This is the fifth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United …

Get listed in the Geosynthetics 2020 Specifier’s Guide

September 16, 2019

The annual call for listings in the Geosynthetics 2020 Specifier’s Guide opened September 16. Thousands of companies, engineers and government agencies turn to this annual guide to purchase products and services. This comprehensive resource lists suppliers of geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geosynthetic clay liners, drainage materials, geocells and erosion control materials, as well as services related …

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 …