Chao announces nearly one billion dollars in FAA infrastructure grants

September 24th, 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 […]

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Geosynthetics for reinforcement and stabilization

June 1st, 2019

Geosynthetics are widely used for reinforcement and stabilization, particularly in transportation-related applications, including base stabilization, reinforced soil slopes (RSS) and mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls. This issue of Geosynthetics considers many such applications from multiple viewpoints. Sachin Mandavkar and Mehari Weldu look at very tall MSE walls and RSS through several case studies in “Geogrid […]

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Using geosynthetics in flexible airport pavements

June 1st, 2019

By Benjamin Mahaffay, Jeremy Robinson, Jeffrey Gagnon and Gregory Norwood FIGURE 1 Post-test excavated cross section In recent years, there has been an increasing interest to improve pavement structures through mechanical stabilization by incorporating geosynthetic products within the structure. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has identified eight categories of commercially available geosynthetics: geotextiles, geogrids, geonets, […]

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FAA to award $616.9 million in infrastructure grants to airports

August 29th, 2018

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced on Aug. 24 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $616.9 million in airport infrastructure grants, as part of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States. “The department has been investing heavily in our nation’s airport […]

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Airport research project ideas sought

August 28th, 2018

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) seeks potential synthesis study topics as part of the upcoming activities of the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP). Topics may be submitted at any time; however, the deadline for the upcoming submission cycle is Sept. 21. This year, submit topics through ACRP’s IdeaHub. Sign into IdeaHub using previously created MyACRP information, […]

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Talking geosynthetics with Congressman Bruce Westerman

August 1st, 2018

One of the few professional engineers in Congress, Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas pulls no punches when discussing the potential use of geosynthetics in federal infrastructure projects. “I think geosynthetics should be part of the toolkit,” Westerman said during a phone interview with Geosynthetics magazine on May 19. First elected to Congress in 2014 […]

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GMA advocating for infrastructure funding

April 1st, 2018

Over the past year, infrastructure has been talked about regularly as the “next big issue” for the White House and Congress to tackle. With tax reform out of the way and the midterm elections fast approaching, it is time for Congress and U.S. President Donald J. Trump to act.    On Jan. 30, 2018, during […]

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TRB to present webinar on airport water monitoring

February 9th, 2018

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will conduct a free webinar on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST featuring research from the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 166: Interpreting the Results of Airport Water Monitoring. The webinar will provide comprehensive guidance and a set of tools that operators of […]

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TRB webinar on airport pavement applications and maintenance

January 15th, 2018

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will conduct a webinar on Feb. 28, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST featuring research from the Airport Cooperative Research Program’s Report 159: Pavement Maintenance Guidelines for General Aviation Airport Management and Research Report 178: Guidance for Usage of Permeable Pavement at Airports. The webinar will discuss the […]

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FAA to award infrastructure grants of $733.2 million to airports

September 19th, 2017

On Sept. 14, 2017, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $264 million in airport infrastructure grants to 95 airports in 31 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). This follows the announcements of grants totaling $318.1 million […]

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