AASHTO’s executive director to retire

May 28th, 2018

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced May 24, 2018, that Executive Director Frederick G. “Bud” Wright will retire at the end of 2018. "AASHTO is a wonderful place to work," Wright said in a prepared statement from AASHTO. "In my experience—and that experience working in transportation now spans more than […]

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ARTBA petitions USDOT to end federal rule blocking the use of innovative products in highway and bridge projects

May 22nd, 2018

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced it had formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to repeal a 102-year-old federal procurement rule the group says has blocked, since its inception, the use of products that could improve safety and quality on the nation’s major roadways. At issue is 23 CFR 635.411, […]

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AASHTO announces passing of Kane

May 21st, 2018

On May 18, 2018, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced the death of Dr. Anthony R. “Tony” Kane, the former director of engineering and technical services of AASHTO. Kane died last week after battling a long illness. He was 72. Kane served in his role at AASHTO from 2001 to […]

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NHI hosting course on earth retaining structures in New Mexico and California

April 30th, 2018

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Highway Institute (NHI) will host a three-day instructor-led course on earth retaining structures twice this summer, in Sacramento, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The course (Course Number FHWA-NHI-132036) will provide state-of-the-practice design tools and construction techniques to expand implementation of safe and cost-effective earth retention technologies, NHI said. […]

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FHWA and AASHTO open nominations for 2018 STIC Excellence Award

April 27th, 2018

Nominations for the 2018 State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) Excellence Award are open now through July 1, 2018, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Center for Accelerating Innovation (CAI) announced. CAI partners with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Innovation Initiative on the award, which recognizes STICs that have achieved significant results […]

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FHWA accepting grant applications for advanced transportation technologies

April 23rd, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced April 18, 2018, it is accepting applications for grants from a pool of up to $60 million in federal funding under the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The grants will be made to eligible entities to develop model deployment sites for large-scale installation […]

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USDOT announces $1 billion in emergency relief for road and bridge repairs

April 17th, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced April 13, 2018, the release of more than $1 billion in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 32 states, several U.S. territories and some federal land management agencies repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected events. FHWA’s ER program reimburses […]

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Congressional infrastructure chair says infrastructure bill ready ‘closer to summer’

February 17th, 2018

On Feb. 15, 2018, U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., told The Hill’s Mallory Shelbourne that an infrastructure bill could be ready "closer to the summer," perhaps by July. Shuster said he is working with the committee’s Ranking Member Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., to draft a bill. The chairman also said […]

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Rhode Island DOT replaces bridge in 80 hours using GRS-IBS technology; releases video

December 5th, 2017

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) began work on the McCormick Quarry Bridge in East Providence on Sept. 23, 2016, using a geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS-IBS). According to the Federal Highway Administration and RIDOT, the technique allowed crews to cut the construction time for the bridge from one year to 80 hours. […]

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FHWA has grants available for Accelerated Innovation Development

November 9th, 2017

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) continues to have grants available and is requesting grant applications from eligible entities through the Accelerated Innovation Development (AID) Demonstration within the Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) of the Fixing America’s Surface Technology (FAST) Act. The AID Demonstration provides incentive funding for […]

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