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 are at the ready

August 1st, 2019

Geosynthetics play a varied and important role in infrastructure, from liners and covers for reservoirs to landfill covers. They can be found in highway construction and in coal ash impoundments. They are part of the basic framework of public and private construction, supporting modern expectations for transportation, sanitation and reliable energy. The American Society of […]

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ISSMGE issues call for abstracts for 4th ICTG 2020

May 7th, 2019

The International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) has released a call for abstracts for the 4th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (4th ICTG), to be held Aug. 30–Sept. 2, 2020, in Chicago. The deadline for submissions is June 16, 2019. Themes include many aspects of geotechnical engineering, including geosynthetics in transportation applications. […]

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Infrastructure funding remains uncertain

April 1st, 2019

Nearly a year has gone by since we published the June/July 2018 issue with a theme of “Geosynthetics Used in Highways and Bridges.” The editorial in that issue noted, “As of this writing, the White House and U.S. Congress are working on an infrastructure bill or bills after President Donald Trump released an infrastructure proposal […]

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Expanding a lakeside road with a reinforced soil slope

April 1st, 2019

Reconstruction of Hennepin County State Aid Highway 112 is a multi-phase project. Phase 1 was completed in fall 2018. Phase 1 included reconstruction and widening of the existing roadway as well as the construction of a bike trail between the road and the lake. The roadway/trail alignment is adjacent to the shoreline of Minnesota’s Long […]

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GMA heads back to Wisconsin and convenes in Texas

April 1st, 2019

GMA heads back to Wisconsin and convenes in Texas  The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) followed up on its April 2018 advocacy trip to Wisconsin by providing geosynthetics education to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR) in January. Education is a key component of GMA’s mission, and activities like this grow the understanding of […]

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Registration opens for Geosynthetics Conference 2019

October 30th, 2018

Register today and join industry colleagues from the around the world while they gather in Houston, Texas, to explore the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 theme of “Strengthening Infrastructure Safety, Reliability and Longevity.” The conference, which runs Feb. 10–13, 2019, will include a variety of educational offerings focusing on fundamental knowledge and the latest developments with the […]

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FHWA video features GRS–IBS history and construction techniques

October 5th, 2018

A Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) YouTube video showcases the history and construction techniques of the geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS–IBS). The video illustrates how to build a GRS–IBS. It is intended to educate designers, engineers, contractors and inspectors on the fundamentals of the GRS–IBS. The video follows the GRS–IBS Interim Implementation Guide (FHWA-HRT-11-026). The […]

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Alger of Lane Construction elected ARTBA chair

October 4th, 2018

Robert E. “Bob” Alger, P.E., president and chief executive officer of Cheshire, Conn.-based The Lane Construction Corporation, has been elected 2018–2019 American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) chair. The association made the announcement October 1 at its national convention in New York City. Alger’s entire 40-year career in the transportation construction industry has been spent […]

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GMA’s geosynthetic education offerings make a difference on campus and Capitol Hill

October 1st, 2018

August 2018 was a great month for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the industry at large. Banner legislation promoting innovative materials was introduced in Congress by friend of the industry Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. GMA members and industry educators met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to educate students about the importance of […]

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