2021, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, Oregon, Utah

Top 12 Finalists Named in America’s Transportation Awards Competition

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials announced the Top 12 finalists in the 2021 America’s Transportation Awards competition. State department of transportation projects in Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah have earned the highest number of points in the regional contests, solidifying… Continue reading Top 12 Finalists Named in America’s Transportation Awards Competition

2021, California, People

Infrastructure Spending Creates $200 Billion in Economic Benefits and Supports 700,000 Jobs in California Every Year

Click here for July 27, 2021 news release about new, searchable database that shows the economic benefits of government infrastructure funding for every California County. Sacramento, CA – A first-of-its-kind report released today finds that upcoming spending on federal, state and local infrastructure will generate nearly $200 billion in economic activity in California annually over… Continue reading Infrastructure Spending Creates $200 Billion in Economic Benefits and Supports 700,000 Jobs in California Every Year

2021, Hawaii, Sustainability

Hawaii DOT plan highlights roads and bridges most susceptible to climate change impact

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division released its Climate Adaptation Action Plan, exposure assessments, and hazard viewer on Monday (7/26). The Action Plan focuses on potential risks resulting from impacts of severe weather events and forecasted impacts of climate change on the roads and bridges. Click here to learn what the Hawaii DOT… Continue reading Hawaii DOT plan highlights roads and bridges most susceptible to climate change impact

2021, Asphalt Pavements, Washington

First National APA “Perpetual Pavement, by Conversion” Award

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) finds long-term success with perpetual pavement design in Skagit County. In 2010, a stretch of I-5 in Skagit County, Washington, was in dire need of rehabilitation. A 1993 asphalt maintenance overlay proved insufficient, suffering severe reflective cracking caused by the joints of the original underlying concrete pavement. WSDOT… Continue reading First National APA “Perpetual Pavement, by Conversion” Award

2021, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Drivers used to pay for roads. Washington is killing that idea.

Ever wonder the gas tax has not increased since 1993? Click here to find out why in this article by POLITICO. Excerpt: The reason is simple math: The gasoline tax that bankrolls the federal Highway Trust Fund is politically untouchable, leading lawmakers and presidents of both parties to balk at raising it since 1993. But… Continue reading Drivers used to pay for roads. Washington is killing that idea.

2021, Asphalt Pavements, Hawaii, People

HDOT Changes Plans For Farrington Highway Bypass After Community Protests

Community concerns result in changes in Hawaii DOT plans. Residents along Farrington Highway from Kaena point to Makaha Beach will see lane closures, a weekend traffic detour and at least one day where the highway is completely closed while the Hawaii Department of Transportation replaces two bridges near Makaha Beach Park. “The community was understandably… Continue reading HDOT Changes Plans For Farrington Highway Bypass After Community Protests

2021, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Sustainability, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Got face masks? Make a road!

What now! Wondering what to do with those millions and millions of disposable face masks that people have been wearing during the pandemic — and then disposing of basically wherever they please? Why not make a new road? “The face masks have some amazing properties, including high tensile strengths and ductility,” Li explains. As a… Continue reading Got face masks? Make a road!

2021, Safety, Utah

UDOT adopts AI tech to survey 350 miles of roadways

The Utah Department of Transportation is enlisting the help of AI-technology to improve state roads, but it’s not the type of Artificial Intelligence you see in movies.   Starting June 1, Blyncsy, a local data intelligence startup, will kick off a pilot program of Payver — a tool that delivers instant insights into transportation — with UDOT. Using this technology, the department will analyze paint lines across 350 miles of roads in the Salt Lake region. Click… Continue reading UDOT adopts AI tech to survey 350 miles of roadways

2021, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, CNMI, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, People, Safety, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

OPINION: Why smart roads are just as important as autonomous vehicles

Someday we may be constructing smart roads . . . The focus on autonomous vehicle technology should not be isolated to the car itself, but also in upgrading the actual road infrastructure. State-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) to advance smart infrastructure will not only help driverless vehicles understand the roads better, but also improve overall road… Continue reading OPINION: Why smart roads are just as important as autonomous vehicles