In this video from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Center for Environmental Excellence, Kyle Schneweis – the outgoing executive director of the Nebraska Department of Transportation – explains how NEPA assignments work to streamline the environmental review process without sacrificing environmental protections; saving both time and taxpayer dollars. Click here for the video… Continue reading Video: How State DOTs Work To Ensure NEPA Compliance
A proposed ASTM International standard will allow those in the road construction industry to extend the service life of asphalt mixtures by more accurately predicting and evaluating fatigue performance. ASTM’s road and pavement committee (D04) is developing the proposed standard. According to ASTM International member M. Emin Kutay, the proposed standard (WK74054) will be used… Continue reading ASTM Fatigue Cracking Evaluation Standard
Guardian 2 is now available through Caterpillar dealers for use on light vehicles and on-highway trucks. The system monitors driver fatigue and distraction, and is similar to technology currently being used on mining trucks. Click here for the complete article, including a Caterpillar produced video explaining how the monitoring system works, from Construction Equipment.
North America has a new, high-scoring environmentally sound project thanks to porous asphalt paving design in the City of Tacoma, Washington. The Greenroads Foundation, headquartered in Washington, manages a third-party certification process that assesses the sustainability of transportation projects using the Greenroads Rating System. For 2020, the foundation has awarded the City of Tacoma’s East 40th Street… Continue reading Greenroads Highest Rated Project Ever – Washington state
Click here for the complete article from the AASHTO Journal. A couple of highlights from the article are shown below. The Oregon Department of Transportation is using the focus on pedestrian safety to bring attention to “White Cane Safety Day,” which falls on October 15. Established by Congress in 1964, “White Can Safety Day” aims… Continue reading State DOTs Push Protective Measures During Pedestrian Safety Month
Will self-driving cars become a realty in the near future? Click here for an article in Road/Show by CNET for the latest that Telsa has to offer. According to Elon Musk's Twitter account, a limited version of the Full Self-Driving (FSD) upgrade of its Autopilot software will make its way to owners starting next Tuesday.… Continue reading Tesla will release ‘Full Self-Driving’ beta next week, Musk says
Click here for a recent resolution from WASHTO (Western Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials) on addressing systemic racism. WASHTO covers all of the APA Western/Pacific states (and others).
Inside this issue:- Get Ready for Every Day Counts Round Six- Agencies CHANGE Hydraulic Modeling Approach- Playing the A-GaME to Improve Reliability and Reduce Risk- Innovation Synergy- Iowa Creates Virtual Public Involvement Tool- States Innovate- FHWA Innovation Conversation- About Innovator
Is this happening in your state? More people are dying on our roads, despite reduced traffic from the pandemic. Colorado’s Department of Transportation says deadly crashes are up 20 percent in southeast Colorado. The agency says the trend is surprising and concerning. Click here for the complete story from KKTV.
A recent Asphalt Pro article discusses mental health and suicide prevention efforts in Oregon. Cal Beyer is the vice president of workforce risk & mental wellbeing for CSDZ, a construction risk management firm. John Hickey is the executive director of the Asphalt Pavement Association of Oregon (APAO). CAL BEYER: I remember when APAO first started… Continue reading Candid Safety Efforts in Oregon