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
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
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.
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
Arizona's freeways and highways are in need of serious repairs, but the state's budget proposals do little to address long-term funding shortfalls. That is according to one regional transportation official. Click here to see what's being done in this report from KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation).
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!
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
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
State officials say the measure would speed up the cumbersome procurement process, but others worry it would make legitimate bid appeals unaffordable. Does Senate Bill 1329, goes too far, stripping away the necessary oversight of how public agencies award multi-million dollar contracts to private bidders and creating a situation in which backroom deals and corruption… Continue reading Senate Bill Would Make It Harder To Scrutinize Government Contract Awards, Critics Say
Many consumers, however, are left wondering whether electric cars are cheaper to drive. Washington State is by far the cheapest to run a battery-powered electric car over the 15-year life span of a vehicle. The electricity required to power the vehicle can be as much as $14,480 cheaper than fueling up a gas-powered vehicle while… Continue reading Electric Vehicles Are About to Be Cheaper Than Gas Cars