The effects of truck platooning on the nation’s infrastructure continues to be studied, federal officials told the American Society of Civil Engineers’ International Conference on Transportation and Development here. Derek Constable, a bridge management engineer for the Federal Highway Administration, said the agency has a research project underway to investigate platooning’s impact on structural safety,… Continue reading Platooning Continues to Be Put Under Microscope at Federal Level
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Tuesday introduced the Rebuild America Act of 2019, which would incrementally increase the federal gasoline and diesel taxes to invest in America’s infrastructure. The legislation raises the fuels tax by five cents a year over five years, indexes it to inflation, and establishes Congress’ intention to replace it with a more… Continue reading Oregon lawmaker introduces bill to raise gas tax, eventually linking it to inflation
On Nov. 30, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake created significant damage to bridges and roads, including a highly used off-ramp at International Airport Road and Minnesota Drive in Anchorage. Within hours the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities organized a number of contractors to begin repairs to this major junction near the Ted Stevens Anchorage… Continue reading Broken Apart, Coming Together
By Cheyenne Mathews Construction on the Sterling Highway started in August of 2017 and is forecast to be complete in 2019. If you've driven between Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula this summer, chances are you waved at a Granite Construction Company flagger or waited while Granite crews worked. The company is working on two large… Continue reading Chipping Away at Highway Improvements
U.S. state governments face growing challenges attracting, building and retaining critically important talent and workforce skills, according to research by the National Association of State Chief Administrators, conducted in collaboration with global consulting company Accenture and human resources provider NEOGOV. According to the report, chief administrators and HR directors find “difficulty attracting new employees” as… Continue reading Survey: Recruiting, Retaining New Workers Becoming More Difficult for State Governments
Shaking from the large earthquake that shuddered through Anchorage, Alaska last week was strong enough to turn smooth asphalt roads into broken, jagged depressions of rubble. But within just a few days, crews managed to repair the worst of the damage, unsnarling traffic in Alaska’s largest city. Click here for the rest of the article.
Thinlays are a suite of thin-asphalt overlays designed specifically for pavement preservation. With Thinlays, agencies can extend the life of pavements that are in good to fair condition, decreasing life-cycle costs, improving ride, and decreasing roadway noise. The guide, Thinlays for Pavement Preservation (Information Series 141), provides comprehensive guidance on the proper use of Thinlays,… Continue reading NAPA Issues New Thinlay Guidance