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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, 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.

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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!

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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

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

FAA Supports Airport Improvement Projects With $630m In Grants

Many airfields are constructed using asphalt pavements. It's good news to hear about the FAA's $630 million in grants. The FAA grants go to major US airports that hundreds of millions of passengers pass through each year and to minor airports that only see a few flights per day and some airports that receive essential… Continue reading FAA Supports Airport Improvement Projects With $630m In Grants

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

Martin Marietta Materials CEO is bullish as he expects more federal spending on roads

KEY POINTS- The Biden administration is expected to focus on infrastructure spending after a new Covid-19 stimulus bill is signed.- Martin Marietta Materials CEO Ward Nye said he welcomed the White House's efforts, which come during a booming homebuilding market. Martin Marietta Materials CEO Ward Nye was optimistic about his company's prospects on Monday as… Continue reading Martin Marietta Materials CEO is bullish as he expects more federal spending on roads

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States’ COVID-Era Budget Surpluses Could Pay For Infrastructure

Congress, at the behest of President Joe Biden, is hashing out its own major infrastructure plan, but some governors and legislatures figure they can go ahead and make critical one-time investments in road construction, broadband or other infrastructure projects. Some also are looking to target long-term funding for bigger-ticket items. “Our needs are so great.… Continue reading States’ COVID-Era Budget Surpluses Could Pay For Infrastructure

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FHWA Technical Briefs – FHWA’s Asphalt Density Demonstration Project

FHWA has recently published a series of four Technical Briefs developed in cooperation with the University of Nevada Reno. These Technical Briefs provide an overview of FHWA’s demonstration project on Enhancing Durability of Asphalt Pavements Through Increased In-place Density. The overall objective of the demonstration project was to show that additional density could be obtained… Continue reading FHWA Technical Briefs – FHWA’s Asphalt Density Demonstration Project

2021, Asphalt Pavements, California

Governor releases record $227 billion state budget for 2021-22

From the January 11, 2021 issue of CalAPA Asphalt Insider Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday unveiled his proposed state budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year that begins on July 1, a record $227 billion spending plan that reflects the state’s revenues have largely avoided the most-feared impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Spending on construction remains… Continue reading Governor releases record $227 billion state budget for 2021-22