Much-needed improvements to coastal highways, bridges, airports and broadband topped the list of priorities as Hawaii officials prepared to spend an anticipated $2.8 billion in federal funds after Congress passed a historic infrastructure bill. The lion’s share of Hawaii’s anticipated infrastructure dollars – about $1.5 billion – is earmarked for roads and bridge projects throughout… Continue reading Federal Funds Will Be A ‘Shot In The Arm’ For Hawaii’s Infrastructure
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
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
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!
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
Established in 2021, the Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry (HAPI) Hall of Fame honors and recognizes those individuals that have: Made significant and lasting contributions to the Asphalt Paving Industry.Unselfishly and generously served HAPI and the industry.Demonstrated a consistent high standard of ethics.Made outstanding contributions of time and or ideas to the industry.Helped mold our industry,… Continue reading HAPI Hall of Fame
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