It's not often that the Hawaii DOT, the City & County of Honolulu, Private Industry, and academia gather to discuss our roads in Hawaii. Thanks to INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII that discussion recently took place. Road construction, highway maintenance, potholes, and traffic congestion are all elements said to contribute to Hawaii consistently getting a low… Continue reading Hawaii Roads – Low and Failing Grades?
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
HAWAIʻI ISLAND - Three public presentations will be given by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The free events will provide an opportunity for residents to get a retrospective of the volcanic event that began on May 3, 2018. All three public talks will be held over the coming weeks, providing… Continue reading Volcano Scientists, National Park Talks Mark Eruption Anniversary
Hawaii Public Radio recently interviewed HDOT Highways Division Deputy Director Ed Sniffen regarding his agency’s pavement maintenance program. The 10-minute interview focuses on general pavement maintenance philosophy and Hawaii's increasing use of stone matrix asphalt (SMA) as a strategy to reduce life-cycle costs and user delay. There is particular discussion of Pali Highway, one of… Continue reading SMA Strategy in Hawaii
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
The Hawaii DOT is considering swapping gas tax for road-use charge (RUC). Is your state considering the same? The Hawaii DOT will be holding 14 community meetings from late March through early May to gather public feedback on whether to implement a road usage charge or RUC to fund the upkeep of roadways and bridges;… Continue reading Hawaii DOT Seeking Public Feedback on Potential Switch to RUC Fees
The Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry was invited to submit an article to Road & Bridges magazine. They choose to tell the story of how HAPI members contributed to the success of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway Widening Phase 2. Three years after breaking ground and more than 10 years since the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT)… Continue reading Road Royalty – Queen Kaahumanu