2020, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, People, Utah, Washington

AASHTO Seeks Fiscal ‘Backstop’ for Transportation Due to Coronavirus

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is seeking Congressional support for the creation of a fiscal “backstop” for the transportation sector due to the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, along with “an immediate and temporary” nationwide waiver of federal truck weight restrictions. Click here for the complete article from  AASHTO Journal.… Continue reading AASHTO Seeks Fiscal ‘Backstop’ for Transportation Due to Coronavirus

2020, Nevada, People

Nevada eyes funding options as gas tax revenue declines

A portion of Nevada's highway maintenance and construction fund comes from taxes collected on every gallon of gasoline sold. As more fuel-efficient and electric vehicles hit the roads, less gasoline is being purchased, and less revenue is collected from the gas tax. How can Nevada ensure that all vehicle owners contribute equally to the highway… Continue reading Nevada eyes funding options as gas tax revenue declines

2020, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Asphalt Binders, Asphalt Pavements, California, CNMI, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Updated MS-22 Manual is Now Available

The third edition of the Asphalt Institute’s “MS 22 – Construction of Quality Asphalt Pavements” is now available. For 35 years, this book has served as the Asphalt Institute’s comprehensive manual on asphalt pavement construction. It has been widely seen as one of the finest resources on the topic. Click here for additional information and… Continue reading Updated MS-22 Manual is Now Available

2019, Arizona, Nevada, People, Safety

Southern Nevada pilot program aims to deter wrong-way drivers

The Nevada Department of Transportation is implementing a pilot program to deter wrong-way drivers, whose crashes are far more likely to result in death or serious injury than other types of highway collisions. From 2005 to 2015, there were 409 wrong-way crashes in Nevada resulting in 75 deaths, according to Transportation Department spokesman Tony Illia.… Continue reading Southern Nevada pilot program aims to deter wrong-way drivers

2019, Asphalt Pavements, Nevada

Rubblization Gives New Life to Dying Roads Nationwide

In 2015, the Nevada Department of Transportation spent $30 million on two rubblization projects along Interstate 80 in Elko, Humboldt and Lander counties. Contractors rebuilt a total of 17 mi. of pavement for the two projects. The success of the jobs led to three more within the last two years, all on I-80 in the… Continue reading Rubblization Gives New Life to Dying Roads Nationwide

2019, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, People, Safety, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Platooning Continues to Be Put Under Microscope at Federal Level

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

2019, Alaska, Arizona, Asphalt Pavements, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, People, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Oregon lawmaker introduces bill to raise gas tax, eventually linking it to inflation

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

2019, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, People, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Survey: Recruiting, Retaining New Workers Becoming More Difficult for State Governments

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

2019, Asphalt Pavements, Nevada

Twelve Miles of New Interstate in Nevada

Seventy years after the start of the nation's interstate program, another piece of highway was completed in 2018.  Using Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI) and federal funds, the $318 million project has a 2.5-mile section constructed in PCC (Phase 1) and a 12.5-mile stretch constructed with asphalt (Phase II). Click here to learn about this highway… Continue reading Twelve Miles of New Interstate in Nevada