Green public procurement (GPP) initiatives in the U.S.A. rely on the use of environmental product declarations (EPDs) of construction materials, including asphalt pavements. EPDs are not required by Federal laws or regulations. A recent study summarizes the current EPD developments and their uses to help achieve environmental benefits effectively. For more information, contact authors.
The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) recently launched a new website aimed at assisting pavement type decision makers – government leaders, engineers, owners, and agencies. The new website provides data-driven resources, practical information, and educational opportunities offered by the APA and its partners – NAPA, the Asphalt Institute, and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations. The website… Continue reading New Asphalt Pavement Alliance Website Aimed at Decision Makers
Based on this article from For Construction Pros it is possible! The article discusses some solutions to the “porous pavement maintenance blues” which will even help extend the life of these specialized pavements. An interesting excerpt: "The third, and final step to a complete porous (asphalt) pavement maintenance program is to treat these pavements with new… Continue reading Is it Possible to Maintain Porous Pavement?
In this video from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Center for Environmental Excellence, Kyle Schneweis – the outgoing executive director of the Nebraska Department of Transportation – explains how NEPA assignments work to streamline the environmental review process without sacrificing environmental protections; saving both time and taxpayer dollars. Click here for the video… Continue reading Video: How State DOTs Work To Ensure NEPA Compliance
A proposed ASTM International standard will allow those in the road construction industry to extend the service life of asphalt mixtures by more accurately predicting and evaluating fatigue performance. ASTM’s road and pavement committee (D04) is developing the proposed standard. According to ASTM International member M. Emin Kutay, the proposed standard (WK74054) will be used… Continue reading ASTM Fatigue Cracking Evaluation Standard
Guardian 2 is now available through Caterpillar dealers for use on light vehicles and on-highway trucks. The system monitors driver fatigue and distraction, and is similar to technology currently being used on mining trucks. Click here for the complete article, including a Caterpillar produced video explaining how the monitoring system works, from Construction Equipment.
Click here for the complete article from the AASHTO Journal. A couple of highlights from the article are shown below. The Oregon Department of Transportation is using the focus on pedestrian safety to bring attention to “White Cane Safety Day,” which falls on October 15. Established by Congress in 1964, “White Can Safety Day” aims… Continue reading State DOTs Push Protective Measures During Pedestrian Safety Month
Click here for a recent resolution from WASHTO (Western Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials) on addressing systemic racism. WASHTO covers all of the APA Western/Pacific states (and others).
Inside this issue:- Get Ready for Every Day Counts Round Six- Agencies CHANGE Hydraulic Modeling Approach- Playing the A-GaME to Improve Reliability and Reduce Risk- Innovation Synergy- Iowa Creates Virtual Public Involvement Tool- States Innovate- FHWA Innovation Conversation- About Innovator
The Trump Administration will award more than $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 405 airports in 50 states and federal territories. A complete listing of grants and an interactive map of airports receiving funding are available on the FAA website. The total includes over $1 billion… Continue reading U.S. DOT Announces More Than $1.2 Billion in Airport Grants