Kris Strickler is being promoted to run the Oregon Transportation Department. He has billions to spend and thousands of employees to manage while addressing outside critics. Click here for the article By Claire Withycombe - Oregon Capital Bureau (9/23/19). Note, you may need an account to access story.
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
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
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
Thinlays are a suite of thin-asphalt overlays designed specifically for pavement preservation. With Thinlays, agencies can extend the life of pavements that are in good to fair condition, decreasing life-cycle costs, improving ride, and decreasing roadway noise. The guide, Thinlays for Pavement Preservation (Information Series 141), provides comprehensive guidance on the proper use of Thinlays,… Continue reading NAPA Issues New Thinlay Guidance
Link to article in ConstructionDive: https://www.constructiondive.com/news/report-oregon-hottest-market-for-roads-through-2021/529408/ Dive Brief: The Zweig Group's Insider's Guide to the State DOT Market for AEC Firms 2018-2021 has identified Oregon as the "hottest" market for road and bridge work. The publication offers those in the industry data about states with the most opportunities for infrastructure construction, design and engineering firms.… Continue reading Report: Oregon ‘hottest’ market for roads through 2021
Click here to view the PDF of this report. TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 516: Tack Coat Specifications, Materials, and Construction Practices provides state agencies across the United States with guidance as they reevaluate their tack coat specifications, the materials they use, and the practices by which the tack coats are placed.… Continue reading Tack Coat Specifications, Materials, and Construction Practices