Jessica Lombardo | Editor-in-Chief | Asphalt Contractor The Federal Highway Administration Every Day Counts initiative added e-ticketing to their innovation acceleration program and State DOTs & asphalt production facilities have been rabidly deploying the technology. With this collaboration, the model is now being set across the country for DOTs to work with associations and contractors… Continue reading EDC-6 to Impact Asphalt Production Facilities
Top 12 Finalists Named in America’s Transportation Awards Competition
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials announced the Top 12 finalists in the 2021 America’s Transportation Awards competition. State department of transportation projects in Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah have earned the highest number of points in the regional contests, solidifying… Continue reading Top 12 Finalists Named in America’s Transportation Awards Competition
Drivers used to pay for roads. Washington is killing that idea.
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.
Got face masks? Make a road!
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!
UDOT adopts AI tech to survey 350 miles of roadways
The Utah Department of Transportation is enlisting the help of AI-technology to improve state roads, but it’s not the type of Artificial Intelligence you see in movies. Starting June 1, Blyncsy, a local data intelligence startup, will kick off a pilot program of Payver — a tool that delivers instant insights into transportation — with UDOT. Using this technology, the department will analyze paint lines across 350 miles of roads in the Salt Lake region. Click… Continue reading UDOT adopts AI tech to survey 350 miles of roadways
OPINION: Why smart roads are just as important as autonomous vehicles
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
FAA Supports Airport Improvement Projects With $630m In Grants
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
Martin Marietta Materials CEO is bullish as he expects more federal spending on roads
KEY POINTS- The Biden administration is expected to focus on infrastructure spending after a new Covid-19 stimulus bill is signed.- Martin Marietta Materials CEO Ward Nye said he welcomed the White House's efforts, which come during a booming homebuilding market. Martin Marietta Materials CEO Ward Nye was optimistic about his company's prospects on Monday as… Continue reading Martin Marietta Materials CEO is bullish as he expects more federal spending on roads
States’ COVID-Era Budget Surpluses Could Pay For Infrastructure
Congress, at the behest of President Joe Biden, is hashing out its own major infrastructure plan, but some governors and legislatures figure they can go ahead and make critical one-time investments in road construction, broadband or other infrastructure projects. Some also are looking to target long-term funding for bigger-ticket items. “Our needs are so great.… Continue reading States’ COVID-Era Budget Surpluses Could Pay For Infrastructure
Massive $2.26B transportation proposal would be biggest in Utah’s history
House Majority Leader Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, is sponsoring HB433, which would authorize the issuance of $1.4 billion in bonds for transportation and transit projects, plus nearly $823 million in one-time general fund revenues. Schultz’s bill would pump $621.3 million for land acquisition, construction, reconstruction or renovation of a slew of other projects that have been… Continue reading Massive $2.26B transportation proposal would be biggest in Utah’s history