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

Experts Offer Best Practices for Coronavirus Response

Fletcher, who has been in the field of emergency management for 40 years, stressed the importance of building relationships with disaster mitigation workers and policymakers — preferably before a crisis event occurs. “The role of the policymakers is critical. It’s critical in preparedness. It’s critical in response,” Fletcher said. “Having a good relationship is a… Continue reading Experts Offer Best Practices for Coronavirus Response

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, People, Safety, Washington

NAPA’s 2019 Asphalt Operations Safety Innovations Award

Congratulations to Lakeside Industries Inc. who won the award for their Field Trauma Kit for Worksites. This kit is designed to provide intermediate life support before paramedics arrive on the scene in the event of a traumatic workplace injury. It consists of a 10-gallon waterproof, yellow dry bag that is packed with various first-aid supplies… Continue reading NAPA’s 2019 Asphalt Operations Safety Innovations Award

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, Asphalt Pavements, Washington

Weekend-long lane reductions coming to Aurora Bridge

We had posted an article about the use of oscillatory rollers for HMA on bridge decks (click here to go to that article). The backstory to this Aurora Bridge article is that the paving contractor (Lakeside Industries) is getting great compaction results using three (3) oscillatory rollers. Click here to learn about another summer, another… Continue reading Weekend-long lane reductions coming to Aurora Bridge

2019, People, Safety, Washington

New roundabout comes in for a landing at SR 20 on Whidbey Island

Ever wonder how a roundabout gets constructed?  Well wonder no more! Favorable weather and some outstanding work by contractors allowed a new roundabout on SR 20 near Oak Harbor to open this past Sunday, 10 days ahead of schedule! Here's a time lapse look at the work over a little more than two weeks to… Continue reading New roundabout comes in for a landing at SR 20 on Whidbey Island

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, California, People, Safety, Washington

Six Western State DOTs Win Prestigious Awards For Projects That Strengthen Communities And Improve Lives

Eight transportation projects from six western state departments of transportation today received top honors in the regional America’s Transportation Awards competition. Some of today’s winning projects are credited with improving safety for schoolchildren, protecting wildlife habitats and restoring access to communities after massive mudslides. Click here to see the winners from the Western Association of State… Continue reading Six Western State DOTs Win Prestigious Awards For Projects That Strengthen Communities And Improve Lives

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