The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Highways Division released its Climate Adaptation Action Plan, exposure assessments, and hazard viewer on Monday (7/26). The Action Plan focuses on potential risks resulting from impacts of severe weather events and forecasted impacts of climate change on the roads and bridges. Click here to learn what the Hawaii DOT… Continue reading Hawaii DOT plan highlights roads and bridges most susceptible to climate change impact
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!
Electric Vehicles Are About to Be Cheaper Than Gas Cars
Many consumers, however, are left wondering whether electric cars are cheaper to drive. Washington State is by far the cheapest to run a battery-powered electric car over the 15-year life span of a vehicle. The electricity required to power the vehicle can be as much as $14,480 cheaper than fueling up a gas-powered vehicle while… Continue reading Electric Vehicles Are About to Be Cheaper Than Gas Cars
Climate Change to Dominate Highway Policy, Top Transportation Lawmakers Say
This year’s update of the nation’s premier highway policy law will focus heavily on climate change initiatives, two congressional lawmakers central to passing that legislation told state officials Feb. 24. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the U.S. House, and his Senate counterpart, Environment and Public Works Chairman Tom… Continue reading Climate Change to Dominate Highway Policy, Top Transportation Lawmakers Say
APAO Centerline – Winter 2021
The Winter 2021 issue of Centerline has arrived with news from the Asphalt Pavement Association of Oregon. Some GOOD news from 2020: APAO members large and small proved that they care about their neighbors and will help in times of need. Some examples are:- Industry Safety: CRH posted a COVID-19 safety video to YouTube that… Continue reading APAO Centerline – Winter 2021
HAPI Shorts – Lunch Time Lessons
In 2020, the Hawaii Asphalt Pavement Industry (HAPI) started their HAPI Shorts – Lunch Time Lessons program, consisting of weekly 30 to 40-minute presentations via a Zoom meeting. Last year they conducted 21 sessions with 13 unique subjects. Presentations were done by their executive director and a variety of guest speakers. The various sessions attracted… Continue reading HAPI Shorts – Lunch Time Lessons
How can EPDs be used to achieve environmental benefits?
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.
Video: How State DOTs Work To Ensure NEPA Compliance
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
Greenroads Highest Rated Project Ever – Washington state
North America has a new, high-scoring environmentally sound project thanks to porous asphalt paving design in the City of Tacoma, Washington. The Greenroads Foundation, headquartered in Washington, manages a third-party certification process that assesses the sustainability of transportation projects using the Greenroads Rating System. For 2020, the foundation has awarded the City of Tacoma’s East 40th Street… Continue reading Greenroads Highest Rated Project Ever – Washington state
TECH BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATIONS
Communicating Environmental Impact for Transportation Products 1 State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) are continually assessing and choosing materials or technologies to meet their transportation needs. As part of this assessment, DOTs are turning to Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to quantify the environmental impacts associated with those products. For the complete FHWA Tech Brief, please visit: https://lnkd.in/gMjWs9p