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Out With The New, In With the Old

RR071819 HCEAJuly 18, 2019 – The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA) announced that it is holding its 31st Annual International Convention and Old Equipment Exposition The show will be held at the HCEA’s National Construction Equipment Museum, 16623 Liberty Hi Road, Bowling Green, Ohio, from Friday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 15, and is open to the public.

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The Waze to Go

RR071719 WazeJuly 17, 2019 – Those of us who travel a lot have come to rely on the app Waze for directions, road conditions and where the next speed trap is. Now, Waze’s latest update will give drivers more information about how much money they should expect to spend on tolls. While Waze has always known where the toll roads are, and allowed drivers to avoid them, the app will now list every toll’s actual price. The update, for both iOS and Android, will work in the United States and Canada. Google, which owns Waze, isn’t tracking the costs itself; users have to report the prices within the app just like they do with accidents, traffic-backups, etc.. But still, the idea is clearly to give drivers the option to avoid tolls while also helping them assess whether they have the cash on hand to pass through. More and more toll roads are taking credit cards now, thankfully, which is a plus, especially if you have driven the length of Pennsylvania lately.

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The 1919 Cross-Country Convoy

RR071519 ArmyConvoyJuly 15, 2019 – Here is a great little story from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). One hundred years ago this month, a U.S. Army convoy consisting of 81 vehicles, 24 officers, and 258 enlisted men set out on a 3,251-mile transcontinental journey, primarily as a way to test the ability of the military to move great distances over roads under wartime conditions. The convoy took 62 days to complete the trip from Washington, D.C., to Oakland, Calif., with nine vehicles and 21 men unable to finish the journey due to breakdowns and injuries, respectively. Few of the roads were paved at the time, forcing the convoy to creep along at an average speed of just over 5 mph. 

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Washington Post Calls for Gas Tax Increase

RR071119 WPJuly 12, 2019 – The Washington Post Editorial Board called on Congress to increase the federal user fee on gallons of gasoline to support infrastructure. The column suggests that there may be growing public support for lawmakers to increase this fee to fund infrastructure. According to the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), the Post reported that 31 of 50 states have increased motor fuel user fees in the last 10 years. Going a step further, 22 states now have policies in place to account for inflation – something that was not done when the federal government last set the fee on fuel at 18 cents per gal. in 1993. The Post also highlighted the public support behind states efforts to raise funds for infrastructure repairs. NSSGA has long supported any effort to shore up funding for the federal Highway Trust Fund, which relies on the 1993 fee of 18 cents to fund the government’s portion of infrastructure projects.

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An All-Star Article

RR071019 OsbornJuly 10, 2019 – Last night, Major League Baseball's All-Star Game was played here in Cleveland on a beautiful summer night. Progressive Field looked great, which ties in nicely with the article, "How Concrete And Steel Built Baseball," by Vince Guerrieri. It chronicles how in the early part of the 20th century, ballparks became bigger, fancier and sturdier, with wooden edifices being replaced by new steel-and-concrete facilities. The article also contains reference to Cleveland's own Frank Osborn, founder of famed bride-building contractor Osborn Engineering. Enjoy.

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