Feds to Invest $27 Billion for Bridge Repair Program

The Biden administration will invest nearly $27 billion to fund repairs and replace bridges in need. To accomplish this, the Department of Transportation will launch the Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection and Construction Program, which will provide much-needed money to the states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico over five years; and $825 million for tribal transportation facilities.

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Smart Infrastructure

Jan. 13, 2022 – Very interesting article in Global Trade, which makes a case that instead of just investing in traditional infrastructure or simply rebuilding highways and bridges, “smart infrastructure,” or the technology designed to enable safer, more connected and efficient roads, needs to be at the forefront of the future of the transportation ecosystem. From improved traffic and pedestrian safety to…

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California Budget a Win for Transportation

Jan. 12, 2022 – Armed with a revenue surplus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a generous state budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, according to the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA). The budget proposes $20 billion in funding for infrastructure, including $15 billion for transportation. This is above the $40 billion-plus over five years coming to California from the recently…

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ConsumerAffairs Rates States With Worst Roads

This holiday season, drivers traveling through Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin, California, Massachusetts, South Dakota, New Jersey, Louisiana, Michigan and New York are in for the bumpiest rides. Weather conditions and low infrastructure budgets have led to potholed and hazardous roads in these states, according to a new ConsumerAffairs study.

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Transportation Trends: 2022 and Beyond

Dec. 14. 2021 – When does a technology really grow? When it is attached to a need. When it comes to the movement of freight, one megatrend driving the need for better technology is the driver shortage, according to the article “Transportation Trends For 2022 And Beyond: Can Autonomy Safely Address The Driver Shortage?”, which appears in Forbes magazine. What…

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IIJA: State by State

Nov. 19, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Transportation released state-by-state fact sheets that highlight how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) will deliver for communities across the country by repairing roads and bridges, improving transportation options, building a national network of chargers to accelerate the adoption of EVs, upgrading our nation’s airports and ports, and much more. 

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Infrastructure Bill Aligns With Key AASHTO Principles

An 81-page analysis of the $1.2 trillion “Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act” (IIJA) passed by the Senate on August 10 and now winding its way through the House of Representatives finds it aligns with key principles espoused by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

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A Rescue for the Highway Trust Fund

August 3, 2021 – The Highway Trust Fund was just thrown a lifeline. A $118 billion bailout of the Highway Trust Fund from the Treasury’s general fund was slipped into the ever-evolving infrastructure bill text at the last minute. I could have predicted there would be something in the bill at some point, given lawmakers’ inability to agree on user-fee…

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