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Brian Ethridge is the Online Managing Editor for Better Roads and Aggregates Manager. In addition to managing the websites, he's in charge of the daily newsletter and social media accounts for both publications. You can contact him with suggestions, tips and/or opinions at: BrianEthridge@randallreilly.com


New poll shows 67 percent of people are against a gas tax increase

Dec 19, 2014

New poll shows 67 percent of people are against a gas tax increase

Two-thirds of Americans oppose the idea of increasing the 18.4 cent-per-gallon gas tax that's used to fund the country's transportation infrastructure, according to a survey that was conducted by SKDKnickerbocker and Benenson Strategy Group. “Despite the fact that a majority of voters support ...

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Ho-ho-ho and a cup of Joe! Free Christmas Eve coffee at Illinois Tollway

Dec 19, 2014

Ho-ho-ho and a cup of Joe! Free Christmas Eve coffee at Illinois Tollway

Good news, coffee lovers! The Illinois Tollway oases 7-Eleven stores and McDonald's restaurants will offer free cups of coffee to holiday travelers on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. The free cups of coffee will be available at the following times and locations: Jane ...

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Last second Christmas gift ideas for highway and bridge construction workers

Dec 19, 2014

Last second Christmas gift ideas for highway and bridge construction workers

Hopefully you're not one of those people who wait until the last second to do all of your Christmas shopping. If you are, stay safe trying to fight the crowds of shoppers as the big day approaches. Thankfully there are several ...

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Ohio's 'Jobs and Transportation Plan' continues to fuel infrastructure investment

Dec 18, 2014

Ohio's 'Jobs and Transportation Plan' continues to fuel infrastructure investment

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich’s “Jobs and Transportation Plan” is entering its second year with a projected $2 billion investment in the state’s infrastructure, economy and jobs over the next several years. The state’s Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) has given preliminary approval to ...

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'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' holiday crackdown begins

Dec 16, 2014

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' holiday crackdown begins

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Deputy Administrator David Friedman have kicked off the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday crackdown on drunk driving by unveiling a new mobile app ...

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Tappan Zee bridge construction shut down after silos collapse

Dec 16, 2014

Tappan Zee bridge construction shut down after silos collapse

  Construction of the Tappan Zee bridge was shut down on Tuesday following the collapse of silo structures on the floating concrete batch plant. "Tappan Zee Constructors today shut down operations of both floating concrete batch plants due to a failure of ...

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ACPA names 25th annual 'Excellence in Concrete Pavements' awards

Dec 15, 2014

ACPA names 25th annual 'Excellence in Concrete Pavements' awards

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has named recipients of its 25th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” awards, which recognize quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada. The awards program encourages high-quality workmanship in concrete pavement projects, and ...

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Ford, Magna and Verizon to fund 10 transportation related startups

Dec 12, 2014

Ford, Magna and Verizon to fund 10 transportation related startups

Ford, Magna International and Verizon Telematics have all decided to sponsor Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit, an accelerator program to foster innovative transportation-related startups, according to Crain's Detroit Business. Techstars, a Boulder, Colo.-based organization, is known for providing seed money and mentoring for promising startup ...

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Construction worker stops wrong way driver, avoids potential disaster

Dec 11, 2014

Construction worker stops wrong way driver, avoids potential disaster

  A construction worker recently put his life on the line in an attempt to save the lives of several travelers on Interstate 275 in Florida. When the worker spotted a wrong-way driver, he did everything he could - including risking his ...

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Alerting Congress: Most jobs created by transportation investment occur in non-construction sectors

Dec 10, 2014

Alerting Congress: Most jobs created by transportation investment occur in non-construction sectors

  If Congress somehow lacks the motivation needed to agree on a long-term Highway Trust Fund, a new report from IHS Inc., a leading global source of critical information and insight, may lead to some more serious discussions. "Congress has decided to leave ...

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Senate panel approves Mark Rosekind to lead highway safety

Dec 10, 2014

Senate panel approves Mark Rosekind to lead highway safety

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has approved President Obama’s nominee to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA). Last month Obama announced National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member Mark Rosekind as his nominee to lead the highway safety ...

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$163 billion needed annually to fix aging surface transportation system

Dec 09, 2014

$163 billion needed annually to fix aging surface transportation system

It's being estimated that an investment of $163 billion per year is needed in order to fix the nation's deteriorating surface transportation system, according to the “2015 Bottom Line Report” on transportation investment needs, released by the American Association of ...

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