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California drivers paying the price for deficient roads and bridges

Brian Ethridge - Sep 12, 2014

California drivers paying the price for deficient roads and bridges

Deficient roads and bridges in California cost each local driver $2,500 annually, and $44 billion statewide, according to a new report released by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation organization. The high cost is due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic ...

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Deadliest and safest places to drive in the United States

Brian Ethridge - Sep 05, 2014

Deadliest and safest places to drive in the United States

Road safety is always a concern, regardless of where you live. The good news is road fatalities across the United States are down 23 percent since 2005. The bad news: road fatalities still happen far too often. Michael Sivak, research professor ...

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Falsework tumbles after sand hauler hits interstate bridge

Brian Ethridge - Jul 17, 2014

Falsework tumbles after sand hauler hits interstate bridge

A sand hauler hit a bridge currently under construction on Interstate 215 in Perris, California, causing lumber and steel beams to collapse onto the freeway. The semi truck driver lost control and struck a concrete divider along the shoulder. A portion of ...

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What state has the worst roads and bridges in the country?

Brian Ethridge - Jul 16, 2014

What state has the worst roads and bridges in the country?

Ever wonder what state has the worst roads and bridges in the nation? A new “It’s Time to Rebuild America” report from the White House gives that unfortunate title to Rhode Island. The report claims that 41 percent of Rhode Island’s ...

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California high-speed rail moves forward

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 30, 2014

California high-speed rail moves forward

Work on the first portion of California’s high-speed rail can move forward after earning approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Associated Press reports. The DOT’s decision allows the state to start acquiring land between Fresno and Bakersfield for ...

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Move over gas tax: California could move to VMT fee

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 14, 2014

Move over gas tax: California could move to VMT fee

California is considering switching from a state gas tax to a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) fee, our sister site Overdrive reports. The state’s Senate approved SB 1077 this month. The legislation would require the California Transportation Agency (CTA) to create a voluntary user ...

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VIDEO: 1 million+ ‘standing down’ against falls in construction

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jun 04, 2014

VIDEO: 1 million+ ‘standing down’ against falls in construction

More than 1 million workers from tens of thousands of businesses are expected to take part in the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) National Fall Safety Stand Down this week. Throughout the week-long Stand-Down, employers and workers will pause during ...

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Digital highway signs warn San Francisco drivers of ‘Godzilla attack’

Amanda Bayhi - May 19, 2014

Digital highway signs warn San Francisco drivers of ‘Godzilla attack’

A highway message board in San Francisco recently warned drivers of a “Godzilla attack” and urged drivers to “turn back,” NBC Bay Area reports. Despite the timeliness of the messages, the signs were not part of a campaign for the new ...

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VIDEO, PHOTOS: California's Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project begins

Amanda Bayhi - May 12, 2014

VIDEO, PHOTOS: California's Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project begins

The Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in California began Saturday, according to NBC Los Angeles. The project -- a joint effort of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Port of Long Beach -- will replace the approximately 50-year-old existing ...

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Fire collapses $31.7 million bridge still under construction

Amanda Bayhi - May 07, 2014

Fire collapses $31.7 million bridge still under construction

The construction site of a $31.7 million bridge in California caught fire Monday, ultimately resulting in the bridge’s collapse, Sourceable reports. A report from the New York Daily News notes that a worker accidentally started the blaze with a welder’s torch, ...

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Oklahoma DOT looks to Caltrans for bridge assessment advice

Amanda Bayhi - Apr 22, 2014

Oklahoma DOT looks to Caltrans for bridge assessment advice

Bridges across the nation are aging, with many now well past their projected life spans. Oklahoma’s bridges are among those aging structures. In the "Better Bridges 2013 Bridge Inventory," Better Roads reported that 14 percent of the state’s 7,664 bridges were either ...

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Texas has edge over California for high-speed rail

Tom Jackson - Apr 07, 2014

Texas has edge over California for high-speed rail

For the last few years, I’ve been critical of California’s attempts to link Los Angeles to San Francisco with a high-speed rail line. Related: California’s high-speed rail could fail to meet required trip time It’s not that I’m reflexively against passenger rail. ...

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