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3 strategies for balancing safety and roadside weed control

Contributed - Aug 14, 2014

3 strategies for balancing safety and roadside weed control

Balancing public and crew safety while maintaining effective roadside weed control is an ongoing challenge for DOT managers. Rights of way can be dangerous places when weeds obstruct sightlines, compromise road surfaces and provide fuel for wildfires. To learn more about ...

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Bursting bubble of big tobacco financing gives glimpse of road building’s future without a gas tax increase

Tom Jackson - Aug 13, 2014

Bursting bubble of big tobacco financing gives glimpse of road building’s future without a gas tax increase

Last week I wrote about how states that engage in public-private partnerships (P3s) and other types of debt and bond financing would create short term gains and long term disaster for the road building industry. This weekend I read an article on ...

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Louisiana awarded $250k grant for bridge work

Brian Ethridge - Aug 13, 2014

Louisiana awarded $250k grant for bridge work

Senator David Vitter announced $250,000 will be awarded to the Louisiana Department of Transportation for bridge work in Vermilion Parish. The grant will be used to improve the Maree Michael and Creek Bridges on LA 91. "It’s important to improve our nation’s ...

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21 states receiving millions to repair storm-damaged roads

Brian Ethridge - Aug 11, 2014

21 states receiving millions to repair storm-damaged roads

The Department of Transportation announced $334 million in emergency funds will be used to help 21 states repair roads and bridges damaged by storms and floods. Colorado will be getting $130 million, which is by far the more than any other ...

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House votes down Senate’s highway bill, sets up must-act situation for Senate

Brian Ethridge - Jul 31, 2014

House votes down Senate’s highway bill, sets up must-act situation for Senate

The Senate now must choose Friday whether to accept the House’s 10-month highway funding patch or allow the Highway Trust Fund to go bankrupt, which would be construction projects around the country at risk, along with an estimated 700,000 jobs. The ...

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DOT warns about fraudulent letters seeking bank information

James Jaillet - Jul 30, 2014

DOT warns about fraudulent letters seeking bank information

Carriers should be on the lookout for fraudulent letters appearing to be from “Equifax Credit Information Services — Government division,” said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week in letters issued to its field offices. The letters will be dated ...

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Oopsie! DOT forgets to spellcheck interstate sign

Brian Ethridge - Jul 29, 2014

Oopsie! DOT forgets to spellcheck interstate sign

Nobody's perfect! Not even the folks who handle signage for the Department of Transportation. The North Carolina DOT was so excited to open up its new flyover bridge from Johnston Road to Interstate 485, that it might have forgotten to ...

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Anne Ferro out as FMCSA administrator

James Jaillet - Jul 28, 2014

Anne Ferro out as FMCSA administrator

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration head Anne Ferro will be stepping down from her position as administrator of the agency, the Department of Transportation announced July 25. An exact date for her departure has not been set, but according to a ...

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DOT looks to improve crude oil transportation

Brian Ethridge - Jul 28, 2014

DOT looks to improve crude oil transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation would like to start phasing out old tank cars used transport crude oil by rail, among other measures to improve the safety of crude oil transportation by rail. The DOT proposed a two-year phase-out plan ...

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Several states warn of toll scam

Brian Ethridge - Jul 11, 2014

Several states warn of toll scam

Transportation officials in Maryland have issued warning to the public about an E-ZPass scam. Phony emails have been getting sent to hundreds of people recently requesting E-ZPass Maryland customers to pay their toll debts online. The emails have been ruled a ...

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10 States in dire need of Highway Trust Fund

Brian Ethridge - Jul 11, 2014

10 States in dire need of Highway Trust Fund

The end of the federal Highway Trust Fund appeared imminent until recently and transportation officials from throughout the United States were panicking. Congress hadn’t been close on a new funding plan until Thursday afternoon when the House Ways and Means ...

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DOT to reimburse states as gas tax money rolls in

Amanda Bayhi - Jul 01, 2014

DOT to reimburse states as gas tax money rolls in

The projected insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund is inching closer (it’s expected to run out of money next month), and the U.S. Department of Transportation is has been trying to prepare state DOTs. In its latest preparation effort, the U.S. ...

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