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GOP senators predict Highway Trust Fund solution

Brian Ethridge - Sep 02, 2014

GOP senators predict Highway Trust Fund solution

  Senators John Boozman (R-Ark.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) have predicted a long-term solution to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). They predict lawmakers will come up with an idea to fund U.S. transportation projects beyond the gas tax. “Coming up between now and ...

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Firefighters plea for better roads and bridges

Brian Ethridge - Aug 29, 2014

Firefighters plea for better roads and bridges

The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters are pleading with state officials to focus on the safety of state's transportation system. The organization, which represents over 6,000 professional firefighters across the state, has released an open letter to the state. "There are ...

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Highway and Bridge contract awards down 14 percent

Brian Ethridge - Aug 28, 2014

Highway and Bridge contract awards down 14 percent

  The value of highway and bridge contract awards was down 14 percent in the first seven months of 2014 when compared to the same period in 2013. According to American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), state and local governments awarded ...

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Will the Real Leader Please Stand Up on Nationwide Tolling?

Contributed - Aug 21, 2014

Will the Real Leader Please Stand Up on Nationwide Tolling?

It’s time to take a much closer look at tolling on a national level to fund our transportation infrastructure, but we will require leadership at a whole new level. The existing method, the gas tax, is obsolete. I won’t waste ...

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Jason Carter pushing for transportation sales tax

Brian Ethridge - Aug 21, 2014

Jason Carter pushing for transportation sales tax

Democrat Jason Carter is reviving the idea of a regional sales tax for transportation infrastructure improvements in Georgia. In 2012 Carter and Gov. Nathan Deal backed a sales tax increase for transportation, known as the T-SPLOST, but failed in most parts of the ...

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Deficient roads cost Alabama drivers $3.1 billion statewide

Brian Ethridge - Aug 20, 2014

Deficient roads cost Alabama drivers $3.1 billion statewide

Deficient, congested and unsafe roadways cost Alabama drivers as much as $1,562 annually, and a total of $3.1 billion statewide, according to a new TRIP report. Roads and bridges in need of improvement are causing higher vehicle operating costs, more ...

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DOT owes Palm Beach over $300K

Brian Ethridge - Aug 20, 2014

DOT owes Palm Beach over $300K

In 2010 the Florida Department of Transportation paid Palm Beach $1.046 million when it took all but 1,598 square feet of a 14,744-square-foot parcel at the southeast corner of the Flagler Memorial Bridge to make room for a replacement bridge. The ...

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Firearms to be used for road construction

Brian Ethridge - Aug 19, 2014

Firearms to be used for road construction

Thousands of handguns, rifles and other weapons have been destroyed to eventually be used in construction of roads and bridges. The weapons were melted and converted into steel rebar as part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s 21st annual ...

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POLL: Majority of Americans would rather pay tolls than taxes

Brian Ethridge - Aug 18, 2014

POLL: Majority of Americans would rather pay tolls than taxes

73 percent of Americans agree that transportation spending is inefficient and most would rather pay for highway repairs with tolls instead of taxes, according to a Reason-Rupe poll. Out of the 1,000 people surveyed, 58 percent say they would rather pay for ...

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Highway Trust Fund 2014: Timeline of Events

Brian Ethridge - Aug 15, 2014

Highway Trust Fund 2014: Timeline of Events

It felt like an eternity went by before Congress passed a bill to fund the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015. Unfortunately, for or as long as it took, nobody ended up happy with the outcome. Congress had months to ...

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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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Congress passes Highway Trust Fund patch; Obama signs

Brian Ethridge - Aug 12, 2014

Congress passes Highway Trust Fund patch; Obama signs

Just hours after the House turned down the Senate's highway funding bill, Congress has passed a $10.8 billion bill to fund the Highway Trust Fund. Without the temporary patch, the HTF would have run dry in the next month or ...

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