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Nearly half of New York roads need work

Brian Ethridge - Oct 01, 2014

Nearly half of New York roads need work

Nearly half of New York's locally maintained roads are in need of rehabilitation, preservation or reconstruction, according to the latest TRIP report. Almost one-third of the state's locally maintained bridges are deficient and in need of corrective maintenance or rehabilitation. Unfortunately, ...

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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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Kansas to receive $1.2 billion for improvements

Brian Ethridge - Aug 25, 2014

Kansas to receive $1.2 billion for improvements

The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced a projected $1.2 billion improvement program for highways, bridge replacement and local projects throughout the state. The funds will create several short- and long-term highway and bridge construction jobs, with work expected to ...

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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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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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Poll: Americans want good roads & bridges, disagree on how

Brian Ethridge - Aug 07, 2014

Poll: Americans want good roads & bridges, disagree on how

The majority of Americans understand the importance of good highways and bridges, and they understand the benefits of good transportation outweigh the cost to taxpayers. However, not many Americans can agree on how to pay for new roads and repairs. According ...

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IDOT revises highway improvement program

Brian Ethridge - Aug 05, 2014

IDOT revises highway improvement program

Earlier in the year the Illinois Department of Transportation's Fiscal Year 2015 Highway Improvement Program was going to provide $1.839 billion of its $8.609 billion for highways in the FY 2015-2020 Proposed Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program. That has since changed. This spring ...

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The state with the best roads in the country is...

Brian Ethridge - Jul 28, 2014

The state with the best roads in the country is...

According to a report from the Washington Post, the state with the best roads in the country is ...Florida! The report says only four percent of Florida's 121,000+ miles road are in need of work. That's way below the nation's average of ...

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When the Cold Storms Come

Better Roads Staff - Jun 05, 2013

When the Cold Storms Come

Winter road maintenance gets ready for the toughest season   By John Latta     Winter work on our transportation infrastructure is (a) essential and (b) expensive. But just how much pressure does winter bring to bear on the people who care for our highways ...

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The roads to First Manassas, then and now.

John Latta - Mar 26, 2013

The roads to First Manassas, then and now.

The things we do in the name of progress. Progress is one of those wonderfully vague words that can be used in any number of contexts, often by diametrically opposed sides of the same debate in support of their cause. It's meaningless ...

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America's roads and bridges 'not crumbling' - report

John Latta - Feb 21, 2013

A new report from the Reason Foundation concludes, after  examining 20 years of state highway data, that the condition of America’s state-controlled roads has improved in seven key areas including deficient bridges and pavement condition. “There are still plenty of problems ...

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President pushes transportation construction speed-up in TV meetings

John Latta - Feb 20, 2013

President pushes transportation construction speed-up in TV meetings

President Obama is set to sit down today for interviews with half a dozen television stations from major cities to push a plan that will speed up transportation construction projects. This has been a clearly-stated and much publicized goal of ...

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