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Proposed Phase 4 COVID-19 Relief Bill Contains $15B for State DOTs

May 14, 2020 - in COVID-19, News

A $3 trillion, 1,815-page COVID-19 relief measure proposed by the House of Representatives on May 12 contains $15 billion in stopgap funds for state departments of transportation – well below the nearly $50 billion the American Association of State Highway…

AASHTO Issues Updated LRFD Bridge Design Guide

May 14, 2020 - in Bridges, News, Transportation

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently released the 9th edition of its LRFD Bridge Design Specifications guide,…

AASHTO Releases 38th Public Transit Survey

May 14, 2020 - in News, Transit, Transportation

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently unveiled its 38th Survey of State Funding for Public Transportation, which…

USDOT Provides $500M Loan to Port of Long Beach

May 14, 2020 - in Financial, News

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau said on May 4 it will provide a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act or TIFIA loan to the Port of Long Beach for up to $500 million to help finance construction of the Gerald…

Transportation Fallout from COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

May 14, 2020 - in COVID-19, News

State departments of transportation, along with toll authorities and even public-private partnerships or P3s, continue to be affected by the massive decline in travel spurred by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders across the country. [Above photo by the Minnesota…

AASHTO Appoints Two New R&I Committee Members

May 4, 2020 - in News, People

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently appointed David Jung-Hwi Lee and Cynthia Smith to serve four-year terms as Regional 2 members of its Special Committee on Research and Innovation. David Jung-Hwi Lee Lee is assistant…

States Projecting Big Budget Cuts Due to COVID-19

May 4, 2020 - in COVID-19, Financial, News

State governments continue to ratchet back current spending and projected budget outlays due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; reductions that are starting to include planned transportation infrastructure investments. [Above photo by the New…

State DOTs Feeling the Budgetary Impact of COVID-19

April 27, 2020 - in COVID-19, Financial, News

Steep reductions in motor vehicle travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic are adversely affecting state department of transportation budgets – to the point where some agencies are laying off workers and shelving planned transportation projects. [Above photo…

Vice Chair Appointed for AASHTO Water Council

April 20, 2020 - in News, People

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials appointed Cheryl Ball (seen above) – the waterways and freight administrator for the Missouri Department of Transportation – to a two-year term as vice chair of the Council on Water…

Speeding Concerns for National Work Zone Awareness Week

April 20, 2020 - in News, Transportation

State departments of transportation across the country are grappling with a growing safety issue related to the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) on April 20: more frequent incidences of speeding due to reduced traffic volumes resulting…