WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House recently honored 12 individuals or organizations that have provided exemplary leadership in developing or implementing transportation technology solutions to enhance performance, reduce congestion, improve safety, and facilitate communication across the transportation industry at the local, state or national level.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute's Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at Penn State was selected by the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP) to receive the 2013 Karl Mason Environmental Stewardship Award. The award was presented at the PAEP award banquet on May 9, at the Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center in State College, Pa.
RICHMOND, VA. — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has advertised a $120 million project to rehabilitate 163 lane miles of I-264 and I-64 in the Hampton Roads region. Contracts are scheduled to be awarded by the end of the year, with construction beginning early next year. In the meantime, VDOT continues to address deteriorating sections of pavement.
PITTSBURGH — Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation, was awarded a five-year, $2.7 million contract by the Allegheny County (Pa.) Department of Public Works for the rehabilitation of the Roberto Clemente (6th Street), Andy Warhol (7th Street), and Rachel Carson (9th Street) Bridges in Pittsburgh. Specifically, Baker will provide preliminary engineering, final design, and construction-phase services for the rehabilitation of the three bridges.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum that the administration said will modernize the federal infrastructure permitting process, cutting timelines in half for major infrastructure projects while creating incentives for better outcomes for communities and the environment. Cutting red tape and shaving months, and even years, off the time it takes to review and approve major infrastructure projects will start construction sooner, create jobs earlier, and fix the nation’s infrastructure faster, the Administration said.
ANNAPOLIS, MD. — Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, joined by Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown, signed the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013. The legislation will support thousands of jobs and invests an average of $800 million a year at full implementation and a total of $4.4 billion over the next six years (FY 2014 - FY 2019). As a result of the passage of the legislation, Governor O’Malley was able to announce the first round of highway and transit projects to be funded with money generated by the Transportation Act.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — TRB standing committees have issued calls for papers for the TRB 93rd Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2014, in Washington, D.C, and the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). While papers addressing any relevant aspect of transportation research will be considered, some committees are soliciting papers in specific subject areas to help potential authors identify topics for their papers.
SAN DIEGO — State and local governments in the U.S. are leading the way in delivering infrastructure projects against a backdrop of budget constraints and an ongoing lack of consensus about future investments by the federal government, according to “Infrastructure 2013: Global Priorities, Global Insights,” a joint report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Ernst & Young. The report points out that state and local governments account for approximately 75 percent of all infrastructure spending, with the remainder supplied by the federal government. However despite this expenditure, infrastructure spending as a percentage of GDP has shrunk to only 2.4 percent from its peak of more than 3 percent during the 1960s.
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