WASHINGTON, D.C. — Funding and financing, performance management, and the systems management and operations culture are the critical issues that will be the focus of a three part State Department of Transportation Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) Roundtable that will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, during the TRB 93 Annual Meeting. A total of 13 CEOs are scheduled to participate in this unique series of sessions that will explore what is being done and what more can be done at the state level to address these critical issues.
“America’s infrastructure is as old, rusty, and energy defunct as my 1949 lead-sled,” is the message I’m driving — literally driving. On Labor Day 2013, I set out on a journey around America in my original Detroit classic car. As an author, journalist, and advocate, I’m dedicating the next six months, and 15,000 miles on my odometer, to the rebuilding of America. I believe that we need to build smarter, safer infrastructure faster than the maddening slow pace we the citizens currently accept. Central to the tour’s theme is the significance of robust structures to our homeland’s security.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is forecasting that beyond a modest increase in construction costs nationwide, the overall U.S. transportation infrastructure construction market will grow 5 percent from $129 billion this year to $135.8 billion in 2014. ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black said the market would be led by expected double-digit growth in airport runway and terminal work, a 6-percent increase in bridge and tunnel construction, and 5-percent, or better, growth in total investment in waterways and ports, and heavy and light rail.
OSAGE CITY, MO. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for a new railroad bridge that will eliminate the last chokepoint along the line between Jefferson City and St. Louis. The $28 million project received $22.6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Program and was the largest ARRA project in the state of Missouri.
DENVER — With this week’s opening of U.S. 34 and next week’s planned opening of State Highway 7, all highways damaged by the September flooding will reopen days ahead of the Dec. 1 goal. “The united effort of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and its road repair partners has been remarkable,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “After the flooding, we faced the daunting task of restoring 485 miles of damaged or destroyed highways. CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol, the National Guard and local governments have worked round the clock to reconnect Colorado communities.”
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