Meeting slated for U.S. 31 bridge project in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Transportation has scheduled an informational public meeting on Nov. 24 to discuss an upgrade project for the U.S. 31 bascule bridge in Charlevoix in northern Michigan. The project, scheduled to start in late 2016, will involve painting the bridge's steel superstructure, repairing mechanical and electrical systems and improving bridge approaches. Read More »

Arizona bridge project to shut westbound Interstate 10 near Tucson

All westbound lanes of Interstate 10 between Benson and Tucson, Arizona, are slated to be closed for two days next week while crews work on replacing the bridge at Davidson Canyon. The closure is scheduled to last from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday; eastbound lanes will remain open. Traffic will be redirected on a detour that extends 67 miles. Read More »

Airline industry group criticizes plan to divert aviation security funds

Airlines for America, the industry trade organization of U.S. airlines, recently criticized a provision in the highway bill Congress approved that would divert money intended for aviation security to the highway trust fund. The plan would divert approximately $9.2 billion that was originally collected for aviation security to be invested on transit, highways and bike paths instead. Read More »

Transportation funding guide for Northeast beginning to take shape

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently published an outline for a guide to investing transportation funds throughout the Northeast Corridor, which reaches from Boston to Washington, D.C. The outline is a Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for NEC FUTURE, the long-term investment framework from the FRA for the Northeast Corridor. Read More »

U.S. Department of Transportation helps Texas company grow

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is a supporter of infrastructure building up the U.S. economy, and it recently helped a small business in Texas grow. Sharon Douglas, who owns a small business in Fort Worth, Texas, is a good example of how infrastructure opportunities help the national Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). Read More »

Anchorage Airport named second most efficient

The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was recently named the second most efficient airport in a nationwide study. The study found that 0.7 percent of the flights that traveled through the airport in the last year had been cancelled. The airport also shows the lowest average departure delay, amounting to a mere seven minutes, of all the airports in the U.S. Read More »

M-100 scheduled to close in Potterville

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced that M-100 will be closed this coming weekend in Potterville. The closure will start today at 7 p.m. so that crews can begin an innovative construction technique: a bridge slide. The roadway will be reopened to traffic again on November 17 by 6 a.m. The detour route will use Lansing Road, Windsor Highway, and M-100. Read More »

GE lands $2.6 billion locomotive deal with India

India's Ministry of Railways recently awarded GE a $2.6 billion contract to develop and supply 1,000 diesel locomotives for Indian Railways, including $200 million to build a locomotive manufacturing facility in Bihar. “This deal marks a major milestone for both parties,” Richard Simpson, general manager of Global Supply Chain for GE Transportation, told TI Daily News. Read More »

Two lanes of SR 57 open in Newberry

The contractors with the Indiana Department of Transportation reopened two lanes of State Road 57 in Newberry Friday. Beginning in 2010, drivers were required to follow the traffic signals that only allowed one direction of traffic to travel over the bridge at a time. The construction project originally started in 2013, when INDOT earned a contract worth $11.3 million. Read More »

SFMTA begins Powell Street Safety and Sidewalk Improvement Pilot

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency recently launched the Powell Street Safety and Sidewalk Improvement Pilot. The goal is to study the restricted access that is granted only to private automobiles on Powell Street. Analysts will use the new information to improve the safety of the area for pedestrians and to improve the traffic congestion that affects cable cars. Read More »

Amtrak to provide additional trains for Midwest holiday travel

Amtrak will add more trains to the typical schedule in order to meet the increased travel demands of holiday travelers throughout the Midwest region of the United States. The week of Thanksgiving is the busiest week of travel in the year. In 2014, Amtrak transported 772,211 passengers for the holiday. Since experts anticipate similar numbers for this year’s holiday. Read More »

Hearing on role of maritime transportation in international food aid to be held Tuesday

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture have scheduled a hearing Tuesday to discuss the maritime transportation industry and its role in transporting food aid. The maritime transportation industry is invaluable to the health of the national economy as well as international relations.   Read More »

Kansas DOT seeking alternative transportation projects

Applications vying for a slice of roughly $14 million in project funds are being accepted through Friday by the Kansas Department of Transportation for its fall 2015 Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program. KDOT administers the TA Program, which provides funding for a variety of alternative transportation projects. TA Program project awards will be announced in the spring. Read More »

Indiana DOT hiring snow plow operators

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will hold a job fair from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. Friday at the Aurora Subdistrict facility, 10995 Marsh Road. The goal of the job fair is to find snow plow operators for several seasonal positions that are open for people who have their CDL licenses. These operators would be working throughout the coming winter months. Read More »

MDOT receives award for rumble strip initiative

The Michigan Department of Transportation was awarded the National Roadway Award Monday for its rumble strip initiative that is designed to reduce crashes. After MDOT analyzed crash data between 2004 and 2007, they found that lane departure was about 50 percent of the state’s fatal crashes. Solving this problem meant launching a statewide initiative to add rumble strips to roads. Read More »

Crash data to go online in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) recently received grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) to optimize the collection of crash data throughout the state. The grants, which amount to $508,600 for the 2015 fiscal year and $106,000 for the 2016 federal fiscal year, will improve crash data by putting the information onto online databases. Read More »

USDOT holds webinar to evaluate bicyclist, pedestrian safety

The U.S. Department of Transportation held a webinar to discuss the potential safety issues of bicyclists, pedestrians and large trucks sharing the same road. The latest crash data shows that 3,964 people died in crashes that included large trucks in 2013. Another recent evaluation demonstrated that bicyclist and pedestrian deaths due to crashes including large trucks have risen. Read More »

Ribbon cutting ceremony for SR 26/Water Street in Portland, Indiana

Officials and leaders from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) scheduled a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially reopen State Route 26/Water Street on Friday at 10 a.m. This newly rebuilt roadway stands near the East Jay Middle School located in Portland, Ind. The purpose of the project was to rebuild more than three-quarters of a mile of road on Water Street. Read More »