Grants, Loans & User Fees

  • 3 reasons future transportation funding will be private

    Here's why financing for your agency's next big transportation project may not come from traditional sources.

     
  • States get $334 million to repair roads

    And not a moment too soon. One of the projects receiving federal emergency funding due to damage from flooding and other disasters goes all the way back to 2005.

     
  • Saved! At least through May 31, 2015

    The Highway Trust Fund’s not going broke after all, thanks to a grudging, 11th-hour save by Congress. But pensions are being raided to make it happen.

     
  • APWA Top 10 Leader Tracy Mercer talks technology

    American Public Works Association's 2014 Top 10 Leaders share their favorite on-the-job technologies: L. Tracy Mercer, Clearwater, Fla.

     
  • A worker prepares to install a shrink sleeve over the pipe joint to keep dirt and rock away from the connection as the trench is backfilled. Welding then occurs underground within the buried pipe.

    Efficient pipe placement

    Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) trimmed costs when installing 50 miles of steel pipeline by implementing a time-saving, joint-sealing method.

     
  • South Pipeline 4A Central tunnel boring machine (TBM) is lowered into the tunnel shaft.

    Water supply project finishes $147 million under budget

    Value engineering three major components – treatment, pipeline, and pumping – wrings inefficiencies from water project and holds the line on future rate increases.

     
  • Highway Trust Fund Crisis

    Fifty-three years ago, President John F. Kennedy saw a threat to the nation's future economic growth and security and grabbed the reins of leadership.

     
  • Reducing Risk

    Four years ago, King County, Wash., implemented a project-assessment system that's reducing unpleasant cost and timeline surprises on multimillion-dollar public works projects.

     
  • Public Works magazine's 2014 AEC survey

    Does spending more on consulting services indicate public works departments have better budgets or thinner work forces? The answer lies somewhere in the middle.

     
  • Highway Trust Fund woes: the word on the street

    As lawmakers scramble to come up with a solution that will prevent the Highway Trust Fund from going broke next month, officials, experts, and pundits have been weighing in on social media. Here's a look at the latest comments.

     
  • Why the Highway Trust Fund is doomed to go broke

    A proposal to raise $164 billion over 10 years won’t pass in time to keep the Highway Trust Fund from going broke by the end of August. And the White House doesn’t support it.

     
  • Mitigating a high-risk project

    Most people wouldn’t consider building a trail particularly risky. But like any project there are inherent challenges that, if not addressed, will slow construction and increase costs.

     
  • Public Works magazine's 2014 AEC survey: In-house help wanted (finally)

    Does spending more on consulting services indicate public works departments have better budgets or thinner work forces? The answer lies somewhere in the middle.

     
  • A little $ help from your friends

    Crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo can help get projects funded.

     
  • Highway Materials Group Lauds Funding Plan

    The Highway Materials Group commends Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Robert Corker (R-TN) on their proposal to ensure future funding of the surface transportation system by increasing the federal motor fuels tax by 12 cents.

     
  • White House $302B highway cure is ‘fantasy’

    The Obama administration’s proposed successor to MAP-21, the two-year surface transportation package that expires at the end of September, gives roads and bridges 38% more funding. So why do critics call it a “fantasy package”?

     
  • A $17 billion highway spending program

    The House of Representatives’ fiscal year 2015 (FY15) funding bill gives the U.S. DOT $17.1 billion, and community planning and development $6.2 billion.

     
  • At long last: new water funding

    Water and sewer construction and rehabilitation projects expected to cost $20 million are eligible for funding through a new federal program. In communities with less than 25,000 people, $5 million projects are eligible.

     
  • How the Senate would spend $265B on highways

    The Senate Appropriations Committee's plan would fully fund the federal surface transportation funding package that expires on Sept. 30. But it wouldn't solve the looming Highway Trust Fund shortfall.

     
  • Illinois' Municipal Partnering Initiative (MPI)

    A joint buying initiative gaining momentum in suburban Chicago has saved participating communities more than $1.23 million since it was launched three years ago. Thirty communities have joined forces to procure a wide range of public works and construction services.

     
 
 
 
 

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