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  • 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.

  • 63,000 U.S. bridges need structural repairs

    State-by-state analyses of FHWA’s 2013 National Bridge Inventory data show that state and local agencies don’t have, and never will, the resources to meet repair and replacement needs.


    Is MAP-21 helping road agencies move ahead?

    What's working and what's not with the latest federal highway bill.

  • Toll road LOWERS rates

    But only because rating agency considers state DOT more reliable funding source than toll revenues.

  • Led by maintenance supervisor Greg Abeyta, county road crews make 15-minute patches in preparation for a slurry seal and restripe that will add bike lanes to a recently inherited former state highway.

    2014 Outlook: Albuquerque, N.M.

    Rather than float another add-on to the sales tax, we asked the county commissioners to require that franchises be renewed and commit the revenues to street rehab and preservation.

  • Paying for transit-oriented development

    How one agency in Utah is weaving all of the elements together.

  • If you've never conducted a rate study, or you want to update one that's several years old, the process can be broken down into eight steps.

    8 steps to an accurate cost-of-service analysis

    Use this methodology to explain your agency’s true costs and revenue needs to elected officials.

  • Not-so-complete streets

    In the struggle to accommodate vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, and public transit, cities end up with too much or too little parking. Here's how to avoid that.

  • Water loans: a solid investment

    Bonds issued under clean water and drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) programs enjoy very strong and stable credit quality, says Standard & Poor's Ratings Services. There's nothing to indicate that's going to change.

  • To transition to a hybrid alternative-energy system, power to the facility was shut down at 4 p.m. on a Friday so final connections to the ground-mount  solar array could be made. Then the local utility, Xcel Energy, switched out meters. A final electrical inspection was made and then start-up testing conducted.

    Saving future tax dollars with alternative energy projects

    Small city in Minnesota is the first in the state to implement a public-private partnership for solar-electric energy.

  • Why steel’s better than wood for utility poles

    A detailed life cycle assessment (LCA) study commissioned by the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) finds that when comparing overall environmental performance, galvanized steel utility poles outperform wood poles in key environmental measures.

  • What to do about Detroit's public works

    Detroit's street, water, wastewater, streetlight, and other infrastructure systems are three times the size they need to be for 700,000 residents.

  • Five low-cost funding websites

    When all else fails, post your project on one of these internet platforms.

  • Federal highway funding saved – for now

    The U.S. Senate stopped a move by the House of Representatives to cut MAP-21, but the $105 billion program’s fate still under consideration.


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