Upcoming events
Chicago, IDOT create crash database

The city of Chicago and the Illinois DOT are joining to build databases to generate high-quality, detailed information on crashes in the state. The information will be used to engineer roadway, pedestrian-safety, and traffic-flow improvements, ensuring that state, federal, and local funding is spent where it is needed most. The system is expected to be up and running by next year.

EPA applauds smart growth

The U.S. EPA has published This is Smart Growth, featuring 40 municipalities that have implemented smart-growth principles. The featured communities have demonstrated techniques and policies that reduce costs of infrastructure and services, broaden transportation choices, protect natural lands, reduce pollution, and increase opportunities for healthy recreation. Visit www.epa.gov.

Walton elected ARTBA chairman

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association has chosen Mike Walton as its 2006–2007 chairman. A professor of civil engineering at the University of Texas-Austin, Walton is a founding member of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and a member of the Transportation Research Board executive committee. Visit www.artba.org.

MRF wins green honors

A Summit County, Colo., materials recovery facility (MRF) has received a “green” certification from the Green Building Initiative. The 11,000-square-foot facility is the first recycling plant in the country to be constructed incorporating green technologies and certifications in its design. Visit www.thegbi.com.

Pavement restoration help

The National Center for Pavement Preservation is hosting the Transportation System Preservation Technical Services Program, a clearinghouse for preservation techniques that enhance pavement performance and extend its service life. The program is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Visit www.tsp2.org.