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  • Poll: feds should spend more on transportation

    Two-thirds of Americans believe the federal government should spend more on roads, bridges, and mass transit, according to AAA, and they're willing to put their money where their mouth is.

     
  • Paint Detects Damage in Concrete Structures

    Electrically conductive paint detects and reports damage in bridges and other concrete structures, allowing authorities to respond to problems before they become serious. Researchers call it "sensing skin" and say anybody can apply the coating.

     
  • Complete 30 hours continuing education at your desk

    The 11,000 drinking water professionals at the American Water Works Association convention in Boston earned 4,500 continuing education units and/or professional development hours. Couldn’t go? No sweat: You can still earn credits.

     
  • All about emergency-management careers

    Free guides to public service and safety careers include salary information, a school search tool, internships, scholarships, and related information.

     
  • Pipe-tapping teams beat the clock (video)

    Every year, winning men and women's teams from American Water Works Association state chapters travel to the association's annual conference to see who can tap into a cement-lined ductile iron pipe the fastest. Here are the latest additions to the Pipe Tapping Hall of Fame.

     
  • Discount project pricing effective July 1

    The Greenroads sustainability rating system for roadway design and construction launches new pricing that includes a lower certification fee for projects under $3 million in construction value.

     
  • Caltrans approves rebar for bridges

    New provision expands use of ASTM A1035 beyond pavement use as dowel bars and deformed bars for continuous reinforced concrete.

     
  • County, feds fight over water rights (with video)

    Decades in the making, the latest dispute over federal control of land and water in the West centers on whether the U.S. Forest Service can keep New Mexico cattle ranchers from using a stream.

     
  • Bankrupt Highway Trust Fund would cost 700,000 jobs

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx also says businesses could lose $1 trillion a year in sales by 2020 if Congress doesn't find a way to fund surface transportation projects.

     
  • Law protects waste-collection employees

    Florida is the fifth state to add garbage trucks to the list of vehicles that drivers must move over a lane to pass.

     
  • U.S. Supreme Court sides with public whistleblower

    Five years ago, Edward R. Lane was fired for firing a state legislator on his payroll who wasn’t doing any work. The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously vindicated him.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Slippery slope nearly wipes out bridge

    The Deleware DOT is tentatively blaming the movement of columns supporting a 90,000-vehicle/day bridge on a contractor stockpiling soil on land adjacent to the span.

     
  • How 'green' are your city's garages?

    An International Parking Institute affiliate launches the latest sustainability certification, with a focus on parking structure design, management, and technology. The sidebar to this article highlights an award-winning parking garage rehabilitation.

     
  • Four firms to develop park designs

    Winnowed from a field of 41 teams, four design firms will each receive a $25,000 stipend to conceptualize the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C., by Sept. 9, 2014.

     
  • Worst water disaster you've never heard of

    A jet fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico could be twice the size of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. If so, it's the largest toxic contamination of an aquifer in U.S. history.

     
  • 10 emerging waste management trends

    There's a lot to look forward to, but what should we expect to see more of in the short-term?

     
  • Three highway spending plans that probably won’t work

    MAP-21, the federal surface transportation funding package enacted in 2012, expires at the end of September. The House, Senate, and Obama administration have very different plans for keeping road and bridge construction going in the next fiscal year.

     
  • 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.

     
 
 
 

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