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Engineers, experts warn on state of US bridges
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The U.S. is facing a mounting crisis as more and more bridges are designated as structurally deficient, requiring a significant amount of maintenance work cash-strapped state governments cannot afford. More

Statement on President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address by AASHTO's Executive Director John Horsley
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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials commends President Barack Obama for using his State of the Union address to reiterate his unrelenting support for greater investment in the highways, bridges, mass transit and rail systems that support our economy and quality of life. More

Rep. Mica promises highway bill soon
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Criticizing President Barack Obama's call for spending savings from defense cuts on transportation projects in the State of the Union, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla. said the House would unveil its version of a new federal highway bill soon. More

New House transportation proposal would reform project environmental review
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House Transportation Chair John Mica recently release text of the "American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs" act. The proposal contains a number of reforms designed to speed project delivery. The summary that leaked out Jan. 23 includes this quote: "By cutting the project review process time in half, we can ensure environmental protections remain in place while investing infrastructure resources in the much more effective manner." More

2012 ASHE National Conference
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Life is a Highway, and all highways will eventually lead to the beautiful Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Located in Champion, Pa., Seven Springs is nestled high in the scenic Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania. The Southwest Penn Section is honored to host your 2012 ASHE National Conference at Seven Springs Mountain Resort June 7-10. The 2012 Conference Committee is committed to providing our ASHE members and families a rewarding experience for people of all ages and interests. More

Highway bill set to kick off Feb. 9
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has set in motion the procedure to move to the Senate Highway bill, cueing up its first test vote for Feb. 9. Senators will vote on then on whether to proceed to the $109 billion, two-year surface transportation bill known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21. The bill is expected to get the 60 votes needed to overcome delay tactics that have become standard practice in today’s Senate. More

Colorado goes its own way to regulate forest roads
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A road into the piney woods can be fraught with consequences. That was the premise, more than a decade ago, behind a Clinton administration rule that restricted road building on millions of acres of national forests in the West. But there is a big wrinkle here in Colorado, which was one of only two states — Idaho was the other — that at the urging of the Bush administration developed their own rules about roads in the wild. More

Report: Infrastructure investment falling short globally
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At a point in which the global economy is balancing between growth and a return to recession, CG/LA Infrastructure's annual estimate shows that global infrastructure investment is falling short of its target by 10 to 20 percent. "The critical fact is that we are not acting; instead, we are sleeping at a time of maximum danger and significant opportunity," said CG/LA Infrastructure president and CEO Norman F. Anderson. More

A bridge built to sway when the earth shakes
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Venture deep inside the new skyway of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and it becomes clear that the bridge's engineers have planned for the long term. At intervals inside the elevated roadway's box girders are anchor blocks, called deadmen, cast into the structure. They are meant to be used decades from now, perhaps in the next century, when in their old age the concrete girders will start to sag. By running cables from deadman to deadman and tightening them, workers will be able to restore the girders to their original alignment. More

Applications and innovations: Concrete on asphalt upgrades farm-to-market road
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Oak Crest Hill Road South East in Johnson County, Iowa, appears to be just a typical farm-to-market secondary road. But being one of 11 Iowa highway "Stimulus" projects, makes it a little less ordinary. So does its new surface. More

Structures 2011
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TRB's Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2251 consists of 16 papers that explore the relationships of barge bow force–deformation for bridge design, innovative vibration absorber, vibration versus deflection control for bridges with high-performance steel girders, two new retrofit combination steel and concrete bridge rail designs and skew in bridges with steel girders. More

Concrete recycling: RCA's better picture
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The demand for recycled construction materials has risen sharply in the past decade as public interest in and demand for sustainable construction practices has increased. Recycled concrete aggregate can help meet sustainability practices in construction as a replacement for virgin aggregates in new concrete. However, the durability of RCA in new construction must be ensured. More
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