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The Inside Lane now available as an iPhone app
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ASHE understands the need to deliver timely, relevant industry news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create the Inside Lane, the association committed itself to delivering this news to members and other highway engineering professionals. That partnership has now expanded to provide another convenient avenue to receive this information. The Inside Lane is now part of the new MultiBriefs app and available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store.

Simply search "MultiBriefs" in the App Store and download the app free of charge. Once the MultiBriefs application is downloaded, you can add the NACBA feed from the "Specialized Trades and Industries" and "Automotive and Engineering" sections. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. And just like the e-mail news brief you’ve become accustomed to, you may share articles with your colleagues via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You can even bookmark certain articles as favorites to revisit at a later date. As always, feedback is appreciated and is important to the success of the app. Feel free to rate the application in the App Store.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Stimulus bond program has unforeseen costs
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They are supposed to help states and cities that are short of cash build roads, schools and bridges. But Build America Bonds, part of President Obama's economic stimulus plan, are also building something else: controversy. States and cities have embraced these taxable bonds to borrow money at what they assume are favorable interest rates. The federal government pays 35 percent of the interest costs on the bonds, a huge potential saving. But questions about this multibillion-dollar program are piling up. More

Highway and transit subcommittee reviews use of practical design & CSS
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Witnesses told a House subcommittee that Congress needs to include language in future bills that encourages states to use practical design and context-sensitive solutions when applicable, but also give them the freedom to design the projects they believe will suit local communities best. More

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Deptartment of Transportation tests greener asphalt
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Asphalt has a reputation of being sticky and smelly, but the Department of Transportation rolled out a new type of asphalt that is better for people and the environment. While traditional asphalt has to be heated to 300 degrees before use, the new asphalt can be laid down at 200 degrees — thanks to a chemical called evo-therm. The reduction in temperature allows the DOT to use just a third of the energy in its production. More

Ministry of Transportation gives design-build model a test drive
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In consultation with the province's roadbuilding and engineering sectors, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation is experimenting with non-traditional contract delivery models such as design-build. More

Updates on testing and standards development for geosynthetics
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When Tony Allen, P.E., was at work on his civil engineering master's thesis at Oregon State University in the early 1980s, he certainly couldn’t have foreseen the impact it would have during the next 30 years on geotextiles and geogrids in reinforcement applications. Of great importance, the work he pursued then (and since) has led to real understanding of the durability of geosynthetic reinforcements. More

I-19 is in midst of metric muddle
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Expect drivers new to the 63-mile stretch that connects Tucson and the Mexican border on I-19 to do a double take every time they pass a highway distance and exit sign: They are in kilometers. I-19 may be the only interstate in the USA to use kilometers on such signs along its entire length. More
   
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