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Nanotechnology offers better way to coat steel
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A team of three American companies has been awarded $1.79 million from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to create a new way to coat steel faster, cheaper and greener. It will use a high-intensity infrared light source to bond nanocomposite metal-ceramic and polymer coatings onto steel surfaces for use in infrastructure projects. More

FHWA administrator Mendez breaks ground on Jacksonville, Fla.'s largest recovery act project
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Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez recently joined state and local officials to kick off the first phase of construction on the State Road 9B project near Jacksonville, Florida. The project, which has been stalled since the mid-1970s, is being funded almost completely by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. More

Pennsylvania joins states in asking feds to allow ads on highway signs
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Pennsylvania has joined California and Florida in asking the federal government to allow the sale of advertising on electronic highway signs to generate money to fix roads and bridges. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says the advertising could generate $150 million annually for each state. Traffic safety advocates argue that the ads could distract drivers and pose a road hazard. More

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Approved five-year highway construction program lacks funding, presents bleak future
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Though a dark rain cloud hovers over Missouri's transportation funding, the state's new five-year highway construction program was approved today by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. Only one-third the size of the 2009 program, it barely has enough funds to take care of the existing system. Missourians will see very few new projects during the next few years that expand the system and make it safer. More

Bicycle highways
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While the school of so-called "vehicular cycling" argues that cycles should be treated as cars and share the roads, this philosophy seems to be the result of cyclists adapting by necessity to their harsh surroundings rather than the sound basis of a widespread transportation shift. A large problem with bicycling in cities is fear, generated by the fragility of a 5-pound bicycle when faced with a 2,000-pound car. More

Oglala and Pine Ridge highway construction becomes first TIGER grant recovery project in US to break ground
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Federal Highway Deputy Administrator Greg Nadeau and South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds today broke ground on the US-18 highway reconstruction and improvement project in Oglala and Pine Ridge, South Dakota. The project had received a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, and is the first TIGER grant project in the nation to break ground. More

Study shows correlation between increase in funding and reduction in traffic deaths
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An all-new, independent assessment prepared for the American Traffic Safety Services Association by Science Applications International Corp. asserts increases in roadway safety funding since 2006 have significantly contributed to the decrease in the number of roadway fatalities. More
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