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The ASHE Store is now online!
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As a member of ASHE, you have access to a rich online resource – the ASHE Apparel and Merchandise Store. Designed and sponsored by the ASHE Board of Directors, the store offers ASHE-branded merchandise that memorializes your membership, looks fantastic and is easy to order at the click of a button.

Anything produced by this store will be done in compliance with ASHE branding guidelines. You can order items for your personal use, speaker gifts for local section or regional meetings, golf tournaments, special event gifts, or any other occasion. In addition to merchandise, printing services are also available. So, take advantage of this new resource by going to www.highwayengineers.org and click on the Red "ASHE Store" tab.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Gov. Gregoire announces plan to launch nation's first electric highway
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Gov. Chris Gregoire announced recently that Washington's electric vehicle infrastructure efforts are getting a boost from $1.32 million in Federal Recovery Act funding. Washington State's transportation and commerce departments are teaming up to implement the nation's first "electric highway," an initial network of public access electric vehicle (EV) recharging locations along Interstate 5. Once implemented, Washington will have the first border to border highway to offer fast charge technology. More

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Build America Bonds extension still in limbo
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An attempt to extend the Build America Bonds program was sidetracked on June 25, and highway industry advocate groups are now scrambling for alternative routes. More

DOT, HUD make contract changes to help build sustainable communities
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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan have announced new contracting efforts that they say will enhance livability and sustainability initiatives and improve competition for federal highway projects. The new process removes conflicting HUD and Federal Highway Administration contracting requirements, giving state and local agencies more flexibility, officials said. More

Mineta Transportation Institute releases results from national survey about public support for federal transportation tax options
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The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) has just released What Do Americans Think about Federal Transportation Tax Options?, results from a national survey. The survey, conducted from April 27-May 22, 2010, tested national public support for sales, gas, and mileage taxes that would raise revenue for transportation purposes. Researchers presented multiple variations on the mileage tax and gas tax concepts to test relative support levels among the different options. More

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood commends senate banking committee for unanimous vote adopting historic transit safety legislation
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today commended the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee for reporting out the Obama Administration's transit safety bill, the first transit-specific safety bill ever sent to Congress by any administration, by a unanimous vote. More

Spending on local projects plummets
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States and local governments are slashing spending on schools, roads, offices and other construction projects so fast that even federal stimulus money hasn't filled in the gap. The cuts are driven by several factors, including voters' reluctance to take on more debt, falling building costs and fewer new residential subdivisions that require roads and other infrastructure. More

INTERNATIONAL NEWS


Aconex supporting construction of world's longest suspension bridge in Italy
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Construction technology firm Aconex has been selected by consortium Eurolink to provide its online collaboration solution to the 6.1 billion euros (7.6 billion dollars) Strait of Messina Bridge project in Italy. Aconex will be used to manage information and link organizations involved in the infrastructure works of the project which, when complete, will be the world’s longest suspension bridge. More
   
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