As 2009 comes to a close, ASHE would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ASHE Inside Lane, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010.
America's Ten Best Transportation Projects Unveiled
from America's Transportation Awards
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce that the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota has been selected as the 2009 Americaís Transportation Awards Grand Prize winner. Florida DOTís 95 Express Miami Project won the Peopleís Choice Award. The prestigious awards were presented at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Palm Desert, Calif.
Highway Spending Isn't the Stimulus it was Envisioned to Be
from the Los Angeles Times
In February, when Congress approved President Obama's mammoth plan to stimulate the economy, transportation projects were supposed to be among the fastest-acting pieces of the $787-billion package. As of July 10, more than 3,600 of the 5,600 road projects approved by Washington had not been given the green light to start construction.
'Diverging Diamond' Traffic Flow: Way Of The Future?
It's not often that you can make traffic flow more smoothly and safely without spending significant time and money. But drivers in Springfield, Mo., are the first in the United States to use a new interchange design that transportation officials say is quick, cheap, and safe. The "diverging diamond" is being put to the test. Fans of the new highway interchange design say it improves traffic flow by eliminating problematic left turns. There's just one catch: It briefly sends all cars over to the left side of the road.
States to Lose $8.7 Billion in Highway Funds
from The Journal of Commerce
FHWA to rescind funds with or without extension of SAFETEA-LU. State highway officials warn that unless Congress acts, they will lose $8.7 billion in money allocated for projects ranging from interstate highway maintenance to safe routes for school buses on Oct. 1. The Federal Highway Administration announced that it will rescind funds that have been budgeted but not obligated for highway contracts on Sept. 30.
Obama's Stimulus Paves Few New Roads
from The Washington Times
Money from the Obama administration's $787 billion stimulus package to pave the nation's highways staved off a sharp decline in highway spending but has done little to increase spending above levels before the recession hit last year, according to groups representing contractors and state highway officials.
Highway Plan in Limbo on U.S. Fiscal Year's First Day
from Reuters via Forbes
Public funding of U.S. highway and transit projects is caught in legislative limbo on the first day of fiscal 2010, with both houses of Congress and the Obama administration at odds over how to proceed.
Bad Concrete Means Hydraulic, Bridge in Kansas Must be Redone
from The Wichita Eagle
About half of the eastbound Kellogg bridge that spans hydraulic and channels traffic onto I-135 will soon be torn down. That's because the concrete used by construction crews to rebuild the bridge failed strength tests, according to Benny Tarverdi, a metro engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Transportation Planners and Engineers Explore Key Issues
from the AASHTO Journal
ASHTO's Standing Committee on Planning met during the AASHTO Annual Meeting on October 22 and 23 at a peer exchange workshop on performance-based planning and programming sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. This peer exchange was followed by a business meeting that focused on capacity building, research, policy, and other key transportation planning issues critical to reauthorization and beyond.