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FHWA: Laggards represent one-quarter of National Bridge Inventory

The latest Federal Highway Administration National Bridge Inventory (NBI) data show a total of 25 percent of the nation’s bridges 20 ft. or longer are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Eleven percent of the 600,000-plus NBI crossings are structurally deficient, indicating significant deterioration of the deck, supports or other major components. Structurally deficient crossings may be posted for lower weight limits or closed if their condition warrants.

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PCA applauds life-cycle analysis provisions of new surface transportation bill

After weeks of negotiations, 1,003 days and nine extensions, a new surface transportation legislation, which was passed by Congress on June 29, was signed into law by President Barak Obama on July 6. The Portland Cement Association released a statement saying the organization was especially pleased with key provisions in the final bill—known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21—related to life-cycle analysis (LCCA) and pavement research, in addition to provisions to quickly bring the technologies to states.

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NRMCA conflicted on MAP-21 passage due to EOBR language, fly ash absence

While the new 27-month, $110 billion highway bill will allow for continued funding of transportation construction projects and provide more economic certainty to the industry, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association leadership pointed out key elements left out of the final legislation, as well as what it considers undesirable aspect to the final language, according to a message relayed to the association's government affairs committee and the operations, environment and safety committee.

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ICPI hails highway bill's permeable pavers provision

Included in the language of MAP-21 are the first-ever permeable pavements provisions, which were conceived by Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and offered for consideration on Capitol Hill. In doing so, ICPI has created new law, and established that permeable pavements are now a technology for use under the auspices of the U.S. Transportation Department. Passage of the new law culminates a 15-month comprehensive strategy of intensive, highly targeted lobbying by ICPI to use the Transportation Bill as a vehicle to promote pavers in federal transportation policy.

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Billboard highlights ODOT’s bidding policy

A Columbus, Ohio-based billboard campaign launched by the state's cement/concrete industry draws attention to Ohio Department of Transportation’s “asphalt escalator” policy. The current bidding system, which is contrary to federal highway recommendations, allows contractors to increase their final bill based on the current price of oil and cost the state nearly $37 million in change orders during 2009-2010. The digital billboards have been placed in nine locations around Columbus.

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