Safety, science support sleep apnea testing

In the wake of Hours of Service rule exemptions, ready mixed producers are following Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) work-in-progress guidance on testing of drivers for risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The condition attends obesity and sees tissues around the upper respiratory tract relax and physically block the airway. The FMCSA Medical Review Board links the condition to daytime sleepiness, making truck drivers more accident prone.

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NPP’s Valley Forge crossing celebrates Washington’s bridge builder

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards joined National Park Service and other federal, state and local officials for a late-summer opening of the $9.2-million Sullivan’s Bridge. The 14-ft. wide, 604-ft. long bicycle and pedestrian trail structure spans the Schuylkill River in Valley Forge National Historical Park, near Philadelphia.

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Oldcastle Precast ships record-length Caltrans girders

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As part of California Department of Transportation’s $1.6 billion Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) South Corridor Improvement Project, Oldcastle Precast-Perris is fabricating 158.5-ft. prestressed concrete super girders for the Norwalk-San Antonio Bridge—built in stages entailing placement of seven, four and nine beams. 

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DOT’s Foxx, 11 predecessors eschew short-term highway funding mind set

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation; CP staff

As Congress confronts Highway Trust Fund shortfalls, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and 11 of his predecessors have informed federal lawmakers that their work does not end with a proposed measure maintaining highway, bridge and transit program funding levels through May 2015.

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Aluminum sideboards shrink block loading, tie down time

Aluminum sideboards shrink block loading, tie down time

When it comes to transporting product, Cemex’s South Jacksonville Block facility in Florida plays it safe with custom aluminum sideboards from Unique Technology, a Sarasota, Fla.-based company that has provided masonry delivery solutions for 17 years.

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Oldcastle Precast ships record-length Caltrans girders

Sources: Oldcastle Precast, Perris, Calif.; CP staff

As part of California Department of Transportation’s $1.6 billion Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) South Corridor Improvement Project, Oldcastle Precast-Perris is fabricating 158.5-ft. prestressed concrete super girders for the Norwalk-San Antonio Bridge—built in stages entailing placement of seven, four and nine beams.

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Transportation chief floats Congress highway funding reauthorization proposal

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is sending Congress a transportation bill for consideration as the House and Senate face looming deadlines to avoid the economic uncertainty and job loss that would ensue if the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money this summer.  The GROW AMERICA Act lays the foundation for long-term competitiveness, rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges while providing much-needed certainty for local and state governments and addressing the country’s future needs.

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ROAD BUILDERS CONCUR WITH WHITE HOUSE ON TRANSPORTATION FUNDING REAUTHORIZATION

A campaign to spotlight the potential for Highway Trust Fund insolvency indicates a decreasing federal share—presently $.52 for every $1—of state department of transportation investments in highway and bridge capital improvements. Here, ARTBA tracks the actual federal/state share coast to coast.

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association reacted favorably to the Obama administration’s FY 2015 budget, released early last month, which recommends investing $90.9 billion in transportation improvements, a proposed $18.6 billion over the FY 2014 amount, or a 25.7 percent increase. In a follow up to the president’s late-February outline MAP-21 reauthorization priorities, the administration again called for a four-year, $302 billion surface transportation program from FY 2015 through FY 2018.

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