Road Builders project minor boost in 2017 highway, bridge activity

Total transportation construction and related market activity is expected to grow 1.3 percent in 2017, driven largely by increases in highway and bridge work supporting residential and commercial developments. American Road & Transportation Builders Association Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black projects spending to reach $248 billion, up from an estimated $245 billion in 2016.

Read More

Trump to name Vulcan director, former Labor chief to head DOT

Sources: National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Elaine Chao to be U.S. Secretary of Transportation. A Vulcan Materials Co. director and the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), she was Secretary of Labor from 2001–2009, throughout both terms of President George W. Bush, and has also served as DOT deputy secretary and Federal Maritime Commission chairman.

Read More

DOT, ex-Terex chiefs talk candidly on infrastructure funding, policy

12 Victor

Agency, academic and private sector officials assessed long-range infrastructure planning against demographic changes, technology developments and funding mechanisms during a Northwestern University Transportation Center-hosted symposium, staged to release the Association of Equipment Manufacturers-commissioned “Mobility 2050” study.

Read More

Ex-Terex chief offers candid take on transportation infrastructure funding

Victor

Sources: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee; CP staff

Agency, academic and private-sector officials assessed long-range infrastructure planning against demographic changes, technology developments and funding mechanisms during a Northwestern University Transportation Center-hosted symposium, staged to release the Association of Equipment Manufacturers-commissioned “Mobility 2050” study.

Read More

DOT considers rulemaking to address sleep apnea-prone truck drivers

Per National Transportation Safety Board recommendation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking through June 8 public input on the impacts of screening, evaluating and treating commercial motor vehicle drivers for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The agency poses 20 questions it deems will provide the necessary information before determining whether or not to pursue a proposed rule.

Read More

Performance waterproofing methods critical to transportation infrastructure

42 Bridgeia 150

A 60 Minutes broadcast segment, “Falling Apart,” explains that “America’s roads, bridges, airports and rail lines are outdated and need to be fixed” due to decades of neglect … nearly 70,000 bridges in America—one out of every nine—is now considered to be structurally deficient.” According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, segment editors noted, “32 percent of the major roads in America are now in poor condition and in need of major repairs.”

Read More

Road Builders: FAST stabilizes highway funding, bumps DOT purchasing power

Sources: American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

An ARTBA analysis of the five-year, $305 billion Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) that President Obama signed December 4 notes: “While the total core highway investment increase during the [five-year] life of the bill will be just over 15 percent, yearly assessments are a better gauge of market impact.

Read More

EPA, DOT outline elevated fuel efficiency standards for trucks

10 Truck 150

Environmental Protection Agency– and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-proposed performance standards covering 2021–2027 model year heavy- and medium-duty trucks would achieve up to a 24 percent reduction of fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions when measured against a 2018 vehicle. The agencies address concrete mixers and dump trucks within a larger Vocational Vehicles category of heavy- and medium-duty models, representing what officials estimate is about 20 percent of fuel consumption in the transportation universe their proposal covers.

Read More

EPA, DOT target HD truck fuel efficiency gains north of 20 percent

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

EPA- and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-proposed performance standards covering 2021–2027 model year heavy- and medium-duty trucks would achieve up to a 24 percent reduction of fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions when measured against a 2018 vehicle. The agencies address concrete mixers and dump trucks within a larger Vocational Vehicles category of heavy- and medium-duty models, representing what officials estimate is about 20 percent of fuel consumption in the transportation universe their proposal covers.

Read More

Site tracks state-by-state DOT product approvals

Site tracks state-by-state DOT product approvals

A new web-based tool provides a state-by-state directory of Department of Transportation (DOT)-approved chemical and accessories products from Dayton Superior. Available at www.daytonsuperior.com/dot.aspx, it provides users a quick and easy resource, and enables them to click on any product name within their state’s DOT-approved product list for more detailed product information.

Read More