FHWA assembles EPD, Buy Clean roundtables for virtual summit

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; CP staff The Federal Highway Administration has opened registration for its next Every Day Counts Virtual Summit, with three or four daily sessions or roundtables focusing on Environmental Product Declarations and their role in transportation procurement policy (all times EST): Tuesday, February 14 • Buy Clean Policy 101, 2-3 p.m. • How to use an EPD, 3-4:30…

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U.S. DOT announces $7 million in grants to promote LCA, EPD adoption

The Federal Highway Administration has awarded $204,000-$312,000 grants to support sustainable pavement, materials emissions tracking and related initiatives at more than 20 state departments of transportation. Many of the initiatives are centered on developing, adopting or advancing the use of life cycle assessment (LCA) methods and environmental product declarations (EPD). The latter encompass LCA data and are the most widely…

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FHWA quantifies FY2022 Infrastructure Investment windfall

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation; CP staff The Federal Highway Administration confirms a 20 percent increase in funding apportioned to the 50 states and District of Columbia: $52.5 billion for fiscal year 2022, versus $42 billion for 2021 (October 2020-September 2021). Annual funding the agency disburses for the Federal-aid Highway Program is based on a statutory formula contained in the…

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Keystone SRW test helps FHWA advance earth retention system practice

Keystone Retaining Wall Systems’ KeySystem III was recently evaluated under the Federal Highway Administration’s new Innovations, Developments, Enhancements and Advancements (IDEA) program. Administered by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Geo-Institute, the technical evaluation serves to improve earth retention systems technology and installation methods.

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Precast producers equal to FHWA, AASHTO safety hardware criteria

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The National Precast Concrete Association reminds producers of barrier and temporary work zone devices of a year-end deadline for having such products tested according to criteria the Federal Highway Administration and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials established in a 2016 agreement. New requirements cover a) bridge rails, transitions, all other longitudinal barriers, including portable models installed permanently; and, b) portable barriers and other temporary work zone devices.

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FHWA sunsets rule restricting proprietary product procurement

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; CP staff

Effective October 28, Federal Highway Administration is lifting U.S. Department of Transportation regulations greatly limiting state contracting agencies from using federal dollars to acquire patented or proprietary materials, products or services for road and bridge work. 

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Senate vote one short of unanimous to confirm FHWA Administrator

Source: American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill. 

Nicole Nason has become the Federal Highway Administration’s 26th Administrator following a 95-1 U.S. Senate vote. The former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator and past Mothers Against Drunk Driving director arrives at the agency with deep experience in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal government.

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