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ROADS/BRIDGES: FHWA launches national tunnel inspection program

The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published the final rule for national tunnel inspection standards that will serve as the foundation of the nation’s first standardized tunnel inspection program. It will be modeled after the FHWA’s successful bridge program established nearly a half-century ago to ensure the safety of the nation’s bridges.   Original author: mshoup
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ROADS/BRIDGES: U.S. GOP unveils $8.1 billion short-term highway funding fix

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled H.R. 3038, an $8.1 billion plan to fund highway and rail transit projects through the end of 2015. The bill would be paid for by extending an airport security fee increase and various tax rule changes.   Original author: mshoup
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AUTOMATED VEHICLES: New report explores human machine interface

This week, TU-Automotive announced the release of its 40-page Automated Vehicle HMI Report, which explores the role of HMI in bridging the gap between fully autonomous vehicles and the driver.   While autonomous technology is far from ready to handle all driving conditions, understanding the Human Machine Interface (HMI) is crucial, according to the report, for the driver to safely take control of the vehicle. The report was created with the intent of mapping out in detail the routes the industry is taking to achieve HMI success.   Original author: bbudzynski
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ROADS/BRIDGES: U.S. DOT releases table ranking road & bridge conditions by state

The U.S. DOT released a table ranking state road and bridge conditions .   Indiana ranks No.1 for the best road conditions, while Illinois and Connecticut are tied for last place.   The nation's poor road and bridge conditions cost each motorist an average of $300 annually. Nearly half the country's roads and more than 25% of its bridges are in "poor" condition.   Original author: mshoup
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DOT IN CRISIS: Kentucky has $165.4 million surplus, but Road Fund falls short

Kentucky’s federal revenues are up 5%, totaling a $165.4 million surplus in the general fund, but the state’s road fund still has a $20 million deficit, according to a state revenue report.   Original author: mshoup
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TRANSIT: Colorado’s Bustang revs up today

When the evening commute begins today, riders in select Colorado areas will have a new option to travel between some of Colorado’s biggest cities.   Bustang  is a newly launched bus service aimed at connecting major cities and employment centers in the state. The service, which is Colorado’s first state-owned and operated bus system, will begin to allow commuters to travel to and from Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Glenwood Springs.   Original author: bbudzynski
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DOT IN CRISIS: U.S. DOT finds fully one-quarter of Alabama roads in bad shape

According to infrastructure statistics on all 50 states that were released by the U.S. Department of Transportation beneath the fog of imminent expiration of national highway funding at month’s end, a quarter of Alabama's roads are in bad shape, a percentage that puts the state among the  least deficient in the country .   Original author: bbudzynski
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ROADS/BRIDGES: Caltrans prepares for Presidio Parkway debut

The Golden Gate Bridge will not be the golden ticket when it comes to traffic movement this weekend.   Crews will be shutting down Doyle Drive, part of Highway 101, to prep for the shift over to the new Presidio Parkway. The Parkway, a $1.1 billion job, consists of four tunnels and restored connections to Highway 1 and Park Presidio Boulevard. The transition is expected to make traffic a nightmare on Highway 1, especially during Friday’s evening commute, and motorists are being told to avoid the area all together.   Original author: bwilson
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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT: Waze data aiding Boston against traffic jams

Google-owned traffic-monitoring app Waze has aided the city of Boston in cracking down on double parking and now it seems that city officials are hoping to leverage their data to tweak traffic lights and road signs in order to ease chronic traffic jams.   Waze monitors traffic problems by collecting GPS data from users on its network and allows them report things they see along the way, such as broken-down cars or police cruisers waiting to spring a speed trap.   Original author: bbudzynski
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ROADS/BRIDGES: McConnell rejects gas tax hike, but doesn’t present a backup plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ruled out raising the gas tax as a way to pay for the Highway Trust Fund, which will run out of money July 31.   “Let me just say we’re not going to raise the gas tax. We’re not going to raise the gas tax,” McConnell said. “The environment committee has come out with a six-year bill … but there is considerable skepticism that you could pay for a bill of a six-year duration.”   Original author: mshoup
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