Modest declines expected in 2021 transportation construction market, according to ARTBA

The U.S. transportation construction market is expected to shrink 5.5 percent next year, driven primarily by the severe economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA’s) annual forecast. Overall, the value of work is expected to drop from $294.2 billion in 2020 to $278.1 billion in [...]

By |2020-12-11T07:36:08-06:00December 11, 2020|

Overcoming expansive soils with Tensar’s TriAx Geogrid

Expansion: it’s a win for communities when roads reach out and connect people to business, resources and formerly rural areas. But another form of expansion—soil that expands when water is added and shrinks when it dries out—can thwart this progress by making it hard to economically build and maintain long-lasting roads. “Expansive soil” is in [...]

By |2019-11-13T07:37:55-06:00November 13, 2019|

GMA/IGS-NA to present webinar on geosynthetic-stabilized roads

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and IGS North America (IGS-NA) will sponsor a free webinar entitled “Recent Developments in Geosynthetic-Stabilized Roads: Introduction and Mechanisms,” on Dec. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Geotextiles, geogrids and geocells have been used widely in roadway stabilization works throughout the world. In this webinar, Dr. Jie Han will [...]

By |2018-11-02T15:46:11-05:00November 2, 2018|

FHWA video features GRS–IBS history and construction techniques

A Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) YouTube video showcases the history and construction techniques of the geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS–IBS). The video illustrates how to build a GRS–IBS. It is intended to educate designers, engineers, contractors and inspectors on the fundamentals of the GRS–IBS. The video follows the GRS–IBS Interim Implementation Guide (FHWA-HRT-11-026). The [...]

By |2018-10-05T09:53:10-05:00October 5, 2018|

Two Fleischmann amendments related to geosynthetics included in final FAA reauthorization

Two amendments introduced by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., both related to geosynthetics, were included in the final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2019 that was approved by both the House and Senate and sent to the White House. The House passed the legislation in May, and the Senate passed it 93-6 earlier this week. [...]

By |2018-10-08T07:41:17-05:00October 5, 2018|

AASHTO elects new president, Workforce and funding are top priorities

The board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) elected Carlos Braceras P.E., executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, to serve as its new president and Missouri DOT Director Patrick McKenna as its vice president. “I’m honored and inspired to accept the role of AASHTO president during [...]

By |2018-09-24T14:45:17-05:00September 25, 2018|

AASHTO directors choose Tymon as executive director

The board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) selected James J. Tymon as the sixth executive director of AASHTO during the association's annual board of directors meeting in Atlanta, Ga., Sep. 24. Tymon, who is AASHTO’s chief operating officer and director of policy and management, joined the association in [...]

By |2019-01-22T11:53:13-06:00September 24, 2018|

Registration opens for 2019 TRB Annual Meeting

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has opened registration for the 2019 TRB Annual Meeting, Jan. 13–17, in Washington, D.C. More than 13,000 transportation professionals will attend, including policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry and academic institutions. The program will cover all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 [...]

By |2018-10-03T14:46:35-05:00September 24, 2018|

ARTBA testifies to House committee against century-old rule ‘stifling’ innovation in transportation

A 1916 rule enacted by President Woodrow Wilson’s administration is curbing 21st-century transportation innovations that could improve safety and quality on the nation’s major roadways, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said in Sept. 5 testimony submitted to the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee. At issue is 23 CFR 635.411, a 102-year-old federal [...]

By |2018-09-06T11:47:29-05:00September 7, 2018|
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