AASHTO

Three of the state's major freeway and highway projects have earned regional awards in a national transportation competition that focuses on efforts to strengthen communities, improve the quality of life and foster a more efficient economy. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced the Arizona Department of Transportation projects, including the new Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway in the Phoenix area, have won first place awards in the organization's west region.

The Border West Expressway (BWE) has been recognized for improving transportation in the El Paso area. The $640 million, 7.4-mi. roadway that runs along the U.S.-Mexico border and completes a loop around El Paso is one of 11 transportation projects that earned regional recognition as part of America's Transportation Awards.

Eric Kalivoda, deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, recently was announced as the recipient of the prestigious Thomas H. MacDonald Memorial Award. The award is the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) top award and is presented each year to someone who has "rendered continuous outstanding service over an extended period of time or have made some exceptional contribution to the art and science of highway engineering." Kalivoda has served on the executive staff as the deputy secretary for the past ten years.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) received two regional awards for the S.R. 82 Widening Project and SunTrax Phase 1 from the Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) as part of the annual America's Transportation Awards competition.

A damaged, decades-old concrete bridge just off a narrow, curvy rural road in north central Tennessee's Morgan County will soon come down, and a low-cost, low-maintenance, technologically advanced composites bridge deck system with a 100-year lifespan will take its place.

A $3 trillion, 1,815-page COVID-19 relief measure proposed by the House of Representatives on May 12 contains $15 billion in stopgap funds for state departments of transportation – well below the nearly $50 billion the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials projects state DOTs will need to continue operations in the face of drastic falloffs in motor fuel tax revenues, toll road receipts, and other funding sources.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sent a letter to Congressional leadership on April 6 requesting the immediate emergency injection of $49.95 billion to offset an estimated 30 percent loss in state transportation revenues over the next 18 months.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), in Washington D.C., is beginning a new public outreach campaign entitled "The Benefits of Transportation: The Solutions State DOTs Bring to People and Their Communities." Designed to increase public awareness about the multitude of benefits transportation investment provides, this new national campaign uses an interactive map to link website visitors to transportation projects across the country — eight projects in Nebraska — that are reducing travel times, improving safety, protecting the environment, and boosting the economy.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted recently that highway crash fatalities for the first nine months of 2019 declined by 2.2 percent compared to the first nine months of 2018; a trend that made the third quarter of 2019 the eighth consecutive year-to-year quarterly decline in fatalities since the fourth quarter of 2017.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials joined eight other organizations as signatories to a letter sent on Dec. 20 to Congressional committee leaders that seeks the allowance of federal funding for automated speed enforcement of work zones.

A group of 41 transportation organizations called for the repeal of $7.6 billion rescission of Federal-aid highway contract authority as part of any Continuing Resolution or CR is issued to help Congress wrap up Fiscal Year 2020 funding efforts. In a Sept.