ACPA presented its 2019 Sustainable Practices Award to the Federal Highway Administration. The award was presented in recognition of leadership in creating a framework for sustainable design and construction practices that consider societal, environmental and economic factors (the triple bottom line).

The Federal Highway Administration awarded $10.2 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives or STSFA grants to seven state departments of transportation on Feb. 12; grants that aim to test "new ways" to finance highway and bridge projects.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Nov. 14 said it would amend or repeal a century-old regulation related to the development and deployment of new products on U.S. transportation projects. The agency's move comes in response to a March 27 filing from the Washington, D.C.-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), which noted the Woodrow Wilson administration era-rule is today impeding innovations that could save lives, minimize congestion, or otherwise improve the quality of the nation's highways.

The Federal Highway Administration published a 22-page Notice of Funding Opportunity in the Federal Register on Oct. 4 to make $300 million available through its Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects or NSFLTP program – with this funding being made available “for the first time” to build and repair roads and bridges that serve tribal or federal lands, according to a statement from the agency.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, PennDOT, FHWA and elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, cut the ceremonial ribbon Sept. 21, 2018, on Stage 1 of the PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange project. Otherwise known as the “Missing Link,” this section of road, which includes flyovers, was about 40 years in the making.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) commended the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) recent decision to abandon a proposal to require the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions following construction of new transportation projects.

Recent legislation has resulted in new requirements for national performance measures and targets in several measure areas, including pavement conditions. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) established the requirements, and Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) continued them.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials announced that Executive Director Frederick G. “Bud” Wright has notified the AASHTO board of directors that he intends to retire at the end of 2018. “AASHTO is a wonderful place to work,” said Wright in announcing his retirement.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced Jan. 16, the immediate availability of $6.5 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds for further repairs to roads and bridges throughout the U.S.

Pace Construction Company LLC and its partners are making good on the July 15, 2018 delivery date for the Missouri Department of Transportation's (MODOT) $25 million Route 141 at I-44 Improvement Design-Build Project in St. Louis. The design-build project, which began in June 2016, has Pace working with AECOM Technical Services, Inc., Kuesel Excavating Company, Inc.

The West Virginia Division of Highways will hold an observance to mark the 50th anniversary of the Silver Bridge Disaster at 11 a.m. on Dec. 15. “It was important for the West Virginia Division of Highways to get involved with the 50th anniversary of the Silver Bridge collapse for many reasons,” said Tom Smith, secretary for the West Virginia Department of Transportation.