Government, Business, Logistics

Trump’s Planned Infrastructure Boom Bumps Up Against Worker Shortage

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President Donald Trump’s plan to boost the economy with millions of jobs rebuilding roads, bridges and ports has a snag, the construction industry says: There aren’t nearly enough skilled workers to fill them.

Mark Niquette | Bloomberg News
August 30, 2017
Government, Business

Construction Stocks Tank as Trump’s Infrastructure Plans Fizzle

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The predicted boom in construction stocks under President Donald Trump is turning into a bust.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
August 28, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Bridge Monitoring Aided by Sensor Technology

Sensors installed on a Minnesota bridge Sensors are installed on a bridge in Minnesota. (MnDOT)

Bridge sensor systems are becoming integrated in the engineering and construction of spans across the country to monitor everything from load stress to movement.

Marissa Gamache | Special to Transport Topics
August 24, 2017
Government, Logistics

Mississippi Senate Panel to Again Study State’s Transportation Woes

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The Mississippi Senate Transportation Committee has two days of hearings scheduled for Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 for members to again hear about the poor condition of the state’s transportation system.

Bobby Harrison | Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, Miss.)
August 23, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

In Latest Speech, Trump Promises Infrastructure Bill

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After announcing an advisory council on infrastructure policy would not convene amid corporate leaders’ response to his reaction to racial violence, President Donald Trump expressed commitment to ensuring long-term funding legislation for the country’s transportation network is approved.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 23, 2017

Analysis: Trump’s Path to Boosting Infrastructure Full of Potholes

Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Julie Jacobson/AP Photo

President Donald Trump’s road to getting legislation through Congress this year to restore the nation’s crumbling infrastructure appears increasingly precarious.

Joan Lowy | Associated Press
August 22, 2017

Trump Abandons Plan for Council on Infrastructure

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President Donald Trump will not move forward with a planned Advisory Council on Infrastructure, a person familiar with the matter said Aug. 17.

Mark Niquette | Bloomberg News
August 17, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

GAO: Condition of Large U.S. Bridges Improving, but Challenges Remain

Desmond Bridge construction Construction on the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, Calif. (Jonathan Alcorn)

The condition of the nation’s large bridges has improved over the last decade, but state transportation officials have faced challenges constructing or completing major projects on large bridges over the past five years, according to a new report by a congressional watchdog agency.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2017
Government, Business

Trump Predicts Democrats Will Support Infrastructure Funding Plan

Trump press conference Pablo Martinez Monsivais

After issuing an executive order to streamline the permitting process for construction projects, President Trump expressed confidence that his yet-to-be unveiled long-term infrastructure funding plan would gain bipartisan backing on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 15, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

Oil Company Beefs Up Infrastructure to Get Trucks Off Crowded Roads

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For many drillers in the remote Delaware Basin, a section of the broader Permian Basin that stretches across West Texas and New Mexico, the only way to get crude from the fringes of oil boom towns to global markets is to dispatch fleets of trucks to scattered wells, from where they haul oil and water to terminals and various other collection points.

Collin Eaton | Houston Chronicle
August 14, 2017