Government, Business

DOT Awards $2.2 Billion for Infrastructure Projects

Aerial view of a southern section of the Port of Los Angeles An overview of a southern section of the Port of Los Angeles. The port will use RAISE funds to build a four-lane, rail-roadway grade separation to reduce thousands of truck vehicle hours traveled. (Port of Los Angeles via Twitter)

Reducing truck waiting times at ports was a recurrent objective among some of the 166 projects awarded $2.2 billion in infrastructure grants announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
August 11, 2022

Senate Votes to Overturn Biden Environmental Rule

Sen. Joe Manchin, trailed by reporters on Aug. 4. Sen. Joe Manchin, trailed by reporters on Aug. 4. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Aug. 4 voted to overturn a Biden administration rule requiring rigorous environmental review of major infrastructure projects such as highways, pipelines and oil wells.

Matthew Daly | Associated Press
August 4, 2022

Senate Transportation Leaders Applaud Water Bill’s Passage

Barges on the Ohio River Barges navigate the Markland Locks on the Ohio River in Warsaw, Ky. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Legislation meant to facilitate the flow of freight along the nation’s waterways easily passed in the Senate, garnering strong endorsements from the chamber’s transportation leaders.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 2, 2022
Government, Technology, Safety

Bridge Slide in Utah Involved Technical Savvy — and Dish Soap

Nighttime work on the bridge slide project on I-15 in Utah Nighttime work on the sliding bridge project on Interstate 15 in Cedar City, Utah. (Utah Department of Transportation)

Truckers driving over the Interstate 15 freight corridor in Utah may not realize lane closures were minimized to several hours instead of days when a new 550-ton bridge slid into place using dish soap, hydraulic jacks and technical skill.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
August 1, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Buttigieg Praises West’s Green Energy Potential

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg by Susan Walsh/Associated Press

Motorists taking advantage of electric vehicle tax breaks contained in a $739 billion Senate bill introduced this week will be well-served by existing and planned infrastructure in the West, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on July 29.

Kip Hill | The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.
July 29, 2022

USDOT Outlines Infrastructure Funding Availability

U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters U.S. Department of Transportation

Federal funds to enhance safety and connectivity across the country’s mobility networks will become available over the next few months to help state agencies make improvements to freight corridors, and also propel adoption of new technologies throughout the transportation landscape.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 28, 2022

Semiconductor Bill Passes Senate, Awaits House Vote

Capitol Agenda by Eugene Mulero

Legislation designed to assist semiconductor manufacturers and improve the flow of freight across the nation’s supply chains advanced in the Senate on July 27.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 25, 2022
Government, Business

Most Cities Prioritizing Roads, Bridges With Infrastructure Aid

Vehicles drive under a bridge on I-70 north of downtown Denver. Vehicles drive under a bridge on I-70 north of downtown Denver. (Michael Ciaglo/Bloomberg News)

Most U.S. cities will pour their share of the federal infrastructure spending package into fixing crumbling roads and bridges, prioritizing motor vehicle infrastructure over other projects like public transit, airports and railways.

Mackenzie Hawkins | Bloomberg News
July 19, 2022
Government, Business

Stakeholders to White House: Extend ‘Buy America’ Rules Waiver

Getty Image of road construction TommL/Getty Images

Nearly 50 transportation groups are asking the Biden administration to extend a waiver for certain requirements for products and materials associated with infrastructure construction projects.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 6, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Mitch Landrieu Defends Repair Over Building New Roads

Landrieu Mitch Landrieu, White House infrastructure implementation coordinator, speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington earlier this year. (Eric Lee/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden’s point man carrying out the roughly $1 trillion infrastructure law defended the administration’s emphasis on fixing before taking on new expansion as congressional Republicans criticized the policy.

Lillianna Byington | Bloomberg News
June 16, 2022