Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Today's Infrastructure News

Tennessee Lands $16.2M Transit Grant. | Nashville Business Journal
The Volunteer State has eight figures worth of new transit funding, with some of that money headed to Middle Tennessee.

USDOT Awards $16M Grant to Tennessee DOT for Bus, Vehicle Replacements | Transportation Today

Responding to an application by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has granted ...

Bus Passengers Can Expect Smoother Ride in the Near Future | WDEF News 12
Passengers can expect a smoother bus ride after CARTA receive grant money. TDOT applied for the grant on behalf of 10 agencies in coordination ...

Tri-Cities Leaders Call on Tennessee General Assembly to Establish Passenger Rail Dept. | WCYB
City leaders in Northeast Tennessee are uniting with a message for state ... much like the Virginia Dept. of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT).

TVA Provides Updates on the Boone Dam Restoration Project and Residents Relay Concerns | WCYB
Leaders of the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Boone Dam restoration project say it's still on time and on budget. Now ...

Transportation and Logistics Leaders Talk the Trade | The Press-Times (blog)
GREEN BAY – New York, Houston and even Chattanooga, Tennessee, may be leading the nation in transportation and logistics...  The 2019 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing privately held companies features 13 companies from the Chattanooga area, eight of which are in the
business of logistics industry

Across the State Line

China's Northernmost Highway Opens to Traffic |

With the opening of the 157-kilometer section passing through the complex permafrost zone to Mohe, the Beijing-Mohe National Highway (G111) was fully open to traffic, which links the national capital directly with the city bordering Russia.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Today's Infrastructure News

Report Finds More Than 47,000 ‘Structurally Deficient‘ Bridges In The U.S. | Stock Daily Dish
The collapse of a bridge earlier this week in Tennessee is raising new alarms about the delicate state of infrastructure across the U.S. Tennessee Department of Transportation that a concrete overpass spanning an interstate highway in Chattanooga fell when a truck carrying an oversize load hit the bottom of the bridge and sliced through steel beams underneath. One person driving underneath the bridge was injured, police say. The accident is renewing concerns about the deterioration of bridges across the country. According to a new report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, in the U.S. are in poor condition and in need of urgent repairs. The organization, which analyzes data from the Federal Highway Administration and releases an annual report on bridges, estimates it will take more than 80 years to fix all of the nation‘s deficient bridges. “Structurally deficient” doesn‘t mean the bridges are about to collapse, says Alison Black, chief economist for ARTBA. It just means the bridges are in need of renovation but are not unsafe for crossing

Hawkins County Highway Impacted by Landslides Reopens | WCYB 5More than nine months after deadly landslides impacted two Hawkins county highways, those roads are now reopening. Residents are relieved Highway 66 is now back open and Highway 70 is set to open next week. Two landslides in February, washed away vehicles and killed a Jonesborough driver.

Tennessee Lands $16M Federal tTransit Grant to Buy New BusesWZTV
Tennessee's share will go to the state Department of Transportation's Division of Multimodal Transportation Resources so rural and urban transit ...

Tennessee Department of Transportation Gets $16 Million Federal Transit Grant | Clarksville Online
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has been awarded a $16.2 million grant for Buses and Bus Facilities by the U.S. ...

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Today's Infrastructure News

Gas Tax Raises More Funds Than Expected | Columbia Daily Herald
Tennessee has collected $20 million more than expected from a higher tax on gasoline and diesel fuel put in place in 2017.

Tennessee Has Collected at Least $20M More than Expected Under IMPROVE Act | The Tennessean
Officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation informed Gov. Bill Lee earlier this month about the developments with the IMPROVE Act ...

Inmates, Roads, and Long DMV Lines Likely Issues for December House Budget Hearings | WKRN 2“Keeping up with our bridges and highways, we need to think big,” said Governor Bill Lee last month before a regional transit group, but thinking big about transportation and the funding involved likely will come up when the Tennessee Department of Transportation goes before the House finance committee in December. Lawmakers will hear the state’s gas increase passed under previous Governor Bill Haslam only goes so far. “We are topped out on the dollars per gallon,” said TDOT commissioner Clay Bright at Governor Lee’s budget hearings earlier this month.

TDOT Receives $16 Million Federal Transit Grant | The Chattanoogan
“These transit agencies provide services in 91 of Tennessee’s 95 counties, and they play a vital role in providing transportation to jobs, schools, and medical appointments,” TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Today's Infrastructure News

TDOT to Switch Out Traffic Signals Nov. 21-28 as Part of I-24 Smartway Upgrades | Murfreesboro Voice (press release)
As part of enhancements to the TDOT I-24 Smart Corridor Project, Murfreesboro's Traffic Signal System will ...

Demolition Begins in Preparation for Widening of Major Elizabethton Street | WCYB

A TDOT spokesperson said the intersection between Roan Street and Elk Avenue will be reconfigured. Bids for the project will be let out this summer.

Cost of Deferred Maintenance for U.S. Infrastructure Tops $1 Trillion, New Report Finds | Transportation Today
The report entitled, “America’s Trillion-Dollar Repair Bill: Capital Budgeting and the Disclosure of State Infrastructure Needs,” unveiled on Nov. 20, outlines how state and local governments do not fully disclose the costs of deferred maintenance to their infrastructure. “States say their budgets are balanced but too frequently, they fail to account properly for the immense cost of infrastructure maintenance that has been deferred,” said William Glasgall, Volcker Alliance senior vice president and director of state and local initiatives. “You cannot make a truly balanced budget if you do not know what your costs are. Taxpayers deserve to know how much it will cost to repair our deteriorating infrastructure.” According to the report, only four states disclose the cost of deferred maintenance for unfunded capital projects in their state documents. In Tennessee, New Jersey, Michigan and the District of Columbia, researchers found federal reports that showed the deferred maintenance gap, said Camila Fonseca-Sarmiento, one of the paper’s authors. In three other states, Hawaii, Kentucky and Washington, university research outlined the costs of deferred maintenance.

Nashville Engineer District Holds Fall Navigational Meeting | Waterways Journal
Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Tennessee Valley Authority and a contractor with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet were all on hand to discuss upcoming projects. Don Getty, project manager for the Corps’ Nashville district, talked about projects at Chickamauga and Kentucky locks. In an update on the Chickamauga Lock replacement project, Getty said, “Chickamauga looks in great shape as far as finishing this contract and finishing this project. It looks in better shape than Kentucky (Lock) right now.”

Memphis International Airport to Get $6 Million Grant for Infrastructure |

(FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION) – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced today that the Department of Transportation will award $8 million in airport infrastructure grants to two airports in the state of Tennessee. With this announcement, the Trump Administration has invested a historic $10.8 billion in more than two thousand American airports across the United States for safety and infrastructure improvements since January 2017. “The robust economy is enabling more passengers to travel by air so this Administration is investing billions of dollars in America’s airports which will address safer airport operations, fewer airport delays, and greater ease of travel for air travelers,”...

Across the State Line

In the Impending Cyberwar, Engineers Must Be on the Front Lines | ASCE News

Senior engineers in major infrastructure organizations – city governments, state departments of transportation, water and energy infrastructure firms – pack more cyber capability into their systems on a regular basis in search of greater efficiency and lower costs, without paying more than occasional lip service to the security of their systems. Thus, for example, in spite of all the public discussion regarding the need for cybersecurity, in March 2018 Atlanta was shut down by a ransomware attack, as was Baltimore last May – and these were relatively unsophisticated attacks. Imagine how much damage a state-scale cyber-attacker, with state-of-the-art AI, could do. Imagine how compromised their existing systems already are. The most important thing to recognize is that our infrastructure isn’t just old and worn out, it is a massive weapon in the hands of adversaries of the democratic West. On top of that, neither the formal engineering educational process nor the engineering professional organizations, have risen to the challenge of cyberwarfare and civilizational conflict. This challenge is not looming; it is here and has been here for long enough for the security dimension of our infrastructure to be thoroughly compromised.

Report: States Ramp Up Capital Spending | ASCE SmartBrief
State expenditures on capital projects rose 7.7% in fiscal 2019, the third-biggest percentage gain in two decades, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. The $113.9 billion total included a major focus on transportation, which saw a 9.3% increase to $73.1 billion. Engineering News-Record

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Today's Infrastructure News

I-40 West Back Open at Tennessee-North Carolina Border After Massive Detour | Knoxville News Sentinel
Interstate 40 West near the Tennessee-North Carolina state line has reopened following emergency bridge repairs this week. The westbound lanes ...

An East Tennessee father continues his mission on highway safety, at the heart of it is his teenage daughter.

Across the State Line

Texas Earthen Dam Section Deemed Unsafe | ASCE SmartBrief

An engineering firm estimates it will cost roughly $5 million to repair a section of an eroding earthen embankment on the east side of the Brazos River in Texas. Officials say the segment along the Lake Brazos Dam is unsafe and that one heavy rain could overwhelm the structure. Waco Tribune-Herald

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Today's Infrastructure news

TDOT Begins New Traffic Pattern Monday on Highway 27 Near MLK Boulevard | WTVC
Drivers in downtown Chattanooga will have to get used to a new traffic pattern as of Monday. As part of its process ...

TDOT Starts New Traffic Pattern on U.S 27 Ramp from West MLK Blvd. Monday | WRCB 3


City Should Honor S.R. 109 Management Agreement | Gallatin News
The City of Gallatin should honor its word when it comes to managing its portion of State Route 109. In early 2013, the mayors of Sumner and Wilson counties joined with the mayors of five cities – including Gallatin – and the commissioners of the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to sign the Tennessee S.R. 109 Corridor Management Agreement.

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