Highways and Streets

Issues & Modes / Highways and Streets

There are over 4 million miles of roads in the United States moving cars, trucks, transit, and non-motorized vehicles across a seamless, integrated network. About three-quarters of the roads are owned by localities but the vast majority of travel occurs on major state roads and the federally-designated Interstate System. Today, this complex system is under strain as demands for upgrades and repair, safety improvements, and modernization mount.

Webinar: The Key to Building Great Communities: Listening for Understanding

When Lynn Peterson began working as a transportation engineer, she was taught to evaluate roadway projects based only on metrics...

Transportation at the Ballot Box: What to Watch

On Election Day next week, voters in at least 21 states will decide on hundreds of important questions related to transportation...

FY23 Highway Funding: Allocated Set-Aside Reaches All-Time High; 33 States Face Vulnerable Road User Penalty

On October 20, the Federal Highway Administration gave states a pro-rated share of fiscal 2023 highway funding permission under the...

Federal Judge Finds Rhode Island’s Truck Tolls on Interstate Bridges Unconstitutional

A federal judge this week ruled that Rhode Island's system of bridge tolls on heavy trucks is an unconstitutional restriction on...

Senate Confirms Hutcheson to Head FMCSA

The U.S. Senate yesterday afternoon confirmed the nomination of Robin Hutcheson to be Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety...

Costs of Highway Construction Rose 20%, 1Q 2021 to 1Q 2022

This week, the Federal Highway Administration updated its official measure of highway and bridge construction costs to indicate that...

Innovative ‘Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project’ in Northern Virginia to Open on Time this Year

As Jeff Davis, a Senior Fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, recently noted: “If sustained highway cost inflation averages...

Webinar: The Role of Technology in Modernizing Supply Chains

The freight transportation sector has always been a leader in leveraging new technologies to improve operational speed, efficiency, and...

FHWA Narrowly Avoids Lapse of FY22 Highway Funds in August Redistribution

After some extra encouragement from the Federal Highway Administration, state DOTs collectively managed to request just enough highway...

Comparing the Two Community Reconnection/Access Programs

The just-enacted Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) creates a new $3.2 billion program called the "Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant...

DOT Reinstates Greenhouse Emissions Measure for NHS

Last week, the Federal Highway Administration announced a proposed regulation requiring states and local planning agencies to measure...

Speed in Business Has Never Been Greater

Companies learned during the pandemic that they could shift and adapt quickly to rapidly changing business environments. As more...

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