On January 4, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) launched News in Design with Keith Platte on its Transportation TV webpage. Platte, AASHTO’s Associate Program Director for Project Delivery, will host the show that features innovative transportation products and programs being tested and/or implemented by state departments of transportation across the country.
On December 10, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez joined officials from the Nevada Department of Transportation as they put a new bridge in place on the I-15 West Mesquite Interchange with new technologies that allowed for faster completion of the project, resulting in less congestion for travelers. Officials from 24 state departments of transportation viewed the demonstration to learn how the advancements could benefit their states.
On January 9, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced it was releasing nearly $1.6 billion to states and territories to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters. Funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Emergency Relief Program was provided by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012. FHWA will provide a total of $1.58 billion to 30 states, American Samoa, U.S.
Did You Know…As a motor carrier, your Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) and Power Unit (PU) data from your Motor Carrier Registration form, known as the MCS-150, are used to calculate your Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) percentiles.
On January 6, the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) released a special report, The Changing Tide of U.S.-International Container Trade, examining historical U.S. maritime trends, changes in U.S. trading partners, and current U.S. marine trade patterns. The report also compares container vessel calls, container vessel capacity, and the average deadweight tonnage of vessels calling at seaports along the U.S. Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts.
Changes approved by the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (NMAPC) to the agreements between 14 building trade unions and construction contractors went into effect on January 1.
On January 9, Goldwind USA announced turbine sales to new customers: Enel Green Power North America, Wind Energy Developers, LLC and Debenham Energy. Each will use Goldwind’s permanent magnet direct-drive turbine technology on their wind farms. Upon completion of the projects, Goldwind USA will have projects operating in California, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Rhode Island, in addition to Ecuador and Chile. In all, Goldwind has over 200 megawatts of turbine sales and project acquisitions in place since opening U.S. offices in Chicago 18 months ago.
The 2010 moratorium and continued slow pace of oil and natural gas project-permitting in the Gulf of Mexico are harming investment in new oil and natural gas projects and eliminating thousands of jobs, concluded a study released on January 10 by the American Petroleum Institute (API). “The economic impacts of the moratorium are still being felt,” said API President and CEO Jack Gerard. “We’re not doing what we should be doing to help meet our nation’s energy needs, deliver revenue to our government, and create jobs.
Construction employment increased in December by 17,000, driven by gains in nonresidential construction employment, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released January 6 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “Nonresidential construction is clearly driving last month’s employment gains,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.
Private-sector employment increased by 325,000 from November to December on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report released January 5. Manufacturing employment increased 22,000, tripling the previous month’s increase of 7,000, while construction employment grew 26,000 during that period.
“December’s advance was the largest monthly gain since December 2010, reflecting strong job creation across most industries,” said Carlos Rodriguez, President and Chief Executive Officer of ADP.