On Nov. 21, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for $275 million to build new reversible lanes along I-75 and I-575 in Atlanta, Ga. The 29.7-mile-long project will relieve congestion along the heavily trafficked corridor during morning and evening peak periods. The loan will go toward the $833.7 million total cost of the project.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) was joined by members of the Texas Transportation Commission in Tyler on Nov. 20 to showcase Fleet Forward, a program designed to streamline the number of TxDOT vehicles and heavy equipment in order to increase productivity while reducing maintenance and storage costs. TxDOT said the program will save the agency approximately $50 million annually and make it possible to address other TxDOT projects benefiting Texas drivers over the next decade.
In preparation for the opening of the expanded Panama Canal in 2015, PortMiami recently took delivery of four new Super Post-Panamax cranes to handle the new generation of super-sized container cargo vessels that will begin passing through the Canal less than two years from now. “The Post-Panamax Era is near at hand,” said Miami Mayor Carlos A.
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The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers the first deadline in the implementation phase of its updated Hazard Communication Standard is Dec. 1. By this date, employers must train workers on the standard’s new label elements and safety data sheet. Find information and resources, including QuickCards, a training fact sheet, a list of frequently asked questions and a brief on labels and pictograms on OSHA’s Hazard Communications page.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) on Nov. 14 filed a lawsuit to challenge the New York State Thruway Authority’s diversion of millions of dollars of toll revenues every year to maintain the tourism and recreational facilities that make up the New York Canal System. “During these times of underfunding highway infrastructure, we cannot afford to have tolling authorities take the money users pay for maintenance and upkeep of the roadways and use it for recreational or other unrelated purposes,” said ATA President Bill Graves.
After severe storms, generating tornadoes and straight-line winds moved through Illinois on November 17, several emergency exemptions were declared by Governor Pat Quinn and other regulatory officials that could affect some SC&RA members. A Gubernatorial Proclamation was issued to declare the Counties of Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Jasper, LaSalle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Will and Woodford disaster areas.
In the province of Ontario, Canada, Oversize/Overweight (O/O) permit services are being revamped as part of the Ministry of Transportation’s Road User Safety (RUS) Modernization Project. The new online O/O services are designed to streamline access to applications and permitting services. Additionally, the ministry plans to improve the efficiency of its services by better coordinating service delivery while eliminating complex reporting relations and reducing the operational overhead required to maintain several offices.
Dec. 4 is the last day SC&RA’s Group Room Block is guaranteed for the 2014 January Board & Committee Meetings, January 5-8, at the Canyons Resort, Park City, Utah. After that date, requests will be filled on a space and rate available basis only. Additionally, members are encouraged to register for the meetings by Dec. 6 to save $50 per registration.
SC&RA is pleased to announce it has posted Monumental!—the coffee table book commemorating five decades of the Association’s Job of the Year awards program—as a free download on the SC&RA website. To commemorate the Association’s 65th anniversary in 2013, SC&RA, in partnership with KHL Group, produced this 233-page book. It features descriptions of every winning job since the program began in 1967, along with photos of many of these jobs.