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What does the Future Highway Look Like?

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 in Interstate, Technology

  America has been using asphalt since the 1920s! We need to bring our roadways into the 21st century, but what does the future highway look like?  Solar Roadways maybe the answer! What if our highways could give us energy, provide LED road lines, melt snow away, charge our electric vehicles, pay for themselves, have innovative safety warnings, and be made out of recycled trash?  Crazy right?  No way it could happen…. well it’s happening!  Scott and Julie Brusaw (Featured Above) came up with a great concept; Replace our current roads with solar panels. This crazy dream started to turn into a reality when the Federal Highway Administration presented Scott and Julie with a contract in 2009.  This contract was to designed a prototype.  The main issue with the prototype was figuring out what the top layer would be made of.  It would have to...

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Labor Day Weekend to See Most US Drivers in Six Years

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 in Interstate, Safety

  The most Americans in six years will travel by car over the Labor Day holiday weekend, and they’ll be paying the least for gasoline since 2010 as refineries produce ample amounts of the fuel, AAA predicts. About 29.7 million people plan to drive 50 miles or more from home during the five days ending Sept. 1, up from 29.3 million last year and the most since 2008, Florida-based AAA, the biggest U.S. motoring organization, said in a statement. “We’re going into the Labor Day with the lowest gasoline prices for most motorists since 2010 for the holiday,” Michael Green, a Washington-based AAA spokesman, said. “This really helps make travel more affordable and leave travelers with more money to spend on other things while on their trips.” The most Americans in six years will travel by car over the...

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Siemens to Electrify Trolley Big Rigs for SoCal eHighway Demonstration

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 in Interstate, Technology

  California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has selected Siemens to install an eHighway system near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — the two largest ports in the United States. This eHighway will be the electrification of highway lanes via a catenary system that supplies commercial trucks with electric power — similar to the way trolleys or streetcars are powered on many city streets. All the while, the system is expected to offer the same flexibility as free-running diesel trucks. The project installation will begin immediately with infrastructure commissioned and first truck integrated in order to start the one-year demonstration next July. The demonstration eHighway to be built by Siemens will be a two-way, mile-long system that will feature different battery-electric and hybrid trucks. What testers hope to find is lower fossil fuel consumption,...

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Produce Imports to Increase at Savannah Port

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in Equipment, Interstate

  Expect to see more South American produce coming directly into the southern U.S. at one facility due to the Georgia Ports Authority’s participation in a U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program. Starting Sept. 1, the Port of Savannah will begin handling fruit from South America that has undergone cold treatment, a process that prevents the transmission of agricultural pests. Through the USDA program, citrus fruits, grapes and blueberries will be chilled for at least 17 days prior to entry into the U.S. to protect against fruit flies. The process will be done in producing countries, including Peru, Chile and Brazil, or at transshipment points such as Panama. The fruit will move in refrigerated containers held just over freezing during transit aboard cargo vessels, effectively cutting the time the fruit must remain stationary for treatment. “South American fresh fruit...

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Senate Passes Eleventh-hour Highway Funding Bill

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in Interstate, Regulatory

  Just hours before the Department of Transportation was scheduled to end highway funding payments to individual states, the Senate voted late Thursday night to approve a $10.8 billion bill that will finance highway projects through next May. In an 81-13 vote, the Senate caved in to a House version of the bill that continues funding of highway projects for another 10 months — through May of next year. The bill goes to President Barack Obama, who has indicated he would sign it into law. Earlier Thursday, the House rejected a bill the Senate had passed on Tuesday night that would have funded highway and mass-transportation programs only through Dec. 19 of this year. Last night’s Senate vote curtails any chance that legislators will seriously discuss a long-term highway funding program before the mid-term elections in November. A majority of...

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House Rejects Senate Highway Trust Fund Patch as Deadline Looms

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in Interstate, Regulatory

  Congress is inching ever closer to the edge of insolvency for the Highway Trust Fund. On Thursday afternoon the House rejected the Senate’s bill to patch the Fund into December and sent its original bill back to the upper chamber. The vote was 271-149. Members of the House then prepared to depart for their five-week summer break. The Senate has until Friday to either accept the House bill that it rejected earlier this week, or let the fund tip into insolvency, risking thousands of highway projects and as many as 700,000 highway construction jobs. If the Senate does not act, on Friday, August 1, the Department of Transportation will have to start cutting back reimbursements to states for highway projects they have completed. At issue was a House bill that patches the fund through next May, versus a...

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