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DOT Announces $1.5 Billion for Significant Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao June 8 announced the award of $1.5 billion in federal grants to support 26 highway and freight improvement project in 23 states. The Georgia Department of Transportation will receive the largest grant—$184 million for an express lanes project. The smallest award is $6 million to the University of Alabama to construct a bridge over an existing rail line.   The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee released the list of recipients June 5.   The funds to support these grants were authorized by the 2015 FAST Act surface transportation reauthorization law under a newly created “Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program” that would provide on average $900 million a year to support projects with a minimum total cost of $100 million (10 percent of the available resources are reserved for small projects with a minimum cost of $5 million).   The Trump administration announced last year that it was repurposing the program to focus on innovation and leveraging federal funds. According to a Nov. 7, 2017, statement, “The new program will increase the impact of projects by leveraging capital and allowing innovation in the project delivery and permitting processes, including public-private partnerships.” The administration also announced it was renaming the program as “Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant” or “INFRA Grants.” Click here to continue reading…   Credit: Dean Franks, Sr. VP, Congressional Relations, ARTBA | Washington Newsline Please follow and like...

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Gov. Larry Hogan Celebrates Opening of New Dover Bridge

The governor was joined by Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Deputy Secretary Jim Ports, MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Administrator Greg Slater, state and local officials, residents, businesses and project team members. Motorists began using the new Dover Bridge the afternoon of June 12.   The governor arrived at the event after taking the final drive across the old Dover Bridge in a 1941 Buick owned and driven by Darlene Spence, who is affiliated with the St. Michaels Classic Motor Museum. The old bridge, which is being restored as a historic structure, will remain in the open position and serve as a fishing pier for local residents and visitors.   “I am pleased to announce the completion of this critically important project as we officially open the new Dover Bridge over the Choptank River — something that people have requested for decades,” said Hogan. “Our administration is proud to not only get it built but deliver this project a full year ahead of schedule. We are working hard to rebuild our transportation infrastructure on the Eastern Shore and all across the state.” Click here to continue reading…   Credit: Construction Equipment Guide Please follow and like...

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September 29 – October 1 – AGC Highway & Transportation Construction Conference

The AGC Highway and Transportation Construction Conference brings together contractors, owners and key industry constituents involved in every aspect of building highway and transit infrastructure for a day and a half-long program on the latest legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry, technology and operation trends shaping the market, and updates on AGC’s efforts to fund infrastructure investment.   About the AGC Highway & Transportation Division: The AGC Highway & Transportation Division provides management and market services to contractors engaged in highway, bridge, transit, airport runway and rail construction. The Division focuses on highway and transportation construction-related issues affecting members of the Division including legislation, regulations and the latest construction developments.   For information about participating in the Division’s activities, contact Brian Deery, Senior Director, Highway & Transportation Construction Division at or (703) 837-5319.   Conference Information Please follow and like...

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July 24-26 – International Conference on Ground Control in Mining

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is pleased to present the International Conference on Ground Control in Mining (ICGCM), which will be held July 24-26, 2018 at the Lakeview Resort and Conference Center in Morgantown, WV. The three-day symposium will be attended by practitioners from across the globe.    Ground control is now standard terminology in mining engineering and mine design. It has replaced the conventional reference to Roof Control. “Ground control not only covers roof, rib and floor controls, it also includes strata movement including failures from the floor strata through the coal seam up to the surface,” said Dr. Peng. “With this concept, the line of thought when confronting a ground control problem is wider and broader, resulting in more appropriate and lasting solutions.”   More than 1,500 papers have been published on ground control issues as a result of these conferences. Presentations during the 2018 conference will address topics including: Extreme Ground Conditions – Dynamic Collapse, Bumps and Rockbursts Mine Case Histories In-situ Stress and Global Stability Numerical Modeling Applications in Ground Control Fundamental Ground Control Studies Rockmass Support Performance New Ground Control Products and Equipment Development Ground Instrumentation and Monitoring Studies Subsurface Subsidence The annual Syd S. and Felicia F. Peng Ground Control in Mining Award and several scholarships were established with SME in 2005 to promote and encourage the continuing development of ground control technology...

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June 20, 2018

The following individuals successfully completed the certification exam: Gary Abell Mark Baur Jose Benitez Ashley Bennett Jerad Boyd Jason Cadden Kevin Chadwell Ricky Charles Cody Chesser Lindy Davis Yilma Desta James Eisentrout II Mike Fiala Robert Garaba Randi Grout Brian Hare Douglas Hartley Danny Henehan Steve Johnson Bryan Kaszowski Kurt Kraus Devrone McKnight Eddie Medina Debra Mirabile David Moulton Michael O’Melia Darryle Randall Edward Rubio John Rymer Jason Schmelz Jerry Schreiner Umar Tariq Orlando Thiess Brandon Wilkins Tsedenia Zelleke Please follow and like...

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