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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted recently that highway crash fatalities for the first nine months of 2019 declined by 2.2 percent compared to the first nine months of 2018; a trend that made the third quarter of 2019 the eighth consecutive year-to-year quarterly decline in fatalities since the fourth quarter of 2017.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials joined eight other organizations as signatories to a letter sent on Dec. 20 to Congressional committee leaders that seeks the allowance of federal funding for automated speed enforcement of work zones.

A group of 41 transportation organizations called for the repeal of $7.6 billion rescission of Federal-aid highway contract authority as part of any Continuing Resolution or CR is issued to help Congress wrap up Fiscal Year 2020 funding efforts. In a Sept.

Twelve winning transportation projects from four U.S. regional competitions, including the I-84 widening project in Waterbury, will battle it out in this year's America's Transportation Awards competition, with two $10,000 cash awards for a charity or transportation-related scholarship of the winners' choosing at stake.

With teams of secondary school students flocking to Park City, Utah, to compete in the final round of the 2019 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials National Bridge Challenge competition — an event that is part of the organization's annual spring meeting — the Utah Department of Transportation engaged in a "future workforce recruiting" effort.

In 2016, when the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) first compiled the findings of its inaugural survey on drone usage among state transit authorities, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit received some surprising results.

In the shadow of the Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge – Washington, D.C.'s largest transportation infrastructure project to date – federal, state and local gathered with other transportation industry representatives to re-emphasize the importance of roadway work zone safety, especially since 799 motor vehicle drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians were killed in work zone crashes in 2017, which includes 132 highway workers.

According to the latest annual bridge report issued by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, 47,052 bridges in the United States are classified as "structurally deficient," down slightly from the 2018 edition. ARTBA Chief Economist Alison Premo Black wrote the report and conducted the bridge analysis based on information from the U.S.

The Federal Railroad Administration issued more than $56.9 million in grants on Feb. 8 for 18 railroad infrastructure projects in 16 states; funding being made available through its Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements or CRISI program.

A new 40-page report released by the Mineta Transportation Institute on Feb. 11 examines ways to recruit and retain more women in transportation, offering 11 recommendations to help improve both female- and minority-focused hiring practices. The group's report – entitled Attracting and Retaining Women in the Transportation Industry and authored by MTI Research Associates Jodi Godfrey and Dr.

During a hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Jan. 29, Nicole Nason said that, should the committee confirm her nomination as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, she plans to place a special focus on rural roadway safety.