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Posted by Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson

Historians agree that roads were one of the first human innovations that led to a “civilized” world. Communities emerged at crossroads where paths and trails intersected. In time, those routes became wider and better maintained to ensure uninterrupted commerce and travel. Centuries ago, the ancient Romans positioned stones at key points along these early roads, offering travelers navigational assistance. These stones were early mile markers – milestones, in the most literal sense of the word – to inform travelers of their progress.

Those early travelers might enjoy knowing that,...

Continue Reading A Summer of Milestones

Posted by Brandye Hendrickson, Acting Administrator, Federal Highway Administration and Bud Wright, Executive Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

If you are a transportation practitioner working for a local or tribal government and want to improve your construction, maintenance, and material selection processes and projects, FHWA and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials have some fantastic news. Earlier this month, FHWA and AASHTO finalized an agreement that will provide local and tribal transportation professionals with free access to the AASHTO TC3 library.

AASHTO TC3 provides over 120 courses and some of the best online training available anywhere. AASHTO’s goal with TC3 is to create and...

Continue Reading FHWA and AASHTO Team Up to Provide Transportation Education Online to Local Public and Tribal Agencies

Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

The Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Council (COMSTAC) is meeting today at DOT.  There will be much to discuss, as the space launch industry has matured into a viable and profitable industry.

Last year, America recaptured global leadership with a banner number of launches.  This was a big change.  Just six years ago, in 2012, the United States was only third, behind both Russia and China.   Now, our space industry is not only number one, it is on track to set a new record for launches in 2018.

Being number one in space...

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Posted by Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

The Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Council (COMSTAC) is meeting today at DOT.  There will be much to discuss, as the space launch industry has matured into a viable and profitable industry.

Last year, America recaptured global leadership with a banner number of launches.  This was a big change.  Just six years ago, in 2012, the United States was only third, behind both Russia and China.   Now, our space industry is not only number one, it is on track to set a new record for launches in 2018.

Being number one in space...

Continue Reading Commercial Space – From Experimental to Entrepreneurial

Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao - New York City

This Memorial Day, I will be participating in a wreath-laying ceremony on board the decorated aircraft carrier, the Intrepid.  It earned its stripes in World War II, serving in the Pacific theater.  The ship’s toughest fights were in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.  It also served in the Vietnam War.  The Intrepid played a role in the early space program, too, as a recovery ship for the Mercury and Gemini programs.  Today the aircraft carrier sits in New York Harbor as the centerpiece of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

A person cannot stand on the grey...

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Posted by Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao - New York City

This Memorial Day, I will be participating in a wreath-laying ceremony on board the decorated aircraft carrier, the Intrepid.  It earned its stripes in World War II, serving in the Pacific theater.  The ship’s toughest fights were in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.  It also served in the Vietnam War.  The Intrepid played a role in the early space program, too, as a recovery ship for the Mercury and Gemini programs.  Today the aircraft carrier sits in New York Harbor as the centerpiece of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

A person cannot stand on the grey...

Continue Reading Please Remember America’s Veterans this Memorial Day

Posted by Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, Administrator Maritime Administration

Each year, on May 22nd, the United States celebrates National Maritime Day.

Now in its 85th year, the U.S. National Maritime Day’s focal point is our people. In 1933, Congress declared May 22nd as National Maritime Day, to recognize the first successful transoceanic voyage under steam propulsion, which took place in 1819. Without mariners, the event would never have happened.

Maritime Day is a time-honored tradition that recognizes one of America’s most important industries. Ceremonies and celebrations throughout the country will recognize...

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Posted by Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson

All of us at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are proud to partner with state, local and tribal governments to encourage the use of state-of-the-art transportation innovations under FHWA’s “Every Day Counts” (EDC) initiative. We call EDC the “on-ramp to innovation,” and with good reason. We’re always looking for newer, better ways to keep Americans safe while they drive and save time in project delivery as well as taxpayers’ money.

Missouri – also known as the “Show Me State” – has spent the last decade becoming the nation’s leading champion of Diverging Diamond...

Continue Reading "Show Me" State Shows America The Benefits of Diverging Diamond Interchanges

Posted by the Federal Aviation Administration

When the Wright Brothers first took off from the North Carolina coast, they never dreamed that Charlotte would be one of the country’s leading hubs for air travel a century later. It may surprise you to learn that Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is the second busiest airport on the East Coast and the sixth busiest in the United States. Last year, the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower at CLT handled more than 500,000 flights, and we expect that to grow to 745,000 flights in the next 15 years.

We’re getting ready to handle the projected growth by investing $112 million...

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Posted by Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson

All week, we at the FHWA and the USDOT are celebrating Infrastructure Week with our state and local partners. This weeklong observance is an opportunity to highlight not only the significance of America’s infrastructure but the people who made it possible.

Those involved in the design, planning, construction and maintenance of America’s 4.1 million miles of roads and bridges are too numerous to count, but a few notables stand out. For example, though he is not known for engineering, President Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. President to have a patent – for, of all things, a...

Continue Reading Infrastructure Unites America