Michigan DOT Using Carbon Fiber in Bridge Construction

To reduce the cost of corrosion and long-term maintenance expenses, the Michigan Department of Transportation is broadening its use of carbon fiber structural material on bridges statewide. [Above photo by the Michigan DOT] “Rusting of steel elements is the leading cause of deterioration in our bridges. Since carbon fiber is ...
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AASHTO Highlights Key Challenges of EV Charger Plan

While the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials supports President Biden’s “ambitious goal” of building a new national network of 500,000 electric vehicle or EV chargers by 2030, the organization cautions that “many challenges must be overcome, both technical and logistical, in order to make this goal a ...
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Environmental News Highlights – January 19, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION

Biden Spending Bill Ignites Debate Over Dairy Methane Pollution – U.S. News and World Report

DOE Launches New Initiative From President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law To Modernize National Grid – US Department of Energy (Media release)

COVID-19

2021 ferry ridership nears 75% of pre-pandemic levelsWashington State DOT

Omicron disrupts transit, emergency services as workers call out sick: ‘Most people are going to get Covid’ – CNBC

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Northwest Progressive Institute’s Polling Shows Washingtonians Want State’s Next Transportation Package To Be Safety And Climate Focused, Not Car-Centric – Cascadia Advocate

Cities Want Ebikes to Stay in Their Lane – but Which One? – Wired

How U.S. Infrastructure Plans Shrank in Ambition – CityLab (Commentary)

AIR QUALITY

U.S. emissions surged in 2021, putting the nation further off track from its climate targets – Washington Post

EPA to review general aviation lead emissions risks – Reuters

This startup pays Bay Area residents to monitor their air quality – in crypto – SFGATE

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

TRB Panel Examines Ways to Create Equity in Transportation – AASHTO Journal

A California City Is Taking Electric Transit Into Its Own Hands – Jalopnik

Vt. lawmakers look to create statewide environmental justice policy – WCAX-TV

NATURAL RESOURCES

How Does a Cougar Cross a Washington Freeway? Their Future May Depend on the Answer – U.S. News and World Report

World’s Largest Wildlife Crossing Is Finally Underway in Los Angeles – Curbed

CULTURAL RESOURCES

As St. Louis’ historic buildings crumble, city eyes little-used powers some say can help save them – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

New Colorado DOT Documentary Depicts New Era Of Archeology – Estes Park Trail Gazette

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Old Florida Keys bridge reopening to pedestrians, bicyclistsAP

Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive Revs Up for a Car Comeback – Bloomberg CityLab

E-Scooters Set to Return to Chicago’s Streets, But They’ll Be Banned from 606 Trail – WTTW-TV

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRB 2022 Annual Meeting – Keynote USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg – TRB (Video)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program To Allow Persons Ages 18, 19, and 20 To Operate Commercial Motor Vehicles in Interstate CommerceFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Notice and establishment of pilot program)

Notice To Reestablish the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety Charter – FTA (Notice)

Notice of Designation of the Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve – NOAA (Notice)

Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 8 (ATLW-8) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the New York (NY) Bight – Final Sale Notice (FSN) – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice)

Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fee – Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (Interim final rule, request for comments)