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Press Releases

FHWA Study Finds Red Light Running Violations Down 60 Percent

Contact: TaMara McCrae
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 9-00
Automated Cameras Work
A report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration shows that red light running violations decreased by as much as 60 percent at intersections where cameras automatically enforce the law.
The report analyzed results of red light running camera programs in Los Angeles County; San Francisco; New York City; Howard County, Md.; and Polk County...


Karen Whitney, (202)366-0660
Claretta Duren, (202)366-4636
FHWA 8-00
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced that highway construction costs increased 9.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 1999 as compared to the third quarter of 1999 and 9.7 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 1998.
The fourth quarter raised the FHWA's composite index for highway construction costs to 144.1 percent of the 1987 base index (1987 average costs...

DOT Provides $2.5 Million to South Carolina To Repair Hurricane-Damaged Roads

Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Telephone: 202-366-0660
FHWA 7-00
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater today announced that South Carolina will receive $2.5 million in emergency relief funds to repair federal-aid roads that were damaged on Sept. 15, 1999 as a result of Hurricane Floyd.
"President Clinton and Vice President Gore recognize the damage that South Carolina has suffered because of the hurricane, and these funds will help repair it," Secretary Slater...

FHWA, State, Local Transportation Agencies To Explore Ways to Improve ITS Deployment, Overall Traffic

Contact: Karen Whitney
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 6-00
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced a six-year pooled-fund study to examine and improve the way state and local Transportation Management Centers (TMCs) gather, synthesize and disseminate traffic information.
The safety and efficiency of automobile and truck traffic largely depend on how well TMCs perform these core functions.

Federal Highway Administration Provides Handbook With Guidance on Using of Native Plants Along Highways

Contact: Lori Irving
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 5-00
In continuing effort to protect the environment and help control the introduction of invasive species of plants, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today released Roadside Use of Native Plants, a handbook that provides state by state references in the use of native plants and how they can be used to benefit highway projects by saving time and money.
"We are committed to protecting the environment along the...

Sutton Named Acting Deputy Administrator At Federal Highway Administration

Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 4-00
U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today announced the appointment of Walter Sutton as acting deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Sutton had been head of policy at the FHWA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
"Walter's work at the FHWA, coupled with his overall background in transportation and his knowledge and experience in environmental and legal issues...

New Computer Program Helps Highway Engineers Predict and Prevent Pavement Cracking

Contact: Karen Whitney
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 3-00
Researchers at the Federal Highway Administration's Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, in concert with industry researchers, have developed a software package that will help engineers construct longer-lasting crack-free pavements. The system will provide a more accurate prediction of the potential for cracking in concrete pavements and overlays during construction.
The High Performance Paving system, or...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Slater Announces $3.6 Million in Funding for Millennium Trails

Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 2-00
U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater today announced that $3.6 million in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) discretionary funds will be provided to four trails associated with the Millennium Trails Initiative.
"I am very pleased that we are taking another step toward creating a network of millennium trails that reflect the unique spirit of their states and the collective history of our nation," said...

Transportation Secretary Slater Praises Departing FHWA Deputy Administrator

Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 1-00
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater today praised Gloria J. Jeff for her six years of service at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a time that saw record levels of investment in America's transportation infrastructure, designation of the National Highway System, and FHWA restructuring to help the agency meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Jeff announced that she will leave the agency...

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $1 Million for Flood-Damaged Roads and Bridges in Oregon

FHWA 04-20
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao late yesterday announced the availability of $1 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help repair roads and bridges damaged by flooding throughout north central Oregon. The area, spanning Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties, is relatively rural, and has limited resources to respond to such a major disaster.
On February 6, heavy rains and snowmelt caused the Umatilla River to flood, causing...