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TDOT celebrates 100 years

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation kicked off "100 Years of Moving Tennessee Forward,” a year-long celebration of its centennial as a state agency. The state statute creating the first state highway agency, the Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works, became law on July 1, 1915. The department was tasked with creating a network of state highways and to perform and oversee construction and maintenance on state roadways.

Gannett Fleming expands geotechnical operations in Florida

Largo, Fla. — Gannett Fleming has strengthened its commitment to the Florida geotechnical community with the expansion of its facilities and upgrades to its equipment for geotechnical and environmental investigations, as well as mineral exploration. These changes are designed to meet the growing needs of the firm’s transportation, water resources, mining, and commercial development clients.

FST commemorates 100th anniversary

Burlington, Mass. — On July 1, 1914, three prominent engineers with ties to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Frederic H. Fay, Charles M. Spofford, and Sturgis H. Thorndike — opened their first office. Though officially founded on June 8, the engineering firm's work truly began when they and their small staff settled in at 308 Boylston Street in Boston.

U.S. DOT outlines steps for managing impending Highway Trust Fund shortfall

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx sent letters to state transportation departments and transit agencies outlining steps the Department of Transportation (DOT) will soon be forced to take to manage the impending insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund. In both letters, Secretary Foxx outlined the department’s proposed plan while emphasizing the need for Congress to act in order to avoid such a shortfall.

2015 TRB 94th Annual Meeting accepting papers

Washington, D.C. — TRB is accepting papers for consideration as part of the program for the TRB 94th Annual Meeting, Jan. 11-15, 2015, in Washington, D.C., and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). The spotlight theme for the 2015 TRB Annual Meeting is Corridors to the Future: Transportation and Technology.

Robert Madsen wins 2014 CFSEI Distinguished Service Award

Washington, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) named Robert Madsen, P.E., Senior Project Engineer at Devco Engineering, Inc. in Corvallis, Ore., as the recipient of its 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The award, which recognizes the significant contributions of an individual who has volunteered time, talent and resources to the cold-formed steel industry, was presented recently during the 2014 CFSEI Annual Expo and Meeting at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

TxDOT selects LAN to provide statewide right-of-way services

Houston — The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) selected planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to provide Right of Way Acquisition Professional Services (ROWAPS) on a statewide basis for the next two years.

Oregon city picks CH2M HILL for public works contract

Denver — The City of Ontario, Ore., awarded CH2M HILL a five-year contract to operate and maintain the city's water and wastewater systems along with streets, parks and cemeteries. Additionally, CH2MHILL will be responsible for system-wide repair and replacement work while also managing the city's capital improvement program.

Severn Trent Services wins contracts with three Oklahoma municipalities

Fort Washington, Pa. — Severn Trent Services recently won contracts with three municipalities in Oklahoma. Two of the contracts – with the McAlester Public Works Authority and the Guymon Utilities Authority – are for public-private partnerships, in which the company will provide long-term operations and maintenance (O&M). The third – with an existing partner, the Clinton Public Works Authority – is a 90- to 120-day contract to evaluate and identify future water sources for the city.

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