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happens on the highway front on Capitol Hill this year, it's inconceivable that Congress will authorize the additional tens of billions of dollars in annual investment necessary to dramati- cally improve all the nation's roads and bridges," said Klein. "Inevitably, states are going to have to step up and do more. at's why we're putting resources in place to help make our members more effective advocates for infrastructure in their own state capitals." One example is a report by researchers at the College of William & Mary that AED sponsored and released in 2014. It documented all the various available transportation funding and financing options and included a scorecard of which states are using which mechanisms so dealers could tell where their states were potentially leaving money on the table. Innovation Offers Solutions Funding isn't the only way that states are being proactive in solving transportation challenges. rough the Every Day Counts (EDC) program of the Federal Hihway Administration (FHWA), state departments of transportation are advancing new technologies and strategies to get more done with less. Every two years, FHWA works with state and local transporta- tion departments and other stakeholders to identify innovative technologies and practices that merit widespread deployment. e selected innovations share common goals of shortening project delivery, enhancing the safety and durability of roads and bridges, cutting traffic congestion and improving environ- mental sustainability. As a result of the program the number of states implementing 3D engineered models nearly tripled from nine to 24. Using 3D technology allows for faster, more accurate and more efficient planning and construction. e Michigan DOT increased its use of 3D models nearly 50 percent in 2014. On the Zoo Interchange project, WisDOT used 3D models and components that allow users to view schedule and cost information along with the 3D design. e 3D models identified physical conflicts or collisions between elements before construction, eliminating a significant number of contract change orders and design issue notices during construction. WisDOT now requires 3D development for all new projects entering the design phase. Accelerated bridge construction (ABC) is another innovation that significantly reduces traffic delays, road closures and can lower project costs. FHWA promoted three ABC technologies: geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge systems, prefabri- cated bridge elements and systems, and slide-in bridge construc- tion. By the end of EDC-2, 31 states, had used Geosynthetic reinforced soil-integrated bridge system (GRS-IBS) technology, up from 20 at the beginning of EDC-2. Aer four years as an EDC technology using prefabricated bridge elements and systems is a standard practice for 23 states. Intelligent compaction (IC) helps states improve the quality, uniformity and long-lasting performance of pave- ments. IC efficiencies can produce time, cost and fuel savings. Implementation more than quadrupled from six to 24 states and Washington D.C. "We have made some good progress in the last few years on finding ways to streamline the project delivery process," said Tymon. Incentives available through State Transportation Innovation Councils, FHWA AID Demonstration and MAP-21, reward those states who implement new technologies. e success of these programs is another reason why a national program is so important. "Spending a dollar on R&D can save the industry $10 dollars in the future." Tymon also says states are moving to a performance-based program, where states will be accountable for measur- ing aspects of the infrastructure such as congestion, pavement quality and structural integrity of bridges. One way or another, gridlock needs to go. JOANNE COSTIN (jcostin@costincustom.com) is a freelance writer and marketing consultant focusing on the construction industry. She can be reached at (847) 340-4075. 30 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | July 2015 ("Breaking the Gridlock" continued from page 29) >> SECTOR CHECK s a m c m s i s s t C a i o w " t T a s i a s o States with Gas Tax Increases District of Columbia 23.5-cents-a-gallon gas tax eliminated but replaced with an 8.3 percent tax on wholesale gasoline and diesel purchases, effective Oct. 1, 2013. Georgia Increased the per gallon motor fuel tax from 7.5 cents to 26 cents for gasoline and 29 cents for diesel. Effective July 1, 2015. Adjusted annually based on the consumer price index (CPI), and change in fuel efficiency. Idaho 7 cent per gallon increase in gas tax effective July 1, 2015, and increased registration fees by $21.00. Iowa 10 cent per gallon increase effective April 1, 2015 Maryland 2.9 cent per gallon increase effective January 2015, indexed to CPI Massachusetts 3 cent per gallon hike in 2013, automatic increases were repealed by voters in November 2014. New Hampshire Raised gas tax 4.1 cents in July 2014 for specific projects. North Carolina The old state tax rate of 37.5 cents a gallon, was reduced to 36 cents through December, fell to 35 cents in January and 34 cents in July 2016. Starting in 2017, will be adjusted once a year according to a formula based on population growth and energy cost inflation. Pennsylvania 9.8 cents per gallon increase for gas, 13.2 cent per gallon increase for diesel fuel effective January 2015. Rhode Island 1 cent per gallon increase in July 2015, indexed to the CPI. South Dakota 6 cent per gallon increase in gas and diesel tax, effective April 1, 2015 Vermont 5.9 cent per gallon increase effective May 1, 2013. Also added a 2 percent assessment on the price of gasoline. Virginia 5.1 cent per gallon increase in January 2015 Wyoming 10 cent per gallon increase effective February 2013

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