New Publication Highlights Transportation Project Innovation in Kansas City Region; Future Work Could Be in Jeopardy if Congress Doesn't Act on Highway Trust Fund

May 14, 2015, 15:26 ET from American Road & Transportation Builders Association

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Innovative design and construction techniques, cutting-edge technologies, new materials, safety products and state-of-the-art heavy equipment are being deployed by the public and private sectors to deliver critical, and cost-effective, transportation improvement projects to communities across the U.S., a new publication from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) shows.

"Economy-Driven: Innovations Driving the ROI in U.S. Transportation Infrastructure" features 25 short case studies of projects that are benefitting U.S. taxpayers. Two projects are located in the Kansas City region:

  • The Route 59 upgrade in Lawrence, Kansas, uses 3-D grade control solutions to provide greater accuracy and allow the contractor to eliminate old-fashioned stakes and stringline methods. The new technique helped save about $90,000.
  • The I-49/Route 291 interchange in Harrisonville, Missouri, improves safety by using "diverging diamond interchanges," which eliminate the need to make a left turn across oncoming traffic. The method is saving more than $1 million compared to conventional diamond or roundabout.

"Economy Driven" has been sent to all members of Congress and more than 30,000 transportation design and construction professionals around the country to highlight the value and many benefits of transportation infrastructure investment.

ARTBA warns, however, that the ability of state transportation departments to complete similar projects in the future could be in jeopardy if Congress does not act soon to find a long-term permanent solution for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF).  The latest authorization of federal highway and public transit funding expires May 31.

The HTF is the source, on average, of 52 percent of highway and bridge capital investments made by state governments annually. Missouri typically receives 65 percent of its annual capital outlays from the fund; Kansas averages 49 percent.

"Congress has created so much uncertainty in the marketplace with 32 short-term funding extensions that state transportation departments have little choice but to delay or cancel scheduled highway and transit improvement projects every year," ARTBA President Pete Ruane says.  "This, in turn, jeopardizes private sector jobs and makes capital investment and hiring decisions more risky."

Ruane added: "It's time for Congress and the President to honestly explain the federal transportation investment situation to the American people and ask for their help in solving the nation's mobility problems."

The full "Economy Driven" publication can be read on ARTBA's "Transportation Makes America Work" website,

Established in 1902, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA is the "consensus voice" of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, news media and the general public.



SOURCE American Road & Transportation Builders Association