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Highway Bill Gives Millions More To Arizona, Paves Way For Interstate 11

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WASHINGTON – Arizona will receive an additional $380 million in federal highway and transit funds over the next five years under legislation passed by Congress on Thursday.

The funding is considered vital in providing state and local officials in Arizona the certainty to plan and execute large transportation projects. Besides the increased money, the legislation includes language by Sen. John McCain and Rep. Martha McSally that would pave the way for establishing the Sonoran Corridor. And it includes language Rep. Paul ...

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National Miners Day

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December 6, has been designated as National Miners Day to honor the contributions and sacrifices of miners, both past and present.

The date commemorates the worst industrial mine accident in American history when 362 miners perished in an explosion at the No. 6 and No. 8 mines in Monongah, W.Va., on this date in 1907.

Today, more than 350,000 miners extract dozens of diverse minerals from the earth, including coal, gold, copper, silver, granite, limestone, salt and gravel. All of ...

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HOUSE PASSES BILL DEFINING SAND AND GRAVEL AS STRATEGIC AND CRITICAL

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1937, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015, by a vote of 254-177 on Oct. 22. Sand, gravel and minerals necessary for transportation infrastructure construction were included in the definition of strategic and critical minerals, despite the efforts of some lawmakers to delete them from the bill.

Introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., the bill is designed to expedite the permitting to produce domestic sources of minerals of strategic and critical ...

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ADOT’s Projected Transportation Revenues Fall Short of Estimated Needs

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Department plans, constructs, and maintains Arizona’s highway infrastructure— Every 5 years the Department develops and submits to the State Transportation Board (Board) a long-range transportation plan that identifies anticipated highway system needs for the next 20 years. The Department also prepares a 5-year construction program for board approval that identifies specific construction projects that will be conducted based on anticipated funding. This 5-year construction program is updated annually and includes preservation, modernization, and expansion projects.

Department transportation funding sources include federal ...

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Sonoran Desert Tortoise Does Not Warrant Endangered Species Protection

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Sonoran Desert Tortoise Does Not Warrant Endangered Species Protection
Finding represents best science, federal agencies and Arizona collaborating to conserve species

After reviewing the best available scientific and commercial information, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) finds that the Sonoran desert tortoise does not face the threat of extinction and will be removed from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) candidate list. The finding is due in part to long-term commitments to continued proactive efforts between federal agencies, Arizona Game and ...

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Pima County Bond Campaign – Endorsers Press Conference

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Source: David Steele

The press conference for the Pima County Bond Campaign is, next Tuesday, September 8 at 2:00 PM. At this press conference, we will announce the groups and individuals endorsing the bond. The press conference will take place in front of the Reid Park Zoo (map). If you could take a moment and let us know if you will be able to attend by clicking here we would very much appreciate it. Please wear attire ...

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Waters of the US Update – Temporary Injunction Granted

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Source – National Sand Stone and Gravel Association

A Federal District Court Judge granted a preliminary injunction that blocked the Waters of the United States regulation from taking effect on August 28. The Environmental Protection Agency quickly issued a statement that it would honor the injunction in the 13 states listed on that particular lawsuit, but “in all other states the rule is effective on Aug 28.” The 13 states affected by the stay include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, ...

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The Cost of Doing Nothing

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I-10 bridge closure costing trucking industry an additional $2.5 million a day

Tony Bradley, President of the Arizona Trucking Association

According to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) the I-10 Tex Wash bridge closure is adding an additional cost of $2.5 million per day to the trucking industry. If the segment remained closed for a month, the cost would total an additional $75 million to those trucks delivering freight in that area.

How ATRI made its calculations:
ATRI used federal estimates of truck ...

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Statewide Legislative Transportation Roadshow Update

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August 28, 2015 6:00 am • MICHELLE McMANIMON Sun Staff Reporter

Nine Arizona state legislators and one U.S. congressman got a glimpse at Flagstaff’s traffic concerns during a transportation town hall meeting at City Hall Thursday.

During the meeting, Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization Manager David Wessel listed specific projects that would improve circulation on city roads, as well as the highways that are critical to local commerce and tourism.

One of the commerce corridors he focused on was Interstate 17. He ...

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Lawmakers in Flagstaff to hear traffic concerns

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August 28, 2015 6:00 am • MICHELLE McMANIMON Sun Staff Reporter

Nine Arizona state legislators and one U.S. congressman got a glimpse at Flagstaff’s traffic concerns during a transportation town hall meeting at City Hall Thursday.

During the meeting, Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization Manager David Wessel listed specific projects that would improve circulation on city roads, as well as the highways that are critical to local commerce and tourism. One of the commerce corridors he focused on was Interstate ...

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