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September 13, 2011

For your general information, below is a link to the White House document releasing the text of the American Jobs Bill, which does include transportation infrastructure elements.


Francis Ziegler
WASHTO President

August 2, 2011

Issue Alert: FHWA Publishes Proposed Update to MUTCD in Federal Register

The Federal Highway Administration today published proposed rules updating the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). AASHTO is encouraging members to review the proposed changes and to make their opinions known.

In December 2009, FHWA released an updated version of the MUTCD that contained many new provisions, including a change of language that made it more difficult for states to use "engineering judgment" in the application of the MUTCD. AASHTO and its member states opposed the 2009 changes to that language and we have worked closely with FHWA to restore the "engineering judgment" language. The publishing of the proposed rules in the Federal Register is the first step in that process. Here are direct links to the proposed rules published in today's Federal Register:

Federal Highway Administration


National Standards for Traffic Control Devices:
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways; Revision, 46213-46216 [2011-19511] [TEXT] [PDF]

June 10, 2010

WASHTO communicated its interests and concerns about a proposal to modify federal limits on truck configuration, weight and length to the Western Governors Association (WGA). WASHTO members are divided on modifying the limits, but are united about the concerns and possible impacts of modifications. WGA may consider taking a position at its June 27-29 annual meeting on modifying the federal limits.

WASHTO to WGA Fed Limits on Truck configuration

January 4, 2010

The attached is a copy of a letter, hand delivered by WASHTO President Paula Hammond to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on December 3, 2009 at the White House jobs summit. The letter encourages Secretary LaHood to hold a meeting in a western rural state to learn more about our unique transportation needs and challenges.

Letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

September 9, 2009

WASHTO recently passed a resolution expressing concern about provisions contained in the Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009 (Resolution 02-09) The resolution authorized letters be sent to the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rep. James Oberstar, and the Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Those letters can be read here:

Letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Letter to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar

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