Departments of Transportation around the country have a key element in mind when working on roadway projects: safety. The American Traffic Safety Services Association together with the National Partnership for Highway Quality advocate the need for training, public awareness and technology to raise safety standards.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta told a meeting at the U.S. Conference of Mayors yesterday that he opposed a one or two-year extension of highway and transit programs and is pushing for a multiyear program. Mineta also said the figure for other transportation plans, including the one introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Don Young, R-Alaska, which is backed by much of the construction industry, is too high.
A new video camera in a waterproof housing that allows it to operate in hazardous conditions can be used by first responders to transmit images to a central command post. The Hazmat Cam was developed at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory under agreements with the National Guard.
The $328 billion spending bill will provide increases to health and school programs, a pay raise for federal employees and $2.4 billion to fight AIDS worldwide. Democrats prolonged the vote in protest of several contentious provisions within the bill.