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.
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.