Daily News Briefs, May 11, 2020

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ARTBA: Make Infrastructure Investment the Catalyst Of Economic Recovery

The American Road & Transport Builders Association (ARTBA) announced this morning that “a coalition of 31 national construction associations and labor unions has launched an advertising and grassroots campaign designed to encourage Congress to make new infrastructure investments as the major catalyst for economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19. The primary message of the campaign by the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) is that reopening, renewing and revitalizing the economy starts with passage of a robust, multi-year transportation bill that creates jobs and keeps goods and services like medical supplies quickly moving to their destinations — now and for decades to come.” ARTBA said the multimedia effort is directed at members of Congress — in particular, the four leaders of the House and Senate — and their staffs.

American Road & Transportation Builders Assoc. (ARTBA) Highway and Bridge Maintenance Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) US Gov't Transportation Funding

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WSDOT Reports Slow But Steady Increase In Traffic

KING5 reports, “The Washington State Department of Transportation is seeing an uptick in traffic on state highways in western Washington. In some areas, traffic meters have been turned on once again to relieve congestion. However, a spokesperson for the department said the increase has been slight. Traffic numbers are still low compared to May of last year. . . .”

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Seattle Metro Area Washington State Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

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Chicago Skyway Provides Community Support During Epidemic

Chicago Skyway Concession Company announced it is lending support to the community and essential workers during the COVID-19 epidemic. Among other things, it is distributing snacks bags to truck drivers every Tuesday in May, supplying personal protective equipment for elderly and other at-risk neighbors and providing meals for the intensive care unit staff at a nearby hospital.

Chicago Metro Area Chicago Skyway Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Illinois

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