Standard Specifications for Transportation Materials and Methods of Sampling and Testing, 33rd Edition
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AASHTO 2013 Standard Specs for Sampling and Testing

AASHTO’s Standard Specifications for Transportation Materials and Methods of Sampling and Testing, 33rd Edition and AASHTO Provisional Standards, 2013 Edition are now available for pre-order, delivery will start later this month. The 33rd Edition of […]

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AASHTO and ASTM International Agreement Benefits U.S. and Global Road Construction and Transportation

November 6, 2012, WASHINGTON – Today’s signing of an Agreement on Standards between the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and ASTM International solidifies coordination between two organizations working in the common interest of highway construction, safety, maintenance, and sustainability in the United States and around the world.

AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley and ASTM President James A. Thomas today signed an agreement which serves as the basis for continued mutual cooperation on the development and publication of highway construction standards.

[Editor] Click through for the rest of this press release from AASHTO and ASTM. [/Editor]


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ASTM Updates August 2009

American Society of Testing Materials Logo - ASTMAnother busy month for ASTM with 66 new, revised or otherwise updated standards related to geotechnical and geological engineering (although not as busy as last month). A couple that caught my eye include brand new standards for geospatial data requirements related to abandoned mines, a new standard for sampling of EPS or geofoam, updated standards for mortar and cement, flexural strength of concrete, LA Abrasion test for aggregates, acceptance testing of geosynthetic clay liners, electrical methods for leak detection of geomembranes with earth cover and classification of soils and soil-aggregate mixtures for highway construction purpose (AASHTO classification).

Those involved in the materials testing side of the business should take a close look at the full list as there are also a number of updated standards relating to various asphalt and and aggregate tests, capping of concrete cyllinders and other related testing standards.

For my practice, perhaps the most significant standard that was updated was D 2488 – Standard Practice for Description and Identification of Soils (Visual-Manual Procedure) which we rely on for our field USCS classifications. I’ll be curious to see what those changes entail. Click through for the full list.


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States Forced to Delay Millions of Dollars in Highway Contracts

[UPDATE 9/11/08] Yesterday the senate broke through their deadlock and approved $8 Billion to restore the solvency of the highway trust fund. Very good news indeed. [/UPDATE]

[Editor] From American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials, released September 9, 2008.  Contact: Tony Dorsey 202-624-3690 [/Editor]

States have put the brakes on millions of dollars of highway construction projects and are scrambling to substitute scarce state funds for the federal funds that have been cut off due to the crisis in the Highway Trust Fund.

“States are suspending new contract awards, halting right-of-way acquisition and looking for ways to stop on-going construction while maintaining public safety,” said AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley. “It is truly a crisis that Congress must resolve immediately. Every day the federal IOUs are piling up and the states’ financial hole gets deeper.”

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters announced on Friday that the federal government would slow down reimbursements to the states, and would likely be able to make only partial payments beginning next week, due to insufficient funds in the Highway Trust Fund. She has urged Congress to enact by the end of the week an $8 billion transfer from the General Fund to preserve the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund. Action is pending in the Senate.

More than a dozen states have detailed the impacts of the federal default on state programs, either in news releases or via media reports. Those impacts are available on the AASHTO website or at the following links: [Editor] Read on for the rest of the press release. [/Editor]