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Strata Systems, Inc. Hires Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Scott Czewski, P.E. Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Scott Czewski, P.E. Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Soil reinforcement product manufacturer and distributor, Strata Systems, Inc., has recently selected Scott Czewski, P.E. as its new Midwest Regional Sales ManagerCzewski joins Strata as part of an initiative to develop new business opportunities in the Midwest, and in Strata’s growing base reinforcement and road infrastructure business, and to manage all of Strata’s existing partners.  He’ll service all Midwestern states from Texas, north to the Canadian border and east to Indiana.

Czewski was selected due to his extensive civil engineering and sales background, which totals more than 15 years. He was previously employed at CSI Geoturf in Michigan as a project consultant where he generated engineering specifications for products, developed concepts and methodologies for cost-effective design and performed internal sales and installation training. Czewski holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Michigan State University and is a licensed professional engineer.

To learn more about Strata Systems, Inc., visit www.geogrid.com.

 

TRIP Reports: The Top 50 Transportation Projects to Support Economic Growth and Quality of Life in New Mexico

TRIPNew Report Identifies New Mexico’s 50 Most Needed Transportation Projects For Economic Growth; Projects Would Improve, Modernize And Expand Road And Transit Systems To Support And Grow The State’s Economy

In order to adequately support New Mexico’s existing industries and provide for additional economic growth, the state will need to make numerous improvements to its surface transportation system. This is according to a new report released today by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation research organization.

TRIP’s report, “The Top 50 Surface Transportation Projects to Support Economic Growth and Quality of Life in New Mexico,” identifies and ranks the projects needed to provide New Mexico with a transportation system that can support the increased movement of people, goods and resources throughout the state.  The most needed surface transportation improvements in New Mexico include projects to build, expand or modernize highways or bridges, projects to improve rail or public transportation, and multi-modal projects. These improvements would enhance economic development opportunities throughout the state by increasing mobility and freight movement, easing congestion, and making New Mexico an attractive place to live, visit and do business.

According to the TRIP report, the most needed projects for the state’s economic growth are as follows

1.     US 491 expansion to four lanes from Twin Lakes to Naschitti

2.     Reconstruction of US 64 from Farmington to McGee Park.

3.     Reconstruction of I-25 Gibson, Cesar Chavez and Lead/Coal Interchanges.

4.     Adding two lanes to US 82 from Artesia to Lovington.

5.     Reconstruction of the Comanche, Montgomery, Jefferson, San Mateo and San Antonio I-25 Interchanges.

6.     Reconstruction and rehabilitation of NM 68 in Espanola.

7.     Construction of Central Corridor Bus Rapid Transit in Albuquerque.

8.     Addition of a third lane on I-25 between the Rio Bravo and Broadway Interchanges.

9.     Construction of a new four-lane roadway with bike and pedestrian amenities over the Animas River in Farmington.

10.  Construction of a new river crossing from I-25 to NM 47 in Valencia County.

A full list of needed projects, descriptions and their impact on economic development can be found in the appendix of the report. TRIP ranked each transportation project based on a rating system that considered the following: short-term economic benefits, including job creation; the level of improvement in the condition of the transportation facility, including safety improvements; the degree of improvement in access and mobility; and the long-term improvement provided in regional or state economic performance and competitiveness.

“New Mexico’s highways and bridges form a vital statewide transportation network, which is essential not only in supporting a healthy economy for our state, but also in providing safe, reliable access to homes, schools, healthcare, shopping and recreation,” said Mike Beck, executive director of the Associated Contractors of New Mexico.  “In order to protect the investment already made in our surface transportation system, we must not fall behind in our efforts to enhance and expand that system.”

Enhancing critical segments of New Mexico’s surface transportation system will boost the state’s economy in the short-term by creating jobs in construction and related fields. In the long term these improvements will enhance economic competitiveness by reducing travel delays and transportation costs, improving access and mobility, improving safety, and stimulating sustained job growth, improving the quality of life for the state’s residents and visitors.

Sustaining New Mexico’s long-term economic growth and maintaining the state’s high quality of life will require increased investment in expanding the capacity of the state’s surface transportation system, which will enhance business productivity and support short- and long-term job creation in the state.

“Increasing investment in New Mexico’s transportation network of roads, bridges and transit is vital to boosting the state’s economy and the quality of life of its residents,” said Will Wilkins, executive director of TRIP. “In the short term, transportation investment creates good jobs, but the long-term benefits of an efficient transportation system connecting New Mexico’s residents, communities and businesses can span generations. If state and federal lawmakers fail to provide adequate transportation funding, New Mexico and the nation will lose their competitive edge and the state’s transportation system will become increasingly deteriorated and gridlocked.”

Executive Summary

New Mexico’s transportation system has played a significant role in the state’s development, providing mobility and access for residents, visitors, businesses and industry.  The state’s roads, highways, rails and public transit systems remain the backbone of the Land of Enchantment’s economy.  New Mexico’s transportation system also provides for a high quality of life and makes the state a desirable place to live and visit.  The condition and quality of its transportation system will play a critical role in New Mexico’s ability to capitalize on its economic advantages and meet the demands of the 21st Century

To achieve sustainable economic growth, New Mexico must proceed with numerous projects to improve key roads, bridges, highways and transit systems.  Enhancing critical segments of New Mexico’s transportation system will boost the state’s economy in the short-term by creating jobs in construction and related fields. In the long-term these improvements will enhance economic competitiveness and improve the quality of life for the state’s residents and visitors by reducing travel delays and transportation costs, improving access and mobility, improving safety, and stimulating sustained job growth.

In this report, TRIP examines recent transportation and economic trends in New Mexico and provides information on the transportation projects in the state that are most needed to support economic growth.  Sources of data include the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau.  All data used in the report is the latest available.

TRIP has identified the 50 transportation projects that are most needed to support New Mexico’s economic growth. These projects are located throughout the state.

  • The most needed transportation improvements in New Mexico include projects to build, expand or modernize roads, highways, bridges and public transit systems throughout the state.  These improvements would enhance economic development opportunities throughout the state by increasing mobility and freight movement, easing congestion, and making New Mexico an attractive place to live, visit and do business.
  • TRIP evaluated each transportation project based on the following criteria: short-term economic benefits, including job creation; the level of improvement in the condition of the transportation facility, including safety improvements; the degree of improvement in access and mobility; and the long-term improvement provided in regional or state economic performance and competitiveness.
  • New Mexico’s 10 most needed transportation projects to support economic development in the state as determined by TRIP follow. A list of the top 50 needed projects and descriptions can be found in the appendix.
  • 11.  US 491 expansion to four lanes from Twin Lakes to Naschitti. This $89 million project would widen the remaining 26.8 miles of two-lane roadway to four- lanes. US 491 is the only feasible north-south corridor in the region that will support heavy truck traffic. Completion of this project would allow for more efficient transport of coal, oil and other goods, while enhancing safety and boosting tourism.
  • 12.  Reconstruction of US 64 from Farmington to McGee Park. This $40 million project would reconstruct a four-mile portion of US 64 to provide additional capacity and access management. This project will provide additional capacity and increased safety resulting in improved transportation and economic opportunities in the region.
  • 13.  Reconstruction of the I-25 Gibson, Cesar Chavez and Lead/Coal Interchanges. This $200 million project would eliminate the S-curve on I-25 and reconstruct the I-25 Gibson, Cesar Chavez and Lead/Coal Interchanges. Completion of this project will improve mobility in the area and enhance access to and from the area to the Interstate system.
  • 14.  Adding two lanes to US 82 from Artesia to Lovington. This $95 million project would construct two additional lanes to make a four-lane facility from Artesia to Lovington. Completion of this project will accommodate the increased traffic due to the oil and gas industry in southeastern New Mexico.
  • 15.  Reconstruction of the Comanche, Montgomery, Jefferson, San Mateo and San Antonio I-25 Interchanges. This $125 million project would reconstruct the Comanche, Montgomery, Jefferson, San Mateo and San Antonio Interchanges on I-25 to alleviate congestion and improve mobility on I-25.
  • 16.  Reconstruction and rehabilitation of NM 68 in Espanola. This $70 million project would reconstruct 35 miles of NM 68 to four lanes, with auxiliary lanes along two-lane sections. This corridor serves commuter and recreational traffic in the region. Completion of the project would address operation and safety concerns.
  • 17.  Construction of a Bus Rapid Transit system in the Central Corridor in Albuquerque. This project would construct a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system along the Central Corridor in Albuquerque, from I-40 and Tramway Boulevard to I-40 and Atrisco Vista. This would include a combination of dedicated busway and mixed flow lanes within the current right-of-way. Central Avenue is a key connector of transit destinations and serves a large part of the transit-dependent population of the city. The institution of a BRT system would create more timely and dependable transit options and would assist in redevelopment of the vacant or underused land along the Corridor.
  • 18.  Addition of a third lane on I-25 between the Rio Bravo and Broadway Interchanges. This $50 million project would add a third lane to five miles of I-25 between the Rio Bravo and Broadway Interchanges to address congestion and improve mobility on I-25.
  • 19.  Construction of a new four-lane roadway with bike and pedestrian amenities over the Animas River in Farmington. This $22 million extension of Pinon Hills Boulevard would create a new river crossing and connect the retail district along East Main St to the developing area of unincorporated San Juan County east of the river.  This connection would reduce out-of-direction travel that motorists currently experience.  This road extension would help alleviate traffic volumes on the two nearest river crossings at Browning Pkwy and CR 350.
  • 20.  Construction of a new river crossing in Los Lunas from I-25 to NM 47. This $60 million project would construct a new river crossing from I-25 to NM 47 to improve mobility in Valencia County, provide for economic development and ease congestion in the area.

Transportation projects that improve the efficiency, condition or safety of a roadway provide significant economic benefits by reducing transportation delays and costs associated with a deficient transportation system.  Some benefits of transportation improvements include the following.

  • Improved business competitiveness due to reduced production and distribution costs as a result of increased travel speeds and fewer mobility barriers
  • Improvements in household welfare resulting from better access to higher-paying jobs, a wider selection of competitively priced consumer goods, additional housing and healthcare options, and improved mobility for residents without access to private vehicles
  • Gains in local, regional and state economies due to improved regional economic competitiveness, which stimulates population and job growth.
  • Increased leisure/tourism and business travel resulting from the enhanced condition and reliability of a region’s transportation system.
  • A reduction in economic losses from vehicle crashes, traffic congestion and vehicle maintenance costs associated with driving on deficient roads.
  • Transportation projects that expand roadway capacity produce significant economic benefits by reducing congestion and improving access, thus speeding the flow of people and goods while reducing fuel consumption.
  • Site Selection magazine’s 2010 survey of corporate real estate executives found that transportation infrastructure was the third most important selection factor in site location decisions, behind only work force skills and state and local taxes
  • A 2007 analysis by the Federal Highway Administration found that every $1 billion invested in highway construction would support approximately 27,800 jobs, including approximately 9,400 in the construction sector, approximately 4,300 jobs in industries supporting the construction sector, and approximately 14,000 other jobs induced in non-construction related sectors of the economy.
  • The Federal Highway Administration estimates that each dollar spent on road, highway and bridge improvements results in an average benefit of $5.20 in the form of reduced vehicle maintenance costs, reduced delays, reduced fuel consumption, improved safety, reduced road and bridge maintenance costs, and reduced emissions as a result of improved traffic flow.

While New Mexico’s diverse economy has been impacted by the recession, the state’s transportation system will need to accommodate projected future growth.

  • From 1990 to 2012, New Mexico’s population increased by 38 percent, from approximately 1.5 million to approximately 2.1 million.
  • From 1990 to 2011, annual vehicle-miles-of-travel (VMT) in the state increased by 58 percent, from approximately 16.1 billion VMT to 25.5 billion VMT. Based on travel and population trends, TRIP estimates that vehicle travel in New Mexico will increase another 30 percent by 2030.
  • New Mexico’s unemployment rate nearly doubled from 3.5 percent in July 2007 to 6.9 percent in July 2013. New Mexico’s current unemployment rate is lower than the national average of 7.4 percent in July 2013.
  • New Mexico has benefited from a diverse economy, which includes significant employment in the following sectors: oil and gas production, tourism, agriculture, and film and television production.

New Mexico’s economy is served by an extensive surface transportation system that has some deficiencies and experiences severe congestion in key areas.  Roads carry the majority of freight shipped in the state.

  • New Mexico’s system of 68,384 miles of roads and 3,924 bridges, maintained by local, state and federal governments, carry 25.5 billion vehicle miles of travel annually.
  • Twenty-four percent of New Mexico’s major roads are deficient, with nine percent rated in poor condition and an additional 15 percent rated mediocre in 2011.  An additional 11 percent of the state’s major roads were rated in fair condition and 65 percent were rated in good condition.
  • Eight percent of New Mexico’s bridges were rated structurally deficient in 2012.  A bridge is structurally deficient if there is significant deterioration of the bridge deck, supports or other major components.  Structurally deficient bridges are often posted for lower weight or closed to traffic, restricting or redirecting large vehicles, including commercial trucks, school buses and emergency services vehicles.
  • Every year, approximately $31.4 billion in goods are shipped annually from sites in New Mexico and another $46.6 billion in goods are shipped annually to sites in New Mexico, mostly by truck.
  • In 2012, nine percent of New Mexico’s bridges were rated as functionally obsolete. Bridges that are functionally obsolete no longer meet current highway design standards, often because of narrow lanes, inadequate clearances or poor alignment.
  • Sixty-five percent of the goods shipped annually from sites in New Mexico are carried by trucks and another 18 percent are carried by parcel, U.S. Postal Service, courier services or by multiple modes, which use trucks for part of the deliveries.

Sources of data for this report include the , the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau.  All data used in the report is the latest available.

Founded in 1971, TRIP ® of Washington, DC, is a nonprofit organization that researches, evaluates and distributes economic and technical data on surface transportation issues.  TRIP is sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; businesses involved in highway and transit engineering and construction; labor unions; and organizations concerned with efficient and safe surface transportation.

National Demolition Association’s Environmental Excellence Awards Salutes Projects in Seven U.S. States and Canada

NDA Logo Projects cleaned up hundreds of contaminated acres of land in Nevada, aided in the redevelopment of a Michigan city, remediated a former paper mill site, recycled lumber into bio-fuel, and lead to the reuse of reclaimed materials in high-profile new construction sites.

National Demolition Association (NDA) presented the 3nd annual Environmental Excellence Awards to five companies which have performed demolition projects that demonstrate significant environmental conservation and community improvement, while bringing about a discernible positive impact on the quality of life in the U.S. and Canada.

“The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize NDA member companies which are true leaders in environmental stewardship,” said Michael R. Taylor, CAE, Executive Director of the NDA.  “Environmental stewardship is one of the demolition industry’s primary missions and these winning projects help illustrate truly dramatic efforts our members have made to make this a reality.

The winning projects, which were honored at the National Demolition Association’s 40th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, are:

Project: Mohave Generating Station, Laughlin, NV

ncm-mohave1NDA Member: NCM Demolition & Remediation, Brea, CA

NCM is currently decommissioning Southern California Edison’s giant Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, NV, just west of Las Vegas.  The power plant is a 1,580-MW, coal-fired electric generating station situated on 3,000 acres adjacent to the Colorado River.  The facility has 217 acres of storage ponds, evaporating ponds, and a 300-acre landfill.  The scope of NCM’s scope of services includes asset recovery, asbestos abatement, hazardous materials handling, structural demolition, relocations of pond contents, and closure of the on-site landfill 

 

 

Project:  Revitalizing the City of Saginaw, MI

NDA Member: Bierlein Companies, Inc., Midland, MI

Bierlein Companies-6Bierlein Companies partnered with AKT Peerless Environmental and Energy Services to reform environmental remediation and demolition services at the Downtown Saginaw Redevelopment Project.  The scope of the project included the demolition of the eight-story Crowne Plaza Hotel and the adjacent 160,000-sq.-ft. Downtown Saginaw Mall.  The work also included abatement of 200,000 sq. ft. of asbestos material and universal waste removal.  Some 98% of the building materials onsite were recycled.

 

 

 

Project:  Plymouth Cordage Mill #2 Demolition and Recycling, Plymouth, MA

NDA Member:  Costello Dismantling Co., West Wareham, MA

Costello Dismantling Co3During the demolition of the Plymouth Cordage Mill in Plymouth, MA, Costello Dismantling was looking for innovative ways to recycle high-quality Southern Yellow Pine beams and structural decking in the building that have been exposed to more than a century of saturation from mineral oil used to condition hemp fibers prior to rope manufacturing.  After rigorous testing, sorting and shredding, the lumber was converted into 4,500 tons of bio-fuel.

 

 

 

Project:  Gaspesia Pulp and Paper Mill, Chandler, QC, Canada

NDA Member: EDS, Montreal, QC, Canada

Microsoft Word - NDA.docxEDS received a turnkey contract to dismantle and pack all process equipment; to perform the complete remediation of all contaminated materials; to remediate and decontaminate the entire site; to complete the demolition of all buildings and other structures on the site; and to recycle all of the structural steel and non-ferrous metals on site.  The object of the work was to provide the local community with a remediated site and green area for future park and golf course development.

 

 

 

Project: Reuse and Recycling in Projects in KS, MO, NY, UT

planetreuse2NDA Member: PlanetReuse, Kansas City, MO

The goal of PlanetReuse’s projects is to increase the reuse of reclaimed materials in a way that is beneficial to the owners, the demolition and recycling industries, and the end users.  Examples include the reuse of 86,000 sq. ft. of cypress, reclaimed hemlock, Douglas fir, and pine/spruce in a school in Greensburg, KS; the use of reclaimed material for the exterior walls of Kansas City’s Kaufman Center of the Performing Arts and bridges in Utah; 10,000 sq. ft. of oak flooring from a restaurant in Kansas City’s Power & Light District which was processed for reuse as flooring in two new retail project; and recycled portion of President Obama’s inauguration state into framing and walls for the Omega Institute for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, NY.

 

About the National Demolition Association

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 800 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling, landfill, and salvage operations.  The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of environmental, regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services.  The website is www.demolitionassociation.com.

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TRIP Reports: Las Vegas Area Drivers Waste Nearly $1,500 Each Year Driving On Deficient Roads – A Total Of $2.1 Billion Statewide. Fifty-Six Percent Of Las Vegas Area Roads Need Improvement, Area Drivers Lose 44 Hours Annually In Congestion

TRIPAt a time when the state faces a large and growing transportation funding shortfall, more than half of Nevada’s major locally and state-maintained roads are in either poor or mediocre condition, vehicle travel has grown at the fastest rate in the nation, and Nevada drivers experience growing congestion and delays. In addition to deteriorated roads and bridges, Nevada’s rural roads have a significantly higher traffic fatality rate than all other roads in the state. Increased investment in transportation improvements could improve road and bridge conditions, ease congestion, boost safety, and support long-term economic growth in Nevada, according to a new report released today by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation organization. The TRIP report, Nevada Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility,” provides data on key transportation facts and figures in the state.

 

$2.1 billion

TRIP estimates that Nevada roadways that lack some desirable safety features, have inadequate capacity to meet travel demands or have poor pavement conditions cost the state’s residents approximately $2.1 billion annually in the form of additional vehicle operating costs, the cost of lost time and wasted fuel due to traffic congestion and traffic crashes.

 

$2 billion

 

$3.4 billion

Estimates by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) calculate that the current backlog to repair all state maintained roads and bridges in Nevada is approximately $2 billion.  Under current funding, the backlog is expected to increase to $3.4 billion by 2025.
 

$1,464

 

$1,698

Driving on roads that are congested, deteriorated and that lack some desirable safety features costs the average Las Vegas area driver $1,464 annually. The average driver in the Reno-Carson City urban area loses $1,698 each year due to driving on deficient, congested roads.

51%

56%

86%

Fifty-one percent of Nevada’s major locally and state-maintained urban roads and highways are either in poor or mediocre condition.  Fifty-six percent of Las Vegas-area major locally and state- maintained urban roads are in poor or mediocre condition. In the Reno-Carson City area, 86 percent of roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

289

1,443

From 2007 to 2011, on average 289 people were killed annually in Nevada traffic crashes, a total of 1,443 fatalities over the five year period.

 

2X

The fatality rate on Nevada’s non-interstate rural roads is nearly two times higher than on all other roads in the state (1.91 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel vs. 0.98).

 

12

A total of 12 percent of Nevada bridges are in need of repair, improvement or replacement. Two percent of the state’s bridges are structurally deficient and ten percent are functionally obsolete.

137 %

1st

Vehicle miles of travel in Nevada increased 137 percent from 1990 to 2011, the largest increase in vehicle travel in the nation.

1,700,829

There are 1,700,829 licensed drivers in Nevada.

 

$1.00 = $5.20

The Federal Highway Administration estimates that each dollar spent on road, highway and bridge improvements results in an average benefit of $5.20 in the form of reduced vehicle maintenance costs, reduced delays, reduced fuel consumption, improved safety, reduced road and bridge maintenance costs, and reduced emissions as a result of improved traffic flow.

“The gap between the available funding and Nevada’s highway needs continues to grow every time our highway infrastructure is assessed. We must invest in our infrastructure again to enable our economy to grow, diversify and stay competitive,” said Darrell Armuth, stakeholder of the Nevada Highway Users Coalition.

Nevada roadways that lack some desirable safety features, have inadequate capacity to meet travel demands or have poor pavement conditions cost the state’s residents approximately $2.1 billion each year in the form of additional vehicle operating costs, the cost of lost time and wasted fuel due to traffic congestion, and traffic crashes. Driving on roads that are congested, deteriorated and that lack some desirable safety features costs the average Las Vegas area driver $1,464 annually.

According to the TRIP report, 51 percent of Nevada’s major locally and state-maintained roads are in either poor or mediocre condition. In the Las Vegas metro area, 56 percent of roads are in poor or mediocre condition. A total of 12 percent of Nevada’s bridges show significant deterioration or do not meet modern design standards. Two percent of the state’s bridges are structurally deficient. Structurally deficient bridges have significant deterioration of the bridge deck, supports or other major components. An additional 10 percent of Nevada’s bridges are functionally obsolete. These bridges no longer meet current highway design standards, often because of narrow lanes, inadequate clearances or poor alignment.

Growing traffic congestion, particularly in the state’s urban areas, threatens to choke commuting and commerce. The average commuter in the Las Vegas metro area loses 44 hours each year stuck in congestion.

Traffic crashes in Nevada claimed the lives of 1,443 people between 2007 and 2011. The state’s traffic fatality rate of 1.16 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel (VMT) is higher than the national average of 1.11 fatalities per 100 million VMT. However, the traffic fatality rate in 2010 on Nevada’s non-Interstate rural roads was 1.91 traffic fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel, nearly two times higher than the 0.98 traffic fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel on all other roads and highways in the state. Roadway features are likely a contributing factor in approximately one-third of all fatal and serious traffic crashes. Where appropriate, highway improvements can reduce traffic fatalities and crashes while improving traffic flow to help relieve congestion.

“These key transportation numbers in Nevada add up to trouble for the state’s residents in terms of deteriorated roads and bridges, reduced traffic safety and constrained economic development,” said Will Wilkins, executive director of TRIP.  “Improving road and bridge conditions, improving traffic safety and providing a transportation system that will support economic development in Nevada will require a significant boost in state and federal funding for road, highway and bridge improvements.”

NEVADA TRANSPORTATION BY THE NUMBERS:

Meeting the State’s Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility

Executive Summary

Nevada’s extensive system of roads, highways and bridges provides the state’s residents, visitors and businesses with a high level of mobility and forms the backbone that supports the state’s economy. Nevada’s surface transportation system enables the state’s residents and visitors to travel to work and school, visit family and friends, and frequent tourist and recreation attractions while providing its businesses with reliable access to customers, materials, suppliers and employees.

As Nevada looks to retain its businesses, maintain its level of economic competitiveness and achieve further economic growth, the state will need to maintain and modernize its roads, highways and bridges by improving the physical condition of its transportation network and enhancing the system’s ability to provide efficient and reliable mobility for motorists and businesses.  Making needed improvements to Nevada’s roads, highways and bridges could also provide a significant boost to the state’s economy by creating jobs in the short-term and stimulating long-term economic growth as a result of enhanced mobility and access.

With an unemployment rate of 9.7 percent and with the state’s population continuing to grow, Nevada must improve its system of roads, highways and bridges to foster economic growth and keep businesses in the state. In addition to economic growth, transportation improvements are needed to ensure safe, reliable mobility and quality of life for all Nevadans.  Meeting Nevada’s need to modernize and maintain its system of roads, highways and bridges will require a significant boost in local, state and federal funding.

An inadequate transportation system costs Nevada residents a total of $2.1 billion every year in the form of additional vehicle operating costs (VOC), congestion-related delays and traffic crashes.

  • TRIP estimates that Nevada roadways that lack some desirable safety features, have inadequate capacity to meet travel demands or have poor pavement conditions cost the state’s residents approximately $2.1 billion annually in the form of additional vehicle operating costs, the cost of lost time and wasted fuel due to traffic congestion, and traffic crashes.
  • TRIP has calculated the annual cost to Nevada residents of driving on roads that are deteriorated, congested and lack some desirable safety features both statewide and in the state’s largest urban area.  The following chart shows the cost breakdown for these areas.

Nevada faces a growing transportation funding shortfall. Estimates by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) calculate that the current backlog to repair all state maintained roads, highways and bridges in Nevada is approximately $2 billion.

  • A bi-annual state report released in early 2013 by the Nevada Department of Transportation found that there is a significant backlog in needed repairs on Nevada’s state-maintained roads, highways and bridges. These state-maintained roads, highways and bridges are a critical component of the state’s transportation system, accounting for 20 percent of the state’s road mileage, but carrying 54 percent of all vehicle miles of travel and 80 percent of all large truck travel in the state.
  • The report found that currently 23 percent of state-maintained roads and highways in Nevada need major rehabilitation and that the current backlog to repair all state maintained roads and bridges is approximately $2 billion, with $1.9 billion being for pavement preservation and the remainder for needed bridge repairs.
  • The report noted that the backlog for needed road, highway and bridge repairs has increased significantly since 2011 when it was $1.36 billion and that under current levels of funding the preservation backlog to repair state-maintained roads, highways and bridges in the state is expected to increase to $3.4 billion by 2025. The report estimated that eliminating the backlog of needed repairs on Nevada’s state-maintained roads, highways and bridges would require an additional investment of $285 million annually through 2025.

Population and economic growth in Nevada have resulted in increased demands on the state’s major roads and highways, leading to increased wear and tear on the transportation system. 

  • Nevada had the largest increase in population in the nation between 1990 and 2012. Nevada’s population reached 2.7 million in 2012, a 125 percent increase since 1990, when the state’s population was approximately 1.2 million.
  • Nevada had 1,700,829licensed drivers in 2011.
  • Vehicle miles traveled in Nevada increased by 137 percent from 1990 to 2011, the largest increase in the nation during that time. Vehicle travel in Nevada jumped from 10.2 billion vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in 1990 to 24.2 billion VMT in 2011.
  • By 2030, vehicle travel in Nevada is projected to increase by another 50 percent.
  • From 1990 to 2011, Nevada’s gross domestic product, a measure of the state’s economic output, increased by 138 percent, when adjusted for inflation 

Approximately half of major locally and state-maintained, urban roads and highways in Nevada have pavement surfaces in poor or mediocre condition, providing a rough ride and costing motorist in the form of additional vehicle operating costs. 

  • Sixteen percent of Nevada’s major urban roads and highways have pavements in poor condition, while an additional 35 percent of the state’s major roads are rated in mediocre condition.
  • The pavement data in this report for all arterial roads and highways is provided by the Federal Highway Administration, based on data submitted annually by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) on the condition of major state and locally maintained roads and highways in the state
  • In the Las Vegas urban area, 11 percent of major locally and state-maintained roads are rated in poor condition and 45 percent are rated in mediocre condition.  Fifteen percent of Las Vegas’ major urban roads are rated in fair condition and 29 percent are rated in good condition.
  • In the Reno-Carson City urban area, 55 percent of major locally and state-maintained roads are rated in poor condition and 31 percent are rated in mediocre condition.  Two percent of the Reno-Carson City major urban roads are rated in fair condition and 12 percent are rated in good condition.
  • Roads rated in poor condition may show signs of deterioration, including rutting, cracks and potholes.  In some cases, poor roads can be resurfaced, but often are too deteriorated and must be reconstructed. Roads rated in mediocre condition may show signs of significant wear and may also have some visible pavement distress. Most pavements in mediocre condition can be repaired by resurfacing, but some may need more extensive reconstruction to return them to good condition.
  • Driving on rough roads costs Nevada motorist a total of $538 million annually in extra vehicle operating costs. Costs include accelerated vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs, and increased fuel consumption and tire wear.
  • Driving on rough roads costs the average Las Vegas motorist $365 annually in extra vehicle operating costs.
  • The average driver in the Reno-Carson City urban area loses $771 each year in extra vehicle operating costs.

Twelve percent of locally and state-maintained bridges in Nevada show significant deterioration or do not meet current design standards often because of narrow lanes, inadequate clearances or poor alignment. This includes all bridges that are 20 feet or more in length. 

  • Two percent of Nevada’s bridges are structurally deficient. A bridge is structurally deficient if there is significant deterioration of the bridge deck, supports or other major components. Structurally deficient bridges are often posted for lower weight or closed to traffic, restricting or redirecting large vehicles, including commercial trucks and emergency services vehicles. 
  • Ten percent of Nevada’s bridges are functionally obsolete.  Bridges that are functionally obsolete no longer meet current highway design standards, often because of narrow lanes, inadequate clearances or poor alignment.
  • Significant levels of traffic congestion cause significant delays in Nevada, particularly in its larger urban areas, choking commuting and commerce.
  • According to the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), the average driver in the Las Vegas urban area loses $906 each year in the cost of lost time and wasted fuel as a result of traffic congestion. The average commuter in the Las Vegas urban area loses 44 hours each year stuck in congestion.
  • TTI calculates that the average driver in the Reno-Carson City urban area loses $590 each year in the cost of lost time and wasted fuel as a result of traffic congestion. The average commuter in the Reno-Carson City urban area loses 27 hours each year stuck in congestion.
  • Throughout the state, lost time and wasted fuel due to congestion cost Nevada’s drivers a total of $1.1 billion each year.

Nevada’s traffic fatality rate on rural, non-Interstate routes is more than two-and-a-half times higher than that on all other roads and highways in the state.  Improving safety features on Nevada’s roads and highways would likely result in a decrease in the state’s traffic fatalities and serious crashes. Roadway features are likely a contributing factor in approximately one-third of all fatal and serious traffic crashes.  

  • Between 2007 and 2011, a total of 1,443 people were killed in traffic crashes in Nevada, an average of 289 fatalities per year.
  • Nevada’s overall traffic fatality rate of 1.16 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel in 2010 is higher than the national average of 1.11.
  • The fatality rate on Nevada’s rural non-Interstate roads was 1.91 fatalities per 100 vehicle miles of travel in 2010, nearly two times higher than the 0.98 fatality rate on all other roads and highways in the state.
  • The cost of serious traffic crashes in Nevada in 2011, in which roadway features were likely a contributing factor, was approximately $508 million. In the Las Vegas urban area, traffic crashes cost the average driver $193 annually, while the average Reno-Carson City motorist loses $337 each year.
  • Roadway features that impact safety include the number of lanes, lane widths, lighting, lane markings, rumble strips, shoulders, guard rails, other shielding devices, median barriers and intersection design.  The cost of serious crashes includes lost productivity, lost earnings, medical costs and emergency services.
  • Several factors are associated with vehicle crashes that result in fatalities, including driver behavior, vehicle characteristics and roadway features.  TRIP estimates that roadway features are a contributing factor in approximately one-third of fatal traffic crashes.
  • Where appropriate, highway improvements can reduce traffic fatalities and crashes while improving traffic flow to help relieve congestion.  Such improvements include removing or shielding obstacles; adding or improving medians; improved lighting; adding rumble strips, wider lanes, wider and paved shoulders; upgrading roads from two lanes to four lanes; and better road markings and traffic signals.
  • Investments in rural traffic safety have been found to result in significant reductions in serious traffic crashes.  A 2012 report by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) found that improvements completed recently by the Texas Department of Transportation that widened lanes, improved shoulders and made other safety improvements on 1,159 miles of rural state roadways resulted in 133 fewer fatalities on these roads in the first three years after the improvements were completed (as compared to the three years prior).   TTI estimates that the improvements on these roads are likely to save 880 lives over the next 20 years.

The efficiency of Nevada’s transportation system, particularly its highways, is critical to the health of the state’s economy.  Businesses are increasingly reliant on an efficient and reliable transportation system to move products and services. A key component in business efficiency and success is the level and ease of access to customers, markets, materials and workers.

  • Annually, $53 billion in goods are shipped from sites in Nevada and another $77 billion in goods are shipped to sites in Nevada, mostly by truck.
  • Seventy-eight percent of the goods shipped annually from sites in Nevada are carried by trucks and another 18 percent are carried by courier services or multiple mode deliveries, which include trucking.
  • Increasingly, companies are looking at the quality of a region’s transportation system when deciding where to re-locate or expand. Regions with congested or poorly maintained roads may see businesses relocate to areas with a smoother, more efficient and more modern transportation system.
  • Site Selection magazine’s 2010 survey of corporate real estate executives found that transportation infrastructure was the third most important selection factor in site location decisions, behind only work force skills and state and local taxes.
  • A 2007 analysis by the Federal Highway Administration found that every $1 billion invested in highway construction would support approximately 27,800 jobs, including approximately 9,500 in the construction sector, approximately 4,300 jobs in industries supporting the construction sector, and approximately 14,000 other jobs induced in non-construction related sectors of the economy.
  • The Federal Highway Administration estimates that each dollar spent on road, highway and bridge improvements results in an average benefit of $5.20 in the form of reduced vehicle maintenance costs, reduced delays, reduced fuel consumption, improved safety, reduced road and bridge maintenance costs and reduced emissions as a result of improved traffic flow.

Sources of information for this report include the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the U.S. Census Bureau, the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).