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Public Transportation News April 20, 2015
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system, with the financial backing of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the form of $26 million in federal TIGER grants, has begun operating a 1.6-mile streetcar route that is, according to DART, “a starter line [that] traverses the Trinity River corridor... more
Bridges News April 20, 2015
The New York State Department of Transportation and other agencies have begun work on a $15.6 million project to replace seven bridges in the town of Keene that are at risk from flood scouring, part of 80 bridges approved so far for replacement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Gov.... more
Funding News April 20, 2015
In a marked counterpoint to the recent proliferation of states, counties and municipalities that have begun openly pulling on the transportation spending reins, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced its intention to corral a 10-cents-per-gallon gas tax into a $700 million spend... more
News April 17, 2015
While House leaders continue to strike down hopes of raising the federal gas tax to support a multiyear highway bill, a group of House members has introduced legislation that calls for increased fees at the pump.   The move, however, would be temporary until a more permanent highway funding... more
Funding News April 17, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for $162 million from the Department's Federal Highway Administration to finance the East End Crossing section of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project... more
Manhole Risers Case Studies April 17, 2015

Construction crew member adjusting concrete final grade on a manhole riser. 

State Highway 183, from Euless to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, underwent a major reconstruction in 2014, a project totaling $1.6 billion. On projects of this size, even small changes can lead to a great deal of extra work, and such was the case when an unexpected grade change was required to correct... more
Law News April 17, 2015
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is taking action to recover some of the nearly $43 million spent on I-495 emergency bridge repairs in Wilmington last year, drawing up a demand for insurance coverage details from those potentially responsible for damaging the span.   The subjects... more
Funding News April 16, 2015
The South Carolina House passed a $427 million transportation plan that includes a gas tax and vehicle sales tax hike, which would be offset by a $50 million income tax cut.   Under the new plan, drivers would eventually have to pay 10 cents more per gallon at the pump to fund the statewide... more
Maintenance News April 16, 2015
The Nebraska State Department of Roads (NDOR) released its annual report recently, in which the agency outlined performance measures and ancillary initiatives in its “Toward Zero Deaths” safety program.   According to the report, the mission statement of the safety push is characterized as: “To... more
Public Transportation News April 16, 2015
Amidst seemingly ambivalent attitudes toward the expansion or regression of its rail services, Amtrak recently announced its intention to make a pilot bus program a permanent fixture in northeast Pennsylvania.   The bus service, known as the Thruway Bus, which is privately operated by Martz... more
News April 15, 2015
On the same day when Congressional aids told a room packed full of transportation advocates to expect another funding extension when May 31 rolls around, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said he expects a highway plan surfacing very soon.   The panel at... more
Bridges News April 15, 2015
Alabama state officials are moving forward with a study to determine the feasibility of a toll system for the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge.   The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has teamed up with Illinois-bases CDM Smith Inc. to examine different tolling... more
Funding News April 14, 2015
The Mississippi Legislature recently voted to raise $200 million in bond financing to pay for transportation investments, most of which would target the state’s list of structurally deficient bridges. The House gave final approval March 30 to a House-Senate conference report on the legislation,... more
Public Transportation News April 14, 2015
As the baseball season gets underway, officials with Minneapolis Metro Transit are looking to get Twins fans on public transit come game time.   Metro Transit is expanding its online ticket sales capability in order to allow fans who take the Twins Express Bus or the Green or Blue Line trains to... more
News April 13, 2015
Last week, officials from the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), along with select political leaders, gathered in Boulder City to break ground on a $318 million highway bypass project that will be located near Hoover Dam. The 15-mile project is seen in both Nevada and Arizona as the first... more
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News April 13, 2015
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced late last week that it would return to the use of automated train technology on its Red Line subway artery for the first time since the deadly crash in June 2009 that had initially spurred widespread changes to the transit agency... more
Funding News April 10, 2015
Illinois’ federal lawmakers and transit officials in have urged Congress to pass a long-term federal transportation funding bill before the May 31 deadline.   “My message to Congress is `Man up,’ ” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.), said at a “Stand Up 4 Transportation” news conference at Chicago’s... more
Bridge Rescue Case Studies April 10, 2015

Pulleys placed in position with the saw on top.

Precision Cutting & Coring of Kansas City, Kan., was contracted for a bridge overhaul project in May 2014 that required strict timing and precision. The overall project involved demolishing the top part of an old rail bridge then reconstructing it. Precision’s scope of work was to saw and... more
Public Transportation News April 10, 2015
More than 70 people gathered at the Alabama State House steps earlier this week to call on state and federal leaders to provide a stable and sustainable source of public transportation funding. This gathering was held in advance of the Alabama Transit Symposium, which now is under way.   Rev.... more
Public Transportation News April 20, 2015
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system, with the financial backing of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the form of $26 million in federal TIGER grants, has begun operating a 1.6-mile streetcar route that is, according to DART, “a starter line [that] traverses the Trinity River corridor...
Bridges News April 20, 2015
The New York State Department of Transportation and other agencies have begun work on a $15.6 million project to replace seven bridges in the town of Keene that are at risk from flood scouring, part of 80 bridges approved so far for replacement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Gov....
Funding News April 20, 2015
In a marked counterpoint to the recent proliferation of states, counties and municipalities that have begun openly pulling on the transportation spending reins, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced its intention to corral a 10-cents-per-gallon gas tax into a $700 million spend...
Retaining Walls Videos April 17, 2015
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News April 17, 2015
While House leaders continue to strike down hopes of raising the federal gas tax to support a multiyear highway bill, a group of House members has introduced legislation that calls for increased fees at the pump.   The move, however, would be temporary until a more permanent highway funding...
Funding News April 17, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for $162 million from the Department's Federal Highway Administration to finance the East End Crossing section of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project...
Manhole Risers Case Studies April 17, 2015

Construction crew member adjusting concrete final grade on a manhole riser. 

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Completed manhole riser adjustment

State Highway 183, from Euless to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, underwent a major reconstruction in 2014, a project totaling $1.6 billion. On projects of this size, even small changes can lead to a great deal of extra work, and such was the case when an unexpected grade change was required to correct...
Law News April 17, 2015
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is taking action to recover some of the nearly $43 million spent on I-495 emergency bridge repairs in Wilmington last year, drawing up a demand for insurance coverage details from those potentially responsible for damaging the span.   The subjects...
Funding News April 16, 2015
The South Carolina House passed a $427 million transportation plan that includes a gas tax and vehicle sales tax hike, which would be offset by a $50 million income tax cut.   Under the new plan, drivers would eventually have to pay 10 cents more per gallon at the pump to fund the statewide...
Maintenance News April 16, 2015
The Nebraska State Department of Roads (NDOR) released its annual report recently, in which the agency outlined performance measures and ancillary initiatives in its “Toward Zero Deaths” safety program.   According to the report, the mission statement of the safety push is characterized as: “To...
Public Transportation News April 16, 2015
Amidst seemingly ambivalent attitudes toward the expansion or regression of its rail services, Amtrak recently announced its intention to make a pilot bus program a permanent fixture in northeast Pennsylvania.   The bus service, known as the Thruway Bus, which is privately operated by Martz...
News April 15, 2015
On the same day when Congressional aids told a room packed full of transportation advocates to expect another funding extension when May 31 rolls around, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said he expects a highway plan surfacing very soon.   The panel at...
Bridges News April 15, 2015
Alabama state officials are moving forward with a study to determine the feasibility of a toll system for the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge.   The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has teamed up with Illinois-bases CDM Smith Inc. to examine different tolling...
Funding News April 14, 2015
The Mississippi Legislature recently voted to raise $200 million in bond financing to pay for transportation investments, most of which would target the state’s list of structurally deficient bridges. The House gave final approval March 30 to a House-Senate conference report on the legislation,...
Public Transportation News April 14, 2015
As the baseball season gets underway, officials with Minneapolis Metro Transit are looking to get Twins fans on public transit come game time.   Metro Transit is expanding its online ticket sales capability in order to allow fans who take the Twins Express Bus or the Green or Blue Line trains to...
News April 13, 2015
Last week, officials from the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), along with select political leaders, gathered in Boulder City to break ground on a $318 million highway bypass project that will be located near Hoover Dam. The 15-mile project is seen in both Nevada and Arizona as the first...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News April 13, 2015
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced late last week that it would return to the use of automated train technology on its Red Line subway artery for the first time since the deadly crash in June 2009 that had initially spurred widespread changes to the transit agency...
Funding News April 10, 2015
Illinois’ federal lawmakers and transit officials in have urged Congress to pass a long-term federal transportation funding bill before the May 31 deadline.   “My message to Congress is `Man up,’ ” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.), said at a “Stand Up 4 Transportation” news conference at Chicago’s...
Bridge Rescue Case Studies April 10, 2015

Pulleys placed in position with the saw on top.

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Setting up the wire saw on an abutment.

Precision Cutting & Coring of Kansas City, Kan., was contracted for a bridge overhaul project in May 2014 that required strict timing and precision. The overall project involved demolishing the top part of an old rail bridge then reconstructing it. Precision’s scope of work was to saw and...
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