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Funding News September 04, 2015
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) restored 27 of the 87 highway construction projects put on hold in its October bid opening.   Congress extended the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), a bill that funded surface transportation programs in 2013... more
DOT in Crisis News September 03, 2015
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Randy Blackenhorn criticized Illinois’ approach to its transportation system for being too narrowly focused and outdated.  According to Blackenhorn, the state has a “transportation system that is not working”, the Chicago Tribune reported.  ... more
Traffic Management News September 03, 2015
Americans are holding on to their travel dollars this Labor Day holiday weekend in order to avoid the stress and hassle of traveling on the nation’s roads. Congress’s lack of a long-term funding strategy has created the perception that U.S. residents are better off staying closer to home.     The U... more
Maintenance Article September 02, 2015
For the first time in its publishing history, the Farmer’s Almanac made a disclaimer in the 2014-15 winter forecast notifying readers that El Niño could effect cold predictions. And yet the meteorological instigator never really did announce his presence.   So this year the famous prognosticator is... more
Maintenance Article September 02, 2015
To say that Alaska is the land of extremes is a slight understatement. In sheer size, the 49th state is larger than the next four largest states combined. Alaska’s climate experiences temperature extremes ranging from -80°F to 100°F, and snowfall in Thompson Pass near Valdez once reached 974.5 in.... more
Maintenance Article September 02, 2015
Since the 1970s, the staple deicing material for state departments of transportation has been chlorides, usually sodium chloride in the form of rock salt, and sometimes liquid salt brine or other chemicals.   Anti-icing, the use of liquid chemicals to treat the road prior to snowstorms, is a... more
Funding News September 02, 2015
Seventy-one percent of U.S. residents polled said they would support a 10-cent increase in the 18.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax that is used to pay for federal transportation projects, according to a new poll released this week.    The survey, conducted by the San Jose, Calif.-based Mineta... more
DOT in Crisis News September 01, 2015
State of good repair backlogs have plagued state departments of transportation for decades, and it seems that the issue, despite marginal signs of progress in some corners of the nation, is nonetheless persisting and doing so with vigor. The city of Boston is an unfortunate example.   According to... more
DOT in Crisis News September 01, 2015
Just two-and-a-half years after the completion of the most intense bridge program in the state’s history, the number of critical-condition bridges in Missouri is growing again.   After the latest round of bridge inspections, the number of bridges in critical need of attention has risen to 641—50... more
Bridges News September 01, 2015
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) completed the accelerated inspection of 230 structurally deficient bridges by the promised mid-August timeframe. The program resulted in the emergency closure and accelerated reconstruction of the Park Avenue Bridge in Cranston; emergency lane... more
Asphalt Videos August 31, 2015
What is Strata Systems? What can Strata do for you?
Asphalt Videos August 31, 2015
Do you have a grade change, poor subgrade or soil reinforcement problem? Strata can help solve it.
Public Transportation News August 31, 2015
According to a statement made by Michigan Department of Transportation (MIDOT) officials earlier this week, the agency has reached a tentative agreement to cease its lease payments in rail cars that are not presently in service.   The details of the arrangement with the Great Lakes Central Railroad... more
Highway Construction News August 31, 2015
A $494 million road-widening project for I-5 near a Washington state military base was approved by the state Legislature. Much of the project will be funded by an 11.9-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase.   The expansion project will take place near Washington’s largest workplace, the Joint Base Lewis... more
Public Transportation News August 28, 2015
Hawaii County is making its transit system compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by a Maui resident who claimed the county denied him equal access to public transportation.   The claimant employs an electric scooter to get around, and... more
Bridge Inspection News August 28, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the first ever toy powered paper airplane to fly commercially in U.S. airspace.   A Section 333 Exemption, which endows a specific person or entity to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in open airspace, was granted to Peter Sachs, a... more
Case Studies August 27, 2015

RoadQuake TPRS alerts truckers on I-29, Summit S.D. The work zone saw heavy truck traffic

Plastic Safety Systems introduced the first RoadQuake Temporary Portable Rumble Strip (TPRS) in 2009. RoadQuake TPRS is a transverse rumble strip that alerts drivers, especially distracted drivers, to changing road conditions, like upcoming work zones or lane closures. RoadQuake is designed to... more
Traffic Safety News August 27, 2015
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested collision-avoidance systems on 19 new auto models and granted its highest rating of “superior” to 14 of them. The remaining five were considered “advanced,” which is the institute’s second-highest designation.   “We've seen an uptick in the number... more
Safety News August 27, 2015
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) plans to conduct testing of the ET Plus manufactured by Trinity Highway Products, a controversial guardrail system. The manufacturer of the guardrail system said it passed all safety standards by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).   In 2014,... more
Funding News September 04, 2015
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) restored 27 of the 87 highway construction projects put on hold in its October bid opening.   Congress extended the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), a bill that funded surface transportation programs in 2013...
DOT in Crisis News September 03, 2015
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Randy Blackenhorn criticized Illinois’ approach to its transportation system for being too narrowly focused and outdated.  According to Blackenhorn, the state has a “transportation system that is not working”, the Chicago Tribune reported.  ...
Traffic Management News September 03, 2015
Americans are holding on to their travel dollars this Labor Day holiday weekend in order to avoid the stress and hassle of traveling on the nation’s roads. Congress’s lack of a long-term funding strategy has created the perception that U.S. residents are better off staying closer to home.     The U...
Maintenance Article September 02, 2015
For the first time in its publishing history, the Farmer’s Almanac made a disclaimer in the 2014-15 winter forecast notifying readers that El Niño could effect cold predictions. And yet the meteorological instigator never really did announce his presence.   So this year the famous prognosticator is...
Maintenance Article September 02, 2015
Snow-removal costs can represent a significant portion of the road-maintenance budget for cities and states.   Liquid brine solution is spray-applied in advance of a snow weather event.   In addition, deicing chemicals increase chloride levels in shallow groundwater and surface water, which can...
Maintenance Article September 02, 2015
The city of Toledo, Ohio’s Division of Streets, Bridges and Harbor was hit hard with challenges when, after two consecutive milder-than-normal winters, Winter 2013-2014 came barreling down with record-breaking low temperatures and snow that wouldn’t quit. Double the average amount of storms, salt...
Maintenance Article September 02, 2015
To say that Alaska is the land of extremes is a slight understatement. In sheer size, the 49th state is larger than the next four largest states combined. Alaska’s climate experiences temperature extremes ranging from -80°F to 100°F, and snowfall in Thompson Pass near Valdez once reached 974.5 in....
Maintenance Article September 02, 2015
Since the 1970s, the staple deicing material for state departments of transportation has been chlorides, usually sodium chloride in the form of rock salt, and sometimes liquid salt brine or other chemicals.   Anti-icing, the use of liquid chemicals to treat the road prior to snowstorms, is a...
Funding News September 02, 2015
Seventy-one percent of U.S. residents polled said they would support a 10-cent increase in the 18.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax that is used to pay for federal transportation projects, according to a new poll released this week.    The survey, conducted by the San Jose, Calif.-based Mineta...
DOT in Crisis News September 01, 2015
Just two-and-a-half years after the completion of the most intense bridge program in the state’s history, the number of critical-condition bridges in Missouri is growing again.   After the latest round of bridge inspections, the number of bridges in critical need of attention has risen to 641—50...
DOT in Crisis News September 01, 2015
State of good repair backlogs have plagued state departments of transportation for decades, and it seems that the issue, despite marginal signs of progress in some corners of the nation, is nonetheless persisting and doing so with vigor. The city of Boston is an unfortunate example.   According to...
Bridges News September 01, 2015
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) completed the accelerated inspection of 230 structurally deficient bridges by the promised mid-August timeframe. The program resulted in the emergency closure and accelerated reconstruction of the Park Avenue Bridge in Cranston; emergency lane...
Asphalt Videos August 31, 2015
What is Strata Systems? What can Strata do for you?
Asphalt Videos August 31, 2015
Do you have a grade change, poor subgrade or soil reinforcement problem? Strata can help solve it.
Public Transportation News August 31, 2015
According to a statement made by Michigan Department of Transportation (MIDOT) officials earlier this week, the agency has reached a tentative agreement to cease its lease payments in rail cars that are not presently in service.   The details of the arrangement with the Great Lakes Central Railroad...
Highway Construction News August 31, 2015
A $494 million road-widening project for I-5 near a Washington state military base was approved by the state Legislature. Much of the project will be funded by an 11.9-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase.   The expansion project will take place near Washington’s largest workplace, the Joint Base Lewis...
Public Transportation News August 28, 2015
Hawaii County is making its transit system compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by a Maui resident who claimed the county denied him equal access to public transportation.   The claimant employs an electric scooter to get around, and...
Bridge Inspection News August 28, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the first ever toy powered paper airplane to fly commercially in U.S. airspace.   A Section 333 Exemption, which endows a specific person or entity to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in open airspace, was granted to Peter Sachs, a...
Case Studies August 27, 2015

RoadQuake TPRS alerts truckers on I-29, Summit S.D. The work zone saw heavy truck traffic

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Installing RoadQuake TPRS on I-29, Summit S.D., June 2015

Plastic Safety Systems introduced the first RoadQuake Temporary Portable Rumble Strip (TPRS) in 2009. RoadQuake TPRS is a transverse rumble strip that alerts drivers, especially distracted drivers, to changing road conditions, like upcoming work zones or lane closures. RoadQuake is designed to...
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