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Funding News May 01, 2015
The Texas State House of Representatives on Thursday voted 138-3 in favor of shifting more than $3 billion in existing revenue to non-toll roads. This is multibillion-dollar boost to the cash-strapped Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) would potentially arm the agency in its battle with a... more
Safety Case Studies May 01, 2015

End-of-Queue Warning System on display at a TxDOT media event in May, 2013. 

In our Roads&Bridges case study from March 2013, we reported that the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) had recently announced the installation of a new traffic safety countermeasure on I-35 work zones.   We then described the new countermeasure, known as the End-of-Queue Warning... more
Bridge Rescue News April 30, 2015
Another 200 New Jersey bridges will become structurally deficient in the next five years, bringing the state’s tally up to 500. Gains made by the New Jersey Transportation Department may soon become a distant memory as its maintenance backlog climbs.   The bridges will be added to a list of 290... more
Public Transportation News April 30, 2015
Federal investigators have determined the Chicago Transit Authority shares in the blame for an accident last year in which a commuter train operator fell asleep and crashed into a platform at the O’Hare airport station, sending the lead car barreling up an escalator.   The National Transportation... more
Funding News April 29, 2015
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said he can accept a temporary infrastructure funding extension, but only if lawmakers use the extra time to come up with a long-term solution later this summer.   Foxx told reporters during a briefing at the Transportation Department's headquarters in... more
Asphalt News April 29, 2015
Designers, contractors and government officials can submit their top road projects to be considered for the 2015 Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Roads list. This list receives media attention all over the U.S. To submit, go to www.roadsbridges.com, click on the Top 10 Road logo and then hit the... more
Products April 29, 2015
When you’re designing a retaining wall on your next road or bridge project, you need accurate, tested information to ensure that your wall will perform exactly as engineered. See what tools are available in this new manual.
Ice Control Products April 29, 2015
Cargill Deicing Technology offers two brine-making options to suit the needs and budgets of winter maintenance professionals. The AccuBatch brine maker and the AccuBrine automated brine maker can help municipalities and contractors save on time, costs and labor.   ·       Accurate, automated... more
Bridges Products April 29, 2015
 Mabey’s panel bridges & structural shoring reduce the duration of road closures/detours during bridge repair/replacement projects. The structural shoring provides temporary support for bridges under repair while keeping lanes open to traffic. Both can be used for falsework, bridge support... more
Software Products April 29, 2015
ProContractor offers an all-in-one, cloud-based solution for estimating, project management and accounting. Estimating provides many features and flexibility to help takeoff cut and fill quantities with speed and then efficiently calculate and verify what the materials, equipment and labor will... more
Products April 29, 2015
The Magma in three sizes -150, 230, 410-gal - with operator features for efficient crack sealing. AutoStart informs of ready-to-seal status with three green lights. Digital flow control provides smooth, even material flow. New “no drip” ergonomic sealant wand eliminates drips between crack sealing... more
Products April 29, 2015
StrataWeb provides three-dimensional soil reinforcement and solves problems associated with load support over soft soils, erosion on steep slopes and the linings of lagoons, drainage channels and landfills. Filled with granular material, the resulting cellular confinement system efficiently... more
Products April 29, 2015
HCSS Mobile Mechanic­ allows equipment managers and mechanics to complete work orders and access construction equipment information directly from the field. The app works in conjunction with HCSS’s Equipment360 equipment maintenance software, which tracks equipment maintenance schedules for company... more
Safety Article April 28, 2015
Rural, two-way-stop controlled intersections present a significant challenge for traffic safety.   For the 10-year period of 2002 to 2011 in Minnesota, 43% of all intersection crashes occurred at unsignalized intersections. However, for this same period, 65% of fatal and serious-injury intersection... more
News April 28, 2015
The Minnesota Senate passed a bill that will fund the state’s road and bridge repairs by raising the gas tax.  The newly approved bill would add 6.5% tax on fuel, which is expected to raise more than $400 million for 2016, and more than $6 billion over the next ten years.   Senate lawmakers voted... more
Funding News April 28, 2015
In effort to rectify its suffering state transportation trust fund, NJ Transit is looking north—to Canada—for an infusion of $300 million. The loan would bind the gap between paying for federal grant-covered projects and the actual receipt of that grant money.     “This would authorize NJ Transit... more
Bridge Rescue News April 27, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will begin collecting new data that will help the agency more closely monitor bridge conditions throughout the nation. Beginning this month, state departments of transportation will provide the new data... more
Funding News April 27, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) said Americans drove 221.1 billion miles in February, a 2.8 percent increase from February 2014. This trend is part of a rising demand and need for greater investment in transportation infrastructure.   "As traffic volume continues to grow nationwide, so... more
Funding News April 27, 2015
The Vermont Senate late last week passed a $562 million transportation budget for the coming fiscal year, aimed at delivering aggressive road and bridge improvements across the state.    While the new budget represents a $55 million cut against current-year funding, officials have characterized the... more
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News April 27, 2015
The board of directors of Metra has approved a significant step toward satisfying the U.S. Congress’s 2008 mandate for Positive Train Control system implementation. The $80 million contract with Parsons Transportation Group reflects Metra’s request from the group to develop a “system integrator,”... more
Asphalt Article May 01, 2015
There are those who are concerned about invited guests, and others who worry about an uninvited one.   Weather forecasting can ease or mess with the minds of individuals on either end. Brides want their day to be perfect, while public works officials just want to be ready for the day—or night—when...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
When 3M wanted to test a pavement-marking system that could make it easier for drivers to find their way through work zones in dark, rainy weather, the company turned to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Highways for LIFE Technology Partnerships Program.   Wet road conditions can make it...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
Priorities for the design of roadways have shifted over the years—from a primary emphasis on increasing capacity to considering the purpose of streets and roads in the context of specific settings (often referred to as context-sensitive design). A technique that has gained popularity in recent...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
Those white and yellow lines on the roadway delineate lanes and orient and guide roadway users, enhancing traffic efficiency, reducing conflict and making navigating easier and more comfortable for travelers.   Most importantly, by helping roadway users navigate properly, those lines help reduce...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
Nontangent roadway sections present a unique challenge for pavements.   The pavement surface must satisfy the necessary friction demand to ensure safety and driver comfort based on the geometry (grade, radius of curvature and superelevation) and anticipated speed of vehicles navigating the curve....
Safety Article May 01, 2015
To help states evaluate their work-zone practices, and to help assess work-zone practices nationally, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed the Work Zone Mobility and Safety Self Assessment (WZ SA) tool.   The WZ SA tool consists of a set of 46 questions designed to assist those with...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
Who would have imagined five years ago that cell phones and texting would become so deadly?   As an avid motorcyclist, I can attest that literally every “close encounter” I have with a four-wheeler features a distracted driver either talking on a cell phone or texting. As bad as it is on the open...
Winter Maintenance Article May 01, 2015
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is charged with protecting the waters of our state.   We have 11,842 lakes and 92,000 miles of river. We not only love our water but we use our water. One out of six of us owns a boat, 900,000 are registered each year and with our 158 species of fish,...
Winter Maintenance Article May 01, 2015
As director of snow and ice operations for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Paul Brown often recommended investments and process improvements to upper management.   “Lots of times, they’d come back with, ‘What’s the cost-benefit?’” Brown said. “There was nothing out there to help...
Maintenance Article May 01, 2015
Departments of transportation often provide mixture recommendations for various roadside plantings.   In Minnesota, specifications are given by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) for a number of different turf plantings, including salt-tolerant turf for roadsides. Even though these...
Maintenance Article May 01, 2015
$2,696 per lane-mile.   That is how much the Wisconsin Department of Transportation spent on snow removal, deicing and other winter-maintenance activities in the 2010-11 winter season. This cost reflects how formidable a task winter maintenance is in states with snowy climates; in Wisconsin alone...
Maintenance Article May 01, 2015
It has not been raining sideways in Charlotte, N.C., but Ken Hooker knows better than to get slapped in the face with the unexpected.   This is why the deputy streets superintendent for the city of Charlotte is gearing up for a 2013-14 winter season that could drop more precipitation than normal....
Safety Article May 01, 2015
Two-way left-turn lanes (TWLTLs) and raised medians are the two most common types of median treatments.   A TWLTL is a continuous lane between opposing lanes of traffic to allow traffic to make left turns from both directions, and a raised median is a physical barrier that separates opposing lanes...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
At the heart of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) is the notion of getting information about the transportation network to those who need it in a timely, efficient manner.   Better-informed drivers make smarter, safer traveling decisions. Traffic-management personnel—if armed with better...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
When a lane is closed on a two-lane, two-way roadway, flaggers are typically used to control the flow of traffic through the work zone.   While various measures have been implemented in recent years to improve the safety and effectiveness of flaggers, crashes involving flaggers still occur and...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
Intersection crashes continue to represent a significant share of transportation fatalities and serious injuries throughout the country.   There were more than $2.2 million in crashes at or related to intersections in 2009, according to the motor vehicle crash data from FARS and GES. Of those...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
The current federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), was signed into law on July 6, 2012.   MAP-21 legislation demonstrates that Congress recognized the great strides made by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy...
Safety Article May 01, 2015
A March meeting of transportation officials and transportation-industry members in Crystal City, Va., began to lay the groundwork for a new movement in digital asset data collection.   This effort is designed at systematizing the process of network asset data collection and 3-D virtual design while...
Funding News May 01, 2015
The Texas State House of Representatives on Thursday voted 138-3 in favor of shifting more than $3 billion in existing revenue to non-toll roads. This is multibillion-dollar boost to the cash-strapped Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) would potentially arm the agency in its battle with a...
Safety Case Studies May 01, 2015

End-of-Queue Warning System on display at a TxDOT media event in May, 2013. 

In our Roads&Bridges case study from March 2013, we reported that the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) had recently announced the installation of a new traffic safety countermeasure on I-35 work zones.   We then described the new countermeasure, known as the End-of-Queue Warning...
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