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Traffic Management News May 04, 2015
The Missouri House of Representatives approved a bill that will allow citizens to vote on the use of red light cameras. House Bill 207, sponsored by State Rep. Paul Curtman, was constructed behind the congressman’s belief that the use of red light cameras should banned in Missouri, erring toward... more
Funding News May 04, 2015
Today in “well, we saw this coming” news, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said that Congressional leaders are working on a short-term $10 billion proposal to fund highway repairs through the end of the year, but a gas tax hike will not be part of the deal.   The Highway Trust Fund will run dry... more
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Winter Maintenance Article May 04, 2015
The Idaho Transportation Department splits the state into six districts to make maintenance more manageable.   Each district can be vastly different from its counterparts in population, weather patterns and terrain. District 1 consists of the five northern-most counties and borders Washington,...
Winter Maintenance Article May 04, 2015
Snow and blowing snow conditions are major road transportation issues for many northern states and Canada. Keeping roadways safe and passable is a high priority and an unpredictable budget item of roadway-maintenance departments. In an effort to reduce costs while maintaining safe roadways,...
Winter Maintenance Article May 04, 2015
Operations workers know that the only constant in their world is change.   Most take pride in the fact they can react and adjust to changing conditions, changing requirements and changing response. Occasionally Mother Nature will throw a curveball, and standard response tactics are no longer...
Asphalt Article May 04, 2015
Since asphalt roadways began to appear in the U.S. in the mid-19th century, Americans have been seeking to enhance the quality of their roads.   Improved pavement performance has long been the goal of the modern asphalt industry. But even as pavement designs continue to advance, our highway...
Aggregates Article May 04, 2015
The use of warm-mix asphalt (WMA) has grown rapidly in the short time it has become a familiar acronym in the U.S. In fact, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) placed 2.8 million tons of water-injected WMA in 2011.   But, ODOT’s WMA work has not advanced without concerns, questions and...
Asphalt Article May 04, 2015
Thin-lift overlays are quickly emerging as a preferred alternative to other road-surface preservation treatments.   In Oregon, thin lifts are typically made up of 3⁄8-in. (9.5-mm) mix installed at a thickness of 1 to 1.5 in. These overlays are proving to be more economical than other surface...
Asphalt Article May 04, 2015
As the need grows for new rehabilitation methodologies to improve the performance of hot-mix asphalt (HMA) overlays on top of existing concrete pavement, saw and seal offers a cost-effective solution to the reflective cracking problem when properly constructed.   Reflection of cracks in HMA...
Asphalt Article May 04, 2015
Crack sealing has been used as a very cost-effective method of pavement preservation for decades.   Crack sealants reduce moisture and debris infiltration into the pavement structure, thereby, improving pavement performance.  During the life of most asphalt concrete pavements, overlays are placed...
Asphalt Article May 04, 2015
Around the country, agencies struggle with tight budgets and contractors struggle with unpredictable material prices in a competitive market.   This is not good for our nation’s highways—they continue to deteriorate—or for our economy. But it has had one benefit: It has created strong partnerships...
Asphalt Article May 04, 2015
NAPA is the trade association charged with representing the asphalt-pavement industry before the U.S. Congress and federal regulatory agencies. Our activities in Congress are guided by two principles: First, we support a robustly funded, multiyear highway bill; also, we act as our industry’s...
Traffic Management News May 04, 2015
The Missouri House of Representatives approved a bill that will allow citizens to vote on the use of red light cameras. House Bill 207, sponsored by State Rep. Paul Curtman, was constructed behind the congressman’s belief that the use of red light cameras should banned in Missouri, erring toward...
Funding News May 04, 2015
Today in “well, we saw this coming” news, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said that Congressional leaders are working on a short-term $10 billion proposal to fund highway repairs through the end of the year, but a gas tax hike will not be part of the deal.   The Highway Trust Fund will run dry...
Maintenance 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,...
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