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News November 20, 2014
Kentucky’s gas tax on sales of gasoline, diesel and ethanol motor fuels will drop by 4.3 cents per gallon on New Year’s Day, resulting in a loss to the Kentucky Road Fund of about $129 million annually.   The decrease reflects a drop in the calculated average wholesale price (AWP) of motor fuels,... more
Traffic Management News November 19, 2014
As fully-autonomous vehicles come closer to being a reality, Nokia is working to build a comprehensive set of 3-D maps that could guide self-driving cars along the roadway.   HERE, the mapping division of Nokia, has sent out 200 vehicles in the last 18 months armed with high-resolution cameras,... more
Highway Construction News November 19, 2014
Mining firms United Taconite and RGGS Land and Minerals announced recently that they have given notice to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) of their intent to terminate the easement rights to the portion of Hwy. 53 that is located between Hwy. 135 and 2nd Ave. in the town of... more
Associations News November 18, 2014
According to a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, in which federal highway funding allotments were analyzed, states utilized only, on average, 6% of the contract authority received from the federal government on new roads and bridges. The lion’s share of funding was pumped... more
Traffic Management News November 17, 2014
With winter rapidly approaching, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has launched a new crowdsourcing app that allows drivers to report hazardous highway surface conditions in real time. It is the first app of its kind to debut in the U.S.   The UDOT Citizen Reports app, available for... more
Highway Construction News November 17, 2014
There is much to be said for savoring a delayed reaction in the great state of Ohio now that the Ohio Turnpike Commission can finally declare success on its decades-old project to widen a significant portion of the 241-mile toll road.   Originally conceived in April 1995 as a $460 million endeavor... more
Traffic Management News November 14, 2014
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has started putting the latest version of its SunGuide traffic management software through its paces, with no word on when final deployment will occur. If testing proves successful, the program will move on to independent verification and validation... more
News November 14, 2014
The Great Lakes state is far from being called a great roads state. Legislators know this, and on Nov. 13 the Senate passed a bill that could generate $1 billion a year for road and bridge work.   The measure, which passed by 23-14 count without debate, sets the wholesale tax on gasoline at 9% on... more
Traffic Management News November 13, 2014
Transportation management agencies and individuals across Europe now have access to a wealth of new resources following the launch of the Eltis urban mobility web portal last week.   A product of the European Commission, Eltis is designed as an information hub on various European Union (EU)-funded... more
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
With more than 12,800 bridges comprising 100 million sq ft of deck area, Louisiana has a very unique and complex bridge system.   Our current inventory contains approximately 10% structurally deficient and 14% functionally obsolete bridges, many of which are off the state system. We rank first in... more
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
When putting together a complicated 3-D puzzle, you really cannot build around a missing piece.   As FIGG and PCL Civil Constructors were attempting to mold together the first pier table of the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge in Vermont in late October, extreme measures were being taken to make sure... more
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
Postal delivery workers aren’t the only ones who work year-round in all conditions.   The crews of Kiewit Infrastructure West working on the Northern Rail Extension Phase 1A to build a 3,300-ft-long bridge over the Tanana River in Salcha, Alaska, worked nonstop to complete the project by the... more
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
The North Torrey Pines Road Bridge, built in 1933, was classified as structurally and seismically deficient in 1990, receiving a sufficiency rating of only 19 out of 100. To extend the bridge and bring it up to current seismic standards, the design, engineering and construction teams had to contend... more
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
When it came time to replace the Henry G. Gilmerton Bridge in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia in 2009, the project team had very strict parameters to work within. The span is one of five critical crossing points for the Elizabeth River in the region, resulting in major vehicle and boat traffic... more
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
Downtown Louisville is home to an intersection of three interstate systems, I-65, I-64 and I-71, and three corresponding bridges taxed to capacity. With a congested downtown area leading to frequent traffic delays and collisions, the city of Louisville knew that a new solution was necessary for... more
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
Brian Mazzeo (left) and W. Spencer Guthrie have been working with noninvasive substances for bridge inspection methodology. Here they demonstrate the water droplet method for acoustic impact-echo data retrieval. The impact sounds are being picked up by the suspended microphone. A droplet of water can be seen in motion above Guthrie’s head.
Two professors at Brigham Young University have been pushing the burgeoning field of acoustic impact-echo testing for bridge damage inspections in interestingly “liquid” directions.   Bridge decay is not always, or even often, apparent to the naked eye. By the time a pothole appears, significant... more
News November 13, 2014
  The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently announced the grant of $875,000 to a local firm for the purpose of installing a series of closed-circuit cameras and message boards along a widened segment of I-85 from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to N.C. 73 (Exit 55)... more
Bridges Article November 12, 2014
The huge shake tables rumbled and the 70-ft-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of intense simulated earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment at the University of Nevada, Reno’s new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the latest addition to the world-renowned earthquake/seismic... more
Bridges Article November 12, 2014
The New York State Department of Transportation utilized the StopCrackEX system to repair a 1.25-in. crack in a floorbeam of the Delaware River Bridge in Margaretville, N.Y.
Forgive those in charge of maintaining the nation’s steel bridges for thinking the sky is falling—they’re just trying to take advantage of the newest technology that could save their charges.   That technology, StopCrackEX, is based on a technique known as cold expansion, which traces its origins... more
Bridges Article November 12, 2014
The first year of permanent construction operations on the New York Thruway Authority’s New NY Bridge, which ended in October, saw exceptional progress on the foundations for the replacement of the 60-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge north of New York City.   In the coming weeks and months, however,... more
News November 20, 2014
Kentucky’s gas tax on sales of gasoline, diesel and ethanol motor fuels will drop by 4.3 cents per gallon on New Year’s Day, resulting in a loss to the Kentucky Road Fund of about $129 million annually.   The decrease reflects a drop in the calculated average wholesale price (AWP) of motor fuels,...
Traffic Management News November 19, 2014
As fully-autonomous vehicles come closer to being a reality, Nokia is working to build a comprehensive set of 3-D maps that could guide self-driving cars along the roadway.   HERE, the mapping division of Nokia, has sent out 200 vehicles in the last 18 months armed with high-resolution cameras,...
Highway Construction News November 19, 2014
Mining firms United Taconite and RGGS Land and Minerals announced recently that they have given notice to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) of their intent to terminate the easement rights to the portion of Hwy. 53 that is located between Hwy. 135 and 2nd Ave. in the town of...
Associations News November 18, 2014
According to a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, in which federal highway funding allotments were analyzed, states utilized only, on average, 6% of the contract authority received from the federal government on new roads and bridges. The lion’s share of funding was pumped...
Traffic Management News November 17, 2014
With winter rapidly approaching, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has launched a new crowdsourcing app that allows drivers to report hazardous highway surface conditions in real time. It is the first app of its kind to debut in the U.S.   The UDOT Citizen Reports app, available for...
Highway Construction News November 17, 2014
There is much to be said for savoring a delayed reaction in the great state of Ohio now that the Ohio Turnpike Commission can finally declare success on its decades-old project to widen a significant portion of the 241-mile toll road.   Originally conceived in April 1995 as a $460 million endeavor...
Traffic Management News November 14, 2014
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has started putting the latest version of its SunGuide traffic management software through its paces, with no word on when final deployment will occur. If testing proves successful, the program will move on to independent verification and validation...
News November 14, 2014
The Great Lakes state is far from being called a great roads state. Legislators know this, and on Nov. 13 the Senate passed a bill that could generate $1 billion a year for road and bridge work.   The measure, which passed by 23-14 count without debate, sets the wholesale tax on gasoline at 9% on...
Traffic Management News November 13, 2014
Transportation management agencies and individuals across Europe now have access to a wealth of new resources following the launch of the Eltis urban mobility web portal last week.   A product of the European Commission, Eltis is designed as an information hub on various European Union (EU)-funded...
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
With more than 12,800 bridges comprising 100 million sq ft of deck area, Louisiana has a very unique and complex bridge system.   Our current inventory contains approximately 10% structurally deficient and 14% functionally obsolete bridges, many of which are off the state system. We rank first in...
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
When putting together a complicated 3-D puzzle, you really cannot build around a missing piece.   As FIGG and PCL Civil Constructors were attempting to mold together the first pier table of the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge in Vermont in late October, extreme measures were being taken to make sure...
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
Postal delivery workers aren’t the only ones who work year-round in all conditions.   The crews of Kiewit Infrastructure West working on the Northern Rail Extension Phase 1A to build a 3,300-ft-long bridge over the Tanana River in Salcha, Alaska, worked nonstop to complete the project by the...
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
When it came time to replace the Henry G. Gilmerton Bridge in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia in 2009, the project team had very strict parameters to work within. The span is one of five critical crossing points for the Elizabeth River in the region, resulting in major vehicle and boat traffic...
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
The North Torrey Pines Road Bridge, built in 1933, was classified as structurally and seismically deficient in 1990, receiving a sufficiency rating of only 19 out of 100. To extend the bridge and bring it up to current seismic standards, the design, engineering and construction teams had to contend...
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
Downtown Louisville is home to an intersection of three interstate systems, I-65, I-64 and I-71, and three corresponding bridges taxed to capacity. With a congested downtown area leading to frequent traffic delays and collisions, the city of Louisville knew that a new solution was necessary for...
Bridges Article November 13, 2014
Brian Mazzeo (left) and W. Spencer Guthrie have been working with noninvasive substances for bridge inspection methodology. Here they demonstrate the water droplet method for acoustic impact-echo data retrieval. The impact sounds are being picked up by the suspended microphone. A droplet of water can be seen in motion above Guthrie’s head.
Two professors at Brigham Young University have been pushing the burgeoning field of acoustic impact-echo testing for bridge damage inspections in interestingly “liquid” directions.   Bridge decay is not always, or even often, apparent to the naked eye. By the time a pothole appears, significant...
News November 13, 2014
  The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently announced the grant of $875,000 to a local firm for the purpose of installing a series of closed-circuit cameras and message boards along a widened segment of I-85 from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to N.C. 73 (Exit 55)...
Bridges Article November 12, 2014
The huge shake tables rumbled and the 70-ft-long, 52-ton concrete bridge survived a series of intense simulated earthquakes in the first multiple-shake-table experiment at the University of Nevada, Reno’s new Earthquake Engineering Lab, the latest addition to the world-renowned earthquake/seismic...
Bridges Article November 12, 2014
The New York State Department of Transportation utilized the StopCrackEX system to repair a 1.25-in. crack in a floorbeam of the Delaware River Bridge in Margaretville, N.Y.
Forgive those in charge of maintaining the nation’s steel bridges for thinking the sky is falling—they’re just trying to take advantage of the newest technology that could save their charges.   That technology, StopCrackEX, is based on a technique known as cold expansion, which traces its origins...
Bridges Article November 12, 2014
The first year of permanent construction operations on the New York Thruway Authority’s New NY Bridge, which ended in October, saw exceptional progress on the foundations for the replacement of the 60-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge north of New York City.   In the coming weeks and months, however,...
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