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News July 21, 2014
President Barack Obama traveled to the port of Wilmington, Del., last week to talk about creating jobs and his latest initiative to rebuild America’s transportation infrastructure.   The president spoke near the site of the I-495 bridge. The work to construct new underground foundations for the... more
Bridges News July 18, 2014
The collapse of an interstate highway bridge that was struck by a truck carrying an oversize load was ultimately caused by a series of deficiencies in a system intended to safeguard the passage of oversized loads over Washington state's roadways, the National Transportation Safety Board determined... more
News July 17, 2014
There is just a few days left to nominate your bridge project to be considered for the 2014 Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Bridges list. The deadline is Wednesday, July 23. For a nomination form, click here. Projects in the design, construction and completion phase over the last 18 months qualify.... more
Tunnels News July 17, 2014
Tunnel vision can improve; just ask those at the Nevada Department of Transportation.   The agency is about to complete the Carlin Tunnels project on I-80, and the highlight of the enhancement is an LED lighting system that will enhance driver visibility by dimming or brightening according to... more
News July 15, 2014
The House of Representatives voted to keep highway funding alive on July 15.   By a 367-55 count, a $10.9 billion package was passed that will provide an uninterrupted cash flow into the Highway Trust Fund until May 2015. Pension smoothing, customs user fees and money coming from an account set up... more
Traffic Management News July 15, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover revealed that it is working on self-learning technology for its next generation of vehicles, which would make note of driver behaviors and preferences with the goal of automating daily driving tasks.   Dubbed Smart Assistant by JLR, the technology utilizes a learning algorithm... more
Safety News July 15, 2014
While road safety nationwide has improved greatly in the last decade, traffic fatality rates are still generally higher in the northern-plains and southern states than in the Northeast, Midwest and West, according to a University of Michigan researcher.   Michael Sivak, research professor at the... more
Traffic Management News July 15, 2014
U.S. DOT has announced plans for several regional connected vehicle pilot projects in different parts of the U.S., and a new website has been established to help educate interested stakeholders about this potential opportunity. U.S. DOT plans to release a request for proposals for the pilot program... more
Traffic Management News July 14, 2014
Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) project planners got their first look at a new ITS project planning tool last week following U.S. DOT’s alpha release of the Systems Engineering Tool for Intelligent Transportation (SET-IT) software. The agency has begun seeking comments on the software from... more
News July 14, 2014
The Dire States Texas Team

Dire States kicked off with a nationwide tour in 2013-14 by author and infrastructure expert Dan McNichol in a 1949 Hudson that is as “old, rusty and energy defunct” as much of America’s infrastructure.

The Dire States initiative toured Texas last week in support of Proposition 1 (the Texas Transportation Funding Amendment). The amendment, which would direct an estimated $1.4 billion annually from oil and gas tax revenues in the state’s Rainy Day Fund, will be on the Nov. 4 ballot and support... more
Equipment Article July 11, 2014
For 28 years Doug Pawlowski has been removing concrete from driveways, parking lots, streets, factory floors and other locations, always focusing on working fast and minimizing the impact on his surroundings. A recent job put his experience, skill and equipment to the test in a unique setting. His... more
Equipment Article July 11, 2014
H&S Contracting Inc., located in Moorhead, Minn., was looking for estimating software to take the company to the next level.   Their previous system using ledger sheets and Excel documents created in-house was outdated, and as Brent Syster, estimator and project manager with H&S, pointed... more
Equipment Article July 11, 2014
In south Florida, particularly the populous southeast corner of the state, traffic approaches the congested density of Los Angeles’ freeway system.   Florida highways are busy, and rush hours are not confined to weekday mornings and evenings. Traffic is nonstop, seven days a week, about 20 hours... more
Equipment Article July 11, 2014
Austin Bridge & Road Co. in Irving, Texas, is currently at work on the I-30 project in Dallas and Tarrant counties.   The project includes replacing the single HOV lane with two new lanes that will be open in each direction. Austin Bridge & Road has its fleet of equipment at work on the... more
Asphalt News July 11, 2014
America’s rural heartland is home to nearly 50 million people, and its natural resources provide the energy, food and fiber that support the nation’s economy and way of life. But, a new report finds that the nation’s rural transportation system, which is critical to the nation’s booming agriculture... more
Equipment Article July 10, 2014
Webber LLC, based out of Houston, has specialized in highway projects since it was founded more than 50 years ago.   Currently, one of the projects they are involved with is the I-35 reconstruction project. They have been at work on section 5B of the project since September 2011. Work on the 6.5-... more
Equipment Article July 10, 2014
Materials and trucks were in short supply on the paving of I-95 near Island Falls, a town of 600 in eastern Maine. Challenges were not.   The project featured: Wide-width paving to eliminate longitudinal joints; The use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) as a structural layer; A remote... more
Equipment Article July 10, 2014
It may not have looked like it in early 2014, but in a few years a 680-acre tract in Cupertino, Calif., will be the site of a spaceship-like office building—bigger than the Pentagon—on a new corporate campus for computer industry titan Apple Inc.   Of advanced environmental design, the $5.5... more
Equipment Article July 10, 2014
Progress sometimes comes at a price.   Take for instance the interchange where Old Windthorst Road and Highways 82 and 287 meet in Wichita Falls, Texas. When the turnaround bridge at this interchange was constructed in 1964, low traffic counts and nonexistent development in the area prompted Texas... more
Equipment Article July 10, 2014
Not too long ago the vision was a kissing booth. Now some are not sure what they are looking at—like those witnessing a Man of Many Faces carnival act. Some contractors continue to smile through the equipment acquisitions, while others are taking on the remainder of 2014 with more of a straight... more
News July 21, 2014
President Barack Obama traveled to the port of Wilmington, Del., last week to talk about creating jobs and his latest initiative to rebuild America’s transportation infrastructure.   The president spoke near the site of the I-495 bridge. The work to construct new underground foundations for the...
Bridges News July 18, 2014
The collapse of an interstate highway bridge that was struck by a truck carrying an oversize load was ultimately caused by a series of deficiencies in a system intended to safeguard the passage of oversized loads over Washington state's roadways, the National Transportation Safety Board determined...
News July 17, 2014
There is just a few days left to nominate your bridge project to be considered for the 2014 Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Bridges list. The deadline is Wednesday, July 23. For a nomination form, click here. Projects in the design, construction and completion phase over the last 18 months qualify....
Tunnels News July 17, 2014
Tunnel vision can improve; just ask those at the Nevada Department of Transportation.   The agency is about to complete the Carlin Tunnels project on I-80, and the highlight of the enhancement is an LED lighting system that will enhance driver visibility by dimming or brightening according to...
News July 15, 2014
The House of Representatives voted to keep highway funding alive on July 15.   By a 367-55 count, a $10.9 billion package was passed that will provide an uninterrupted cash flow into the Highway Trust Fund until May 2015. Pension smoothing, customs user fees and money coming from an account set up...
Traffic Management News July 15, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover revealed that it is working on self-learning technology for its next generation of vehicles, which would make note of driver behaviors and preferences with the goal of automating daily driving tasks.   Dubbed Smart Assistant by JLR, the technology utilizes a learning algorithm...
Safety News July 15, 2014
While road safety nationwide has improved greatly in the last decade, traffic fatality rates are still generally higher in the northern-plains and southern states than in the Northeast, Midwest and West, according to a University of Michigan researcher.   Michael Sivak, research professor at the...
Traffic Management News July 15, 2014
U.S. DOT has announced plans for several regional connected vehicle pilot projects in different parts of the U.S., and a new website has been established to help educate interested stakeholders about this potential opportunity. U.S. DOT plans to release a request for proposals for the pilot program...
Traffic Management News July 14, 2014
Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) project planners got their first look at a new ITS project planning tool last week following U.S. DOT’s alpha release of the Systems Engineering Tool for Intelligent Transportation (SET-IT) software. The agency has begun seeking comments on the software from...
News July 14, 2014
The Dire States Texas Team

Dire States kicked off with a nationwide tour in 2013-14 by author and infrastructure expert Dan McNichol in a 1949 Hudson that is as “old, rusty and energy defunct” as much of America’s infrastructure.

The Dire States initiative toured Texas last week in support of Proposition 1 (the Texas Transportation Funding Amendment). The amendment, which would direct an estimated $1.4 billion annually from oil and gas tax revenues in the state’s Rainy Day Fund, will be on the Nov. 4 ballot and support...
Equipment Article July 11, 2014
For 28 years Doug Pawlowski has been removing concrete from driveways, parking lots, streets, factory floors and other locations, always focusing on working fast and minimizing the impact on his surroundings. A recent job put his experience, skill and equipment to the test in a unique setting. His...
Equipment Article July 11, 2014
H&S Contracting Inc., located in Moorhead, Minn., was looking for estimating software to take the company to the next level.   Their previous system using ledger sheets and Excel documents created in-house was outdated, and as Brent Syster, estimator and project manager with H&S, pointed...
Equipment Article July 11, 2014
In south Florida, particularly the populous southeast corner of the state, traffic approaches the congested density of Los Angeles’ freeway system.   Florida highways are busy, and rush hours are not confined to weekday mornings and evenings. Traffic is nonstop, seven days a week, about 20 hours...
Equipment Article July 11, 2014
Austin Bridge & Road Co. in Irving, Texas, is currently at work on the I-30 project in Dallas and Tarrant counties.   The project includes replacing the single HOV lane with two new lanes that will be open in each direction. Austin Bridge & Road has its fleet of equipment at work on the...
Asphalt News July 11, 2014
America’s rural heartland is home to nearly 50 million people, and its natural resources provide the energy, food and fiber that support the nation’s economy and way of life. But, a new report finds that the nation’s rural transportation system, which is critical to the nation’s booming agriculture...
Equipment Article July 10, 2014
Webber LLC, based out of Houston, has specialized in highway projects since it was founded more than 50 years ago.   Currently, one of the projects they are involved with is the I-35 reconstruction project. They have been at work on section 5B of the project since September 2011. Work on the 6.5-...
Equipment Article July 10, 2014
Materials and trucks were in short supply on the paving of I-95 near Island Falls, a town of 600 in eastern Maine. Challenges were not.   The project featured: Wide-width paving to eliminate longitudinal joints; The use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) as a structural layer; A remote...
Equipment Article July 10, 2014
It may not have looked like it in early 2014, but in a few years a 680-acre tract in Cupertino, Calif., will be the site of a spaceship-like office building—bigger than the Pentagon—on a new corporate campus for computer industry titan Apple Inc.   Of advanced environmental design, the $5.5...
Equipment Article July 10, 2014
Progress sometimes comes at a price.   Take for instance the interchange where Old Windthorst Road and Highways 82 and 287 meet in Wichita Falls, Texas. When the turnaround bridge at this interchange was constructed in 1964, low traffic counts and nonexistent development in the area prompted Texas...
Equipment Article July 10, 2014
Not too long ago the vision was a kissing booth. Now some are not sure what they are looking at—like those witnessing a Man of Many Faces carnival act. Some contractors continue to smile through the equipment acquisitions, while others are taking on the remainder of 2014 with more of a straight...
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