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Safety News June 29, 2015
Forty-six percent of highway contractors reported motor vehicle crashes in their construction work zones during the past year, according to a highway work zone study by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).   The results of the study also urge drivers to take extra precautions as... more
Funding News June 29, 2015
In an day and age when the earmarking of scant funding is a perpetual political hot potato, the state of Tennessee is poised to step outside the arena of vague promises and make tax-based strides toward transit improvements.   Gov. Bill Haslam recently stipulated that proceeds from a potential fuel... more
Law News June 26, 2015
A controversial $343.5 million transportation funding package has died, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced.   The bipartisan, bicameral group-scribed plan was unveiled this past Tuesday night and received its first hearing in a Senate committee the following day. The plan would generate $200 million... more
Bridges Case Studies June 25, 2015

VDOT builds the compact panel bridge on Route 721 in Fredericksburg, Va.

Like many of the aging bridges in the nation, a 63-year-old bridge in Fredericksburg, Va., was deemed ready for retirement. After inspection, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) determined that the two-lane, steel and beam bridge was no longer safe for motorists and needed to be... more
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization News June 25, 2015
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (OKDOT) brought in experts from Colorado to determine how to repair I-35, which connects Oklahoma City and Dallas, after a major rockslide from the Arbuckle Mountains shut down a portion of the highway.   Oklahoma transportation officials estimate that up... more
Earthmoving News June 25, 2015
We’ve extended our deadline to submit your road project nomination for 2015 Top 10 Roads to Monday, July 6.   Take advantage of the extra time by filling out your nomination form today. Be sure to include as many project challenges as possible because those are the projects that will stand out!  ... more
Funding News June 25, 2015
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved the six-year, $275 billion spending plan for infrastructure projects, but lawmakers still need to find a way to fund the measure.   The plan known as the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act,... more
Funding News June 25, 2015
Bit of a dip According to a report issued by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) approximately 2.6 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation systems in the first quarter of 2015, representing a 0.7% dip compared with the same period in 2014.   “On a national level,... more
News June 24, 2015
U.S. motorists drove a record number of miles in April, U.S. government data shows, as a resurgence in road travel that has lasted over a year showed no signs of easing. According to the data released by the Federal Highway Administration, Americans logged 267.9 billion miles on U.S. roads in April... more
Safety Products June 24, 2015
Pexco’s new Enhanced Linear Delineation System (ELD) provides guidance to motorists, quickly alerting them to hazardous curves and changes in roadway alignment. A closely spaced row of Pexco reflectors creates a “ribbon of light” on guardrails or barrier walls, offering a low-cost, simple-to-... more
Funding News June 24, 2015
A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would spend $275 billion over the next six years on U.S. infrastructure projects, reports the Hill.   The measure, known as the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, calls for allocating nearly $43 billion... more
News June 23, 2015
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has unveiled a multiyear highway bill that is being called the most extensive reauthorization since 2005, when SAFETEA-LU was passed. However, few details were announced.   Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) did the honors, and... more
Earthmoving News June 23, 2015
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) completed Phase 1 of the U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project.   Locally known as the “innovation corridor,” U.S. 36 was built with the strategy of moving traffic more efficiently rather than merely building additional lanes.   The construction of Phase I... more
Law News June 23, 2015
Disheartening news out of Indiana, especially in light of recent overtures at both federal and state levels of government to pursue investment in the ailing Amtrak transit system: According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation many of Amtrak’s facilities across the U.S do not comply with... more
Bridges News June 22, 2015
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will tear down the I-75 bridges over U.S. 6 and install new ones later in the year. The project aims to complete the work over the course of two weekends with minimal traffic disruption.    The new bridges will already have been built and crews will move... more
Funding News June 22, 2015
A measure sponsored by Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has called for spending approximately $1.65 billion annually over the next four years toward Amtrak, as well as $570 million per year on rail grants, totaling nearly $9 billion when all is said and done. This proposal... more
Traffic Management Article June 19, 2015
In an effort to combat congestion in our country’s urban areas, the U.S. DOT launched the Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) program in 2007. The program infused nearly $900 million into transportation-related projects in four cities nationwide, including the Twin Cities metropolitan area.  ... more
Bridges News June 19, 2015
A $25 million expansion of U.S. Highway 77 over the Guadalupe River in Victoria County, Texas is set to begin this year.   The projects calls for adding two lanes on the southeast side of the highway, creating a four lane divided highway on U.S. 77, running 2.5 miles between Farm-to Market Road... more
Bridges Case Studies June 19, 2015

This is what the project looks like in 2015 - exactly the same, despite multiple freeze thaw cycles and storm events.

This Ohio bridge was replaced in 2005 with the help of abutments made of Redi-Rock segmental retaining wall blocks.   "I came up with the design using Redi-Rock because it was a winter project and we didn't want to pour monstrous abutments," the county engineer said. How does the bridge look now,... more
Bridges News June 18, 2015
The Left Coast Lifter hoisted the first girder segment into place at the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York.   The piece -- 400 ft long, 1,100 tons and made of three prefabricated, curved steel girders -- was placed between two concrete piers, signaling the start of the next... more
Safety News June 29, 2015
Forty-six percent of highway contractors reported motor vehicle crashes in their construction work zones during the past year, according to a highway work zone study by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).   The results of the study also urge drivers to take extra precautions as...
Funding News June 29, 2015
In an day and age when the earmarking of scant funding is a perpetual political hot potato, the state of Tennessee is poised to step outside the arena of vague promises and make tax-based strides toward transit improvements.   Gov. Bill Haslam recently stipulated that proceeds from a potential fuel...
Law News June 26, 2015
A controversial $343.5 million transportation funding package has died, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced.   The bipartisan, bicameral group-scribed plan was unveiled this past Tuesday night and received its first hearing in a Senate committee the following day. The plan would generate $200 million...
Bridges Case Studies June 25, 2015

VDOT builds the compact panel bridge on Route 721 in Fredericksburg, Va.

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Mabey Compact 200 Panel Bridge installation completed. Photo courtesy of VDOT.

Like many of the aging bridges in the nation, a 63-year-old bridge in Fredericksburg, Va., was deemed ready for retirement. After inspection, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) determined that the two-lane, steel and beam bridge was no longer safe for motorists and needed to be...
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization News June 25, 2015
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (OKDOT) brought in experts from Colorado to determine how to repair I-35, which connects Oklahoma City and Dallas, after a major rockslide from the Arbuckle Mountains shut down a portion of the highway.   Oklahoma transportation officials estimate that up...
Earthmoving News June 25, 2015
We’ve extended our deadline to submit your road project nomination for 2015 Top 10 Roads to Monday, July 6.   Take advantage of the extra time by filling out your nomination form today. Be sure to include as many project challenges as possible because those are the projects that will stand out!  ...
Funding News June 25, 2015
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved the six-year, $275 billion spending plan for infrastructure projects, but lawmakers still need to find a way to fund the measure.   The plan known as the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act,...
Funding News June 25, 2015
Bit of a dip According to a report issued by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) approximately 2.6 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation systems in the first quarter of 2015, representing a 0.7% dip compared with the same period in 2014.   “On a national level,...
News June 24, 2015
U.S. motorists drove a record number of miles in April, U.S. government data shows, as a resurgence in road travel that has lasted over a year showed no signs of easing. According to the data released by the Federal Highway Administration, Americans logged 267.9 billion miles on U.S. roads in April...
Videos June 24, 2015
See what the redesigned PILE DRIVING ANALYZER system looks like. Improved to make dynamic load testing of deep foundations easier.
Concrete Products June 24, 2015
CS Unitec’s Trelawny™ MHS5 Concrete Scabbler is the ideal demolition tool for quick concrete removal. Five piston heads supply 6,500 total BPM and a cutting width of 11 in. Applications include leveling high spots, keying concrete, breaking down hard coatings prior to blast cleaning and texturing...
Safety Products June 24, 2015
FlaggerJoe introduces a Safety Sign System that provides benefits to flaggers. The bright orange waterproof canopy and double warning flags increase work-zone visibility as well as provide heat and rain relief along with UV-sun protection. Rolling Base for mobility.  FHWA approved and MASH crash...
Retaining Walls Products June 24, 2015
Strata Systems has experience with retaining walls for both temporary and permanent retaining wall applications. Their engineered systems offer a multitude of solutions to severe topographic challenges, problematic soil conditions and land development needs, including geogrid reinforced wire-faced...
Safety Products June 24, 2015
Pexco’s new Enhanced Linear Delineation System (ELD) provides guidance to motorists, quickly alerting them to hazardous curves and changes in roadway alignment. A closely spaced row of Pexco reflectors creates a “ribbon of light” on guardrails or barrier walls, offering a low-cost, simple-to-...
Concrete Products June 24, 2015
When time is critical for repairing concrete pavements, bridge decks, parking structures, highways, and airport runways, choose Rapid Set® DOT Repair Mix. DOT Repair Mix is a rich blend of specialty sand, Rapid Set® Cement and additives that is durable in harsh environments. It is ready for traffic...
Funding News June 24, 2015
A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation that would spend $275 billion over the next six years on U.S. infrastructure projects, reports the Hill.   The measure, known as the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, calls for allocating nearly $43 billion...
News June 23, 2015
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has unveiled a multiyear highway bill that is being called the most extensive reauthorization since 2005, when SAFETEA-LU was passed. However, few details were announced.   Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) did the honors, and...
Earthmoving News June 23, 2015
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) completed Phase 1 of the U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project.   Locally known as the “innovation corridor,” U.S. 36 was built with the strategy of moving traffic more efficiently rather than merely building additional lanes.   The construction of Phase I...
Law News June 23, 2015
Disheartening news out of Indiana, especially in light of recent overtures at both federal and state levels of government to pursue investment in the ailing Amtrak transit system: According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation many of Amtrak’s facilities across the U.S do not comply with...
Bridges News June 22, 2015
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will tear down the I-75 bridges over U.S. 6 and install new ones later in the year. The project aims to complete the work over the course of two weekends with minimal traffic disruption.    The new bridges will already have been built and crews will move...
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