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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
Funding News April 24, 2015
It has been a challenging year for the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, but a new report from an expert review panel states improvements have been made.     The team of experts, brought in by Washington state lawmakers, presented its report of the tunnel replacement project to the... more
Law News April 24, 2015
There is nothing new about the actions of government at any level being, to the average citizen, head-scratching. In North Carolina it seems many folks are scratching themselves bald, after the approval and then removal of Senate Bill 539, a measure linked to 2014’s budget law that stipulated a... more
Maintenance Case Studies April 23, 2015

Murphy Concrete and Construction manages a large fleets of equipment.

Murphy Concrete and Construction is a third-generation, family owned heavy civil contracting business based in Appleton, Wis., that has been involved in asphalt construction for more than 33 years, providing materials to customers through their aggregate quarries, as well as constructing many of... more
Safety Videos April 23, 2015
Site-Safe Truck Sales provides sales and delivery of quality, contractor rugged and proven TMA Trucks throughout the U.S.
Safety News April 23, 2015
The North Carolina House Transportation Committee approved a bill that would spare drivers the $250 penalty for speeding through highway work zones when no construction workers are present.   The bill faced criticism from state officials who feel that it would further endanger the lives of highway... more
Public Transportation News April 23, 2015
Despite the proliferation of federal-level support for public transit system Amtrak, one state looks to pull back on its investment. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed state budget would cut 40% of the state’s funding for Amtrak services. This measure has been characterized as one of several... more
Public Transportation News April 22, 2015
  Some unfortunate news out of New Jersey: NJ TRANSIT has issued proposals aimed at addressing a $60 million budget gap that call for, among other measures, fare hikes and service reductions.   Fare increases would affect both rail and bus routes. The proposed monthly rate for the Metropark to New... more
Funding News April 22, 2015
  In a time of unique and often persistent economic challenges, the state of Michigan has, of late, seen steady improvement following the Great Recession. However, according to a recent report produced and issued by TRIP, that recovery may be hamstrung by a manifold increase in road deterioration,... more
News April 21, 2015
Despite the failing condition, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is still going to hit the road.   With a $31 billion program coming to an end, and Illinois roads crumbling at an accelerated rate, Rauner will embark on a “listening tour” in an attempt to pass a new transportation bill before lawmakers... more
Public Transportation News April 20, 2015
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system, with the financial backing of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the form of $26 million in federal TIGER grants, has begun operating a 1.6-mile streetcar route that is, according to DART, “a starter line [that] traverses the Trinity River corridor... more
Bridges News April 20, 2015
The New York State Department of Transportation and other agencies have begun work on a $15.6 million project to replace seven bridges in the town of Keene that are at risk from flood scouring, part of 80 bridges approved so far for replacement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Gov.... more
Funding News April 20, 2015
In a marked counterpoint to the recent proliferation of states, counties and municipalities that have begun openly pulling on the transportation spending reins, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced its intention to corral a 10-cents-per-gallon gas tax into a $700 million spend... more
News April 17, 2015
While House leaders continue to strike down hopes of raising the federal gas tax to support a multiyear highway bill, a group of House members has introduced legislation that calls for increased fees at the pump.   The move, however, would be temporary until a more permanent highway funding... more
Funding News April 17, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for $162 million from the Department's Federal Highway Administration to finance the East End Crossing section of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project... more
Manhole Risers Case Studies April 17, 2015

Construction crew member adjusting concrete final grade on a manhole riser. 

State Highway 183, from Euless to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, underwent a major reconstruction in 2014, a project totaling $1.6 billion. On projects of this size, even small changes can lead to a great deal of extra work, and such was the case when an unexpected grade change was required to correct... more
Law News April 17, 2015
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is taking action to recover some of the nearly $43 million spent on I-495 emergency bridge repairs in Wilmington last year, drawing up a demand for insurance coverage details from those potentially responsible for damaging the span.   The subjects... more
Funding News April 16, 2015
The South Carolina House passed a $427 million transportation plan that includes a gas tax and vehicle sales tax hike, which would be offset by a $50 million income tax cut.   Under the new plan, drivers would eventually have to pay 10 cents more per gallon at the pump to fund the statewide... more
Maintenance News April 16, 2015
The Nebraska State Department of Roads (NDOR) released its annual report recently, in which the agency outlined performance measures and ancillary initiatives in its “Toward Zero Deaths” safety program.   According to the report, the mission statement of the safety push is characterized as: “To... 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,”...
Funding News April 24, 2015
It has been a challenging year for the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, but a new report from an expert review panel states improvements have been made.     The team of experts, brought in by Washington state lawmakers, presented its report of the tunnel replacement project to the...
Law News April 24, 2015
There is nothing new about the actions of government at any level being, to the average citizen, head-scratching. In North Carolina it seems many folks are scratching themselves bald, after the approval and then removal of Senate Bill 539, a measure linked to 2014’s budget law that stipulated a...
Maintenance Case Studies April 23, 2015

Murphy Concrete and Construction manages a large fleets of equipment.

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Fleet maintenance and management was a major concern for the company at their Appleton, Wis., facility.

Murphy Concrete and Construction is a third-generation, family owned heavy civil contracting business based in Appleton, Wis., that has been involved in asphalt construction for more than 33 years, providing materials to customers through their aggregate quarries, as well as constructing many of...
Safety Videos April 23, 2015
Site-Safe Truck Sales provides sales and delivery of quality, contractor rugged and proven TMA Trucks throughout the U.S.
Safety News April 23, 2015
The North Carolina House Transportation Committee approved a bill that would spare drivers the $250 penalty for speeding through highway work zones when no construction workers are present.   The bill faced criticism from state officials who feel that it would further endanger the lives of highway...
Public Transportation News April 23, 2015
Despite the proliferation of federal-level support for public transit system Amtrak, one state looks to pull back on its investment. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed state budget would cut 40% of the state’s funding for Amtrak services. This measure has been characterized as one of several...
Public Transportation News April 22, 2015
  Some unfortunate news out of New Jersey: NJ TRANSIT has issued proposals aimed at addressing a $60 million budget gap that call for, among other measures, fare hikes and service reductions.   Fare increases would affect both rail and bus routes. The proposed monthly rate for the Metropark to New...
Funding News April 22, 2015
  In a time of unique and often persistent economic challenges, the state of Michigan has, of late, seen steady improvement following the Great Recession. However, according to a recent report produced and issued by TRIP, that recovery may be hamstrung by a manifold increase in road deterioration,...
News April 21, 2015
Despite the failing condition, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is still going to hit the road.   With a $31 billion program coming to an end, and Illinois roads crumbling at an accelerated rate, Rauner will embark on a “listening tour” in an attempt to pass a new transportation bill before lawmakers...
Public Transportation News April 20, 2015
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system, with the financial backing of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the form of $26 million in federal TIGER grants, has begun operating a 1.6-mile streetcar route that is, according to DART, “a starter line [that] traverses the Trinity River corridor...
Bridges News April 20, 2015
The New York State Department of Transportation and other agencies have begun work on a $15.6 million project to replace seven bridges in the town of Keene that are at risk from flood scouring, part of 80 bridges approved so far for replacement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Gov....
Funding News April 20, 2015
In a marked counterpoint to the recent proliferation of states, counties and municipalities that have begun openly pulling on the transportation spending reins, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced its intention to corral a 10-cents-per-gallon gas tax into a $700 million spend...
Retaining Walls Videos April 17, 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! Get a copy of the manual at redi-rock.com/drm.
News April 17, 2015
While House leaders continue to strike down hopes of raising the federal gas tax to support a multiyear highway bill, a group of House members has introduced legislation that calls for increased fees at the pump.   The move, however, would be temporary until a more permanent highway funding...
Funding News April 17, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for $162 million from the Department's Federal Highway Administration to finance the East End Crossing section of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project...
Manhole Risers Case Studies April 17, 2015

Construction crew member adjusting concrete final grade on a manhole riser. 

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Completed manhole riser adjustment

State Highway 183, from Euless to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, underwent a major reconstruction in 2014, a project totaling $1.6 billion. On projects of this size, even small changes can lead to a great deal of extra work, and such was the case when an unexpected grade change was required to correct...
Law News April 17, 2015
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is taking action to recover some of the nearly $43 million spent on I-495 emergency bridge repairs in Wilmington last year, drawing up a demand for insurance coverage details from those potentially responsible for damaging the span.   The subjects...
Funding News April 16, 2015
The South Carolina House passed a $427 million transportation plan that includes a gas tax and vehicle sales tax hike, which would be offset by a $50 million income tax cut.   Under the new plan, drivers would eventually have to pay 10 cents more per gallon at the pump to fund the statewide...
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