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Rural roads top states poor condition

All images courtesy of TRIP

News May 24, 2019
America’s rural transportation system is in need of repairs and modernization to support economic growth in the nation’s heartland, according to a new report recently released by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit.   The report, Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in...
Gov. JB Pritzker Illinois

Gov. Pritzker speaks at the Illinois Capitol in May 2019. Image: Gov. JB Pritzker via Twitter.

News May 22, 2019
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker recently introduced a sweeping plan to address a variety of infrastructure needs throughout the state, including raising the motor fuel tax and investing over $28 billion in combined local, state, and federal funding for transportation projects.   Dubbed Rebuild Illinois,...
Express lanes in Georgia; highway construction
News May 17, 2019
The Georgia DOT (GDOT) is planning to build new toll lanes along the top end of I-285—also known as The Perimeter—in the metro Atlanta region for a $4.6 billion expansion project.   According to GDOT, the I-285 top end in metro Atlanta is one of the most heavily traveled and congested interstate...
Project Neon Las Vegas

A look at progress along Project Neon as of January 2019. Photo courtesy of Nevada DOT.

News May 16, 2019
The Nevada DOT (NDOT) announced this week that an expanded high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) network will open to Las Vegas traffic on Monday, May 20, marking an important step in the completion of Project Neon, the largest public works project in state history.   As a result of the opening, the Las...
Top 10 Roads 2019
News May 16, 2019
The time has come to submit your entries for Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Roads awards for 2019. The deadline to enter a project for consideration is July 22.   All entered projects must be in the design, construction or completion phase over the last 18 months, and past winners are ineligible to...
Road driving simulator testing Missouri S&T; MoDOT

Students use a driving simulator on the Missouri S&T campus to test the Route 160 roadway design before construction. Photo by Tom Wagner/Missouri S&T, ©2019 Missouri S&T

News May 15, 2019
Two undergraduate students at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) used a driving simulator to help a civil engineering firm evaluate a new roadway design for the $18.6 million Route 160 widening project from Springfield to Willard, Missouri.   The students worked with Crawford,...

Presto’s Geoterra HDPE mats

Case Studies May 14, 2019
Dickey Stephens Ball Park in Little Rock, Ark., is home to the AA minor league Arkansas Travelers, an Anaheim Angels farm team. A combination of recent flooding in the area and the park's unprotected drainage system led to the creation of multiple sinkholes around the field. The sinkhole in the...
Congress House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee budget
News May 10, 2019
This week, leaders from the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting two committee-related priorities be included in any upcoming budget agreement.   The letter was...
I-4 Ultimate Improvement road construction project
News May 09, 2019
The I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project in Orlando, Florida, is reportedly falling behind on its scheduled 2021 completion date by nearly nine months.   According to local reports, I-4 Mobility Partners, the project builder, recently told the Florida DOT (FDOT) in a progress report that the $2.3...
Figure 1 underlay concrete specimen

Figure 1. An underlay concrete specimen for the Double-L test showing a grooved interface.

Article May 03, 2019
A crucial component of concrete overlays is the bond that exists between the underlying slab and the overlay.   For the concrete overlay to perform as intended, the overlay and the deck slab on which it is placed should behave as a monolithic structure. Therefore, the durability of the entire...
NACE workforce education
Case Studies May 02, 2019
NACE International, the Worldwide Corrosion Authority, is expanding its educational offerings with a series of online training courses to address the growing need for flexible education options.   The courses range from introductory—Basic Corrosion Online and Corrosion Prevention & Control (CPC...
Bobcat compact track loaders in Iowa for Paco Construction
Case Studies May 02, 2019
Growing up in Del Rio, Texas, Gustavo Villarreal did not dream of owning a construction business one day. He simply knew he wanted more from his future.   “I started as a migrant worker,” said Villarreal, who spent summers picking cucumbers and asparagus alongside his parents and siblings. At 18...
I-15 Technology Corridor in Utah
News May 02, 2019
The Utah DOT (UDOT) recently said the I-15 Technology Corridor project in Silicon Slopes is on schedule for completion in late 2020.    UDOT crews began working on the project in April 2018. Now in its second year of construction, the tech corridor is the last remaining section of I-15 between Salt...
Doosan excavators
Case Studies April 29, 2019
The Dallas North Tollway is a 32-mile expressway between downtown Dallas, Texas, and its surrounding cities. It is also one of the most congested tolled roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.   To alleviate this issue, the North Texas Tollway Authority bid out a project to widen its northbound and...
Pennsylvania Auditor General DePasquale

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale (left) stands with PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards at a press conference to discuss the PennDOT audit. Image: Aud. Gen. DePasquale via Periscope.

News April 26, 2019
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week announced his new audit of the Pennsylvania DOT (PennDOT) shows the agency could be further along in repairing rough highways and fixing 2,829 structurally deficient bridges with the billions of dollars it has been forced to pay to State...
road user fees; transportation funding
News April 24, 2019
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a tech-based policy group, believes the federal government should be taking advantage of GPS technology to establish a national road-user charge (RUC) system that would replace fuel taxes as a revenue stream for infrastructure.  ...
Illinois Tollway Mile Long Bridge

Image: courtesy of Illinois Tollway

News April 23, 2019
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors recently approved six new construction and professional engineering service contracts totaling nearly $228.7 million at its April meeting, including a $184.6 million contract to reconstruct the northbound Mile Long Bridge on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294)—the...
U.S. DOT grant funding opportunities
News April 22, 2019
The U.S. DOT has formally announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $900 million in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.   “These BUILD Transportation grants will provide...
The first course of concrete panels are set and braced around the existing steel trestle.
Case Studies April 11, 2019
Merchants Bridge crosses the Mississippi River, connecting St. Louis, Mo., to Venice, Ill. The bridge was initially constructed in the late 1800s and is the oldest rail structure crossing the Mississippi River. Among the many maintenance activities throughout the 1900s, the original timber trestles...
St. Charles, Missouri; adjustable manhole risers
Case Studies April 05, 2019
With a population of 66,000, St. Charles is Missouri’s ninth-largest city, and was the state’s capital from 1821 to 1826.   “We have old and new areas, which means we have a lot of odd-sized sewer structures,” the city's Lead Equipment Operator Cory Rackley said. “Adjustable risers make it much...
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