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Welcome to the Asphalt Channel, a special feature that provides the user an in-depth look at the hot-mix asphalt industry.  This section offers several areas to explore: product spotlights, article archives, related case studies, related video and product/supplier contact list.   

bridge design software
Case Studies February 18, 2019
Compared to other bridges, pedestrian bridges have it easy. After all, people are nowhere near as heavy as motor vehicles, tractor-trailers or trains. Because pedestrian bridges are built to bear smaller, lighter loads, architects and engineers are able to achieve an altogether different vision—...
Bill Wilson
Article February 05, 2019
President Trump has gotten his way with the wall.   This is not a news flash. Every time he wants something and others are not cooperating he quickly stacks up an emotional barrier that forces people to either find a way around it or makes them go back from where they came from. At press time the...
S.R. 101 Allen County Indiana
Article February 05, 2019
There are only so many areas in the U.S. where transportation officials would need to consider accommodating horse-and-buggy traffic, but that was one of many factors taken into account when the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) decided to widen an 8.6-mile stretch of S.R. 101 in Allen...
U.S. 191 CIR job
Article February 05, 2019
There’s not a whole ton of drama you can add to the story of a project that went according to plan.   While this is bad luck for a writer and his appetite for the most telling details, it is music to the ears of any road worker—and it played with deft symphonic resonance for the crews behind the U....
Rosehill Road
Article February 05, 2019
Rediscovering yourself sometimes calls for a major purchase. The Jackson County, Mich., Department of Transportation is not ashamed of holding the receipt.   Business as usual was not going to help 900 miles of road take a turn for the better. Officials knew something different had to be done, and...
Queen Kaahumanu Highway Widening
Article February 05, 2019
Three years after breaking ground and more than 10 years since the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) first awarded the bid, the second phase of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway Widening was completed late last year.   The $128 million project, which widened Queen Kaahumanu Highway, from...
80/90 PUSH project
Article February 05, 2019
The Indiana Toll Road runs east-west across northern Indiana, concurrent with I-90 and a portion of I-80.   The 157-mile stretch provides primary connections to Chicago to the west and the Ohio Turnpike to the east. The $220 million 80/90 Pavement Upgrade for a Superior Highway (PUSH) project,...
Virginia transportation construction projects
News January 30, 2019
Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia has signed agreements with private partner Transurban to deliver critical transportation solutions along I-495 and I-95.   Months of close collaboration and negotiation between the Commonwealth and Transurban have resulted in a...
Centennial Bowl interchange

Image: Nevada DOT

News January 28, 2019
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) recently broke ground on the $73 million next phase of the Centennial Bowl interchange in northwest Las Vegas.    The interchange is where U.S. Highway 95 meets the 215 Beltway. Las Vegas Paving is the general contractor for the project, with a...
NCDOT transportation plans

Image: NCDOT

News January 15, 2019
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has included more than 1,600 transportation projects in the state's draft 2020-2029 transportation plan, which was released last week.   The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is NCDOT's proposed funding and construction schedule...
IDOT uses GCCM to repair channel on Interstate right of way
Case Studies January 11, 2019
A concrete paved drainage channel on the Interstate 74 (I-74) right of way in Moline, Ill., collapsed due to years of undermining from soil erosion and scour, which resulted in severe erosion of the entire downstream waterway area. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wanted to repair...
highway, transit projects, federal government shutdown
News January 09, 2019
Transportation construction work across the nation has been put on hold by the federal government shutdown, with state transportation officials withholding approvals for 2019 projects until federal funding is guaranteed, according to a report from The Washington Post.   The amount of federal...
Phoenix Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway

Image: Arizona DOT

News January 04, 2019
Nearly two years after major construction began on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, construction on the state’s largest single highway project is entering the new year with nearly two-thirds of the work complete.   Progress is evident throughout the 22-mile corridor as crews put down asphalt...
Jane Byrne Interchange Chicago

Image: Illinois DOT

News December 10, 2018
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recently announced that work on the Jane Byrne Interchange in Chicago has been extended to a 2022 completion date, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.   This change stretches the project duration three years longer than the original...
C-470 Express Lanes project

Image: Colorado DOT

News December 10, 2018
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is expecting to complete work on the C-470 Express Lanes project along 12.5 miles of the roadway from Wadsworth Boulevard to I-25 by summer 2019.   CDOT recently held its fourth and final public presentation on the C-470 project in Highlands Ranch...
Highway construction and engineering contracts
News December 10, 2018
The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors approved one construction contract and eight professional engineering services contracts totaling more than $82.2 million at its November meeting.    This included $61 million for construction management contracts as part of the Illinois Tollway’s $4 billion...
interstate construction plan
News December 06, 2018
The Commonwealth Transportation Board of Virginia this week voted to approve the I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan, which will help address some of the issues afflicting the interstate.   The plan was drafted by a team supported by the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia...
Complete 540 project NCDOT

Image: NCDOT

News December 05, 2018
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has awarded the first of three contracts for the Complete 540 project in the greater Raleigh area.   This week, the department announced that Charlotte-based Lane Blythe Construction Joint Venture will receive $403 million to work on the...
State of the Industry Survey
Article December 03, 2018
Rising steel prices are indeed on the minds of road and bridge contractors, but they are not smothering craniums giving them endless noogies like a nasty big brother. Playing that role would be the never-ending skilled labor crisis, which is now starting to ignore the screams of the builder.   Of...
Oklahoma City I-235 BNSF rail bridge

The I-235 reconstruction included wheeling in preassembled sections of a rail bridge that carries the BNSF Railway over I-235/U.S. 77 in Oklahoma City. Image: Oklahoma DOT

Article December 03, 2018
OKLAHOMA: Staying vigilant “Oklahoma has a larger bridge system than Colorado or Florida. Most people don’t consider that.”   Oklahoma Department of Transportation (OKDOT) Public Relations Chief Terri Angier made this remark in her interview with Roads & Bridges almost as a throwaway statement...
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