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Rte. 79/I-195 Interchange Reconstruction

The existing interchange was comprised of 11 separate structures totaling 111 spans, 10 of which were classified as structurally deficient with 94% of the steel rated deficient and requiring costly emergency repairs.

Article December 04, 2017
When final design and construction launched in 2013 on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Rte. 79/I-195 Interchange Reconstruction and Braga Bridge Improvements project in downtown Fall River, safety, accessibility, traffic management and community enhancement served as the...
Top Road No. 3 2017
Article October 05, 2017
Situated only 15 miles outside the famous Las Vegas strip, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is comprised of 198,000 acres of protected, nationally significant geological and ecological resources.   Stretching through the conservation area is a 13-mile-long one-way picturesque roadway...
A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.

A bird’s-eye view of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which will connect Maine to New Hampshire.

Article July 05, 2017
MAINE: Up in salmon countryby Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   “Engineering used to be about mobility, but now it’s more about reliability and safety. Speed is not a primary concern for us.”   “Us” being the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), as exemplified by Chief Engineer Joyce...
Colorado project embraces new approach
Article July 05, 2017
Unforeseen subgrade conditions, work-hour and construction-zone restrictions, heavy truck traffic and working in part of a floodplain—all these issues were encountered during the reconstruction of 30 miles of U.S. Rte. 85 (Ault to Wyoming) in northern Colorado.   Each of the issues had the...
Crews repave Texas Motor Speedway the right way
Article June 06, 2017
Having a ticket for some dry cleanings can lead to a lot of watching and waiting. Nobody would blame anyone if they walked out.   Many paying spectators were exiting early during races at the Texas Motor Speedway due to wet conditions. No matter how hard crews worked to dry the track, it usually...
I-40 project in Nashville hits tight time target
Article June 06, 2017
In April 2015, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced plans to replace part of its aging infrastructure on the outer loop of I-40 in downtown Nashville.   The project, better known as “Fast Fix 8,” included demolishing and reconstructing eight bridge decks over a 13-week period...
P.J. Keating finished paving the project in Worcester in October 2016.

P.J. Keating finished paving the project in Worcester in October 2016.

Article April 03, 2017
In today’s culture, to be green is to be great. Under the umbrella of its GreenDOT program, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has given its six districts leeway to employ innovative techniques to use more sustainable practices for greener asphalt pavement maintenance and...
Large church, huge operation made SH 74 challenging
Article March 02, 2017
They attended to the church regularly.   Old State Highway (SH) 74 in Oklahoma City had been servicing cars for about a century, and the two-lane road, which was without shoulders, had been out of its element for years. With an average daily traffic of 30,000 (about 30% coming from trucks) people...
Construction projects in dense urban or suburban areas are among the most crucial to our national infrastructure, yet they also tend to be the least applauded.
Article March 02, 2017
Construction projects in dense urban or suburban areas are among the most crucial to our national infrastructure, yet they also tend to be the least applauded.   There are no gorgeous vistas to consider in photographs, no access offered on completion to theretofore unreachable beauties. Mostly,...
NAPA recognizes paving work on two- to five-lane expansion of S.R. 36 in Washington County, Tenn.
Article March 02, 2017
Where could transportation officials turn to in the event of a serious incident on an interstate highway that required them to divert traffic elsewhere?   When it comes to I-26, the answer for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) was S.R. 36, a corridor that parallels the interstate...
Paving crews worked the inside lanes at night utilizing the notched wedge joint on the shoulder lane.

Paving crews worked the inside lanes at night utilizing the notched wedge joint on the shoulder lane.

Article February 09, 2017
State DOTs have a primary responsibility to maximize the return on investment from the considerable public funds spent to build and maintain their highways and interstates.   To manage the long-term costs of its aging inventory of concrete pavements, the Washington State Department of...
Brian Devick, mayor of Woodward, Iowa
Article February 09, 2017
Christopher Columbus was a man with a vision. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were men with a vision. Brian Devick, mayor of Woodward, Iowa, too is a man of vision.   The citizens of this small, central Iowa town will benefit from his vision for decades to come. In the summer of 2015, the vision...
Exploring methods of identifying asphalt segregation three-dimensionally
Article February 09, 2017
Pavement quality control is an important endeavor for transportation agencies.   It involves ongoing research for new methodologies in pavement surfacing. One of the main issues affecting the performance of asphalt pavement is segregation. Segregation is defined as “a lack of homogeneity in the hot...
A major dual-corridor project in the vast Utah desert gets it done right
Article February 08, 2017
In 1942, as the nation plunged headlong into the second world war, the U.S. military opened the Dugway Proving Ground, an installation located 85 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, for the purpose of testing biological and chemical weapons in a low-drift, relatively contained area.   This...
Major tourist attraction in Sequoia National Park gets full-depth reclamation
Article February 08, 2017
Mount Whitney, best known as the highest peak in the contiguous U.S., graces the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California with its towering presence at Sequoia National Park and Inyo National Forest at an elevation of 14,505 ft.   Serving as the gateway to this colossal summit is Whitney Portal,...
Village of Verdigre, Neb., finds a long-lasting solution
Article February 08, 2017
To settle the nerves he just kept making a fist.   After water was added to a mixture that included portland cement, the old asphalt that once formed Main Street (and its sub-base) in the village of Verdigre, Neb., Dale Bohac started following the padfoot roller on the job. Every few yards he would...
Minnesota researchers measure the effectiveness of wetland creation in abandoned gravel pits
Article February 08, 2017
The state of Minnesota has a rather diverse ecological and geographical environment, with a majority of agriculture and farmland to be found in the southwest region of the state, while wild, forested lands still heavily occupy the northwest.   As such, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (...
Personal illumination keeps workers visible to motorists at night.

Personal illumination keeps workers visible to motorists at night.

Article January 03, 2017
As the largest hot-mix asphalt producer and asphalt paving contractor in the U.S., Oldcastle Materials Inc. has about one-third of its workforce out in the field dedicated to roadway projects.   As a result, many Oldcastle employees are exposed to higher risks related to work-zone safety. Oldcastle...
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