Bill Wilson is the editorial director of ROADS & BRIDGES magazine and has been covering the industry since 1999. He has won seven Robert F. Boger Awards for editorial excellence, including three in 2011. He also was the creator of the Top 10, Contractor's Choice Awards and Recycling Awards platforms, as well as ROADS & BRIDGES Live.
New poll: Iowa lawmakers met halfway on covering DOT salary increases in their new fiscal budget, approving $4.85 million of the $9.7 million requested. Should the agency be entitled to the full portion?
NEW POLL: The U.S. Senate’s approval of 2017 Fast Act funding would come with a $2.2 billion rescission of unobligated highway contract authority, which will limit ...
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NEW POLL: With the general election on the horizon, what would be better for transportation over the next 4 years: a Republican or a Democratic White House?
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New poll: North Carolina passed a law last week that bans transgenders from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not match their original gender. In response, U.S. DOT threatened the loss of federal highway funds. Should the U.S. DOT make this threat?
NEW POLL: The FAA estimates 7 million drones in the skies by 2020, 500K of which will be there for “commercial” purposes. What if any impact will could this have on traffic management and congestion-related issues?
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NEW POLL: Speculation has it that the application of autonomous vehicles in major cities will eventually make the need for mass transit largely irrelevant. True, false, or apples & oranges?
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Farmers are professors of what comes out of the ground, but not all are astute when it comes to buildings sitting on land. I recently moved to a new subdivision, which is connected to a stronger school district. Our area has one of the most aggressive forms of population growth in the state of...
New poll: According to a new study, driverless cars like the one being developed by Google might actually increase energy use and traffic because people who now take public transit will make the switch. Do you agree?
New poll: An early report on I-405 in Washington says the general-purpose lanes have been more congested since HOV tolling went into effect in September. DOT officials believe the sample size of the report is too small. Do you agree?
Not many can take a drop in the bucket and make it stand upright. Excavator operators, and all other earthmovers for that matter, are so highly skilled at their craft that they can make acrobatic moves out of the smallest of items. I’m not sure if anything can be done with a drop of H2O, but my ...
New poll: Obama proposed a $10 per barrel oil tax to fund transportation initiatives. Is this the right solution to providing long-term highway funding?
New poll: There are over $2 billion in unused earmarked federal funds. States may be eligible for the money, but they have to be used on projects within 50 miles of the originally targeted project. Should states be limited to how they use these funds?
New poll: Last week during President Obama’s State of the Union, he pushed for what he called a “21st Century Transportation System.” However, he did not go into specifics. What do you think he means?
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New poll: A “superstreet” is being proposed in Greene County, Ohio. Instead of making a left at an intersection, motorists would make a right and then make a U-turn. Is this a wise design?
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Sitting next to him would have fired up this hologram of Julie McCann—the 1981 version, of course. Oh, sure, I talked myself up in my head before the flight on Southwest Airlines heading back to Chicago in late November. If I had a chance to share an armrest with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis...
NEW POLL: A federal judge has requested revision of the steel exception to Buy America that would allow products with less than 90% steel to be imported. Good move? Bad move?
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NEW POLL: FHWA is determining how to reallocate repurposed “dead” earmarks for new infrastructure projects. Many states will benefit. Where should states invest?
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NEW POLL: El Nino is expected to have a profound effect on the coming winter. What will this mean for the construction industry?
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NEW POLL: Obama, after signing the Fast Act, said more is still needed. Will Congress go further to shore up road & bridge funding, or is their job done (for now)?
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We were expecting 9 in. of snow overnight, so I had to race home and pray my lawnmower would start. It had been a while since the last cut. I was out on vacation and then went to Washington, D.C., on business (let’s call it an extended break), and the lawn needed one more treatment before the...