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.
Christmas décor is supposed to be dangling this time of year, not an Amtrak passenger car. Yet that was the news I received this morning (Dec. 18); an Amtrak train derailed right over I-5 in Washington State, leaving a train car slumped on the interstate during the morning rush hour. At press time...
NEW POLL: California now has two pilot programs that will use generators embedded in pavement to produce energy (like turbines and solar panels). Traffic on the road would feed the generators. Do you think this technology looks promising?
NEW POLL: Nevada and New Mexico DOTs have fallen victim to an email scam. Both transferred funds electronically after receiving an email from what was thought to be a vendor. Do you think DOTs do enough in terms of cyber security?
NEW POLL: President Trump's budget calls for an end to the TIGER grant program. How successful do you think this program has been?
NEW POLL: How close are we to seeing autonomous vehicles handling grading operations on the jobsite?
NEW POLL: Urban planning consultant Brent Toderian believes city planners should prioritize when shaping their transportation plan, and walking, biking and transit should rank well ahead of single-occupancy vehicles. Do you agree?
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New poll: The Tennessee DOT applied road shields on the pavement of I-40 to help direct traffic. Why is this not common practice among DOTs?
New poll: The Michigan State Senate passed a measure that does not require a human to operate driverless vehicles during testing on public roads. Does this seem safe?
NEW POLL: The Nielsville Bridge in Minnesota, which has a large hole in the bridge deck, was denied TIGER grant money. Officials were told usually first-time applicants are rejected. Should they have made an exception?
New poll: Due to a lack of state funding, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s “orderly shutdown” of “non-critical” transportation projects is in full effect and is supposed to last at least seven days. Do you see it lasting longer?
What separates Roads & Bridges’ Top 10 Roads and Bridges lists from all others is the little guy. When I first created the list in 2000, we simply looked at the biggest projects in the U.S. and ranked them 1 through 10. The following year we thought we would allow you, the reader, to nominate...
New poll: Rockfall mitigation should be an important line item with the Colorado DOT, but limited funds are forcing the agency to prioritize and be creative when tending to these hazards. Should there be dedicated funds for rockfall mitigation?
New poll: The Delaware Senate approved a bill that would authorize hazardous pay to those who handle snow removal, mowing and other activities alongside highways. Should these employees receive hazardous pay?
New poll: Despite the passage of the FAST Act, many state DOTs are still hurting for highway funding. Can we expect to see another round of state gas tax and user fee increases?
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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