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.
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NEW POLL: According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, national transportation systems possess a significant risk of cybersecurity breaches but the U.S. DOT lacks the initiative to mitigate the threat to a satisfactory level. What can they do?
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, concerning cybersecurity issues in the national transportation system.
NEW POLL: A Utah state commission last week recommended that sales tax earmarks for roads and water be eliminated in advance of budget planning. Good idea? Bad idea?
Visit our home page to take this week's new poll question!
NEW POLL: Despite what looks to be confirmation of a long-term federal funding bill, states such as Alabama are still trying to implement state-level gas tax increases to pay for roads and bridges. Is this a wise or necessary means ...?
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll which wonders about state-level intent to raise gas taxation for roads and bridges work.
Peter Alviti has run into trouble, and needs to stumble upon thousands of missing items. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) head and the agency he leads is, for the most part, in the dark, which is why there is a need to scour 1,100 miles of road in search of areas where RIDOT...
New poll: There is a proposal in Wisconsin that would require approval from local officials before a roundabout can be constructed. Are you in favor of this measure?
Take our weekly poll question at www.roadsbridges.com, and feel free to send a comment to [email protected]
NEW POLL: The Minnesota DOT plans to employ UAVs for bridge inspections. Will removing the human element better or worsen the quality and thoroughness of inspections?
Drop by our homepage and take this week's poll, which concerns UAV application to the bridge inspection process.
NEW POLL: Democrats are protesting the diversion of $400 million/year of Customs and Border Protection fees to fund transportation, arguing it will compromise national security by limiting CBP resources. Are our leaders really this afraid. . .
Shoot on over to our homepage and take this week's poll question, which considers Congress's interest in diverting customs fees to transportation funding.
NEW POLL: Railroad agencies are asking Congress for a three-year extension on the deadline to install positive train control systems, or else train lines will, they claim, have to shut down. Was the Dec. 31, 2015 deadline enough . . .
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll regarding the installation of positive train control systems and the looming problem of their simply not being deployed by this year's Conressional deadline.
I never thought Dr. Matt was a dream, and now some are saying he is the monster under your bed. Like most communities, the one I live in has a Facebook page. It’s a place where people can ask for a recommendation, give local traffic updates or just vent. For a while whenever a new resident would...
New poll: House Speaker John Boehner will be stepping down this month. Do you think a change in House leadership will help pass a long-term highway bill?
New poll: The Obama administration plans to create a "permitting dashboard" and revise Red Book environmental processes to make construction permitting quicker. Do you think this will be a success?
NEW POLL: VP Joe Biden told an audience in Detroit that transportation development is the best way for populations to break the cycle of poverty. True or false?
Visit www.roadsbridges.com and take this week's poll question, which wonders about the social/economic impacts of roads and bridges development.
NEW POLL: Nonprofits in Cincinnati have launched a bike-share pilot program for low-income residential areas. Could such a thing be a model for other major cities suffering from congestion and commuter disparity?
Check out our home page and take this week's poll, which wonders at the viability of nonprofit-engaged ride-sharing programs in urban areas.
What if I hit a rock? The tiniest of pebbles would have the knockout effect of a Fred Flintstone boulder—the kind that required the lifting power of a giant brontosaurus. This is the fear that prevented me from letting go of the handlebars on my bike for more than 30 seconds when I was a kid....
NEW POLL: Several states have passed gas tax increases over the past year to augment transportation funding, since the Fed can’t seem to corral support for a federal tax increase. Can states sustain their ability to keep up backlogs by these measures ...
Visit www.roadsbridges.com and take this week's poll question, which considers the viability of state-level taxation as an alternative to a federal tax increase.
NEW POLL: California transit agencies say the U.S. Department of Labor is blocking as much as $1 billion in vital grants unless the agencies agree to violate a state public employee pension reform law. Bartering or blackmail?
Visit www.roadsbridges.com and take this week's poll question regarding a state vs. federal agency funding problem in California.
NEW POLL: Louisiana will be the first state to install GPS on all state-owned vehicles. Police officers are increasingly being outfitted with body cameras. What does it say about our state-run agencies that constant monitoring is required?
Visit www.roadsbridges.com and take this week's poll, which questions the application of tracking equipment in state agencies.
New poll: The FAA recently approved more than 1,000 exemption requests for commercial UAV use. Can we expect lenient final regs in 2016?
Take our weekly poll now at www.roadsbridges.com, and feel free to send a comment to [email protected]
I was holding onto every word from SpongeBob SquarePants. Hey, when the family truckster is in all of its glory during a family vacation, and the only audio spewing out of the 10-speaker Clarke W. Griswold elite package is coming from the mouth of a spongy fictional character with a laugh that...
New poll: Paid bridge tours continue to increase in popularity across the U.S. How much would people be willing to pay for a 1-on-1 tour of a major span in your area?