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Bill Wilson

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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In a second” comes out quicker these days. In fact, it almost overlaps my request for services involving my children. “Aidan, take a showe– in a second, Dad.” It reads funny, but that is exactly how it sounds. However, I’ve become privy to the now-intrusive retort. It took me much more than a few...
The interstate that drove right through people’s living rooms may soon resemble a green-speckled throw rug.   I-81 pierces through the center of Syracuse, N.Y. Before it was completed in 1969, thousands of homes, and a neighborhood or two, were either sacrificed or ripped apart—all in the name of...
I’m sure there is still some dashboard yelling going on, but so far the bike-lane strategy in New York City is not showing any signs of having the life expectancy of one of those car air fresheners.   The latest research out of the Big Apple shows it’s going to be around for a long, long time—...
If somebody said I had a 4-in. vertical leap, I would debate it.   I mean, come on. It has to be less than that. I wish I was kidding, but apparently the Scottish ancestry that drizzled magic Heather pollen over me at birth for my 6-foot-6 height also gave me Highland rocks for feet. I am...
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If just a couple of drops were going to hit me, I would have risked it in my Sunday casual best.   My long wait of being a chosen one for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was over; the only problem was I was a long way from home and wearing something more appropriate for a proper prayer rather than a...
There is really only one head nod I would consider smooth.   Welders own it. The cool cranium twitch happens right before they are about to light it up, and it throws the safety mask down with a little bit of determined attitude.   Robots do not have the corneas for this kind of split-second mojo...
The town of Robbins is one of the poorest places to live in Illinois. In 2013, the trampled neighborhood finally made it into everyday conversation (and it probably was a half-day at best) when its police captain was fired for basically impersonating an officer. Oh, he held a Robbins badge, but...
I saw a basketball hoop before the circling barbed wire. I was close to Mark Zimmerman, but had no idea I would share his mindset, if only for a brief moment. There is a halfway house, complete with half-court entertainment, in Seneca County, Ohio, about 1,000 ft from the DOT offices. I do not...
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Everyone knows a hill of soybeans is worth something. The crop is a huge economic driver for the U.S., and the Illinois Soybean Association is trying to play a huge role in the next transportation-funding bill.   Last week I received a packet from the group in the mail. In it contained a zip drive...

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