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: 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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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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