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The limestone-textured blocks matched the aesthetic look of the existing bridge pier, and fit in with the natural look of the environment.

In 2013, the town of North Haven, Maine, began construction on a very unique bridge project. The goal was to rebuild a deteriorating bridge that provided access to four seasonal homes and was an important wharf for the local lobster industry.   The town faced several challenges with this project...

The advanced brine-making system.

Saving money on winter maintenance was a top priority for the City of Anderson and Madison County, Ind. After co-investing in a state-of-the-art automated brine maker, the two municipalities have done just that. What’s more, they’ve nearly recouped their investment in just one year.   “Looking at...
H&S Contracting Inc. of Moorhead, Minn., was looking for estimating software that would take the company to the next level. Its previous system, using ledger sheets and Excel documents created in-house, was outdated.   “It seemed to work well, until you change,” said Brent Syster, estimator and...
On a roadside in Greendale, Wis., the Geoweb system was integrated along a half-mile section of roadway designed to support the weight of rolling vehicles that might venture off onto the shoulder. R.A. Smith & Associates—the village of Greendale’s engineer—was tasked with designing a stabilized...
Sundt Construction—headquartered in Tempe, Ariz.—is one of the nation’s oldest and largest construction companies. For more than 120 years, Sundt has participated in many landmark projects, including building the town of Los Alamos, N.M.—where the first atomic bomb was built—and relocating the...
On Rte. 205 near Presque Isle, Maine, runoff from nearby potato fields can clog culverts running beneath roads, creating washouts and resulting in flooding hazards if not quickly addressed. Region 5 of the Maine Department of Transportation efficiently tackled this issue with a Gradall XL 4300 III...
The New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department’s reconstruction of 118 miles (190 km) of four-lane highway along a northwestern route was challenged with a construction timetable of just two years and a construction season limited by cold Rocky Mountain winter weather.   With time...
At T+C Contracting in Louisville, Ky., all foremen enter their daily job site data into HCSS’s HeavyJob software.   “What’s so great about the HeavyJob software is it’s in a very easy-to-follow sequence,” said Scott Thornberry, T+C’s operations manager. “For a foreman who has never used a computer...
The San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) is responsible for developing, conserving and protecting the water resources of the San Jacinto River Basin in Texas. The SJRA’s purview includes all of Montgomery County and parts of Walker, Waller, San Jacinto, Grimes and Liberty counties. The SJRA’s...

Precast slabs arrive ready for installation and use.

When’s the last time you saw a pothole, or, worse, hit one with your car? Chances are it hasn’t been long. Pavements around North America are showing alarming rates of deterioration at the same time traffic is at an all-time high.   For years, Georgia DOT (GDOT) has researched and implemented...

Pre-cut sections of HDPE machined Snap-Tite pipe were delivered to worksite, snapped together and pushed through the length of the host pipe. 

The Yuma District of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) encompasses a large area of Arizona, bordered by California on the west and Mexico to the south. The district maintains more than 3,000 total miles of highway and interstate, and its plan to widen several highways within the...
The Geoweb load support system provided a low-maintenance, permeable load-support road surface at a staging area for a 10-acre industrial yard site for High Steel of Lancaster, Pa. Heavy traffic at the steel fabricator’s facility caused severe rutting of the existing gravel surface and costly daily...
Big piles of snow in the winter, along with normal vegetation growth, can create an important, ongoing challenge for highway crews in Maine. Region 5 of the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) put a Gradall XL 4300 III excavator to work removing a large earthen ledge—a job typically handled...

Deck removal totalled more than 22,000 linear ft of cut reinforced concrete.

PANAMAX-sized ships are one of the ways goods from across the world are transported to consumers in the U.S. It is very important these container ships arrive safely into our ports. Unfortunately, the Bayonne Bridge roadway in Staten Island, N.Y. was not high enough to allow these massive ships to...
Over time, storm water runoff from an adjacent highway caused severe erosion of a 2H:1V embankment at an interchange in Salisbury, Md. Sloughing of large sections of the upper topsoil layer exposed the clayey sand embankment soils to surface runoff, which developed into rills and gullies that were...

Maintaining highways and the drainage ditches alongside them is a major task for the Maine Department of Transportation. Using a Gradall XL 4300 III with a grading bucket eases workload along the road by reaching under limbs or large trees that hang over the roads. 

Maintaining highways and the drainage ditches alongside them is a major task for the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT). Some 83% of all land in Maine is forested along hilly roads, meaning there is plenty of opportunity for large amounts of silt runoff to regularly fill drainage ditches...

Port of Galeota Development Project – Galeota Point, Trinidad

The Challenge: The southeast peninsula of the island of Trinidad is where 90% of the nation’s natural gas is produced through offshore drilling. Due to lacking infrastructure in the southeastern area, in order to service this existing energy industry, the gas had to be transported by ship around...
For many years, the City of Opa-Locka, Fla., had experienced severe flooding throughout its residential and business districts, due in part to its development on a flood plain.  Several factors contributed to the flooding of the city’s low-lying areas, including a limited plan to manage surface...

MAT 75/125 Shoring System Supports I-495 Bridge

When the I-495 bridge in Wilmington, Del., was discovered to have severely leaning piers and was abruptly shut down to traffic, a remarkable team effort among the public, government agencies, and private construction companies and suppliers safely stabilized the bridge using Mabey Inc.’s structural...

For this project, the city of Mesa called for temporary pedestrian access routes (TPAR) to replace existing pedestrian pathways.

Valley Metro Rail Inc. is a non-profit, public corporation whose mission is to design, build and operate a 57-mile transit system throughout metropolitan Phoenix. The Valley Metro board, whose members include the cities of Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler and others, oversees the management of the agency...

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