Case Studies

ALL Crane Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1
As any craftsman will tell you, having the right tool for the job makes all the difference. It is true for small tools weighing just a few ounces—and even for cranes, where bigger is not always better.   ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. of Cleveland, a member of the ALL Family of Companies,...

Presto’s Geoterra HDPE mats

Dickey Stephens Ball Park in Little Rock, Ark., is home to the AA minor league Arkansas Travelers, an Anaheim Angels farm team. A combination of recent flooding in the area and the park's unprotected drainage system led to the creation of multiple sinkholes around the field. The sinkhole in the...
NACE workforce education
NACE International, the Worldwide Corrosion Authority, is expanding its educational offerings with a series of online training courses to address the growing need for flexible education options.   The courses range from introductory—Basic Corrosion Online and Corrosion Prevention & Control (CPC...
Bobcat compact track loaders in Iowa for Paco Construction
Growing up in Del Rio, Texas, Gustavo Villarreal did not dream of owning a construction business one day. He simply knew he wanted more from his future.   “I started as a migrant worker,” said Villarreal, who spent summers picking cucumbers and asparagus alongside his parents and siblings. At 18...
Tuscaloosa I-20/I-59 Smart Work Zone
State DOTs have been increasingly deploying intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in work zones over the last 10 years with the goal of improving traffic operations and safety by providing real-time information to the traveling public.   After the widening of I-20/I-59 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., began...
Doosan excavators
The Dallas North Tollway is a 32-mile expressway between downtown Dallas, Texas, and its surrounding cities. It is also one of the most congested tolled roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.   To alleviate this issue, the North Texas Tollway Authority bid out a project to widen its northbound and...
Gradall excavator in New Mexico
For virtually all municipalities throughout the U.S., there is a constant need to do more with less—to meet a growing range of maintenance needs with fewer men and fewer machines.   This is particularly true in the Southwest, where cities are experiencing rapid growth, which has created a growing...
StandGard Base Temporary Portable Standing Assistant
Despite using warning signs, reflective clothing and other visual signals to alert drivers of changing road conditions, there are still accidents in our work zones. The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse reports that out of the 799 work-zone fatalities reported in 2017, 132 were...
Lake of the Woods County, Minn., full-depth reclamation
Tim Erickson, Lake of the Woods County, Minn., engineer, was looking for the best solution to rehabilitate County State Aid Highway (CSAH) #8. This was a 5.2-mile project in the heart of the county’s fishing resort and agriculture industries. It was crucial that whatever the county did to address...
The first course of concrete panels are set and braced around the existing steel trestle.
Merchants Bridge crosses the Mississippi River, connecting St. Louis, Mo., to Venice, Ill. The bridge was initially constructed in the late 1800s and is the oldest rail structure crossing the Mississippi River. Among the many maintenance activities throughout the 1900s, the original timber trestles...
St. Charles, Missouri; adjustable manhole risers
With a population of 66,000, St. Charles is Missouri’s ninth-largest city, and was the state’s capital from 1821 to 1826.   “We have old and new areas, which means we have a lot of odd-sized sewer structures,” the city's Lead Equipment Operator Cory Rackley said. “Adjustable risers make it much...
PennDOT added RAPTOR Rumble Strip Handling Machine to its fleet of equipment
Regardless of the warning signs, lights and other signals for a change in traffic patterns, accidents are still happening in our work zones. In 2017 alone, the Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics recorded a total of 1,778 crashes in these areas, 43% of which resulted in injuries or fatalities....
steep, cut slope in road reconstruction project, Devon, U.K.
A $10.3 million project in Devon, U.K., necessitated the reconstruction of a half-mile single-lane road designed to reduce congestion and support economic development in the area. The approved route required a significant amount of material (nearly 131,000 cu yd) on adjacent slopes to be excavated...
110-ton Link-Belt 218 HSL crawler crane on West Waukesha Bypass
Highway construction is always a significant undertaking, but some projects come with more backstory than others. Take the West Waukesha Bypass in Waukesha, Wis., which has been in discussion since at least the 1970s. Designed to provide a link around the city by connecting I-94 and S.R. 59, the...
oversize/overweight permit for trucks Illinois DOT
The Illinois DOT (IDOT) must find a safe route for trucks traveling in the state of Illinois and issue an oversize/overweight (OS/OW) permit for trucks carrying large loads. With slow, manual permitting processes, IDOT sought to update and automate its permitting system. IDOT implemented the...
The Bear Cut and West Bridges
The Bear Cut Bridge and West Bridges is part of the Rickenbacker Causeway that connects Key Biscayne and Miami in Florida. The Rickenbacker Causeway is named after Eddie Rickenbacker, a WWI vet and founder of Eastern Air Lines. The original work on the bridges began in 1926, and in 1947 it was...
Liner provides cost-effective culvert repair
The city of Troy, Mich., is located among Metropolitan Detroit’s northern suburbs in Oakland County. It currently maintains a network of more than 350 miles of local, major and county roads under the jurisdiction of its public works department.   The city has a regular inspection program for its...
bridge design software
Compared to other bridges, pedestrian bridges have it easy. After all, people are nowhere near as heavy as motor vehicles, tractor-trailers or trains. Because pedestrian bridges are built to bear smaller, lighter loads, architects and engineers are able to achieve an altogether different vision—...
ALL Crane Link-Belt
Cranes and bulldozers rule different realms: one, the air and the other, land. So it is not every day they collaborate on setting a bridge, but they did just that for a temporary cantilever bridge in Aurora, N.C., in January. The 125-ft span is needed to maintain traffic flow on Rte. 33 over...
At dawn, Larry Young Paving places entranceway to Southern Pointe Community
A Texas concrete slipform paving contractor took advantage of the cool and uncongested early morning hours before sunup to start the day's work and end it before noontime.   That was the game plan for constructing miles of concrete pavement for a massive residential project—Southern Pointe...
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