Case Studies

Durabase temporary roadway mats enabled a road to be constructed directly in the waterway.

Durabase temporary roadway mats enabled a road to be constructed directly in the waterway.

It’s a strange sensation to walk along a 300-ft roadway that rests at the bottom of a lakebed with the actual lake surrounding you on both sides. But that was the case in Asbury, NJ, this past summer, where the new Sunset Bridge project was underway.   As general contractor Kyle Conti Construction...

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In July 2015, the first section of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail was completed. This 10-ft-wide pathway connects Cleveland’s Scranton Flats area to the Ohio & Erie Canal’s Towpath Trail along the Cuyahoga River. The Scranton Flats, part of the Scranton Peninsula industrial zone, is...

An aerial view of Rehoboth Avenue, and the parade route. 

On Oct. 23, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce (CC) hosted their 26th Annual “Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddler’s Festival.”   In part one of the story on the festival, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) informed the Rehoboth CC that they must deploy crashworthy...
Each winter, the Idaho Transportation Department is charged with snow and ice control on over 12,000 lane-miles of highway covering mountain passes to rolling hills and valley floors.

Each winter, the Idaho Transportation Department is charged with snow and ice control on over 12,000 lane-miles of highway covering mountain passes to rolling hills and valley floors.

The mission of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is clear-cut: “Your Safety. Your Mobility. Your Economic Opportunity.” To verify and then evaluate and continuously improve the effectiveness of its winter road maintenance operations, ITD is implementing key systems for monitoring road...
To address the pavement distresses caused by upstate New York’s extreme changes in temperature, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) had been using a variety of hot and cold patches for repairs. While this is a common practice in many states, it is rapidly changing due to the...
At a jobsite on Merritt Island in Brevard County, Fla., the public works department relies on just one piece of equipment to unearth and repair a water line beneath a street and then replace an outdated catch basin cover, followed by loading dirt. The county’s Gradall XL 4100 IV excavator is used...
Rigid lifting frame used to place precast grid panels

Rigid lifting frame used to place precast grid panels

Interstate 81 is a vital trucking route along the Appalachian corridor and in particular, south central Pennsylvania. Years of heavy traffic and the harsh Northeast weather abused the parallel bridges spanning Leitersburg Road near Greencastle.   The conventional concrete bridge decks and steel...
SafetyWall is an ADA-compliant longitudinal channelizer that aids all pedestrians, regardless of their required level of guidance.

SafetyWall is an ADA-compliant longitudinal channelizer that aids all pedestrians, regardless of their required level of guidance.

On Oct. 23, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce (CC) will host the 26th Annual Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddler’s Festival. The festival features three full days of events. Among several choices, attendees can enjoy trick-or-treating and haunted bonfires on Friday, the Fiddler...
Precast reinforced concrete caps designed with LEAP RC-PIER were used for the majority of the spans.

Precast reinforced concrete caps designed with LEAP RC-PIER were used for the majority of the spans. 

One of the most important bridges that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) manages is the I-10 Twin Span Bridge crossing Lake Pontchartrain between Slidell, La., and New Orleans. Approximately 5.5 miles in length, this crossing includes a total of 11 miles of bridges...
The aggregate layer helps increase traction.The finished pavement overlay installation.

The aggregate layer helps increase traction.The finished pavement overlay installation.

Two bridges in Toledo, Ohio, had undergone routine maintenance over the years. But while the bridges themselves were structurally sound, David Pratt and his public works team soon realized that further repairs to the wear surface were inevitable down the road.   Rather than plan for continual...
Justin Dixon never planned to become director of corporate safety for Dixie Construction. But the job fell into his lap in a most tragic way.   Dixon’s parents and grandfather started Dixie Construction in the 1960s, and he was in charge of a variety of responsibilities, including marketing,...
Longitudinal cracking across I-93 gets full-depth solution
Just north of Concord, N.H., both the north- and southbound lanes of I-93 needed pavement rehabilitation.   Extensive cracking and pavement deterioration extended to the pavement base in the right lanes of both the north- and southbound sides.   The solution needed to be long-lasting and able to...
Vertical headwalls and wing walls for precast arch bridge construction
When developers turn blighted properties into high-end developments, they need infrastructure to support it and provide access. Several years ago, a former rock quarry in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, was selected for a $300 million development project. This unlikely site is now home to a beautiful, high...
Baranko Bros. Inc. purchased HCSS GPS for its truck and trailer fleet in early October 2014, expecting to be able to cut down on fuel costs and speeding issues.    Just four months later, the tracking units have already far exceeded the dirt contractor’s expectations.    “There are a lot of things...
The deicer remains free flowing, even at colder temperatures.

The deicer remains free flowing, even at colder temperatures.

While the town of Winfield, N.Y., sits a short distance from major thoroughfares, the quiet, upstate village of 2,200 people still sees its fair share of traffic. And its share of icy winter roadways that need to be safe for motorists. The town’s main roads surround the school district, and...
Cat M318D clears silt and grass from ditches along Florida State Highway 100.

Cat M318D clears silt and grass from ditches along Florida State Highway 100. 

Rural Flagler County is where you’ll likely find County Roads and Bridge Department crews clearing silt and grass from ditches along the 224 miles of roadway that they maintain, 91 paved and 133 unpaved. A Cat M318D Wheel Excavator is the machine of choice for the work.   Flounder, mangrove snapper...
bridge construction
In March of this year, the Illinois Department of Transportation (ILDOT) announced a $35 million bridge reconstruction project for all southbound bridges on Illinois Rte. 171 (First Avenue). The project began March 30 and has continued throughout the year. Central Contractors Service, a member of...
The Hydro-Bell is “snapped” onto the end of the Snap-Tite pipe-providing a larger, wider intake at the culvert entrance.

The Hydro-Bell is “snapped” onto the end of the Snap-Tite pipe-providing a larger, wider intake at the culvert entrance.

Road collapses, road closures and traffic delays are recurring news headlines attributed to failing culverts across the U.S. Many drainage culverts were installed 40 to 50 years ago and are now past their design life.   One such culvert affected a private enterprise in Trona, Calif., Searles Valley...
Rumco Construction came to HCSS looking for a new way to manage its projects.    For years, the highway and street construction company had relied on handwritten notes and text messages to generate daily cost reports. But Vice President Carlos Gonzalez said the numbers never quite added up.    “...
RoadQuake TPRS alerts truckers on I-29, Summit S.D. The work zone saw heavy truck traffic

RoadQuake TPRS alerts truckers on I-29, Summit S.D. The work zone saw heavy truck traffic

Plastic Safety Systems introduced the first RoadQuake Temporary Portable Rumble Strip (TPRS) in 2009. RoadQuake TPRS is a transverse rumble strip that alerts drivers, especially distracted drivers, to changing road conditions, like upcoming work zones or lane closures. RoadQuake is designed to...
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