Case Studies

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...
Achen-Gardner knows exactly how important technology is to its business.    The Arizona-based heavy civil general contractor—which specializes in wet utility, roadway and highway construction—has fully invested in the future by turning to HCSS software to manage nearly every aspect of its business...
If you work in the construction industry north of the Mason-Dixon Line, chances are you have to pause operations during the winter.    Below-freezing temperatures, ice and snow all make it difficult to work on construction projects during the dead of winter in the northern United States.    But one...
In September 2013, floods ripped through Boulder County, Colo., massively damaging the roads—leaving many of them in very dangerous conditions for travelers heading into the mountains.
THE CHALLENGE   In September 2013, floods ripped through Boulder County, Colo., massively damaging the roads—leaving many of them in very dangerous conditions for travelers heading into the mountains.   The stream bank parallel to Lee Hill Road had seriously eroded and was threatening the stability...
Weekend job on bridge construction alleviates traffic congestion.

Weekend job on bridge construction alleviates traffic congestion.

Ontario’s Highway 407 East project, designed to help relieve traffic congestion at the eastern edge of the greater Toronto area, began construction in 2015. The two-phase, multiyear project is expected to be complete by 2020. In Phase 1, which is scheduled for completion by the end of this calendar...
Two operators rout the existing cracks prior to sealing.

Two operators rout the existing cracks prior to sealing.

Late winters in 2013 and 2014 has Morrison County in central Minnesota, keeping up with maintenance of their 728 miles of roads. “Our goal is to preserve and extend the life of the roadways,” explains John Schelonka, maintenance superintendent for the county. He says they work towards a 20-year...
How many bids can one estimator submit in just two days? If that estimator uses HCSS HeavyBid, the answer is probably more than you think.    Just ask Ed Bell Construction of Dallas. Vice President Doug Teter put the pedal to the metal a few years back, submitting 23 Texas Department of...
An application vehicle treats the highway.

An application vehicle treats the highway.

MRDC Operations Corporation (MRDC), a private enterprise responsible for maintaining and rehabilitating a 121-mile highway connecting the cities of Fredericton and Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada, began manufacturing and using salt brine several years ago for pre-wetting road salt during deicing...
Valve Box Lids to Grade on VDOT job in Newport News

Valve Box Lids to Grade on VDOT job in Newport News

Newport News, Va., has a population of approximately 183,000, making it the fifth most populous city in the state. Newport News Waterworks is a regional water provider, owned and operated by the City of Newport News that serves over 400,000 people in Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and portions of...
TPRS deployment is easier, faster and safer with CRIB.

TPRS deployment is easier, faster and safer with CRIB. 

When Area Wide Protective’s Eric Hulme evaluated Plastic Safety Systems’ (PSS) RoadQuake Temporary Portable Rumble Strip (RQ TPRS) for deployment in their traffic control operations, he identified two issues that would require solutions before adding TPRS to their operations.   Area Wide Protective...
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