Concrete

Welcome to the Concrete Channel, a special feature that provides the user an in-depth look at the concrete road industry. This section offers several areas to explore: product spotlights, article archives, related case studies, related video and product/supplier contact list. 

News September 27, 2016
Motorists will get their first look in a little over a week at ideas that South Carolina transportation officials are considering for reducing congestion at the intersection of I-20, I-26 and I-126.   The list of final contenders will be outlined during a session on Oct. 4 at Seven Oaks Elementary...
News September 26, 2016
Nearly a year after unprecedented flooding struck South Carolina last October, the state still has 22 roads closed because dams failed in their areas and another seven closed because bridges on them need to be replaced.   That was the assessment in the Sept. 15 monthly recovery report from the...
News September 23, 2016
Nebraska is slated to invest nearly $300 million for eight long-delayed highway projects and will begin design work on 12 others with the goal of finishing them all by 2033.   Gov. Pete Ricketts unveiled the project list Thursday at the Capitol. The projects will receive funding through a $450...
News September 22, 2016
The team at Roads & Bridges invites all our readership to participate in our annual State of the Industry survey. We want to hear about how you think the 2016 construction season has been, what's happening in your region and what you expect 2017 to be like for your company.    Please take a few...
News September 22, 2016
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has awarded a $99.2 million contract for reconstruction of a 1.2-mile stretch of Interstate 40 Business/U.S. 421 in Winston-Salem, dubbed the Business 40 Improvement Project.   The agency awarded the contract to a team made up of Flatiron...
Case Studies September 21, 2016
For several years, the busy intersection of Lafranier Road and South Airport Road in Traverse City, Mich., near the Cherry Capital Airport was also one of the most dangerous. The steep, 12% grade at the end of Lafranier Road made it difficult for drivers to stop as they approached the South Airport...
News September 16, 2016
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) mobile construction app was demonstrated yesterday at an Interstate 83 construction site, in an effort to display that use of the mobile technology by field staff is helping save money and meeting the administration’s GO-TIME challenge for...
News September 14, 2016
Work started this year on a $743 million 183 South Expressway project in Austin, Texas, which will widen U.S. 183 between U.S. 290 and SH 71 into a 12-lane superhighway. The project was started in April and is expected to be complete in 2020.   The 8-mile stretch of highway currently carries about...
Case Studies September 13, 2016
Interstate 95 passes through more states than any other interstate highway—15 total from New England to Florida—making it the longest north-south interstate in North America. A major stretch of Florida’s leg of I-95 is undergoing a multiyear, multimillion-dollar expansion project to widen it from...
News September 09, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) put the final touches on a $60 million grant Wednesday, Sept. 7, to repave and add a third lane to a 15-mile stretch of I-10 between the Atchafalaya Floodway bridge and the Interstate 49 interchange in Lafayette, La.   Louisiana's congressional...
News September 08, 2016
Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced on Sept. 7 that almost $800 million in inaugural FASTLANE federal grants has been awarded to 18 transportation infrastructure projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia.   Foxx said the grants will be combined with other funding from...

“The Point” on I-15 is the only major corridor into and out of the Salt Lake Valley. 

Article September 06, 2016
The American Southwest is synonymous with a rough-and-tumble variation of national purity and industry. From homesteading and large-scale ranch developments to the popularized advent of the serial western, the Southwest has been a captivating portion of the national landscape since the days of its...

The Sky Ribbon.

Article September 06, 2016
The recently opened Gateway WA freight access project at Perth Airport in Australia has already proven successful in fulfilling its function.   Completed almost a year ahead of schedule and under budget, the new roadway provides a safer and more efficient transport network around Perth Airport.   ...
Article September 06, 2016
Road maintenance can be used as a means to get more energy-efficient road transports, leading to an overall reduction of both the energy needed and emissions of greenhouse gases.   There is evidence that by choosing a maintenance option, which in itself is less energy efficient compared to other...
Article September 06, 2016
Once in a while, especially in cold-weather states, joints in concrete pavements have shown signs of deterioration relatively soon after pavement construction (five to 10 years).   The phenomenon, known as premature joint distress, usually presents as shadowing, microcracking and flaking. These...

Concrete placement by pumping.

Article September 06, 2016
Concrete bridge decks are susceptible to premature cracking and to corrosion of reinforcing steel.   Cracks in concrete can occur when a restrained mass of concrete changes volume, including drying shrinkage due to water loss. These types of shrinkage cracks can be counteracted with the use of...
News August 29, 2016
The funding necessary to provide Minnesota with an economically competitive state highway and bridge system over the next 20 years has increased significantly, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) planning projections.   MnDOT planners working on the Minnesota State Highway...
News August 24, 2016
Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb (R-Ind.) joined state transportation officials to announce that 102 Central Indiana cities, towns, and counties are receiving a combined $47 million to improve local roads and bridges through the State’s Community Crossings matching grant fund.   The Town of Avon is...
News August 24, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing whether it should move ahead with new performance standards that would require transportation projects to track, measure and reduce carbon pollution.   In tens of thousands of public comments delivered last week, environmental groups, business...
News August 22, 2016
Heavy rains and historic flooding of swollen rivers and creeks closed hundreds of roads in southern Louisiana over the past week—including sections of interstate highways—leading to on-road rescues and many drivers abandoning their vehicles.   Several days after the floods began, a reported 30,000...
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