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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. 

Case Studies May 18, 2016
Polk County, Minn. has approximately 400 miles of gravel roads that it maintains.   “Every year the county would spend money adding gravel that was lost during the winter snowplowing season, have to fix frost boils, and receive complaints about muddy conditions during the rainy season,” said...
News May 16, 2016
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has now finalized a trimmed-down list of design criteria for roads on the National Highway System (NHS) in a change that will simplify many projects and give more design flexibility to state and local governments.   Instead of the 13 design criteria it had...
Case Studies May 10, 2016
A multifaceted approach to material handling helped a Pennsylvania bridge contractor overcome challenges associated with pulling decaying concrete slabs from a weight-restricted structure.   M.A. Beech Corp., based in Carnegie Borough, was tasked with demolishing the now-defunct Donora-Webster...
News May 10, 2016
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published a policy revision to allow more flexibility in the design of smaller road projects.   In 1985, 13 design criteria were prioritized because of their perceived impact on operations and safety. Based on research and FHWA experience, several have...

Building a bypass bridge off Highway 30 in Nebraska.

Article May 09, 2016
America’s Great Plains states are largely, if not exclusively, agricultural. They literally feed the nation.   In this way, their economic health is inextricably tied to that of the country as a whole; though not a center of financial industry or global technological advancement, the Great Plains...
News May 04, 2016
Once again, the time of year has come to submit nominations for the Top 10 Roads projects for 2016.    Created in 2000, Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Roads awards recognize the top road projects in North America each year. Nominations are submitted to the R&B editorial staff, who determine the...
News April 18, 2016
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has issued its notice to proceed to North Perimeter Contractors to begin work on the $800 million I-285/SR 400 Improvement Project in Atlanta.   According to GDOT, the corridor handles 420,000 vehicles. As of now the notice authorizes right of way...
News April 15, 2016
Nebraska this week saw passage of the Transportation Innovation Act (L960), a bill that increases funding for Nebraska transportation projects and authorizes design-build project delivery, Construction Manager/General Contractor delivery, and the use of public-private partnerships (P3s) for...

A completed riser project in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Case Studies April 14, 2016
Founded in 1916, Rieth Riley Construction is a large paving firm, serving Indiana and Michigan with 30 asphalt plants. With that kind of paving volume, and a nearly century-long history, the firm has rigorously tested hundreds of infrastructure solutions, and the tools and techniques that make the...
News April 11, 2016
Indiana’s East-West Toll Road is set to receive a $200 million makeover and work begins today. According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, it is to be the largest project undertaken by the toll road since its original construction in 1954.   The project’s scale includes the...
Case Studies April 06, 2016
A 31-mile stretch of I-70 near Richfield, Utah—from mile marker 18 to mile marker 49—was in serious need of repair. Two lanes in each direction of interstate concrete pavement had corner breaks, surface and joint spalls and panel-length cracking. In addition to heavy traffic, this area receives an...

All lanes of traffic remained open during construction of the Redi-Rock retaining walls, which are designed to install quickly and within a small footprint.

Case Studies March 31, 2016
THE CHALLENGE In 2015, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) began work on the multi-million-dollar New Circle Road widening project in Lexington. The scope of the project included nearly 3.2 miles of lane additions, shoulder widening, on-ramp and exit ramp realignment, and bridge widening...
News February 12, 2016
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced a $1 billion, 20-year project to add two lanes along 17 miles of I-75 to better accommodate the 120,000 vehicles that use it each day.   Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson endorsed the move, saying it would improve commerce and...
News January 12, 2016
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) approved a $75.9 million contract to build the USA Parkway connecting I-80 to U.S. 50 via the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.   Ames Construction won the contract bid $2 million below the next lowest bidder. The road project will be completed 125 days...
Article January 04, 2016
Historically, pavement engineers have strived to balance safety and driver comfort when designing long-lasting concrete pavements.   In recent years tire/pavement noise has become a hot-button issue for motorists and residents living near high-volume roadways alike. In the past this was a dilemma,...
Article January 04, 2016
The traveling public no longer has the time nor patience to suffer through prolonged and lengthy bridge replacement projects which disrupt traffic patterns for months and sometimes years at a time.    Avoiding such circumstances is exactly what the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) achieved...
Article January 04, 2016
RGG United Contractor Inc. (RGG) completed a major terminal gate repaving project at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport three months ahead of schedule, using reversible metal paving forms that were designed to accommodate different concrete depths.   The project was part of a $15.4 million...
Article January 04, 2016
Texas State Highway (SH) 71 serves as the primary access route leading to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA).    It also is a major roadway for daily commuters from neighboring Bastrop County to the Austin metropolitan area and serves as one of two east/west high-capacity routes for...
Article January 04, 2016
Constructing, maintaining and reconstructing interstate highways can be accomplished in a sustainable, cost-effective manner.   Sustainability is an increasingly important element in the design and construction of transportation infrastructure because of limited dollars and natural resources.    ...
News December 30, 2015
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has selected a preferred developer for the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, which remains on track for construction to begin in summer 2016 as the largest-ever highway project in the state.   This is the first highway public-private partnership in...
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