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A truck bypass on the west side of Killdeer, N.D., was a project aimed at improving traffic flow and safety.

Article December 05, 2016
The Upper Great Plains states serve several functions. They are a large-scale agricultural region. They are home to several crucial, not-so-secret missle silos. They also serve as throughways for an incredible amount of freight­—in consequence of which, their roads and bridges sustain an enormous...

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News December 05, 2016
Making cement is thought to produce 5% of all global greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and factories. But cement may eventually suck some of that carbon dioxide (CO2) back up—enough to cancel nearly a quarter of the gases released making cement, according to a new study.   To make cement,...

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News December 02, 2016
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has identified $9 billion worth of unfunded priority project, including the widening of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock, but is faced with a $1.41 billion budget for 2017, a budget which is at present over-burdened with maintenance requests.  ...

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News December 01, 2016
The Martin Luther King Freeway Extension, a new elevated roadway that connects the Midtown and Downtown tunnels in Portsmouth, Va., has opened a month ahead of its scheduled opening date.   Signs at each ramp and along Interstate 264 were uncovered Tuesday evening in preparation.   Construction of...

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News November 30, 2016
A $6 billion project aimed at enhancing the environment and reducing traffic congestion along the I-5 corridor between Solana Beach and Carlsbad in California kicked off Tuesday.   The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), along...
News November 29, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump continues to fill his cabinet, and he picked one that has had a long shelf life as his next Transportation Secretary.   Elaine Chao was named to that position late Tuesday, Nov. 29. Chao served as Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush from 2001-2009, and also was...
News November 17, 2016
In effort to more evenly distribute revenue derived by the state’s gas tax, Utah lawmakers have changed a complicated tax distribution formula in hopes of making dissemination more fair across the state.   Gov. Gary Herbert called a special session of the legislature to address this issue after the...
News November 14, 2016
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses the president-elect's plans for road and bridge infrastructure.
News November 08, 2016
Besides choosing candidates today, voters nationwide will face at least 232 city, county and state ballot initiatives to decide whether to raise a potential $250 billion for road and bridge construction.   One of the smallest measures is a $5,308-a-year property-tax measure for road maintenance in...
News November 07, 2016
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Friday that the Texas Transportation Commission will receive a TIFIA loan for $285 million to finance the reconstruction and expansion of a section of I-35E in the Dallas metro area.   The project, to be completed in phases, will reconstruct and...
News November 04, 2016
Georgia transportation officials broke ground Thursday on an $800 million project hailed as the “center puzzle piece” of a broader overhaul of I-285 and Georgia 400.   During the next four years, construction crews will add new flyover ramps and collector-distributor lanes to improve east-west...

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News October 27, 2016
With the switch to all-electronic tolling on the Massachusetts Turnpike (Mass Pike) set to begin Friday, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) wants drivers to be prepared for a “short-term inconvenience” as the old tollbooths are demolished.   At a news conference Monday,...
Case Studies October 26, 2016
In June of 2016, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) was in the midst of building a new interchange at the intersection of I-85/I-385 in Greenville, S.C. During construction, severe localized spalling was found on the cover concrete of one column of a two-column pier supporting...
News October 26, 2016
The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) will soon start work on a $23.5 million viaduct and road project in Laramie which will replace the deficient Clark Street viaduct and improve traffic flow.   The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the Harney Street viaduct contract to S &...

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News October 24, 2016
Top transportation and elected officials from Minnesota and Wisconsin celebrated the completion of a new Mississippi River crossing Friday.   With all lanes and ramps open to traffic, the two newly completed spans are carrying some 28,000 cars a day between the two states on Interstate 90,...

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News October 21, 2016
The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization is recommending an expansion for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) in Virginia.   The plan, which would expand the HRBT from a four-lane highway to a six-lane highway, was one of four possible plans to ease congestion between the Peninsula...
News October 20, 2016
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration have approved the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s (RIDOT) 10-year transportation plan. This is the first time these agencies have approved such a plan for the state and the third time for any state in the...
Article October 18, 2016
One of the most challenging underwater tunnel projects in the world is tracking two months ahead of schedule nearly a year after achieving a major milestone.   The Istanbul Strait Road Tube Crossing, scheduled to open by the end of the year, will provide a new connection between the Asian side of...
News October 18, 2016
Technology engineers are installing digital signs along the Jane Addams Tollway in the Chicago area that will give drivers speed and accident information in real time.   As construction on the tollway finishes, crews are installing gantries every half-mile between O'Hare International Airport and...
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