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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. The product spotlights contain information and photos of equipment relevant to the industry. The article library contains all stories related to concrete roads pulled from the rich archives of Roads & Bridges magazine and our Concrete Progress supplements and special sections.

Article January 05, 2015
In north Louisiana, not far from the Arkansas state line, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has been undertaking a megaproject with the intent of tying together a wide array of communities via the I-49 North Corridor. And now it looks as though the home stretch is...
Article January 05, 2015
Once a tree-eating monster is caught up in all of it’s glory, the best results are going to be produced when there is a place mat involved. When the Army Corps of Engineers first scoured the proposed wetland-sensitive footprint of the Carolina Bays Parkway project in South Carolina, the primary...
Article January 05, 2015
How do you deliver 78,298 cu yd of ready mix concrete, 270,000 cu yd of paving concrete, move 1.2 million cu yd of dirt, rehabilitate 30,000 linear ft of sewer line, recycle 700,000 sq yd of concrete pavement, place 850,000 tons of aggregate base and 85,000 linear ft of concrete barrier wall all in...
Article January 05, 2015
Same as any metropolis, New Orleans has a good many functioning industries, but tourism is arguably the most crucial. The pull of the French Quarter’s historic cache and socially embraced infamy entwines with the business importance of the riverside Convention Center and the Superdome’s dual...
Case Studies December 24, 2014

Precast slabs arrive ready for installation and use.

When’s the last time you saw a pothole, or, worse, hit one with your car? Chances are it hasn’t been long. Pavements around North America are showing alarming rates of deterioration at the same time traffic is at an all-time high.   For years, Georgia DOT (GDOT) has researched and implemented...
News December 17, 2014
On Dec. 10, Roads & Bridges reported on a halt in the operations to excavate a tunnel down to the boring machine known colloquially as “Bertha,” in order to perform repairs that would allow the machine to once more begin tunneling for the S.R. 99 project.   State engineers had voiced concerns...
Case Studies December 05, 2014

Deck removal totalled more than 22,000 linear ft of cut reinforced concrete.

PANAMAX-sized ships are one of the ways goods from across the world are transported to consumers in the U.S. It is very important these container ships arrive safely into our ports. Unfortunately, the Bayonne Bridge roadway in Staten Island, N.Y. was not high enough to allow these massive ships to...
News November 17, 2014
There is much to be said for savoring a delayed reaction in the great state of Ohio now that the Ohio Turnpike Commission can finally declare success on its decades-old project to widen a significant portion of the 241-mile toll road.   Originally conceived in April 1995 as a $460 million endeavor...
News November 10, 2014
Seattle Tunnel Partners, with whom the Washington State Department of Transportation contracted for the $3.1 billion Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement project, were allowed to resume work recently after a state-mandated delay of nearly two weeks following the discovery of shell material in the earth...
Case Studies October 17, 2014

Accelerated construction from 17 to 13 days was achieved by the contractor’s hour-by-hour construction plan and 24-hour work schedule.

The Rte. 6 Bridge Deck Replacement Project Team took a hard look at a range of traffic-mitigation scenarios from full closure to a one-lane road with alternating traffic. After assessing cost of delay up to $80,000 per day, an addition of up to 60 minutes of travel time and potential for 3- to 4-...
Article September 09, 2014

The NGCS consists of diamond grooving a surface using 3.2-mm-wide longitudinal grooves saw-cut to a depth of 3-5 mm at 12.5- to 16-mm centers.

Australia’s Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) recently constructed several test sections utilizing diamond saw-cut textures on their concrete pavement as part of a continued effort to minimize tire-pavement road noise. The completed research has resulted in the development of a low-noise-diamond-...
News August 08, 2014
Decades of heavy use have taken a toll on I-5 north of Seattle. The concrete is cracked, chipped and bumpy in many places. Now a new highway preservation project will address some of the worst areas between Northgate and Shoreline.   On Monday, Aug. 11, contractor crews from Granite Construction Co...
Article August 05, 2014

Ballard Greenways group is one of more than 20 local grassroots groups that have sprung up in the past three years under the umbrella of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

Michael Wolf sits on his front porch on the new 58th Avenue NW Greenway and watches the world go by.   It has been just about a year since the neighborhood greenway in front of his house in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle officially opened.   “I see moms on family bikes with a few kids behind...
Article August 05, 2014
The Hynes Convention Center is located in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay neighborhood.   Portions of the Hynes are located directly over I-90, the Massachusetts Turnpike. A 50-year-old cast-in-place concrete slab, suspended from the underside of the Hynes, serves as the ceiling for the...
Case Studies August 01, 2014
Road departure devices
The city of Varenne, Québec, is on a mission to improve the safety of Canadian highways while saving taxpayer dollars. After recently completing a bridge replacement project on Autoroute 30, the city of Varenne decided to upgrade already-installed road departure devices.   Many contractors,...
News July 23, 2014
Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lacking desirable safety features cost Texas motorists a total of $25.1 billion statewide annually—more than $1,700 per driver in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area—due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related...
News July 17, 2014
Tunnel vision can improve; just ask those at the Nevada Department of Transportation.   The agency is about to complete the Carlin Tunnels project on I-80, and the highlight of the enhancement is an LED lighting system that will enhance driver visibility by dimming or brightening according to...
News July 11, 2014
America’s rural heartland is home to nearly 50 million people, and its natural resources provide the energy, food and fiber that support the nation’s economy and way of life. But, a new report finds that the nation’s rural transportation system, which is critical to the nation’s booming agriculture...
News July 09, 2014
The Illinois Tollway continued construction this week on the 75th Street Interchange on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294). Temporary, overnight ramp closures are scheduled to begin on the ramps connecting 75th Street to northbound I-294. Electronic message signs and directional signs will be put in...
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