June 25, 2015
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (OKDOT) brought in experts from Colorado to determine how to repair I-35, which connects Oklahoma City and Dallas, after a major rockslide from the Arbuckle Mountains shut down a portion of the highway.
Oklahoma transportation officials estimate that up...
June 03, 2015
Proposed Illiana Expressway (Source: IDOT)
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner rejected the proposed Illiana Expressway, which would have connected I-65 in Indiana with I-55 near Joliet, Ill., due to the state budget crisis.
The project conception began in 2010 with a memorandum of understanding between former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and former...
May 05, 2015
There is a push in Washington state to finish the State Route 167 project. Washington state transportation officials consider the SR-167 Completion Project to be the critical missing link in the state's highway network.
The completion is expected to improve safety and reduce congestion along...
April 29, 2015
Designers, contractors and government officials can submit their top road projects to be considered for the 2015 Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Roads list. This list receives media attention all over the U.S. To submit, go to www.roadsbridges.com, click on the Top 10 Road logo and then hit the...
April 09, 2015
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) laid out a proposed plan to include a new section of South Loop 335 in Amarillo, Texas. The new section of the loop would span about 7.8 miles and would include a four-lane section with a provision to expand to six lanes.
Transportation studies show...
April 06, 2015
The WestConnect Corridor Coalition, a newly formed transportation coalition, plans to move forward with several Denver-area highway projects.
The purpose of coalition is to develop a comprehensive and coordinated plan that will be used to inform Jefferson County, Colo. residents about the...
March 02, 2015
I-90 is the main east-west transportation corridor in the state of Washington, connecting the large population and business centers of the western half of the state with the agricultural industries and recreational areas that comprise the eastern portion.
The uninterrupted movement of people,...
March 02, 2015
The new “Twins” offer three 12-ft driving lanes, a 4-ft inside shoulder and a 10-ft outside shoulder, as well as portal extensions beyond the rock face.
Colorado. Hearing the name of this great state brings to mind images of snow-capped peaks, clear mountain water used to brew Coors beer and the soft melody of John Denver’s timeless song, “Rocky Mountain High.”
One of the primary benefits of living in Colorado is the availability of so many...
February 19, 2015
This image shows the placement of TechCrete into a cavity that has been sawed and blown clean with compressed air.
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is always on the lookout for durable solutions for pavement preservation. Degradation caused by natural forces, traffic and other means is a continual challenge for keepers of the infrastructure—they need to treat defects such as surface spalling, panel...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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-...
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-...