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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.

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...
Videos July 08, 2014
Husqvarna unveils a new generation of flat saws in this video. These saws comply with EPA Tier 4 regulations through modern diesel engine technology.
Article June 24, 2014
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently completed major improvements to a section of the John Young Parkway/S.R. 423 in Orange County. The $41.8 million design-build project involved the widening of the existing roadway from four to six lanes from Shader Road to the U.S. 441/Orange...
News June 11, 2014
The Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project team has begun the process of towing down the first six of 11 tunnel sections for the new Midtown Tunnel. The tunnel elements will be towed from the SKW Constructors JV fabrication facility in Sparrows Point, Md., to the Portsmouth Marine Terminal in...
News May 28, 2014
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has finished the bulk of major repair work ahead of a 60-day schedule on one of Newark Liberty International Airport's major runways, allowing a resumption of flights on typical patterns at New Jersey's busiest airport.   Runway 4L-22R reopened as a...
Products May 27, 2014
QUIKRETE FastSet Latex Modified DOT Overlay is a fiber-reinforced, very low permeability, rapid-setting overlay material specifically designed to fast track concrete bridge deck repair and to extend the service life of concrete bridge decks. The material contains an integral corrosion inhibitor and...
Article May 08, 2014
The International Center for Aggregates Research (ICAR) has been performing research on the use of aggregates in asphalt and portland cement concrete (PCC) for more than 15 years. A study was initiated at the University of Texas to investigate the use of manufactured sands in PCC pavements. The...
Article May 08, 2014
Reports of diagonal cracking of reinforced concrete inverted-T straddle bent caps raised concerns about the strength and serviceability of the recently constructed bridge structures. These bridge elements are common throughout the U.S., and many of the diagonal shear cracks are large enough to be...
Article March 11, 2014
On Feb. 9, 2014, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge officially opened to traffic in the St. Louis area. The long-anticipated, $700 million New Mississippi River Bridge (MRB) project will move I-70 off the congested Poplar Street Bridge. This is the first of several projects that will have the...
News January 15, 2014
The January issue of ROADS & BRIDGES features a special section on structurally deficient bridges in the U.S., concrete paving, concrete pavement preservation, asset management and work-zone safety.
Article January 15, 2014
The massive undertaking to extend and elevate Runway 9R–27L at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is nothing short of an engineering marvel. Estimated to cost $791 million, the new 8,000-ft-long south runway will terminate atop a new 60-ft-tall man-made embankment at the east...
News January 08, 2014
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has unveiled a plan to allocate more than $800 million to fund expansions of I-10, U.S. 281 and Loop 1604.   Noting San Antonio drivers waste more than 40 million hours annually sitting in traffic on some regional roadways, TxDOT, the Alamo Regional...
News October 18, 2013
The Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee last night approved a proposal for a new $1.3 billion toll road between Illinois and Indiana, the Chicago Tribune reported.   The Illiana Expressway will be good for economic development and jobs in Illinois, according Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn...
News October 03, 2013

A stretch of Rte. 66 in Oklahoma back in the day.

It is unlikely that any highway has ever or will ever again be immersed so deeply in the history, heritage and culture of our nation as Rte. 66. First dubbed “The Mother Road” in John Steinbeck’s classic, “Grapes of Wrath,” the highway was first commissioned in 1926.       In the years that...
News September 20, 2013
NTE Mobility Partners has been awarded a $531 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for I-35W in Tarrant County, Texas. The project will relieve one of the state’s most congested corridors and improve safety by upgrading the expressway and adding two new lanes in...
News July 24, 2013

A tugboat pushes the Muon g-2 barge on its way to Fermilab. Photo: Darin Clifton/Ceres Barge.

Scientists from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will move a 50-ft-wide circular electromagnet from Lemont to the laboratory site in Batavia this week, necessitating rolling road closures overnight on two portions of the Illinois Tollway and several state and DuPage County roads.   The...
News July 19, 2013
Construction on the four-year, $475 million Circle Interchange project in Chicago got under way this week. The project is expected to create thousands of construction jobs and improve the nation’s most congested interchange. The project will start with work on the Morgan Street Bridge and encompass...
News July 16, 2013
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley voice his desire this week to see the new Foley Beach Express extended all the way north to I-65, which he said would aid both the beach areas and northern Baldwin County. The governor’s proposal would make use of federal funding to complete the extension.   Officials in...