May 27, 2016
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration announced this week it would increase spending on road and bridge repairs by nearly $3 billion during the next six years, but the state’s transportation secretary said the state still won’t get ahead of deteriorating roads.
The Illinois Department...
May 09, 2016
Building a bypass bridge off Highway 30 in Nebraska.
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...
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...
February 25, 2016
The world’s largest tunnel-boring machine named Bertha resumed tunneling on the $3.1 billion Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle this week. Bertha was ordered to stop digging underneath Seattle by the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) when a massive sinkhole opened up at the jobsite in...
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...
November 19, 2015
I-84 is a heavily used stretch of highway between Exit 45 and the I-91 interchange, as well as a key piece of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's $100 billion, 30-year proposal for overhauling the state’s transportation network.
In a recent pitch to shore up support for replacing the I-84...
October 08, 2015
Getting roughness information for a road is neither cheap nor fast.
Many cities and counties don’t have access to the high-end inertial profilers that produce roughness profiles expressed as the industry-standard International Roughness Index (IRI). Even at the state level, many highways are only...
September 25, 2015
Work on the Eglinton Crosstown light-rail transit (LRT) project is set to make a major step forward, as tunnel boring machines, named Don and Humber, respectively, will begin their journey westward, starting from the launch shaft located east of Brentcliffe Road and proceeding towards Yonge Street...
August 13, 2015
The county seat of Williamson County now has boasting rights to an Illinois first: a diverging diamond interchange. Planning for the project, which opened yesterday to traffic, dates back to 2003.
Moreover, the recently renamed The Hill Avenue, formerly Morgan Avenue, was widened to satisfy...
July 20, 2015
According to an announcement by Washington state transportation officials, work on the beleaguered State Route 99 tunnel will resume on Nov. 23, with the boring machine known as “Big Bertha” set to emerge at the north end of the city’s downtown area approximately one year thereafter.
July 06, 2015
Today is the deadline to submit your road project nomination for 2015 Top 10 Roads.
Fill out your nomination form today and be sure to include as many project challenges as possible because those are the projects that will stand out!
If you need an idea of what type of road projects make our...
June 25, 2015
We’ve extended our deadline to submit your road project nomination for 2015 Top 10 Roads to Monday, July 6.
Take advantage of the extra time by filling out your nomination form today. Be sure to include as many project challenges as possible because those are the projects that will stand out!
June 23, 2015
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) completed Phase 1 of the U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project.
Locally known as the “innovation corridor,” U.S. 36 was built with the strategy of moving traffic more efficiently rather than merely building additional lanes.
The construction of Phase I...
June 11, 2015
The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) began construction on the second phase of the I-90 project east of Snoqualmie Pass. On an average day, 28,000 vehicles travel over Snoqualmie Pass, with traffic numbers doubling on weekends and holidays.
This the second of three phases of the...
June 09, 2015
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is not losing sight of its major reconstruction of nearly seven miles of I-94 in downtown Detroit, known as the Edsel Ford Freeway project.
The project is expected to take 20 years and cost $2.9 billion to complete. According to MDOT, that stretch...
June 08, 2015
The next phase of widening North Carolina’s I-85 commenced. Crews started work on the project by first strengthening the shoulders so North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) can shift traffic outside and conduct work on the inside portion.
The project will add two lanes in each...
January 07, 2015
On Rte. 205 near Presque Isle, Maine, runoff from nearby potato fields can clog culverts running beneath roads, creating washouts and resulting in flooding hazards if not quickly addressed. Region 5 of the Maine Department of Transportation efficiently tackled this issue with a Gradall XL 4300 III...
December 24, 2014
The San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) is responsible for developing, conserving and protecting the water resources of the San Jacinto River Basin in Texas. The SJRA’s purview includes all of Montgomery County and parts of Walker, Waller, San Jacinto, Grimes and Liberty counties. The SJRA’s...
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 10, 2014
Big piles of snow in the winter, along with normal vegetation growth, can create an important, ongoing challenge for highway crews in Maine. Region 5 of the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) put a Gradall XL 4300 III excavator to work removing a large earthen ledge—a job typically handled...