Welcome to the Earthmoving Channel, a special feature that provides the user an in-depth look at the earthmoving and excavating industry.  This section offers several areas to explore: earthmoving and excavating equipment and product spotlights, article archives, related case studies, related video and product/supplier contact list.  

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Case Studies October 22, 2018
*/ The road and bridge department in Anderson County, S.C., is charged with handling a wide range of jobs for its 187,000 residents. “We try to get the best equipment, the most productive equipment, the most reliable equipment that we can possibly get for the budget we have,” said Joe Moss, the...
ODOT road work

ODOT was able to merge 25 years of road and bridge work into just four due to innovative financing.

Article July 05, 2018
OHIO: A fantastic fury Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Located in northwest Ohio, the city of Toledo has just as many University of Michigan devotees as it does Ohio State University fans.   The area is used to times of fury, but non-stop for four years straight? Hard to imagine, but it is all...
News May 21, 2018
On May 17, John Deere and Hitachi Construction Machinery invited industry journalists to their joint footprint in Kernersville, N.C., which manufactures excavators for both groups, to tour the expanded facility and be on hand for the unveiling of a pair of new machines.   The 1 million sq ft ...
Highway improvements
News May 10, 2018
The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) announced a new five-year plan Wednesday for highway construction projects that will come with a $3.4 billion price tag.   More than $1 billion will be invested in repairing state-owned bridges that are structurally deficient, many of which will...
Delaware DOT settles lawsuit with four firms over I-495 bridge repairs
News April 10, 2018
Following months of negotiations, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has tentatively settled a legal battle that sprung from a months-long emergency shutdown of I-495 outside of Wilmington in 2014.   DuPont and three other companies have agreed to pay an as-yet undisclosed amount to...
Big French Creek
Article February 26, 2018
When visitors drive by the portion of S.R. 299 in California known as Big French Creek, they may notice the rock-fall protection fence or perhaps other improvements; but they most likely have no idea what local residents, the traveling public and the California Department of Transportation (...
Emergency cleanup team in Texas puts excavators to work
Case Studies January 30, 2018
Emergencies happen, which is why special services teams are assembled in districts throughout Texas—each armed with equipment that can travel quickly to locations such as the Houston area as it struggled to recover following Hurricane Harvey in September 2017.   Matthew Heinze, Austin district...
Arkansas road project letting halts due to miswording
News November 10, 2017
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) has put a halt on contract letting for its 30 Crossing project due to a complication in the verbiage describing the purpose and aim of the project, one that AKDOT says will preclude federal funding of projects in the region.   According to the...
Gradall’s Discovery Series crossover excavators
Case Studies October 06, 2017
For most municipalities, routine highway and street repair, re-curbing and drainage work are ongoing challenges that require a lot of manpower and several machines, all of which must be financed with tight budgets.   The Jackson Township Highway Division in Stark County, Ohio, is typical. Its 13...
The 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico caused significant infrastructure damage.

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News September 21, 2017
The magnitude-7.1 earthquake that hit central Mexico this past Tuesday afternoon has left more than 200 people are dead. It is marked as the worst natural seismic event in the area in more than 30 years.   Geoffrey Abers, a geophysicist at Cornell University who uses the tools of earthquake...
Construction on American Center for Mobility in Michigan
News August 22, 2017
Self-driving cars will begin taking test laps this December on the site of a famous World War II airplane factory in Michigan where B-24 Liberator bombers were produced every hour more than seven decades ago.   Driverless cars—some without steering wheels, accelerators or brake pedals—will race at...
I-4 Ultimate In Orlando logo
News August 21, 2017
On Aug. 18, 2017, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges magazine visited the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla. The 21-mile project site is presently at the midpoint of its construction, and the scale was enormous. We brought our 360 camera along for the trip.
News August 21, 2017
On Aug. 18, 2017, the editorial staff of Roads & Bridges magazine visited the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Fla. The 21-mile project site is presently at the midpoint of its construction, and the scale was enormous. We brought our 360 camera along for the trip. Here's another...
Illinois DOT to shut down roadwork due to state budget impasse
News June 16, 2017
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will shut down roadwork statewide if lawmakers fail to pass a budget by the end of the month, officials announced Wednesday.   IDOT will notify contractors that all construction work is to shut down on June 30 if a budget does not pass by then. The...
Case's CX750D mass excavator

Case's CX750D mass excavator

News March 10, 2017
Roads & Bridges visited the massive Case Construction Equipment footprint in the North Hall, following the Infrastructure Insider live event with our own Editorial Director Bill Wilson, to find out what the company has coming down the pike and what it has recently launched.   Here’s what we...
The new Bobcat R Series E35 compact excavator

The new Bobcat R Series E35 compact excavator

News March 08, 2017
Doosan-owned Bobcat launched a new series of compact excavators at ConExpo-Con/Agg. The R Series excavators are dynamic additions to the 3-4 ton class, and are highlighted by the E32 and E35 models.   Both models feature a 25 hp engine, while the E35 can be optioned up to 33.5 hp. Operator comfort...

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News January 20, 2017
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved the reconstruction of I-70 through central Denver.   Federal Highway Administration approval concludes the federally required National Environmental Protection Act process and allows the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to proceed...
Colorado DOT

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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.  ...
Gradall XL 5300 III
Case Studies November 14, 2016
The El Paso Valley in Texas has a history of irrigation dating back to the 1800s, ultimately leading to the creation of the El Paso County Water Improvement District, headquartered in Clint. The district provides water and controls runoff for 69,000 acres of land in the vicinity of the Rio Grande...
Nevada DOT extends U.S. 50 Cave Rock Tunnel ahead of schedule

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News October 05, 2016
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has substantially completed a project to enhance traveler safety and roadside water quality on U.S. 50 in the Cave Rock area of Lake Tahoe nearly one month ahead of schedule.   All U.S. 50 travel lanes through Cave Rock are now open. Since the project'...
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