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...
June 13, 2014
Total U.S. construction machinery exports for first quarter 2014 totaled $4.292 billion compared with $5.287 billion in the first quarter of 2013—a drop of 18.8%, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), citing U.S. Department of Commerce data.
The AEM off-road equipment...
May 09, 2014
John Deere’s 310SK features a standard five-speed transmission that allows road speeds up to 25 mph. The 96-hp model includes fuel-saving features such as auto idle, auto shutdown and economy mode. In addition, the 310SK boasts a new single-lever loader control with integrated...
April 01, 2014
Case Construction Equipment has entered into a strategic partnership with Leica Geosystems, Norcross, Ga., to provide machine control technologies—both factory installed and aftermarket—throughout its line of construction equipment. The agreement also includes a commitment to shared product...
March 21, 2014
I Make America finger painting
Millions of Americans work hard every day to build the equipment, roads, bridges, public transport systems and port facilities that fuel America’s powerful economic engine. During the five days of ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 in Las Vegas, more than 1,300 of those same people visited the Terex exhibit in...
February 26, 2014
Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment dropped 25% in 2013 compared with the previous year for a total $20 billion shipped to global markets, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), citing U.S. Commerce Department data it uses in trend reports for members. All world...
September 06, 2012
Clean to the maxThe Ecomax engine powering JCB’s JS145 crawler excavator runs clean without the need for a diesel particulate filter like many other models. Engine speed is adjusted when the operator switches working modes, now possible with the twist of one dial. Everything is monitored from the 4...
June 11, 2012
Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez recently joined Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire in breaking ground on the State Rte. 99 tunnel in downtown Seattle. The tunnel will improve safety and relieve congestion for hundreds of thousands of Seattle-area drivers.
"Building this tunnel will ensure...
May 04, 2012
As a machine that already combines multiple functions under one roof, efficiency is the ultimate goal when it comes to backhoe loaders. Whether you’re talking about fuel, performance, handling or power, manufacturers want to help you get the most out of your machine.
In regards to fuel, most...
October 06, 2011
Fuel efficient and tough
Case’s 921F wheel loader provides faster acceleration, quicker cycle times and higher travel speeds while delivering as much as 17% greater fuel efficiency. A new optional, five-speed transmission with a lock-up torque converter, open-differential axles and advanced system...
May 05, 2011
More power and exceptional dig depth and reach don’t matter if the operator fatigues quickly during demanding jobs. That’s why the newest lineup of loader backhoes offers numerous features to make the operator more comfortable, and as a result, more productive.
Cat’s 450E, for example, has...
April 07, 2011
Today’s dozers are moving beyond mere power and precision. All the featured machines have ample horsepower to move heavy loads and the fine control necessary for precision grading. But many are now offering other features to entice prospective owners—from better fuel efficiency and environmental...