Editorial/Commentary

Bill Wilson
Article March 04, 2019
You can’t make a career out of holding a garden shovel in one hand and a plastic bag in the other.   Credit me for trying to instill the value of hard work into my kids’, well, values. Picking up after our dogs is a constant battle with the three of them, and the number of land mines in the plastic...
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News March 01, 2019
In a fully loaded Infrastructure Insider, we go over the recent bridge troubles in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. Associate Editor Tim Bruns talked with the Chicago DOT after bridge cracking was discovered on Lake Shore Drive (5:45). The I-80 bridge in Joliet also is in trouble. We talked to...
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Article February 11, 2019
Our nation’s infrastructure is the backbone of our economy. Roads, rails, highways, and bridges move the people and products that makes our nation’s $20 trillion GDP possible. For example, in Indiana 78% of the state’s $761 billion worth of commodities are shipped each year to and from here by...
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News February 07, 2019
The Senate looks at ways to finance the next long-term highway bill without raising taxes, Louisiana looks at a public-private partnership to fund new I-10 bridge, the Nevada DOT's Ryan Wheeler talks with Roads & Bridges live from the I-15/Starr Interchange project, and more. To listen to our...
Brian W. Budzynski
Article February 01, 2019
Corporations protect their investments. Seems obvious, doesn’t it?   In fact, it seems­—to me at least—so obvious that my default attitude toward any corporation is one of suspicion. To wit: I do not believe there is a company in the world with my human interest at the fore of its mission or...
Patrick McPharlin
Article February 01, 2019
Insurance is in the early stages of disruption at each point in the value chain due to technology and innovation, similar to the impacts of technology on the banking industry in the early 2000s. Autonomous vehicles also are a force beginning to impact the insurance industry. What is the future...
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News January 31, 2019
We talk to PCA Senior Vice President of Market Intelligence and Chief Economist Ed Sullivan on his take on the road and bridge industry, and it's not the brightest. Plus, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee springs to action, the Virginia DOT plans for an I-95 crossing, and more...
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News January 16, 2019
We interview the new president and CEO of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association Dave Bauer about long-term funding and the government shutdown. Also, the Tappan Zee Bridge goes down, Washington State DOT deals with Viadoom, and more! To listen to the podcast, click here. 
Bill Wilson
Article January 02, 2019
Let’s see, I’ll take the bedroom set for $2,000 and the trip to Acapulco for $4,000. Um, um, ooh, the fitness equipment for $2,500. How much time do I have left to spend the rest of my money?   Ah, the Wheel of Fortune back when you used your winnings and shopped them away right there on set. It...
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News December 20, 2018
President Trump threatens to thwart infrastructure legislation if Congress does not fund border wall, Maryland moves forward with I-270 project and we interview Caltrans on the progress of the I-5 widening project. To listen to our latest podcast, click here. 
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News December 05, 2018
Roads & Bridges talks with Max Kuney, president of Max J. Kuney Co., for his take on business conditions in 2018 and 2019. Also, Alaska recovers from earthquake, Trump's steel tariffs spike cost of public works projects, and more. To hear the latest podcast, click here. 
Bill Wilson
Article December 03, 2018
I would love to lip-sync to Peter DeFazio.   No, he’s not the lead singer of a drunken bar band that ventured out on his own. Most, if not all, in this industry know him by name . . . well, at least his last name. I believe the brains of Rep. DeFazio (D-Ore.) and myself are dialed in. We are direct...
State of the Industry Survey
Article December 03, 2018
Rising steel prices are indeed on the minds of road and bridge contractors, but they are not smothering craniums giving them endless noogies like a nasty big brother. Playing that role would be the never-ending skilled labor crisis, which is now starting to ignore the screams of the builder.   Of...
Bill Wilson
Article November 02, 2018
Payments for body parts.   Customary for the mafia, but it is something that should be immediately dismissed when the hit list involves those making a living inside a work zone.   In October, lawmakers in Pennsylvania worked up a bill that would ticket those driving 11 mph or more in active work...
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News October 25, 2018
We took a tour of the Jones Branch Connector over I-495 project in Fairfax, Va. Listen in on what is going on. To hear our latest podcast, click here. 
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News October 18, 2018
We talk to Brian Deery of the Associated General Contractors of America on current issues facing contractors. Also, the latest news in the road and bridge industry. To listen to our latest podcast, click here. 
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News October 10, 2018
We talk to Seth Condell, lead designer with Parsons Transportation Group, about the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project, which is No. 5 on our 2018 Top 10 Bridges list. Also, Alabama tries to deal with Hurricane Michael, Pennsylvania drivers might be getting work-zone speeding tickets in the mail,...
Brian W. Budzynski
Article October 05, 2018
It has been several years since I was a regular on public transportation. Though I have for more than a decade now been rooted in the Cheeveresque suburbs, for a period of several years prior to this I lived in a filing cabinet apartment complex designed for singles on Chicago’s North Side, and...
Bill Wilson
Article October 04, 2018
Heading straight toward the new millennium, I found out I had a crazy uncle. It was then when I should have wired him for a lie-detector test.   The fear as the clocks, calendars, software, etc., clicked over to “00” was everything in the electronic/digital family would not know what to do, which...
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News September 20, 2018
We talk to Archer-Western on the challenges of the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project, which is No. 1 on the 2018 Top 10 Roads list. Also, the Carolinas deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the Arizona DOT sells a parcel to help pay for the I-10 project, and more. To listen to the...
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