Editorial/Commentary

Shailen Bhatt
Article May 02, 2018
Ah, the great American dream.   The interstate highway system was built during the post-World War II boom, and with it came the freedom to drive almost anywhere. Grandparents in Florida drove to see grandchildren in California. Families in Chicago and Philadelphia moved to far-flung suburbs.   But...
Road and bridge construction podcast
News May 02, 2018
Baseball is back, but it will take some time for the original Field of Dreams to mend. Also, the state of Mississippi is out of money for road and bridge projects, the Illinois DOT considers design-build, and more. To listen to the podcast, click here. 
Steve Novosad

Stephen Novosad (above); Bob Frey (below)

Article May 02, 2018
  Up until a few years ago, the focus on connected vehicles (CV) was vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications. This focus was important as critical safety of life applications were implemented. V2V applications and the standards they are built on are mature and ready for mainstreaming. With this in...
Bill Wilson
Article May 01, 2018
With Rev. Billy Graham lying in state about 50 ft away, President Donald Trump decided to take the tunnel route instead of meeting at his infamous border wall.   It was there in a green room right off the Capitol rotunda that had the world’s most renown preacher on display where Trump threatened...
Bill Wilson
Article April 03, 2018
The Red Parking Garage on the campus of Florida International University (FIU) was more like a salmon color.   In fact, when a student pointed to it and said “red” I just went along with the direction, hoping to somehow find my way to the remains of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed...
podcast
News March 26, 2018
Many bridge experts believe accelerated bridge construction is not the culprit of the FIU bridge collapse that claimed six lives. In the latest Infrastructure Insider podcast, hear from University of Washington Professor John Stanton, who specializes in ABC. To listen to the podcast, click here. 
Brian W. Budzynski
News March 23, 2018
On Sunday, March 18, a woman was struck and killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle, at the wheel of which the human safety driver was engaged not with the road or operation of the vehicle but with his phone. This is believed to be the first AV-related pedestrian death in the U.S.   It is difficult,...
Bill Wilson
Article March 02, 2018
A, B, C and D mixed with a broad subject range is the perfect synapses cocktail.   In heavy doses, it deadens the rationale and calculations of the mind—in my DNA anyway. Standardized testing should not be the standard way of evaluating the intelligence mannerism of an individual. My oldest son,...
podcast
News February 05, 2018
What a Super Bowl!! Still waiting on Congress to score on a big infrastructure bill. Also, budget continuing resolution makes it difficult for DOTs, Illinois DOT receives input on I-80 corridor improvements, and the state of New York is taking down all of its love signs. For the latest podcast,...
Bill Wilson
Article February 02, 2018
I can’t allow my Mom to get close to me, my wife and my three kids.   It’s purely for safety reasons, I don’t want her to get hurt. Let me clarify, my Mom cannot come within 500 ft of my house by herself at night. Still confused? OK, here is some background. In late January my Mom was coming up to...
Mike Acott
Article February 01, 2018
Fifty years ago, in northern Germany, a new asphalt pavement mixture began being placed.   This mix, dubbed “Kiel mixture” after the city where the mixture was first used, was designed to provide a strong structure to resist deformation and an open surface structure to ensure good friction. Over...
Kirk Steudle
Article January 29, 2018
When it comes to connected and autonomous vehicles, you could say I was an early adopter. My interest in this technology dates back more than a decade, and while there are many benefits, none matters more than the potential to save lives.   At the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT),...
Brian W. Budzynski
Article January 29, 2018
I’ll be the first to admit, I am of middling intelligence. Neither stupid nor brilliant. Agile, educatable, but not particularly visionary. A fairly normal dude, capable of making my way through this world with a good deal of aplomb and a dearth of general confusion. I don’t get tripped up,...
Steven Latoski
Article January 29, 2018
Facility operators can achieve continuous traffic operations improvement by optimizing traffic control in the predictable off-peak traffic period. But how?   First, evaluate continuous improvement opportunities. Are traffic-control devices subjecting traffic movements to unnecessary or extended...
Kevin Hoeflich
Article January 29, 2018
In Washington, D.C., the U.S. House voted unanimously to pass the SELF DRIVE Act, H.R. 3388, which would: Advance safety by prioritizing the protection of consumers; Reaffirm the role and responsibilities of federal and state governments; Update Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to account for...
podcast
News January 29, 2018
Listen to our exclusive interview with Portland Cement Association's Ed Sullivan live from World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Sullivan presented his economic forecast for the cement industry. To hear the podcast, click here.
Bill Wilson
Article January 03, 2018
I made calls from a pay phone, but the change did not come from the seat cracks of my Swagger Wagon.   That would have been a feat, but still would not have impressed my 12-year-old son. I always tell him how rough I had it as a child, like the fact seatbelts were optional and every once in a while...
Bill Wilson
Article December 04, 2017
What is the answer for 100 across?   My grandmother, affectionately called “Mommy D,” finds it in the newspaper just about every day. For as long as I can remember, she has always done the daily crossword puzzle, and just about every time I see her nibbling on her pen for the right word carrying...
News November 13, 2017
A new transportation funding formula is needed in tax reform. Also: California voters want to repeal gas tax increase; driverless vehicles are being tested on Phoenix streets; and repairs will be made to Buck O'Neil Bridge in Kansas City while officials figure out a way to fund a new bridge. For...
RB fall web exclusive
News November 13, 2017
Roads & Bridges has released an exclusive e-book available to our readership on the web this fall with the cover title "Project Reports: Alternative Action".   This web exclusive issue covers projects in Alaska, Missouri and Maine, and highlights new materials research out of California, all of...
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