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News June 04, 2015
California raised its fuel economy standard for state agencies that purchase passenger vehicles to 38 mpg starting July 1, according to a memo from the Department of General Services.   The rule replaces the 2008 minimum fuel economy standard of 27.5 mpg. The standard for light-duty trucks, vans,...
Case Studies May 27, 2015
Many culverts in the U.S. were installed 40 to 50 years ago and now have exceeded their design life and need repair. In this case, two 72-in.-diam. corrugated metal pipe (CMP) culverts in White Oak, Miss., started to fail. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) District 7 feared that...
Case Studies April 01, 2015
Built in 1956 to replace the original Cold War-era swing bridge in the location, the Cuyahoga River Bridge #1 is a steel vertical-lift bridge sometimes referred to as the “Iron Curtain”—likely due to its gateway-like location and vertical design. The 267-ft-long Iron Curtain is the last bridge that...
Case Studies February 23, 2015
The scenic U.S. 50 twists and turns its way past Lake Tahoe, Nev. It cuts through mountains, forests and desert valley with steep grades and hairpin turns. Rocky outcrops bound the highway, and a stretch of road between Cave Rock Tunnel and the junction of U.S. 50 and S.R. 28 was in need of repair...
Case Studies February 23, 2015
Arizona is known for its vast deserts and arid climates—not necessarily torrential rain. But when it does rain in the southwestern state, the combination of the amount and the speed at which it falls can cause flash floods. The shores of Lake Havasu—a valley destination for flash flood waters—are...
Case Studies February 23, 2015
Continental Gold, an exploration and development company, established a mining operation in the mountains of Antioquia, Colombia. Situated 940 m (3,084 ft) above sea level, the very complex and steep terrain rendered the area nearly inaccessible for construction equipment that was required to build...
Case Studies January 30, 2015

Workers prepare the Snap-Tite HDPE pipe for slip-insertion.

Aging culverts across the United States are failing at an alarming rate. The cost and inconvenience of digging out and replacing these systems is often unrealistic. In Kansas, the Department of Transportation (KDOT) and Johnson County embarked on a multimillion-dollar highway improvement project...
Case Studies January 14, 2015
H&S Contracting Inc. of Moorhead, Minn., was looking for estimating software that would take the company to the next level. Its previous system, using ledger sheets and Excel documents created in-house, was outdated.   “It seemed to work well, until you change,” said Brent Syster, estimator and...
Case Studies January 14, 2015
For many years, the City of Opa-Locka, Fla., had experienced severe flooding throughout its residential and business districts, due in part to its development on a flood plain.  Several factors contributed to the flooding of the city’s low-lying areas, including a limited plan to manage surface...
Case Studies January 14, 2015
The Geoweb load support system provided a low-maintenance, permeable load-support road surface at a staging area for a 10-acre industrial yard site for High Steel of Lancaster, Pa. Heavy traffic at the steel fabricator’s facility caused severe rutting of the existing gravel surface and costly daily...
Case Studies January 14, 2015
Over time, storm water runoff from an adjacent highway caused severe erosion of a 2H:1V embankment at an interchange in Salisbury, Md. Sloughing of large sections of the upper topsoil layer exposed the clayey sand embankment soils to surface runoff, which developed into rills and gullies that were...
Case Studies January 14, 2015
On a roadside in Greendale, Wis., the Geoweb system was integrated along a half-mile section of roadway designed to support the weight of rolling vehicles that might venture off onto the shoulder. R.A. Smith & Associates—the village of Greendale’s engineer—was tasked with designing a stabilized...
Case Studies January 14, 2015

Geoweb sections are fast to deploy and install.

The New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department’s reconstruction of 118 miles (190 km) of four-lane highway along a northwestern route was challenged with a construction timetable of just two years and a construction season limited by cold Rocky Mountain winter weather.   With time...
Case Studies January 09, 2015
Sundt Construction—headquartered in Tempe, Ariz.—is one of the nation’s oldest and largest construction companies. For more than 120 years, Sundt has participated in many landmark projects, including building the town of Los Alamos, N.M.—where the first atomic bomb was built—and relocating the...
Case Studies December 26, 2014
At T+C Contracting in Louisville, Ky., all foremen enter their daily job site data into HCSS’s HeavyJob software.   “What’s so great about the HeavyJob software is it’s in a very easy-to-follow sequence,” said Scott Thornberry, T+C’s operations manager. “For a foreman who has never used a computer...
News 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...
News December 04, 2014
With roads seemingly crumbling everywhere, the demand placed on those roads is a logical bone of contention—notably in the state of Michigan, where lawmakers have decided that truck weight restrictions are just fine the way they are.   A bill introduced by State Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren) called...
Case Studies November 26, 2014

Maintaining highways and the drainage ditches alongside them is a major task for the Maine Department of Transportation. Using a Gradall XL 4300 III with a grading bucket eases workload along the road by reaching under limbs or large trees that hang over the roads. 

Maintaining highways and the drainage ditches alongside them is a major task for the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT). Some 83% of all land in Maine is forested along hilly roads, meaning there is plenty of opportunity for large amounts of silt runoff to regularly fill drainage ditches...
News August 18, 2014
The mood was generally upbeat in an end-user survey conducted earlier this year by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) to give its members a snapshot-look at market perceptions. According to the AEM Snapshot Survey, respondents overall plan to increase fleet sizes and staff levels, and...
Article July 11, 2014
For 28 years Doug Pawlowski has been removing concrete from driveways, parking lots, streets, factory floors and other locations, always focusing on working fast and minimizing the impact on his surroundings. A recent job put his experience, skill and equipment to the test in a unique setting. His...
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