October 25, 2016
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released $1 million in emergency relief funds to help South Carolina begin the process of repairing roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The allocation comes a week after FHWA provided $5 million in emergency funds to North Carolina for the...
October 10, 2016
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which looks ahead to winter and considers what protocols ought to be top-of-the-pile for agencies.
September 28, 2016
Until recently, Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) snowplow truck operators manually completed a work order documenting their spreading activities after each shift. At times, however, the orders were too generalized and lacked details needed by ITD fleet managers for analyzing operations. “...
September 26, 2016
Nearly a year after unprecedented flooding struck South Carolina last October, the state still has 22 roads closed because dams failed in their areas and another seven closed because bridges on them need to be replaced.
That was the assessment in the Sept. 15 monthly recovery report from the...
September 21, 2016
After six months, and more than 100,000 cubic yards of debris, Highway 14 in north Idaho has finally reopened to traffic following a historic landslide.
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) says the final shovels of dirt were removed last month. The highway finally reopened without any lane...
August 29, 2016
The Clear Roads survey asked state winter maintenance departments for information about their vehicle fleets as well as add-on features. Courtesy Michigan Department of Transportation.
A single grain of salt weighs mere milligrams, but numbers add up quickly in the winter maintenance world.
States measure annual salt use by the ton. A fleet of plow trucks can be in the thousands. A state’s annual winter maintenance expenses are typically in the tens (or hundreds) of millions of...
August 29, 2016
In 2010, Bicycling Magazine named Minneapolis, Minn., as the No. 1 bike city in the U.S.
The publication went on to say that the unforgiving and frigid Midwestern city is the country’s top spot to be an urban cyclist. Now we just have to figure out why. When I heard about that, I thought to...
August 29, 2016
Snowplow vehicles often perform in conditions of limited visibility, including darkness, fog, and falling or blowing snow.
The primary purpose of equipping snowplows with lighting is to make the roadway more visible for the operators, so they can complete their work safely. However, lighting also...
August 29, 2016
Gravel and loose-top surfaced roads were, in the earliest days of roadbuilding, pretty much all you got.
These roads made up the majority of mileage for any municipal agency. Maintaining these loose-top roads became the training ground for many operators both at the municipal and contracted level...
August 29, 2016
MaineDOT has outfitted its snowplow trucks with an electronic spreader control system that accurately records the amount of granular materials and liquids applied to winter roadways.
Twenty-five years ago the goal for a winter road-maintenance fleet manager was straightforward—keep highways safe for travelers and don’t worry too much about the amount of salt applied to roadway surfaces.
Automating key snow- and ice-control systems was not on any fleet manager’s short list of...
August 24, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing whether it should move ahead with new performance standards that would require transportation projects to track, measure and reduce carbon pollution.
In tens of thousands of public comments delivered last week, environmental groups, business...
August 19, 2016
California motorists are hit with $53.6 billion per year in additional costs due to congested roads and deteriorating road conditions, according to a recent report by The Road Improvement Program (TRIP).
The report finds that rough roads are responsible for $18.3 billion (34.14%) of the total...
August 17, 2016
As a result of periodic culvert inspections, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) identified an existing triple-barrel steel-plate culvert south of Richmond, Va., as requiring a repair. Since the roadway above the existing culvert had just been repaved and new guardrail had been...
August 04, 2016
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), in response to state lawmakers’ scuttling of a controversial gas tax proposal, has ceased work and planning on dozens of highway development and improvement projects.
According to State Highways Division Deputy Director Ed Sniffen, the state lacks...
August 03, 2016
The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission tomorrow will consider its list of projects over the next two decades, in which its biggest expense likely will be road maintenance.
The draft 2040 Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Plan has $6.1 billion worth of projects, ranging...
July 15, 2016
TC3 is offering courses about rockfall stabilization and concrete overlays for no charge through August 2016.
This four-hour course introduces the key concepts in rockfall stabilization, including tools and methods used in stabilization and reinforcement. The purpose of...
June 22, 2016
As the main U.S. highway along the East Coast, Interstate 95 is one of the busiest and most important in the country. Like many others, it requires constant maintenance and oversight that can be troublesome for many state departments of transportation. One such problem arose on the I-95 South...
June 07, 2016
Snow removal season is prime time for road maintenance workers.
Venturing out into the bitter, wintry weather in their snowplows or winter maintenance vehicles, crews are tasked with protecting the average citizen from the perils of snowstorms by eliminating snow and ice from major roads and...
June 06, 2016
In a new regulatory policy stance, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) may provide more flexibility to state departments of transportations when those DOTs seek to exclude infrastructure improvements from detailed environmental reviews before the work can go forward.
The rule change would...
May 27, 2016
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration announced this week it would increase spending on road and bridge repairs by nearly $3 billion during the next six years, but the state’s transportation secretary said the state still won’t get ahead of deteriorating roads.
The Illinois Department...