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...
May 25, 2016
Drainage systems are critical components of any type of construction, and flooding is always a risk to consider when completing public works projects. Maintenance and rehabilitation to storm water systems must be performed quickly and efficiently to prevent any significant damage from forming or...
May 25, 2016
When a section of freeway settles a bit, taking a high-tech approach to the repair work allows the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to give the roadway a lift without digging up the pavement.
That’s now the case along the Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) in the Scottsdale area, where ADOT is...
May 18, 2016
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is seeing a sharp reduction in the number of potholes thanks in large part to its decision to deploy automated pothole patching machines.
Dubbed the "Pothole Killer," these machines were brought into service to help restore roads following the...
May 13, 2016
The American Society of Civil Engineers has concluded that over the next decade, it will cost more than $3.3 trillion to keep up with repairs and replacements to U.S. roads, bridges, airports, power grid and other critical infrastructure, but based on current funding levels, the nation will come up...
May 06, 2016
According to a report from a national transportation nonprofit, disrepair on Wisconsin's roadways and bridges is costing residents of the state about $6 billion dollars a year.
The study, released on Thursday by TRIP, a District of Columbia-based transportation organization, shows 42% of major...
April 15, 2016
Nebraska this week saw passage of the Transportation Innovation Act (L960), a bill that increases funding for Nebraska transportation projects and authorizes design-build project delivery, Construction Manager/General Contractor delivery, and the use of public-private partnerships (P3s) for...
April 08, 2016
Among the public trusts that touch the lives of pretty much every American, by either circumstance or necessity, the highway and road infrastructure system is arguably the most crucial.
Its maintenance is therefore of the utmost importance to each state-level department of transportation. As such...
March 24, 2016
The only road leading to Alaska’s North Slope oil fields is at risk of severe flooding during the coming spring thaw. Climate experts believe the conditions will be similar to those that intermittently closed portions of the remote highway for more than two months in 2015.
March 18, 2016
Arkansas gave official interstate designation to a 44-mile stretch of road between I-55 Crittenden County and U.S. Highway in the city of Jonesboro. The move to designate this section of U.S. Highway 63 as the Future I-555 has been in the works for decades but was recently made a reality with an...
February 29, 2016
A rockslide shut down both northbound and southbound lanes of I-75 in Campbell County, Tenn. The highway, located approximately 30 miles from the Kentucky border, will likely be closed for weeks to come as crews clean up debris that fell onto the road.
Environmental factors like a recent...
February 08, 2016
For some, imagining farm country in the winter can conjure up peaceful bucolic scenes of snow blanketing an expansive and dormant landscape—the crops have been harvested, and it is a state of rest.
On the roads, however, these landscapes receive such snow in the winter as to create a state of...
February 08, 2016
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) disputed a report released by the nonprofit transportation research group TRIP (The Road Information Program) that found that 25% of New Mexico’s roads are in poor condition, and 16% of bridges are either structurally deficient or obsolete.
January 29, 2016
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) would rather be safe than sorry. FDOT held a winter weather exercise to test out its winter operations equipment in order to avoid a situation two years ago where they were unprepared for icy road conditions.
Ian Satter, spokesperson for the Florida...
January 25, 2016
A snowstorm dumped as much as 20-30 in. of snow in some states like New York, Maryland and Virginia this past weekend shut down major roadways and public transit for much of the weekend. Snow plows are still working to clear and deice roadways, and transit is slowly returning to normal operation...
January 20, 2016
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is investing in technology to assist with snow removal for the state’s roadway system.
Technological advances ODOT is taking include the use of weather stations, embedding sensors in the roadways and equipping snow plows with in-cab touch-screen...
January 15, 2016
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) to halt all tunneling activity at the $3.1 billion Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project in Seattle after a 35-ft-long sinkhole appeared earlier this week.
The order to stop all tunneling work reflects a shift from the state’s...