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Maintenance

This section offers several areas to explore: winter maintenance, snow and ice control, vegetation management, roadside and bridge maintenance, product spotlights, article archives, related case studies, related video and product/supplier contact list. The product spotlights contain information and photos of equipment relevant to the specific maintenance types. The article library contains all stories related to maintenance pulled from the rich archives of Roads & Bridges magazine and our Winter Maintenance supplement magazine

Case Studies April 23, 2015

Murphy Concrete and Construction manages a large fleets of equipment.

Murphy Concrete and Construction is a third-generation, family owned heavy civil contracting business based in Appleton, Wis., that has been involved in asphalt construction for more than 33 years, providing materials to customers through their aggregate quarries, as well as constructing many of...
News April 22, 2015
  In a time of unique and often persistent economic challenges, the state of Michigan has, of late, seen steady improvement following the Great Recession. However, according to a recent report produced and issued by TRIP, that recovery may be hamstrung by a manifold increase in road deterioration,...
News April 16, 2015
The Nebraska State Department of Roads (NDOR) released its annual report recently, in which the agency outlined performance measures and ancillary initiatives in its “Toward Zero Deaths” safety program.   According to the report, the mission statement of the safety push is characterized as: “To...
Article April 06, 2015

Rural roads throughout Texas, like these pictured from the Laredo District, are detriorating at a rate that has had alarming effects on roadway safety and economic development.

In January of this year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued a report stipulating that despite lower crude oil prices, production of crude oil is not expected to decline; to the contrary, it is expected to grow.   The agency is anticipating nationwide crude oil production to...
Case Studies March 27, 2015

Workers in Wisconsin load the briner maker.

A few years ago, the City of Wauwatosa implemented a brine program for anti-icing and pre-wetting salt. As a pilot program, city officials were cautious when it came to investing in the upfront costs for an in-house brine maker without first seeing the results. Rather than batch their own brine,...
News March 17, 2015
Now that winter looks to be finally on the wane, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is left with the task of assessing and addressing the state of its state-maintained roads and bridges—this coming after what has been characterized as the second-snowiest winter season in Rhode...
Case Studies March 13, 2015

The deicer flows freely without clumping.

While it may encompass just 25 lane miles, Rutland Township takes its winter maintenance responsibilities seriously. That’s why Jay Schultz, highway commissioner for the western Chicago suburb, made finding the right road deicer a top priority.   “I’ve tried spraying salt with calcium chloride, I’...
Article March 02, 2015

The construction of MoDOT’s proven life-saving rumble stripes involves grinding them into the pavement, exposing what is very often a porous aggregate to the elements.

The largest asset for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is its pavement. MoDOT maintains more than 77,000 lane-miles of roads, making it the seventh-largest highway system in the U.S. An agency’s ability to maintain pavement conditions is impacted by multiple factors, not least of...
Article March 02, 2015

Both eastbound and westbound relief bridges to the White River were completely replaced from the footings on up.

Ask the common man to describe a cavern and you’d likely be regaled with the stuff of discovery tucked into a picturesque mountainous landscape.   But ask a construction contractor astride Prairie County, Ark.’s I-40 in early 2014 for the same, and you would get a very different story.   “Many of...
Article March 02, 2015

Total lift thickness for the roundabout was 6.5 in. The 19-mm mix was used for the first lift (2.5 in. thick) and second (2.25 in. thick), but Northeast Asphalt had to use a Wisconsin DOT higher ESAL mix for the 1.75-in. surface course.

Last year’s modern day Ice Age buried routes across the U.S. with its frozen malice.   Many public works officials had to pick through the remains of pavement during the spring and summer months of 2014.    Up in Wisconsin, the glacier-like effect left an 8.1-mile portion of State Trunk Highway (...
News February 25, 2015
Anticipating new development and increased traffic, one Texas city came up with a bold solution: a reconstructed roadway that preserves long-term sustainability while maximizing development potential.   The city of Rowlett, northeast of Dallas, is experiencing significant growth fueled by two...
News February 11, 2015
Once again the East Coast was forced to deal with a winter emergency and everything that comes with it. For New Jersey, that “it” was a 40-car pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one in the early morning hours of Feb. 10.   The accident has New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox...
Article February 06, 2015

Photo courtesy of the Virginia DOT.

During the winter season the state of Vermont becomes a playground drawing people from across the country to enjoy activities such as skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. Unfortunately, the very same snow and ice that creates a winter wonderland in the mountains also creates a winter gauntlet on...
Case Studies February 04, 2015

The DuraPatcher provides a permanent repair by spraying a mixture of emulsion-coated aggregate with sufficient force to compact the mixture as it is applied in layers.

In the far northern reaches of the continental U.S., pavement maintenance supplies can often be in short supply, depending on the time of year. This can seriously impede pothole patching as asphalt plants close for the winter. The City of Fargo, ND, only 160 miles from Canada, took matters into its...
Article December 04, 2014
As Larry Gescher tries to end a game of communication hopscotch in the state of Oregon, he is tossing more than one pebble out into the construction marketplace.   His new firm would probably prefer to work out of the square offering bridge construction and rehab, but he’ll also take more unique...
Case Studies October 24, 2014

Pavement overlay helps protect the bridge.

Located on a rural portion of Interstate 76 in eastern Colorado, a bridge near the town of Hudson needed infrastructure protection and safer winter driving conditions. When the University of Colorado Denver wanted to conduct a study involving the effects of an anti-icing pavement installation, this...
Case Studies October 10, 2014

An application vehicle at MRDC prepares for a run.

MRDC Operations Corp. (MRDC), a private enterprise responsible for maintaining and rehabilitating a 121-mile highway connecting the cities of Fredericton and Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada, began manufacturing and using salt brine several years ago for pre-wetting road salt during deicing...
News September 30, 2014
If you are parked in a ski resort in Colorado’s I-70 mountain corridor, you might receive a notice from the Colorado DOT. It all depends on the shape of your tires.   Back on Feb. 9, I-70 was a winter nightmare when motorists had trouble maintaining traction on the highway, adding hours to commute...
Case Studies September 19, 2014

 
Abraxus Salt uses the deicing product on sidewalks, roads and parking lots for a number of commercial businesses

After more than 40 years in the snowfighting industry, Frank Dedon has witnessed his share of winter maintenance products. Experimenting with a variety of deicers over the years, including molasses-treated salt and salt mixed with various liquids, Dedon found many deicing products to be ineffective...
Article September 09, 2014
When a destructive landslide unexpectedly closed historic Beaminster Tunnel in southwest England, it cut off a busy transportation route and threatened to damage the economy of the nearby town, which relied on the northern access roadway.   Originally opened to horse-drawn traffic in 1832, the...
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