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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

Article 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...
News 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.   The...
News 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...
News 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...
News 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...
News 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...
News January 04, 2016
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) said it will begin testing license plate-tracking technology to monitor “unpermitted overweight vehicles.”   The initiative was spurred by damage caused by an overweight semi passing over I-65 southbound Wild Creek bridge in Tippecanoe County. Crews...
News December 30, 2015
Officials within the Alaska Department of Transportation (ALDOT) are looking at budget cuts outlined in Governor Bill Walker's recently published state budget proposal in advance of a pending legislative session. Cuts that may well have a significant impact on the agency’s ability to address...
News November 30, 2015
Cheap gas prices along with a strong economy are encouraging motorists to drive more and traffic on U.S. roads is now growing at the fastest rate since 1997, according to data from the Federal Highway Administration.   The increase in traffic volume means U.S. roadways must handle more vehicles on...
News November 24, 2015
The Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TC3) has released a new training learning management system (LMS) within the American Assn. of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Web environment. The TC3 was originally launched in the summer of 2000 as a Federal Highway...
News November 23, 2015
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is testing new GPS technology in Southwest Michigan to help the public track of what major roadways snowplows are working on this winter.   Using GPS technology, members of the public will be able to see the location of plow trucks and where salt is...
News November 16, 2015
The Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TC3) has announced its third annual meeting, which will take place April 10 to 14, 2016, at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The meeting is an opportunity for members and interested parties to learn more about the TC3...
News November 11, 2015
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Transportation Operation and Management LLC (TOM), which is VDOT’s partner in emergency response for the state’s I-77 mountain tunnels, recently hosted a training exercise involving real-world possibilities in effort to draw up emergency response...
News November 09, 2015
The Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TC3) has announced the launch of its new learning management system (LMS) and website. The TC3 has migrated courses to a new LMS platform that leverages AASHTO resources. An improved user experience with new functionality and new and updated...
News November 06, 2015
Two major changes are coming to the I-70 Mountain Corridor including implementation of Passenger Vehicle Traction and Chain Laws, and the launch of the I-70 Mountain Express Lane. CDOT will continue to implement a variety of different operational strategies in the corridor, including safety...
Case Studies October 30, 2015

Each winter, the Idaho Transportation Department is charged with snow and ice control on over 12,000 lane-miles of highway covering mountain passes to rolling hills and valley floors.

The mission of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is clear-cut: “Your Safety. Your Mobility. Your Economic Opportunity.” To verify and then evaluate and continuously improve the effectiveness of its winter road maintenance operations, ITD is implementing key systems for monitoring road...
News October 12, 2015
South Carolina transportation officials report that more than 300 roads and bridges are still closed over a week after rain and floods struck the cities and surrounding areas of Charleston and Columbia, S.C.   The South Carolina Department (SCDOT) also said 98 bridges remain closed to inspect...
News October 09, 2015
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) reported continuing improvement to the condition of state roads and bridges. The results were submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and are based on a routine inspection performed on every public-road bridge every two years.   Over the past...
Case Studies October 08, 2015

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Two bridges in Toledo, Ohio, had undergone routine maintenance over the years. But while the bridges themselves were structurally sound, David Pratt and his public works team soon realized that further repairs to the wear surface were inevitable down the road.   Rather than plan for continual...
News September 29, 2015
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) started an investigation into whether or not the pavement in nearly 200 road projects could fall apart more than a decade earlier than expected.   Will Wingfield, INDOT spokesman, said the agency is investigating whether enough asphalt binder—which...
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