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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
October 08, 2015
The aggregate layer helps increase traction.The finished pavement overlay installation.
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...
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...
September 25, 2015
The Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) said it will reduce its plowing and road maintenance.
The reduction will bemost apparent to residents during winter storms when the department's efforts are most needed. The announcement also featured a new map showing a priority system for clearing...
September 24, 2015
The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) will end seasonal maintenance in October.
On Seward Highway, crews are working overnight to finish a Pavement Preservation Project before the temperatures drop. Overnight construction is necessary, in order to complete...
September 24, 2015
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) to identify and rectify the worst road choke points in the state.
In a speech made at the Brazoria County Transportation & Infrastructure Summit, Abbott said, “Texans’ quality of life and our state economy are...
September 23, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the immediate availability of $2 million in federal emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to help repair roads and bridges damaged by wildfires that...
September 17, 2015
The deicer remains free flowing, even at colder temperatures.
While the town of Winfield, N.Y., sits a short distance from major thoroughfares, the quiet, upstate village of 2,200 people still sees its fair share of traffic. And its share of icy winter roadways that need to be safe for motorists. The town’s main roads surround the school district, and...
September 17, 2015
Cat M318D clears silt and grass from ditches along Florida State Highway 100.
Rural Flagler County is where you’ll likely find County Roads and Bridge Department crews clearing silt and grass from ditches along the 224 miles of roadway that they maintain, 91 paved and 133 unpaved. A Cat M318D Wheel Excavator is the machine of choice for the work.
Flounder, mangrove snapper...
September 10, 2015
We live in an age where bigger is better—bigger burgers, bigger flat-screen TVs and, in the world of clearing vegetation, bigger equipment.
A large-scale mechanical tree trimmer with a 75-ft boom can tear into towering pines, and a dedicated mulching machine will make mincemeat of the thickest...
September 10, 2015
This winter when the snow begins to fall and the snow plows start to roll again, there may be some unfamiliar faces behind those plows.
Often after learning how agencies are implementing new ideas, new technologies and new methods, people start to wonder, “What would it be like to work for them...
September 09, 2015
A directly visible consequence of concrete crack formation is water leakage, while the durability of the material may be indirectly affected.
Fortunately concrete has a built-in ability to repair cracks, mainly by formation of limestone deposits on the crack surface, sealing the crack entry. The...