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MARTA Atlanta DOT

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Construction Planning News March 21, 2019
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently announced plans to establish the city's first dedicated Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve the safety and accessibility of city streets, and to meet the increasing demands of Atlanta’s growing population.   The move is a key pillar of Mayor...
PennDOT added RAPTOR Rumble Strip Handling Machine to its fleet of equipment
Work-Zone Case Studies March 21, 2019
Regardless of the warning signs, lights and other signals for a change in traffic patterns, accidents are still happening in our work zones. In 2017 alone, the Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics recorded a total of 1,778 crashes in these areas, 43% of which resulted in injuries or fatalities....
APTA public transportation investments
Funding News March 21, 2019
With Congress looking to move an infrastructure bill forward this spring, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) this week released new research identifying at least $232 billion in critical public transportation investments.   The findings were unveiled as part of a report that was...
White House FY 2020 budget
Funding News March 20, 2019
The Trump administration recently released further information regarding the president's FY 2020 budget, which includes impacts on the annual Highway Trust Fund balances and outlay projections, a new report from ARTBA says.   The new details could pose a problem for the Highway Trust Fund, which is...
steep, cut slope in road reconstruction project, Devon, U.K.
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization Case Studies March 20, 2019
A $10.3 million project in Devon, U.K., necessitated the reconstruction of a half-mile single-lane road designed to reduce congestion and support economic development in the area. The approved route required a significant amount of material (nearly 131,000 cu yd) on adjacent slopes to be excavated...
autonomous vehicles
Automated Vehicles News March 20, 2019
President Trump has expressed skepticism on multiple occasions about the shift toward autonomous vehicles (AVs), according to an Axios report.   The media outlet cited four sources who have heard the president discuss the subject. The report indicates that Trump has said he would never let an AV...
110-ton Link-Belt 218 HSL crawler crane on West Waukesha Bypass
Cranes Case Studies March 19, 2019
Highway construction is always a significant undertaking, but some projects come with more backstory than others. Take the West Waukesha Bypass in Waukesha, Wis., which has been in discussion since at least the 1970s. Designed to provide a link around the city by connecting I-94 and S.R. 59, the...
Figure 1. Virtual reality based driving simulator

Figure 1. Virtual reality based driving simulator

Web Exclusive Autonomous Vehicle Systems Article March 19, 2019
With the continued integration of automated vehicles onto the roadways, the interaction between human-driven vehicles and automated vehicles is extremely important. Mixed traffic behavior is imminent, as technology and auto-manufacturing companies are publicizing their autonomous technology as we...
road traffic safety; dust storms; messaging
Traffic Safety News March 18, 2019
The Arizona DOT (ADOT) is preparing to install a first-of-its-kind dust detection and warning system along I-10, known to be one of the most dangerous roads during dust storms in Arizona.   According to the Arizona Daily Star, the warning system will be located between Sunshine Boulevard and...
Wheel Loaders Videos March 18, 2019
John Deere L-Series wheel loaders provide new levels of control, with exclusive features such as programmable multifunction buttons. And the redesigned cab raises comfort to new heights.  
Hudson River Tunnel project Amtrak

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Bridges News March 18, 2019
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rated the Hudson River rail tunnel project between New York and New Jersey with a medium-low grade in its most recently released ratings for infrastructure projects around the country.   According to the Associated Press, this is the same rating the agency...
Volvo CE excavator
Associations News March 15, 2019
Volvo CE machines win EquipmentWatch’s Highest Retained Value and Lowest Cost of Ownership awards March 7, 2019—The leading data researcher for the construction equipment industry EquipmentWatch has selected two Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) machines for its 2019 Lowest Cost of Ownership...
underride guards for trucks

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Technology News March 15, 2019
Last week, U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.), introduced bipartisan legislation designed to make U.S. roads safer.   The Stop Underrides Act, which has received support from advocacy group U.S. PIRG, ...
Safety Videos March 14, 2019
3M Advanced Flexible Engineer Grade Sheeting Series 7300 features a pre-coated pressure-sensitive adhesive for easy application on a variety of low-energy surfaces like plastic, moderately rough, or porous wood and metal. This sheeting is highly conformable and can be applied using automated...
oversize/overweight permit for trucks Illinois DOT
Software Bridge Analysis Design Case Studies March 14, 2019
The Illinois DOT (IDOT) must find a safe route for trucks traveling in the state of Illinois and issue an oversize/overweight (OS/OW) permit for trucks carrying large loads. With slow, manual permitting processes, IDOT sought to update and automate its permitting system. IDOT implemented the...
rail transit accident Chicago
Traffic Safety News March 14, 2019
A driver was killed and three others were injured Tuesday night on the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Blue Line when an SUV rolled onto the tracks and was hit by an oncoming train.   According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the driver of the SUV was heading down I-190 near the northwest suburb of...
Gov. Kay Ivey; Rebuild Alabama Act; infrastructure legislation; gas tax

Image: Gov. Kay Ivey via Twitter

Funding News March 14, 2019
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey this week signed into law the Rebuild Alabama Act, a key piece of infrastructure legislation that includes a fuel tax increase for the state.   According to a report from Transport Topics, Ivey signed the bill at a public ceremony March 12, shortly after it was approved by the...
5G autonomous vehicle testing Seoul
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News March 13, 2019
LG Uplus and Hanyang University in South Korea have successfully trialed a 5G-connected autonomous vehicle, which rode on the streets of Seoul alongside regular cars, the two groups have announced.   According to ZDNet, the 5G autonomous vehicle, dubbed the A1, rode through Seoul roadways with...
underpass at La Jolla Colony Drive in San Diego

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Tunnels News March 12, 2019
On Tuesday, March 12, La Jolla Colony Drive in San Diego will be closed for preparations associated with the construction of a Mid-Coast Trolley underpass.    This underpass will allow the Trolley to pass under La Jolla Colony Drive as it travels along the eastern side of I-5. The future Trolley...
Mackinac Bridge in Michigan; bridge monitoring sensors

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Bridges News March 12, 2019
Researchers in the state of Michigan are planning to install up to 2,000 infrastructure sensors on the Mackinac Bridge in order to explore the logistics of a large-scale deployment and provide useful monitoring data to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA).    According to a press release from the...
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