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Traffic Management News January 23, 2015
Chicago-area transit agency Pace sent a proposal for a $2.3 billion regional bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Congress this week in the hopes of securing federal funding for the ambitious project.   The central idea behind the Rapid Transit Network is faster, uninterrupted travel in Chicago and...
Bridges Case Studies January 23, 2015

The limestone-textured blocks matched the aesthetic look of the existing bridge pier, and fit in with the natural look of the environment.

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These blocks were unique in that they required flat tops and bottoms with no shear knob or groove.

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Using a GRS-IBS solution allowed installers to beat the construction schedule.

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The goal was to rebuild a deteriorating bridge that provided access to four seasonal homes and was an important wharf for the local lobster industry.

In 2013, the town of North Haven, Maine, began construction on a very unique bridge project. The goal was to rebuild a deteriorating bridge that provided access to four seasonal homes and was an important wharf for the local lobster industry.   The town faced several challenges with this project...
News January 22, 2015
The farmers might have it a little easier in Missouri, but some officials are worried about the increased plowing on state roads.   A bill in the Missouri Senate has been introduced and would eliminate any weight restrictions for trucks carrying livestock, grain and grain co-products. Currently...
Bridges News January 21, 2015
When the old Hopple Street Bridge collapsed late Monday night, many said it would take days to reopen I-75 in Cincinnati. Wednesday morning, traffic was moving through the corridor and all of the debris from the accident was cleared from the scene.   The Cincinnati Police Department and the Ohio...
Software Videos January 20, 2015
HeavyBid estimating and bidding software gives contractors the ability to quickly prepare a detailed cost estimate and then easily convert it into a bid.
Bridges News January 20, 2015
The Hopple Street Bridge over I-75 in Cincinnati has collapsed, killing one.   On Tuesday morning, officials were on the scene trying to determine exactly what went wrong during the demolition process of the northbound off-ramp, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened up an...
Traffic Management News January 19, 2015
Members of Congress are scheduled to speak with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this week about its investigation into the deadly smoke release in a Washington, D.C. Metro tunnel last week that killed one passenger and hospitalized dozens more. The incident has raised questions...
Traffic Safety News January 19, 2015
A Colorado radio station, controlled by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), launched this last Saturday morning, by which the general public could be kept up to speed on road and traffic conditions along I-70.   Part of CDOT’s “Change Your Peak Drive” campaign, the station is meant to...
Earthmoving Products January 16, 2015
Gradall crawler excavators have boom forces and cycle times comparable to conventional excavators, but they feature a low-profile design with a telescoping boom that enables work under bridges and in tunnels where knuckle booms will not fit. The entire boom tilts 220 degrees, perfectly positioning...
Earthmoving Products January 16, 2015
Gradall highway speed hydraulic excavators can be driven at speeds of up to 60 mph, allowing them to go to work quickly on one or more job sites without the need for a truck and lowboy trailer. Automatic transmissions and other features make these models easy to drive, while the low-profile...
Earthmoving Products January 16, 2015
Gradall on/off-pavement wheeled excavators are stable and productive, able to work at the front, rear or either side of the carrier without the need for outriggers. The full boom, which tilts 220 degrees, perfectly positions a range of attachments without sacrificing boom power. The telescoping...
News January 16, 2015
With all of the recent, and one might suppose perpetual, news regarding road and bridge infrastructure funding, one state is attempting to maintain and improve its own roads and bridges while anticipating the curtailed resources with which it will be able to do so.   The Missouri Department of...
Case Studies January 16, 2015

The advanced brine-making system.

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A loader fills the brine maker with salt.

Saving money on winter maintenance was a top priority for the City of Anderson and Madison County, Ind. After co-investing in a state-of-the-art automated brine maker, the two municipalities have done just that. What’s more, they’ve nearly recouped their investment in just one year.   “Looking at...
News January 15, 2015
The Missouri Department of Transportation outlined its plan for taking care of roads and bridges with a severely reduced construction budget.    “Missouri’s 325 System” calls for MoDOT to focus its limited resources on approximately 8,000 miles of Missouri’s 34,000-mile state highway system. The 8,...
Software Case Studies January 14, 2015
H&S Contracting Inc. of Moorhead, Minn., was looking for estimating software that would take the company to the next level. Its previous system, using ledger sheets and Excel documents created in-house, was outdated.   “It seemed to work well, until you change,” said Brent Syster, estimator and...
Traffic Management News January 14, 2015
The often-contentious relationship between Uber and the cities it operates in could be taking a turn for the better, as the ridesharing giant announced it will begin sharing its customers’ anonymized travel data with select city partners.   For each trip with its service, Uber collects and saves...
News January 14, 2015
When Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was sworn in on Jan. 12, he declared it would no longer be business as usual. And some business has stopped all together.   Rauner has ordered that several interstate projects be put on hold while his office has a chance to review the contracts. Among the jobs...
News January 14, 2015
Plans to improve Second Street in Vincennes, Ind., have been on the books for more than 15 years. But with the help of an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) pilot program, this long-awaited project has finally been awarded and contractors are free to begin work soon.   The six-block...
Equipment Case Studies January 14, 2015
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The Geoweb load support system provided a low-maintenance, permeable load-support road surface at a staging area for a 10-acre industrial yard site for High Steel of Lancaster, Pa. Heavy traffic at the steel fabricator’s facility caused severe rutting of the existing gravel surface and costly daily...
Equipment Case Studies January 14, 2015
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Over time, storm water runoff from an adjacent highway caused severe erosion of a 2H:1V embankment at an interchange in Salisbury, Md. Sloughing of large sections of the upper topsoil layer exposed the clayey sand embankment soils to surface runoff, which developed into rills and gullies that were...

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