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Safety News December 09, 2016
The Auto Insurance Center (AIC) has completed a study of the deadliest driving conditions by state throughout the U.S. from 2005 to 2015. The insurance news and information website used the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s fatal accident reporting system to reveal the cause of...
Light Rail Transit (LRT) News December 08, 2016
The seven new stations for the MBTA Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford near Boston are now scheduled to open in 2021, pushing back the long-delayed project yet again, state transportation officials said Wednesday.   When the federal government pledged $1 billion to the project in late...
Road Construction News December 08, 2016
An infrastructure funding boost that was approved and paid for by Congress last year is once again on hold because of a short-term spending bill.   Under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act passed in December 2015, investments in Highway Trust Fund transportation projects were...
Saws Case Studies December 07, 2016
If you have ever visited Chicago, chances are you have driven on I-90. It is a major thoroughfare through town and of course that means any road/bridge repairs, let alone restorations, require advanced planning, teamwork and the right equipment to keep everything on schedule. Currently a large...
Automated Vehicles News December 07, 2016
Audi is beginning to roll out the first vehicle-to-infrastructure technology in production cars with a feature that will let certain 2017 models communicate with traffic lights and tell the driver when red lights will turn green.   This initial introduction is select and narrow in its capability....

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Asphalt News December 07, 2016
The Lake County (Ill.) Division of Transportation has been working with the Village of Deerfield and the City of Highland Park to reconstruct Deerfield Road in Deerfield and resurface Deerfield Road in Highland Park.   The project began last February and the roadwork in Deerfield is nearly complete...
Asphalt Paving Article December 06, 2016
The ability to safely slow and stop a vehicle is not only dependent upon its tires, but also the surface characteristics of the pavement.   Pavement surfaces can be constructed with a more open surface texture to provide greater macrotexture for better high-speed performance during wet-pavement...

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Asphalt Paving Article December 06, 2016
When designing typical highway pavements, engineers at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) strive to construct pavement structures that carry projected traffic loading for 20 to 25 years with little to no major maintenance.   However, Ohio currently has several asphalt concrete (AC)...
Bridges News December 06, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is advancing the Florida International University (FIU) bridge engineering program’s efforts to make the country’s aging bridges safer.   FIU will receive $1.5 million per year, for five years, for its Accelerated Bridge Construction University...
Funding Article December 05, 2016
The money in the constant stream is all getting stuck on one big rock. The lever that was created in late 2015 is sitting idle.   Lawmakers in Washington engineered the first long-term highway bill (FAST Act) in more than a decade in December 2015, and when President Barack Obama signed the $305...

A truck bypass on the west side of Killdeer, N.D., was a project aimed at improving traffic flow and safety.

Highway Construction Article December 05, 2016
The Upper Great Plains states serve several functions. They are a large-scale agricultural region. They are home to several crucial, not-so-secret missle silos. They also serve as throughways for an incredible amount of freight­—in consequence of which, their roads and bridges sustain an enormous...
Law Article December 05, 2016
Most contractor claims never reach the formal claims process and are resolved on the project level after one or more negotiation sessions. These negotiations culminate in a change order, typically enforceable against both parties, which contains the specifics of the agreement. As a case decided in...
Winter Maintenance Article December 05, 2016
There’s a 100% chance that the weather will change. The best tool road crews have to get out ahead of that changing weather is time. Having to “chase a storm” is costly and dangerous. Nobody’s happy: citizens, government officials, schools, businesses and least of all, the snow fighters who may...
Asphalt Modifiers Emulsions Article December 05, 2016
An emulsified asphalt “tack” or bond coat produces a strong adhesive bond that will prevent slippage between an existing pavement and a new overlay.   An asphalt emulsion for tack or bond coats—or surface treatments—is a homogeneous mixture of two insoluble substances, oil and water, in which...
Bridge Construction Article December 05, 2016
When the Bridge Builders of Alabama won the $1.035 million project bid to replace the 12th Avenue Bridge in Phenix City, they were soon outshined by another win: the lottery. The engineer on record called it quits when his wife won the lottery with tickets purchased out of state.   “The engineer on...
Bridge Construction Article December 05, 2016
As the only interstate highway running east-west between Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia, I-66 is a heavily traveled commuter thoroughfare.   The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has overseen ambitious improvements to relieve congestion through the years, including a recently...
Roads Report Article December 05, 2016
Burning up the road They say that nothing has a greater influence on a child than a parent. If that is true, then as motorists we are all in deep trouble.   Take the Australian father who believes that getting kids interested in cars at an early age can keep them out of trouble later on.   Alex...
Transit News December 05, 2016
The price tag for Honolulu’s rail project has jumped nearly $1 billion to $9.5 billion including financing, according to an updated financial plan given to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).   The increase comes from another $1 billion in financing costs not previously disclosed. The plan...
Safety News December 05, 2016
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll, which discusses OSHA's new safety guidelines for the construction industry.

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Cement News December 05, 2016
Making cement is thought to produce 5% of all global greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and factories. But cement may eventually suck some of that carbon dioxide (CO2) back up—enough to cancel nearly a quarter of the gases released making cement, according to a new study.   To make cement,...
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