January 02, 2019
Joint deterioration has become a renewed concern for concrete pavements in northern climates.
Recently, a number of relatively young pavements have experienced premature joint deterioration, resulting in high amounts of maintenance. The construction industry in Wisconsin alone estimates...
July 05, 2018
Drivers judge the quality of a roadway primarily by its ride quality. As a result, the primary motivation behind specifications for initial smoothness (construction acceptance) is generally driver satisfaction, or functional performance.
There is evidence, however, that smoother pavements also...
November 01, 2017
Charlottesville, Va., is an historic city that was home to several of our founding fathers, and today hosts the Virginia Film Festival and houses the University of Virginia.
It also is home to a portion of U.S. Rte. 29 which cuts through the city as it makes its way from Pensacola, Fla., to...
May 02, 2017
The northwestern portion of the Viaduct crosses the Los Angeles River, the Los Angeles River Greenway Trail and Riverside Drive. The PVC shrink-wrap contains the blasting media and byproducts.
While “blast and paint” rolls off the tongue easily, providing access to the underside of the Elysian Viaduct Bridge for rehabilitation work is anything but easy.
In fact, as the original bridge construction project neared completion, the September-October 1961 issue of the Official Journal of...
April 03, 2017
The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is leading the effort to develop the world’s largest concrete pavement preservation experiment.
This experiment, based upon the Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) project on concrete pavements termed SPS-2, will extend the performance data...
December 20, 2016
PennDOT S.R. 50, Millers Run—Gold award winner for Overlays (Highways)
The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has named recipients of its 27th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” awards, which recognize quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada.
The awards program encourages high-quality workmanship in concrete pavement...
February 02, 2009
Marquette Avenue South and 2nd Avenue South are parallel arteries in the heart of downtown Minneapolis that serve as its two chief express bus streets.
But between 1st and 12th streets South, these streets and their nearly complete total reconstruction—called the MARQ2 Transit Project—constitute an...
January 08, 2009
The reconstruction of 2.5 miles of the Grand River Road between Whitmore Lake and Brighton with 9-in. of high-performance concrete pavement marked the first time in more years than anyone at the Livingston County Road Commission can remember that concrete was used on a major road project.
December 02, 2008
There’s a popular saying in the Midwest about the seemingly small number of seasonal changes in this part of the country: “We have only two seasons: winter and road construction.”
While this old joke still holds more than enough truth to remain funny, it is no laughing matter for drivers when it...
September 09, 2008
After the tragic collapse of the original bridge on Aug. 1, 2007, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) set a fast-tracked schedule for construction of a new I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis.
The Flatiron-Manson Joint Venture with Figg Bridge Engineers, the selected design-build team,...
Reclaiming / Recycling
February 12, 2008
Central Idaho attracts a steady flow of visitors and new residents. The local airport in the town of Hailey relied on their consulting engineers, an experienced contractor and a soil-cement specialist to rebuild their one and only runway in 30 days. While some local airports shut down for twice...
January 22, 2008
Serving a vibrant mix of cars, buses, delivery trucks and pedestrians, Broadway is one of downtown Denver’s most significant arterials. Adjacent to the landmark Brown Palace Hotel and just north of Civic Center Park, the four-block segment of Broadway from 16th to 20th avenues links many of...
February 21, 2003
If it's a weekday you can bet there are over 150,000 people
in Kansas City, Mo., barely moving on a couch.
The Grandview Triangle Interchange, where I-435, I-470 and
Highway 71 meet in a tangled mess, is perhaps the most outdated of its kind.
Containing three merging freeways and as many as 64...
February 21, 2003
In clearing land for the I-210, three endangered life forms
had to be protected: the kangaroo rat, a plant called the woolly star and Sam
An era has ended. First suggested in a 1924 traffic plan,
the massive undertaking that became the California freeway system is finally
April 18, 2002
During the summer of 2001, an innovative remedy was applied to a 5.5-mile section of I-40 in eastern Oklahoma. The project specified dowel bar retrofitting and overlaying an existing concrete pavement. The retrofit and overlay were not completed in two separate steps, as is most commonly done. By...