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Asphalt Maintenance News August 27, 2018
A Louisiana State University (LSU) team’s work with a shape memory polymer could potentially not only save the state’s roads but also money and time, according to a post from the school's College of Engineering.   In 2009, LSU Mechanical Engineering Professor Guoqiang Li received a grant from the...
ODOT road work

ODOT was able to merge 25 years of road and bridge work into just four due to innovative financing.

Highway Construction Article July 05, 2018
OHIO: A fantastic fury Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Located in northwest Ohio, the city of Toledo has just as many University of Michigan devotees as it does Ohio State University fans.   The area is used to times of fury, but non-stop for four years straight? Hard to imagine, but it is all...
Michael Sweeney, HNTB
Associations Article July 02, 2018
With continued partisan gridlock in the U.S. Congress, it has been difficult for meaningful federal transportation initiatives to roll forward–and progress is likely to remain stalled until 2019 or later. President Trump admitted as much in a late-March speech when he predicted, “You’ll probably...
HP Concrete cold patch
Aggregates Products June 26, 2018
HP Concrete Cold Patch from Crafco is a uniquely formulated cold-applied, gray colored, single component, specially designed thermoplastic binder and unique aggregate patching material used to repair cracks, spalls, potholes, and other confined voids greater than 1 in. wide and 0.5 in. deep.
S.R. 30 Pennsylvania recovery
Highway Construction News June 26, 2018
On April 7, a significant landslide resulted in the closure of Pennsylvania S.R. 30 in Allegheny County. The route is a principal artery to Pittsburgh and supports more than 22,000 vehicles per day. The slide demolished one apartment building, severely damaged another, and impacted a single-family...
California highway
Highway Construction News June 15, 2018
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) officials are looking to reopen a stretch of SH 1 in the Big Sur coastal region this summer that was blocked last year by a massive landslide.   The road that connects Los Angeles to San Francisco was projected to open in mid-September but Caltrans...
Domino's pavement repairs

Image: Domino's Pizza via Yahoo Finance

Maintenance News June 12, 2018
Domino’s Pizza is filling potholes in towns across the U.S. with its new "Paving for Pizza" initiative.   The American pizza chain announced this week that it will help smooth rides for deliveries by making pothole repairs in towns nominated by their customers.   Domino’s is offering to fill cracks...
Highway improvements plan
Highway Construction News May 30, 2018
Gov. Bruce Rauner announced a plan for Illinois to invest $11.05 billion in the state’s roads and bridges over the next six years, including $2.2 billion of state and federal funding in the upcoming fiscal year.   The Illinois Department of Transportation Multi-Year Proposed Highway Improvement...
Advanced brine-making technology
Maintenance Products April 25, 2018
The next generation of brine makers is here. The AccuBrine automated brine maker NXT-Gen now brings snowfighters even more advanced brine-making technology, greater accuracy and precision automation. Designed to provide even greater benefits to winter maintenance professionals, the AccuBrine...
I-90 Chicago 2016

Work on I-90 in the Chicagoland area in the summer of 2016.

Road Construction News April 04, 2018
The rapidly deteriorating condition of Illinois roads, bridges, and transit systems is producing increased congestion and vehicle maintenance costs, and the annual cost of needed repairs currently stands at $4.6 billion per year, according to a new study released today by the Illinois Economic...
280 cores collected

A total of 280 cores were collected for observation and lab testing in Minnesota.

Maintenance Article April 03, 2018
Identifying the factors that contribute to chip seal, or seal coat, performance has been a pavement engineering research concern for many decades, with studies on surface treatments dating back to 1928.   Recent pavement engineering studies have provided sound, general advice on the use of chip...
Louisiana

The Fast Lane Grant provided $60 million for a $183 million road project on I-10. Image: LADOTD

Highway Construction Article March 02, 2018
LOUISIANA: Protection keeps system exposed by Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Nobody wants to put someone to work lining up hospital beds beside a dumpster.   Taking care of the health of any community should always be put in the forefront, even if roads and bridges are left wrapped in bandages....
Big French Creek
Road Construction Article February 26, 2018
When visitors drive by the portion of S.R. 299 in California known as Big French Creek, they may notice the rock-fall protection fence or perhaps other improvements; but they most likely have no idea what local residents, the traveling public and the California Department of Transportation (...
Stearns Bayou Bridge
Bridges Article February 02, 2018
Nestled along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Grand River lies the small community of Grand Haven, Mich.   Grand Haven is the heart of Ottawa County, where more than 65% of the county’s area is covered by water. So, as you weave around the small community, flush with trees and...
California Laurel Street Overcrossing

Work on abutments for the Laurel Street Overcrossing Replacement Project in Vallejo, Calif. Image: Caltrans

Highway Construction Article December 04, 2017
CALIFORNIA: At the forefront by Brian W. Budzynski, Managing Editor   There’s progress and then there’s progress, and those who know the difference can only be encouraged by some of the developments taking place in California.   As a result of the recent 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase passed...
PR bridge

Image: Puerto Rico DTOP via AASHTO Journal

Funding News November 20, 2017
Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is asking the Trump administration and Congress to provide Puerto Rico with more than $5.84 billion in disaster aid just to cover repairs to the island territory's hurricane-damaged roads, bridges, seaports and airports.   That is part of a total $94.4 billion aid request he...
Iowa gas tax hike already benefiting road and bridge projects
Road Construction News November 15, 2017
Iowa drivers are presently paying 10 cents more per gallon than they did just a few years ago, and while tax increases are no friend to most political leaderships, in Iowa benefits are already being realized.   The state’s gas tax hike has produced an extra $515 million for state and local...
Federal UAV pilot program to expand drone use
Bridge Inspection News October 26, 2017
President Trump and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao have announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program, an initiative aimed at exploring expanded use of drones. The new program will allow companies and local governments to use drones in ways that the Federal Aviation...
U.S. DOT
Funding News October 03, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Thursday announced the immediate availability of $40 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help restore essential service on roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Maria throughout Puerto Rico.  ...
The 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico caused significant infrastructure damage.

Image source: BGR

Asphalt News September 21, 2017
The magnitude-7.1 earthquake that hit central Mexico this past Tuesday afternoon has left more than 200 people are dead. It is marked as the worst natural seismic event in the area in more than 30 years.   Geoffrey Abers, a geophysicist at Cornell University who uses the tools of earthquake...
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