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Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article March 02, 2018
A, B, C and D mixed with a broad subject range is the perfect synapses cocktail.   In heavy doses, it deadens the rationale and calculations of the mind—in my DNA anyway. Standardized testing should not be the standard way of evaluating the intelligence mannerism of an individual. My oldest son,...
Editorial/Commentary News February 05, 2018
What a Super Bowl!! Still waiting on Congress to score on a big infrastructure bill. Also, budget continuing resolution makes it difficult for DOTs, Illinois DOT receives input on I-80 corridor improvements, and the state of New York is taking down all of its love signs. For the latest podcast,...
Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article February 02, 2018
I can’t allow my Mom to get close to me, my wife and my three kids.   It’s purely for safety reasons, I don’t want her to get hurt. Let me clarify, my Mom cannot come within 500 ft of my house by herself at night. Still confused? OK, here is some background. In late January my Mom was coming up to...
Mike Acott
Asphalt Article February 01, 2018
Fifty years ago, in northern Germany, a new asphalt pavement mixture began being placed.   This mix, dubbed “Kiel mixture” after the city where the mixture was first used, was designed to provide a strong structure to resist deformation and an open surface structure to ensure good friction. Over...
Brian W. Budzynski
Editorial/Commentary Article January 29, 2018
I’ll be the first to admit, I am of middling intelligence. Neither stupid nor brilliant. Agile, educatable, but not particularly visionary. A fairly normal dude, capable of making my way through this world with a good deal of aplomb and a dearth of general confusion. I don’t get tripped up,...
Kirk Steudle
Editorial/Commentary Article January 29, 2018
When it comes to connected and autonomous vehicles, you could say I was an early adopter. My interest in this technology dates back more than a decade, and while there are many benefits, none matters more than the potential to save lives.   At the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT),...
Steven Latoski
Editorial/Commentary Article January 29, 2018
Facility operators can achieve continuous traffic operations improvement by optimizing traffic control in the predictable off-peak traffic period. But how?   First, evaluate continuous improvement opportunities. Are traffic-control devices subjecting traffic movements to unnecessary or extended...
Kevin Hoeflich
Editorial/Commentary Article January 29, 2018
In Washington, D.C., the U.S. House voted unanimously to pass the SELF DRIVE Act, H.R. 3388, which would: Advance safety by prioritizing the protection of consumers; Reaffirm the role and responsibilities of federal and state governments; Update Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to account for...
Editorial/Commentary News January 29, 2018
Listen to our exclusive interview with Portland Cement Association's Ed Sullivan live from World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Sullivan presented his economic forecast for the cement industry. To hear the podcast, click here.
Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article January 03, 2018
I made calls from a pay phone, but the change did not come from the seat cracks of my Swagger Wagon.   That would have been a feat, but still would not have impressed my 12-year-old son. I always tell him how rough I had it as a child, like the fact seatbelts were optional and every once in a while...
Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article December 04, 2017
What is the answer for 100 across?   My grandmother, affectionately called “Mommy D,” finds it in the newspaper just about every day. For as long as I can remember, she has always done the daily crossword puzzle, and just about every time I see her nibbling on her pen for the right word carrying...
Editorial/Commentary News November 13, 2017
A new transportation funding formula is needed in tax reform. Also: California voters want to repeal gas tax increase; driverless vehicles are being tested on Phoenix streets; and repairs will be made to Buck O'Neil Bridge in Kansas City while officials figure out a way to fund a new bridge. For...
RB fall web exclusive
Editorial/Commentary News November 13, 2017
Roads & Bridges has released an exclusive e-book available to our readership on the web this fall with the cover title "Project Reports: Alternative Action".   This web exclusive issue covers projects in Alaska, Missouri and Maine, and highlights new materials research out of California, all of...
Editorial/Commentary News November 06, 2017
An editorial is exactly what an editorial is . . . an opinion, and I will talk politics. Also, the GOP tax plan would effect bonding; the FHWA reopens pilot program to allow tolling on existing interstates; TxDOT to add capacity on U.S. 183; and MoDOT's solar road program is on hold. To hear the...
Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article November 01, 2017
One quick look at his foot and it was obvious. His eyes were swollen.   My oldest, Aidan, was sobbing in pain. He had been complaining of foot soreness for a couple of weeks, so I decided to zoom in on the problem. After examining, nothing seemed out of sorts, so I just thought it was a muscle...
Editorial/Commentary News October 23, 2017
States hope to cash in on VW's cheating; I-95 Coalition to test mileage-based user fees on trucks; Kansas City wants all the money for a bridge replacement; Canada wants the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit down; and more. For the latest podcast, click here.  
Editorial/Commentary News October 16, 2017
I've been called a lot of things, but don't ever call me fake news. NAPA's take on research that said asphalt pavements were not strong enough to handle climate change; DOT officials push for a Highway Trust Fund fix; study shows people brake more for white pedestrians than black; and WYDOT makes...
Road Construction News October 16, 2017
The team at Roads & Bridges invites all our readership to participate in our annual State of the Industry survey. We want to hear your perspective on the 2017 construction season, what's happening in your region and what you expect 2018 to be like for your company.    Please take a few minutes...
U.S. Highway 51 bridge
Editorial/Commentary Article October 16, 2017
In March 2016, a flood event severely damaged the U.S. Highway 51 Bridge over the Coldwater River in Tate County, Miss. The bridge was scheduled for replacement in November 2016. After inspection, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) determined repairing the bridge was not a feasible...
Brian Budzynski
Editorial/Commentary Article October 12, 2017
Recently U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced a series of updated federal guidelines aimed at smoothing the path toward getting more autonomous vehicles on the road for testing and deployment. The guidelines were designed to preclude what Secretary Chao characterized as a “patchwork...
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