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Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article September 04, 2018
There was a thud quickly followed by an obscenity, and I am not sure which was more alarming.   My 9-year-old daughter was getting ready for school on the second day of the year. She is my living sweet and sour patch kid. Or maybe it is sour and sweet? It depends on the minute. Ainsley will go from...
Brian Budzynski
Editorial/Commentary Article August 07, 2018
I recently drove from my home in the western suburbs of Chicago up to northern Wisconsin on a family matter, and I pretty much had two options for getting there in a reasonable amount of time—both of them, if you took your information from Google maps alone, pretty bad.   One alternative had me...
Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article August 02, 2018
About twice a year my school would have one of those headliner confrontations.   Two kids would be so obsessed with knocking each other into a bloody mess they would hold the event across the street from the school by the baseball fields. I only went to one of these not-so-prized fights as a...
Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article July 05, 2018
My daughter should be in commercials, but my youngest appears to be fit for a public service announcement.   In no way am I selling my Declan short, and many people have told us Ainsley is beautiful enough to be a child model (look at my mug and you will know the gene is not encapsulated in my body...
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...
Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article June 05, 2018
Do not come up with another word for “Gilloolyed.”   It’s just not fair, and is totally inappropriate. To fill everyone in, back in 1994 U.S. women’s figure skater Tonya Harding’s then-manager and ex-husband Jeff Gillooly set the world on fire when his hit men took a retractable baton to gold medal...
Channelizing posts
Editorial/Commentary Article June 04, 2018
  Statistics developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that driver behavior is responsible for 94% of all crashes. The agency and its state counterparts support a variety of programs targeted at changing and improving driver behavior. Areas of focus include...
ATSSA fly-in

A few ATSSA members, including (from left to right) Cindy Williams, secretary of the Arkansas Chapter of ATSSA and president of Time Striping Inc.; Cody Garner, recipient of The Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program and University of Arkansas student; and Sarah Stillman, president of Creative Design Concepts LLC, met with Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark., pictured far right) during ATSSA’s Fly-In on April 11.

Editorial/Commentary Article June 01, 2018
In April of this year, members of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) gathered in Washington, D.C., for their annual Legislative Briefing & Fly-in. The purpose of this event is for members to discuss the association’s position on transportation policies and to equip members...
Road and bridge construction podcast
Editorial/Commentary News May 30, 2018
Union workers may walk off the job in Michigan, Illinois' governor announces a new infrastructure plan, my take on the NTSB's preliminary report on the FIU bridge collapse, and more. To listen to the podcast, click here. 
Shailen Bhatt
Editorial/Commentary Article May 02, 2018
Ah, the great American dream.   The interstate highway system was built during the post-World War II boom, and with it came the freedom to drive almost anywhere. Grandparents in Florida drove to see grandchildren in California. Families in Chicago and Philadelphia moved to far-flung suburbs.   But...
Road and bridge construction podcast
Editorial/Commentary News May 02, 2018
Baseball is back, but it will take some time for the original Field of Dreams to mend. Also, the state of Mississippi is out of money for road and bridge projects, the Illinois DOT considers design-build, and more. To listen to the podcast, click here. 
Steve Novosad

Stephen Novosad (above); Bob Frey (below)

Editorial/Commentary Article May 02, 2018
  Up until a few years ago, the focus on connected vehicles (CV) was vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications. This focus was important as critical safety of life applications were implemented. V2V applications and the standards they are built on are mature and ready for mainstreaming. With this in...
Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article May 01, 2018
With Rev. Billy Graham lying in state about 50 ft away, President Donald Trump decided to take the tunnel route instead of meeting at his infamous border wall.   It was there in a green room right off the Capitol rotunda that had the world’s most renown preacher on display where Trump threatened...
Bill Wilson
Editorial/Commentary Article April 03, 2018
The Red Parking Garage on the campus of Florida International University (FIU) was more like a salmon color.   In fact, when a student pointed to it and said “red” I just went along with the direction, hoping to somehow find my way to the remains of the pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed...
podcast
Bridges News March 26, 2018
Many bridge experts believe accelerated bridge construction is not the culprit of the FIU bridge collapse that claimed six lives. In the latest Infrastructure Insider podcast, hear from University of Washington Professor John Stanton, who specializes in ABC. To listen to the podcast, click here. 
Brian W. Budzynski
Editorial/Commentary News March 23, 2018
On Sunday, March 18, a woman was struck and killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle, at the wheel of which the human safety driver was engaged not with the road or operation of the vehicle but with his phone. This is believed to be the first AV-related pedestrian death in the U.S.   It is difficult,...
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,...
podcast
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...
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