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Safety Products June 23, 2016
It is difficult to forecast how many accidents a highway construction or maintenance jobsite might see through completion of a project. Site-Safe is available to rent, lease or sell TMA attenuator trucks to provide enhanced safety for motorists and workers. 
Safety Products June 15, 2016
Corrosion of steel reinforcement is one of the most important factors affecting the life expectancy of concrete structures. To tackle this issue, Bekaert developed a range of low-relaxation galvanized PC strands. Depending on requirement, the company offers zinc coating levels up to 1 oz/sq ft, per...
Safety Article June 08, 2016
In 2015 we saw ratification of the five-year, $305 billion surface transportation bill known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act.   Prior to this, in 2012, Congress enacted the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), and while it was short in duration...
Safety Article June 08, 2016
Whether traveling through small towns like Wauwatosa, Wis., or tourist stops like Las Vegas, green lane treatments are increasingly being used to assist motorists in recognizing bicycle lanes.   An effort is underway to improve the quality of these pavement treatments. Once completed, agencies...
Safety Article June 08, 2016
The safety of many short-term, short-duration and mobile work-zone operations is enhanced through the use of shadow vehicles and truck-mounted attenuators (TMAs).   Shadow vehicles and TMAs are deployed upstream of these operations to protect work crews on foot from a vehicle intruding into the...
Safety Article June 08, 2016
One year, Life magazine dubbed it, “the loneliest road in America.”   It was Nevada’s U.S. Rte. 50, and to this day it still can oftentimes be a vast desert wasteland that surrounds hundreds of miles of lonely asphalt. At times, traveling this road can be so mundane that a motorist might innocently...
Safety Article June 08, 2016
Determining the appropriate application of pavement markings is a persistent challenge for departments of transportation.   A team of researchers from the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation recently partnered with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to conduct a field...
Safety Article June 08, 2016
Improving our nation’s infrastructure though the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges is a vital part of making our country great.   From architects and planners to jobsite crews, these hard-working professionals face long days on their feet in sometimes challenging environments.  ...
Bridges News June 03, 2016
A $663,000 barrier intended to prevent people from jumping off the French King Bridge was recently approved by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).   Along with the proposed barrier, MassDOT last week installed and began testing a web-based mobile camera system on the bridge to...
Safety Products June 01, 2016
Bekaert manufactures a variety of cable guide-rail systems for highway median applications to prevent infrequent but often-catastrophic median crossover accidents. The company’s ISO 9002-certified plant can quickly respond to any size job with DOT-certified domestic cable delivered to your yard or...
Safety Products May 18, 2016
Traditional concrete walls are more and more often being replaced with high-strength zinc-galvanized or Bezinal-coated barrier cable. The primary focus is safety – these barriers act as the “safety net” between your car, other vehicles and pedestrians. Using barrier cables also improves the...
DOT in Crisis News May 13, 2016
The American Society of Civil Engineers has concluded that over the next decade, it will cost more than $3.3 trillion to keep up with repairs and replacements to U.S. roads, bridges, airports, power grid and other critical infrastructure, but based on current funding levels, the nation will come up...
Road Construction News May 10, 2016
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published a policy revision to allow more flexibility in the design of smaller road projects.   In 1985, 13 design criteria were prioritized because of their perceived impact on operations and safety. Based on research and FHWA experience, several have...
Safety Products May 04, 2016
Bekaert’s fencing products provide innovative solutions for protecting roadways of wildlife and falling rock. The company offers traditional wire products, such as barbed wire, as well as fences with specific tensile strength and corrosion resistance requirements, such as Solidlock Pro fixed-knot...
Bridge Construction News May 03, 2016
The new Tappan Zee Bridge project in New York is earning high marks for its low injury rate. Constructors officials from the site said Monday the total recordable incident rate for the nearly $4 billion project is 0.63 percent per 100 employees, more than five times lower than the 3.5 percent...
Highway Maintenance Article April 08, 2016
Among the public trusts that touch the lives of pretty much every American, by either circumstance or necessity, the highway and road infrastructure system is arguably the most crucial.   Its maintenance is therefore of the utmost importance to each state-level department of transportation. As such...
DOT in Crisis Article April 08, 2016
The transportation systems for highways and arterials in the U.S. have advanced from a collection of independently operating devices to highly interconnected, far-reaching and integrated systems.   These integrated systems require a reliable communication network that spans a broad geographical...
DOT in Crisis Article April 08, 2016
If you are caught in the middle of this sandstorm, don’t even think about blinking your eyes. One second is all a hacker needs to penetrate a firewall and drop a load of Armageddon on a department of transportation (DOT).   “At any given moment there are about 20,000 attacks [happening] on the...
Safety News March 29, 2016
Small, localized channels of blowing dust are a consistent and dangerous problem for Arizona drivers. Resulting in obscured visibility, such channels played a role in a 19-car pileup that caused three deaths on I-10 near Picacho Peak on Oct. 29, 2013.   In effort to address this concern,...
Maintenance News March 24, 2016
The only road leading to Alaska’s North Slope oil fields is at risk of severe flooding during the coming spring thaw. Climate experts believe the conditions will be similar to those that intermittently closed portions of the remote highway for more than two months in 2015.   State transportation...
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