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Manhole Risers Case Studies April 17, 2015

Construction crew member adjusting concrete final grade on a manhole riser. 

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Completed manhole riser adjustment

State Highway 183, from Euless to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, underwent a major reconstruction in 2014, a project totaling $1.6 billion. On projects of this size, even small changes can lead to a great deal of extra work, and such was the case when an unexpected grade change was required to correct...
Law News April 17, 2015
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is taking action to recover some of the nearly $43 million spent on I-495 emergency bridge repairs in Wilmington last year, drawing up a demand for insurance coverage details from those potentially responsible for damaging the span.   The subjects...
Funding News April 16, 2015
The South Carolina House passed a $427 million transportation plan that includes a gas tax and vehicle sales tax hike, which would be offset by a $50 million income tax cut.   Under the new plan, drivers would eventually have to pay 10 cents more per gallon at the pump to fund the statewide...
Maintenance News April 16, 2015
The Nebraska State Department of Roads (NDOR) released its annual report recently, in which the agency outlined performance measures and ancillary initiatives in its “Toward Zero Deaths” safety program.   According to the report, the mission statement of the safety push is characterized as: “To...
Public Transportation News April 16, 2015
Amidst seemingly ambivalent attitudes toward the expansion or regression of its rail services, Amtrak recently announced its intention to make a pilot bus program a permanent fixture in northeast Pennsylvania.   The bus service, known as the Thruway Bus, which is privately operated by Martz...
News April 15, 2015
On the same day when Congressional aids told a room packed full of transportation advocates to expect another funding extension when May 31 rolls around, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said he expects a highway plan surfacing very soon.   The panel at...
Bridges News April 15, 2015
Alabama state officials are moving forward with a study to determine the feasibility of a toll system for the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge.   The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has teamed up with Illinois-bases CDM Smith Inc. to examine different tolling...
Funding News April 14, 2015
The Mississippi Legislature recently voted to raise $200 million in bond financing to pay for transportation investments, most of which would target the state’s list of structurally deficient bridges. The House gave final approval March 30 to a House-Senate conference report on the legislation,...
Public Transportation News April 14, 2015
As the baseball season gets underway, officials with Minneapolis Metro Transit are looking to get Twins fans on public transit come game time.   Metro Transit is expanding its online ticket sales capability in order to allow fans who take the Twins Express Bus or the Green or Blue Line trains to...
News April 13, 2015
Last week, officials from the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), along with select political leaders, gathered in Boulder City to break ground on a $318 million highway bypass project that will be located near Hoover Dam. The 15-mile project is seen in both Nevada and Arizona as the first...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News April 13, 2015
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced late last week that it would return to the use of automated train technology on its Red Line subway artery for the first time since the deadly crash in June 2009 that had initially spurred widespread changes to the transit agency...
Funding News April 10, 2015
Illinois’ federal lawmakers and transit officials in have urged Congress to pass a long-term federal transportation funding bill before the May 31 deadline.   “My message to Congress is `Man up,’ ” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.), said at a “Stand Up 4 Transportation” news conference at Chicago’s...
Bridge Rescue Case Studies April 10, 2015

Pulleys placed in position with the saw on top.

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Setting up the wire saw on an abutment.

Precision Cutting & Coring of Kansas City, Kan., was contracted for a bridge overhaul project in May 2014 that required strict timing and precision. The overall project involved demolishing the top part of an old rail bridge then reconstructing it. Precision’s scope of work was to saw and...
Public Transportation News April 10, 2015
More than 70 people gathered at the Alabama State House steps earlier this week to call on state and federal leaders to provide a stable and sustainable source of public transportation funding. This gathering was held in advance of the Alabama Transit Symposium, which now is under way.   Rev....
News April 09, 2015
Beginning April 9 through April 17, Illinois motorists are invited to go online and vote for the roadway safety messages they would like to see most on electronic roadway signs across the Illinois Tollway. The top 15 suggestions already submitted by Tollway drivers in the safety message contest can...
News April 09, 2015
A U.S. DOT pilot program that would allow state and local transportation agencies to utilize local hiring preferences on federal-aid highway and transit projects will increase costs, decrease competition and could actually result in less frequent hiring of minorities and women, according to the...
Road Construction News April 09, 2015
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) laid out a proposed plan to include a new section of South Loop 335 in Amarillo, Texas.  The new section of the loop would span about 7.8 miles and would include a four-lane section with a provision to expand to six lanes.   Transportation studies show...
Road Construction News April 08, 2015
Construction began on a $318 million highway bypass project in Boulder City, Nev. that will connect Las Vegas and Phoenix via Interstate 11.     With a completion date forecasted for 2018, the project is expected to create 4,000 jobs and reduce travel time between Las Vegas and Phoenix by 30...
Bridge Rescue News April 07, 2015
If Michigan officials cannot get their hands on a funding solution soon, all they will be able to do is cross their fingers for the next two years.   The I-75 bridge over the Rouge River, which carries 115,000 cars daily and is a major route going in and out of Detroit, has been placed on the...

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