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Traffic Management Article July 27, 2015
2014 has seen a government and auto industry cooperative effort to develop connected vehicles (CV), which may well lead to an explosion in public attention to intelligent transportation systems (ITS).   According to Thomas Kern, interim president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of...
Safety Article July 27, 2015
We’ve all heard the saying a picture is worth 1,000 words, even if it’s unclear who determined that value proposition. No one has determined the universal value of a video yet, but for the Melrose Park (Ill.) Police Department, it’s apparently $100.    That was the price of the ticket I got for...
Bridges News July 27, 2015

Northern Rail Extension - Phase 1 (Tanana River)

One week remains to submit a nomination for the 2015 Top 10 Bridges awards. Nominate your project here and check out last year's award winners. 
Funding News July 27, 2015
The Senate voted to advance a proposal to extend the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s charter as part of highway funding legislation, a move the sparked a heated debate on between the House and Senate.     In a 67-26 vote, the Senate voted to end debate on Sen. Mark Kirk's amendment reauthorizing the 81-...
Safety News July 27, 2015
Fiat Chrysler has issued a safety recall affecting 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S., after security researchers were able to demonstrate that one of its cars could be hacked. Last Tuesday, Wired magazine showed that hackers could take control of a Jeep Cherokee via its Internet-connected...
Bridges News July 24, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the immediate availability of $2 million in federal emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help repair the I-10 Tex Wash Bridge, near Desert Center, Calif., which collapsed due to flash floods caused by heavy...
Maintenance Case Studies July 23, 2015

An application vehicle treats the highway.

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Loaded with salt and ready to batch brine.

MRDC Operations Corporation (MRDC), a private enterprise responsible for maintaining and rehabilitating a 121-mile highway connecting the cities of Fredericton and Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada, began manufacturing and using salt brine several years ago for pre-wetting road salt during deicing...
Maintenance News July 23, 2015
A Trip report found more than one-fourth of urban interstates, freeways and arterial routes with at least two lanes were paved in “poor condition”, and cost the average motorist $516 per year in additional maintenance costs.   Trip analyzed data from the Federal Highway Administration’s 2013 road...
Communications News July 23, 2015
German luxury car makers Audi, a unit of Volkswagen AG, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG and BMW AG have agreed in principle to purchase Nokia’s HERE digital mapping service for approximately $2.7 billion. It is rumored that provided a deal is firmed up, the troika will invite other automotive...
Funding News July 22, 2015
A 1,030-page, six-year transportation-funding bill crafted by Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., failed to move forward in the Senate Tuesday. Senators voted 56-41 to not bring the bill to a vote, saying they needed time to read it.   Oil sales and various offsets would...
Funding News July 22, 2015
While there has been much talk in recent months regarding transit improvements in the state, to the degree that an artery of service is being disbanded to free up cash in order to improve other lines of service, a recent hearing took place during which State Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn’s...
Funding News July 21, 2015
The Wyoming Transportation Commission funded $14.6 million to various projects to improve the state’s infrastructure system.   The following is a list of the new projects awarded contract bids from the Wyoming Department of Transportation:  La Barge, Wyo. LeGrand Johnson Construction of Logan,...
Safety News July 21, 2015
The New Jersey Center for Automated Road Transportation Safety at Fort Monmouth was announced this week after more than three years of planning and organization. The (501(c)(6)) nonprofit New Jersey Corporation’s mission is to substantially improve safety on existing conventional roadway...
Safety Videos July 20, 2015
CRIB is a fully-integrated cargo carrier, designed specifically for the transport, deployment, retrieval, storage and safe-keeping of RoadQuake 2F Temporary Portable Rumble Strips (TPRS). CRIB makes rumble strip deployment faster and safer for workers! And, because of its ergonomic design, complete...
Bridges News July 20, 2015

The I-91 Brattleboro Bridge in Vermont claimed last year's No. 1 spot. 

Gain recognition for your bridge project by filling out a nomination form for Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Bridge awards. When completing the form, but be sure to include as many project challenges as possible to make your project stand out! Ten projects will be be chosen. 
Bridges News July 20, 2015
The Tex Wash bridge along eastbound I-10 collapsed, closing down I-10, the main roadway between Southern California and Phoenix.   A black truck was driving east on I-10 when the bridge collapsed beneath it. The passenger was able to get out but firefighters had to rescue to the driver...
Road Construction News July 20, 2015
According to an announcement by Washington state transportation officials, work on the beleaguered State Route 99 tunnel will resume on Nov. 23, with the boring machine known as “Big Bertha” set to emerge at the north end of the city’s downtown area approximately one year thereafter.   Moreover,...
Funding News July 17, 2015
House Ways and Mean Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urged the Senate to pass the House’s $8 billion highway funding extension without issue or objection.   The House approved a five-month deal, which lasts until December, in an effort to avoid including an extension of the Export-Import Bank’...
Funding News July 16, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a five-month transportation funding extension in order to avoid the construction downturn that would result from the original July 31 deadline.   The measure was passed by a 312-119 bipartisan vote. House Republicans passed the measure in less than 48 hours...
Smart & Resilient Cities News July 16, 2015
Indianapolis city planners have announced their intent to offer developers huge savings— up to tens of thousands of dollars on large-scale projects—by reducing the required number of parking spaces for certain developments on the condition that bike racks, electric-car charging stations or other “...

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