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Article May 10, 2010
Philosopher Lao Tzu said, “In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.” For the past 75 years, the elements—and water in particular—have been attacking structures spanning the Indian River Inlet. The...
News May 10, 2010
Pressing ahead on 50 proposed transportation projects around the state could help to propel Michigan’s economic turnaround, a report released today says. Heading the “Top 50 Surface Transportation Projects to Stimulate Michigan’s Economic Recovery” list is a new bridge connecting Detroit and...
News May 10, 2010
Sumitomo Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. (SCM), a leading manufacturer of hydraulic crawler excavators headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, announced today that effective as of April 30, 2010, it has acquired full ownership of LBX Co. (LBX) headquartered in Lexington, Ky. LBX was originally formed as...
Article May 10, 2010
Precast concrete pavement systems—cast off-site and installed quickly when traffic volume is low—have the potential to transform highway renewal and repair in high-traffic areas. Not only do they cut traffic congestion and enhance safety during construction, they have the potential to produce...
News May 06, 2010
The White House has requested $500 million for its sustainable community effort, and a portion of it might be pulled from the road and bridge industry. Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Kit Bond (R-Mo.) challenged U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood on the move, which calls for $200 million in Federal...
News May 05, 2010
The White House version of a national infrastructure bank (I-Fund) is starting to draw criticism from members of Congress. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) called the administration’s attempt to fund infrastructure “very disappointing” during an address to the Center for National Policy. The $4 billion...
News May 05, 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on May 4 its intent to propose the first-ever national rules related to the disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. Coal combustion wastes include coal ash and fly ash, which are both widely used in construction...
News May 04, 2010
Individuals who ride public transportation can save on average $9,453 annually based on the May 3, 2010, national average gas price and the national unreserved monthly parking rate. On a per month basis, transit riders can save on average $788 per month. According to the 2010 edition of the AAA...
News May 04, 2010
Expected increases in public construction activities will pave the way for improved cement consumption in 2010 and beyond, according the most recent economic forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA). In 2010, PCA anticipates a modest 5% increase in consumption over severely depressed...
News May 03, 2010
Washington’s “low-occupancy” toll lanes experiment is having a hard time getting off the ground, but the numbers are starting to elevate. On a segment of Rte. 167 solo drivers have been able to buy their way into the car-pool lanes in an effort to reduce congestion on the corridor. The project...
News April 30, 2010
They did not come in like the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, but it did involve somewhat of a rescue. A second crossing over the Detroit River has been discussed for months, and on April 29 Canada offered $550 million to help construct the Michigan portion. The state of Michigan continues to...
News April 29, 2010
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) held a memorial today for 174 employees who were killed on the job, including two who died this past year. Donald Lichliter, a tree maintenance worker for over 27 years, was struck by a car and killed in Lodi in July 2009, and Deborah Ross, a...
News April 29, 2010
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission might become another arm of the Pennsylvania DOT—or the agency might be severed from existence all together. Gov. Ed Rendell is asking his lawmakers to look into merging the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission into PennDOT. The state legislature will have a special...
News April 28, 2010
Special-interest lobbying, policies that favor new construction over repairs and the appeal of ribbon-cuttings push America to build new highways and bridges faster than it keeps up older ones. The result? A crumbling infrastructure, with 45% of the nation’s roads – 80% in metropolitan areas – in “...
News April 27, 2010
The single-widest bridge deck pour in Missouri history started on April 27 off the north bank of the Missouri River, as part of the new Christopher S. Bond Bridge. This concrete pour will be 134 ft wide, and will be placed in 70-ft sections for a total of 1,750 cu yd. It will take seven to 10 days...
News April 27, 2010
As the evidence shows, travel is greatly out-distancing available room on the roads. A series of new reports, Transportation Reboot: Restarting America's Most Essential Operating System, by the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO), makes the case for...
News April 27, 2010
Saginaw County, Mich., has a plan to remove a group of bridges from the roll of the state’s deficient bridges. A two-year, $42 million rehabilitation project is currently fixing bridges along I-675, which includes half of the county’s 45 state bridges that are considered structurally deficient,...
News April 27, 2010
Crews of the Maryland State Highway Administration’s (SHA) contractors, along with specially trained dogs and many volunteers, have found approximately 900 Eastern box turtles and relocated them out of the right-of-way of the new Intercounty Connector. SHA officials announced the turtle rescue...
News April 26, 2010
According to a new America THINKS survey from HNTB Corp., 64% of Americans are willing to pay more today for national infrastructure that is energy-efficient and less wasteful in order to save money and resources in the future, up from 58% last November. And 96% of Americans agree all new...
News April 23, 2010
With New Jersey’s transportation budget in shambles, Transportation Commissioner James Simpson tried to piece together a plan in front of a state Senate budget panel on April 22. Although he had no formal strategy, Simpson did list off a number of ideas that could help pull New Jersey out of its...

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