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Associations News May 15, 2012
The cost of construction materials took a breather in April, while contractors showed slightly greater ability to roll past price increases into their bids, according to an analysis of producer price index figures released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Association...
Transportation Management News May 15, 2012
Federal lawmakers declared that if the California High-Speed Rail Authority wants full federal funding for its project to construct a 130-mile HSR segment from Los Angeles to San Francisco, the project would have to be completed by September 2017. Failure to meet that deadline would result in the...
Transportation Management Products May 15, 2012
RTMS (Remote Traffic Microwave Sensor) is a non-intrusive, radar-based detection system renowned for long-term, worry-free reliability and simple integration. Accurate in all weather conditions, RTMS is virtually maintenance free, and is easy and safe to install without traffic disruptions or lane...
Smart & Resilient Cities News May 14, 2012
The city of Tallahassee, Fla., and surrounding Alachua County are nearing completion on a new traffic management system that allows remote monitoring of traffic patterns and control of traffic signals.   The project began in 2004 as part of an agreement between officials at the city, county and...
Safety News May 14, 2012
The U.S. Department of Transportation last week announced the elimination of 46 regulations on traffic signs to provide more flexibility for state and local governments, including allowing communities to replace traffic signs when they are worn out rather than requiring signs to be replaced by a...
Editorial/Commentary News May 11, 2012
Charlotte, N.C.’s first toll road might not get built, according to a report in the Charlotte Observer, after a federal appeals court unanimously ruled that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) "failed to disclose critical assumptions . . . and instead provided the public with...
News May 10, 2012
More Utah counties have joined the state in its fight to gain control of thousands of dirt roads in rural Utah.   Thirteen counties filed lawsuits over the past week dealing with land currently in the hands of the federal government, which has closed certain rural routes. The state of Utah and over...
Loader Backhoes Products May 10, 2012
  Volvo almost completely redesigned its B-Series of backhoe loaders, which includes the BL60B and BL70B. Among the changes is a new set of controls, including two floor-mounted levers. Handling is also improved by 16.5-in. or 18-in. tires that provide a small turning radius, while the bucket...
Loader Backhoes Products May 10, 2012
  Maximizing productivity and efficiency is the key to the eight models in John Deere’s K Series of backhoe loaders, which also features a pair of tractor loaders. The backhoes function via the Total Machine Control (TMC) system, with a redesigned joystick for smoother operation and more precise...
Loader Backhoes Products May 10, 2012
JCB has extended the reach, both literally and figuratively, of its ICX backhoe loader with longer loader arms (by 4 inches) and an extending dipper option (now digs up to 10 ft). The Power Management System reduces engine lug down for digging and increases power when driving into a pile with the...
Loader Backhoes Products May 10, 2012
Allowing man and machine to work together more efficiently was the goal of the upgrades to Terex’s TLB 840 backhoe loader, starting with the redesigned cab. It includes mechanical controls (optional excavator-style pilot controls available); rear quarter and full-depth windows for greater...
Loader Backhoes Products May 10, 2012
The C Series from New Holland Construction offers the B95C LR (long reach) and the B95C TC (tool carrier). The LR is more compact with a longer stick (similar to the B110C) for higher dig depth, greater reach and less fuel consumption; the TC is perfectly suited for material handling, with true...
Loader Backhoes Products May 10, 2012
  Case’s N Series of loader backhoes — which includes the 580N, 580 Super N, 580 Super N Wide Track and 590 Super N — are driven by Tier 4-caliber, 3.4-liter turbocharged engines that utilize cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) technology to control emissions. All 4-wheel drive models feature...
Loader Backhoes Products May 10, 2012
The Cat C4.4 engine on the three new models in the F Series — the 416F, 420F and 430F — upgrades power while staying up to Tier 4 Interim emissions standards features the Cat NOx Reduction System and a diesel particulate filter (DPF) for improved emissions control, bringing it to Tier 4 Interim...
Loader Backhoes Products May 10, 2012
  Versatility is the name of the game with the L45 Tractor-Loader-Backhoe from Kubota, a 3-in-1 machine with a 45-hp Kubota diesel engine at its heart, along with an HST Plus transmission. The loader sports a lift capacity of 2,200 lb., with improved visibility thanks to a braceless frame and...
Editorial/Commentary News May 09, 2012
The construction industry lost 2,000 jobs in April, following similar declines of 3,000 in March and 1,000 in February, but still added 63,000 jobs over the past year as the industry unemployment rate shrank to 14.5%—the lowest April level in four years, according to an analysis of new federal...
Asphalt News May 08, 2012
The leader of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is being accused of favoring asphalt over concrete.   In 2009, Jerry Wray rescinded an ODOT order requiring asphalt-paving contractors to factor in future asphalt prices over the span of the road project. Currently, road builders can use...
Funding News May 07, 2012
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released earlier this week highlights what transportation industry experts have worried about for years. The federal surface transportation program could face even further transportation funding shortfalls if newly proposed fuel economy standards are...
Bridges News May 04, 2012
The May issue of ROADS & BRIDGES can now be viewed at www.roadsbridges.com. Just scroll down to Current Issue and click on the story of your choice.
Equipment Article May 04, 2012
As a machine that already combines multiple functions under one roof, efficiency is the ultimate goal when it comes to backhoe loaders. Whether you’re talking about fuel, performance, handling or power, manufacturers want to help you get the most out of your machine. In regards to fuel, most...
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