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Roadside Maintenance Article March 26, 2010
Keeping traffic on the move and invasive weeds out of roadside areas is a full-time job in a bustling city like Atlanta. The region’s long growing season, high humidity and subtropical climate create perfect conditions for weeds to pop up wherever they want, threaten pavement integrity and change...
Software Article March 26, 2010
To summarize the first article (see On the flyover, February 2010), citing a study done in 1977 as motivation, development work began in 1995 on a thermal infrared (IR) system to surpass the existing bridge nondestructive evaluation technology of that day. That 1995 technology effort has now been...
Bridges Article March 26, 2010
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is boldly going where no other state department of transportation has gone: solar. In December 2009, the department entered a contract with Pave Guard Technologies Inc., Lee’s Summit, Mo., to install solar-warming systems on two bridges located on...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS Article March 26, 2010
As the debate continues over transportation’s relationship to climate change, reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions has become a primary goal for the surface transportation system sector for a multitude of reasons. Transportation relies on petroleum for 95% of its energy, consumes approximately...
Traffic Management Article March 26, 2010
Forty years ago, the planning fate of potential construction projects hinged on carbon monoxide levels and impacts to air quality. The technological changes in fuel and the vehicle fleet have reduced this risk factor for transportation project approval. Today, carbon dioxide (CO2) is a primary...
Bridge Construction Article March 26, 2010
The $180 million Pioneer Crossing Project in American Fork, Utah, comprising 6 miles of a new arterial connection between two major development centers in Utah County and 1 mile of reconstruction of I-15, just south of Salt Lake City, has been under way since October 2008. The new roadway will...
Road Construction Article March 26, 2010
Turnpikes had their heyday in the 1950s, but the model of a quasi-public entity constructing and operating a highway facility could stage a comeback, according to some sources in the industry. Most turnpike authorities have historically been quasi-public agencies. One advantage they have is that...
Bids Article March 26, 2010
I am often confronted with questions from contractors regarding ambiguities discovered in plans and specifications during construction. Most project management personnel are well versed in the general adage that an ambiguous contract will be resolved against the party who drafted it. However,...
Article March 26, 2010
In the delicate game of placing more of a financial burden on the general public, the state of Virginia has decided to play its index card. By a 31-9 vote, the state Senate passed a bill authored by Sen. Emmett Hangar (R-Augusta) that will index the state gas tax. The measure will link the levy to...
Safety Article March 26, 2010
As I leaned into the conversation, I could feel the heat begin to soak my forehead. Thankfully the talk was about safety, which must have triggered my subconscious to look up at the hissing propane heat lamp just outside a martini lounge on Vine Street in a cold and snowy Cincinnati during the...
News March 25, 2010
Federal inspectors are expected to take a closer look at a series of cracks discovered on Nevada’s Galena Creek Bridge. Congressional committee members requested to expand the investigation due to safety reasons. The cracks are reportedly up to 30 ft long and are about as wide as a dime. Repairs...
News March 25, 2010
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the city of Cleveland have announced the three finalists who will prepare technical and price proposals to build the state’s largest single transportation investment ever: a new $450 million westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge, according to an ODOT...
Article March 24, 2010
As I leaned into the conversation, I could feel the heat begin to soak my forehead. Thankfully the talk was about safety, which must have triggered my subconscious to look up at the hissing propane heat lamp just outside a martini lounge on Vine Street in a cold and snowy Cincinnati during the...
News March 24, 2010
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission today announced the resignation of Pete Rahn as director of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT. Rahn's resignation will be effective April 23, 2010. "It's with a very heavy heart that we have accepted Pete's resignation," said Rudy...
News March 24, 2010
Spring started in Bavaria, and along with it came the first of the giant construction machines arriving at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. The entire open-air site is a hive of activity at the moment—drilling, digging, hammering and assembly work is going on everywhere to make sure the display is...
News March 23, 2010
With healthcare reform out of the way, Congress will attempt to nurse the ailing economy. According to The Hill, House Democrats are now shifting their focus to an $18 billion jobs bill that will fund infrastructure projects and offer tax breaks to small businesses. Earlier this year, the Senate...
News March 23, 2010
Construction employment continued to shrink in most American communities as 313 out of 337 metro areas lost construction jobs between January 2009 and January 2010 according to a new analysis of federal employment figures by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The figures...
News March 22, 2010
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $11.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) job-training grants for 19 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. The grants, from the Federal Highway Administration’s “On the Job Training/Supportive Services” (OJT/SS) program, fund...
News March 19, 2010
President Obama's signature approves an extension of the surface transportation act (SAFETEA-LU) that will bring federal transportation funding levels back to $42 billion through Dec. 31, 2010. This corrects the shortfall of $12 billion nationally or $243 million to Missouri in federal funding for...
News March 18, 2010
Vice President Joe Biden announced that 10,000 transportation projects are now under way in all 50 states and the District of Columbia thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Projects are considered under way when a contractor has been hired, the project has received official...

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