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News August 19, 2009
Kentucky- and western-Pennsylvania-based chapters of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) will invest nearly $3.7 million this year to cut diesel emissions from construction equipment. The groups are making the investment to improve air quality thanks to almost $3 million in new...
News August 19, 2009
Bureaucratic delays in releasing funds coupled with long lags between outlays and construction activity for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects will lead to very little stimulatory impact on cement consumption in 2009, according to the most recent economic forecast from the...
Article August 18, 2009
I-5 is a vital thread of highway, knitting together the three West Coast states, Canada and Mexico. It also is a key transportation corridor for local travel between Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., two cities separated by the Columbia River. A unique partnership in transportation planning has...
Article August 18, 2009
Light-rail transit (LRT) may save its passengers time and aggravation, but it had the opposite effect on motorists using South Watt Avenue in Sacramento, Calif. During peak periods, trains crossed the road every seven to 12 minutes at its intersection with Folsom Boulevard. Furthermore, they...
Article August 18, 2009
The Sea-to-Sky Highway is consistently cited as one of the most scenic drives in North America. As part of Highway 99 that stretches between West Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., Canada, this 60-mile drive provides expansive views of snow-capped mountains rising out of the deep blue waters of Howe...
News August 17, 2009
According to union leaders in Connecticut, stimulus money has only led to stagnant activity in the transportation sector. Don Shubert, president of the Connecticut Construction Construction Industries Association, told the Republican American that the state has gotten off to a slow start with...
News August 17, 2009
A disconnected pump in the Downtown Tunnel near South Hampton Roads, Va., made the Aug. 12 flooding worse than it would have been. Even if the drainage pump had been working, the tunnel still would have flooded would have had to be closed, but the closure would have been shorter, according to a...
News August 14, 2009
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $298.7 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars to NJ Transit for 13 projects that will improve aging infrastructure, help ease daily commutes and generate jobs across the region. “This is what the Recovery Act is all about—putting...
News August 14, 2009
Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, U.S. Rep. Bob Latta and CSX CEO Michael Ward will break ground today on a new intermodal terminal to serve the Midwest. This state-of-the-art facility will bring new jobs to northwest Ohio and will be a critical junction in the National Gateway, which will improve existing...
Traffic Management Article August 14, 2009
Interstate highways around Montgomery, Ala., are about to be slammed with thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of extra trucks every month, but it isn’t because Montgomery is growing. Instead, it is because Montgomery is on the shortest path between the Port of Mobile’s expanded container port (up...
Article August 14, 2009
As one of the nation’s most charming and historic cities, Savannah, Ga., like many coastal communities in the Southeast, has experienced unprecedented growth that has strained its transportation system and infrastructure. The challenges to accommodate its growth and development also have threatened...
Bridges Article August 14, 2009
The new Fourth Street Bridge in Pueblo, Colo., will cross over the vast Pueblo Railroad Yard with 28 sets of active rail tracks while maintaining a critical route through the city. The bridge is currently under construction by Flatiron Constructors Intermountain for the Colorado Department of...
Infrastructure Security Article August 14, 2009
If you talk shop you better restock the shelves. That is, if you still want a job. During his campaign run of 2008, Barack Obama became the first presidential candidate in over a decade to speak in the native tongue of the road and bridge industry. He often used words like “deficient bridges” and “...
Article August 14, 2009
Courts in many states recognize exceptions and permit a contractor to pursue a claim against the government in the absence of formal written notice of intent if the government (1) possessed actual knowledge of the impending claim in a timely manner; (2) through its actions, waived the written-...
Article August 14, 2009
Deficient roadway conditions contribute to more than half of U.S. highway fatalities and 38% of nonfatal injuries, according to a recent study. The roadway environment is a substantially more lethal factor in highway fatalities than drunken driving, speeding or failing to use safety belts. In...
Article August 14, 2009
During June 2009, state and local transportation agencies obligated $3.2 billion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) highway funds for highway or other eligible projects, bringing the total obligated through June 30 to $16.2 billion. This represented 61% of the $26.8 billion of ARRA...
Article August 14, 2009
Crikey, what a clanger Ruth Ducker had legally parked her car on a street around the corner from her London home for two years. One day this past winter, the city commissioned contractors to paint double-yellow lines along the outer edge of the street, designating it as a no-parking zone....
Article August 14, 2009
There is a reason why I do not sign this column “Scooter.” Aside from the whole professionalism factor, the name digs dirty fingernails into every fiber of my being. For a brief moment of my directionally challenged adolescence I went by that tag. When you are dating and foolishly in love with a...
News August 13, 2009
Officials in North Carolina broke ground on the road of the future on Aug. 12. The state’s Triangle Expressway (TriEX) will be a controlled-access, 18.8-mile toll road that will use an all-electronic toll collection system and charge motorists by the mile—a first in the U.S. New FHWA Administrator...
News August 13, 2009
ROADS & BRIDGES magazine has selected the winners of its Top 10 Roads awards program for 2009. The top projects will be formally announced Sept. 22, 2009, at ROADS & BRIDGES Live: Paving Innovations, and showcased in the magazine’s October issue. “Even though the road construction industry...

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