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Article November 24, 2009
Vertigo is not acceptable for working in aerial platforms, especially when some of these platforms elevate faster and finish higher than before. Some will want to stay in the crane cab and be the operator, not the load. In related news, JLG Industries Inc., an Oshkosh Corp. company, will...
Article November 24, 2009
A unique project in Missouri is currently in its second phase on I-64 through St. Louis. The design-build project, the city’s first, is a complete replacement of approximately 10 miles of the interstate right through the heart of the city. One-half of the 10 miles is completely shut down to traffic...
Article November 24, 2009
While much has been written about the use of stimulus funds and the state of our nation’s infrastructure, one project that has been in the works for years was recently completed, highlighting the effectiveness of the concrete pavement restoration (CPR) process. In August, the last 22.4-lane-mile...
Article November 24, 2009
The 21st century is the century of urbanization. Along with rapid urbanization, the century is observing the biggest increase in the world’s population in human history. As of 2006, the world population had reached 6.5 billion. Urbanization is quickly transitioning communities from native...
Article November 24, 2009
Since it first opened in 1958, the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) has stimulated economic growth and development in the northern Illinois region. But after nearly 50 years of service to ever-increasing traffic, much of the Tri-State’s pavement was reaching the end of its life cycle, and a...
Article November 24, 2009
Lewisville Lake, a 23,280-acre lake located just northwest of Dallas, is a favorite of area sailboaters and fishermen, but in recent years, it hasn’t done much for drivers. Two major north-south arterials that stretch north of Dallas, I-35E and the Dallas North Tollway, straddle the lake and...
Article November 24, 2009
It’s no secret these are trying economic times in which we are now living. Many people have called this prolonged and persistent recessionary cycle the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. “Do more with less” is the reality that we are all facing on a daily basis. Despite these...
News November 24, 2009
Nine highway projects in Mississippi and Missouri will receive $9.4 million from the Federal Highway Administration’s Delta Region Transportation Development Program (DRTDP). “Investments like these will not only improve the safety of the Delta Region’s highways, they will also strengthen its...
News November 23, 2009
All eyes are on Wisconsin’s busiest interchange. Milwaukee’s Zoo interchange is in such bad shape that Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) officials have decided to conduct emergency repairs that will be complete by the summer of 2010. It will mark the first accelerated construction...
News November 20, 2009
After an extensive nationwide search, the Idaho Transportation Board selected Brian W. Ness to serve as the next director of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) beginning Jan. 11, 2010. Ness comes to the state after a 30-year career with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). As...
News November 19, 2009
The Senate put the heat on the Obama administration to take a more active role when it comes to highway funding during an 80-minute session on infrastructure on Nov. 18. However, the U.S. DOT’s undersecretary for policy, Roy Kienitz, did not indicate that the White House was ready to desert its...
News November 18, 2009
Republican senators are now joining in on the call for a six-month extension of SAFETEA-LU. The Senate rejected the strategy a couple of months ago, which has lead to a series of one-month extensions. The current one in place expires Dec. 18. Three conservatives—Sens. Jim Inhofe (Okla.), Kay Bailey...
News November 18, 2009
A group of people gathered on the Vermont statehouse steps on Nov. 17 to demand quicker action on setting up a temporary ferry to take the place of the Lake Champlain Bridge, which was closed on Oct. 16 because of cracks in its piers, the Burlington Free Press reported. “I’m very frustrated at...
Road Construction Article November 18, 2009
The construction boom in western Washington spawned many new entrants to the construction business. The leaders of the pack availed themselves of the right tools to provide quality workmanship on time, every time. Thomas Construction Co., located in Maple Valley, Wash., fully understood the...
Bridges Article November 18, 2009
The Boulevard of the Allies and Forbes Avenue are two major arteries in the western Pennsylvania region. They connect the city of Pittsburgh’s downtown area, a vibrant urban neighborhood, with Oakland, a regional center for culture, higher education and health care. The Boulevard of the Allies is a...
Bridges Article November 18, 2009
The I-29/35 corridor leading into downtown Kansas City is already heavily used (an average of 102,000 vehicles each day) and forecasts show traffic volumes will continue to rise. This congestion increases travel time, fuel costs and pollution, and is a contributing factor to the rising number of...
Bridges Article November 18, 2009
The Farm Lane Underpass project on the campus of Michigan State University is finally a reality after decades of planning. As the university (project owner) has developed and expanded over its 154-year storied history, a small two-track road has transformed into a primary access arterial for...
Bridges Article November 18, 2009
After the I-35W Bridge collapse in August 2007, where 13 people died and more than 145 were injured, the nation took a harder look at similar deck truss bridges and found several significant issues. Prior to the I-35W collapse, only fracture-critical tension members received an arm’s-length...
Article November 18, 2009
Changes and alterations in the work are a necessary evil in heavy-highway construction work. For this reason, public and private owners expressly reserve the right to make changes in their contracts via changes in the work clauses. A question I am frequently asked is whether an owner’s right to...
Article November 17, 2009
The new green in the road and bridge industry still means green for local developers, businesses and community leaders at the state level. Kansas recently announced it will consider the economic impact of future transportation projects before giving them, well, the green light. When the state...

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