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Paving Article November 13, 2008
Across the U.S., families and businesses are feeling the squeeze of increasing oil prices. Trucking companies are facing higher operating costs. Motorists are paying more at the pump to support their driving habits. And retailers are passing along increased shipping costs to their customers....
Paving Article November 13, 2008
Research is ongoing at the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), Iowa State University (ISU), in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials (ACBM), Northwestern University, to use self-consolidating concrete (SCC) for slipform paving. Use of SCC is...
Runway Construction Article November 13, 2008
By the time this issue reaches readers, Air Force One carrying President George W. Bush might have been the first aircraft to land on the new runway 9L-27R at O’Hare International Airport. Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley extended the invitation to the president, but when ROADS & BRIDGES...
Asphalt Article November 13, 2008
Oil pricing volatility and sustainability are among the most pressing and critical issues agencies and the pavement industry are facing today. The rapid escalation in crude-oil prices over the past 18 to 24 months is having a significant effect downstream, as the costs of petroleum-based products,...
Bridges Article November 13, 2008
The 42nd Street Bridge over Amtrak and Norfolk Southern is a three-span, through-deck, concrete-filled steel arch bridge. Built just after the turn of the century, this one-of-a-kind bridge spanned over a very busy Pennsylvania Railroad rail bed and led into an affluent section of West Philadelphia...
Software Bridge Analysis Design Article November 13, 2008
Citizens in the Louisville metropolitan area have a virtual bird’s-eye view of road plans for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. The megaproject, currently the third-largest federally funded transportation project in the country, has taken unprecedented steps to communicate...
Bridge Construction Article November 13, 2008
We’ve all seen kids do this. A collection of building blocks, scattered all over the floor. The child stands two of them side-by-side and places another across the top, making a bridge. But then the child thinks the red block would look nicer than the blue one, so he lifts off the blue and replaces...
Bridges Article November 13, 2008
French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said, “An enterprise that has no precedent will have no imitator.” The $46 million Main Street Bridge in Columbus, Ohio, is such an enterprise. When it opens in June 2010, the bridge will feature a single-rib arch designed with a distinctive 10° incline...
Bridges Article November 13, 2008
In the interior of British Columbia, Canada, the cities of Kelowna and Westbank lie on opposite sides of Okanagan Lake. The lake is 135 km long and, on average, between 4 and 5 km wide. Its maximum depth exceeds 260 meters. The only bridge across the lake is located between Kelowna and Westbank,...
Bridge Construction Article November 13, 2008
Relocating traffic, working in a confined site and adhering to strict environmental regulations are all significant challenges to completing a project. Despite its myriad complications, the 10-span arch bridge over the Fox River in the western suburbs of Chicago remains on schedule and on budget....
Bridge Construction Article November 13, 2008
It is tough to put an arm around a body of water. However, if given the chance, those involved in the construction of the Maple-Oregon Bridge in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., would prefer to deliver an encouraging embrace rather than a wrestling choke hold. Nobody wants to fight any form of Mother Earth,...
Bridge Construction Article November 13, 2008
The painstaking work performed on the Devil’s Slide Bridges in Pacifica, Calif., involved building two parallel bridges over an environmentally sensitive area where temporary towers, falsework, equipment and even foot traffic was prohibited. The project involved construction of large-span, cast-in-...
Bridge Construction Article November 13, 2008
Several factors posed challenges for the builders of the replacement North Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River, but none of them more than the fact that the bridge was a hybrid of two types: a cable-stayed bridge to support the approach spans and a suspension bridge to support the center span....
Bridge Construction Article November 13, 2008
They handled the housekeeping, conducted tours and offered spectators a place to stay. On the last day, they parked cars. The finest-run hotels in the world have it much easier, though. They never have to battle the fiercest winter elements Mother Nature can spit out or have to balance massive...
Article November 13, 2008
Oftentimes, construction contract disputes arise because two parties to a contract disagree over the interpretation of a provision that is supposed to govern a specific event or circumstance. Dodging the drafter Language in a contract is considered ambiguous if it is subject to two or more...
Article November 13, 2008
A check with a little more bounce is in order. Months ago, Congress passed an economic stimulus bill that wrote out a check to just about every homeowner in the U.S. The measure did little to ink a charge in the economy. In fact, one fiscal quarter later, Wall Street hit the skids so hard it was in...
Article November 13, 2008
Rigging his rig One of the biggest challenges for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is battling toll evasion. After all, with rates of up to $8 for cars and $40 for trucks, who hasn’t had a devious daydream or two while idling in line? Those gutsy enough to put their schemes into...
Article November 13, 2008
The blue in Masada’s socks was done running. That is when I knew I had him. It was on the final turn of the 400-meter race during the Ron Spamer Summer Camp Olympics when I cranked out the most exciting finish that I guarantee nobody is talking about today—or has not breathed a word of since that...
News November 12, 2008
New Jersey State Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri said Nov. 10 that as many as 10,000 state jobs can be created quickly if a federal economic stimulus package includes money for highway projects. About $1.2 billion worth of state highway and bridge projects can be started within 90 days if...
News November 12, 2008
Due to funding uncertainties at both the state and federal levels, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is suspending most construction lettings for two months. “We are operating in a time of extreme financial uncertainty, and it would be irresponsible for us to begin work on projects...

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