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Equipment Article March 10, 2011
Asphalt-paving contractors often have to deal with a long list of frustrations: long waits at the asphalt plant, high costs for the hot mix and then long drives back to the jobsite. An obvious solution is to buy an asphalt plant, but the cost can often be prohibitive, ranging anywhere from $500,000...
Maintenance Article March 10, 2011
Highway 61 in southeastern Minnesota is one of the most picturesque roadways in the Midwest.   Part of the national Great River Road, Highway 61 leads drivers through a landscape bordered by steep, forested bluffs on one side and panoramic, scenic views of the Mississippi River valley on the other...
Bridges Article March 10, 2011
The I-30 Three Bridges Project is the central unifying element in the ongoing transformation of Arlington, Texas, from aging inner-ring suburb to the thriving center of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.   This 3-mile renovation project knits together attractions such as Cowboys Stadium, Texas...
Road Construction Article March 10, 2011
Every state is feeling the crunch: too many projects, not enough funding and lack of experienced staff.   However, while funding may be tight for many years to come, performance contracting provides a solution whereby owner agencies form cost-effective, results-focused partnerships with the...
Asphalt Article March 10, 2011
Rebuilding high-volume interstate highways without creating or worsening gridlock is one of the great road-management challenges of modern times, and it has given rise to new priorities for highway agencies.   Today, to rebuild some critical metro corridors, agencies put as much premium on traffic...
Asphalt Article March 10, 2011
In Oregon, Century Drive Highway is a big deal. How big? It is important enough to merit a Wikipedia entry.   The route winds its way through a dark-green pine forest and leads to the Cascade High Lakes recreational area. In the warmer months, traffic can get quite heavy, including a fair number of...
Asphalt Article March 10, 2011
In terms of sheer size, the I-185 rehabilitation project outside Columbus, Ga., is impressive enough.   Construction crews ran 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for just over a year, laying down nearly 660,000 tons of asphalt over more than 41 miles of highway.   But while other interstate...
Asphalt Article March 10, 2011
Businesses preparing for a grand opening do not normally put a competitor in charge of a side exit.   But the road-building business is not always about taking the money out of the pocket of the closest threat. More often than not, rivals work together to keep the traveling customer satisfied.   On...
Funding Article March 10, 2011
Banking that depends on drive-through traffic.   When you look at the structure of state infrastructure banks (SIBs), most lay their foundation on the volume of motorists. More cars passing through a corridor on a daily basis creates a healthy influx of cash. On the other side of the retaining wall...
Law Article March 10, 2011
One of the most commonly repeated project-management errors I observe in my practice involves performing extra work before receiving written authorization from the owner to do so.   Many times, the contractor has the verbal assurance from the owner to pay for the work—or so he or she believes. When...
Concrete Article March 10, 2011
Find solutions for diagnosing and mitigating alkali-silica reaction (ASR) in concrete through the many resources available from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) ASR program. Launched in 2006, the program’s goals are to increase concrete pavement and structure durability and performance...
Editorial/Commentary Article March 10, 2011
This time it was a bus knocking over the lantern.   Just about everybody knows the folklore behind the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, when Farmer O’Leary’s cow kicked over the flaming light source and charred everything but the water tower, a pumping station and a couple of churches.   However, on Feb...
News March 10, 2011
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on March 9 more than $9.5 million for 15 projects in 13 states and Puerto Rico that employ innovative construction technologies that more quickly and efficiently improve safety, reduce congestion and create high-quality, long-lasting highways and...
News March 09, 2011
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is looking at leasing the Ohio Turnpike, but what the state might pocket is in question. Some believe the storied corridor could be leased for over $6 billion, while others believe $2-4 billion would be a more reasonable score. The Turnpike pulled in $236 million in toll...
News March 08, 2011
Gridlock and longer commute times are returning to America’s roads, according to the 4th Annual Inrix National Traffic Scorecard. Traffic congestion increased nationwide for 11 consecutive months in 2010 with drivers experiencing increased traffic congestion nearly every hour of the day. “America...
News March 07, 2011
California’s Proposition 1B has become a victim of the state’s No. 1 priority—reducing a $26.6 billion deficit. When passed by voters back in 2006, Proposition 1B promised to leverage $19.9 billion in bonds for needed road and bridge projects in the San Francisco Bay area. California is expected to...
News March 07, 2011
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has proposed a rule that would make it easier for the public to report unsafe conditions at highway-rail grade crossings. The proposal would require railroads to establish toll-free telephone numbers to allow the public to report malfunctioning highway-rail...
News March 04, 2011
The construction industry added 33,000 jobs in February even as the industry’s unemployment rate was 21.8%, more than twice the national average, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released March 4 by the Associated General Contractors of America. As welcome as the new figures...
News March 03, 2011
One day after the House overwhelmingly passed the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011 by a final vote of 421-4, the Senate approved by voice vote on March 3 vital legislation to extend highway, transit and highway-safety programs through the end of September, clearing the measure for...
News March 03, 2011
The Virginia General Assembly on Feb. 27 passed the bulk of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation plan, which relies on borrowing money and speeding up bond sales to raise $3 billion over three years to pay for 900 transportation projects, according to Stateline.org. The Assembly significantly cut...

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