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GPS Article September 09, 2008
In the Loess Hills of northwest Iowa, the Woodbury County engineering department has its hands full. There is the Missouri River on the western border adjacent to Nebraska and South Dakota to the northwest. And there are some 1,400 miles of county roads to maintain, along with 315 bridges and a few...
Bridges Article September 09, 2008
After the tragic collapse of the original bridge on Aug. 1, 2007, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) set a fast-tracked schedule for construction of a new I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis. The Flatiron-Manson Joint Venture with Figg Bridge Engineers, the selected design-build team,...
Bridges Article September 09, 2008
Photos and reports from Sichuan, China, inform us of the destruction of the May 12 7.9 earthquake and serve as yet another reminder of the risk societies face from natural hazards. The people of Peru are still rebuilding from a similar event that struck off the coast of South America in August 2007...
Road Construction Article September 09, 2008
It is well established that the presence of high-quality infrastructure is a key to economic growth for a nation. The road system in India has historically been overshadowed by its railway system, for movement of both people and goods. However, over the years, rising railway costs and the opening...
Highway Construction Article September 09, 2008
Israel’s Highway 6 has never lacked for adjectives to describe it. Also known as the Trans-Israel Highway, the Cross-Israel Highway and the Yitzhak Rabin Highway, Highway 6 is the largest infrastructure project and the first major build-operate-transfer (BOT) project in the country’s history. The...
Bridges Article September 09, 2008
America’s Transportation Award recognizes achievement in the development and construction of transportation projects and instills an appreciation of transportation as a key element of our quality of life. The awards, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway & Transportation...
Infrastructure Security Article September 09, 2008
Doug Gannaway does not see a snake in Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama. He sees a lizard. Back when he lived in California, the construction of nuclear power plants just a few miles south of San Jose was proposed and passed until a group of environmentalists, trying to save an...
Interstate System Article September 09, 2008
One is too old—the other is too thin. The junior senator lacks experience—the senior senator doesn’t have charisma. Contrasting images of the nation’s presidential candidates, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama, are creating a buzz in the media. The sideshow, however, is becoming the main show...
Article September 09, 2008
There’s nothing more frustrating to a contractor’s legal team and upper management than being tasked with drafting or presenting a claim and having no reliable project documentation upon which they can rely to provide the necessary facts. In some instances, the legal team or management becomes...
News September 09, 2008
The American Highway Users Alliance Sep. 8 praised Transportation Secretary Mary Peters’ decision to make a U-turn and support solvency for the federal Highway Trust Fund. Until late Friday afternoon, the Bush administration had threatened to veto the needed legislation, H.R. 6532, which passed the...
News September 08, 2008
Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters acknowledged Sep. 8 that the Highway Trust Fund has an insufficient balance to continue to make full and timely payments to reimburse states for ongoing Federal-aid highway construction projects and will be forced to reduce payments starting the week of...
News September 05, 2008
The federal government is making $4 million available immediately in emergency relief funds for Louisiana and Mississippi to help pay for urgent repairs to roads and bridges damaged by floods, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced Sep. 5. "We want states to get roads cleared,...
News September 05, 2008
Under a proposal introduced Sep. 4, the cost of driving on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway would more than double by 2023. The plan, which aims to pay for road widening and a commuter rail tunnel to New York, involves raising turnpike tolls 50% in 2009 and 2012, and 5% in 2017 and...
News September 05, 2008
The so-called “Lexus Lanes” may be fit for a Toyota Camry after all. Research in California has concluded that high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, often criticized by opponents who say only the affluent would be able to use them, might actually be more fair to all income levels than paying for road...
News September 05, 2008
The state gas tax is not getting the popular vote heading into the presidential election. In Alaska, Gov. Sarah Palin signed a bill that suspends the state’s motor-fuel tax for a year to help residents cope with high energy prices. The suspension will cost the state an estimated $40 million,...
News September 04, 2008
The OnStar motorist help line turned out to be helpful to some drivers trying to avoid traffic jams associated with the evacuation ahead of Hurricane Gustav, the Associated Press reported. The service received thousands of calls per hour in the days before Gustav made land on the coast of...
Article September 04, 2008
George W. Bush’s White House drew an outcry from environmentalists again in mid-August by proposing a new rule to allow federal agencies, such as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), to decide whether a construction project might cause harm to an endangered species. Conservative Republicans...
Article September 04, 2008
Someone has to pay With gas prices as high as they are, getting stuck in a traffic jam can be expensive. So when Carol Greenberg of Perrysburg, Ohio, got stuck in a work-zone backup in Michigan, she sent the state a bill. Greenberg was bringing her cat home from a specialty veterinarian outside of...
Highway Construction Article September 04, 2008
Highway improvement programs on two continents often share one objective: to minimize their transportation systems’ ecological footprint by reducing carbon emissions, recycling materials, preserving forests and protecting communities. This is the new hallmark of sustainable infrastructure projects...
Article September 04, 2008
My choir is singing in Pig Latin. Not too long ago, Matt Jeanneret, senior vice president of communications and marketing for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), verbally strapped me to a target and asked why I did not publish a press release titled “Ten Reasons Why...

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