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News October 30, 2008
A construction worker was killed and three others were injured when a portion of the new Twin Span Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain collapsed Oct. 30. Emergency officials at the scene tell WDSU that dive crews have found the body of a man missing in the collapse, but they are waiting for a crane to...
News October 29, 2008
The transportation construction industry’s chief economist Oct. 29 outlined a program of quick-start projects that, with new federal investment, could immediately help spur job creation and economic recovery across the nation. In testimony before the House Transportation & Infrastructure...
News October 27, 2008
New federal data show Americans are continuing a 10-month-long decline in driving habits, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters announced Oct. 24. The decline is putting new pressure on the way road, bridge and transit projects are funded at a time of record growth in transit ridership,...
News October 24, 2008
It was the transportation industry's equivalent to Oscar Night at the Connecticut Convention Center Oct. 19 as the prestigious America's Transportation Award Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award were presented during a special ceremony at the American Association of State Highway &...
News October 24, 2008
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) issued a number of stern promises to a packed ballroom at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) National Convention in Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 23. The focus of his speech was the...
News October 24, 2008
McGraw-Hill Construction, part of the McGraw-Hill Cos., has released its “2009 Construction Outlook,” which forecasts a drop in overall U.S. construction starts for next year, as the tough funding environment continues, construction projects are deferred and financial stress gradually eases....
News October 23, 2008
The federal government is making $679 million available immediately to states across the nation to cover costs incurred to repair roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural emergencies and catastrophic events, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced Oct. 23 during a visit...
Snow / Ice Removal Equipment Article October 23, 2008
What is a snowball’s chance in 2008-09? Many public works agencies would like to know. After a killer snow season last year, many officials found themselves tapped out of road salt before January hit. Panic is in full swing this fall, as officials brace for another thick covering of flakes and ice...
Excavators Article October 23, 2008
Located in north central Wisconsin, Wausau offers the convenience of city living with the beauty and recreation of the north woods just minutes away from any doorstep in town. Keeping traffic on the city streets moving, especially during the winter months, is the job of the Wausau Department of...
Bridges Article October 23, 2008
Road salts and deicing chemicals are usually used for deicing and ice removal. However, infrastructure deterioration and groundwater contamination are the main drawbacks for using deicing chemicals. Other methods, such as heating the bridge deck using embedded cables, heated fluids, infrared heat...
Software Article October 23, 2008
The mission of the Indiana Department of Transportation (InDOT) is to “plan, build, maintain and operate a superior transportation system enhancing safety, mobility and economic growth.” In an effort to improve the safety and mobility of the traveling public during snow and ice events, InDOT has...
News October 22, 2008
South Carolina can move forward with plans to build the northern leg of I-73 now that federal officials have approved the environmental review for the project, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced Oct. 22. “With this piece of I-73 approved, the people of South Carolina are much...
Road Construction Article October 21, 2008
In 1956, the all-brick Front Street in downtown Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in Louisiana and the Louisiana Purchase territory, was scheduled to be asphalted over. A group of determined women was not about to let that happen to the historic street. The group, which was probably the...
News October 21, 2008
At its Fall Board meeting the week of Oct. 20, AASHTO approved a proposal from its SAFETEA-LU reauthorization task force to recommend to Congress that next year's surface transportation legislation authorize $544.5 billion in new funding. This would almost double the $286 billion authorized over...
Road Construction Article October 21, 2008
Fifty years ago, S.R. 309, which runs through the heavily developed suburban Montgomery County, Pa., represented the state of the art in highway construction. By the time planning and reconstruction started in 1993, it was in danger of being left behind, like the former shell-home of a hermit crab...
Road Construction Article October 21, 2008
Nothing was to be hit hard on the ground or in the air—and the local Little League was cool with it. So were hundreds of thousands of commuters and residents. The South Bay Expressway project, which ran through San Diego and Chula Vista, Calif., tiptoed around one of the most environmentally...
Article October 21, 2008
If the government wrongfully refuses to grant a time extension for an excusable delay, any claim for delay damages by the government will be unjustified. More important, if the government either denies a legitimate time request during the project or fails to act in a timely manner upon such a...
Article October 21, 2008
Time for change When James Jones walked into the Jake Sweeney car dealership in Springdale, Ohio, this summer, he brought with him some change that everyone could believe in—$8,000 worth to be precise. Jones pointed to a brand- new 2008 half-ton Chevrolet Silverado and said, “I want that truck.” He...
Article October 21, 2008
I am betting my Garmin could not even find Sen. Barack Obama’s camp. My Internet browser computer-bit the dust in an attempt not too long ago. I spun a massive web search to come up with any kind of media contact who was linked to the Democratic presidential hopeful, but the prospect list was as...
News October 21, 2008
For all classes of road or highway systems, reinforced and prestressed concrete bridges have a significantly lower rate of structural deficiency than steel bridges, according to a new Portland Cement Association (PCA) analysis. Material Usage and Condition of Existing Bridges in the U.S. reports...

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