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Article April 06, 2015
Aww, jeez Hockey, alcohol, a Zamboni and the police—all the makings of a typical winter Friday night in Fargo, N.D.    But this was no NHL game, or even a Coen brothers’ movie. This was a high school girls’ hockey game, and Steve Anderson, part-time Zamboni driver for the Fargo Park District, had...
Funding Article April 06, 2015

Rural roads throughout Texas, like these pictured from the Laredo District, are detriorating at a rate that has had alarming effects on roadway safety and economic development.

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The Eagle Ford Shale Formation cuts an enormous swathe through south Texas, aiding the ecomony but killing its small roads.

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Many rural roads throughout the U.S. were designed to withstand what is called farm-to-market traffic, meaning regular vehicles and the occasional combine. Now they are dealing with trucks so heavy, their impact is equivocal to millions of regular-size vehicles.

In January of this year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued a report stipulating that despite lower crude oil prices, production of crude oil is not expected to decline; to the contrary, it is expected to grow.   The agency is anticipating nationwide crude oil production to...
Law Article April 06, 2015
The Pay-if-Paid clause is widely used in the construction industry and essentially eliminates a prime contractor’s liability for payments to subcontractors in the event the owner does not pay the prime.   These clauses are generally enforced although a few states have, either by statute or legal...
Bridges Article April 06, 2015
I crossed through the No. 23, and looked up to see the No. 24.   I was keeping the official scorebook during one of my son’s AAU basketball tournaments recently when a situation lit up quicker and more intense than a bulb on a scoreboard. After a team from Joliet, Ill., which had all African-...
Bridge Rescue News April 06, 2015
Like many states, Louisiana is facing a transportation-funding crisis. However, not every state has a bridge problem accelerating quite like this.   According to a recent report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG), Louisiana is one of 10 states with more structurally deficient...
Public Transportation News April 06, 2015
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) “Muni Forward” program, which has been in offing for several years but until now has withstood numerous delays due to budget cuts and the Great Recession, is now primed for implementation, according to Muni officials.   Deployment is...
Road Construction News April 06, 2015
The WestConnect Corridor Coalition, a newly formed transportation coalition, plans to move forward with several Denver-area highway projects.   The purpose of coalition is to develop a comprehensive and coordinated plan that will be used to inform Jefferson County, Colo. residents about the...
Retaining Walls Case Studies April 03, 2015

CENTRA chose a Redi-Rock reinforced retaining wall to upgrade its bus depot facilities and create more space for parking.

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The Redi-Rock Cobbestone texture was used for this project. 

THE CHALLENGE: Along U.S. Route 50 in Clarksburg, W.Va., stood a decaying, unusable bus depot. This depot was located adjacent to a bridge, with access into the depot coming directly off the bridge.   In 2014, the Central West Virginia Transit Authority (CENTRA) needed to upgrade its bus depot...
Funding News April 03, 2015
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a transportation budget that will target highway work and is expected to pay for 96,000 jobs over the next two years.   The bill will act as a spending blueprint for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).   Maintaining infrastructure is important, Kasich said,...
Bridge Rescue News April 03, 2015
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has announced a proposed $4.9 billion capital program for the fiscal year 2016 that directs $2.8 billion toward NJDOT and other agency investments and $2.1 billion toward statewide transit improvements.   “This proposed program will enable NJDOT...
Funding News April 02, 2015
Ohio Governor John Kasich this week signed a multi-billion dollar transportation budget that is intended to spur hiring, increase driver safety measures and programs, and allow new payment options for license renewals. A blueprint for the next two fiscal years, the bill also earmarks monies for...
Traffic Management News April 01, 2015
Riders on Miami-Dade County’s transit group pay about $1 million in fares every 72 hours, but that’s not enough to compensate for the $1.5 million daily operation cost.   This daily operational deficit highlights the precarious state of the U.S. public transit funding.  For Miami-Dade County, and...
Bridges News April 01, 2015
An analysis of the 2014 U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) National Bridge Inventory database found that there are more than 2,000 fewer structurally deficient bridges than there were in 2013. The good news stops there. There are still more than 61,000 structurally deficient bridges in...
Equipment Case Studies April 01, 2015
Built in 1956 to replace the original Cold War-era swing bridge in the location, the Cuyahoga River Bridge #1 is a steel vertical-lift bridge sometimes referred to as the “Iron Curtain”—likely due to its gateway-like location and vertical design. The 267-ft-long Iron Curtain is the last bridge that...
Traffic Management News March 31, 2015
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has expressed concern that it may not have the money to continue providing Amtrak rail service between Portland and Eugene, according to budget discussions in the state capitol.   Gov. John Kitzhaber had earmarked $10.4 million to keep what is known as...
Roadside Safety Advisory Systems News March 31, 2015
The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has unveiled plans to install five new digital message signs along I-380 and Hwy. 30, respectively. A statement released by IDOT via Cathy Cutler, transportation planner with IDOT’s Cedar Rapids District 6 office, stipulated, “It's a way to reach out to...
Funding News March 30, 2015
Over the past six years, Congress has passed a series of 32 short-term extensions to the highway-funding bill, while it has struggled to pass a long-term transportation funding plan.   To help Congress reach a resolution faster and in time for the May 31 deadline, the U.S. Transportation Department...
Maintenance Case Studies March 27, 2015

Workers in Wisconsin load the briner maker.

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The brine maker with advanced technology.

A few years ago, the City of Wauwatosa implemented a brine program for anti-icing and pre-wetting salt. As a pilot program, city officials were cautious when it came to investing in the upfront costs for an in-house brine maker without first seeing the results. Rather than batch their own brine,...
Traffic Management News March 27, 2015
Plans to build a centralized hub that would span two city blocks in downtown Charlotte, N.C. are moving forward.  The Metroplitan Transit Commission (MTC) approved the revised municipal agreement between the city of Charlotte and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (MCDOT), originally...
Funding News March 27, 2015
As lawmakers search for solutions to pay for a new transportation bill by May 31, state leaders such as Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) want to make sure that raising the federal gas tax is not the fix.   Lee plans to introduce an amendment to the Senate’s budget resolution that would increase the threshold...

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