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Road Construction News July 15, 2016
As traffic worsens in east Orange County, Fla., the region's two biggest road-building agencies are quarreling over how to address the problem.   The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which is currently widening a 5-mile stretch of State Road 50 between Dean Road and Old Cheney Highway,...
Highway Construction Videos July 14, 2016
The I-290 Interchange project and the Illinois Route 390 project are part of the Illinois Tollway's Elgin-O'Hare Western Access Project. Scheduled to be complete in 2017, the I-290 Interchange project will include 17 ramps and 15 new bridges in the interchange area, and will create direct access...
Bridges News July 14, 2016
Gov. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) today announced a partnership with South Carolina for an estimated $75 million project to replace existing Interstate 20 bridges over the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal, and add lanes on I-20 to Exit 1 in South Carolina. The project will enhance safety and operations...
Bridge Construction Case Studies July 13, 2016
New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge is a vital component of the state’s infrastructure system. On average, it bears the load of 138,000 vehicles each day, helping commuters cross the Hudson River at one of its widest points; but the bridge, which opened to traffic in 1955, was originally designed to last...
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) News July 13, 2016
The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission has bestowed its seal of approval on a proposal to run bus rapid transit (BRT) 11 miles between Tysons Corner and Alexandria, mostly along Route 7.   The commission—comprised of state legislators, local-government officials and business leaders—...
Bridges News July 13, 2016
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D-N.Y.) today announced the availability of $200 million in enhanced assistance for local governments over the next two years to rehabilitate and replace bridges and culverts statewide.   The funding, provided through the Governor's BRIDGE NY initiative, is being...
Road Construction Videos July 12, 2016
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) provides construction updates for the month of July, including project information on the Bargerter Highway 600 West Interchange, the Mountain View Corridor project in West Valley City, and the resurfacing of SR-210 (Wasatch Blvd.) between Big and Little...
Safety Products Products July 12, 2016
CRIB Cargo Carrier is designed for the transport, deployment and retrieval of RoadQuake 2F Temporary Portable Rumble Strips. The CRIB reduces deployment and removal time, keeping workers less exposed to traffic and acting as a solution to manual handling of the rumble strips.    For more...
Safety Products Products July 12, 2016
The BoardWalk temporary pedestrian modular ramp provides accessible, safe guidance wherever alternate pedestrian pathways cross curbs or other obstacles. The ramp can be installed perpendicular to the street, across a curb, and to a temporary crosswalk. The ramp and platform can be installed...
Safety Products Products July 12, 2016
Nite Beams' high-vision LED safety vests emit lighted beams into darkness, visible up to 1/4 mile in each direction. The vests are powered by 1 oz. USB rechargeable battery packs, operating up to 40 hours on full charge. A variety of LED colors are available. 

Photo: Jonathan Bloom, ABC7 News Bay Area

Traffic Safety News July 12, 2016
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently tested a new system in Berkeley to help keep traffic moving on Interstate 80 as part of the I-80 SMART Corridor Project, which aims to improve traffic in one of the most congested locations in the Bay Area.   The electronic signs have...
Bridge Construction News July 12, 2016
The state of Illinois has given the green light to a new toll bridge linking Interstate 80 to the CenterPoint intermodal facility in Joliet and Elwood.   The Houbolt Road bridge agreement, announced Monday, is designed to alleviate traffic congestion on local roads and fuel continued growth for the...
DOT in Crisis News July 11, 2016
A new analysis finds that a week-long shutdown of New Jersey transportation improvement projects that began July 8 will cost the transportation construction industry and New Jersey taxpayers at least $41 million and displace as many as 1,700 construction workers.    As the shutdown continues, the...
Automated Vehicles News July 08, 2016
According to Google’s most recent monthly self-driving report, the company’s self-driving car now not only knows how to navigate around cyclists but can recognize, understand and remember their hand signals.   This is an important aspect for a self-driving car that shares the roads with pedestrians...
Road Construction News July 08, 2016
The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) announced that road damage from recent flooding in the state now totals approximately $46,859,290.   More than a dozen contractors have been hired to restore access to communities and repair major routes. WVDOH crews from around the state have been...
Concrete Products July 07, 2016
Kestrel Weather Instruments launched their 5200 Professional Environmental Meter, which provides weather and building performance readings such as wind and air flow, temperature and humidity anywhere on-site. It also provides specialized readings for pouring concrete and commissioning HVAC systems...
Equipment Article July 07, 2016
The degree to which agencies and contractors invest in equipment often follows the tide of project-letting volume, which, in turn, follows the tide of available or expected funding.   In this regard, 2016—and, if the trend continues, 2017—has been steadily approaching high tide.   The ratification...
Road Construction Article July 07, 2016
The topic of sustainability often prompts the question of who is responsible for leading such efforts in road and highway development.   While many constituents recognize the need to introduce a greater focus on long-term environmental and climate issues, the responsibility for this introduction...
Traffic Safety Article July 07, 2016
Roadway departure crashes comprise approximately 56% of all fatal crashes nationwide, according to the Federal Highway Administration.   In Delaware, roadway departure crashes accounted for 40% of all traffic-related fatalities from 2007 through 2014 and 21% of all serious injury crashes in the...
Law Article July 07, 2016
I have written in the past on a contractor’s duty to inquire pre-bid about ambiguities in plans and specifications.   Generally, the duty to make such inquiries arises when the ambiguities are patent or, in other words, obvious. Whether an ambiguity is patent or latent is not always an easy...
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