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Road Construction News November 21, 2016
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has substantially completed a project to reconstruct the S.R. 431 Mt. Rose Highway truck escape ramp. Prohibited to travel westbound during construction, commercial trucks are now permitted on both directions of Mt. Rose Highway.   The truck ramp,...

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Transportation Management News November 18, 2016
Two special-assignment teams at the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) that have focused on providing outstanding customer service, keeping customers and MoDOT workers safe, and preparing for the transportation network of the future have won prestigious national awards from the American...
Work-Zone Safety News November 17, 2016
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is testing technology to make the tracks safer for its workers who fix and maintain the system.   Track workers will wear a band that alerts them when a train is approaching a work zone too fast. It is a system that is expected to give workers on...
Bridge Construction Case Studies November 17, 2016
The old wooden bridges on both Ezell Road and Overhead Bridge Road in Spartanburg County, S.C., were in need of replacement. The load ratings on both bridges had been decreased due to their deficient SD ratings. These single-lane structures had served the citizens of Chesnee in Spartanburg County...
Road Construction News November 17, 2016
In effort to more evenly distribute revenue derived by the state’s gas tax, Utah lawmakers have changed a complicated tax distribution formula in hopes of making dissemination more fair across the state.   Gov. Gary Herbert called a special session of the legislature to address this issue after the...
Safety News November 16, 2016
The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has begun installing some components of a new $1 billion crash-prevention system before a full design is complete in an effort to meet a 2018 federal deadline, railroad officials said.   Designing and installing positive train control (PTC) technology at the same...

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Bridge Construction News November 15, 2016
A new bridge that will carry traffic from State Route 99 into Seattle is designed to survive earthquakes and seismic shocks.   The bridge will take traffic from northbound State Route 99 off and into the city. As drivers cross it, they will not see any significant difference between this bridge and...

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Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS Article November 15, 2016
Connected vehicles have captured the public’s imagination. A multitude of new announcements from big automotive, technology companies and the U.S. DOT, coupled with the potential to greatly improve the safety and efficiency of surface transportation systems, has even public agencies evaluating the...
Excavators Case Studies November 14, 2016
The El Paso Valley in Texas has a history of irrigation dating back to the 1800s, ultimately leading to the creation of the El Paso County Water Improvement District, headquartered in Clint. The district provides water and controls runoff for 69,000 acres of land in the vicinity of the Rio Grande...
Traffic Safety News November 14, 2016
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has started work on new safety markings at the I-25/U.S. 285 interchange near Eldorado, adding directional arrows and reflectors.   The project is the first step in making the interchange safer. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales on asked the state a...
Funding News November 14, 2016
U.S. voters backed dozens of statewide and local ballot measures Nov. 8 that pave the way to shore up or protect transportation funding streams.   The American Public Transportation Association called it "an historic day . . . as voters approved 33 of 48 local and statewide public transit measures...
Road Construction News November 14, 2016
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which discusses the president-elect's plans for road and bridge infrastructure.
Bridge Construction News November 11, 2016
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority on Thursday released a Request for Proposals for construction of a new six-lane bridge across the Detroit River.   Canada plans to cover the cost of building the $2.1 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge, plus a $250 million customs plaza on the U.S. side....
Transit News November 10, 2016
Mulling hundreds of billions of dollars in public transportation investment across referenda nationwide, voters approved 33 of 48 local and statewide public transit measures—a 69% passage rate (based on results as they currently stand). Los Angeles, Seattle and Atlanta were three major cities that...
Slab / Pavement Lifting and Stabilization Case Studies November 09, 2016
Minimizing the risk of injury to personnel while maintaining highly productive work environments in heavy traffic areas is a primary challenge associated with the development and maintenance of America’s roads and highways.    Becco Contractors Inc., a Tulsa-based civil construction company,...
Funding News November 09, 2016
New Jersey voters on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment dedicating gas tax proceeds to transportation projects, locking in more than $1 billion a year in new revenue from the recently enacted 23-cent gas tax.   The referendum passed despite a late revolt against the once-virtually...
Erosion Control and Soil Stabilization Case Studies November 09, 2016
When a project requires multiple grade changes, the details can quickly become complicated. Construction time and costs can increase exponentially if the right solution is not provided. K. J. Beamish Construction Co. was tasked with reconstructing a section of Bathurst Street for the Regional...
Paving Videos November 09, 2016
Crafco Mastic One is used to repair an edge joint on Interstate 94 in Monroe County, Wisc.
Road Construction News November 08, 2016
Besides choosing candidates today, voters nationwide will face at least 232 city, county and state ballot initiatives to decide whether to raise a potential $250 billion for road and bridge construction.   One of the smallest measures is a $5,308-a-year property-tax measure for road maintenance in...
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