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Law Article September 06, 2016
This month, I want to share with you a unique bid protest case involving an apparent attempt by an ineligible bidder to procure a project through a related company.   The case involves a project let by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) for bridge joint repairs and...

Construction of the massive 1,260-ft cross-river arch.

Bridges Article September 06, 2016
The Almonte River Viaduct is located on the high-speed rail line running from Madrid to Extremadura in southwestern Spain.   At some future time, this railway will be extended to provide high-speed transport between Spain and Portugal, and more specifically between Madrid and Lisbon. The stretch of...

The Sky Ribbon.

Road Construction Article September 06, 2016
The recently opened Gateway WA freight access project at Perth Airport in Australia has already proven successful in fulfilling its function.   Completed almost a year ahead of schedule and under budget, the new roadway provides a safer and more efficient transport network around Perth Airport.   ...

Photo: Christian Mueller 123RF

Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS Article September 06, 2016
A decline in acquiring a driver’s license among young people was identified in Scandinavia in the 1990s.   Since then, this seems to be the trend in all age groups in many developed countries. This is especially the case in urban areas where good public transport coverage and shorter travel...
Road Construction Article September 06, 2016
Road maintenance can be used as a means to get more energy-efficient road transports, leading to an overall reduction of both the energy needed and emissions of greenhouse gases.   There is evidence that by choosing a maintenance option, which in itself is less energy efficient compared to other...
Bridge Inspection Article September 06, 2016
Drones have been heralded as the next big thing in bridge inspection.   However, until recently, little has been done to prove the effectiveness, safety and cost savings of the technology. Building this bank of proof is vital for businesses and government organizations looking to move bridge...
Concrete Article September 06, 2016
Once in a while, especially in cold-weather states, joints in concrete pavements have shown signs of deterioration relatively soon after pavement construction (five to 10 years).   The phenomenon, known as premature joint distress, usually presents as shadowing, microcracking and flaking. These...

Concrete placement by pumping.

Concrete Article September 06, 2016
Concrete bridge decks are susceptible to premature cracking and to corrosion of reinforcing steel.   Cracks in concrete can occur when a restrained mass of concrete changes volume, including drying shrinkage due to water loss. These types of shrinkage cracks can be counteracted with the use of...

Exterior image of completed pedestrian bridge. Photo courtesy of Harrison Photographic.

Bridge Design Article September 06, 2016
The new 390-ft-long international border crossing between San Diego, Calif., and Tijuana, Mexico, may appear to be a simple through-truss structure, but like many signature structures of its kind, the clean lines and aesthetic appeal surround a much more complex engineering undertaking.   The Cross...
Roads Report Article September 06, 2016
Divided attention Hands-free technology is supposed to be the solution to driver distraction, right? Now it turns out it might be part of the problem.   Researchers in Ireland found that even listening to the radio can be enough of a distraction to hinder your driving.   They blame it on the...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News September 06, 2016
Having completed the first phase of its Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has now launched the second phase, which will see the technologies deployed and tested at the three pilot sites.   U.S. DOT has awarded three...
Bridges News September 06, 2016
A Michigan State University (MSU) engineering professor plans to install sensors on the Mackinac Bridge to monitor stress on the aging structure.   Professor Nizar Lajnef told the Lansing State Journal the stress sensors that will be placed on the bridge later this month are a test of a project he’...
Traffic Safety News September 06, 2016
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll, which considers driving in a texting world and what authorities can do to increase traffic safety.
Transportation Management Products September 02, 2016
The Kespry Drone 2.0 is a lighter-weight version of the previous model that flies twice as long, covers twice the ground area and has twice the wind resilience as a result of the new airframe, battery and flight system improvements. The 2.0 flies over 30 minutes per flight, covers up to 150 acres...
Equipment Products September 02, 2016
The Pinnacle NCD+ 500b is the first cordless battery-powered stud welder from Nelson Stud Welding. Delivering thousands of welds on a single battery charge, the Pinnacle has a high-capacity lithium ion battery that fully charges in just 2 hours from a 120V power outlet. The stud welder features 31...
Associations News September 02, 2016
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) will continue their agreement for another five years in continuing the Center for Environment Excellence.   The program was authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in...
Transit News September 02, 2016
The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) is continuing to broaden bus service, putting it on a path to one day match other major cities in urban transit.   Mayor Mike Duggan (D) on Thursday announced what he calls the largest expansion of bus service in the city in at least 20 years.   The...
Safety News September 01, 2016
The Northwest Louisiana Transportation Safety Coalition has developed action plans that could potentially save thousands of lives on Louisiana’s roadways.   Zero deaths is the goal of a statewide initiative that has northwest Louisiana communities working together to improve highway safety. Nine...
Funding News September 01, 2016
A recent Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) audit report revealed that the FHWA does not effectively ensure that states account for preliminary engineering (PE) costs and reimburse funds as required.   The FHWA authorizes billions of dollars in federal-aid funding for PE to assist states in the...
Funding News August 31, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) yesterday announced $14.2 million in grants for states under a new program to explore alternative revenue mechanisms to help sustain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.   The Surface...
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