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High-Speed Rail News June 16, 2016
Texas Central Partners, LLC (Texas Central), a private company that is leading the bullet train project coming to Texas, is developing a new high-speed passenger rail system that will connect Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. The bullet train will be the first high-speed rail the country has ever seen...
Road Construction News June 16, 2016
Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says the state faces the unprecedented prospect of missing a road construction season if lawmakers fail to approve a stopgap spending plan that Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed.   On the final day of the Democratic-controlled Legislature’s spring...
Fiber Optic Cables and Communications Systems News June 15, 2016
A fiber optic cable running the 550-mile length of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will prepare the toll road for future data needs, including those connected with "smart" cars.   The line will be installed under a project approved this week by the state's Public-Private Partnership (P3) Board.   The...
Bridges News June 15, 2016
More than a third of the $3.5 billion of the funds that state planners intend to spend on Iowa’s transportation needs in the next five years will be devoted to improving the state’s bridges.   The seven-member Iowa Transportation Commission recently approved a 2017-2021 transportation improvement...
Safety Products June 15, 2016
Corrosion of steel reinforcement is one of the most important factors affecting the life expectancy of concrete structures. To tackle this issue, Bekaert developed a range of low-relaxation galvanized PC strands. Depending on requirement, the company offers zinc coating levels up to 1 oz/sq ft, per...
Retaining Walls Case Studies June 14, 2016
The Paseo Del Norte/I-25 Interchange is one of the busiest corridors in New Mexico, often producing major traffic congestion issues during rush hours. The city of Albuquerque needed a way to make it easier and safer to travel on the highways, and wanted to incorporate a pedestrian walkway and bike...
Highway Construction Videos June 14, 2016
The Jane Byrne Interchange in Chicago is the meeting place for the I-90 Kennedy Expressway, the I-290 Eisenhower, and the I-94 Dan Ryan. The northwest flyover project will allow traffic to flow unimpeded from the Dan Ryan to the city's outlying suburbs. The 2016 construction season is expected to...
Highway Construction News June 14, 2016
Expanding Interstate 77 and canceling the private contract to build toll lanes would cost $800 million—including a $300 million cancellation fee, according to figures disclosed in a letter from North Carolina’s state transportation department to lawmakers. The figure, if accurate, is higher than...
Traffic Safety News June 14, 2016
A recent study by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Western Michigan University shows new signs and signals make roads safer for older drivers. Michigan’s aging population has resulted in an increase in the number of older drivers involved in traffic crashes. The number of...
Bridge Construction News June 13, 2016
The time has come to submit nominations for the Top 10 Bridge projects for 2016.    Created in 2000, Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Bridges awards recognize the top bridge projects in North America each year. Nominations are submitted to the R&B editorial staff, who determine the Top 10 list based...
Signage News June 13, 2016
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced that signs warning motorists not to text while driving are being installed this week along I-95 and State Route 1. Strategically placed near the rest areas, they encourage drivers to wait until they get to the rest stop before reading or...
Highway Construction News June 13, 2016
Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce members and leaders traveled to Washington, D.C., this week, to push for speed on construction of Interstate 11 between Las Vegas and Phoenix. A group of more than 50 business people and officials visited with members of the Nevada congressional delegation and...
Traffic Safety News June 10, 2016
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) plans to carry out crossing upgrades this year as it prepares to provide high-speed rail passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis by 2017.   About 20 crossing safety upgrades between East St. Louis and Carlinville are planned. Among the...
Highway Construction News June 10, 2016
A new, $1 billion interstate highway planned to connect Norfolk and Raleigh will open a high-speed, unobstructed route between a Virginia port and the Research Triangle region of North Carolina.   The road, to be called Interstate 87, could take as long as two decades to complete. It has the...
Traffic Safety News June 09, 2016
For three consecutive days, Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) law enforcement officers have been performing continuous inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers as a part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 72-hour International Roadcheck. Inspection...
Demolition News June 09, 2016
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) blew up another section of the B.B. Comer Bridge across the Tennessee River in Scottsboro, Alabama, yesterday morning.   All traffic within a 1500-foot radius of the blasting site was halted for an estimated 15-20 minutes during the demolition. River...
Road Design Videos June 08, 2016
With the recent economic boom felt throughout the City of D’Iberville comes an increase in traffic throughout the I-10 corridor. To help accommodate this growth, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has implemented Mississippi’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI). This new...
Bridge Inspection Videos June 08, 2016
Scott Kuntz has been working as a bridge inspector for almost seven years. He and his team are responsible for inspecting over 664 bridges in MDOT’s District 7. Scott’s number one objective during an inspection is to ensure that each bridge is safe for Mississippi’s residential and commercial...
Bridges Videos June 08, 2016
On June 6, 2014, Highway 78 was shut down at 8:30 p.m. in order for the Pigeon Roost Road Bridge in Mississippi to be demolished. Work progressed throughout the night and into the morning. At 7:30 a.m. on June 7, Highway 78 was reopened to traffic. The demolition of the bridge only took 11 hours.
Bridges Videos June 08, 2016
The prefabricated Mabey Bridge in Trementina, N.M. spans an 80-ft section of arroyo, which floods out during the summer and is covered with snow in winter, making travel difficult for motorists in the region. Since the six-month bridge installation project was completed, however, the community has...
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