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Traffic Safety News August 31, 2016
The number of people who died in auto accidents reached 35,092 last year, according to newly released figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That figure is a 7.2% increase from 2014. The last time there was such a large single-year increase was back in 1966.  ...
Snow / Ice Removal Chemicals Products August 30, 2016
ICE BITE is an organic-based liquid performance enhancer derived from sugar beets that can be used alone to pre-treat, mix with salt brine, pile treat or use as a pre-wetting agent. The deicing fluid is effective to -18ºF with a residual effect that prevents bonding of ice and hard pack to the...
Asphalt Modifiers Emulsions Products August 30, 2016
Liquid Road is a high-performance mineral and fiber-reinforced asphalt emulsion blended with polymers and special surfactants for superior adhesion, flexibility and durability. Replenishing the binder lost through oxidation and weathering, Liquid Road provides slip-resistant durable surface...
Work-Zone Safety (Attenuators) Products August 30, 2016
No ground anchoring, the largest selection of transitions and modular technology allow the ABSORB 350 Anchorless Crash Cushion to be used in multiple speed conditions. At 2 ft wide, this impact attenuator is ideally suited for narrow areas in work zones where road and workspace is limited. Able to...
Bridge Construction News August 30, 2016
A large crane lifted the last steel section of the East End Crossing Bridge into place Monday morning to connect its two sides, signaling a significant step in the completion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.   The milestone means that work on the superstructure is heading into its final phase....
Transportation Management News August 30, 2016
On August 29, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established the new Small UAS Rule (Part 107), changing operation regulations for the commercial drone industry across the nation.   Part 107 established new rules for non-hobbyist small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations, establishing...
Saws Products August 29, 2016
The Husqvarna FS 7000 D is a Tier 4 compliant, highly productive flat saw that can handle large jobs where production is a concern, and is equipped with a digital control panel that enables the operator to monitor and make adjustments while cutting. 
Snow / Ice Removal Chemicals Products August 29, 2016
The AccuBrine automated brine maker NXT-Gen now brings even more advanced brine-making technology, greater accuracy and precision automation with updated features such as a redesigned operator interface screen layout and new PLC program to provide a cleaner screen navigation. The NXT-Gen features a...

The Clear Roads survey asked state winter maintenance departments for information about their vehicle fleets as well as add-on features. Courtesy Michigan Department of Transportation.

Winter Maintenance Article August 29, 2016
A single grain of salt weighs mere milligrams, but numbers add up quickly in the winter maintenance world.   States measure annual salt use by the ton. A fleet of plow trucks can be in the thousands. A state’s annual winter maintenance expenses are typically in the tens (or hundreds) of millions of...
Winter Maintenance Article August 29, 2016
In 2010, Bicycling Magazine named Minneapolis, Minn., as the No. 1 bike city in the U.S.   The publication went on to say that the unforgiving and frigid Midwestern city is the country’s top spot to be an urban cyclist. Now we just have to figure out why. When I heard about that, I thought to...
Winter Maintenance Article August 29, 2016
Snowplow vehicles often perform in conditions of limited visibility, including darkness, fog, and falling or blowing snow.   The primary purpose of equipping snowplows with lighting is to make the roadway more visible for the operators, so they can complete their work safely. However, lighting also...
Winter Maintenance Article August 29, 2016
Gravel and loose-top surfaced roads were, in the earliest days of roadbuilding, pretty much all you got.   These roads made up the majority of mileage for any municipal agency. Maintaining these loose-top roads became the training ground for many operators both at the municipal and contracted level...

MaineDOT has outfitted its snowplow trucks with an electronic spreader control system that accurately records the amount of granular materials and liquids applied to winter roadways.

Winter Maintenance Article August 29, 2016
Twenty-five years ago the goal for a winter road-maintenance fleet manager was straightforward—keep highways safe for travelers and don’t worry too much about the amount of salt applied to roadway surfaces.   Automating key snow- and ice-control systems was not on any fleet manager’s short list of...
Transit News August 29, 2016
Vice President Biden on Friday announced that Amtrak will receive a $2.45 billion federal loan.   The loan, which the White House says is the largest in the history of the U.S. Department of Transportation, will be used to buy 28 new train sets and to improve rails and stations along the Northeast...
Road Construction News August 29, 2016
The funding necessary to provide Minnesota with an economically competitive state highway and bridge system over the next 20 years has increased significantly, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) planning projections.   MnDOT planners working on the Minnesota State Highway...
Funding News August 29, 2016
Visit our homepage and take this week's poll question, which concerns the pending Senate rescission proposal, now that Congress is heading back to session.
Light Rail Transit (LRT) News August 26, 2016
Launching four years earlier than originally planned, officials say the $383 million South 200th Link Extension spanning 1.6 miles in the Seattle area will open $40 million under the budget outlined in Sound Transit 2, the voter-approved plan developed in 2008 to further Sound Transit’s expansion...
Bridge Construction News August 26, 2016
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) unveiled replacement work at two Dodge County bridges on Thursday to showcase a new bridge construction technique, which simplifies the process and reduces project time while potentially increasing quality.   The bridges spanning Shaw Brook and...
Tires Products August 26, 2016
Earthmax SR 22, G2/L2 all-steel radial tires are designed for motor graders and loaders operating in snow and ice. Whether you are working on paved surfaces, gravel or dirt, you can count on long-lasting quality and performance at an affordable price. Sizes include 14.00R24, 17.5R25 and 20.5R25.
Safety Case Studies August 25, 2016
To improve both work-zone and worker safety, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission tested temporary portable rumble strips (TPRS, or rumble strips) in September and October of 2015.   The goal was to test the effectiveness of TPRS in short-term work zones. Specifically, to determine if TPRS would “…...
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