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Safety Article June 08, 2016
The safety of many short-term, short-duration and mobile work-zone operations is enhanced through the use of shadow vehicles and truck-mounted attenuators (TMAs).   Shadow vehicles and TMAs are deployed upstream of these operations to protect work crews on foot from a vehicle intruding into the...
Safety Article June 08, 2016
One year, Life magazine dubbed it, “the loneliest road in America.”   It was Nevada’s U.S. Rte. 50, and to this day it still can oftentimes be a vast desert wasteland that surrounds hundreds of miles of lonely asphalt. At times, traveling this road can be so mundane that a motorist might innocently...
Safety Article June 08, 2016
Determining the appropriate application of pavement markings is a persistent challenge for departments of transportation.   A team of researchers from the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation recently partnered with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to conduct a field...
Safety Article June 08, 2016
Improving our nation’s infrastructure though the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges is a vital part of making our country great.   From architects and planners to jobsite crews, these hard-working professionals face long days on their feet in sometimes challenging environments.  ...
Transportation Management News June 08, 2016
In a move to make travel on Interstate 10 safer and more efficient, the transportation leaders in four states have created a coalition supporting innovation along the corridor.   An agreement establishing the voluntary I-10 Corridor Coalition, proposed by Arizona Department of Transportation...
DesignBuild News June 08, 2016
The Nevada Department of Transportation today ceremonially broke ground on the USA Parkway extension project connecting Interstate 80 and U.S. 50 through Storey and Lyon counties.   The USA Parkway was originally constructed as a privately built, six-mile-long road connecting I-80 to the Tahoe Reno...
Roads Report Article June 07, 2016
Pedal like it’s 1999 Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the indelible contributions that dads make in our lives. So this year, let’s do better than another coffee mug and a fart joke card.   Does Dad love music, exercise and dress-up? If so, you can’t go wrong with this month’s Pedalpalooza...
Law Article June 07, 2016
Oftentimes, construction contract disputes arise because both parties to a contract disagree over the interpretation of a provision that is supposed to govern a specific event or circumstance.   If they cannot resolve their dispute and must resort to litigation, the judge must decide what the...
Winter Maintenance Article June 07, 2016
Snow removal season is prime time for road maintenance workers.   Venturing out into the bitter, wintry weather in their snowplows or winter maintenance vehicles, crews are tasked with protecting the average citizen from the perils of snowstorms by eliminating snow and ice from major roads and...

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Bridge Construction Article June 07, 2016
Residents of Arlington, Va., recently celebrated the completion of the long-planned Rte. 27/244 Interchange Modification Project, a major infrastructure improvement set in a historic neighborhood near the Pentagon.   The $48.5 million project included design and construction of the new Freedmans...
Asphalt Article June 07, 2016
The use of reclaimed asphalt shingles (RAS) in asphalt mixes is on the rise.   A recent survey conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) showed that RAS use reached 1.9 million tons nationwide in 2014, an increase of nearly 180% since 2009. While reducing material costs for...
Asphalt Article June 07, 2016
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is working towards going “all in” on intelligent compaction (IC).   IC is viewed as a means to improve contractor quality control on the compaction of asphalt pavements, thus leading to longer-lasting pavements. In addition, as the process...
Asphalt Article June 07, 2016
They did not travel long distances to see the weeping track. In fact, I doubt many racing fans in the New York region saw the strange phenomenon.   Asphalt pavement weeping happens when moisture collects in the sub-base and is pushed to the surface through a crack. Water on a racetrack is bad...
DesignBuild News June 07, 2016
The Nevada state Board of Transportation on Monday approved using a design-build process for a $60 million highway improvement project for the Faraday Future electric car factory now under construction in Apex in the southern region of the state.   Construction of the five-mile-long widening of U.S...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS News June 07, 2016
Texas A&M University Transportation Institute (TTI) announced Monday one of the first uses of its new RELLIS campus will be a partnership with companies to test, design and develop more efficient intersections.   Future intersections go beyond the sequenced traffic signals common on many city...
Bridge Construction Case Studies June 06, 2016
In Sauk County, Wis., an hour northwest of Madison, the Baraboo Bypass off U.S. 12 is coming together—literally. The south section of the bypass will be 5.4 miles long and four lanes wide, splitting from U.S. 12 at Ski Hi Road in the city of Baraboo, proceeding northward. The north section of the...
Public Transportation News June 06, 2016
Rather than viewing companies like Uber and Lyft as competition, several Bay Area bus agencies are looking to partner with the ride-hailing services instead.   Bus operators are hoping to solve what they call the first- and last-mile problem: getting riders, especially ones in more suburban...
Maintenance News June 06, 2016
In a new regulatory policy stance, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) may provide more flexibility to state departments of transportations when those DOTs seek to exclude infrastructure improvements from detailed environmental reviews before the work can go forward.   The rule change would...
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) News June 03, 2016
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the award of $37.5 million in federal grant funds to the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) for a new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in Columbus.   The 15.6-mile BRT service, called CMAX, will provide a much-needed option in a corridor with...
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