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Snow / Ice Removal Equipment Products July 30, 2014
SafeLane surface overlay is a vital anti-icing tool that helps prevent ice and frost from forming on roadways and bridges. The patented technology retains deicing chemicals within the surface and releases them as temperatures drop below freezing, helping keep motorists and pedestrians safe from...
Equipment Products July 30, 2014
The Crafco Super Shot is an oil-jacketed melter/applicator designed to apply crack sealant and filler to pavement cracks and joints, resulting in extended pavement service life. It received the Roads & Bridges Contractor’s Choice 2014 Gold Award. It is an ideal choice when crews are continually...
News July 30, 2014
Lawmakers in Washington are picking a fight on the playground before recess has begun.   At stake is the Highway Trust Fund, which will reach a dangerously low level in August. Both the House and Senate traded jabs on July 29 following the Senate’s passage of an $8.1 billion extension of MAP-21. A...
Traffic Management News July 29, 2014
The first portion of the $5.6 billion Silver Line of Washington, D.C.’s, Metrorail subway system is now open for business, with more than 11 miles of new track in northern Virginia. It is the first extension of the Metrorail system since 2004.   While the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit...
News July 29, 2014
Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) is taking longer than expected to build the underground walls of the circular pit crews will use to access and repair the S.R. 99 tunneling machine, but tunneling is still expected to resume as scheduled in March 2015, according to the Washington State Department of...
Traffic Management News July 28, 2014
The “Century Crunch” sounds more like late-night snack, but thankfully it did not give many Los Angeles motorists a bad case of indigestion.   Century and Aviation boulevards near the entrance of the Los Angeles International Airport were completely shutdown on Saturday, July 26, so crew could...
Bridge Construction News July 25, 2014
With the contract for the West Approach Bridge North Project awarded, crews are one step closer to breaking ground in Seattle on the S.R. 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program. The 6,100-ft-long structure will carry traffic across the westbound lanes of S.R. 520 from the new floating bridge to...
Asphalt News July 23, 2014
Roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lacking desirable safety features cost Texas motorists a total of $25.1 billion statewide annually—more than $1,700 per driver in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area—due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related...
Traffic Management News July 22, 2014
Bike-lane design could soon feature more prominently in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) after the national advisory committee behind the list approved 11 bike-lane treatments in late June. The recommendations from the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices now...
Bridges Videos July 22, 2014
Modjeski and Masters kept rail, marine and highway traffic moving in a busy Virginia shipping corridor by designing a 5 million pound lift span that was built offsite and floated it into position on a giant barge. This short video offers fascinating behind the scenes insight from designer, owner,...
News July 22, 2014
It appears the Senate is not going to get in the way of the House of Representative’s $10.9 billion highway-funding extension bill which will keep the Highway Trust Fund functional until May 2015. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and others, however, believe Congress as a whole is missing a...
News July 21, 2014
President Barack Obama traveled to the port of Wilmington, Del., last week to talk about creating jobs and his latest initiative to rebuild America’s transportation infrastructure.   The president spoke near the site of the I-495 bridge. The work to construct new underground foundations for the...
Bridges News July 18, 2014
The collapse of an interstate highway bridge that was struck by a truck carrying an oversize load was ultimately caused by a series of deficiencies in a system intended to safeguard the passage of oversized loads over Washington state's roadways, the National Transportation Safety Board determined...
News July 17, 2014
There is just a few days left to nominate your bridge project to be considered for the 2014 Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Bridges list. The deadline is Wednesday, July 23. For a nomination form, click here. Projects in the design, construction and completion phase over the last 18 months qualify....
Tunnels News July 17, 2014
Tunnel vision can improve; just ask those at the Nevada Department of Transportation.   The agency is about to complete the Carlin Tunnels project on I-80, and the highlight of the enhancement is an LED lighting system that will enhance driver visibility by dimming or brightening according to...
News July 15, 2014
The House of Representatives voted to keep highway funding alive on July 15.   By a 367-55 count, a $10.9 billion package was passed that will provide an uninterrupted cash flow into the Highway Trust Fund until May 2015. Pension smoothing, customs user fees and money coming from an account set up...
Traffic Management News July 15, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover revealed that it is working on self-learning technology for its next generation of vehicles, which would make note of driver behaviors and preferences with the goal of automating daily driving tasks.   Dubbed Smart Assistant by JLR, the technology utilizes a learning algorithm...
Safety News July 15, 2014
While road safety nationwide has improved greatly in the last decade, traffic fatality rates are still generally higher in the northern-plains and southern states than in the Northeast, Midwest and West, according to a University of Michigan researcher.   Michael Sivak, research professor at the...
Traffic Management News July 15, 2014
U.S. DOT has announced plans for several regional connected vehicle pilot projects in different parts of the U.S., and a new website has been established to help educate interested stakeholders about this potential opportunity. U.S. DOT plans to release a request for proposals for the pilot program...
Traffic Management News July 14, 2014
Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) project planners got their first look at a new ITS project planning tool last week following U.S. DOT’s alpha release of the Systems Engineering Tool for Intelligent Transportation (SET-IT) software. The agency has begun seeking comments on the software from...

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