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Construction Planning News April 19, 2016
Mild spring weather has set road construction in motion earlier than usual in North Dakota, and more money will be spent on highways and bridges than last year despite recent budget cuts to the state department of transportation (NDOT).   NDOT has $680 million in work planned for this construction...
Traffic Safety News April 18, 2016
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Friday that it will be doing more rigorous testing of highway infrastructure and installing bolted-down manhole covers in high speed travel lanes after a cover dislodged and smashed through a Milton teacher’s windshield, killing her in...
Road Construction News April 18, 2016
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has issued its notice to proceed to North Perimeter Contractors to begin work on the $800 million I-285/SR 400 Improvement Project in Atlanta.   According to GDOT, the corridor handles 420,000 vehicles. As of now the notice authorizes right of way...
Road Construction News April 15, 2016
Nebraska this week saw passage of the Transportation Innovation Act (L960), a bill that increases funding for Nebraska transportation projects and authorizes design-build project delivery, Construction Manager/General Contractor delivery, and the use of public-private partnerships (P3s) for...

A completed riser project in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Manhole Risers Case Studies April 14, 2016
Founded in 1916, Rieth Riley Construction is a large paving firm, serving Indiana and Michigan with 30 asphalt plants. With that kind of paving volume, and a nearly century-long history, the firm has rigorously tested hundreds of infrastructure solutions, and the tools and techniques that make the...
Traffic Safety News April 14, 2016
A Kansas State University researcher is partnering with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to develop a state-specific crash prediction model for rural multilane highways.   “Saving even a single life would be important for Kansas as well as for the U.S.,” said Syeda Rubaiyat Aziz, who...
DOT in Crisis News April 14, 2016
New Jersey transportation officials this week faced the Assembly Budget Committee, whose members grilled them on the looming standoff surrounding the Transportation Trust Fund, set to run dry in early August, according to acting transportation commissioner Richard Hammer.   Despite legislators’...
Funding News April 13, 2016
A proposal in Illinois for the state to put a device on cars to see how many miles citizens are driving would make use of that data to charge a tax on drivers based on miles driven.    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, who this week made an appearance at the Innovation in Construction,...
Bridge Construction News April 12, 2016
A major piece of interchange work on I-25 at Arapahoe Road in Denver, Colo., is set to begin May 2 and last until 2018. Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials say the project will ultimately relieve congestion and increase safety in the area.   The existing partial cloverleaf...
Transportation Management News April 12, 2016
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled a plan to build 50 miles of "better bike lanes" throughout Chicago over the next three years, a strategy that Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said will strengthen the "quality and connectivity of our bike network" by creating...
Light Rail Transit (LRT) News April 11, 2016
NJ Transit officials say the on-board cameras and audio surveillance systems aboard their railcars are needed to fight crime and maintain security. They are also constantly recording, thus the casual conversations of all transit patrons are a matter of digital record.   "People take it in stride,"...
Asphalt News April 11, 2016
Indiana’s East-West Toll Road is set to receive a $200 million makeover and work begins today. According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, it is to be the largest project undertaken by the toll road since its original construction in 1954.   The project’s scale includes the...
Highway Maintenance Article April 08, 2016
Among the public trusts that touch the lives of pretty much every American, by either circumstance or necessity, the highway and road infrastructure system is arguably the most crucial.   Its maintenance is therefore of the utmost importance to each state-level department of transportation. As such...
Asphalt Article April 08, 2016
When the asphalt surface of U.S. 412 in southern Missouri required pavement preservation to repair cracking and increasing roughness, the project was scoped using diamond grinding as the primary preservation treatment.   Diamond grinding is a pavement preservation technique that improves pavement...
News April 08, 2016
Project Neon is about to light up the Las Vegas area with activity.   Officials gathered in Symphony Park to christen the start of the $1 billion project, which covers 3.7 miles on I-15 and will help lighten congestion on Las Vegas’ infamous Spaghetti Bowl.   “We need this,” Nevada Gov. Brian...
Bridges Article April 08, 2016
An important evacuation route and major link from the New Jersey mainland to the popular beach communities of Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, the 60-year-old Mathis Bridge carries three lanes of Rte. 37 eastbound over Barnegat Bay.   Constructed in 1950, this 66-span, 0.9-mile-long structure...
Asphalt Article April 08, 2016
From the semi-arid northern plains to the humid subtropical piney woods, Texas’ sprawling network of roads—nearly 700,000 lane-miles of them—span multiple climates.   The temperature and landscape variances over such a vast area can wreak havoc on roadway maintenance. Many shortcomings arise when...

Security in intelligent transportation requires sensible planning and implementation of a defense-in-depth strategy. The combination of constructive, operational and reactive strategies over the long term can create a robust defense, where overall security can be achieved in scales greater than the sum of its parts. 

Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS Article April 08, 2016
Many a traffic engineer is familiar with fiddling the door lock on a traffic controller cabinet.   Not too long ago, that was the only security task in maintaining traffic systems for technicians in the field. Security controls for these kinds of traffic management systems, in particular for older...
DOT in Crisis Article April 08, 2016
The transportation systems for highways and arterials in the U.S. have advanced from a collection of independently operating devices to highly interconnected, far-reaching and integrated systems.   These integrated systems require a reliable communication network that spans a broad geographical...
DOT in Crisis Article April 08, 2016
If you are caught in the middle of this sandstorm, don’t even think about blinking your eyes. One second is all a hacker needs to penetrate a firewall and drop a load of Armageddon on a department of transportation (DOT).   “At any given moment there are about 20,000 attacks [happening] on the...
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