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Bridges News July 24, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the immediate availability of $2 million in federal emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help repair the I-10 Tex Wash Bridge, near Desert Center, Calif., which collapsed due to flash floods caused by heavy...
Maintenance Case Studies July 23, 2015

An application vehicle treats the highway.

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Loaded with salt and ready to batch brine.

MRDC Operations Corporation (MRDC), a private enterprise responsible for maintaining and rehabilitating a 121-mile highway connecting the cities of Fredericton and Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada, began manufacturing and using salt brine several years ago for pre-wetting road salt during deicing...
Maintenance News July 23, 2015
A Trip report found more than one-fourth of urban interstates, freeways and arterial routes with at least two lanes were paved in “poor condition”, and cost the average motorist $516 per year in additional maintenance costs.   Trip analyzed data from the Federal Highway Administration’s 2013 road...
Communications News July 23, 2015
German luxury car makers Audi, a unit of Volkswagen AG, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG and BMW AG have agreed in principle to purchase Nokia’s HERE digital mapping service for approximately $2.7 billion. It is rumored that provided a deal is firmed up, the troika will invite other automotive...
Funding News July 22, 2015
A 1,030-page, six-year transportation-funding bill crafted by Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., failed to move forward in the Senate Tuesday. Senators voted 56-41 to not bring the bill to a vote, saying they needed time to read it.   Oil sales and various offsets would...
Funding News July 22, 2015
While there has been much talk in recent months regarding transit improvements in the state, to the degree that an artery of service is being disbanded to free up cash in order to improve other lines of service, a recent hearing took place during which State Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn’s...
Funding News July 21, 2015
The Wyoming Transportation Commission funded $14.6 million to various projects to improve the state’s infrastructure system.   The following is a list of the new projects awarded contract bids from the Wyoming Department of Transportation:  La Barge, Wyo. LeGrand Johnson Construction of Logan,...
Safety News July 21, 2015
The New Jersey Center for Automated Road Transportation Safety at Fort Monmouth was announced this week after more than three years of planning and organization. The (501(c)(6)) nonprofit New Jersey Corporation’s mission is to substantially improve safety on existing conventional roadway...
Safety Videos July 20, 2015
CRIB is a fully-integrated cargo carrier, designed specifically for the transport, deployment, retrieval, storage and safe-keeping of RoadQuake 2F Temporary Portable Rumble Strips (TPRS). CRIB makes rumble strip deployment faster and safer for workers! And, because of its ergonomic design, complete...
Bridges News July 20, 2015

The I-91 Brattleboro Bridge in Vermont claimed last year's No. 1 spot. 

Gain recognition for your bridge project by filling out a nomination form for Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Bridge awards. When completing the form, but be sure to include as many project challenges as possible to make your project stand out! Ten projects will be be chosen. 
Bridges News July 20, 2015
The Tex Wash bridge along eastbound I-10 collapsed, closing down I-10, the main roadway between Southern California and Phoenix.   A black truck was driving east on I-10 when the bridge collapsed beneath it. The passenger was able to get out but firefighters had to rescue to the driver...
Road Construction News July 20, 2015
According to an announcement by Washington state transportation officials, work on the beleaguered State Route 99 tunnel will resume on Nov. 23, with the boring machine known as “Big Bertha” set to emerge at the north end of the city’s downtown area approximately one year thereafter.   Moreover,...
Funding News July 17, 2015
House Ways and Mean Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urged the Senate to pass the House’s $8 billion highway funding extension without issue or objection.   The House approved a five-month deal, which lasts until December, in an effort to avoid including an extension of the Export-Import Bank’...
Funding News July 16, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a five-month transportation funding extension in order to avoid the construction downturn that would result from the original July 31 deadline.   The measure was passed by a 312-119 bipartisan vote. House Republicans passed the measure in less than 48 hours...
Smart & Resilient Cities News July 16, 2015
Indianapolis city planners have announced their intent to offer developers huge savings— up to tens of thousands of dollars on large-scale projects—by reducing the required number of parking spaces for certain developments on the condition that bike racks, electric-car charging stations or other “...
Road Construction Videos July 15, 2015
Mabey's interlocking, composite matting provides secure, flexible roadways to conform to challenging terrain and yet strong enough to support heavy construction equipment. See how…
Tunnels News July 15, 2015
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published the final rule for national tunnel inspection standards that will serve as the foundation of the nation’s first standardized tunnel inspection program. It will be modeled after the FHWA’s successful bridge program established nearly a...
Funding News July 14, 2015
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled H.R. 3038, an $8.1 billion plan to fund highway and rail transit projects through the end of 2015. The bill would be paid for by extending an airport security fee increase and various tax rule changes.   Congress faces a July 31 deadline to...
Smart & Resilient Cities News July 14, 2015
This week, TU-Automotive announced the release of its 40-page Automated Vehicle HMI Report, which explores the role of HMI in bridging the gap between fully autonomous vehicles and the driver.   While autonomous technology is far from ready to handle all driving conditions, understanding the Human...
DOT in Crisis News July 13, 2015
The U.S. DOT released a table ranking state road and bridge conditions.   Indiana ranks No.1 for the best road conditions, while Illinois and Connecticut are tied for last place.   The nation's poor road and bridge conditions cost each motorist an average of $300 annually. Nearly half the country's...

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