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Storm Water News August 22, 2016
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Storm Water News August 22, 2016
Heavy rains and historic flooding of swollen rivers and creeks closed hundreds of roads in southern Louisiana over the past week—including sections of interstate highways—leading to on-road rescues and many drivers abandoning their vehicles.   Several days after the floods began, a reported 30,000...
Autonomous Vehicle Systems News August 19, 2016
Uber will offer customers in Pittsburgh rides in self-driving vehicles starting this month, according to a report from Bloomberg yesterday.   Customers in the city's downtown will be randomly matched with one of the company’s self-driving cars, a modified Volvo sport utility vehicle, when they hail...
Maintenance News August 19, 2016
California motorists are hit with $53.6 billion per year in additional costs due to congested roads and deteriorating road conditions, according to a recent report by The Road Improvement Program (TRIP).   The report finds that rough roads are responsible for $18.3 billion (34.14%) of the total...
Road Maintenance Videos August 18, 2016
Learn how flexible, durable Concrete Cloth can help simplify complex, costly infrastructure challenges such as culvert rehabilitation, ditch lining, erosion control and more.
Transit News August 18, 2016
A report issued Wednesday by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project and the CoPIRG Foundation calls for the state of Colorado to invest $1.05 billion annually in transit, bicycle and pedestrian improvements for the next quarter century.   The recommendations in the report include spending more...
Road Construction News August 18, 2016
With lawmakers in New Jersey at an impasse over transportation funding, Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday ordered officials to use the state’s general fund to pay for “essential” transportation projects until the crisis is resolved.   In an executive order, Mr. Christie said the state’s...
Highway Maintenance Case Studies August 17, 2016
As a result of periodic culvert inspections, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) identified an existing triple-barrel steel-plate culvert south of Richmond, Va., as requiring a repair. Since the roadway above the existing culvert had just been repaved and new guardrail had been...
Equipment Case Studies August 17, 2016
Central Hudson Gas & Electric in New York State was working on the OR, EM & PX Line Project, performing several miles of line maintenance and repair. Seasonal rains saturated the ground and elevated the water level in the nearby Hudson River. Central Hudson Gas & Electric needed a way...
Bridge Inspection News August 17, 2016
The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission in September will complete its first bridge inspection using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone.   The drone will be used to inspect the Sandusky River Bridge, a 970-ft-long bridge in Sandusky County some time in mid-September.   The turnpike...
Traffic Safety News August 16, 2016
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) has a plan with the ultimate goal of eliminating fatalities and injuries on Montana highways. As a response to the hundreds of traffic deaths per year in the state, the department is implementing the Vision Zero campaign, which is part of a nationwide...
Public Transportation News August 16, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced an opportunity to apply for $7 million in federal funding for projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to improve safety for public transportation workers and passengers. The Safety Research...
Traffic Management News August 15, 2016
Virginia recently took a step toward integrating communication between the state’s five traffic management centers.   Along with creating a more cohesive traffic and emergency communication network, the upgraded Advanced Traffic Management System at some point is supposed to allow for automated,...
Highway Construction News August 15, 2016
A $29.4 million road project along Interstate 75 in northern Saginaw County, Mich., is set to begin today.   The construction project is expected to stretch through November 2017, according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Transportation.   Drivers on I-75 should be aware of a...
Equipment Products August 12, 2016
The solar power units to support construction cameras from OxBlue have been recently enhanced to be smaller, lighter and easier to install, with panels at almost half the size of the original design and 30 lb off the battery. The system includes an EZ-bracket mount system for the panels. The solar-...
Highway Construction News August 12, 2016
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) put out the call Thursday morning for private partners to help develop the Interstate 55 (Stevenson Expressway) managed lane project—new toll lanes from Bolingbrook to Chicago designed to alleviate congestion.   The project, which recently received...

Work on the westbound auxiliary lane on I-290 in the early summer.

Highway Construction Article August 11, 2016
Live near any major city and you’re inevitably going to deal with a few unpleasant things, primary of which, for anyone who holds down a job or attends school or has a life outside the home at all, is likely going to be traffic congestion.   And Chicagoans seem to have it worse than most.   Chicago...
Road Design Article August 11, 2016
They will still make you stand and wait in Phoenix, but the chances of being offered a cool breeze are increasing by the year.   The southwestern city is embarking on a pedestrian-friendly street crusade involving a series of complete streets projects. Roosevelt Street was the first to feel it, and...

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Road Design Article August 11, 2016
Chances are good that your city is planning to resurface one of its major streets some time soon.   Chances are less good, however, that city leaders recognize this—and other projects like it—as an opportunity to support local businesses; or to help residents lead healthier lives, help low-income...

An aerial view of the Crosstown Parkway’s 4,000-ft-long bridge over the St. Lucie River.

Road Construction Article August 11, 2016
As Florida’s population grows, what were once sleepy, quaint municipalities have grown into robust cities with demanding infrastructure needs.   Such is the case for the city of Port St. Lucie, a municipality of more than 170,000 people located midway between Cape Kennedy and Ft. Lauderdale on the...
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