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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...
Bridges News June 03, 2016
A $663,000 barrier intended to prevent people from jumping off the French King Bridge was recently approved by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).   Along with the proposed barrier, MassDOT last week installed and began testing a web-based mobile camera system on the bridge to...
Automated Vehicle Development News June 02, 2016
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards joined elected, industry and other transportation officials to mark the state’s continued and progressive steps as a national leader in the safe, innovative development of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies...
Aggregates News June 02, 2016
Rhode Island is seeking federal help to replace a dilapidated highway interchange with a $595 million project that would bury a Providence expressway beneath a park-lined boulevard.   Critics warn the project could be another Big Dig—Boston's Central Artery project that achieved similar results in...
Bridges Videos June 01, 2016
Replacement of the Mountain Road bridge in Stowe was delayed for decades because of the impact it would have on Stowe’s economy. Utilizing Accelerated Bridge Construction methods, VTrans was able to close the road and replace the bridge in a matter of weeks. 
Bridges Videos June 01, 2016
The I-91 bridges over Route 5 in Hartford were fracture critical and due for replacement. To minimize impacts to interstate traffic, the bridge slides took place over just two weekends, as part of the VTrans Accelerated Bridge Program.
Bridges Videos June 01, 2016
In 2015, the Vermont Agency of Transportation completed construction on the eighth rebuild of the historic floating bridge in the town of Brookfield. The rebuild of the Brookfield floating bridge was designed to withstand a variety of forces and to last much longer.
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