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DOT in Crisis News July 11, 2016
A new analysis finds that a week-long shutdown of New Jersey transportation improvement projects that began July 8 will cost the transportation construction industry and New Jersey taxpayers at least $41 million and displace as many as 1,700 construction workers.    As the shutdown continues, the...
Automated Vehicles News July 08, 2016
According to Google’s most recent monthly self-driving report, the company’s self-driving car now not only knows how to navigate around cyclists but can recognize, understand and remember their hand signals.   This is an important aspect for a self-driving car that shares the roads with pedestrians...
Road Construction News July 08, 2016
The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) announced that road damage from recent flooding in the state now totals approximately $46,859,290.   More than a dozen contractors have been hired to restore access to communities and repair major routes. WVDOH crews from around the state have been...
Concrete Products July 07, 2016
Kestrel Weather Instruments launched their 5200 Professional Environmental Meter, which provides weather and building performance readings such as wind and air flow, temperature and humidity anywhere on-site. It also provides specialized readings for pouring concrete and commissioning HVAC systems...
Equipment Article July 07, 2016
The degree to which agencies and contractors invest in equipment often follows the tide of project-letting volume, which, in turn, follows the tide of available or expected funding.   In this regard, 2016—and, if the trend continues, 2017—has been steadily approaching high tide.   The ratification...
Road Construction Article July 07, 2016
The topic of sustainability often prompts the question of who is responsible for leading such efforts in road and highway development.   While many constituents recognize the need to introduce a greater focus on long-term environmental and climate issues, the responsibility for this introduction...
Traffic Safety Article July 07, 2016
Roadway departure crashes comprise approximately 56% of all fatal crashes nationwide, according to the Federal Highway Administration.   In Delaware, roadway departure crashes accounted for 40% of all traffic-related fatalities from 2007 through 2014 and 21% of all serious injury crashes in the...
Law Article July 07, 2016
I have written in the past on a contractor’s duty to inquire pre-bid about ambiguities in plans and specifications.   Generally, the duty to make such inquiries arises when the ambiguities are patent or, in other words, obvious. Whether an ambiguity is patent or latent is not always an easy...
Roads Report Article July 07, 2016
Miles from nowhere Residents of King Cove, Alaska, an isolated fishing village of 900, are pretty tense individuals.   Their hometown is located between two volcanic mountains in the Aleutian Islands, which may actually be the literal edge of nowhere.   There are no roads connecting King Cove to...
Highway Visibility Sensors Products July 07, 2016
The Young Model 73000 visibility sensors in the EnviroTech Sentry product line are used along roadways, tunnels, and coastal environments for applications that include fog detection in Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS), in Airport Weather Observation Systems (AWOS) and coastal monitoring...
Funding News July 07, 2016
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has selected over a dozen transportation projects to receive funding from a newly created competitive grant program, quickly drawing the praise of lawmakers who represent districts or states that will benefit from the fresh injection of...
V2I Products July 06, 2016
The Personal Signal Assistant from Traffic Technology Services (TTS) is a patented process that predicts traffic signal state changes in a cloud-based solution and delivers the data product over the internet for various connected vehicle applications. 
Transit Products July 06, 2016
Installed on a tram driver's dashboard, NEXCOM's VMC 3001 vehicle-mount computer displays live video content from IP cameras installed in critical blind spots outside the tram on the left and right sides. The VMC 3001 features a high-brightness LCD panel to enhance readability under bright light,...
Highway Construction News July 06, 2016
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) announced Tuesday that his state was awarded a federal grant of $165 million for its Atlantic Gateway program, a set of rail, highway and bridge projects meant to ease some of the worst travel bottlenecks on the East Coast.   The overall budget for Atlantic Gateway is $...
Light Rail Transit (LRT) News July 06, 2016
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) officials are inspecting two of their older commuter rail coaches made by Hyundai Rotem, after a defect on coaches from the same manufacturer prompted Philadelphia’s transit system to take one third of its fleet out of service.   The Southeastern...
Earthmoving Case Studies July 05, 2016
Founded in 1890, Lane Construction Corporation is one of the ‘biggies’ in civil infrastructure contracting. The company regularly takes on, and successfully completes, projects ranging in scope from $15 million on up to $1.5 billion. With that much work completed over so many years, Lane...
Transportation Management Products July 05, 2016
The desktop video wall from Vizzion is designed for operation centers to watch images and video of live traffic, incidents and weather. The turnkey Windows application features current viewpoint detection, automatic image enhancement and automatic intelligent cropping. 
Transportation Management Products July 05, 2016
NEXCOM and AuroLED collaborated to offer an on-bus intelligent transportation system (OBITS) solution that brings security surveillance, fleet management, bus driver console and passenger information systems (PIS) applications aboard public buses. The OBITS solution covers multiple applications...
Traffic Safety News July 05, 2016
U.S. traffic deaths rose 7.7% in 2015 over the previous year to 35,200, the highest number of people killed on U.S. roads since 2008, the government's preliminary estimate reviewed by Reuters shows.   The report was compiled by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and...
Construction Planning News July 05, 2016
Late Thursday night, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and ordered New Jersey officials to plan for a shutdown of state road projects amid a stalemate over transportation funding.   The governor directed the state transportation commissioner and the executive director of New...
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