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Equipment Article July 10, 2014
It may not have looked like it in early 2014, but in a few years a 680-acre tract in Cupertino, Calif., will be the site of a spaceship-like office building—bigger than the Pentagon—on a new corporate campus for computer industry titan Apple Inc.   Of advanced environmental design, the $5.5...
Equipment Article July 10, 2014
Progress sometimes comes at a price.   Take for instance the interchange where Old Windthorst Road and Highways 82 and 287 meet in Wichita Falls, Texas. When the turnaround bridge at this interchange was constructed in 1964, low traffic counts and nonexistent development in the area prompted Texas...
Equipment Article July 10, 2014
Not too long ago the vision was a kissing booth. Now some are not sure what they are looking at—like those witnessing a Man of Many Faces carnival act. Some contractors continue to smile through the equipment acquisitions, while others are taking on the remainder of 2014 with more of a straight...
Maintenance Article July 10, 2014
The Red River Valley of western Minnesota and eastern North and South Dakota has a flooding problem: It happens all the time.   Instead of rebuilding the land, roads and bridges after every flood, communities and government agencies are trying to find ways to mitigate damage and allow life to...
Traffic Management Videos July 10, 2014
This video shows The Road Zipper System in action on some of America’s busiest roadways, juxtaposed with shots of commuter life without the congestion mitigation and safety benefits that the system provides.
Traffic Management News July 10, 2014
L.A. Metro revealed at its April board meeting that its ExpressLanes trial—which added new toll and bus rapid transit (BRT) lanes to I-10 and I-110—has exceeded expectations on all fronts, with transponder sales and tolling revenue well above projections. With these numbers in hand, the agency...
News July 10, 2014
There is still division in the House Ways and Means Committee on the topic of how to fund a long-term highway bill, but the panel was able to add up enough in what amounted to a small victory. A $10.5 billion measure that would keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent through May 2015 was passed.  ...
News July 10, 2014
Indiana’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Infrastructure believes more highway and bridge projects are needed in the state, but a major road block may be looming.   The panel is recommending an index of the state gas tax to increase with inflation, a move that is not always popular with...
Bridges News July 09, 2014
The work to construct new underground foundations for the damaged portion of the I-495 bridge is nearing completion and the construction of the jacking towers that will be used to temporarily repair the I-495 bridge has begun. Building the jacking towers at this point in the project means the work...
Asphalt News July 09, 2014
The Illinois Tollway continued construction this week on the 75th Street Interchange on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294). Temporary, overnight ramp closures are scheduled to begin on the ramps connecting 75th Street to northbound I-294. Electronic message signs and directional signs will be put in...
Maintenance Article July 08, 2014
For David Ward, a 52-year-old management consultant from Orange County, Calif., getting around on local streets near his Tustin home is “a mixed bag.”   Ward, a quadriplegic for the past 25 years, uses a specially equipped van and wheelchair to get to appointments, shopping and visit relatives. In...
Bridges Article July 08, 2014
Some people believe that a replacement can never substitute properly for an original. History teaches us otherwise.   For when it comes to the replacement for the Gerald Desmond Bridge, nothing could be further from the truth. Though the new bridge will be a replacement, technically, it provides...
Article July 08, 2014
On slippery slopes The Terex TSV-90 skid-steer loader offers operators an 85-hp Tier IV interim-compliant Cummins turbocharged engine. In addition, it has 3,375 lb of rated operating capacity and 131 in. of lift height, making it suitable for heavy pick-and-carry and large production-loading...
Bridges Article July 08, 2014
As the nation grapples with the challenge of maintaining its aging transportation infrastructure, states have sought innovative ways to monitor and manage their bridge inventories. In Minnesota, where the tragic collapse of the I-35W bridge is still a fresh memory nearly seven years later, bridge...
Concrete Videos July 08, 2014
Husqvarna unveils a new generation of flat saws in this video. These saws comply with EPA Tier 4 regulations through modern diesel engine technology.
News July 08, 2014
A week after Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx outlined a dark outcome if Congress failed to address highway funding by August, those on Capitol Hill are now in the trenches trying to get a deal passed.   In the works is a short-term solution that will at the very least fund the federal highway...
News July 07, 2014
Reconstructing a busy Bartow County, Ga., interchange and widening two sections of an important south Georgia economic development highway are among some $85 million in new transportation infrastructure improvements announced by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Rebuilding the crowded U.S....
News July 03, 2014
Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded a contract to assist the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) with the delivery of a project to modernize an 18-mile section of the I-75 freeway in Oakland County, Mich. The $850 million project, which runs from Auburn Hills to Hazel Park, involves...
Safety Article July 02, 2014
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the first stop-sign installation.   Not surprisingly, this innovation was developed and installed in Detroit. It was a rather simple device—the word STOP written in black on a white metal background. Over the next century a system of uniform rules, road-...
Bridges News July 02, 2014
Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur on July 2 joined state officials and military veterans to salute Medal of Honor winner and Vietnam veteran Allen J. Lynch by formally naming a bridge over the Tri-State Tollway (I-94) in his honor.   During a ceremony just ahead of the Fourth of...

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